PRE-BATTLE INITIATIVEmarshalney2000 wrote:What is the new initiative rule?
Historically the best led armies often succeeded in fighting their battles on ground of their own choosing, whether defending their home territory or invading enemy territory. Cavalry superiority also helped.
Pre-Battle Initiative Modifiers
+2 C-in-C is Inspired Commander
+1 C-in-C is Field Commander
+1 Army has 10-24 bases of Cavalry, Light Horse, Camelry or Light Chariots
+2 Army has 25 or more bases of Cavalry, Light Horse, Camelry or Light Chariots
The army??™s total initiative modifier is pre-calculated and included in its Order of March ??“ see above.
Each side rolls 1d6 and adds their total initiative modifier. If the total scores are equal roll again. The high scorer has the Pre-Battle Initiative.
Each army list has a set of territory types that the army/nation typically occupied. The side with initiative chooses a territory type from those available to either army as specified in its official army list. Terrain is then chosen and placed according to this territory type.
TERRAIN CHOICE AND PLACEMENT
The player whose side has initiative selects one of the 2 compulsory pieces and from 2 to 4 other selections from the list of available terrain. His total pieces including compulsories cannot exceed the maximum of any type. Only the player whose side has initiative can choose a river, a coastline, or a village. He cannot choose both a river and a coast.
The other side??™s player then selects the other compulsory piece and from 2 to 4 other selections from the list of available terrain. He cannot select any pieces that, together with those chosen by the other side would exceed the maximum of that type. Open areas will block other terrain placement to some degree.
All terrain pieces are selected by both players before any are placed on the table.
The order in which terrain is placed is as follows:
1. The player with initiative places any river or coast.
2. The player with initiative places any village, then any road.
3. The player with initiative places his compulsory item.
4. The other player places his compulsory item.
5. The player with initiative places any open area(s).
6. The other player places any open area(s).
7. The player with initiative places his remaining pieces.
8. The other player places his remaining pieces.
9. Open area pieces are removed from the table.
??? The side without pre-battle initiative starts deploying first and moves first.