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Game design: Tom Russell
Hex number: 18
Duration: 20 minutes
Players: 2
Solitaire Suitability: High
Theme: All of human history

Here is something new and exciting, something completely unlike any other game on your table. Table Battles is a thinky filler, a light dice game that nevertheless will have you scratching your chin and agonizing over your decisions. It reduces armed conflict to its essentials, to the absolute universal truths behind all battles: the threat of force and its application. It's about leverage, about feints and counterfeints, threats and counterthreats, about creating openings and then going for the jugular, about leaving openings and springing a trap.

Players roll and allocate dice to Formation cards, with each card accepting specific die results or dice combinations. On a later turn, those dice are removed to activate the formation, attacking a specific enemy formation, with hits resolved by removing wooden pieces assigned to each formation. But the enemy may be able to screen the attack (cancelling it), counterattack (inflicting extra losses on the attacker), or absorb the losses via a strategic reserve. In fact, in most cases, if the enemy can react, they must react, preventing them from using those dice to launch an attack of their own, and depriving them of their action on their next turn. The result is a tense cat-and-mouse game in which players maintain a bitter deadlock until it's to their advantage to break it, or until the other guy blinks.

This base set contains eight battles from across four centuries of conflict. The Battle of Bosworth, Richard III's last battle, might be decided by the intervention of the Stanleys. The Battle of Ivry secured Henri IV's power over France thanks in large part to the unreliability of the enemy's mercenaries. The Battle of White Mountain saw a superior defensive position squandered by bad generals squaring off against great ones. In the Battle of Marston Moor, Cromwell's well-disciplined cavalry proved to be the key to victory. The Battle of the Dunes was a brilliant victory by Turenne that saw infantry, cavalry, artillery, and even navy working in concert. The Battle of Malplaquet saw so many losses on the side of the victors that the vanquished French general Villars told his king that another such defeat would win them the war. The Battle of the Plains of Abraham was a minor skirmish with outsized consequences, usually considered "ungameable", but here becomes a tense contest. Finally, the Battle of Brooklyn Heights sees the overwhelmed American rebels outflanked and outnumbered, but desperate to give as good as they got.

Each of these battles is recreated in broad strokes that still allow for the essential situation, and even a little chrome, to come shining through. And each of these battles could go either way in any given play session. Table Battles is an ideal filler game for grognards with fifteen or twenty minutes to spare between games, and also a great way to get your toes wet if you're not sure about this whole "hex-and-counter" thing. Future expansions are already in development, and will give you hours upon hours of enjoyment.

  • 50 double-sided cards
  • 1 four-page rulebook
  • You will also need 90 wooden pieces
  • You will also need 12 dice
 
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ben W October 13, 2017 12:24 pm UTC
Still to get round to trying White Mountain so have delayed picking this up. Glad you are one of the few publishers to make your games available to people like me in the UK who are not well served by transport costs etc. in getting US produced games for affordable prices. I would jump on For-Ex but really unsure I can get any of my friends to play it but can certainly get people to play table battles. I was kind of expecting the PNP version to just be more like 8 A4 pages like White mountain as the easiest PNP build imaginable but this is still not hard at all.
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John K October 11, 2017 9:25 pm UTC
I'd give it a try - but not for $12.
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Tom R October 11, 2017 9:55 pm UTC
That's your call, of course - you got to do what works for you - but it's all the files for a complete, commercially-available board game that retails for $35 plus shipping. If you want to just try the system out, there's "Christmas at White Mountain" also available here on WGV for only two or three bucks.
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