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Rifled Empires: Big Battles from 1850 to 1914

Rifled Empires: Big Battles from 1850 to 1914

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Rifled Empires is a wargame for those megalomaniacs who want to refight the biggest battles of the nineteenth century – now Solferino, Gettysburg and Mukden are all within your grasp! The author’s group have played battles of up to 12 divisions in 2 hours.

The game’s activation system is simple but pushes decisions on players in every round, providing realistic results in reasonable time and on an ordinary-size table. The combat system rewards loose lines at range and solid formations on the charge

Since the basic unit of measurement is the venerable “base width”, representing about 500 yards, any scale of figure can be used, from 2mm brigades at 1:1 to single-based 42mm or 54mm figures for that old-school look.

From the trenches of the Crimea to green fields of France, Rifled Empires lets players play the biggest battles between the greatest powers of the world.

Morningstar's Tactical Two Pager games are a series of simple but engaging games filled with fun and flavour. Each one takes up only two sides of easy-to-print A4, eliminating the need for a quick reference sheet and providing our players with a cheap source of entertainment.

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Malcolm D July 08, 2018 12:25 am UTC
The rules look really interesting and provide a different way of looking a wargaming this period. I would like to have a couple of examples of brigades so that I can get a handle on setting up historical oobs. These will work well with the early Franco Prussian War battles and you can easily represent the differences in staff ability, but what mass do you give the understrength units of the french army awaiting reservists to swell the ranks? Examples please.
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Matt M July 08, 2018 8:37 am UTC
Hello, and thanks for buying the game! Each point of Mass represents about 400 men in close order. Units would usually have 3-4 Mass depending on the size of the constituent regiments/battalions, so understrength units will have 2-3 Mass depending on just how few men they have.

Units are either brigades or divisions depending on their size: let me give you one of each for the FPW.

French Cavalry Brigade - Size 3, Grade Line-Aggressive, Type Cavalry, Mass 3, Weapons: Smoothbore Muskets

This represents a line cavalry brigade of about 3,500-4,000 men. As per the "weapons" section, all melee-focussed cavalry count as being armed with smoothbore muskets, regardless of their historical equipment. Since the French favour the arme blanche, I have given them the Aggressive trait.

Prussian Infantry Division - Size 6, Grade Line, Type Infantry, Mass 3, Weapons: Early Breechloaders

This represents a division of about 10,000 men, armed with the Dreyse...See more
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Malcolm D July 08, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Thanks that is very helpful - and speedy too.
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Daniele V June 12, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Inreresting, but I would like to know more about these rules: 1) what is the basic unit? Battalion? (how many bases?) 2) is there a point system? 3) is it suitable for solo playing? Thank you
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Matt M June 12, 2018 9:09 pm UTC
Hello! The basic unit is the division or independent brigade - each base represents the centre of gravity of a battalion or regiment. The number of bases depends on the size of the unit. There is no points system, but the command system makes it suitable for solo play.
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