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October 2006
Basic strategy & tactics for new players Thu, 21 December 2006 01:41
1. Get your troops bold/supported as quickly as possible. Ignoring the first retreat flag can keep your line together. Battleback allows you to damage enemy troops even if you don't have cards to activate them. Use some Cavalry in reserve to quickly mend a breach in your line.

2. Put green troops in forests, blue troops on hills. These units can attack at full strength from this terrain but limit the dice that can be used against them.

3. Use commands cards for specific sections of the battlefield (center, flanks) before the more generic commands (blue troops, foot troops). This allows you to adjust to battlefield changes more easily. Maneuver troops onto the hexes that are part of two sections to allow more command cards to activate them. If necessary, look at your hand of command cards and move troops into the sections you have command cards for.

4. When attacking, keep your troops in supported formation. Try to have at least two command cards for the troops you want to attack with before launching the attack so you can keep pressing or fall back as the situation demands. Either focus on the opponent's unsupported troops or find a place in their line that you can hit multiple times where killing or pushing back the unit will leave multiple units unsupported.

5. If you get in trouble in one section of the battlefield and don't have the command cards to respond, apply pressure on the opponent in another part of the battlefield. Try and get them to change their focus so you can buy some time to get a command card that's useful.

6. Don't fall to the temptation of advancing your cavalry too far away. Cavalry is better used as opportunists who fall upon enemies left behind or isolated to finish'em.

(incorporates suggestions from BGG members aristarco, thesama, Kris and tstapp1026)

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March 2006
Re:Basic strategy & tactics for new players Thu, 21 December 2006 14:26
These are all excellent tips!

Posts: 34
December 2006
Re:Basic strategy & tactics for new players Wed, 03 January 2007 04:51
For archers, group the units together to form a company. Have calvary form up at wings for support. This makes for a devistating combination. Archers are best used in this manner, allowing (2-3) units to fire volleys at a single target at a time, wiping it out before it closes the distance for melee(hopefully). If the targeted unit does manage to close for melee, the calvary can charge in and cut off any retreat.
1)Never leave archers without support or line of retreat.
2)Archers should always use their terrain.
a: Fire over waterways
b: Use hills and forests, it evens the odds since both you and your enemy roll 2d.
c: Ramparts are your friend

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