I'm confused on what it means to use an army's AP for battle. The living rules say this about using APs:
Living Rules, p. 19 wrote:
[An] army has a certain amount of Action Points. During the Maneuvering phase, each Action Point may be converted to movement (into an adjacent province) or battle.
They also mention that battle is automatic when entering an unfriendly province:
Living Rules, p. 20 wrote:
When two players are at war and the armies of one of these players enter a province controlled by the other player a battle takes place.
There's two ways to interpret this.
1) It takes one point to cross a border into a contested province, and a second to actually start the fight. Effectively, this means that it costs two points to cross the border into a contested province.
2) It takes only one point to cross the border into a contested province, and the battle is started automatically without the player having to spend a second point. The distinction between the two ways of spending APs is an artificial distinction between crossing friendly/neutral borders, and crossing hostile ones.
The FAQ in the back of the rulebook has this to say on the subject:
Living Rules, p. 28 wrote:
Q: I have two armies and I want to attack a Barbarian province. Both my armies have Action Points (AP) to get there, but only one has enough AP left for battle. Can I enter with both of them and battle with only one?
A: No, every army entering a Barbarian province must have AP left for battle. The same rule applies when you attack another player’s province during war, all your armies entering the enemy province must have at least 1 AP left for battle.
That certainly seems to imply that interpretation 1 is correct, but this was still a sticking point in our last game.
This is a great game, and I love it for both its historical fidelity and its gameplay, so I'd love to clear this up so that we could feel confident when it hits the table again. Official word would be ideal, since Andrei's support has been superb in these forums, but I'd also welcome other opinions.