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Subject: Russian win and questions... rss

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Bradley Fletcher
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Just had a fun (quick and complete) solo game. Persia went early to Russia, but the Persians kept bouncing off the walls of Herat with terrible attrition casualties--need to figure out how to get Russian leaders to Tehran. Using a campaign card and moving in small groups the Russians crossed the deserts and came up against Khiva which they immediately conquered, then in another round successfully used an emissary card to convert Bokhara to the Russian camp. Britain struggled with building forces (the Russians kept knocking them back with that transfer card which is a killer) but subdued Punjab and Baluchistan, but the Russians ignited rebellions in one and then the other which kept Britain tied up. Finally, with a small force, Roberts swept into Punjab to confront a sizable rebel force, conquered it and with the Russians poised to advance on Kabul, had to drive on to beat them to the city--winning a crushing victory and conquering Afghanistan, while suffering no battlefield or attrition loss. Feeling smug and confident, Roberts then swept down to pick off a weakened Herat, but also failed and retreated with some attrition loss. The Russians took this moment to incite an Afghani rebellion which surprised Roberts in Kandahar, slaughtering him with his entire force. In the final rounds of the 1880s, Russia now advanced on Kabul, destroying the Afghani defenders and capturing the city while for good measure launching another successful rebellion in Punjab. Britain, regrouping in India could not successfully quash the rebels before time ran out. Win to Russia.

Couple of related questions: Do leaders only move by card action, and does a leader's tactical score count on the defensive? Thanks.
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Yes, leaders move (march or transfer) only by card action.

Yes, always subtract your leader's tactical score from your die/dice roll in combat.
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