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Had a situation come up tonight where I have been playing invasions of plague lands differently than my two opponents have been playing it.
I've always played that the plague losses to an invading army come after combat has finished, when the occupying armies enter the territory. So, for example, if I attack with 4 armies and the defender of the plague territory has 1 army, the combat would go as usual. If I was successful and killed the defending army, I would move 3 armies into the plague territory, losing 1 of 3 armies to the effect of plague.
They have always played that the invading army suffers plague losses when an invasion is declared. So in the above example, 2 of the 4 invading armies would die before the combat (now 2 armies attacking 1) was fought.
The confusion in the rules is that while plague losses are described under the section on occupying the defending territory, that section and elsewhere in the rules it is stated that the attacker loses half of the invading force, which my opponents read as being the the force that is in the attacking province when the invasion is declared (since all other references to invasion apply to the attack and not the occupation).
Can anyone clear this up? I can't find any errata on this.
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I always play it the way you do.
In the rules, under setup 1. Determine Plague Lands, it states "Any player's armies may enter a plague land. When armies conquer and move into a plague land, the plague destroys haf that player's invading armies rounded down"
I also play where your plague losses happen after you've entered the land, not prior to or during the battle.