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County of Essex
Published by Partizan press in the 80’s this is a good (but not great) attempt to simulate the French and Indian wars. Trays of six figures represent a company whilst one gun and 4 gunners represent two cannon. Units must be in command to perform most actions (and the officers can be casualties). The system uses a concealed unit system that gives various units a number of dummy markers (for example British regulars get none whilst the rangers of the title get 2 (each unit until seen is also represented by a blank marker). The type of terrain they are in affects a Unit’s movement and combat abilities. Regular troops begin devastating in the open whilst lead troops being deadly in woods. Morale is only affected by situation, and can be quite extreme in its results. Units can scout enemy blank markers to reveal them, but can suffer loses as a result of this.
The rulebook also includes a useful (if basic) uniform guide and basic organisations. There are also two scenarios Monongahela and Le Belle Famille.
Overall it provides a good game (with the officer casualty tables being a real hoot). It reflects well the problems regulars faced in fighting the light forces (but seems to poorly reflect the devastating power of the volley at close range, its possible to inflict no casualties at all). The moral rules (particularly for the Indians) seem to produce too many routs. But these quibles asside I would recomend it.