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The rules state that there's a handicap of "1 point for each of your initial units if your army was surprised". What does this mean exactly?
For example, in Plataea, the Spartans are surprised and start with 2 units on map (= initial units?) and 18 undeployed.
Does this mean that the Spartans get +2 VPs?
No, they get 20 points as the initial number of units is 20
The number of units initially deployed is 2, but this does not affect the handicap.