Clausewitz Rules v0.3.2

Following the updates posted yesterday and the skirmish rules posted earlier in the week, I’ve released the latest version of the rules both on this website and on the Tabletop Simulator mod.

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Rulebook Adjustments

So following on from some further testing carried out by members of the Discord server this week, they made some excellent points in regards to some of the rules I’m going to mention below.

FIRING
It’s become more clear with testing that its not entirely clear which units can fire when performing a firing action. Therefore I’ve changed the Fire! action to read as:

Fire! (Cost: 1 Action Point) Offensive or Defensive The Brigade can fire all its available combat dice assigned to the units at the front of the Brigade. Each unit can fire at any units directly to their front.

ENFILADING FIRE
This is for units which are firing on the flank of battalions that are formed in line. I’ve added the following paragraph in the firing section:

Enfilading Fire
Units which fire on the flank of a unit in line formation are performing what is called enfilading fire, when this occurs the target unit receives double damage.

FLANK AND REAR ATTACKS IN MELEE
I’ve added the following section to the rulebook under melee:

Flank and Rear Attacks
Units which are attacking the enemy in the flank receive a +1 modifier to their combat dice roll, while units attacking an enemy in its rear benefits from a +2 modifier.

MINIMUM FLEEING DISTANCES
It became apparent through testing that units could take advantage of units that were fleeing but unable to move due to having no actions left and so being able to constantly cause damage to them. Therefore I’m replacing the following wording:

If the unit fails by a value of more than 2 then the unit will flee the remaining number of actions at 3cm per action and end its turn facing directly away from the enemy

With:

If the unit fails by a value of more than 2 then the unit will flee 3cm away from the enemy plus its remaining number of actions at 3cm per action and end its turn facing directly away from the enemy

FORMATIONS
I’d forgotten to clarify in previous versions how many combat dice can be used by each unit depending upon their formation. Therefore I’ve added a Benefits and Cons section to each in the rule book:

Line
Benefits: Can use all combat dice when firing. Does not suffer extra damage from artillery attacks.
Cons: Cannot use the quick march action. Can be vulnerable to cavalry attacks.

Column
Benefits: Can use the quick march action and the Brigade benefits from +1 to their morale rolls for each unit inside the Brigade in this formation. Cavalry effects are reduced.
Cons: Can only use a quarter of their combat dice (rounded up).

Square
Benefits: Cannot be charged by Cavalry and the Brigade benefits from +1 to their morale rolls for each unit inside the Brigade in this formation.  
Cons: Can only use a quarter of their combat dice (rounded up). Cannot move.

CHANGE BRIGADE FORMATION
I’ve changed this slightly so that Brigades can only be a max of three units wide.

OTHER NOTES

A speed play option has also been suggested, this is being considered further.

All of the above changes will be reflected in version 0.3.2 which will be released on the website and on the steam mod on Sunday (possibly along with the Russian army).

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Revised Russian Units for v0.3.1

Following the updated rulebook I’ve re-written the Russian unit stats to go alongside these.

INFANTRY UNITS

Russian Infantry Units

You’ll see that I’ve divided the main infantry (line and light) into three rungs of Recruit, Trained and Veteran. This is to reflect the training and experience of units in campaign situations. If playing matched play games I would advise using trained units a base.

CAVALRY UNITS

Russian Cavalry Units

Any of the above can also be included in the Russian Imperial Guard, if you are taking any of these units as Imperial Guard, then include the Drilled special rule and in the case of Cossacks remove their Cossacks special rule.

ARTILLERY UNITS

Russian Artillery Units

A half company of Russian artillery contained six pieces, and in the case where 6 pounder cannons were used there were four cannon and two unicorn howitzers.

Once again, any artillery units that included as part of the guard add the Drilled special rule.

As always if I’ve made a mistake or you believe something needs to be revised please let me know in the comments.

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Skirmishing

I’ve mentioned skirmishing as a rule, a formation and an action on various occasions but have never gone in depth into the topic. Hopefully I’ll clear this up now.

Units that have the Skirmishing special rule are able to deploy a base (with the same footprint as its own) of skirmishers. These skirmishers are a single combat die worth of men and are armed usually in the same fashion as the unit to which they originated from.

Skirmishers are designed to be a thorn in the approaching forces side. As such although they often lack the firepower to throw back a unit on the advance, they can disrupt them. Skirmish troops often target the NCO’s and Officers of an enemy formation in order to cause this disruption.

My thoughts therefore are that if skirmish troops successfully hit an opposition unit while skirmishing, instead if causing one damage and one morale damage, any hits from skirmish bases automatically inflict 2 morale damage but no physical damage. (i.e., hits from skirmish bases are not counted towards the overall losses at the end of the game, and also the player that suffers the damage is not at risk of losing a combat dice on 5+).

Skirmishers attacking an Infantry Brigade

Infantry battalions would ignore such skirmishers and generally attack the larger infantry units that the skirmishers are screening. Therefore infantry battalions are unable to attack skirmish bases and if they advance into contact with a skirmish base, that skirmish base will withdraw 4cm away from the advancing enemy.

Skirmishers withdrawing from approaching enemy

Cavalry are able to attack skirmish formations in the normal manner.

If two opposing skirmish bases meet, they will engage in exchanging small arms fire and cannot target any larger infantry blocks. When firing on opposing skirmishers, they cause normal damage instead of the 2 morale damage when firing on infantry blocks. The base is removed from play if a successful hit is caused against a skirmish base. The combat die assigned to that base is lost to the parent unit and they cannot deploy any further skirmishers.

This may well be an inelegant solution, but this can be refined further as the game is developed.

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Clausewitz Wargame v0.3.1

This is just a quick post to give you all the latest rules update which includes the small changes made this week around Generals, as well as the inclusion of the Fog of War rules under advanced rules.

These changes are already reflected in the Tabletop Simulator mod which has already been updated.

As always, please feel free to contact me on clausewitz.tabletop@gmail.com if you have any suggestions for changes to these.

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Rulebook Re-wording and Fog of War Rules

As part of my journey into writing the rules for my Napoleonic Wargame I stated from the start that I would keep everyone who read these articles up to date on the changes I make while testing and proof reading is carried out.

With the latest version now out both on this website and via the mod for Tabletop Simulator, I thought I would update you to some minor tweaks and changes I’m making that will be reflected in these on Sunday.

Firstly on page 3 under Generals. I don’t believe this covers the role of Divisional Generals or encompass everything either a CinC or a Divisional General does. Therefore I’m rewording this paragraph to read as follows:

Generals – Generals encompass both the Commander-in-Chief (You) and the Generals of Division. All orders for your battle are issued from your Commander-in-Chief (CinC) via Aide-de-Camps (ADC’s), see the orders section for more information on issuing orders and ADC’s. All orders must reach a General of Division (GoD) before being passed on to Brigades.

Both the CinC and the GoD can also contribute to the battle by attempting to rally broken units or by adding a combat dice to a unit’s melee roll, in both these circumstances the CinC and GoD must be in base-to-base contact with the friendly that is fleeing or in melee. These both come with a risk to the General however!

Generals move at a rate of 8cm per action.

Secondly under the section of the same name (Generals) on Page 8. This section will be renamed as Orders and the following paragraph will apply:

ORDERS
Each player will be represented by a single base on the tabletop representing them as Commander-in-Chief (CinC). Players can move their commanders around the field of battle to issue orders to their Generals of Division (GD) or to their Brigadier Generals (BG) if playing in a smaller game.

The CinC can issue ADC’s to send orders to a General of Division or Brigade, when they do so an ADC base leaves the CinC with a dice representing the number of the objective that the Brigade can attack.

An ADC must first make base to base contact with the General of Division for that Brigade (chain of command and all that). Once they have made contact with the General of Division, the ADC remains with them until issued to a Brigade from the General of Division. Generals of Division issue orders in the same manner as Commander-in-Chiefs but must have an ADC present to do so.

The ADC moves at a rate of 8cm per action, once the ADC reaches a Brigade it is activating the Brigade can use any actions remaining for the ADC that turn as their own. For example, should an ADC take three actions to move to a Brigade, the Brigade can use two actions that turn to perform their own offensive or defensive actions.

FIGURE 4 – CHAIN OF COMMAND FOR ORDERS

Generals of Division and the Commander-in-Chief all have 5 command points they can spend each turn. If they’re within 15cm of any friendly Units command points can be used to buff a Brigades command stat to make it easier for them to enact orders that turn. (For Example, a Divisional General may spend two Command Points to buff a nearby Brigade, in which case the Brigade goes from needing 8+ to act that turn to 6+.

If Generals are in base-to-base contact with a friendly unit in melee with the enemy the General can also take part and adds one additional combat dice to the friendly Brigade in combat.”

This in turn had meant a change to the Activated Elements section, which has been renamed to Activated Brigades. This now reads as:

ACTIVATED BRIGADES
Each Brigade can use up to five actions per turn, some actions cost more than others a list of actions is shown later on.


Actions usually revolve around moving, changing formation or attacking the enemy.


Once a Brigade has been activated that Brigade will need to pass a Command Test each turn in order to act. This is done against the Brigades command value of 8+. This value can be modified by nearby Generals of Division or the Commander-in-Chief who can add command points to each roll.

OTHER NOTES

I’m also reducing the number of special rules around impetuous from three to two. These will now be Impetuous (3+) and Impetuous (4+).

NEW ADVANCED RULE

FOG OF WAR
I’m introducing an additional rule into the Advanced Section of the book called ‘Fog of War’.

Fog of War
Players may wish to deploy their units as markers instead of models. These markers must be the same size as the base its replacing with the name of the unit on its face. When players deploy their army these markers are then placed face down on the tabletop.

Markers are revealed in two situations during the course of the battle:

1) If the marker closes to within 30cm of an opposing unit or marker.

2) If the hidden unit fires any weapons.

All of these changes will be reflected on the website and on Tabletop Simulator on Sunday.

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Clausewitz Available on Steam Workshop for Tabletop Simulator

Okay, this is a pretty big deal for me. I’ve spent the last week and a half putting the finishing touches to the Clausewitz Mod for Tabletop Simulator!

This is available to download now from the Steam Workshop.

The mod includes all of the British and French units, and future updates will include other armies and terrain.

Now you too can playtest Clausewitz without the need for miniatures or even a tabletop!

Please try it today and pass any feedback you have to clausewitz.tabletop@gmail.com

Screenshots below:

Vimeiro Battlefield
The French Grande Armee
The British Army
The French attack a British position

Grand Scale Battles
It even includes a copy of the latest draft rules!

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Clausewitz Wargames Intro

As the YouTube channel is going to become busier over the next few months with playtest etc I thought it was time to have a professional looking intro to the videos.

If my IT skills are proficient enough this should also start appearing past videos as of next week.

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Clausewitz Rules v0.3

Following on the fantastic feedback I’ve received from Reddit, Discord, WhatsApp, Playtests and emails I’m proud to say this is the latest version of Clausewitz now with some of the first diagrams included. There’s a lot of work to be done but I’m hoping to update these rules every other week at the least.

If you have any further suggestions to rule wording, grammar corrections or anything in reference to the rules or their format please let me know by contacting me at clausewitz.tabletop@gmail.com or joining our Discord or WhatsApp chats and letting me know directly.

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Feedback on v0.2 of the Rules

Many thanks to those who have contacted over email, Discord, WhatsApp and Reddit to give their feedback on the latest rules. I was really pleased to have my rules read by so man people, so thank you!

I’ve written the comments that were given to me below along with my responses for each.


Diagrams would be helpful
Yes, I completely agree. However I want the diagrams to look professional so there will take me some time to introduce. That being said, the latest version will have the first few diagrams included.

There are 30 turns to a game of Clausewitz, this represents 5 hours of battle. Players may wish to add more turns if they’re refiguring a historic engagement, refighting was meant I suppose?
Yes, this has now been corrected on version 0.3

A glossary with technical definitions technical terms/language, with little interchangeability would be helpful.
I hadn’t thought of this, but I will include this on future versions.

Quick Reference Sheet table with most commonly used distance ranges etc all collated on a single page.
Agreed, although not included yet, I’m hoping version 4 will have this included. That said, I have now included a table under the movement section for all units and terrain types they may enter.

We used the drawn chips from the bag to “mark” activated units as they came out, made tracking easier.
This is exactly as I imagined the phase to work, similar to Bolt Action.

Resolving CC is not clear in the current rules
I’ve hopefully included a more detailed melee process under the melee section of the rules.

Entering the Zone of Control (ZoC) of multiple units, a “hold” test for each could get quite involved with mounting rolls per single turn.
I’ve written a sentence stating that only one morale test or hold test needs to be taken regardless of how many enemy units are inside the ZoC. And the same for holding fire.

The same for morale rolls, having multiple units all have to roll morale on every action of one of them meant a lot of rolls, almost guaranteeing one or all failing at some point. Morale becomes problematic when a lot of enemies and friendlies are in close quarters, sheer weight of dice means even well-supported units will eventually fail even with good morale and no damage.
As above

Columns being un-chargeable by Cavalry, there is no reason the be in square as it stands, confers no additional benefit above the column
Agreed! I’ve changed this so that Cavalry can now charge column formations, but the cavalry unit must make a morale test before doing so. On top of this, the Cavalry special rule is reduced by one for units in Column i.e., Cavalry (-2) becomes Cavalry (-1).

The difference between morale damage and damage is often not clear
I’ve retitled the section as receiving damage and morale damage. This may help, it may not. If not I’ll think about rewording this section.

Morale for single element brigades (lone battalion, lone artillery, single squadron) meant that operating while within ZoC is basically impossible. (single artillery unit will almost always retreat before getting to unload at effective range, single squadron of cavalry took three turns before making it into combat.) The game is supposed to be brigades, but the demo game was easier with smaller elements first (in addition, double battalion brigades were common, so the morale problems will probably affect those similarly and they will be soon more often than the single element brigades as they still fit in the intention of the rules).
Agreed! I think the only way around this is by giving each Brigade the same starting morale which can be affected by elite units. For example, all units begin with morale 5+ but adding an Imperial Guard unit may make this 3+

For the hold action, a command test is needed while a morale test is needed for all others. is this a mistake, or do you need to pass both? note the glossary and clear technical terms recommendation below
This should be morale test and not command test. I have now changed this thanks!

Any counter battery fire?
From what I understand this didn’t happen too often, that being said there’s nothing to stop players targeting enemy batteries with their own.

What is the penalty for being caught in skirmish order?
I’ve removed Skirmish formations and included skirmish dice for each Brigade. A unit may grant the Brigade skirmish dice which that Brigade can fire at the weapons full range as though it were at effective range.

Attempting a charge, set distance to charge for inf/cav, simply walking into melee (forming square too easy if cavalry have to walk into combat)
I’ve re-included the charge action for cavalry and its affects in the special rules section. I’ll consider some more on the charge ranges of Infantry.

Wheeling while within ZoC, for elite units with a test?
Wheeling is removed and has been replaced by the action About Face! for a cost of 1 action.

Canister?
This is fairly complicated for what should be a simple subject. For example how to differentiate between Canister and Grape shot? I’m not dismissing this, I just want to replicate it in an easy to do but accurate fashion.

The way the strength etc is written, stats start at 0 and increase as brigade is “built”. does this hold true for morale, as in 8+ on 2d6, with 1st unit meaning 7+, 2 meaning 6+, etc until a maximum of 3+.
This is how I initially imagine it, but given the comments above on Morale, I’m going to change this to a set 5+ with only elite units adding to this.

Command test on every turn? 8+ means half of army wont move without intervention? we played without, as CP expenditure mechanics to improve command test not yet clear. in rules it says 8+ on D6… would mean without direct intervention a unit would never act.
Apologies this should read as 2D6. The thought behind this was that you would have to decide which units you would really want to act while risking the lower roll on the others. Towards the end of the game I was concerned that all units would be activated and would therefore slow the game down. However, I am happy to revisit this.

Does morale penalties from cav etc stack? if so, a stack of much beyond 2 or 3 would typically be enough to force even an infantry unit that started with a 3+ to fail at least once before 5 actions are done, making an well ordered undamaged unit rather easily breakable at the mere sight of 2 or 3 squadrons of heavy cav.
No, Cavalry penalties do not stack, the player must used the most influencing modifier on their morale test i.e., Cavalry (-2) trumps Cavalry (-1). I’ve written this down clearer in the special rules section.

Line of Sight?
I’ve cleared this up in the Firing section of the rules hopefully.

Is melee an action, i.e. do you fight until resolved if both sides stand, or do you spend actions like firing?
Melee is not an action and occurs immediately once base-to-base contact has been made.

Counter charge as a reaction?
This would be easy to implement, I imagine it would be one action cost which then advances your Brigade a march move with the enemy testing against their morale once the move has been completed.

Taking damage when breaking within firing/melee range missing.
Now included

Shooting/melee from flanks or the rear effects
I need to address this in the next update

Artillery limber/unlimber/ effect of artillery on the movement of a brigade, mixed brigade movement missing.
Now Included in the Brigades section

Recover morale action missing?
Now included

General rallying troops?
Now included

Troops surrounded?
I will write this up in the section under movement.

Shouldn’t the different terrain types be placed up in the Terrain section rather than after Firing? And perhaps the Advanced Rules should be placed between firing and the unit types so that all the basics aren’t interrupted by them and to provide a good stopping place in the rules before the unit types.
This has been changed as suggested, thank you!

It says to see the section on ‘Other Miniature Scales’. But there isn’t one
Like a fool I forgot to include this, this has now been corrected.

Any listing of what die face represents what formation is missing from this version of the document
I’ve added this in to version 3. Thank you.

Page 3 & 4 has formations but Skirmish is not listed but on page 7 it’s listed under change formation. Is it no longer a formation and just a function of per 1000 men as an automatic action? Each formation has advantages and dis advantages, what are the skirmishers disadvantage? Does it weaken the rest of the formation because those men are missing or do they fire twice if you fire skirmish and fire? Does it no longer act as a screen from enemy units?
I’ve removed skirmish formations and as you’ve correctly assumed built them into the Brigade mechanics itself. I forgot to update the first few pages.

Skirmishing troops give the advantage of being able to use their skirmish dice at full range as though they were at effective. (Hitting on 4’s instead of 6’s). You’re right though, the rules should really suggest removing one combat dice to use a skirmish dice. This I hadn’t though of so thank you!

As I said, I was unsure of the skirmish mechanic and felt that it may slow the system down to much.

Nothing specifies dice type to use, as far as I can see I can use a D20 and pass 75% of my rolls.
Again I’m a fool and forgot to specify, this is now included at the beginning.

There are no step-by-step instructions.
I’ve tried to include these under “The Turn” section, however I’m willing to admit this may need a lot more work.

How many units should I have? Is there a standardised way of tracking their stats and sharing information with my opponent?
Game size can vary depending on what type of battle you’re trying to fight, i.e. historic or matched play. If playing matched play I would assume that each player would be commanding a Corp each of roughly 4-5 Divisions with 2-5 Brigade a Division. The opponent should be able to see the number of firing dice each unit possess as well as the morale of that unit, these can be easily represented by using dice markers on each base. But I do hope to include some simple fog of war mechanics at some stage.

How close do I place my units together?
There must be no less than 1cm between each Brigade while units inside a Brigade must be in base-to-base contact with each other.

How do I track which ADC goes to which unit?
ADC’s are represented by figures on small round bases with an objective marker numbered between 1 and 6. Once activated these ADC’s stay with their activated unit.

Three die rolls needed to determine combat, Morale, Steady, Fire! is a little too much?
This could be something that could be condensed down to perhaps two die rolls, but would require a lot more play testing.

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