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Age of Reason 3rd

Age of Reason, one of the most popular sets of rules for the Seven Years War, is now in its 3rd edition. Units are battalions of infantry, regiments of cavalry, and batteries for artillery, with units usually having 12 figures each. Brigades are activated by card draw for movement, with both sides exchanging artilery fire, then small arms fire, followed by melee. The rules cover every army for the Seven Years War, War of the Austrian Succession, and American Revolution, plus there are army lists for the French & Indian War along with the British in India. There is also a great campaign system included called The Sport of Kings. Our group uses the 15mm scale with figures from Old Glory, Essex, and there's even some old Minfigs still in the units!

Age of Reason: French Attack


Prussian Hilltop & Village Defense

After a long discussion we decided to go back to using the 15mm charts and ranges, especially for smaller 3-4 player games as we were having issues with the 25mm ranges we had been using for so many years. In this scenario the French were attacking two Prussian brigades on a hill behind a low stone wall and another brigade in and around a village. To the wide side of the board the Austrians planned to use their advantage in numbers in cavalry to push back the Prussians and flank the hilltop. As can be expected, it was a desperate fight, but the French had underestimated the hilltop position and while the Prussians were being stretched thinner and thinner, the line never broke. The French did take the village after a determined defense, but their cavalry attack, while successful at times, was unable to completely defeat the Prussians on that side of the board. In the end the French had to concede defeat as they were getting up to the 25% withdrawal check and had taken severe casualties in a fierce fight.

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