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Age o Eagles

Age of Eagles is one of our favorite sets of rules and we were one of the original playtesting groups. Very similar to Fire & Fury ACW in game mechanics, particularly in terms of movement, firing, and melee. The main differences are the scale of the units, with each stand being around 350 men and each cavalry stand around 160, so much bigger than its ACW cousin. The other big difference is the use of reserve and tactical zones, which gives gamers the feel of the battles of the period, where large units in reserve would move up into the combat area. The game is a little more complex than basic F&F, but most gamers can figure out the system relatively quickly and just use the charts by the end of the their first battle. There is now a 2nd edition available along with a scenario book with detailed orders of battle and unit labels. There are also supplements for other eras as well.

AOE: French Peninsula Attack


Meeting Engagement Turns Into An Assault!

We've been doing a few Age of Eagles battles here and there in the Peninsula. There are usually small forces, the British make for an interesting opponent, and we can have a good battle in under four hours, which is great for when we have new players. For this battle there was a meeting engagement planned, but it never really materialized. The reason is that the two most aggressive members of our gaming group were on the same side and at the first opportunity they naturally attacked! This set off several large assaults across the board, some sharp British counterattacks, and then even more attacks by the French. At one point it looked like the British might break open the center of the French line, but they could not capitalize and had lost too many stands. The British artillery, however, had a terrible night. Time and time again they simply could not stop anything! The British kept rearranging the line, but finally cracked afer one too many bad rolls during melee. The British right, which had been relatively unscathed, could never really get going and in the end, they too were swept away by the victorious French. A pretty good game with small forces (a few divisions per side) which worked out well and everyone had a great time. Next time we hopefully get to use some Spanish forces.

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