I seem to have touched a nerve with some, but please remember, this is a suggestion to have an option, not a compulsory game.
I am not advocating, and never would, that those players who want to play with dice cannot do so. To stop someone doing what they want would be a most negative approach....wouldn't it?
I know of many people who play the board game without dice. It requires thought, planning and most of all strategy. Some play with cards, others don’t. Surely taking cards out of the game is reducing the element of luck…isn’t it?
Yes this might be considered ‘chess like’ by many, maybe there is the issue, I have always enjoyed chess and play it more than any other game. Games that require deep thought and use of the mind in planning and seeing things almost in a 3 dimensional way have always attracted me.
What I am saying is why stop those who would enjoy turning to a more strategic game and take out more of the element of luck.
I am certain there would be vociferous camps on both sides, some players I know regard this game with dice as nothing more than childs play, others say that the uncertainty of the dice adds a frisson of excitement. I am happy either way.
Returning to the 3v1 attack. Yes, this is an automatic takeover of the territory. The equation is always the attacker must have at least 2 more armies that the defender.
Taking this further. Suppose you had 3 territories (4, 4, 6) surrounding a single territory of 9. you attack with the first, taking 3 (leaving your single), you then attack with the second taking another 3 (again leaving a single on your territory) you are now left with an attacking territory of 6 (5 attackers) facing 3. You then both lose 3, the defender is taken, you have 1 on each territory.
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