The British Isles map is, as it names implies, a map covering the UK, Ireland and some other smaller islands that are part of the archipelago. The map has 42 regions with 6 bonus zones. This provides a good sized map for 2-6 player games.
The British Isles map is a simple, conservative and classic-style Conquer Club map. It was originally released in April 2006 during the website’s dawn and revamped in January 2009. The seas surrounding the islands, mountain ranges (impassable) and two “one way borders” (separating the North England and Scotland bonus zones) break up the map into the separate bonus zones. The map relies primarily on region count advantage and zone bonuses to provide an edge in each game. Consequently, being a simple, old school map - what works on Classic generally works on the British Isles map.
Size: Medium (42 regions)
Bonuses: Balanced Complexity: Easy Features One Way Borders - Cumberland assaults and reinforces into Dumfries & Galloway and Northumberland assaults and reinforces into Lothian & Borders (but not vice versa). How to play British Isles
show: Two Player
In a 2 player game, each player starts with 14 regions (i.e. leaving 14 neutral regions). Irrespective of the spoils type, an early possession of the West Country bonus zone (+2 troop bonus) or an early region count advantage (one player holding 17 or more regions with the other player holding 11 or less regions) may be decisive for the outcome of the game. Preventing the opponent from getting a region count advantage and/or holding West Country should be an overarching priority.
Naturally, in a flat rate or escalating spoils game, the importance of the possession of West Country and/or a region count advantage wears off after a few rounds. However, in a no spoils game, any one of these advantages tends to be the decisive factor in the vast majority of 2 player games. Under the right circumstances (taking into account the initial 14 neutral regions), it may be possible to conquer and attempt to hold Wales (with three entry points). Attempting this is usually a gamble but, if successful, the +3 troop bonus generally ensures victory. The remaining bonus zones (Ireland, North England, Scotland and South England) are rarely worth an effort in a 2 player game due to their size and likely number of neutral regions.
With the British Isle map being a rather simple, straight forward old school map - what works on Classic generally works on this map.
There is nothing particularly special to this map concerning no spoils, flat rate and nuclear games. Here, the map-specific points under the “Two Player” and “Team Games” sub-sections may be helpful in addition to the general strategy guides on these topics. With respect to escalating games, the only bonus zone one should attempt to hold in these games is West Country. As usual, it may be sensible to spread out across the map in order to increase one’s reach (i.e. to have a launching pad for assaults in different areas of the map) once the spoils sets increase in value. Several bottleneck regions exists: By putting up a troop block on these bottleneck regions, one may at least be able to make it more difficult for your opponents to reach and eliminate any other player. Also, using those regions as a starting-point, one has the opportunity to strike into the different parts of the map. Dyfed / South Leinster is the only assault route between Ireland and Wales. Avon separates South England and West Countries. Dumfries & Galloway / Isle of Man is the only assault route from Scotland into North England (but not vice-versa due to the one way borders). A number of dead end regions exist: Trapping an opponent by blocking a region may allow a player to control the destiny of that opponent once the spoils sets increase in value (or, for that matter, protect a team mate as the case may be). Cornwall (blocked by Devon). Grampian (blocked by Tayside). Hebrides (blocked by Southern Highlands). Isle of Wight (blocked by South Coast). Munster (blocked by South Leinster). Northern Highlands (blocked by Southern Highlands) The British Isle map’s many bottleneck regions and dead end regions allows for challenging escalating games as it takes careful planning and timing to eliminate one’s opponents.
show: Team Games
With respect to the basic set-up: In 4 player doubles games, each player starts with 10 regions, in triples games, each player starts with 7 regions and in quadruples games, each player starts with 5 regions.
Considering the map size (42 regions), the best strategy in quadruples games is usually to target and attempt to eliminate one of the players in the opposing team (once done, one simply continues targeting the remaining opponents one by one). With respect to doubles or triples games, and irrespective of the spoils type, an early possession of the West Country bonus zone may be an important edge. It may also (at least in doubles games) be possible to seize and hold any of the Ireland, North England or Wales bonus zones (each with three entry points). Preferably, when defending any of these bonus zones, one should try to put up troop blocks in an adjacent region outside the bonus zone itself. For example: With such troop blocks in place, a team blocks the adjacent bonus zone, pushes forward the potential starting-points for assaults as well as creating a defensive depth if placing a second troop on the regions behind the troop blocks in questions. Ireland can be defended with troop blocks on Dumfries & Galloway / Strathclyde (Scotland) and Dyfed (Wales). North England can be defended with a troop block on Dumfries & Galloway (Scotland) in addition to Lancashire / Yorkshire. Wales can be defended with troop blocks on Lancashire (North England), South Leinster (Ireland) and West Midlands (South England). Without a good initial troop drop, it is difficult to seize and hold more than one bonus zone. However, this should be sufficient if one at the same time is able to ensure that the opposing team is unable to hold a different bonus zone. Having secured a bonus zone, a team has two basic strategies to choose from. The first choice would be to target one of the players in the opposing team (and once eliminated, continue targeting the remaining opponents one by one). The second choice would be to push the advantage by expanding out from the held bonus zone slowly grinding down the opposing team.
show: Additional Notes
There is nothing particularly special to this map concerning
assassin and terminator games or games with a fog of war or manual deployment setting, the general strategy guides on these topics may be helpful. The following region abbreviations are used in the map graphics: With respect to Oxon - Oxfordshire Gloucs - Gloucestershire Cambs - Cambridgeshire bordering regions, the following can be noted: As a general note on the British Isle map’s Cumberland assaults and reinforces into Dumfries & Galloway, but troops on Dumfries & Galloway cannot assault or reinforce into Cumberland (a one-way border). Northumberland assaults and reinforces into Lothian & Borders, but troops on Northumberland cannot assault or reinforce into Lothian & Borders (a one-way border). Sea routes allow assaults and reinforcements between the bonus zones Ireland / Wals, Ireland / Scotland and North England / Scotland as well as the regions Isle of Wight / South Coast and Hebrides / Southern Highlands. bonus zones, one can note the following: Especially in no spoils games, the ratio between bonus troops and the number of defense points one has to keep in order to hold a bonus zone is a factor to be taken into account when planning one’s strategy. However, and especially with respect to bonus zones consisting of a large number of regions, other factors - such as the negative impact of conquering neutral regions (or regions held by a team mate) as well as the risk that an opponent is able to secure a region count advantage - must be taken into account. West Country: +2 troop bonus, one entry point (i.e. 2 additional troops per tied down defense point). South England: +7 troop bonus, four or five entry points (i.e. 1.75 or 1.4 additional troops per tied down defense point). Ireland: +5 troop bonus, three entry points (i.e. 1.66 additional troops per tied down defense point). Wales: +5 troop bonus, three entry points (i.e. 1.66 additional troops per tied down defense point). North England: +4 troop bonus, three entry points (i.e. 1.33 additional troops per tied down defense point). Scotland: +5 troop bonus, four entry points (i.e. 1.25 additional troops per tied down defense point). Looking at the ratio between bonus troops and the number of defense points, one can conclude that the British Isle map is reasonably balanced bonus wise. The two exceptions are the West Country bonus zone with the high 2 bonus troops/defense point ratio and the Wales bonus zone with the low 1 bonus troops/defense point ratio. Even if it may be tempting to attempt to secure and hold Wales, it is rarely worth the effort as it is relatively easily reached by one’s opponents due to its central location and the relatively low reward per round if holding it. Rather than Wales, one may be better off in the long-run attempting to secure and hold Ireland with its less accessible location and higher reward per round if holding it. Other related strategy guides