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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

When the enemy forces are overwhelming how do you handle the withdrawal?

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 1:35 p.m. PST

Click my heels together and say "there's no place like home."

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

Form square and march off!



robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 1:47 p.m. PST

Generally, by reciting the magic words "I don't see a way to win this one" picking up the troops and going out for pizza. If the scenario is supposed to be a fighting withdrawal, that's different. But they're tricky designs.

MHoxie06 Oct 2017 2:00 p.m. PST

Send in the cavalry to screen your retreat; roll lots of fives and sixes; hum the tune "Que Sera, Sera."

Zyphyr06 Oct 2017 2:34 p.m. PST

Step 1, get out the loaded dice…

But seriously, it is completely dependent on the situation.

KPinder06 Oct 2017 2:43 p.m. PST

Refuse your flanks, then say smugly,…

"You might as well pack it in, I've got the interior lines now."

Gear Pilot06 Oct 2017 3:26 p.m. PST

Attack, and attain glory!

bobspruster06 Oct 2017 4:38 p.m. PST

Withdrawal?! No. Form square and die.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 4:43 p.m. PST

Pick a few units you don't like, assign them to the aristocratic imbecile forced on you by the big brass, tell him "I say, Hubert, hold up those chaps there" and run like the devil with the rest of the army

Stryderg Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 6:42 p.m. PST

Hunker down and call in arty on my position…well, my troop's position. If nothing else, it scares off the other guys.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 9:16 p.m. PST

They're not real people. They're lead. They'll be back to fight again next game.
Go out with a bang.

Personal logo jdginaz Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 10:21 p.m. PST

Poorly ;)

Glengarry506 Oct 2017 11:05 p.m. PST

Look for secure flanks and shorten my frontage to squeeze into small spaces.

Ottoathome07 Oct 2017 2:20 a.m. PST

If I came to the game, saw that the game was overwhelmingly unbalanced I would simply spread out my troops, attack all along the line and give the cheating opponent his victory and then go home and never play another game with him.

Legion 407 Oct 2017 6:57 a.m. PST

I think CPT Jack Sparrow did the correct thing in that situation !

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2017 7:42 a.m. PST

Well, die to the last man.

Oberlindes Sol LIC07 Oct 2017 11:43 a.m. PST

When you're outnumbered, attack immediately. The enemy's weakest point and its leader are the best targets of the attack, but even if you can't reach them easily, you must attack.

The foregoing maxim is true for any period and for nearly any sizes of forces.

Henry Martini07 Oct 2017 2:41 p.m. PST

The Colonial era? I believe the most widely applied maxim then was… the Maxim.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Oct 2017 4:00 a.m. PST

How do you handle being outnumbered?"

By being better.

When the enemy forces are overwhelming how do you handle the withdrawal?

Depends on the situation. In general, you should always have an extraction plan.


Two answers because "outnumbered" and "overwhelmed" are two different things.

Old Wolfman11 Oct 2017 6:12 a.m. PST

"If we are marked to die,we are enough to do our country loss…" Henry V.

Elenderil11 Oct 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

If in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 10:33 a.m. PST

If there are victory points then try to gain as many as possible. If not then to make such a fight that songs and stories will long be told. If withdrawal is the best option then I tend to run a fighting withdrawal with succeeding lines of delay, a variation on the classic defense in depth.

Legion 411 Oct 2017 12:09 p.m. PST

Of course … you can always can in an airstrike or two or more … evil grin

UshCha Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2017 1:21 a.m. PST

It depends,
If it forces a game that is out of the interesting set of games, conceed and go for a drink. An uninteresting game is thj pits and not worth playeing. If it looks to be intersting play on and have fun. Who cares who wins if its challengeing and fun. If its just dice rolling life is TOO SHORT to waste it rolling dice.

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