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Nick B31 Jan 2018 10:33 a.m. PST

Does TtS have rules for pick up scenarios such as River crossing, Ambush etc or is it really only for straight forward engagements?

Does it facilitate interesting narrative based type scenarios and interesting terrain?

How does terrain and game set up work?

Many thanks


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Jan 2018 11:21 a.m. PST

The game includes 10 generic scenarios like you describe. Meeting engagement, hold the gap, river crossing etc. So you can choose one randomly.

There is a "pick up" terrain generation system. You bring terrain suitable for your army (desert for Arabs for example), sufficient to fill 25% of the squares on your table.

You get to place one piece of terrain per 8 squares on the table. There are limits to how much of each type may be placed. Players alternate placement, with a restriction for right, center, left.

Once complete a card is drawn (the game uses cards, not dice) for each piece. Based on the suit/value of the card drawn the terrain piece may be left in place, moved, or removed entirely.

A nice wrinkle is that "open" is a terrain choice. So you can place an open terrain in a box to block your enemy from putting a woods in it handy if you have lots of phalanxes, for example.

Rules also specify how close terrain can be, etc.

Nick B31 Jan 2018 11:27 a.m. PST

Great – thanks for the info, that's really helpful.

Does the game give a reasonable level of nuance to troop types (in your opinion) or are troop types manilla?

princeman31 Jan 2018 1:40 p.m. PST

Plenty of choices to customize units and fit them into any slot. Great support from an online forum and continuous updates from the author. Our group had played Tactica for over 20 years and 'To the Strongest' has taken its place.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Jan 2018 3:52 p.m. PST

Too, too king princeman. :-)

Nick you are most welcome to drop me a line if you have any questions via link

mghFond31 Jan 2018 9:35 p.m. PST

Agree with Princeman. Since I discovered TtS rules, I have stopped looking for any other ancient/medieval rules set and our local group really enjoys the games.
I've put on several convention games too and players claimed they had a fun game.

Nick B31 Jan 2018 11:51 p.m. PST

Thanks All.

Simon – many thanks for your kind offer. However, I think the best way forward now is for me to buy a copy! Order to follow.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 1:11 a.m. PST

Well that will work just as well, Nick! :-)

Once you have them, if you have any questions, the TtS! forum is really active and very good-natured :-)


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