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Marshall Ney11 Jun 2019 10:09 p.m. PST

Hi all,

In regards to the Firefight rule in Empire 5, we have 2 differing points of view in our group.

One point is that you must enter into a Firefight as soon as you enter close range musket distance. That you must fire wether you want to or not.

The other point of view is that the unit moving into close range does not have to fire. Meaning there will only be a Firefight if the advancing unit wishes to fire.

Has any one else had any ideas/problems with interpreting this rule.

Thanks for your help.

Cheers Michael

marshalGreg12 Jun 2019 1:20 p.m. PST

Per the rules ( and this is an issue since This produces much gaminess) If the attacker moves up and stops in close range and does not fire then the defender cannot return fire. This did not happen- period in the real thing.

My group handles it as: attacker moves up close range to fire then defender gets first fire. Attacker can return or proceed with Charge Impact" to simulate the fact that close prox indicated an attack from the defender's point of view. It removes the gamey crap

SCOTT BOWDEN24 Jun 2019 6:20 p.m. PST


If you would like to discuss this issue in-depth, please message me on Facebook. There are several things that Greg, in his eliquent prose, mistakeningly assumes (and completely misses with his considerable change) with regards to the rules mechanics.


Marshall Ney24 Jun 2019 9:54 p.m. PST

Hi Scott,

Not on Facebook, however my email address is if you would like to contact me.

Cheers Michael

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