Rules focusing on combat operations during the American Revolution, designed to emphasize the
differences between infantry units and the effects of leadership. The basic tabletop unit
is the battalion/regiment, which are organized into brigades, which in turn form columns (divisions).
The rules cover formations, charges, musketry and melee combat,
artillery, and morale.
Target Priority rules limit which units can fire on which targets. After melee, or upon being charges, units may involuntarily retrograde - which in turn may lead to an enemy advance (sometimes involuntarily). Artillery (guns, howitzers, and mortars) can fire roundshot, grapeshot, caseshot, or shell, and ammunition is kept track of.
Orders (Attack, Defend, Maneuver, Withdraw, Reserve, Support) are issued to brigades and columns by commanders one turn in advance, but actual orders may differ from the issued orders (especially if the leader is of poor quality). Units are represented by blank stands until "spotted"; dummy stands are also used to simulate the fog of war. The battle concludes when only one player has units remaining on the tabletop.
The Compendium contains ratings for all units and leaders from the Revolutionary War, a random scenario generator, optional rules (reinforcements, infantry ammunition, fatigue, surprise, night fighting, weather, friendly fire, supplies, communications, flank security, double facing, random events, "large" units, and an alternate basing scheme for 5mm figures), rules and tables covering European Wars, and three scenarios (Bunker's Hill and Cowpens from the Revolutionary War, and Kolin from the Seven Years War).
|Period||The focus is on the American Revolution, but the Compendium includes rules for the European Wars of 1740-1789 (including colonial conflicts)|
|Designer||Richard J. Kane (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Publisher||First edition published 1997 by Clash of Arms.|
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|22 October 1998||added link to publisher's site|
|27 May 1997||added designer's email address|
|13 May 1997||first published|
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