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What is Battleline?

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larienna
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Some games/people have refered to a mechanic called battleline used for combat resolution.

I want to know how it work? What does it eat during winter? What is it's reproduction cycle? etc.

Katherine
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larienna I have only heard

larienna

I have only heard about the "line of battle" which is a naval term. What games use it?

awakener76
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Could it be this?

Knizia has a 2 player card game called Battleline:
http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/760

larienna
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age of mythology variant

I remember that some people suggested a variant in age of mythology that added the battle line mechanic to the battles. So I said to my self that it could be a common use mechanic.

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This rings a bell with me...

larienna wrote:
I remember that some people suggested a variant in age of mythology that added the battle line mechanic to the battles. So I said to my self that it could be a common use mechanic.
This rings a bell with me... I think it's a way of queueing up units in complex combats so their attacks, defenses, and hit resolution is easier to handle and more tactical. I also suspect that it's a specific company's "pet mechanic" – not an "industry standard" mechanic.

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This review explains it. The

This review explains it. The Geek is your friend.

larienna
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About age of mythology

I search battle line in the age of mythology game and come up with the following results.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/spsearch.php?objectid=6707&objecttype=thing...

Maybe the designer of the variant was inspired by the battleline game.

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The other battleline

I have checked the battle line variant for AOM to see if there are some links with the board game and it works pretty much differently. So maybe he just came up with the name.

In that variant, the way the battle line work is that one player after another place a unit in front line that will match the unit in front of them. (there is 4 columns possible). Then extra units can support the front units. Support units are set hidden.

Then for each column of the battle line, you roll the dices and resolve the duel. Then if there are surviving units, another battle start. Up to 8 units can fight in the battle (4 front and 4 support).

This mechanics makes me think about starcraft the board game. In fact I was thinking If I could use a battleline mechanic for my starcraft variant. It looks interesting and there won't be that much changes to do with what I have so far. So I would eventually have to make some test.

The only problem I have with starcraft is the average amount of units per battle since protoss have fewer but stronger units. Since both sides (when fighting ofther race) did not have the same amount of units, it strongly disadvantaged protoss. The unit placement described above works good if both side has in average the same amount of units.

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