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Tips for Free Battle Mode?
Tips for Free Battle Mode? Posted on [13/06/2022] à 10:35

Hi all!


I want to run a free battle mode soon, and was arranging some boards yesterday to test out the mechanic of just picking some boards and arranging them to make a nice battlefield.


But I felt out of my depth haha! "One side has to much houses, I need to add some to the other side" was a thought that I had for instance. "Do I need to give the non cover side, more points?" was another.


I've never run a free battle mode and was wondering what tips people have that have ran them.


Do you try to make balanced maps? How do you pick the forces? If I pick a tank, do you make sure the other side has AT weapons?


Tips for Free Battle Mode? Posted on [13/06/2022] à 12:51

Just go with the flow is my opinion.


Let people build their own army lists if you can. This is of course tough when you are the one owning the game/system. Balancing things out is sometimes necessary, but it can also be boring. I like the thrill of gambling, so it might not be for everyone.


Try to place objectives (primary/secondary/tactical) pretty evened out. Unless you got an attack/defense type of modifier.


The Free Battle Mode options have a few (point) modifiers to make it easier or harder on the attacker.


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Tips for Free Battle Mode? Posted on [13/06/2022] à 16:22

Cool! Thanks for the insights.


And terrain elements like buildings and cover? I can imagine battles can turn out more fun if you have one side that has more cover for instance. If I need to attack a village from the woods for instance.


Is that how you run it as well? Just plot down boards and elements and go with the flow?


Tips for Free Battle Mode? Posted on [13/06/2022] à 16:34

Yes, I play on maps that I enjoy looking at and make sense. It's all very subjective though.


You know, a road with a bunker next to it… and not simply the bunker dropped randomly in the middle of a forest where the underlying structure doesn't make sense.


I also like scenarios that are asymmetrical. Many historical battles weren't evened out. Often it's defenders against a strong offensive attacking force, or worse. Or the inverse.


If you want a competitive map, try to be semi-symmetrical, though. Like this one I made a couple of years ago. Everything is very even: distance to objectives (there were primaries in the station and the church, secondary straight in the middle, and tactical objectives in the small buildings), amount of cover… but still it makes thematic and visual sense.



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Tips for Free Battle Mode? Posted on [13/06/2022] à 17:21

You know, a road with a bunker next to it… and not simply the bunker dropped randomly in the middle of a forest where the underlying structure doesn't make sense.


Yes exactly! That's what I was experimenting with but it ended up one sided. But like you said, that is more realistically.


And your example is a nice one as well! Thanks for sharing. That's the one that convinced me to buy the roads and railroads 😉


I'll try the go with the flow one first, and if we don't like it we can use the approach from your competitive map.


Tips for Free Battle Mode? Posted on [13/06/2022] à 23:18

A simple system could be if both players can agree to maximize the fun of the game. If your opponent is a bit too competitive, then go with "You make the map, I get to choose which side to deploy on", that tends to keep things pretty even 😉


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Tips for Free Battle Mode? Posted on [14/06/2022] à 09:32

Nice, that's always a nice one, thanks! I think we can use the maximize fun of the game however 😀 I'll keep it in my mind if we don't think this was the most fun haha


Tips for Free Battle Mode? Posted on [15/06/2022] à 10:59

Cool topic!


What do you guys think about making a thread where everybody can show their free battle maps. We could even turn this into a competition or something. This way might inspire players trying out the free battle mode. What do you think?


Tips for Free Battle Mode? Posted on [15/06/2022] à 16:20

Facebook group can upload the pictures more convenient, but here's mine recent played map:



For the tips of free battle mode, I would like to know what's your most played scenario/game version(V1, HoS or BRO), then I can suggest my army core.


Tips for Free Battle Mode? Posted on [16/06/2022] à 09:11

Ooh that looks like an awesome map 🙂


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