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Mobile Generals Variant Rule

In DBA, the General is based with (or otherwise appropriately designated on) an element of his army and remains on the table with that element until eliminated or for the balance of the game. This mechanism helps simplify play, but runs somewhat contrary to historical accounts of ancient and medieval commanders who moved from trouble spot to trouble spot, leading charges, shoring up faltering units, rallying broken soldiers, etc.

To reflect these types of historical circumstances, the following variant rule can be used to allow for mobile generals:

At a cost of one PIP, a General may move at Light Horse speed from one element to another of the same command during any turn. Movement is not allowed if the General's current element is in contact with the enemy. Similarly, the General's movement must be on a direct line between the beginning and ending elements and may not cross through an enemy element or its zone of control. The General's new element may not move in the same turn after being joined by the General, but may move normally prior to being joined. The General's former element may move normally before or after the departure of the General.

To give the opposing player appropriate notice of the change in Command elements, if possible the previous and new command elements should be swapped (if of the same element type) or substitute elements with General figures used. If swapping or substitution are not an option, the new Command element can be depicted by the addition of a small banner or other marker.

Jim Davis: I have been toying with a change in the General Rule. The general would be represented by a single figure and would be attached to a unit by being behind to it (base to base). The General can give it bonus up to a depth of two elements. Generals can only detach themselves from an element, without penality, only if there are no enemy within 600p. If there are enemy within 600p, then the unit "deserted" by its general suffers a -1 penality for that bound and their opponents bound.

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Last Updated: July 5, 1998

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