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Offline CPalmer

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"Bear Yourselves Valiantly" Rules On Target For Fall Release
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:49:39 PM »
Just wanted to let everybody know that our rules for Fantasy, Ancients, and Medieval mass combat, "Bear Yourselves Valiantly", was sent off to the publisher, On Military Matters, today and is on track to be released to coincide with Fall-In this autumn.
Here's a sneak peek at the cover:



For more informations, see the rules' website:
   http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/LSNC__FAM.html
"I have wrought my simple plan,
if I give one hour's joy,
to the boy who's half a man,
or the man who's half a boy!"
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Offline Momotaro

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Re: "Bear Yourselves Valiantly" Rules On Target For Fall Release
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2014, 07:58:53 PM »
I'm a sucker for new fantasy game systems, so please tell me more...

What are the basic mechanics like?

How do you handle the fantasy elements - what distinguishes a scurrying ratman, lumbering zombie or ten-foot tall lizardman warrior from your human troops?  Or indeed a Roman legionary from a Crusading peasant?

Will there be sample armies?

What's your take on magic?

Looks unit-based rather than individual casualties?

Is the game tied to any particular scale?  Looks like your armies are 10mm -would it convert to 28s?

Offline Elbows

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Re: "Bear Yourselves Valiantly" Rules On Target For Fall Release
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2014, 08:59:38 PM »
I just like the main art.  I think the name is...poorly chosen.  Bear Yourselves Valiantly doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, and BYV...maybe a little better?  The art in that picture though reminds me of Battlemasters from when I was a kid - and that's a good thing.

I too would like to learn more about the rules, though I don't see myself ever putting together an army.



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Offline CPalmer

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Re: "Bear Yourselves Valiantly" Rules On Target For Fall Release
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2014, 09:38:16 PM »
Here's some answers to Momotaro questions:

   Basic mechaincs-  Each stand equals about 500 human-sized fighters or 250 cavalry-sized riders.  Groups of 3 to 6 stands are grouped under Battle Group Leader stands. And groups of 2 to 4 of these Battle Groups are organized under a Wing Leader.   At the beginning of each turn each HQ rolls a d6 for its activation number, and then the GM draws from a deck numbered 1 to 6 in black and red, with a reshuffle card in it.  When a leaders card is drawn, the units directly under him can activate (move or shoot).  Morale pips are accrued as units take hits, and these pips must be rolled for before a Battle Group can activate.

All Units are assigned unique attributes (movement, defensive factors, melee attack, reach, morale level, etc) and these can be varied to give units unique qualities.  Fantasy units can also be asigned certain special qualities like "resistance to magic", or  "less affected by edged weapons", etc.

So, given some of your examples; the attibutes I would assign to the ratman would invlove perhaps faster than average movment rates, less armor defense, a shorter reach, and the ability to see better under night conditions.  The zombie would be slow, and a heavy defense, and perhaps a weak melee and perhaps resistant to magic.

Yes, the rules contain a half dozen sample armies: Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, 15th Centurt English, Roman, and Carthiginian

We strongly believed that magic should not dominate the battlefield.  Wizards can't just point at a unit and "zot" it into oblivion.  Wizard stands represent a powerful wizard and a small entourage of apprentices and lesser wizards.  Wizards are assigned a number of spells, determined by the wizard's level, at the start of the game, and once these spells are used they are removed from play.  The spells for the most part involve morale effects, movemnt effects, and combat enhancements or reductions.   Wizards also have a small shooting ability, similar to missle armed troops, that represent smaller level close-in magic for personal defense, as oposed to the larger "battle magic".

Yes, casualties are by unit.  Each combat stand can take three hits before being removed. Leaders, heroes, and wizards take two hits.   Hits lower the ability of the unit to inflict damage.

No the game is not tied to any particualr scale.  Yes, we use mainly  10mm armies; but as long as the relative base sizes remain constant, you can put any number of any sized figure on them without changing how the game is played.  One of the authors, Dave Wood, uses the rules with his 25mm figures:


I hope these answers help.    If you have any follow up questions, please feel free to ask.

Here are some battle reports that might interest you:

http://onemoregamingproject.blogspot.com/2014/05/bear-yourselves-valiantly-demo-games-at.html

http://onemoregamingproject.blogspot.com/2014/01/bear-yourselves-valiantly-fantasy.html

http://onemoregamingproject.blogspot.com/2013/07/saturday-look-sarge-no-charts-games-at.html

Offline CPalmer

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Re: "Bear Yourselves Valiantly" Rules On Target For Fall Release
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2014, 09:44:49 PM »
Glad to hear you like the art!  Sorry you don't like the name.  The title comes from a quote from Willaim the Conqueror, shown in the lower left corner of the photo in my original post.  We felt the title helped evoked the flavor of the rules with out sounding either overly Fantasy, or Historically oriented.

Offline Momotaro

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Re: "Bear Yourselves Valiantly" Rules On Target For Fall Release
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2014, 07:46:23 AM »
Thsnks Chris, that's a very comprehensive answer!  The game does indeed sound worth a look.

Cheers,

Derek

Offline johnl5555

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Re: "Bear Yourselves Valiantly" Rules On Target For Fall Release
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2014, 12:30:55 AM »
  I'm really looking forward to these! I was interested but when I saw the 25mm figs being used my mind raced. I have loads of Partha, Heritage, Grenadier, Custom Cast and other 25mm figs painted. I'm all over buying these!

I have been also interested in reading that you can create your own stats for races not covered. That's great. I am really looking forward to these.

Thanks,

John

 

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