The Commands & Colors Samurai Battles game allows players to refight important engagements of Medieval Japanese history. The battles included in the scenario booklet focus on the historical deployment of forces and important terrain features in scale with the game system. The scale of the game is flexible and varies from battle to battle. For some scenarios, an infantry unit may represent an entire clan of soldiers, while in other scenarios a unit may represent just a few brave warriors.
The Commands & Colors Samurai Battles game is based on the highly successful Commands & Colors game system and by design it is not overly complex. The Command cards drive movement and creates a “fog of war” and presents players with many interesting challenges and opportunities, while the battle dice resolve combat quickly and efficiently. The Honor & Fortune game mechanic will task players to maintain a balance and in a roundabout way serves to measure an army’s discipline, honor and the fortunes of war. Using Honor & Fortune tokens to play Dragon cards will also add suspense and surprise that can bend the rules and instantly change the course of a battle. The battlefield tactics you will need to execute to gain victory, however, conform remarkably well to the strengths and limitations of the various Japanese unit types, their weapons, the battle’s terrain, and written history.
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