Need we say more about these superb rules:
- Plausible results - the ebb and flow of battle is readily apparent, as is the wearing down of will to fight that we read about in Horse & Musket sources. This was a very close run thing.
- Rapid action - we watched cavalry disengage, re-organise and counter-attack within a few card plays, incorporating battlefield friction and risk, with no pre-programmed turn sequence.
- A great story and game. There is never a dull moment.
- We discussed maneuver and cavalry column options for the period - so easy to tweak these for the next game.
But why 'The Eagle has Landed'? Read on gentle reader...
The English have held Walcourt under the famous Tollemache, and John Churchill - newly created Earl of Marlborough. Waldeck would say of him at this battle: "... despite his youth he displayed greater military capacity than do most generals after a long series of wars ... He is assuredly one of the most gallant men I know"
By this stage, both decks had either reached morale threshold, or were about to. When the army morale card came up, the Allies, with Waldeck being a d8 commander, had the odds stacked against them - and their losses sustained make them opt to withdraw, but what a close run thing this was. Epic!
And now..we present the Conspiracy Theory.
So...Sgt Steiner rolled a 1 for Churchill during the 'Officer Survival' check phase, hmmm? Seems strange..Steiner...Churchill. Are you thinking what I'm thinking?