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Guelphs and Ghibellines simulates the traditional clashes between 13th century armies with an original system which is both simple and accurate, allowing to reproduce typical tactics of the battle of the era, and focusing on progressive combat fatigue and loss of cohesion of formations on the battlefield.

Cavalry remains the Queen of the battlefield, but the Italian communal infantry (the best in its period) manages to have a sound impact on the outcome of the fight.


The game captures at a tactical level the climax of the long struggle for the predominance of Italy during this century. After the death of the German Emperor Frederick II, the struggle extended for the predominance of the most important cities in Tuscany, passed through the death of Manfred in the battle of Benevento, which marks the end of the Swabian dominium in Italy and the take-over of the Angioin dynasty over the Reign of Naples, and finally the defeat of the last Ghibelline cities in Tuscany at Campaldino.


The Battles:

Montaperti 1260: The Arbia colored in red

Benevento 1266: The twilight of the Hoenstaufen

Campaldino 1289: The Saturday of St. Barnaba


All the main protagonists of the battles and all the different types of troops are considered, included cavalry with various level of armour protection, infantry, archers, crossbowmen, palvesari, the Comunal Carroccio, etc.


The game is based on a continuous sequence of activations of formation leaders on the battlefield, limited by their intrinsic command capacity and the battle fatigue. The traditional sequence of play is replaced by uninterrupted sequence of activations where each leader trying to bring victory to his side. However the exact sequence of activation of friendly troops is unpredictable, that makes the game difficult to master and always uncertain. The game system is relatively simple, but the different tactics of the era are rendered in an elegant way; cavalry against cavalry or against infantry, effect of missiles, etc. Even the main personalities (and heroes) which enlightened those climatic days are present on the battle map


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Zawartość pudełka:

·         Two 22"x34" maps of  the battlefields

·         160 LARGE 5/8" die-cut counters

·         120 1/2" die-cut counters

·         Standard rules and Instruction for the 3 historical battles, 3 alternative  set-ups, 1 "fast-and-furious" scenarios

·         Charts, tables