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#1 2007-05-27 11:26:11

Philip Thomas
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Eastern Front changes

Ok I've gone through the rules and (especially) the cards and noted down any changes I can find, and put them in any fronts which they apply to. I may have missed a few, if so please point them out.


Eastern front changes

Tarnow is activated for Combat by Guns of August: the Russians fire on the Corps table for this battle only.  The GE xxx in Insterborg has been moved to Danzig. Russian War Plan forces them to take Tannenberg. Wireless Intercepts is only playable during Mobilisation. Attack on Berlin gains a VP for Allies. Pleve is only playable against AH during Mob, restriction lifted thereafter. Tsar Takes Command playable where CPs have 2 Russian VP spaces and a unit adjacent to a third. Von Hutier requires Hoffman and is 1917+ KaiserSchlacht cards playable against Russia (same conditions as Von Hutier). Russian capitulation needed to play Kaiser Schlacht cards vs France. Brest Litovsk now prevents Russian and CP units from cutting each other?Äôs supply lines. It also gives  4 SR points to the Germans when it is played. New Russian Desertions card available after Fall of the Tsar reduces 4 Russian 2-step units by 1 step.  RU 6th Army and 7th Army is now a 4/4 card. Great Retreat is playable as a CC for the same effect, causing allied player to skip next action.
Brusilov Offensive: if the attack destroys an AH army it is permanently eliminated.
New 2 card, Bread Riots and Strikes in Austria Hungary. Playable after Brusilov Offensive,  1917+ Permanently remove one full-strength AH corps or subtract one VP (Cp choice). +1 to all CP MO rolls, +1 Ops point to activate AH spaces for attack, except on AH(IT) Mo turns. Only 1 AH RP per turn.


The Eastern front is one of the most fluid fronts in Paths of Glory, with great movement and grand envelopments possible. Hence in addition to the front-specific changes listed above, it is worth mentioning that OOS units get one Action round to get back in supply and also that enemy controlled spaces beyond the first such space moved into cost an extra two movement points. This makes envelopment maneuvres more tricky, although they will still be possible given the lack of connections beteen Russia and the Polish salient. Forts attacked alone can now only be destroyed if the attacker moves into the space, mildly slowing down German advances into Poland or Russian advances into East Germany.

The Russian War Plan should see Russians in Tannenberg most games, and in more than half of those games the Germans will have a guaranteed flank attack. Meanwhile the Russians will also have taken losses in Ivangorod, so there will be something to spend the Russian RPs on in turn 1: as the Allies normally play an RP card to help the French this doesn't affect balance much.

A drive towards Berlin is encouraged by the VP bonus but unlikely to get very far, especially as German units in Germany enjoy Trench 0 once Entrenchment has been played. More strongly indicated is an offensive in Galicia. Brusilov Offensive now has the chance to eliminate an Austrian army for good, and the new Bread Riots card can cripple the Austrians. There is even the prospect of forestalling Bulgarian entry, though this is not likely to be very common.

Meanwhile the Russian Capitulation sequence is a little faster than before, with Tsar Takes Command possible on 2 VP spaces and a space adjacent to a VP space. The larger hand size also means the CP can easier hold a Russian Capitulation card between turns until its conditions are met. Its also easier to move troops from Russia to the West once Russia has capitulated, partly because Brest-Litovsk gives free SR and partly because the rules now prevent either side putting the other's units OOS after brest-litovsk, meaning you only need to place a corps on each Russian VP space and then you have no worries about russians retaking them. Russian capitulation is required to play the Kaiserschlacht cards in the West and there is a VP penalty for not playing them so the CPs are given an incentive to complete the sequence: in addition there is likely to be a higher Total War Status as the allies have an incentive to get America in. There's a small discrepancy between the 2 sequences in that Over There now allows the Allies to spend OPs when playing the Event, which doesn't apply to Bolshevik Revolution. On the other hand the new (Player's Guide?) Russian Desertions card should hasten the fall of Russia.

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#2 2007-05-27 23:07:01

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Re: Eastern Front changes

There is even the prospect of forestalling Bulgarian entry, though this is not likely to be very common.

and forestalling Romanian entry, though not likely either

On the other hand the new (Player's Guide?) Russian Desertions card should hasten the fall of Russia.

Player's Guide indeed. There's also a mini-desertions effect (reduction of RPs) added to Fall of the Tsar event


"It is well that war is so terrible - lest we should grow too fond of it." General Lee.

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#3 2007-06-16 16:48:52

Philip Thomas
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Re: Eastern Front changes

WP 1: "Galicia?Äù.

Applicable on turn one only.

While in effect, Austro-Hungarian units adjacent to Russian units may only be activated for Attack.

The WP is immediately cancelled if: at any time during his turn, the CP player chooses to cancel it by subtracting 1 VP, or a Russian unit occupies a space in Austro-Hungary, or an attack by Russian units wins (that is, cause higher loss number on the CRT) against Austro-Hungarian units in Austro-Hungary.

This just got added to the rules which is why it isn't in my original list of changes. Does occupation include merely moving through?

Anyway I would say this is the final nail in the coffin of the non Guns of August strategy. Now that you can't use the first action to pull back from Tarnopol there seems no reason to not play Guns of August for the event.

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#4 2007-06-16 17:12:11

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Re: Eastern Front changes

Well, remember, War Plans are only in effect if Guns of August has been played. So if the event is globally favourable to the CP, this specific effect is, on the other hand, a penalty.


And yes, occupying is meant as "occupying at any moment". I will change it to "or if a Russian unit enters a space in Austro-Hungary", for clarity.


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#5 2007-06-16 18:02:26

Philip Thomas
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Re: Eastern Front changes

ah, yes I forgot that. So you could still pull the Austrians back from Tarnopol on round 1, not that it is very likely.

In the 'historical variant' Guns of August is simply mandatory...

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