100 Years' War Campaign
A twist on the standard DBA campaign, for 4-8 players.
This is a modification of the standard DBA mini-campaign rules,
for 4-8 players.
Use the standard book DBA campaign rules, except as modified
below. Changes to the book rules are listed by section.
Each player represents a powerful noble house in France. Most players
will always be tributary to one political body (France, Burgundy, or
England), but independant of action to some extent.
The game is over when time runs out.
At the start of the game, players should be assigned the below
| The King of France
|| Ile de France, Berry, Picardy, Champagne
| The English (King, Regent, or Marshall, pick a title)
|| London (capital), Guienne, Gascony
| The Duke of Burgundy
|| Burgundy (capital), Luxembourg, Lorriane
| The Duke of Normandy (tributary to England)
|| Normandy (capital), Brittany, Maine
| The Duke of Bourbon (tributary to France)
|| Bourbon (capital), La Marche, Saintonge
| The Count of Flanders (tributary to Burgundy)
|| Flanders (capital), Liege, Artois
| The Count of Poitou (tributary to France)
|| Poitou, Anjou, Touraine
| The Duke of Auvergne (tributary to France)
|| Auvergne (capital), Languedoc, Toulouse
Assign each role in order, until there are no more roles or no more
players. If there are fewer than 8 players, split each demesne dropped
from the list as follows:
England and France begin the game at war.
Duchy of Auvergne
- Remove all territories from game
Duchy of Poitou
- Touraine - King of France
- Anjou - Duke of Normandy
- Poitou - Duke of Bourbon
County of Flanders
- Flanders - Duke of Burgundy
- Liege - King of France
- Artois - English
Duchy of Bourbon
- The Duke of Normandy becomes tributary to France
- Bourbon - remove from game
- La Marche - remove from game
- Saintonge - English
- Poitou - Duke of Normandy
Each player has one army of 12 elements. There are only 5
types of armies in the game:
The King of France gets a Royal French army.
- Royal French (#170 Medieval French)
- Baronial French (#172 Free Company)
- Burgundian (#173 Early Burgundian)
- English (#168 100 Years War English)
- Flemish (#163 Low Countries)
The Duke of Burgundy gets a Burgundian army.
The English player gets an English army.
The Count of Flanders gets a Flemish army if he is independant or in
rebellion, and a Baronial French army otherwise.
All other players have Baronial French armies.
If a player with a Baronial French army is not tributary to England, change
some of his troop types:
These troops revert back if the player becomes tributary to the English.
- replace the English Bd with lesser men-at-arms (Cv)
- replace the English Lb with mercenary and peasent rabble (Ax)
- replace other Lb with Cb.
The Campaign Year
Before the spring round, all territories ravaged by chevauchee
(see Invasion, below) automatically
At the end of the autumn round, each player regains 1 extra element
from his reserve for each unravaged territory they own.
An army may pass a city it does not control, without permission of
the owner, if there is no enemy army present and the territory has
been ravaged by a previous chevauchee.
Only the English may move by sea. Movement by sea may be between
any two territories connected by blue. All sea moves take the entire
turn, and no movement by land is possible in the same turn. If the
origin and destination territories are on different dark blue water
areas (the Atlantic coast or the Channel coast), the sea move counts
as two legs of movement. The second leg of sea movement must
be rolled for in all seasons.
A player may deliberately disband his army when it is his turn to move.
In any future turn, his army may be reformed when it his turn to move
(but it may not then move until the next turn). Armies that are disbanded
still get replacements.
When a player's army is disbanded, all of his territories defend against
siege as if there is an army present. For each city he loses, he must
move one Kn element and two other elements from his standing army to his
Burgundian Special Moves
The movement paths traced in blue and yellow between Flanders, Luxembourg,
Lorraine and Burgundy are usable only by the Burgundian player or his
tributaries. These represent free passage through lands of the Holy Roman
Empire, of which Burgundy is also technically a part. Alsace cannot be
owned by any player, but Burgundian armies or armies tributary to Burgundy
and given permission by the Duke of Burgundy may move there.
English Special Moves
Since the English own Calais, the English player may always move through
Artois as if he owns it (even if he does not). If there is an army there
belonging to a player that does not want the English to pass, the English
must first fight them before moving out. However, an English army in
Artois may never be besieged, and only has to fight if the English player
Every player may chevauchee against another player who is not
his overlord or tributary, by moving an army into an enemy's territory
and declaring "chevauchee". If the army on chevauchee is not
forced out by battle or caused to retreat, that territory is
ravaged and may no longer provide supply. Mark that territory
with smoke or ruins to indicate it has been ravaged.
An army is always in supply in territories of its overlord or a tributary.
Ravaged territories cannot provide supply. An army which just ravaged a
territory is in supply no matter where it is.
Results of a Battle
Players receive extra prestige points as follows:
|| for each element he destroyed using Kn
|| for each subgeneral he destroyed
Participation by Allied Contingents
Allied contingents must be 3-6 elements, at the discretion of the allied
Tributary players may wage war against any other players without
permission of their overlord. Players may only be tributary to the
King of France, the Duke of Burgundy, or the English, except that
the King of France and the English may never be tributary to anyone
All players except the King of France have a capital. The King may only
be conquered by losing his last directly held territory.
What happens then depends on who defeats him:
- If the conqueror is the English player or an independant
Count of Flanders, the tributary to the King with the most
territories and prestige points becomes the new King of
France (it being assumed the King has fled to his
most powerful noble's protection and set up court with a new
favorite); the former King of France becomes a Duke or Count
tributary to the conqueror. If the King has no tributaries,
the conqueror becomes the King of France.
- If the conqueror is the Duke of Burgundy
or is tributary to Burgundy, that player must
renounce all tributary status and become the new King of
France. The former King of France becomes a French noble
tributary to him.
- If the conqueror is tributary to the English,
he may choose either of the above.
Players who lose the French Crown count their sole remaining territory
as their capital from that point forward, and begin with a 6-element
Baronial French army (which must be rebuilt before it can give battle;
A tributary player may declare a rebellion at any time. If
the rebellion is not crushed before the same season (Summer, Spring,
Autumn) of the next year, he may declare a new overlord. The Count of
Flanders and the Duke of Burgundy may opt to become independant instead.
To crush a rebellion, an overlord must defeat the rebel army in
battle or siege. If the rebellion is crushed, the rebel player
loses his entire army, and must cede one of his remaining territories
(except his capital) to his overlord as penance (the overlord may
choose which one). The overlord also keeps all territories
captured in the course of crushing the rebellion.
Players count prestige points differently:
|| all prestige points gained in battle
|| for each territory under his personal control
|| for each vassal tributary to the player
|| for being King of France
Optional: Battle Rules Modifications
Below are some optional modifications to the battle rules to make
the game feel more appropriate to the period:
- Bw elements do not suffer a -2 for being in bad going.
This is just to make English longbowmen able to fight
in bad terrain, as they did at Agincourt. I notice that
the new DBA releases (1.2 and up) are already incorporating
- Bw or Art may not shoot through any amount of blocking terrain
(buildings, trees, hillcrests, etc.) between its front edge and
Just a fix to the shooting rules that should have been there
all along, but which no one really thinks about until shooting
elements are a dominant type. Note that this makes the type
of bad going important, so make sure this gets declared when
setting up battle fields.
- 15mm figures only: redefine 100p to be 40mm instead of 1 inch,
and play on a 36" square table instead of a 24" square table.
One problem with DBA is that Medieval units are all slow,
and Medieval battles are really not much fun because maneuvering
is so slow and plodding. Since Medieval units are also smaller than
their ancient equivalents, increasing the ratio of ground scale
to unit size makes some logical sense. Mostly, though, this
modification should make the game move faster and feel more
fun and exciting.
- Count an extra overlap against Cb shot at by English Lb.
This is so that English Lb really can outshoot
those ubiquitous French Cb units.
- DBA version 1.22 or later: Kn which moved into contact with a
Lb front edge or front corner this bound are destroyed if
Version 1.22 introduces the ability for Kn to quick-kill Bd,
making the English 100YW army extremely vulnerable. In real life,
English Lb were interspersed with the Bd and rained arrows on
anyone trying to get into contact. In DBA, however, Kn can
move farther than Bw can shoot, allowing a French army to charge
Kn into the Bd without ever being shot. This rule mitigates
this problem, as long as the English stay formed up and aren't
attacked in the rear.
If you want to paint and base fleets, you can play with these
DBA naval rules.
Armies may only move at sea if accompanied by a fleet.
The English player gets 1 fleet of 12 Wr, which starts at Dover.
There is 1 French fleet of 8 Wr and 4 Lib; it begins in either
Rouen or Normandy, at the King's bidding. It belongs to the French
player who owns the base (who then has the title Royal Admiral of
In combat, a fleet which is transporting an army will also have 1 Tr
element for each mounted element accompanying it. Each of these Tr
elements which is lost in battle dooms one mounted element (of the
owning player's choice) to being a foot element. Such elements may
be remounted when the army receives replacements, but remounting an
element counts as a 1/2 element replacement.
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