CONSOLIDATION 1860 by Matthew Medeiros This is a 3-player variant based on the struggle between Austria, Prussia, and Italy for central European dominance during the 1860s. The map is loosely drawn from the geopolitical atmosphere of the time. The major powers are Prussia, Austria, and Italy. There are no fleets in this variant, only armies. As this is a new variant, commentary/feedback would be greatly appreciated in modifying and improving the flow of the game. Please email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. (1) Rules of standard diplomacy apply with exception to the following: (2) The standard map has been replaced by the Central Europe 1865 map (see below). (3) Game begins in 1865 and progresses in the same manner as standard diplomacy. (4) There are 26 supply centers on the board. Acquiring 14 centers is the condition for victory. Yellow regions indicate the supply centers of the independent states. (5) Rules adapted from Ambition and Empire by J. S. Kase and B. M. Powell: At the start of the Spring and Fall turns, each power receives one Influence Point (IP) for each supply center it controls. During each Spring and Fall turn, each power may allocate none, some, or all of its IPs to a maximum of three independent states that still have units on the map. For each IP allocated, the allocating power submits an order for that particular Independent state’s unit. A power may also consolidate all of its IPs into a single order. A power may only order an independent state’s unit to hold or support. An independent state’s unit may not be ordered to move or attack. Unused IPs may not be carried over into the next turn. They are simply lost. Players are not required to tell each other how they have allocated their IPs. Just as with negotiations, players may honor their agreements with other players or not, as they see fit. Only the GM will know how the powers have allocated their IPs. IP allocation is not published; only the end results are published. In the event of a conflict, an order for a particular independent state’s unit is followed if it is supported by more IPs than any conflicting order. See the following examples: Example 1- In Spring 1865, Prussia allocates one IP to HAN to get it to support a Prussian attack on HES from WES. No other major power allocates an IP to HAN so the unit supports the Prussian attack on HES. Example 2- In Spring 1865, Prussia allocates one IP to SWI to get it to support an Austrian attack on MIL. Italy also allocates one IP to SWI to get it to support an Italian attack on VEN. Since Prussia and Italy each allocated one IP to SWI, neither controls SWI and the Swiss army simply holds in place. Had Prussia allocated 2 IPs to SWI, then the Swiss army would have supported the attack on MIL. Note: An independent state’s unit that is forced to retreat is disbanded permanently. (6) The starting positions of the armies are as follows:
PRUSSIA (BLUE): PRU, BRA, POS, SIL, WES; ITALY (GREEN): PIE, MIL, MAR, ROM, NAP; AUSTRIA (RED): HUN, BOH, AUS, TYR, VEN.