|Programmed Leaders in Campaigns
However, you are all set to run your campaign only to find a player can not make the event or the number of players are limited. How can you now run your campaign? Provided here are some basic rules to automate the running of those countries that do not have a player associated with them. The rules were designed to be used in association with the DBA campaign rules.
The original concept of Programmed Leaders was not mine. I first came across them in an article published in Wargames Illustrated several years ago which I can no longer reference. However, what is defined here is a significant modification of the original concept.
Hopefully, should you use the rules described here, your resulting campaign will be both interesting and provide a series of challenging tabletop games. However, be careful of Ambitious Tyrants on your borders!
Tyrants, Kings and Generals:
For those states without a player a method is used to determine the characteristics of foreign policy. Historical some states may have clearly defined rulers which may, at least initially, determine the characteristics of the king or state. For example Macedonia, under Alexander the Great, may be modelled as being commanded by a "Ambitious Tyrant". On the loss of the king or commander, or in other situations, a single D6 can be used to determine the characteristics of the leader.
All programmed armies start the campaign in their capital and return to the capital after every campaign year. Feeble and Incompetent leaders only move one map route per seasonal turn. Feeble Cowards only move within their own borders.
Feeble Cowards will only move within their own borders. Unless into battle (forced upon him by popular opinion) it must be away from the nearest foreign army. An Incompetent will move to invade the nearest weakest opponent and will cross sea or mountain routes regardless of season. Veterans will move to invade the nearest opponents but will only cross sea or mountain routes in the summer season. An Ambitious Tyrant will move to invade the nearest enemy regardless of strength and will cross sea and mountain routes in any season.
In cases where bordering nations are of equal size or the direction is in dispute:
Declaration of War:
Roll after all other players have declared war. Any non player countries that had war declared on them do not roll. The country they declare war on is determined from above, If the score denotes "Tributary" this means the country offers to become a tributary of the largest invader if any present, otherwise ignored.
Subtract one from die score for each element less than 12 elements.
Once a "Declaration of War" has been decided roll a die each season to determine if an attack will commence. Use the table above but take no notice of "Tributary" results. A second "Declare War" result means the invasion starts.
Invasion of a Programmed Nation:
When a Programmed Nation is invaded roll a dice to determine the reaction:
Feeble Coward: 1 to 4 stands siege and removes his army if inside the city away from the invader. 5 or 6 roll another die, and consult above table. A declare war result means give battle. A tributary result means the leader is assassinated and replaced by a Veteran Campaigner (1 or 2), or by a Tyrant (3,4,5 or 6).
An Incompetent: 1 or 2 stands siege, removing the army away if inside. 3, 4 or 5 stands siege leaving the army inside. 6 gives battle regardless of odds.
Veteran Campaigner: 1 to 3 stands siege, removing his field army from the city if inside. 4 to 6 gives battle with his army unless outnumbered by 4 or more elements, in which case he stands siege removing his field army.
An Ambitious Tyrant: 1 to 2 stands siege, leaving his field army in the city if already there, otherwise does nothing. 3 to 6 Gives battle with his field army, regardless of odds.
When programmed leaders take the field their armies must be controlled by human players. This can be decided by a simple dice throw. Ideally however it should be by the player who has least to gain by the programmed leader's defeat.
In addition the following effects the battle if using DBA to resolve the battles the following should be used:
Human players may ally themselves to programmed nations at any time. Programmed leaders must dice to solicit allies from other programmed nations. Human players must also dice to gain allies from programmed nations.
At the end of any campaign year, any programmed leader who has lost one or more cities may be bullied into becoming a tributary. Any programmed or human player may dice to try and subjugate a programmed leader's nation, but may only make one attempt at any one programmed nation at the end of the campaign year. If he fails he will have to wait until the end of the next year before trying again. Players may dice in the order of movement for the yearly turn just completed. Players may only dice for one nation per campaign year. If any nation is successful he becomes the nation's overlord. Score required to subjugate a programmed leader's nation are:
An additional modification to the DBA Campaign rules were as follows: