The UltraMaroon™ Credo™
The GrimDark-Worst-Schlock Ultramaroon™, economically priced at 1 Ű each
"There's One Truth™ in the BrikVerse™!"

The Sergeant™'s voice amplifier crackled over the roaring Engines™. Behind him, the Unit Inch™ symbol stood emblazoned ten feet tall on the DumpShip™ wall, the proud crest and price tag of the ÜltraMaroon™ soldier.

"We're stuck here forever!"

The fighting minifigs of the Colour Guard™ shouted it as one. It was the unofficial credo of the ÜltraMarooned™, both a commentary on and a violation of their official corporate Credo™, which started with "The Trademarks and Intellectual Property of GrimDark™  / Worst-Schlock™ shall not be infringed" and continued for hundreds of pages of Extra-Fine Print™.
Chapter Eleven: Armies
The Shadowhawk Army

Controlling thousands of worlds across the Tharcan Galaxy, the M-Throne Empire is committed to using all means necessary to establish the Greater Good for all life-forms. No one has been able to define the Emperor's "Greater Good" precisely, but his "all means necessary" is the largest assembled military force in the known galaxy.
Photo: Kaplan
from "M-Throne Imperial Army Overwatch"
Elements shown: LEGO

"If one keeps his state founded on mercenary arms, one will never be secure; for they are disunited, ambitious, without discipline, unfaithful; bold among friends, among enemies cowardly; no fear of God, no faith with men; ruin is postponed only as long as attack is postponed; in peace you are despoiled by them, in war by the enemy. The cause of this is that they have no love nor cause to keep them in the field other than a small stipend, which is not sufficient to make them want to die for you."
- Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince"

Every great civilization has learned through bitter experience to maintain a standing army of trained military professionals. These dedicated soldiers are the men, women, animals, droids, and miscellaneous extras who risk their lives (and the lives of as many innocent bystanders as possible) in an unending quest to destroy as many opponents and as much enemy property as they can, all in the name of their arbitrarily-assigned faction.

In a typical BrikWars game, each faction is represented by a single color (or group of colors, if a player doesn’t have enough minifigs of a single color). In the best-outfitted armies, a faction’s professional soldiers are required to wear suits of these colors, and their vehicles and buildings feature these colors prominently in their paint jobs. ‘Camouflage’ means nothing to hardened minifig veterans; true warriors do not learn French-sounding words, due to the suspicion that familiarity with the language inspires their leaders to surrender right when the good part's about to start.

11.1: Military Budgets
The money is hidden under the mattress. It's also the mattress
How does Mobfather Scratch sleep at night? On a bed made of money.

Money has little purpose in the BrikVerse, apart from the purpose of all things in the BrikVerse: giving minifigs something to murder each other over.
Photo: Scratch
from "Sins of the Mobfather"
Elements shown: LEGO
Just like the rest of BrikWars, how players handle team balance and budgeting is a matter of personal taste rather than any one system set in stone. Depending on a group's desired play style, there are three main options for accounting (along with a very popular fourth option of not bothering with budgets or balance at all and jumping straight to blowing everything up).

Construction Points, presented in the Core Rules, are a fine-grained accounting system that tracks production costs down to the scale of minifigs' individual pieces of equipment.

For larger battles where those small-scale differences are no longer relevant, Unit Inches measure a force's effectiveness rather than the cost to produce it, with one Unit Inch being roughly equivalent to a single minifig.

Finally, if players want balanced forces without having to budget them at all, they can convert to CAPITALISM and institute a Military Draft to divide piles of minifigs and equipment fairly between themselves.

Chapter Eleven Bankruptcy
Except for battles where players are modeling manufacturing supply chains and price manipulation between militarized retail franchises, Construction Points are a complete waste of time and the only reason this currency was included so that it could all be taken away in Chapter Eleven.

In order to complete this rulebook correctly, take a permanent marker and black out every mention of Construction Points in the book, including this sidebar. Pretend they never existed, and treat anyone who claims otherwise as some kind of delusional accountant lunatic.
Construction Points
Where BrikWars' Core Rules acknowledge budgeting at all, they rely on a system of Construction Points (CP) that roughly reflect the resource cost to minifigs for training, raising, building, or buying their units and equipment.

CP-based budgeting starts to become overencumbering once players have graduated to the MOC Combat rules, but knowing the in-universe costs of items and personnel can still add RPG-style flavor to games in which minifigs can purchase equipment with collected loot, or to campaign-style strategic games where factions are concerned with resource generation and unit manufacture between battles.

Curiosity gets killed by the cat
The greatest treasures attract the fiercest guardians.
Photo: Vami IV
from "BrikCaptions"
Elements shown: LEGO, curiosity, cat
The quest is never finished
Not all treasure comes in the form of money. Rare loot from boss battles can be more valuable than cash - but some treasures are better left alone.
Photo: Zahru II
from "Perwar Chronicles, Chapter 3: A Hero's Burden"
Elements shown: LEGO, regret
In-Game Construction Point Use
Game Style Gathering CP Spending CP
Casual RPG Defeated enemies drop half their value in CP for heroes to collect, even (or especially) if it makes no sense for them to be carrying anything. Heroes use their collected CP to buy unit upgrades and new equipment at any time.
Scenario RPG Enemies defend resource and treasure caches equal to half their CP value for heroes to capture by force or steal through guile. Heroes spend CP with whatever shops, merchants, and training sites they find within the scenario.
Real-Time Strategy A minifig working at a resource-gathering point for a turn collects a Skill roll's worth of CP in resources, which must then be delivered to their faction. Mechanix and Spawners spend collected CP to create new units and equipment on-site.
Strategic Campaign Factions battle over collectible CP resource caches and Workers, and competes for bonus CP-granting objectives. After each battle, each able-bodied Worker produces their Skill roll's worth of CP for the faction controlling them. Surviving forces carry over between battles in the campaign. Players use collected CP to buy new units and upgrades between battles.

Using pages of the official Credo™ in place of G/W-issue PoopShoot™ Toilet Paper™ was absolutely illegal, punishable by Compassionate Re-Education™ Firing Squad™ followed by immediate sale to a Display Army™ collector upon revival. Even among the ÜltraMarooned, this was an especially grimdark punishment; in the forgotten corners of the BrikVerse dwelled gutless dilettantes who only purchased ÜltraMaroons to paint and display, doomed never to see a single combat or Assault Marketing™ mission.

Lorbaatus had narrowly escaped this fate, thanks to a convenient evidence-destroying latrine explosion that may or may not have involved a G/W-issue ChunkBlow™ Latrine Grenade™. He and the rest of the Colour Guard™ remained among the lucky few still sent to front-line combat. Sanctioned military conflicts had been on the decline since the GrimDark partners had successfully trademarked Warfare™ itself in the violent dissolution of GrimDark & EdgeLord Rules Attorneys. In this new GrimDark future, there was only militarized trademark enforcement, and the Colour Guard was their front line of offense.

Somewhere below, the farming world of Sullis 3 was rushing upwards to meet them. The planet orbited one of the blue dwarf stars Lorbaatus had seen so many of on previous missions. Under those long wavelengths, a normal red element could look dangerously close to Maroon™ - maybe close enough to constitute infringement, maybe not. There was only one way to be safe.
Unit Inches
The GrimDark-Worst-Schlock Ultramaroon™, economically priced at 1 Ű each

The fighting minifigs of UltraMaroon™ Colour Guard™ protect the trademarks and copyrights of GrimDark Worst-Schlock, in between advertising their sevices as collectible mercenaries. Their proud logo is emblazoned on every available surface - the Unit Inch, which also serves as their price tag.
For the most part, while the Construction Point style of bean-counting is appealing to calcified miniatures-wargaming traditionalists, for any normal Human they have no real benefit. Construction Points measure items' resource cost to minifigs, not their practical utility to Humans. A group of forty-three minifigs armed with one Heavy chain flail each costs the same number of CP as a single minifig carrying ninety-nine chain flails by himself, but for Human players, the first group is an effective army of forty-three ready soldiers while the second is a pile of ninety-nine problems on a bechained one.

The true power of an army is measured by its capacity to deliver force, measured in comparison to a regular minifig. An armed minifig delivers two dice of effect at five inches of Movement range in a Close Combat attack, or one die of effect at ten inches of range with a Ranged Attack. This is the standard amount of effectiveness per one inch of Size for all appropriately-armed units, and so Humans quantify an army's power in the measurement most important to Humans: Unit Inches, or Ű.

Budgeting with Unit Inches is much faster and easier than with Construction Points. With only a few modifiers, the cost of an army is simply the combined Sizes of all of its minifigs, Creatures, and Vehicles. Weapons, devices, and ammunition are free, naturally limited by the Power and Actions and carrying capacity of the units needed to operate them.

Unit Inches
Unit or Item Ű Cost Notes
Free Stuff
minifigs, Creatures,
Vehicles, and Field Hazards
Free controlled in the Civilian Round or by Mob Rule
Buildings and scenery
Free Structure Level: 1
Power: 0
Weapons and Devices Free Autonomous (Mod): 1Ű per Action
Field Hazards Free Autonomous (Mod): 1Ű per Hazard Die
Minifigs 1Ű -
Minifig Specialists 1Ű
(Heroes and Infiltrators: 2Ű)
(see 11.2: Minifig Specialists)
Horses 2Ű one free Rider
Vermin Swarm Size Ű (see 10.3: Monsters)
Creatures Creature Size Ű Structure Level: ½
Move: 5" for two-legged
Move: 10" for four-legged
Vehicles Vehicle Size Ű one free Pilot
Structure Level: one half of Size", up to SL:3
Move: 5" for Size 1" or smaller
Move: 10" for Size 2" or larger
Buildings 1Ű per 5" Structure Level: one fifth of Size", up to SL:3
Unique Abilities
SuperNatural Dice 1Ű per 2d4, d6, or d8 (see D.2: SuperNatural Dice)
2Ű per d10 or d12
Heroic Ego 1Ű per Feat -

Creation Mods
Budgeting with Unit Inches is much less fine-grained than Construction Points, and Creations of the same Size and type will have the same Ű cost regardless of weapon and device loadouts.

Creation Mods
Type Positive Mod Negative Mod Notes
Skill Skilled: +1 Skill die size Unskilled: -1 Skill die size Creations with Minds only
Movement Fast: +50% Move inches Slow: Half Speed Creations with Propulsion only
Armor Heavy: +1 SL
(max Size")
Light: -1 SL
(min SL:0)
Cost Bargain: -½Ű
(min cost 1Ű)
Premium: +1Ű -

For changes to a Creation's basic stats and abilities, players apply matched pairs of Creation Mods. Each negative Mod pays for one positive Mod. A siege tank might be Heavy (+1 Structure Level) but Slow (permanent Half Speed); fresh infantry recruits might come at a Bargain (-½Ű each) but be woefully Incompetent (Half-Minded); a racing steamroller can be made extra Fast (+50% Move inches) but must be bought at a Premium ( +1Ű to cost).

Specialty Equipment
Because Unit Inches are based on unit capability rather than material costs, many Specialties are balanced by requiring a minifig to carry a Specialty-specific tool.

A minifig's ability to deliver force is determined by what he's carrying, so taking up one of his hands cuts his general effectiveness in half and acts as a tradeoff for the extra abilities of a Specialty.
Game Balance and Victory
Because Unit Inches are much faster to calculate, it's much easier for players using Ű to compare their relative strength turn by turn. With only a few exceptions, an army's Ű value is equal to the total Effective Size of its remaining forces (7.2: Taking Damage).

At the beginning of the game, if players want to have balanced teams without having to change the composition of their individual forces, any player or team whose armies are worth fewer Ű than their most powerful opponent or opponents can take one Almighty Benny per Ű to make up the difference (1.4 The Spirit of the Game).

As the battle progresses, any player or team whose remaining forces are worth less than half the Ű of their most powerful opponent or opponents must trigger an Endgame of their choice (MOC Combat: Endgames) if they haven't already.

Lorbaatus primed his Cleansing Flame™ PlasmaSprayer™ and set his AdBurst™ Flak Launcher™ for maximum dispersal. Coupons and GrimDark / WorstSchlock marketing blurbs would rain over the burning husk of Sullis 3 for weeks to come, all geared to increase future sales of pre-packed ÜltraMaroon legions to parties seeking revenge. Naturally, G/W would nerf the specifications of the ÜltraMaroon soldiers as soon as the money changed hands. Everyone bought them anyway; they had no other options thanks to the G/W Patent Monopoly™.

A warning bell sounded - the trademark G/W Cha-Ching™. The DumpShip braked abruptly and flipped upside down, raining heavily-armed ÜltraMaroons onto the unsuspecting square. As Lorbaatus hit the packed dirt, he could make out the roofs of scattered ghoirboy barns above the screaming farmers and aerial advertisement bursts. If he tilted his head right, the red paint really did look infringingly Maroon™. Sort of. He set his plasma spray for maximum civilian suffering.

He was stopped by two taps on his Ludicrously Oversized™ shoulder pauldron. “Unit Inch Lorbaatus! Would you like to explain your non-standard butt decoration?”

Lorbaatus followed the direction of the Sergeant’s pointing gauntlet. Sticking out of the back of his armored pants, unmistakable even in Extra-Fine Print™, were pages 43 and 44 of the Credo™.

(BrikWiki entry: Ultramaroons)
In the earliest incarnations of the BrikVerse, minifigs were divided into strict castes determined by headwear. The first three hats were handed down from the ProtoFig forebears of BR 1,977: flat-topped POLICE hats, ten-gallon COWBOY hats, and GIRL pigtails, corresponding to the three ProtoFig genders of sir, dude, and ma'am.

Three more were invented by the first minifigs of BR 1,978: the CASTLE helm, the CITY hard hat, and finally the helmet of the Deadly SPACE Man. This hat-based system, known as CAPITALISM, gave order and stability to all minifigs' lives, along with immediate justification to murder each other for their haberdashery.

Over time, CAPITALISM fell out of favor, thanks to the continually-expanding explosion of new CAPS and job roles in subsequent BrikVerses. It retains pockets of support among konservative and fundamentalist factions who hold to an originalist reading of minifig identities, particularly in the United Systems Alliance, thanks in part to their state hero, CAPITAL A.

By replacing his removable CAP with an unremovable CAPITAL A tattooed onto his own face, CAPITAL A has remade himself into CAPITALISM's apotheosis and avatar. It was CAPITAL A who shared his dream with the people of the United Systems Alliance that they could one day live in a nation where they would not be judged by the type of their hat, but also by their car and their consumer electronics and the contents of their weapon holsters.
(BrikWiki entry: United Systems Alliance)

"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society."
- Mark Twain

Under CAPITALISM, minifigs aren't defined by anything so esoteric as their thoughts or souls or what's in their hearts. Just like Humans, minifigs in a CAPITALIST system have no identity or value apart from their material possessions, and they're both willing and eager to sacrifice the lives of friends and family for sweet, sweet meaningless items.

Career Assignment Pieces
"This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life."
- from The Creed of the United States Marine

CAPITALIST minifigs are sorted into jobs based on their uniform and equipment. A scientist isn't a scientist because he wasted time going to school or studying hard in some laboratory; he's a scientist because he has a lab coat. A Hero is a Hero because he has a cape, a Heavy is a Heavy because he has a weapon that's Too Big, and the the divine mandate of a galaxy-spanning space civilization's God-Emperor is a side effect of having the fanciest hat.

The piece of clothing or equipment that determines a minifig's role in life is his Career Assignment Piece, or CAP. Once a minifig receives his CAP, he's stuck with the job it assigns, even if he scavenges different equipment later or loses his own CAP through misadventure or criminal sentencing (under CAPITALISM, deCAPitation is the harshest form of CAPITAL punishment).

A CAP can be any item, from a pair of binoculars (making its owner a Scout) to a jet fighter (making its owner a Pilot). Most minifig Specialist jobs (described in the next section) have their own default CAPs, but players should feel free to make up their own CAPs according to their available brick collections and desired military theme.

Instruments of CAPITALISM
Specialist CAP Examples
Civilian a chicken leg Bare Hands or food pizza, carrot, wine goblet
Professional a plunger Professional tool or uniform mop, frying pan, money
Minifig random axe of violence Any weapon sword, baseball bat, rocket chainsaw launcher
Worker a pickaxe Worker's tool or uniform pickaxe, galley oar, ball and chain
Cannon Fodder mook weapons Mook Gun:
Use:3 Range:5" Dmg:1

Mook Hand Weapon:
Use:3 Range:CC Dmg:1
Skirmisher a knife One-handed weapon knife, revolver, small spear
Scout a pair of binoculars Optics binoculars, telescope
Marksman a musket Minifig Long-Ranged Weapon rifle, longbow, energy staff
Phalanx a scutum Large Shield riot shield, Viking round shield, Roman scutum
Heavy a ridiculous sword
any Too Big weapon
minigun, anime sword, cartoon hammer
Rider a Horse Horse horse, hoverbike, hang glider
Pilot a wheel Vehicle steam shovel, blimp, aircraft carrier
Gunner a cannon Mounted Weapon catapult, battleship deck gun, machine gun emplacement
Specialist CAP Examples
Tek a Medik Another Support unit Medik, Mechanik, Engineer, Cybernetik
Medik a syringe Medikal tool syringe, scalpel, first aid kit, whiskey
Mechanik a wrench Mechanik's tool wrench, hammer, drill
Engineer life-giving coffee Engineering tool laptop computer, sextant, sonic slide rule, coffee mug
Cybernetik mad science Mad science utensil circular saw, ice cream scoop, magic chemicals, remote control
Covert Units
Infiltrator a fake mustache Disguise face bandana, fake mustache, tiki mask
Saboteur a monkey wrench Two-Handed tool monkey wrench, shovel, crowbar,sledgehammer
Assassin a mysterious hood Hood ninja hood, cloak hood, hoodie
Elite Units
Sniper a sniper rifle Scoped ranged weapon sniper rifle, sniper longbow, sniper energy staff
Commando a monkey wrench Backpack pack, basket
Hero a fabulous cape Cape cape, cloak, trenchcoat
Command Units
Officer braided epaulets Shoulder decoration epaulets, pauldrons, spiked shoulder armor
Leader an electric guitar Motivational tool pom-poms, megaphone, electric guitar
Commander a radio Communications device radio, trumpet, signal flag
Great Leader a shining golden crown Unusually fancy hat plumed enviro-helmet, golen crown, striped stovepipe hat

Laissez-Faire CAPITALISM
Under standard CAPITALISM, a minifig's first CAP-assigned job is permanent. In the most libertarian form of CAPITALISM, minifigs can change careers at will, simply by picking up different equipment. A lowly janitor can grant himself an instant promotion to Medik Hero Assassin by picking up a syringe, a cape, and a hood, skipping years of Medikal study, hours of Heroic posturing, and minutes of spawn camping. Just as easily, a Medik, Hero, and Assassin can find themselves demoted to rank civilians by allowing themselves to be bamboozled by a janitor.

Laissez Faire CAPITALISM results in even greater anarchy than usual BrikWars, and gives players the option to skip boring pre-battle loadout selection in favor of hordes of unarmed minifigs making a mad dash for equipment caches once the battle begins. It's particularly appropriate for FPS deathmatch arenas and scenarios based around Black Friday mall-looting shopping sprees.

The Military Draft
In a purely CAPITALIST battle, players don't have to bother with budgeting at all. Instead, they put all factions' combined forces and equipment in a pile between them and take turns choosing assets for their teams in a Military Draft. (If the teams have unequal numbers of allied players, use the system for taking turns in Mob Rule to keep forces balanced between alliances (MOC Combat: Endgames).)

Players can divide up the Draft options however they like. It can be as granular as picking out individual minifigs, weapons, and vehicle parts one at a time, or as chunky as choosing between pre-equipped minifig squads and fully-loaded vehicles and pre-built military bunkers. There's no need to worry about whether all the options are equal or balanced, since all players are choosing from the same supply; but in order to maintain the appearance of fairness, the player who divides up the pile for everyone to pick from should then take the last spot in the Draft rotation.

Once everyone has picked out their military resources, players can assign all of their equipment and assets to their individual minifigs as CAPs, determining their Specialties immediately and allowing them to jump straight into battle.

Expanded Draft Picks
Military Drafting doesn't have to just be about weapons and personnel. To add variety, players might also include:
  • Turn Order. In a tight battle where initiative is a decisive factor, players can draft for who goes first.
  • Battlefield starting locations. The last player to pick a starting location gets stuck with whatever's the last one remaining.
  • Random stacks of Almighty Bennies, making a faction smaller but more unpredictable.
  • Victory Objectives. Players with these objectives gain one more option for victory than the default of trying to be the last faction standing.
  • Bonus Objectives. Players who achieve these objectives receive a special in-game bonus - reinforcements, Bennies, or special events.

11.2: Minifig Specialists
* work in progress

There are many types of soldiers, from generic troopers to highly trained specialists like Medix and Mechanix. Every type of soldier has its part to play during the course of a battle.

"I don't believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago."
- from the diary of Anne Frank

Sadly, not every minifig in the BrikWars universe is cut out for military service. Whether due to physical, psychological, or philosophical weakness, many unfortunate individuals are denied the opportunity to take part in their factions' campaigns of mass destruction. Even so, this unhappy majority still has its purpose to serve. Without the teeming Civilian hordes, who would build the war machines? Who, like rutting vermin, would breed the next generation of soldiers? How would the military finance its operations, without a large audience for their recreational wars on pay-per-view?

For minifigs, the blood, gore, and agony they inflict on their opponents is only half the fun. Piles of steaming enemy corpses are only appetizers in anticipation of the main course of terror, disfigurement, and lifelong psychological trauma that they can bring about by staging battles in the midst of innocent and unsuspecting Civilian populations.

Civilians will almost never have any serious effect on the outcome of a battle (unless one of the Heroes refuses to fight until he gets some doughnuts, in which case his faction had better hope one of the local Professionals is a PastryChef). Civilians exist only to add casual casualties and a light-hearted body count, so there's no need to stress out over how their initial placement and control are handled. Players can just go with whatever their playing style suggests.

The Civilian Round
If there isn't an extra player who wants the unenviable task of controlling the Civilian population, the simplest way to handle them is to place all Civilians, Civilian vehicles, and Civilian buildings as free scenery during battlefield setup. At the end of each round, after all players have moved their own units during their respective turns, there is a Civilian Round during which all players (regardless of whose "side" the Civilians are on) take turns picking an unused Civilian and directing them through their everyday mundane tasks. The Civilian Round can serve as a useful break to relax, step out to hit the refrigerator or bathroom, or explore the complex emotional melodrama of the soap-opera lives of common Civilian minifigs in between rounds of more focused violence.

Civilians may occasionally form small armies of armed rabble, if the military units get them riled up enough. It can sometimes be fun to play out battles in which one or more armies has a large Civilian component, just to watch the Civilians get blasted in a futile attempt to have any effect against vastly superior forces. Civilians may sometimes receive unexpected assistance from unaffiliated Troopers with whom they have shared pizza or nachos.

The Civilian
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 0 0
a chicken legSpecialty
The Collateral Damage
The Civilian
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
- Thomas Jefferson

Most Civilians don't have sense enough to get the hell out of a war zone, and end up stumbling across streets filled with gyro fire and exploding vehicles on their way to work at the post offices, gas stations, and fast-food franchises that compose the majority of Civilian cities. Occasionally, Civilians will band together in riots and uprisings against government oppression or in support of their local sports team. Other times, they'll grow tired of the local warlords' continued raids for supplies and entertainment, and take it upon themselves to try and fend off the brigands. Regardless of the situation, a Civilian heading out onto the battlefield hasn't got much to look forward to besides getting splattered.

Civilians don't have the training to use military-only equipment like surface-to-air missiles and assault helicopters. They can figure out how to use standard minifig weapons, but don't expect them to be very effective with them.

Specialty: Civilized
Civilized Specialty (+0CP): civil units are controlled by all players in sequence in a Civilian Round
A minifig suffering from the Civilized disability has very little ability to act in its own self-interest or follow through with consistent plans. Players take turns controlling as many Civilized units as they can stand to during a special Civilian Round.

The Professional
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 0 0
a plungerSpecialties
Job Training Skill:d6
The Mighty Minifig
Time to take out the trash
Janitors and secretaries are the most dangerous employees in any organization.
Photo: Kommander Ken
from "Revel Rousers - Turn Three"
Elements shown: LEGO
The Professional
"You can't help respecting anybody who can spell 'Tuesday,' even if he doesn't spell it right. But spelling isn't everything; there are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count."
- Rabbit (A.A. Milne)

Even without any enemies to kill, Civilians still have jobs to do. A Civilian doing a job is treated as a Professional. Very few Professional jobs involve killing, and so all Professionals hate their jobs. The mark of a true Professional is that he'll drop his job at a moment's notice if there's a chance for any real action.

Specialty: Job Training
Job Training Specialty (+0CP): grants Skill Skill:d6 for specific job-related tasks
Job Training makes a Professional slightly less incompetent, with a Skill of d6 for any job-related tasks. A Barista Professional, for instance, has a Civilian's regular d4 Skill for non-coffee-related tasks, but a d6 Skill for operating an espresso machine, overcharging customers, and dodging awkward pick-up lines from hipster coffeeshop deadbeats.

The Professional is still subject to a Civilian's characteristic Civilized handicap; players take turns controlling Professionals in the Civilian Round along with all the other Civilians.

Few have the guts to go one-on-one with a polar bear
These conscripts are unable to explain to Admiral Gradenko why they decided to summon a polar bear onto the Soviet flagship. Luckily, the bear is able to bring the discussion to a close with several convincing points.
Photo: Duerer
from "The Wolf and the Bear: Part II"
Elements shown: LEGO
The Animal
"I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves."
- August Strindberg
Animal Cost Skill Move Armor Notes Example Animals
Vermin (Size 0") (10.3: Monsters)
Vermin 2CP Skill:d6 4" (Spidering) 0 Bite (Use:1 Dmg:1) mice, giant ants, cats, crabs
Venomous Vermin 3CP Skill:d6 4" (Spidering) 0 Poison Bite (Use:1 Dmg:1d4 Poison) snakes, scorpions, spiders
Flying Vermin 3CP Skill:d6 4" Flying 0 Bite: (Use:1 Dmg:1) birds, bats
Small Animals (Size 1")
Small Animal 4CP / 1Ü Skill:d6 8" 1d6 Bite/Kick (Use:2 Dmg:1d6) dogs, pigs, goats, octopi
Clever Animal 4CP / 1Ü Skill:d6 8" 1d6 Can use minifig weapons and equipment monkeys
Medium Animals (Size 2") (Chapter H: The Horse)
Horse 7CP / 2Ü Skill:d6 10" 1d6 Bite/Kick (Use:2 Dmg:1d6) horses, ostriches, cows
Flying Horse 12CP / 2Ü Skill:d6 10" 1d6 Bite/Kick (Use:2 Dmg:1d6) winged horses
Medium Predator 7CP / 2Ü Skill:d6
(Skill:d8 CC)
6" 1d6
Bite (Use:2 Dmg:1d8) bears, alligators, sharks, giant wolves
Large Animals (Size 3")
Elephants 7CP / 3Ü Skill:d6 10" 1d6 Tusks/Horns (Use:4 Dmg:2d6) elephants, triceratopses, rhinos

Birds and beasts come in as wide a variety as minifigs, and players are free to cook up all kinds of custom creatures using the Creatures rules (Chapter 10: Creatures). For basic animals straight from the box, it's easier to stick to generic Animal stats with minor fudging as the situation calls for.

All basic Animals have one or more varieties of Half Mindedness. Animals who aren't controlled by a specific player are made part of the Civilian Round (for peaceful animals) or controlled by Mob Rule (for predators) (MOC Combat: Endgames).

Infantry is the heart and soul of all BrikWars armies. An army's infantry units are responsible for operating the weapons and machinery of war, keeping score with their own accumulating corpses, and enjoying the spoils of victory in the rare instance that any of them survive.

While it's possible to field infantry-free armies made up of automated machinery and strange creatures, the exercise inevitably falls flat without the hopes and dreams of fighting minifigs to terminate violently and splatter all over the landscape. Conveniently, the hopes and dreams of minifigs are almost entirely concerned with splattering each other all over landscapes, and so any splattering that results tends to be a satisfying experience for both splatterers and splatterees.

The Minifig
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 4 0
random axe of violence
The Mighty Minifig
The Minifig (Chapter 2: The Mighty Minifig)
The minifig is the basic unit of BrikWars, and the foundation from which other specialist minifigs are created. Although lacking the Specialties of more advanced units, minifigs can perform the basic functions of combat to a competent degree - operating weapons, riding animals, and piloting vehicles with a standard d6 of Skill.

The Worker
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 3 ½
a pickaxeSpecialty
Job Training Skill:d6
The Mighty Minifig
The Worker
A Worker is a special kind of Professional who works directly on behalf of his faction, rather than bumbling around Stupidly with the other Civilians. All Workers are Half-Minded - either Programmed, Submissive, or Subjugated (10.1: Minds) - and can be automatically converted and put to work by any new faction that captures them (possibly changing their Half Mind in the process - a group of Submissive construction workers might become Subjugated when captured by a hated enemy).

Specialty: Job Training
Job Training Specialty (+0CP): grants Skill Skill:d6 for specific job-related tasks
As for Professionals, Job Training gives Workers a Skill of d6 for any job-related tasks. Unlike Professionals, this Skill is used for the benefit of the Worker's faction rather than for screwing around uselessly in the background. Workers are especially important in CP-based strategic campaigns, where each able-bodied Worker produces 1d6 Construction Points at a time.

The Cannon Fodder
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 0 2 ¼
mook weaponsSpecialty
Mook weapons:
Use:3 Range:CC or 5" Damage:1
The Mighty Minifig
The Cannon Fodder
Cannon Fodder are forgettable extras who exist only to absorb enemy ammunition. If players want the feeling of a giant battle without all the overhead of fielding minifigs who actually matter to anyone, Cannon Fodder make great filler. Cannon Fodder are often paired with Spawners (10.3: Monsters) set up to respawn them endlessly, because sometimes it takes multiple incarnations to really hammer home their disposability.

Specialty: Irrelevant
Irrelevant Specialty (+0CP): attacks do 1 point of Damage; unit has Effective Size 0" for many purposes
Cannon Fodder are each equipped with one ranged or melee Mook Weapon. Attacks made with a Mook Weapon (along with any other weapon carried or operated by a Cannon Fodder unit) are Irrelevant, doing only one point of Damage - enough to kill other Cannon Fodder and Vermin, but largely ineffective against real targets unless used in Combined Fire with minifigs operating real weaponry. Cannon Fodder (along with Vehicles or devices operated solely by Cannon Fodder) have zero Momentum Dice, zero Physical Opposition, zero throwing ability, and can Shove for a grand total of zero inches.

The Skirmisher
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
7" 3 5 1
a knifeSpecialty
The Mighty Minifig
The Skirmisher
A Skirmisher is a nimble and lightly-armored minifig specializing in harassing attacks and evasive maneuvers, useful for pinning down clumsier foes while their heavier allies maneuver for the kill.

Specialty: Disengagement
Disengagement Specialty (+1CP): unit can exit Close Combat freely without drawing Counterattacks
A Skirmisher has the special ability to Disengage freely from Close Combat. A Skirmisher can exit Close Combat freely without drawing the usual Counterattacks from his opponents, as long as he moves to a distance out of their weapons' reach (including any Angry Inches).

Skirmishers use one-handed weapons and equipment. A Skirmisher who equips larger items, or whose movement is reduced to Half Speed for any reason, is unable to use his Disengagement ability and must suffer Counterattacks as normal when Withdrawing.

The Scout
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 6 1
a pair of binocularsSpecialties
Pathfinding Skill:d8
The Mighty Minifig
The Scout (8.5: Field Hazards)
The Scout has a special ability to navigate Field Hazards, detect hidden enemies, and mark targets for allied attacks.

Specialty: Pathfinding
Pathfinding Specialty (+1CP): allows bypass of Concealed Hazards for self and others at Half Speed; allows manipulation of locks and Triggers; Skill:d8 Skill vs. Field Hazards
Scouts have the Pathfinding Specialty, which allows them to safely navigate Field Hazards (8.5: Field Hazards). Traveling at Half Speed, Scouts can find safe routes through Concealed Hazards, and can use an Action to safely bring a group along with them. Using a full-round Action, Scouts can locate, access, and operate locks and mechanisms belonging to any team. Scouts roll a d8 for any roll related to a Field Hazard or Mechanism.

Specialty: Tracking
Tracking Specialty (+1CP): automatically Detects Stealth; allows Marking of targets for +1 Attack Bonus
Finally, the Scout has the Tracking Specialty, allowing him to see all Stealthy and Hidden units (see Covert Units, further below). Players can ignore all enemy Stealth effects for targets within any of their Scouts' fields of view. Tracking also gives Scouts the ability to Mark targets within 8" for allied attacks. The target is considered visible to all allies, and they recieve a +1 Attack Bonus when making Ranged Attacks against the target.

The Marksman
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 5 1
a musketSpecialty
Marksmanship Skill:d8
The Mighty Minifig
The Marksman
The Marksman is a minifig who specializes in combat with minifig Ranged Weapons. Medieval longbowmen, digital disc-throwers, and halfling slingers are all examples of Marksmen.

Specialty: Marksmanship
Marksmanship Specialty (+1CP): grants a special Skill:d8 in Ranged Attacks which can add to Range, replace Skill, or replace one die of Damage
Marksmen have the Marksmanship Specialty, granting them a special d8 they can use to increase the effectiveness of their Ranged Attacks. Once per turn, when making a Ranged Attack with a minifig Ranged Weapon, the Marksman can use his d8 to replace one of his weapon's Damage dice with a d8, to add 1d8" to the weapon's Range, or to make the attack with a Skill of d8 rather than d6.

The Phalanx
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 5 1
a scutumSpecialties
Shield Wall
The Invincible Phalanx
The Phalanx
Phalanx units specialize in coordinated use of Heavy Shields in Squad formations (11.3: Squads). Greek hoplites, Viking raiders, and modern militarized riot police are all Phalanx units.

Specialty: Shield Wall
Shield Wall Specialty (+1CP): units can cooperate to form a Shield Wall, automatically Parrying all Damage from one direction
If a Phalanx unit is in a Squad with one or more other Phalanx units, all with Heavy Shields pointed in the same direction, then they have formed a Shield Wall. While protected by a Shield Wall, all Damage from the other side of the Shield Wall is automatically Parried. This does not spend any of the units' Actions or Counters; it happens automatically. Heavy Infantry can't use their Shields to Parry damage from any other direction without breaking the Shield Wall.

A Phalanx Squad cannot be forced to engage in Squad Melee through a Shield Wall. If they are forced to engage in Melee from an attack on one of their un-Shielded sides, or if they choose to drop the Shield Wall and engage in a Melee voluntarily, the Shield Wall is disrupted and any Shield Wall benefits are cancelled for as long as they are in Melee.

A Phalanx can open and close a Shield Wall very quickly in order to let allied units pass through unhindered without losing their Shield Wall advantages. A group of Skirmishers coordinating with a Phalanx can be great for popping through the Shield Wall to harry enemies on the other side before escaping again.

Specialty: March
March Specialty (+1CP): units Marching in formation ignore Movement penalties from Body Armor or Heavy Armor while walking
If a Marching unit is in a Squad with at least one other Marching unit, they can March in formation, walking at normal speed and ignoring Movement penalties from Body Armor or Heavy Armor. Marching is walking only - units cannot jump, Sprint, or climb in the same turn as Marching, although they can still Bail if necessary. Marching does not cost an Action.

The Heavy
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
4" 5 5 1
a ridiculous sword
The Unstoppable Heavy
The Heavy (8.1: Weapon Size)
The Heavy is a physically powerful minifig who can perform inadvisable feats of strength as long as he doesn't have to move anywhere at the same time.

Specialty: Compensating
Compensating Specialty (+1CP): when standing still, can use Weapons 1" larger than normally allowed
Whether due to superior strength, coordination, or the superhuman determination that only rises from crippling insecurity, Heavies are able to wield larger weapons than other minifigs thanks to their Compensating ability. As long as a Heavy is standing still, he can act as though he had a Size of 2" rather than 1" for purposes of lifting, operating, and throwing objects, and for delivering or resisting Grabs, Shoves, and Collisions.

Most often, Heavies use Compensating to carry and fire a 2" Ranged Weapon, but it also allows the use of larger Close Combat Weapons. A Compensating Heavy can wield Heavy Weapons as if they were Hand Weapons, Two-Handed Weapons as if they were Heavy Weapons, and Size 3" or 4" Melee Weapons as if they were Two-Handed Weapons.

Minifig-level units running around generously gifting each other with horrible injuries and death are the easiest for Human players to empathize with, but they're far from the most powerful. Siege-level Vehicles, Weapons, and steeds bring the heavy piles of dice, and all of these larger Creations benefit from the skills of specialized minifig Operators.

The Rider
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 5 *
* Included with Horse
a HorseSpecialty
The Rugged Rider
The Rider (H.2: Riding a Horse)
While any minifig can ride a Horse, the Rider is an experienced horseman who fights as one with his steed. Riders are most often found on the back of some variety of Horse, but their skills apply to any vehicle or mount, from dragons to riding lawn mowers to assault helicopters.

Specialty: Horsemanship
Horsemanship Specialty (+1CP): can control a Horse and make attacks from horseback as part of a single Action
Where lesser minifigs have to choose between either controlling their steed's Movement and weapons or fighting with their own minifig weapons in hand, a Rider has the Horsemanship to do both at once, as naturally as if they were a single unit. In Close Combat, Riders and their mounts can Counter and take attacks for each other at will.

When a Skill Roll is called for, the mount always uses the Rider's Skill, regardless of whose is higher.

The Pilot
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 5 *
* Included with Vehicle
a wheelSpecialty
Stunt Driving Skill:d8
The Hotshot Pilot
The Pilot (9.4: Piloting)
All minifigs can operate vehicles, but only a Pilot can show how they were meant to be driven. Whether anyone else agrees that forklifts and hot air balloons were meant to be driven that way is beside the point.

Specialty: Stunt Driving
Stunt Driving Specialty (+1CP): once a turn, defy Movement rules for a controlled Vehicle for up to Skill:d8 Stunt Inches
Even compared to other minifigs, Pilots lack any sense of self-preservation. Once per turn, a Pilot can harness this advantage to violate the laws of both physix and courteous driving to pull off a Stunt Driving maneuver.

The Pilot declares the Stunt he's about to pull, measures how many inches this will push the vehicle beyond its sane performance limits, and rolls a d8. If the number rolled is equal to or higher than the number of Stunt inches needed, then the Stunt is successful.

If not, then the number rolled is the numer of inches for which the Stunt succeeds, and the remaining inches are given to an Enemy to use as Thrust against the vehicle while he or she explains how the Stunt failed disastrously.

The Gunner
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 5 1*
* Must be assigned to a mounted weapon
a cannonSpecialty
Gunnery Skill:d8
The Mighty Minifig
The Gunner (8.6: Manning Guns)
All minifigs love firing mounted weapons, regardless of which direction they're pointed or what gets destroyed in the process. In the occasional instance where accuracy is required, a team of trained Gunners can make the difference between hitting picked targets and blowing oneself up at random.

Specialty: Gunnery
Gunnery Specialty (+1CP): Skill:d8 Skill with mounted weapons; allows Gunnery Support Action
For any Skill Roll related to the use of a Weapon mounted on a Creation, Gunnery allows the Gunner to roll a d8 rather than a d6.

Gunners can spend their Actions to provide Gunnery Support to another unit operating a large Weapon, granting cumulative +1 Attack Bonuses to fire. The number of minifigs in the firing team (the firing minifig plus the minifigs providing Gunnery Support) is limited to the number of inches in the Size of the Weapon, and each minifig must be able to access the Weapon or a working set of Controls for it.

As long as the Weapon keeps firing at the exact same point, and neither the Weapon or the target move, the Attack Bonuses from Gunnery Support continue until the Weapon moves or aims somewhere else. Each turn that the firing team fires the Weapon at the same target, they can Home In, adding additional Gunnery Support to the continuing Attack Bonus from the previous turn. Any Critical Failure cancels the Homing In bonus and requires the Gunners to start over.

"Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance."
- Kurt Vonnegut

Fighting battles is hard work, and all elements of a military force can use some Support. Whether stapling misplaced limbs back onto soldiers, bolting misplaced thrusters back onto rocket ships, or duct taping rockets back onto soldiers again, Support units are on the job to restore units' capacity for harm in order to keep the violence flowing freely.

The Tek
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 5 1*
* Must be assigned to another Support unit
a MedikSpecialty
The Mighty Minifig
The Tek
Support units work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep their armies running. Behind those units are the Support units' Support units, who work tirelessly to keep the Support units running. Teks are the nurses, secretaries, grad students, unpaid interns, and other assistants who do all the work so that their superiors have something to steal the credit for.

Specialty: Assistance
Assistance Specialty (+1CP): use Action to boost another Support unit's Specialty Skill:d8 to Skill:d10
A Tek's job is to give Assistance to other Support Specialists, increasing their Specialty die roll by one die size. With a Tek's Assistance, a Medik's Ker-Triage! Roll or a Mechanik's Construction Action can be made with a d10 rather than a d8. Assisting other units costs the Tek's Action, and the Tek must be within arm's reach of either the Support unit or the patient or project the Support unit is working on.

Doctors are from Mars, Nurses are from Venus
In most military and professional organizations, Tek jobs are reserved for all the minifigs whose skills are needed but who don't fit that faction's cultural ideal - typically yellow, male, and non-alien.

When a faction needs to extract value from the work of Peaches, Girls, and alternate species but can't afford the PR nightmare of admitting they matter, Tek jobs are the perfect way for bigots to co-opt their undesirable classes' contributions while safely continuing to sweep them under the rug.

The Medik
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 6 1
a syringeSpecialty
Ker-Triage! Skill:d8
The Menacing Medik
The Medik
A minifigs' greatest value is its capacity for suffering horribly for Humans' entertainment, but there are hard limits to how much abuse they can take before falling over dead. The Medik is the minifigs' attempt to address this shortcoming.

Specialty: Ker-Triage!
Ker-Triage! Specialty (+2CP): allows a Medik to roll Skill:d8 on the Ker-Triage! Table to perform field amputations that revive fallen minifigs and Creatures
In the heat of battle, there's no time to mend wounds or heal injuries. Thankfully, literal weeks of Medikal training allow a Medik to perform Ker-Triage!, instantly assessing the number of limbs they need to amputate to get a fallen minifig back into combat and fighting again.

Roll Amputations
No Amputations;
instant revival
5+ No Amputations
4 1 Amputation
3 2 Amputations
2 3 Amputations
Crit Fail Head Amputated

When operating on a fallen minifig or other Creature, the Medik rolls a Skill:d8 (if he's using proper Medikal tools) or a Skill:d6 (if he's improvising with a bladed weapon or other cutting tool) and amputates the number of arms, legs, and/or heads indicated by the Ker-Triage! Table (see sidebar). If the Creature has lost its last remaining head, then it's permanently dead and no further Ker-Triage! can save it. Otherwise, the Creature can jump up with whatever limbs it has remaining and take its Movement and Action as usual on its following turn (or immediately, if the Medik rolled a Critical Success).

The Mechanik
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 5 1
a wrenchSpecialty
Mechanikal AptitudeSkill:d8
The Miraculous Mechanik
The Mechanik
Skill:Skill:d6Move:5" Armor:4 Cost: 5CP / 1Ü
Mechanikal Aptitude (Skill:d8) (+1CP)
mechanik's tool (wrench, hammer, screwdriver, drill)

The Engineer
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 5 1
life-giving coffeeSpecialty
The Mighty Minifig
The Engineer
Skill:Skill:d6Move:5" Armor:4Cost: 5CP / 1Ü
Rationalism (Skill:d8) (+1CP)
engineering tool (laptop computer, calculator, slide rule, coffee mug)

The Cybernetik
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 5 1
mad scienceSpecialty
Mad ScienceSkill:d6
The Mighty Minifig
The Cybernetik
Skill:Skill:d6Move:5" Armor:4 Cost: 6CP / 1Ü
Mad Science (Skill:d6) (+1CP)
mad science utensils (silverware, circular saw, ice cream scoop)

Covert Units

Navigation Changes
Stealth can be tricky to keep track of when the physical structure of the battlefield can change from turn to turn.

When a major navigation route is altered, it's a good idea to check the distance to any Hidden units' Last Known Locations and determine whether they could have made it through before the change. Even if he has no plans to cross a bridge that just got destroyed, a Hidden unit may want to check the distance and announce "Remember that I could have made it across this bridge if I needed to," in order to keep his options open later.
Unlikely Detection
Detecting units don't have to be able to see an area in order to Detect a Hidden unit there. Even with their vaunted Stealth, Hidden units have been known to clumsily betray their location with the noise of a snapping twig or the whiff of an unplanned fart, just like the rest of us.
Scouts and Hidden Units
Scouts automatically detect any Hidden units within their field of view. A Tracking Scout's player may have to ask a Hidden unit's player whether or not the unit is within the area of his or her Scout's field of view, since it won't always be obvious.

If the opponent decides the Hidden unit is within the visible area, then the unit is revealed immediately.

If it isn't in the area, but its hidden movement path crossed through the area, then the Tracking Scout detects the unit's trail. The Hidden unit's player must move the Last Known Location Marker along the unit's hidden movement path to wherever it exited the area, spending turn counter pips as necessary to do so.

If the Hidden unit is not in the area, then its player must say so, and may not later choose a path that would have taken it through that area before that turn.
Stealth Specialty (+2CP): adds 1/3 cover; allows Invisibility
Through camouflage, misdirection, social anxiety, and the obsessive-compulsive drive to minimize his own presence in any situation, a covert unit's Stealth gives him one more point of cover than logic would suggest. Even in a completely exposed position, a Stealth unit has an effective 1/3 cover (-1 Attack Penalty for anyone targeting him). In 1/3 cover, Stealth makes it 2/3 (-2 to be attacked), and in 2/3 cover the Stealth unit is effectively completely invisible (-5 to enemy attacks, if they even know he's there at all).

If a Stealth unit is invisible to all enemies at the beginning of his turn (that is, he has at least 2/3 cover from any enemy unit on the field capable of spotting him), he can use his Action to make his Stealth complete and be considered Hidden. The Hidden unit is removed from the field, and a Last Known Location Marker (often a flag or red brick "X") is added in his place. The unit's player places a single pip next to the Marker (a 1x1 brick, normally), used as the first in a pile of counters to keep track of how many turns the unit has remained Hidden. At the beginning of each of the unit's subsequent turns, he may use his Action to remain Hidden, and his player will add an additional turn counter next to the Marker each time.

While Hidden, a unit may not use his Action for anything except staying Hidden, but otherwise there's nothing to prevent him from secretly moving around the whole time. The player controlling him may try to keep mental track of where he's moving as the battle progresses, but it's more fun not to. It's better to wait until the moment the Hidden unit reveals himself to decide that he's koincidentally taken exactly the most convenient path to the koincidentally most convenient spot.

When a unit decides not to use his Action to remain Hidden at the beginning of a turn, the player controlling him gets to decide where he spent all that time moving to. For every two turn counter pips next to the Hidden unit's Last Known Location Marker, the unit is considered to have spent one full turn of Movement while Hidden (Stealth requires a lot of holding still and moving slowly, so the Movement for the other half of the turns is wasted). The player can move the Hidden unit from the Last Known Location Marker to any position he could have reached within that many turns of Movement.

When the Hidden unit's location is revealed, the nearest enemy unit to the new position may attempt to Detect him, making a Skill Roll against the number of inches between himself and the Scout. If the Skill Roll is less than that number of inches, then the Stealth unit was not Detected and arrives safely. If the Skill Roll equals or exceeds the number of inches, then the Stealth unit was Detected before he reached the position where he planned to appear. The Detecting unit can choose any position along the path of Hidden Movement for the Stealth unit to appear at instead, up to a number of inches away from the Detecting unit's position equal to his Skill Roll.

Stealth Example: Silaqui the Stealthy
Four armed, but not forewarned

Example: Silaqui the Stealthy needs to sneak past the Peach Pasha's guards in order to infiltrate the Peach Palace.

Luckily, there are alcoves at both ends of this hallway which offer convenient hiding places. Hiding in the alcove to the left, Silaqui can't be seen by any of the guards, so she uses an Action to become Hidden. Placing a green flag to mark her Last Known Location, she waits for her chance to sneak to the other alcove.

Important guard business

After a number of turns, there's a disturbance outside! Silaqui's friend, Svetlana the Strumpet, was strolling past the windows and has caught her dress on a cactus spine. Somehow Svetlana is unable to prevent the cactus from pulling her dress off repeatedly, and the guards rush to assume close observational roles in case she needs any assistance.

Six turns have passed since Silaqui became Hidden, and so she has three turns of Hidden Movement to spend. Her regular Move is 5", so three turns' worth is 15". This is more than enough for her to reach the opposite alcove 13" away.

Much to Silaqui's surprise, the guards aren't the ones she needs to worry about. Her plan-wrecking foe, Trollface, has already snuck in through a secret passage!

Waiting only three inches away from the point where she hopes to arrive, Trollface has a good chance of Detecting her on his 1d6 Skill Roll. He rolls a 6, plus an additional 1 on the Bonus Die, for a total of 7. Trollface detected Silaqui when she was up to seven inches away from him, so she never reached the alcove.

Elements shown: LEGO

Trollface's player looks backwards along Silaqui's path to find the point that's the maximum seven inches away from Trollface. Unfortunately for Silaqui, this means she was Detected smack dab in the middle of the four Peach guardsmen when she was discovered, and now they're even angrier than usual because she's interrupted an important observation mission. She still has her full Movement and Action to spend to try and get out of this tricky situation, but four against one makes for tough odds.

Note that Silaqui can be Detected next to the guardsmen even though Trollface can't see that location from his position. He undoubtedly recognized the smell of her perfume, and once one unit Detects a Hidden minifig, they all do.

The Infiltrator
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 7 2
a fake mustacheSpecialties
The Mighty Minifig
The Infiltrator
Skill:Skill:d6Move:5" Armor:4 Specialty: Stealth, Impersonation
CAP: disguise (face bandana, fake mustache, tiki mask)

The Saboteur
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 7 1
a monkey wrenchSpecialties
Sabotage Skill:d8
The Sneaky Saboteur
The Saboteur
Skill:Skill:d6Move:5" Armor:4 Specialty: Stealth, Sabotage
CAP: two-handed tool (monkey wrench, shovel, sledgehammer)

The Assassin
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 7 1
a mysterious hoodSpecialties
Vendetta Skill:d8
The Deadly Assassin
The Assassin
Skill:Skill:d8Move:5" Armor:4 Specialties: Stealth, Vendetta
CAP: hood (ninja hood, cloak hood, hoodie)

“Stalin: Stop sending people to kill me! We’ve already captured five of them, one with a bomb and another with a rifle. If you don’t stop sending killers, I'll send one to Moscow and I certainly won't have to send a second.”
- Josip Broz Tito

The Sniper
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 5 1
a sniper rifleSpecialties
The Surgical Sniper
The Sniper
Skill:Skill:d6Move:5" Armor:4 Specialties: Sniping
CAP: Scoped ranged weapon (sniper rifle, sniper longbow, sniper energy staff)

Elite Units
"I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest."
- Muhammad Ali

The Commando
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 5 1
a monkey wrenchSpecialties
Field Training Skill:d6
The Mighty Minifig
The Commando
Skill:Skill:d8Move:5" Armor:4 Specialty: Field Training (Skill:d6)
CAP: backpack (pack, basket)

The Hero
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
7" 2d6 11 2
a fabulous capeSpecialties
Heroic Ego
The Epic Hero
The Hero
Skill:Skill:d10Move:7" Armor:2d6 Specialty: Heroic Ego (1 Feat)
CAP: cape (cape, cloak, trenchcoat)

"We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by."
- Will Rogers

Command Units

The Officer
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 6 1
braided epauletsSpecialties
The Ambitious Officer
The Officer
Skill:Skill:d8Move:5" Armor:4 Specialty: Command
CAP: shoulder decoration (epaulets, pauldrons, spiked shoulder armor)

While not Heroes in their own right, there are certain minifigs that are possessed of a stubborn mindset that leads them to push themselves and their comrades harder than most would find sensible or even conscionable. While this results in abilities slightly improved from those of their peers, it is these minifigs' special pigheadedness, rather than their other skills, that qualifies them for promotion to Officer ranks.

In most regards, an Officer is nothing more than a slightly-improved minifig with a couple extra decorations. He has a Skill of d8, a Move of 6”, and Armor of 4. His one unique advantage is his Command training, which allows him to push subordinates to all-new slightly-improved levels of performance. When at least one minifig with the Leadership Specialty joins in on a Squad's Combined Action, he raises the Skill of all participating units by one die size, up to a maximum of his own Skill die size. In a Combined Action, an Officer with Skill d8 raises the Skill of Incompetent units from d4 to d6 (although they still retain their Stupidity (10.1: Minds)), and the Skill of regular minifigs from d6 to d8. Meanwhile, the Skill dice of other Officers and Heroes in his Squad remain unchanged at d8 and d10, respectively, because he can't use Leadership to raise Skill dice to a level higher than his own.

The Leader
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 6 1
an electric guitarSpecialty
Inspiration Skill:d6
The Mighty Minifig
The Leader
Skill:Skill:d6Move:5" Armor:4 Specialty: Inspiration (Skill:d6)
CAP: motivational tool (pom poms, megaphone, electric guitar)

The Commander
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 6 1
a radioSpecialty
Strategic Intervention
The Mighty Minifig
The Commander
Skill:Skill:d6Move:5" Armor:4 Specialty: Strategic Intervention
CAP: communications device (radio, trumpet, signal flag)

"Kill a man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god."
- Jean Rostand

The Great Leader
Skill Move Armor CP Ü
5" 4 6 1
a shining golden crownSpecialties
The Megalomaniac Great Leader
The Great Leader
Skill:Skill:d6Move:5" Armor:4 Specialty: Megalomania
CAP: unusually fancy hat (plumed enviro-helmet, golden crown, striped stovepipe hat)

"So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly rise and make them miserable."
- Aldous Huxley

11.3: Squads
The Shadowhawk Army

Running this many soldiers as individual units could take hours. Organized into Squads, there's a much greater chance of players reaching the second turn.
Elements shown: LEGO, Mega Bloks, Little Armory

"None of us is as dumb as all of us."
- Despair, Inc.

BrikWars is well set up to send pairs, handfuls, or full half-dozens of individual minifigs and vehicles into tactical skirmishes. For more epic toy campaigns, with units numbering in the dozens or hundreds, handling combatants individually can slow a battle to a crawl. Instead, it's best to group units together into Squads. A Squad moves together, takes its Action together, and attacks and defends together as a single coordinated unit.

Besides improving command efficiency, Squads enjoy a number of other advantages. Attacking and defending as a single unit, a Squad can pool and combine Damage, Momentum, and Counters in a way that its individual units can't, and it can coordinate Skill-based movement like Sprints in order to stay in formation. A Squad also enjoys Safety in Numbers, allowing it to distribute incoming attacks away from its most critical or vulnerable members and soak them up with more durable or expendable ones. And because a Squad is treated as a single unit, many types of bonuses that are normally limited to an individual can be expanded to apply to a whole Squad.

But the most important advantage of organizing units into a Squad is not that it allows them to be directed to horrible deaths with greater machine-like efficiency. It’s that, as they are inevitably slaughtered, they can know that they died as meaningless entries in an org chart rather than as people.

While groups of foot soldiers are the most common, any types of units can be grouped into Squads - Squads of horsemen or assault helicopters operate by the same rules. A Squad is much simpler to handle if it's composed of identical or similar units (a group of knights all on horseback, or a squadron of starfighers), but heterogeneous Squads are just as common (a catapult and its defending crew, or a necromancer and his summoned undead).

Full metal redcoats
Tired of flintlock muskets, this squad of redcoats can't wait to give the rebel colonists a taste of their new submachineguns.
Elements shown: LEGO, Best Lock
The Squad Plate
"All for one, and one for all!"
- Alexandre Dumas

The constructible nature of brick warriors makes them easy to group into quick formations – just take all the Squad members and stick them to a shared baseplate.

The Squad Plate, in effect, combines a number of lesser units into a single super-unit. Instead of having to move Squad members around individually, players can now pick up the Squad Plate and move them all at once. Instead of handling the Squaddies' attacks individually, players roll Attacks for the Squad Plate all together. Players measure Ranges to or from whichever part of the Squad or Squad Plate is most convenient, and instead of having to touch individual Squad members to objects they want to act on, they touch the object with the Squad Plate and all the Squaddies gain access to it implicitly.

In the best-case scenario, a Squad Plate should be an appropriate size for its Squad. As a very general rule of thumb, there should be a 2x4-stud area for each minifig on foot, for example, or 4x8 for each rider on horseback. These numbers can be fudged quite a bit, however, depending on the sizes of available plates in the players’ collections, and whether the troops need to be arranged in some specific formation.

If players don't have appropriate plates available for their Squads, they'll have to decide who is or isn't in a Squad by mutual agreement rather than by putting them on Squad Plates. In cases like these, Range can be measured to or from any convenient Squad member rather than to the plate.

Units can create, join, leave, or change the formation of a Squad Plate at any time during their own turn. On other players' turns, units aren't able to create or join Squads, but they may be able to leave the Squad Plate as part of a Response Action (for example, if they're forced to Bail out of the path of an incoming attack) or as a consequence of opposing players' actions (usually because they're Knocked Back by an Explosion or Collision).

Squad Movement and Action
A Squad moves as quickly as its slowest member, and is as maneuverable as its least manueverable member. A standard Squad of minifigs has Unlimited Maneuvering, while a Squad of Vehicles or riders on Horseback measures its movement with Forward or Stationary Maneuvering (9.2: Standard Maneuvering).

Combined Movement
If a Squad Plate moves through an impediment that inflicts a Movement Penalty or slows it to Half Speed, then the entire Squad suffers the effects until it clears the obstacle, not just the Squad members directly affected.

A Squad can move through spaces that don't have room for it, if there's enough room for the Squad's individual members to pass through (for instance, moving through an archway wide enough for each of a Squad's minifigs, but too narrow for the entire Squad Plate itself), but a Squad can't end its turn in a position where it doesn't fit. If a Squad is going to be stuck in a position too small for it, the Squad can either disband into individual members, change the shape of its Squad Plate to fit the smaller space, or wait until a later turn when it may be able to clear the obstacle all at once.

Combined Action
A Squad is most effective when several or all of its members take the same Action together for a single Combined Action, although members of a Squad are still allowed to take individual Actions with no penalty. This allows a Squad to treat its members' successful Combined Actions as a cumulative effect, combining (for instance) their Damage from successful Attacks, their Momentum in a Collision, or their Size for the purpose of handling large objects. Importantly, any bonuses from Bennies, SuperNatural Effects, or unit Specialties that affect a Squad as a whole can only be applied to a single Combined Action or movement, not to any separate Actions or movement that Squad members may take individually or in separate combinations.

If a Squad uses its Action to Sprint, it makes a single Sprint Roll with the lowest-Skilled Squad member, and the result is used as the Sprint Roll for every member of the Squad, allowing the Squad to stay in formation. (If a Squad uses its Action to Bail, on the other hand, then all Squad members roll individually.)

For other types of Actions, each participating Squad member makes a separate Skill Roll. Often, these rolls can be combined - if a Squad of ten minifigs of identical Skill d6 fires at a target with ten identical rifles, they can simply roll 10d6 and count the number of successful hits. All that matters is how many hits occur, not which specific minifigs were the ones responsible.

Taking no chances
The ambassador from Reptilia keeps his personal medik close at hand, and puts as many armored bodies as possible between himself and possible danger.
Elements shown: LEGO, Little Armory
Taking Damage
One of the biggest advantages of forming a Squad is that it makes it much harder for enemies to focus Damage on any single unit. The drawback is that targeting a Squad as a whole is much easier than targenting individuals - as long as an attacker can target any unit or object within the Squad, or even the Squad Plate itself, it can make an attack on the Squad. Furthermore, since Squad Plates are generally larger than minifigs, opponents making Ranged Attacks on the Squad will often get an Attack Bonus for Target Size (5.1: Making Attacks). (Close Combat Attacks are still based on the Size of the individual units within the Squad, however.)

Single Attacks
Whenever a Squad is hit by a single attack or other source of Damage, the Squad's player may assign the Damage to any unit within the Squad he wishes.

There are exceptions to this rule: an attacker can Single Out a specific unit or units within a Squad if striking the target would be an Automatic Hit (for instance, if the target is Disrupted, involved in a Grab, or otherwise immobilized) or if the target units are at least twice the attacking unit's Size. Moving targets any smaller than that are too difficult to distinguish in the chaos of battle. A Rat (Size 0") could Single Out a Peasant (Size 1") in a Peasant Squad; the Peasant could Single Out a mounted Knight (Size 2"); and the Knight could Single Out an individual Giant of Size 4". Otherwise, Damage done to a Squad is distributed among its members according to the defending player's preference. 

Multiple Attacks
There are many instances in which a Squad might be hit by multiple attacks at once - the collected attacks from an enemy Squad, a group of enemy units attacking in cooperation, the concentrated firepower of a multi-payload weapons platform, or any combination of the above. When this happens, the attacking player makes all their Attack Rolls first, and the defending player distributes the successful hits among his or her Squad members. The distribution should proceed as evenly as possible - no Squad member can take a second hit until every legal target has had its first - but otherwise, defenders can favor whichever units they want when choosing who takes which hits.

Remember that minifigs can't be hit by more than three Close Combat Attackers in the same turn. If a Squad is hit by enough Close Combat Attacks to exceed this limit, the minifigs will have to be passed over after the third attacker when distributing successful hits. Those hits must either be distributed to larger targets, or lost without effect.

If there are targets the attacking player would like to Single Out with specific attacks, then those targets are handled first. First, the attacking player delivers the attacks on Singled Out targets that are Automatic Hits, since these require no Attack Roll. Next, the remaining attackers make all of their Attack Rolls and count the successful hits, assigning as many of the hits as they like to the targets that can be Singled Out. If there are any hits left over, or if the attacker declined to Single Out any targets, the defending player then distributes the remaining successful hits among the defenders. The defender's distribution of attacks must still be even, taking the Singled Out attacks into account - if the attacker loaded two attacks onto one of the Singled Out units, the defender can't distribute a third attack to that unit until every legal target has at least had its second.

Regardless of who is handling the distribution, Damage is rolled as hits are assigned. All Damage from multiple simultaneous attacks is cumulative. When a unit is destroyed or killed, it is no longer a legal target, and further hit distribution can skip over them.

If there are a number of victims with different Damage levels to keep track of, it's good to have a pile of extra dice lying around to use as temporary Damage counters for each of them until the turn is over.

Location-Specific Damage
Some sources of Damage are location-specific, or have additional location-based effects after the initial Damage has been distributed. A nearby Explosion might go off, causing Damage and KnockBack to everything within its Explosion Radius. A massive laser blast might have enough Overkill to take out a series of Squad members along its line of fire, or a rocket-boosted bulldozer might be Plowing Through an audience of monster truck fans. In cases like these, the specific locations of the Squad members is very important.

The defending player is not able to simply claim that all the Squad members were hanging out on an unaffected area of the Squad Plate at the time - that would break the laws of Koincidence, which can only ever increase destruction, not avoid it. But Squad members are well-known for making crazy leaps in order to take bullets for each other, and it's hard to keep track of individual soldiers in the heat of battle. The defending player can grab sturdier or more expendable units from any part of the Squad Plate and Swap them with the targets of the Damage, claiming either that they jumped to the rescue just in the nick of time or that the attackers just weren't paying enough attention to who was standing where.

Any pair of Swapped units must be of equal Size. Even the most inattentive enemies will notice the difference between a minifig and a battleship. They must also be mobile - units that are Disrupted, Grabbed, or otherwise immobilized stay right where they are and take their lumps.

Squad Close Combat
Ranged combat between Squads is relatively simple - players measure the Range between Squad Plates, make their Combined Attack Rolls, and distribute Damage from the successful hits accordingly. But much like Close Combat between individual minifigures, Squad Close Combat is a more involved process.

Levels of Engagement
In Close Combat, a Squad has two possible Levels of Engagement, depending on whether it has brought its Squad Plate into contact with the opponent when it first engages.

If a Squad is close enough for some or all of its members to strike an opponent, but has not brought the Squad Plate into contact, then the Squad can make a Skirmish attack. Only the Squad members and opponents who are close enough to strike or be struck with melee weapons are involved in a Skirmish, although the Squad still takes its Angry Inch all together. This is especially useful for Squads with longer Two-Handed Weapons that want to keep opponents at arms' length, or Squads with mixed melee and ranged units who want to keep their ranged units out of direct contact with the enemy.

A Squad can Swap its members around at the beginning of a Skirmish (whether attacking or defending) to best position themselves, and at the beginning of each turn that the Skirmish continues. Oherwise, the Squad members are stuck in their positions until the Skirmish ends.

If a Squad brings its Squad Plate into contact with the opponent, on the other hand, then it has entered into Full Engagement. The Squad and its opponents are considered to be all mixed up together in a grand melee, and all members of the Squad can participate in the Close Combat, regardless of their relative position to the opponents. Because they are all mixed up together, any Ranged Attacks fired into a Squad that is Fully Engaged will also hit whatever opponents they are Fully Engaged with. The various involved players take turns distributing successful hits to their own involved units as if they were all part of one giant Squad, skipping players when necessary to maintain an even distribution (no player's unit can take a second hit until all players' units have taken their first hit, and so forth).

Any unit or Squad that's involved in a Full Engagement cannot use Actions to target or focus on anything outside of the Full Engagement, unless it first successfully Withdraws. It can still defend itself normally if it's targeted by Skirmishing attacks from outside the Full Engagement.

The Communal Angry Inch
Unlike minifigs, a Squad in Close Combat only takes its Angry Inch once, at the beginning of its first Maneuver (or Counterattack, for defending Squads). (Squads that elect to Ignore their opponents do not get to use their Angry Inch.) Rather than moving units around individually on the Squad Plate, the entire Squad Plate takes its Angry Inch in formation. If there's a unit in the Squad that isn't capable of taking an Angry Inch, whether because it's using its Action for something other than Close Combat or because it's a type of unit that can't take Angry Inches, then the Squad may not take an Angry Inch.

While a Squad and its opponents can easily use Angry Inches to move from Skirmishing range into a Full Engagement, the reverse is more difficult. Squads and other units can only use an Angry inch to to disengage from a Full Engagement as part of an attempt to Withdraw. Otherwise, some part of the Squad Plate must remain in contact with the opponent or opponents.

Squad Maneuvers
Squad Close Combat follows a sequence similar to minifig Close Combat (5.2: Close Combat).

Order of Attack for Squad Close Combat

The Close Combat sequence for Squads is similar to that for individual minifigs. Take each type of Maneuver one at a time, don't use any hand or weapon more than once in the same turn, and whenever one side or the other dies, stop.

  • 0. Active Squad Takes an Angry Inch
    • Unless the active Squad is Ignoring its opponents this turn, it may now take its Angry Inch. Unlike minifigs, a Squad only take a single Angry Inch at the beginning of the turn, not before each Maneuver. This step is not repeated if the Squad chooses to Press the Attack.
  • 1. Active Squad Performs a Close Combat Maneuver
    • The active player declares its Close Combat Maneuver (Attack, Grab, Shove, or Withdraw), and which of the Squad members will be participating.
    • The defending player declares which of his defending units, if any, are going to try to Counter the Maneuver, either by Parrying it or Bailing out of the way.
    • The players resolve the effects of the Maneuver and the Counters.
  • 2. Opposing Units Launch Counterattacks
    • Any opposing units who are still able to make Counterattacks on the active Squad may do so, even if they weren't directly targeted by the Squad's Close Combat Maneuver.
    • Units in the active Squad may attempt to Parry incoming Counterattacks or Bail out of the way. Remember that if the Squad is trying to Withdraw or Ignore the combat, attempts to Parry or Bail will use up the units' Actions.
    • The players resolve the effects of the Counterattacks and the active Squad's attempts to Counter, if any. If the active Squad dies or is Disrupted, its Close Combat is finished for the turn.
  • 3. Active Squad Ignores or Withdraws
    If the active Squad was attempting to Ignore or Withraw and has at least one member still standing, it has succeeded in its attempt. Except for Squad members that used up their Actions to Parry or Bail in response to Counterattacks, the Squad may now move and take Action freely - possibly to engage in Close Combat elsewhere.
  • 4. Active Squad Presses the Attack
    If the active Squad is still in Skirmish range or Fully Engaged with the target and at least one Squad member still has free hands or weapons it hasn't used yet during the turn, the Squad can return to step one and delare a new Close Combat Maneuver against the same target. Otherwise, its Close Combat is finished for the turn.

    Like minifigs, a Squad making a Charge Attack can never Press the Attack. It's limited to a single exchange of Attacks and Counterattacks with its target.

    While most minifigs carry two weapons at most, so they rarely get to Press the Attack more than once per turn, a Squad can sometimes loop through these steps several more times if its individual members are attempting multiple types of Maneuvers that have to be handled in succession.

Rather than handle Squad members' maneuvers one at a time, Attack Rolls and Parrying Rolls are combined as much as possible for efficiency's sake. As long as a group of units has the same Skill die and weapon type, it doesn't matter which specific units hit or miss; only the number of successes matters. They can make their rolls all together in a big pile of Skill dice.

Skill Rolls for Bailing are handled individually. In Squad Close Combat, unlike in minifig Close Combat, Bailing happens before the active units attempt their Close Combat Maneuver. Because attackers aren't targeting specific units in Squad Close Combat, a defending unit's Bail Roll does not have to beat an attacking unit's Attack Roll in order to be successful. Instead, units attempting to Bail out of a Full Engagement are successful as long as they manage to land completely outside all of the Squad Plates involved. Otherwise, they are Disrupted, helpless, and still a fair target for the effects of Close Combat Maneuvers.

Resolving Counters in Squad Combat

In Squad Close Combat, Close Combat Maneuvers, Counters, and Counterattacks are executed in groups rather than individually. Resolving these in proper sequence makes them much easier to handle.

  • Any Bailing defenders make their Bail rolls, removing successful escapees from Close Combat before the effects of any Combat Maneuver or Counterattacks are distributed.
  • Any Attacking or Counterattacking units make their Attack rolls, counting the number of successes for each weapon type.
  • Any Parrying defenders make their Parry rolls, counting the number of successes for each weapon type.
  • The defending player distributes the successful Close Combat Maneuvers and Parries among the surviving defenders. If necessary, the attacking player declares what order successful Attacks are delivered in, and makes Damage rolls as necessary.

When members of a Squad make an Attack or Counterattack, they all make their Attack Rolls, and the defending player distributes the successful hits among the legal targets (all of the targets within the attackers' weapon ranges for a Skirmishing attack, or all of the units involved in a Full Engagement). Damage and other effects are rolled as the hits are distributed, removing targets from the legal distribution pool as they are destroyed or killed. All Damage from the Close Combat is cumulative until the end of the turn.

When members of a Squad make a Grab or a Shove, the defending player distributes them among the legal targets. The effects of the Grabs and Shoves, as well as any attempted Counters, are only resolved once all of them have been assigned, because the cumulative Size of units participating in Grabs and Shoves affects the final rolls. Successfully Grabbed units, along with the units Grabbing them, are moved to the nearest edge of the Squad Plate between them. Successfully Shoved units are Knocked Back from wherever they're standing.

When Skirmishing, but not when Fully Engaged, it's also possible to attempt a Combined Shove to push back an entire Squad rather than its individual members. In this case, the Shoving unit or units total the sum of their Effective Sizes, and the target Squad does the same, and the Shove is handled as though between two units of those respective total Sizes (8.2: Basic Weapons). Remember that a smaller unit can't Shove a larger one, and a larger unit gets +2 to a Shove for ever inch of Size advantage. If the Shove is successful, the target Squad is pushed back the appropriate distance. Otherwise, all the involved units are now Fully Engaged.

"People called Romanes they go the house?"

Imperial Rome has no tolerance for hippies.
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Combined Rolls Example: Smiting Hippies
Example: Squads of five pikemen (Skirmishing) and ten swordsmen (Fully Engaged) are attacking the three remaining members of a Squad of sign-waving hippies.

Making their Attack Roll, the Roman Squads roll one pile of five dice for the pikes, and a second pile of ten dice for the swords, counting the number of successful hits from each weapon type but with no other concern for which hits came from which specific Squad members. The Squads roll two hits with the pikes and six with the swords.

Once the hits are counted from each set of attacks, the hippies roll a pile of three dice for their attempt to Parry with their signs, with no concern for which successful Parry was achieved by which hippie. They take a -1 Skill Penalty for being Outnumbered, and only one Parry is successful.

The attacking player chooses to deliver the pike hits first, doing two dice of Damage apiece, and the sword hits second, each doing one die of Damage.

The defending player gives hippie #1 the sole successful Parry and the first pike hit. The attacker rolls 3 Damage (thanks to the Parry); hippie #1 survives. The defending player leaves a die with the three facing upwards next to the hippie, to keep track of the unit's total Damage until Close Combat is resolved for the turn.

Hippie #2 takes the remaining pike hit. The attacker rolls 8 Damage for an immediate kill.

Hippie #3 takes the first sword hit. The attacker rolls a 1, Critically Failing and causing no Damage.

With two hippies remaining, the defending player gives the second sword hit to hippie #1. The attacker rolls 2 Damage. Combined with the earlier hit from the pike, this is enough for a second kill.

Only hippie #3 remains, and the defender gives her the next two sword hits. The attacker rolls a 2 and another 2 for a total of 4. It's enough to match the hippie's Armor but not exceed it; the hippie gets one hand chopped off, but survives the attacks.

Although the attacker still has successful sword attacks to deliver, hippie #3 has reached the limit of three Close Combat attacks on a single minifig. The remaining sword attacks go to waste, and the hippie survives to protest for another turn.

11.4: Military Careers

* work in progress
“Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist that black flag, and begin slitting throats.”
- H.L. Mencken