Ok, so here's the final version of the rules before we go into the game.
A reminder that they can be found here: http://sites.google.com/site/erfworldempires/files
You will need to download the spreadsheet and may like to get the map from here as well.
Players are expected to use the spreadsheet so their information is kept clear for everyone else, and to calculate their own combats. The Combat page should calculate most things automatically, but if you have a character that influences combat (like a Heal-O-Mancer, you'll need to adjust for that yourself. It does Warlords automatically.
Here's the rules for the game:
A Play-by-post forum game
By David Grounds & Ronaldo Calliari
FINAL Version 1.3d
This is a turn based strategy game based loosely on the Erfworld Comic.
Each Player controls a small Erfworld Empire, composed of cities and units. They do combat to discover who among them can become THE GREATEST TOOL (of the Titans, of course).
Players post orders on the forum. A player may not post their next set of orders until all the other players have also posted their next turn, or six days have passed since their last post.
There is no GM, and every player’s units and stats are known to everyone. Players are expected to be honest, but other players should keep an eye on each other to ensure there are no errors in movement, expenses, etc.
A Player is deemed to be the Winner of the Game if, at the beginning of their Turn, they control THREE Capitals. If they do so, they are THE GREATEST TOOL (of the Titans).
If a player loses their last Capital, they have one turn to retake it. If they do not hold a Capital at the end of their next turn, they are out of the Game. All of their cities and units are removed.
The map is a series of hexes. Hexes are named in columns, left to right (A to J), and numbered, top to bottom (1 to 10). For the purposes of this game, the map is a cylinder, that is, A1 is adjacent to A10, as well as B1, B2, and A2. D1 is adjacent to six hexes, C10, D10, E10, E1, D2, C1.
There are three terrain types – Open, Woods, and Water (white, green, and blue).
All units may move into and fight in Open.
All units may move into Woods, but Fliers may not fight. Fliers may be taken as casualties in woods, but do not count for Combat Bonuses.
Only Fliers can move into and fight over Water.
Players may build cities in Open hexes only. A City is marked with a circle of the appropriate colour, and a number, 1 – 5.
1 Indicates a small city – it produces 10 Schmuckers per turn.
2, 20 Schmuckers, 3, 30, 4, 40.
5 indicates a Capital – it produces 50 Schmuckers per turn.
Each player starts with a Capital and two other cities. New Cities may be created in any open hex:
1. That doesn’t already have a City
2. Where the player has at least 1 unit, AND
3. That is not adjacent to any other City.
New Cities cost 10 Schmuckers to build.
To upgrade a City to the next level, pay Schmuckers equal to the level desired x 10.
e.g. To upgrade a level two to a level three, pay Thirty Schmuckers.
Cities may not upgrade multiple levels in a turn.
No City may be upgraded to a Capital (level 5). To win, you have to conquer two other Capitals.
Cities have a defence factor equal to its level – the number of units inside the city is multiplied by the level of the City for calculating Hits inflicted.
So three units inside a level 4 City would count as 12 units for calculating casualties.
This multiplication does not count for combat bonuses – three flyers in a level 3 city do not count as 9 for combat bonuses.
Schmuckers are the primary resource in the Game. They are used to create and upgrade cities, and upkeep units.
There are four kinds of units – Infantry, Cavalry, Fliers, and Siege.
All of the units count as having 1 combat point (except Siege), and 1 hit point. The main difference is the distance the units can move, and the upkeep cost.
Units can only be popped (created) in Cities. One unit can be popped in each City per level; e.g. A Level 3 city can pop 3 units in a turn. All Cities can pop Infantry, but only level 3 Cities or higher can pop Cavalry or Siege, and only level 4 Cities or higher can pop Fliers. Units cannot pop in a City that has been built this turn.
Infantry can move 2 hexes in the open, and 1 in woods per turn, and cost 3 Schmuckers in upkeep.
Cavalry can move 3 hexes in open, or 1 hex in woods per turn, and cost 6 Schmuckers in upkeep.
Fliers can move 3 hexes (open, water, and woods) per turn, and cost 9 Schmuckers in upkeep.
Siege can move 1 hex (open or woods) per turn, and cost 6 Schmuckers in upkeep.
Siege units do not contribute to a combat, but can be taken as a casualty. Each Siege unit in an Attack lowers the level of any City defence by 1, to a minimum of 1. For example, a stack of units attacking a level 3 city has 2 siege units. The level of defence for the city is reduced to 1.
Combat happens when a player moves units into a hex containing units of another player. All movement happens before any combat is fought.
Take a Random Number (1 to 10) generated from the time of the post, and then add the “Tactical Bonus” number.
The side with the highest result is “Superior”, the other side “Inferior”. If a tie, the Defender is “Superior”.
The “Tactical Bonus” is additional points for the side with the majority of units of a certain type – the side with more infantry gains 1 point, the side with more cavalry gains 1 point, the side with more Flyers gains 1 point (if both sides have equal numbers of a unit type, the Defender gains the bonus).
The “Superior” side inflicts a number of hits on the opposing side equal to two-thirds of the number of units (rounded to nearest whole number).
The “Inferior” side inflicts a number of hits on the opposing side equal to one-third of the number of units (rounded to nearest whole number).
The side which inflicts the most hits is the Victor, the other side the loser. If a tie, the Defender is Victor.
Transylvito has 8 Infantry units attacking Gobwin Knob’s 5 Infantry.
Transylvito uses the time of the post to generate two random numbers. The first (the attacker’s) is 6. The second is 3.
Transylvito has a score of 6 + 1 (Bonus Combat Point) = 7, which beats Gobwin Knob’s 3+0 = 3.
Transylvito is Superior, and inflicts 2/3 of 8 = 6 hits on Gobwin Knob.
Gobwin Knob is Inferior, and inflicts 1/3 of 6 = 2 hits on Transylvito.
Transylvito is the Victor, inflicting more hits than Gobwin Knob.
The player controlling the units decides which ones are taken as casualties.
If the Attacker is the Victor, all their surviving units end their turn in the attacked hex. If the attacked hex is a city, the city is captured at its current level.
If the Attacker is the Loser, all their surviving units return to the adjacent hex(es) from which they attacked.
If the Defender is the Victor, all their surviving units remain in the hex that was attacked. If the Defender is the Loser, all their surviving units must retreat 1 hex directly away from the main force of the enemy (ie – most of their units – if there is an even split, the Defender may choose which hex they retreat to).
Units which cannot enter such a hex’s terrain are destroyed – as are units forced off the map.
Attacking Retreating Defenders
Player 1 attacks player 2 and wins. Player 2’s surviving units retreat automatically, but Player 2 hasn’t logged in to list which units are casualties and which are not. Player 3 is impatient, and wants to stick the boot into Player 2’s defeated army. What should he do?
1. Assume that Player 2 has taken the least useful units as casualties first (ie, siege, then infantry, then cavalry, then flyers (unless in woods, then flyers before Infantry and Cavalry))
2. Calculate combat and results
3. When Player 2 logs in, they may choose which units were actually taken as casualties from both combats (if any are left) – but combat is not recalculated.
To generate a random number, use the Erfworld Empires Spreadsheet (download from (WEBSITE TO COME)) and the time of the attacking post in minutes and seconds as one number.
For example, you create a post outlining the attack. Click Submit. Have a look at the post. The time might be: 10:24:36 am. Enter the number 2436 into the appropriate part of the spreadsheet, and this will generate the random numbers for combat. You may need to change your Forum settings to see the time in seconds.
Each Empire may have up to THREE Characters. A Character is not a unit, and does not count towards combat casualties. A Character is destroyed if all the friendly units in the same hex are destroyed. Characters cost 10 Schmuckers a turn in upkeep, and can only be popped in a Capital. Capitals that pop a Character may not pop any units in that turn. Characters move as Flyers.
Characters fall broadly into two categories – Warlords, and Casters.
Warlords – Warlords have a level, 1 to 9. They are popped at level 1, and for each Victorious Attack in which they are involved, gain 1 level. In a combat, the side with the higher ranked Warlord gains +1 to the Tactical Bonus. If the levels are tied, the defender gains +1. If either side does not have a Warlord, their Tactical Bonus is -1. If one side has two Warlords, only the highest ranked counts.
In addition, for each level of the Warlord, the attacking player may specify which units of the opposition are casualties. For example, a player with a level 2 Warlord inflicts four casualties. The attacker may declare that two of the casualties are Flyers. The Defender may choose the other casualties at their own discretion.
Casters – There are a variety of Casters, each with different skills:
Croak-A-Mancer – in a victorious attack, one half (round down) of the opposing casualties are ‘uncroaked’ and become part of your faction. Your side may not have a Croak-A-Mancer and a Heal-O-Mancer.
Econ-A-Mancer – each turn an Econ-A-Mancer spends in the capital, the side gains +15% Gold.
Fool-A-Mancer – At the beginning of the turn, any units with a Fool-A-Mancer may move 1 additional hex.
Think-A-Mancer – For each Think-A-Mancer in the Capital, a side may add +1 to the Tactical Bonus of an attack anywhere on the map – this represents superior command and control.
Heal-A-Mancer – Casualties in Attacks are reduced by half (rounded down). Only one Heal-A-Mancer per combat.
Ditto-A-Mancer – A Dittomancer doubles the number of units in an attack – so 5 count as 10. BUT this is a draining exercise, and the Dittomancer will take 2 turns to restore their JUICE, and may make no actions until the 3rd turn.
Dirt-A-Mancer – the Upgrade cost of any City is HALVED if a Dirt-A-Mancer is present.
Cancel-A-Mancer – In a combat, the effects of all enemy A-Mancers are ignored if a Cancel-A-Mancer is present. Note: A Cancel-A-Mancer cannot cancel a Cancel-A-Mancer
Luck-A-Mancer – The Player may “re-roll” the random numbers in any combat with a Luck-A-Mancer present. The second set of rolls must be accepted. The Luck-A-Mancer must then rest for one turn to restore their juice.
If a Player does not take their turn twice in a row, their Empire defaults to Auto-Pilot. The Player acting next in the sequence must make a report for the absent player.
No Schmuckers are generated, and no upkeep costs are paid.
All Cities pop the maximum amount of Infantry. No units may move or attack.
No Characters may perform any actions.
Should a player return to the game after Auto-Pilot, they will find themselves burdened with many low level units and high maintenance to pay.
1. Calculate Income from Cities
2. Build and Upgrade Cities
3. Create New Units
4. Pay Upkeep on Units (if you can’t afford upkeep, remove units until you can)
5. Move Units
6. Resolve Combat (if any)
7. Post end of turn report
Steps 1 –5 can be in one post.
Step 6 – there should be a post for each combat
Step 7 – once your turn is done, post a report stating where your units are, level of cities, etc.
Rules, Disputes, and Disagreements
These rules are inherently flawed in ways that can only be discovered in the playing. The rules can be changed by a vote on the forum. Each active player gets 1 vote, and a two-thirds majority is required to change the rules.
Beginning the Game
1. Indicate you want to play via this forum
2. Choose an Empire Name, Leader Name, Colour, etc.
3. Choose one of the starting locations (1 to 5) on the map for your capital.
4. Choose a location for a level 3 and a level 2 City. They must be within two hexes of at least 1 other city of yours.
5. Choose and deploy six units within 2 hexes of your capital.
THIS IS TURN 0.
Cities and Units may not be built, nor cities upgraded this turn.
Unit upkeep must be paid.
Empires start with 0 schmuckers, but will earn 100 schmuckers at the start of the turn.