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From standard rules we use:

  • All optional rules, except militia conversion.
  • Advanced naval rules, no new crossing arrows.

Additionally following house rules apply...

House rules


Rule issues

When the rules are unclear, we vote.


Bids - if used at any time - are processed from highest to lowest. In case of a tie, dice determine.


If a player reaches his/her Victory Point goal before the last Economic Phase of the campaign, typically December 1815. he/she wins. If more than one player reaches their VP goal simultaneously, the game is declared draw between those players. Thus it is possible for a group to win together

At the previously mentioned economy step, if none of the players have reached their dedicated victory point goal, the following algorithm is used to decide the victor:

  • Remove all units from the board
  • For each players country count in the total manpower from their home provinces and their conquered minors
    • Do not count manpower from free-states or such home provinces that have been ceded by other majors!
  • Add the total value of manpower to player's victory points
  • All those players who reach their victory point goal are declared victors
  • If, after adding up the manpower to the victory points, none of the players reach their victory point goal, Britain wins.

Uncontrolled Major Powers (14.3)

  • Leaving the game. A country that cannot win (player steps down), but can still affect the result of the game is auctioned with secret victory point bids.
  • Highbid becomes the controller of the nation and loses his bid in VPs. A country out of the game itself collects no more victorypoints and may not bid for any new countries.
  • If Britain gains control of any country in this fashion, Britain loses it’s “win if no one wins” ability.

Corrections to the errated standard rules

  • Change to the rule 1.1.1 The Map: Austrian Capitals: For purposes of the 4.4 Victory Conditions Chart only, Ofen is an Austrian national capital city
    • For purposes of (Money Collection by Taxation) and all other rules, Ofen remains a provincial capital.
    • i.e. a victorious power may not select Hungary for cession unless all other Austrian provinces are already ceded.
  • Change to the rule 1.2 Unit Counters: The Russia I, II, and III corps should have a cavalry morale of ‘4’. 23/4. Unless the advanced cavalry rules are used.
  • Change to the rule 1.4 The Game Card: The Minor Countries Chart omitted a line for Finland.
    • The National Modifiers for Finland are: As 0, Fr +1, GB +2, Pr 0, Rs 0, Sp 0, Tu 0.
    • Finland is a secondary district of Sweden in 1805, and a Russian conquered minor in 1812 & 1813.
  • Change to the rule Limitations of Declarations: Amend to read: A major power already at war with another major power may not declare war on other major powers if unbesieged enemy infantry corps are already inside its home nation. 23/4.
    • An area that cannot be reached by land movement from Paris or London does not count as being inside one’s home nation for the purpose of this rule only. (Turkish&Spanish islands)
  • Change to the rule 4.4 Victory Conditions Chart: Amendment: Victory Condition C.7: Change the word "American" to "colonial". 23/4.
  • Change to the rule Supply Source Definition: Cities in ceded home nation provinces are not valid supply sources, unless the province has been incorporated in a minor free state as part of a multi-district minor (10.4.5) or a new political combination (11.0).
  • Change to the rule Force Marching: Amend to read: Corps may increase their movement allowance by one movement point by “force marching”. Cossacks, freikorps, guerrillas, cavalry corps and disembarking corps may not be force marched. 23/4.
  • Change to the rule 7.3.5 Disembarking: If an area contains a friendly port that is besieged (but not blockaded), counters may be considered to be disembarked directly into the port (if there is room) or into the port's area, as the controlling player desires. 23/4.
  • Change to the rule Corps Depot Supply Additional Costs: If a single depot is used to supply more than four corps, the cost of supplying every corps after the fourth is doubled (i.e. $1 in the depot’s area, $2 in one area distant, etc.). In winter, costs are doubled twice (i.e. the fifth corps to be supplied by a depot in winter costs $2 if in the depot’s area, $4 if one area distant, etc.).
  • Change to the rule Operational Possibilities Chart: The attacker's first combat table when crossgriding an Escalated Assault with a Cordon river crossing should be "5-1" instead of "5-2". 23/4.
  • Change to the rule Retreat after Disembarking: Corps which disembarked into a land area (7.3.5) and are then forced to retreat in the subsequent land combat step must surrender (all army factors and any accompanying leaders become prisoners), unless atleast one of the attacking corps attacked by land.
    • This applies to forces attacking over a crossing-arrow also.
  • Change to the rule 8.8 Ceding: Clarification: Ceding of minor countries or ceded provinces is allowed only 1) to allies when the ceding major power is at peace with all other major powers, 2) by virtue of a formal peace
    • Free states may not be ceded.
  • Change to the rule General Access Rules: Neutral forces that previously had access in territory that has changed control (i.e., due to reconquest or ceding) can be given voluntary access under any new conditions granted by the new controlling major power (unconditional access must be given if peace condition C.5 applies between the involved major powers). If no access is given or available, the neutral forces must be handled as with force repatriation (see and/or option 12.4). 23/4.
  • Change to the rule 10.3.4 Forcible Access: If a major power is denied voluntary access or denied desired access conditions, its land forces may still be moved into or through desired areas by using “forcible access,” as follows:
    • Forcible access operates under the same restrictions as access through neutral minor countries (see
  • Change to the rule A phasing major power loses one political point per Turn for each major power's territories in which forcible access is used.
    • For example, during a Turn, French counters are moved through some Bavarian and Saxon areas using forcible access. France loses one political point if both these minor countries are controlled by Prussia, but loses two political points if Bavaria is Austrian-controlled and Saxony is Prussian-controlled.
  • Change to the rule The major power controlling territory in which forcible access occurs may, if desired, immediately declare war and lose the requisite political points for each separate declaration on any or all of the major powers using forcible access in its territory, unless prevented by limitation in This chance to declare war is repeated each time a counter using forcible access is moved. If war is declared, allies may be called as in 4.3. 23/4.
  • Change to the rule 10.2.1 Conquest of Minor Countries: Amendment: A minor country is conquered by one month’s unbesieged occupation of all cities in the minor’s primary district.
  • Addition to the rule Leader Improvement: Leader improvement also increases leaders seniority rating to a maximum of A (for example C -> B). Single leader can be promoted only once (in case where major power achieves dominance more than once). Leader improvement is not cancelled if major power loses dominant status.


  • Crossing arrows: Crossing arrows from advanced naval rules are not used.
  • Transporting fleets have a –1 to all combat rolls.
  • Naval combat die roll modifier maximum is +/-2.
  • Flee step, Immediately before naval movement step: A Major Power that had war declared upon it this turn may move any and all controlled Fleets up to their maximum allowed movement.
    • Fleets moving in the Flee Step may not transport troops.
    • A Major Power that moves any Fleets in the Flee Step, may not conduct any type of naval movement (other than evasion or retreat from naval combat), or attempt naval interception during the remainder of the turn.
  • When a ship is launched, it must be placed in a fleet or port. If placed in a port, it can fire during harbor raids. A ship in port without a fleetcounter is eliminated if enemy captures the port.
  • Minor countries may not own hulks. All hulks captured by a minor are property of the controlling majorpower. Majorpower may allow a minor to use it’s hulks for shipbuilding.
  • Dardanelles: Constantinople port&blockadebox are considered part of Dardanelles. (ie. fleets cannot get stuck in Constantinople port or BB)
  • Fleet strengths are secret, like corps strengths.
  • A fleet that is blockaded for a full turn must announce some of it’s strength – how many full “squadrons” (10 ships) are present.

Naval morale

  • Holland 3,5
  • Austria, Prussia, Turkey 2,0
  • Others 3,0
  • +0,5 Dominant Britain/Spain
  • +0,5 British fleets adjacent to Britain or in a BB that is adjacent to a sea area adjacent to Britain or in British ports.
  • +1,0 Turkish fleets in Mediterranean/Black sea
  • +0,5 Swedish/Danish ships in the Baltic
  • +0,5 Austrian/Venetian ships in the Adriatic

Maintaining a Blockade

A phasing Major Power may at the very start of its naval phase choose to perform an action called “test the blockade”. This action may be performed on each blockaded port separetely. Both the blockaded stack of the phasing Major Power and the non-phasing blockading stack each roll one D6.

  • If the blockading stack’s roll is equal to or higher than the blockaded stack’s roll then the blockade holds.
  • If the blockade does not hold then the blockading stack must withdraw to an adjacent sea-area, at the blockading stack’s choice
    • They may subsequently attempt to intercept any Fleets leaving port as usual from this sea zone
  • If the difference of the rolls is two (2) or more in favor of the blockading stack, the phasing Major Power initiates a blockade battle with his blockaded stack, against all of the blockading forces.
    • In a case there are multiple blockading stacks, take account only the lowest roll by any of the blockading stacks.

Roll modifiers:

  • British Fleets receive a “+1” modifier to maintaining a blockade roll.
  • If admiral Villeneuve is with a blockaded stack, “-1” modifier to Fleets maintaining a blockade.
  • The above modifiers are cumulative.

Port raids

  • Minor countries fleets must be accompanied by at least the same number of vessels from a player Major Power to participate in a port attack.
  • Change to the rule Harbor Defenses: If there is a garrison or Corps in the port, that are at war or that has denied access to the attacking stack, the harbor defenses inflict casualties and morale loss on the attacking force equal to a single, unmodified, D6 roll using the 4-1 table on the COMBAT RESOLUTION CHART, with the harbor defense number printed in the blockade box as the strength of the attack.
    • If the attacking stack is given access by the port’s controlling Major Power, or no enemy Corps or garrisons are in the port, the harbor defenses are not used.
    • If denied access to the port, the phasing stack may still attack, but the port’s controlling player may use the harbor defenses. No declaration of war is required in this case, but the attacker may declare war, as if attacking transporting fleets
    • EXCEPTION: Even if the attacker has unconditional access (peace term C.5) and/or an earlier voluntary access agreement with the Major Power that controls the port, if any of the Fleet(s) being attacked belong to the Major Power controlling the port, the harbor defenses are used.
  • Change to the rule Port Raid Resolution: The surviving attacking stack then engages all defending stacks in battle. No tactical chits are chosen. Instead the following indicates which combat tables to use on the Combat Resolution Chart: Port Raid Combat Chart
Attacking Force
Defending Force
4-1 port guns
5-1 port guns
    • The attacker’s morale is reduced in accordance with the damage taken while running the harbor guns, prior to the start of the three possible rounds of combat.
    • The raid lasts for three combat rounds, or until the attacking force breaks or is eliminated. If the defending force breaks, the attacking stack continues to attack for the duration of the three rounds but the defender can no longer reply.
    • Following the three rounds of combat (or earlier, if the attacking stack breaks), the attacking stack (regardless of whether broken or not) withdraws past the harbor guns, suffering another (unmodified) attack on the 5-1 table.
  • Change to the rule Victory and Defeat in a Port Raid: To be considered a victor in a port raid, a force must have both broken (or totally eliminated) the opposing force and have inflicted more losses than he has received. If there is a victor, political points are adjusted.
    • If neither side can claim victory, the battle is considered to be a draw and no adjustments are made.
  • Change to the rule Aftermath: Regardless of the outcome of the port raid, the attacking stack is moved to the blockade box or the nearest sea zone (attacker’s choice). Both sides retain their own damaged ships, and the attacker must roll to return them to a friendly port as per The defender rolls a D6 for each ship damaged in the port raid, on a “1” that ship is eliminated. There is no general chase or naval pursuit after a port raid.

Enemy control of port

If a naval leader is with a scuttled stack in this situation, he is captured by the Major Power controlling the port. Minor country Fleets cannot be scuttled, and will surrender if placed in these conditions. Each Fleet scuttled causes the loss of “-1” political point.

Portguns with multi-nation garrisons

If there is a multi-nation garrison in a port, the player with most controlled garrison factors decides if the portguns are used. If there’s an equal amount and they disagree, portguns don’t fire. If there is no garrison, any corps outside the city may elect to fire. If several corps disagree, compare men in such corps.

Breaking a blockade

A third fleet breaking blockade may either:

  • Engage the blockading fleet in the BB, resulting in normal naval combat. Blockaded fleets take no part.
  • Avoid interception in the BB and join with fleets in port.
  • Engage with the support of the blockaded fleet, resulting in a blockade combat.

Supply Chain Restrictions

Naval supply cannot trace more than 7 sea areas (7 movement points - a fleet must be able to move the distance in a single turn) without touching a depot.


Stacking limit

A leader may not bring into battle more corps than his tactical maximum allows.


  • One additional corps may be brought, but then tactical rating is reduced by one.
  • One cavalry corps may be added without penalty.

This allows for tactical maximum +2 corps at most. However, no leader may bring more than 6 corps to battle.

Stacks in combat and reinforcing

  • At least the commanding leaders tactical maximum number of corps must take part in the battle, if they are present.
  • Surplus corps in the area take any leftover damage caused by combat roll or pursuit, if the corps fighting the battle are destroyed.
  • Reinforcing from the same area where the battle takes place is permitted.
  • Reinforcing corps do not affect commanding leader's tactical ability and may exceed his stacking limit. This applies for the whole duration of battle.
  • Reinforcing leader may bring his tactical maximum + one cavalry corps.

Leader casualty

Every participating leader is rolled for individually.

  • Guard commitment: A leader must be chosen to lead the guard. The guard adjustment (+1 or +2) is then added to that leaders casualty roll.


1d6*10% (round down) of all pursuit losses are prisoners.

Prisoner drain

At the end of each reinforcement phase, each major power removes (ie. Kills) 10% (round up) of it’s prisoners. Different nationalities are removed separately. Cheapest units are removed first.

New units

La Salle’s Light Cavalry (LSLC): LSLC is a French unit and is treated as Cossack for all purposes, except as noted below.

  • LSLC may not be rebuilt.
  • If La Salle dies, LSLC is eliminated.
  • LSLC has morale level of 5.
  • When LSLC attacks alone, opponent may not retreat.

When La Salle is available, France must exchange one cavalry factor for LSLC. If no cavalry is available, LSLC remains off board untill one is available.


  • Successful withdraw does not cost any PP.
  • Withdrawing at night does not cost any PP.
  • If withdrawing party is surrounded and withdraw is succesful, it's forces are treated as they would withdraw unbroken after a day's combat.
    • e.g. roll from pursuit class 1.


  • Siege rolls get +1 if arty corps is present.

Siege combat

  • A fortress may only be assaulted by as many troops that it can hold, plus artillery and guards.
  • Cavalry has the same morale value as infantry when assaulting a fortress.
    • EXCEPTION: Cossacks, freicorps and LSLC retain their morale.


Added to EiA retreat rules

  • Any area from which the attacker marched to battle (or reinforced from) may not be retreated to, unless the defender is surrounded.
  • Surrounded and defeated army takes double normal losses for pursuit. All these additional casualties are prisoners.
  • Armies never surrender, except as noted above, or on an island that has no enemy free area.
  • Sponsored minors retreat towards their capital.


Supply can be traced over a territory owned by neutral major party but such an action is considered as forcible access.


  • If a player controls a minor country with troops and refuses to use those troops to defend the minor (field battle or siege to the last man), the player gets a penalty of one extra PP.
    • Using forces of the minor to fight at least one field battle or one siege combat is considered to be enough for player to avoid the said penalty.
  • If Napoleon returns from exile, French manpower is doubled for the next economic phase.

New peace conditions

For unconditional surrender only.

  • Sphere of influence
    • If the loser declares war on any minor that is adjacent to an area controlled by the victor, the victor has right to immediately (off-phase) declare war on the loser disregarding the enforced peace.
    • Lasts as long as the enforced peace.
  • Deny co-operation
    • Loser may not grant acces to third parties without permission from the victor. All access agreements with nations that are at war with the victor must be cancelled immediately.
    • Lasts as long as the enforced peace.
  • Exile
    • “A” ranked leaders must stay in exile for atleast 12 months.
    • Returning a leader costs (strategic+tactical+tactical maximum)/3 + rank (D=0, C=1, B=2, A=3) + political zone (dominant=+1, neutral=0, Instability=-1, Fiasco=-2) rounded up.
    • If the PP cost cannot be payed, the leader may not be returned.
    • Example. Returning Napoleon (reduced stats) in fiasco zone costs 6 political points.


  • Change to rule 12.8 allied access. Exception: Turkey may grant access through Dardanelles without restriction.
  • Alliance may have an expiration date. Such alliance is not worth any PP to create. There is no PP cost if the alliance expires.
  • Declaring war on an ally is not permitted.
  • After breaking alliance player will suffer –2PP additional penalty for a DOW on his/her ex-ally. (Total –5PP) For every turn player waits, this penalty lowers by one.
    • This penalty does not apply when the one who broke the alliance is not the aggressor.
  • If called by an ally against an ally, one must break one of the alliances.
  • PP penalty for DOWing an ally does not apply if the ally uses forcible access (at the moment of such access only). Also, immediate DOW is allowed.
  • Immediate DOW is also allowed if ally violates earlier peace agreement relating to trading or sphere of influence that disallows trade or declaring war on minors.

Forced unconditional surrender

If a player cannot collect any manpower during an economic phase, player must immediately (off-phase) sue for peace and accept any kind of peace from all hostile parties.


Ottoman empire

  • Any minor that can be included in the OE produces only half of it’s manpower if controlled by anyother nation than Turkey.
    • Exception: Egypt produces full MP.
    • Exception: Spain gets full MP for Morocco and Algiers.
    • Exception: Any free state produces full manpower.

Ottoman troops:

  • Turkish controlled freestates that can be included in the OE have morale 2 for infantry and 3 for cavalry even if OE is not in existence.
  • Ottoman cavalry is doubled for the purposes of determining cavalry superiority only.


Number of depots available per major power:

  • Austria 9
  • Britain 6
  • France 8
  • Prussia 7
  • Russia 8
  • Spain 8
  • Turkey 7


  • Spain gets +2 to gold convoy rolls if dominant (maximum result is 12)
  • To reach dominant status, country doesn’t have to be at peace with all other major powers.
  • To lose dominant status, country has to be at peace with all other major powers.