In everyday reality, the factors influencing the outcome of any particular
event are numerous and sometimes unpredictable. The same can be said for
Hyborian War. This rulebook contains all the orders possible in Hyborian War:
it does not and cannot provide examples of the hundreds of possible outcomes
of these orders. We hope the single following example will provide a helpful
guide for thought as each player contemplates the potential influences and
consequences of his or her actions in the game. As our illustration let us
examine the affects of loss acceptance level on troop morale and retreat
- An army which is ordered to retreat after light losses will suffer
a reduction in morale. The warriors know that their commanders do not expect
victory. At the same time, each troop's ability to retreat from the
battlefield is increased. The troops are prepared in advance to make such a
retreat. If during the strategic movement phase the army had attempted to
decline battle, the effective ability of each troop to retreat would be even
greater. After all, the army has already spent months attempting to minimize
contact with the enemy. The sum affect of a light loss acceptance level is to
greatly reduce an army's losses at the expense of battle effectiveness.
- At the other end of the spectrum, an army which is ordered to accept
total losses will receive an improvement to morale. The warriors know
that the upcoming battle will be fought to the death. Each troop's ability
to retreat will be significantly reduced. The army is "committed" and,
should the battle weigh against them, few troops will be able to extricate
themselves. The sum effect of a total loss acceptance level is to increase
battle effectiveness at the risk of losing most or all of the army if
- Loss acceptance may affect the morale of opposing troops. An enemy
force prepared to stand to the last man can be a sobering sight. Conversely,
a force prepared to retreat may seem easy prey.
- Loss acceptance levels in between light and total have the same effect but
to a lesser degree.
- This listing has detailed only the effect of loss acceptance on morale and
retreat capability. The presence of characters at the battle, terrain, troop
type, success or failure in previous battles, magic, as well as other less
significant factors, may all play a part in determining a particular troops'
morale and retreat capability.
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