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Dux Brit Review: Saga Rival?
Skirmish Wargaming published a review of Dux Brittanniarum last month. Finally - the game is two years old. Anyway,reviewer Sigur Skwarl is very happy with the very simple but very effective campaign rules. Is this a SAGA killer? He wrote
If you played any other game by Too Fat Lardies you will be familiar with the mechanics right away.(...)The way figures behave on the table is entirely based on their leaders. Usually players will have one lord and two nobles to command their troops. Leaders are activated via a card drawing mechanic (...)
In Dux Britanniarum there is a very important distinction between two types of games: Raids and Battles.Especially in the beginning Raids will be the norm as the Saxons will just test the strength of the Romano-British forces, have to plunder to keep going and acquire wealth. These are pretty straightforward affairs: The Saxons raid a church, village, border watchtower cattle farms (...) Battles are a whole different thing. This is where the actual decisions are made, provinces are captured and history is made. These are much more along the lines of field battles and there is an elaborate Pre-Battle phase.
(...) At this point Dux Britanniarum is my favourite Dark Age rules set. I like the fact that it is incredibly strongly interwoven with the campaign system and how the campaign rules are very quick and easy to pull off while having all this amazing period flavour built in. It starts pretty low-key with these single raids, but later on the game introduces sieges, as players climb the ladder they have to take care of their land, build great halls and secure the borders, there are spies, speeches, clergy, regicide, cavalry and so on.
PS: A regular complaint on the internet about Dux is the writing style. For example, somebody commented to Skirmish Wargaming: "I have to disagree with you on it being clearly written, it’s a bit of a sprawling mess at times, but once you get your head round the basics it’s possible to play with just the reference sheet". Others comment in the same vein elsewhere.