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The standard scenario is that the player with the most levels
on the table at the end of 10 turns is the winner.
All of a characterís Attributes are printed on its associated card.
This indicates the characterís abilities, special skills, and powers.
Each Character Card includes the following information:
1.- Attack: The characterís offense value. The higher this
number, the easier it will be to hit your enemies in combat.
2.- Damage: The power of your attacks. The higher this
number, the more damage each hit will do.
3.- Defense: The characterís base defensive value. The higher
this number, the harder it is for your enemies to hit you in
4.- Armor: The unitís base armor value. The higher this number,
the lower the damage will be when your enemies hit you.
5.- Life points: The amount of damage the character can
receive before suffering defeat.
6.- Resistance: The characterís capability to resist special
effects and state attacks.
7.- Speed: The characterís movement values. The first number
is the distance in inches the character can move while walking,
and the second is the distance the character can run. The
numbers framed beneath these values only apply if the optional
rules for play with game boards are in use.
8.- Action and Recovery Bar: This section indicates the
maximum number of actions a character may take and how
many actions the character recovers during the Recovery Phase
of each turn. The total number of spheres is the total number
of actions a character can take per turn, while the number
of illuminated spheres is the number of Actions the character
recovers in the Recovery Phase.
9.- Category: There are three categories: Mystic, Fighter, and
10.- Affiliation: The group of the character.
11.- Faction: The alignment of the character. It can be Light,
Darkness and Unaligned.
12.- Special Abilities: Powers, techniques, and spells available
to certain characters. Like Basic abilities, each costs the number
of Action points equal to the number of spheres next to it.
13.- Character Level: The unitís cost in points.
Advantages are special objects and abilities that have an
influence on the character. Each costs points to add to a
character or to play.
This card contains the counters youíll need to keep track of
things like a characterís State and Life Points during play. You will
need to cut them apart before playing for the first time.
This card contains all the basic abilities which are common to
all characters. Each costs Action points equal to the number of
spheres next to the ability. This card also contains a list with the
meaning of each of the game state icons.
PREPARING FOR THE GAME
Before starting a game of Anima Tactics, a little preparation
Organizing your party
The first step is to decide how many levels the game will be.
This determines the size of the battle. Players can spend levels
on Characters and advantage cards up to the agreed-upon level
total for the game. A standard game is 250 Levels, but the
best for beginners are games of 150 levels to 200 levels, which
recreate small skirmishes. For larger battles, you can play with
300 or 400 levels. Games with 500 or more levels are true
pitched battles between armies.
The level cost of each character appears in the lower part of
its character card.
When building your team, keep in mind that every character in
Anima Tactics is a unique individual, so you canít choose the
same character twice, unless that characterís card expressly allows
it. However, the same character can appear on different sides in the
confrontation (in this case, one of the characters is a mere imposter
thatís imitating the real character). Another important limitation
when you create your party is that you canít unite characters
from opposing Factions. Three different factions are included in the
first Saga: Light, Darkness, and Unaligned. Light and Darkness are
opposing groups, so it is not possible to combine miniatures from
those factions in the same party. Unaligned characters are neutral
and can be used in parties of any faction.
Also, some characters belong to certain organization, like
Samael, Church or Wissenschaft. If you want, you may compose
a party using only characters from one organization. If this is the
case, you can ignore the Light or Darkness factions as long as all
your characters belong to the same organization.
You may also include Advantage cards as part of your force.
Add each chosen Advantage cardís level cost to your force, just
as you would a Character. Your total number of Advantage cards
at the start of play can never be greater than the total number of
your starting characters.
Of course, planning a good party is more difficult than it
appears, since you have to know how to combine the abilities
and special abilities of each character to create the best tactic.
How you go about this is up to you.
Prepare the table and the scenery
Now, you set up the table where you are going to play. We
recommend a play area of 48 inches by 48 inches, although if
you like you can play on a different sized table.
At this point, each player rolls a die and checks the following
for the result: 1-3 one Scenery feature, 4-6 two Scenery features,
and 6-10 three Scenery features. The combined results are the
number of Scenery features that will be used in the game. Both
players then roll again, with the high roller placing the first
Scenery feature. Players alternate until all Scenery features have
been placed. Scenery features may not be placed within 3 inches
of the tableís edge, and no closer than 1 inch from any other
one of them.
HOW TO PLAY
Now letís see the how the game works.
Phases and Turns
Each Turn of play is made up of three different Phases: Recovery,
Maintenance and Action. All players complete all of their activity
in each Phase before play moves on to the next Phase. When all
players have moved their characters during the Action Phase, the
Turn has ended, and the next Turn starts. A summary of actions in
each Turn follows, with more details afterward:
-Straighten all of your cards.
-Recover your characterís actions.
-Pay upkeep for your special abilities.
-Remove the corresponding State counters.
-Move your characters.
-Use your Advantage cards.
Recovery Phase: First, straighten all of your cards. In this
Phase, characters recover as many actions as their Recovery
Attribute allows. Recovery is shown by the number of illuminated
spheres. Regardless of the number of actions a character may
recover in a turn, a character may never have more Actions than
their total number of spheres.
Maintenance Phase: Some Special Abilities have Upkeep,
which requires spending a certain number of actions to keep their
effects active. During this phase, remove the Action counters
necessary to maintain the abilities you desire to remain active.
Also, you must remove a counter for each type of State effect
your character is in. That is, if the character suffers two different
State, remove one counter for each type.
The Anima Tactics system is based on actions. Each turn,
each character has a specified number of actions it may attempt. A
character may attempt as many actions as it has Action counters on
its card. As the character uses actions, the counters are removed.
Not all Abilities have the same Action point cost. Defending,
for example, only costs one action point, while Attack or Charge
cost two and three points, respectively. Remove a number of
counters from the card equal to the cost of the Ability used.
Of course, if your character doesnít have enough Action points
available, you canít use the Ability.
A character can perform actions and abilities in any order that you
wish. A character can also repeat actions as you like. For example,
a character with four or more points can Attack twice (Attack costs
two points). The only exceptions are Movement actions and the
Seek ability, which can each only be done once per turn.
You donít have to use all of a characterís action points
before you declare that the character is finished for that Turn.
Sometimes, it is much wiser to reserve a few Action counters to
have more available in the next Turn or for reactive actions.
Recovery and Total Actions
Regardless of the number of Actions a character may be allowed
to recover, he may never have more Actions than the total number
of spheres in his card. Any above that number are ignored. For
example, a character with a maximum of four Actions available
per turn ends his turn with two Action points remaining.
Although his Recovery value is 3, in the next Recovery
Phase the character will have his maximum of four
Actions, no more.
A player may choose to have a character
move at one of three different movement
rates. However, unlike other actions,
a character can only move once per
Turn, regardless of the number
of Action points available. So,
a character that declares Run
cannot Walk or do Free Movement
in the same turn.
A character can not move if
it is in Hand-to-hand combat;
first it must Escape from
Free Movement: Any character can move 2 inches without
using any Action points. Free Movement can be used reactively,
so the character can intercept a Charge against a friend unit
(although not to avoid a charge against itself).
Walk: The first number in the Speed icon on a characterís
card is the distance in inches the character moves while walking.
When walking, a character can change direction and turn at will,
as long as the total distance walked is not greater than the cardís
indicated movement rate.
Run / Charge: When running or charging, a character
moves as many inches as the second number in the Speed icon.
Unlike walking, a running character must move in a straight
line and cannot turn or change direction. The character can be
moved through any scenery
Basic abilities are actions available to all characters.
Attack (2 Actions)
Attack allows a character to strike an enemy character in
combat. When a character attacks, the player rolls a die and
adds the result to the characterís Attack value to see if he hits
the enemy or not. If he has the Distance Attack ability, he can
choose to target an enemy thatís within his range of fire.
Charge (3 Actions , Once per Turn)
When a character Charges, it attacks an enemy by running
at it, using its momentum to gain an advantage. The character
moves at its listed Running Speed and the player then rolls a
die for the attack, adding +2 to the roll. Like running, when
a character Charges it must move in a straight line, called the
Line of Charge. A character canít Charge against an enemy itís
already engaged in combat with. Although it is an Attack action,
Charging also counts as a Movement action, so a character
can only Charge once per turn, and may conduct no other
Dodge (1 Action, Reactive)
Dodge is a Reactive Action used to attempt to avoid damage
from hand-to-hand or ranged attacks. When an enemy declares
the intention to attack a character, the targeted character can
spend an Action point to roll a die and add the result to its
Defense. This Action must be declared before the attacking
player rolls the die.
Counterattack (3 Actions, Reactive)
A Counterattack is a form of hand-to-hand defense by which
the attacked character takes advantage of a successful Dodge
to attack back at his enemy. Like a Dodge Action, the player
rolls a die and adds the result to his Defense. If no damage is
dealt by the attacker (without counting the Armor value), the
Counterattack Action allows the defender to make an automatic
Attack Action against the enemy, but applying -2 to his roll.
Walk (1 Action, Once per Turn)
Allows the character to move as many inches as the first
number of its Speed Attribute. The character can change
direction at will during movement. Like all Movement Actions, it
can only be used once per Turn.
Run (2 Actions, Once per Turn)
Allows the character to move as many inches as the second
number of its Speed Attribute. Unlike Walking, the character
must Run in a straight line. Like all Movement Actions, it can only
be used once per Turn.
Escape (1 Action)
Escape allows a character to disengage from hand-to-hand
combat. To do so, the player must roll a die, and if the result
is 6 or more, the Escape attempt is successful. The character
can then spend action points normally on a Movement Action
to get further away.
Seek (1 Action, Once per Turn)
Seek is an action that allows a character to discover an enemy
character hidden within its Zone of Control if there is Line of
Sight to the hidden character. To do so, the player rolls a die,
with a result of 8 or more meaning that all hidden units in the
Zone of Control are made visible.
A character can only attempt to Seek once per turn, whether
or not it is successful.
Unlike Basic Abilities which are available to all characters, most
characters have unique Special Abilities. Each character has its own
Special Abilities and their cost(s) listed on its Character card. Some
of these Special Abilities modify the rules for normal defenses,
attacks or counterattacks. Follow the normal rules for these
actions, applying the modifiers from Special Abilities as needed.
There are three types of Special Ability: Magic, Ki, and
Capabilities and Powers
Many characters have capabilities or natural powers that
work automatically, without spending Actions. Here are some
examples of the most common.
Ranged Attack: If a character has this Ability, its normal
attacks are projectiles which are able to reach enemies at
a distance. The range of the attack is always specified on the
Flight: A character which can fly has the ability to move
above any obstacle or scenery feature with no reduction to its
movement. Also, it can Charge over enemy units without being
intercepted. Only another flyer unit would be able to intercept it.
Some characters are able to use the Special
ability Hide. While they are hidden, they cannot
be the object of any hand-to-hand attack,
ranged attack, effect, or interception; simply
put, enemy characters are considered not to be
aware of their presence. Other players cannot
declare any attack or Special Ability against the
hidden character. When a hidden character
makes an attack or performs any offensive
action, the character is revealed and loses the
state of hidden. It is also possible to detect a
hidden character by using the Seek ability.
A character cannot hide if it is already in the
Zone of Control of an enemy character.