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To: Tony Stuckey <stuckey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Michael Mielke <michael@xxxxxxxxx>, "Manop 'Saphir' Huber" <croxsgfi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, freeciv@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [Freeciv] Re: Attacking problems
From: "Eric E. Coe" <ecoe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 05 Oct 1999 20:56:59 -0400

Tony Stuckey wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 05, 1999 at 05:52:15PM -0400, Michael Mielke wrote:
> > On Tue, 5 Oct 1999, Manop 'Saphir' Huber wrote:
> > > the next question is that I would like to know if a single unit can kill
> > > 2 units just because they are on the same square in ONE turn with one
> > > move.
> >
> > I think they can.  but if they can't, it would be based on amount of moves
> > it has.
>         When a battle is lost, all units on the losing square are removed.
> Attacking takes a full movement point (attacks with less than a full
> movement point remaining are reduced in strength).  Thus a Legion can
> only attack once per turn, but can indeed kill multiple units.
>         Only one unit is selected as a defender, having two Phalanx
> together does not improve your defensive odds.  The only case in which
> having multiple units together helps is if you somehow survive the first
> attack and are attacked again a second time by a different unit.  The
> undamaged Phalanx would be selected as the preferred defender.
> --
> Anthony J. Stuckey                              stuckey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> "And they said work hard, and die suddenly, because it's fun."
>         -Robyn Hitchcock.

This is standard behavior for $$ Civilization - stacking units does not benefit
defense, and indeed, is dangerous.  The exception to this is fortified squares
cities, and this is one of the reasons to create fortified squares, to give you 
turn to reinforce fortifications under attack. The other is to combine strong
defending units (like the Phalanx, at least 2) with strong attacking units (like
the Catapault, the more the better).

One strategically placed well-defended fort in a narrow neck of land can give
your civilization enough breathing room from unruly neighbors to properly 
in relative peace, without having to maintain too large an away-from-home army.

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