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2008
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2 − 4
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Best with 2 players
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12 and up
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360 minutes
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The Seven Years War In Europe, 1756-1763

Clash of Monarchs lets two to four players recreate the titantic struggle that raged across Europe and the world, pitting Frederick the Great’s Prussia and its Hanoverian allies against Maria Theresa’s Coalition of Austrian, French, Russian, Saxon, Swedish, and Holy Roman Empire forces. Each player directs the effort of one or more of the major powers, plus their minor allies, using the card-driven operations and point-to-point movement system of many of GMT’s most highly-regarded games. The cards help players enact Frederick’s pre-war invasion planning, Austrian minister Kaunitz’s diplomatic triumph in the 2nd Treaty of Versailles, the operational ascendancy of Prussian and Hanoverian light troops, formation of the Austrian General Staff, huge financial loans, court intrigue at Versailles, Vienna, and St. Petersburg, and dozens of other key political, economic, and military events. COM also uses split decks, which foster play of each power’s events in two phases -- Early War (usually through mid-1758), and Wider War (1758 to conclusion) – and allow a multi-player game to use exactly the same rules as a 2-player contest. COM augments the CDG system with a Colonial Conflict sub-game, a fully-integrated treatment of light unit operations, and a Fortunes of War chit pull, which varies the occurrence and/or timing of events beyond players’ control each year -- severe weather, desertion, attrition, possible deaths of English king George II, Empress Elizabeth of Russia, et al, and Madame Pompadour’s political influence over the French commanders, to add further uncertainty and drama to the campaigns.

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Play time

  • 1756 learning scenario, 60-90 min; 1757 scenario, 3 hrs; two year scenarios, 6 hrs; campaign game, 16-18 hrs.

Components:

  • One 22" x 34" map
  • 110 Strategy cards
  • 456 9/16 inch counters
  • 280 1/2 inch markers
  • Five 8-1/2" x 11" Player Aid cards
  • Four 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Power Displays
  • One 24-page Rule Book
  • One 20-page Play Book
  • Two six-sided dice

Designer: Bob Kalinowski
Developer: Chris Janiec
Counters: Mark Simonitch
Map & Cards: Mark Mahaffey
Rules & Charts: Neil Randall
Cover: Rodger B. MacGowan


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Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Rodger B. MacGowan, Mark Mahaffey, Mark Simonitch
Year: 2008
Product Code: GMT0806
Size: 9.40 x 12.40 x 2.30 inches
2.30 pounds
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9 Diplomacy Flow Chart
Remake of the diplomacy chart in flow format. Last part of two: Winter 1757 and beyond. PDF in paper size DIN A4.
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2015-04-09
12 PostPub Update 4H, Sept 2014
Further clarifications and additions on Loudon's Coup card, Prussian Poltroonery, proposed change on Russian sp on map over winter.
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2014-10-27
10 Tactical Chits -- National Listing
The attached file is a listing of all the Tactical Chits by nation and type
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2013-05-16
18 DIPLOMACY IN CLASH OF MONARCHS
A short(ish) explanation of all the different options available to players in Clash of Monarchs as well as an explanation of the Spain war dynamic in the later war.
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2012-01-06
8 COM_1756_Diplomatic Choices
This table, courtesy of Mick Essex, captures the downstream consequences of each power's diplomatic choices in the 1756 pre-start diplomacy segment. Thanks Mick!
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2011-09-28
12 COM Playbook Update Two -- Oct 09; Set Up changes
Last update of the COM playbook, with notable changes to the Prus and Aus set ups of 1756 and 1757, which are more historically accurate.
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2011-03-03
9 COM Diplomacy Commitment explanations
Chris J's original run-through of COM Diplomacy facets.
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2010-10-13
8 CoM Card Manifest
Color coded card manifest with underlined Wider War cards noted. Also noted are unique events, interrupts,Fr/Ru Ops/Event plays and Financial Straits.
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2010-09-27
11 Winter Turn Flowchart
Graphical representation of the Winter Turn flow.
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2010-01-01
13 Action Phase Flowchart
Graphical flowchart of an action phase.
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