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2013
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13 and up
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A States of Siege (TM) game.

This solitaire game, suitable for group and classroom cooperative game play, tells the story of the English Civil Wars (1640-53) through its key events and decision points. You attempt to stop the advance of four armies bent on destroying Parliament and Puritanism, whom you represent; simply holding on to London is not enough.

Each of the three English Civil Wars are replayed through the use of separate card decks that recreate the historical military and political events that could spell doom to the Parliamentarian forces. There are civil wars going on not just in England, but in Scotland and Ireland too; and each will have varying impact on the play of the game at different times.

The title comes from the purported response to the beheading of King Charles by his implacable foe, Oliver Cromwell, who remarked that this act of regicide was a “cruel necessity.”

Note: Cruel Necessity is our first Gold Banner wargame to exclude a mounted map inside. Because of all the gameplay real estate in Cruel Necessity, mounting the boards using our print-on-demand publishing model would have raised the Retail Price to $55.00 (i.e., a $15 increase), and that just seemed like too much. We hope our vaunted wargame customers can soldier on with our sturdy paper maps as the great wargames of yore have long provided.

What's in the box:

• One full color 22-page Rulebook (Designer's Notes included)
• One 22” x 17” paper game map (in two sections)
• One 11” x 17” Battle Display Mat
• 75 cards
• 98 thick, two-sided, multi-shaped game pieces
• One 2-sided player aid
• One blue (Parliamentary) 6-sided die
• One red (Royalist) 6-sided die
• One bright red, 9" x 11 7/8" Deluxe cardboard VPG game box
• One beautiful box cover sleeve
• One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
• One charcoal desiccant packet

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Publisher: Victory Point Games
Artist: Tim Allen, Vinh Ha
Year: 2013
Size: 12.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 inches
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Release Date: Oct 31, 2013
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6 Cruel Necessity Player Aid
This amazing game comes with a player aid, but I find it to be a bit "busy" for my tastes. If you're like me, try this one...
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2015-07-22
18 Reglas español Cruel Necessity
Reglas tradumaqueteadas con la ayuda y supervisión de Soldado Rojo
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2014-05-16
11 Cruel Necessity Card Manifest
A detailed breakdown of Cruel Necessity Event Cards. Help your game by seeing the broader patterns of the game. Edit: Description edited in response to David Kennedy's comment.
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2014-05-03
13 Optional Army and Troop Counters (ver. 2)
Optional Army and Troop Counters (Ver. 3). These counters are much improved from the previous one (Version 2). The Counters have color images of Infantry and Cavalry Units and look a lot nicer.
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2013-11-25
21 Log sheet, Version 0.99
Updated to include available named units, Irish troubles and Zeal. Feedback welcome.
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2013-11-22
37 Flatten the Learning Curve Rules Summary
All rules in play-through order for this amazingly tense game (my favourite of 2013). Summary should hopefully help newbies to learn and oldies to remember. Corrections/comments warmly welcomed.
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2013-11-19
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