The year is 1775. The American colonies are outraged over new taxes imposed upon them by Great Britain. They begin to stockpile arms and organize militia. On April 19th, militia members ambush a column of 700 British Redcoats ordered to seize stockpiled arms. 273 British soldiers are killed or wounded before they reach safety in Boston.
The American Revolution has begun!
Now you and your friends command the armies of the British Redcoats, English Loyalists, German Hessians, American Regulars, Patriots, French Regulars and Native Americans to decide the fate of the Americas. Players from each faction cooperate to gain control of key towns and forts. Share the fun in this light and fast paced multi-player game!
The mapboard represents the original 13 Colonies plus Maine, Nova Scotia, and Quebec. Each Colony is further subdivided into areas over which factions will struggle for control. A faction holds control of a Colony when only units of its side are present in the areas of a Colony.
Army units are represented by wooden cubes for each side. Blue for Continental Army, White for American Militia, Red for British Regulars, and Yellow for Loyalist Militia. Purple and Orange cubes represent Allied French and Allied Hessian factions which are controlled by American and British forces respectively and are brought into the game by event cards playable by each faction.
Each game is played over a maximum of eight rounds. Victory conditions are checked for each side starting on round three and each game ends automatically on round eight if no one has won before then. Each round is subdivided into four turns, one for each side, which happen in an order determined by the random draw of the turn marker for each faction. It is entirely possible for a faction to go last in a previous round only to go first in the next!
All six faction, including Allies, have their own faction combat dice. For each 'Hit' result rolled, an opponent loses one unit. For each 'Flee'result rolled, you lose one of your units to the Fled Units box where it will return later as a reinforcement. For each blank face rolled, you have a 'Command Decision' and may use that to retreat a unit in the battle to an adjacent area.
All faction units participate in a battle whether is is their turn or not! Each faction has different faces to their dice. Dice are specific to each faction and represent the martial capabilities, command, and resolve of each of the six factions. For example, American Continental Army are much less likely to Flee, and have a higher hit percentage, but only have two dice per battle round. British Regulars have no Flee results and hit on on a high percentage, but will have no fleeing units added to their reinforcements each turn. Militia on both sides have three dice but higher Flee results. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your units is key to victory!
Each faction deck contains Event cards, Movement cards, and one Truce card. Every turn, each faction will play a movement card to maneuver their troops and zero, one, or two event cards. When both factions of a side (British or American) have played their truce cards, the game will end on that round! Each deck has a specific number of movement cards in it and managing them is an important part of the game.
Each faction has a Truce card which serves not only as a timer for the game but as a powerful Movement card. However, a game may end prematurely if both factions of a side are forced to play their Truce cards early in the game!
Battle across the Colonies with large armies or small. So long as each army group contains a unit of your faction, you may move Allied units with you from area to area. In a four player game, each faction must strategise with their partner to reach their full command potential!
The Treaty of Paris board is included free with each purchase of '1775 - Rebellion'. Use this board to store faction Treaty Cards when they are played during each game!
As part of the Birth of America series, 1775 - Rebellion features simple and unique game mechanics and special attention to historical detail. Experience this critical time in American history, you will not be disappointed!
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Question and Answer Forum on Board Game Geek
"Finally! Someone gets it!" Scott of 'Sahm Reviews' on '1775 Rebellion' and the accompanying Teacher's Manual!
"I love how the mechanics of the game relate so well to what transpired during the revolutionary war." Trent, The Board Game Family
"We all loved this game! - Scott, Gaming Trend
The Long View Podcast with The Dice Tower Network gives their thoughts on 1775 and 1812.
"Même à deux joueurs, ce système présente donc un plaisir de jeu constant. " - Arnaud, Wargamer (French Language)
The series Birth of America, [has] the double advantage of being both a great wargame for beginners as well as a beautiful and inexhaustible semi-cooperative game.Arnaud, MarcoWargamer
Once again Academy Games has scored a victory and 1775 should go down as a classic game! Huzzah!Rick, Armchair General
There isn't a single bad thing I can say about this game.Marcus, A Lordsplodge Review
We always have a good time when we play this.A Couple of Meeple
I really like [the way] it plays: the different things you have to think of with your dice, the way you move armies, the way you need to watch which units you are moving with those armies...there are just a lot of cool things you can do; plan back and forth or as a two player game. There is a lot of history going on!Trent, The Board Game Family Review