Axis & Allies Modern Revised Edition
This Variant uses all OOB rules from AARE and LHTR 1.3 rule set. The following special rules supersede those rules wherever applicable.
This variant starts the war in 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis. Additional scenarios covering alternative history for 1985, 1991, and present day are forthcoming.
- Soviet Union/Warsaw Pact *
- United States/United Kingdom
- NATO ( neutral or allied to American player)
- China ( neutral or allied to Russian player)
All allied neutrals not mentioned play their turn during the same time as the nation they are allied with.
Note: on the first turn of the game the Soviet/WarsawPact player is given a stockpile of 25 IPC to be used as he wishes to save or place additional units before the start of the first turn.
- Determine IPC totals
- Add all controlled IPC and subtract loses due to nuclear weapon attacks
- Allocate income to send as aid to neutrals to gain alliances.
- Unit Purchase/ Research Technology
- Purchase units and spend money on technological research
- One roll per technology per turn
- Rolling a 6 gets the technology and 5 results in a major tech breakthrough. A 5 result means that on the following roll for this technology you get it on a 5 or 6.
- Successful rolls advance gets the technology on the same turn its rolled.
- Move all units up to the limit of their movement
- Either player can declare retreats after any combat round
- Partial retreats are allowed, but retreating units cannot fire if they elect to retreat.
- If hits from the attacker have destroyed the defending force and additional hits have not been allocated, then those are drawn from retreating units on that combat round if any have retreated.
- Non-Combat Movement
-All units that didn’t move in the combat movement phase and any units that have not used all their movement points (even if they attacked) up can now move a second time up to the balance of their movement capabilities.
- Place Units
- Place Infantry units up to the limit of the territories value. A factory doubles this capacity.
- The Allies win if they can capture Moscow and Beijing or reduce the Communist IPC total below 30.
- The Communists win of they capture any three: Paris, Tokyo, London, and Washington.
Unit Force Pool:
Unit: Cost: Move: Attack: Defense:
Militia 2 1 1 1
Infantry 3 1 1 2
Armored 4 2 2 2
Elite 5 2 3 2
Hovercraft* 5 2x2 2 2
Tank 6 2 3 3
Heavy Tank 7 2 3 4
Self- Propelled ( SPA) 9 2 5 4
Laser Tanks* 12 3 4x2 4x2
Helicopter 7 4 2 2
Fighter 10 6 3 3
Strategic Bomber* 12 10 4 1
Super Bomber* 12 12 4 4
Carrier* 20 2 2 4
Cruiser* 14 2 4 4
Frigate 8 2 2 3
Submarine* 8 2 2 2
Transport* 8 2 0 1
Other units: Range:
Chemical weapons* 5 same D6
Tactical Nuke 10 2 D6
ICBM 15 Any D8
Laser Shield* 25 1 - D6
Factory* 15 - - -
Anti- Aircraft Gun (AA)* 5 same - 1
Hovercraft: Move twice even if they attack, can move over one water zone.
Laser Tanks: Attack twice each round, can move over one water zone.
Strategic Bomber: Can drop nuclear weapons.
Super Bomber: Cannot be attacked by AA guns or intercepted.
Carrier: Takes 2 hits, carriers 2 fighters or 3 helicopters.
Cruiser: Takes 2 hits and can launch tactical nuclear weapons, Shore bombardment at 4.
Frigate: ASW negates sub first strike at 1/1 basis, shore bombardment at 2.
Submarine: First strike capability can launch tactical nuclear weapons.
Transport: Carriers any two land units.
Chemical weapons: Roll D6. Result equals number of units that must make saving roll.
Laser Shield: For each ICBM or Nuke attack roll D6 and subtract = net lost units.
Factory: Can build additional units of any type up to value of territory.
Each player can spend the listed IPCs on one Technology section per turn. Both the American and Soviet player receive one free roll per turn on any technology. Obtained technology is available on the turn it’s discovered. Technology is obtained on a result of 6. If you roll a 5, you have a major breakthrough and can now roll a 5 or 6 to get the technology.
Land Technologies: (cost 2 per roll)
Level one- Elite Infantry can be built
Level two- Heavy Tanks can be built
Level three- Strategic Bombers can be built. They can perform SBR’s and drop Nukes.
Warship Technologies (Cost 3 per roll)
Level one- ASW capabilities. Cruisers and Frigates can now negate submarines preemptive strike capability at a 1/1 basis (except for the first round).
Level two- Air units can now attack submarines.
Level three- Cruisers and Frigates can now launch tactical nuclear weapons. They can carry one each.
Submarine Technologies (Cost 3 IPC per roll)
Level one- one submarine can be allocated to transport an elite infantry unit for a special attack. This would represent navy seals or highly specialized infantry. They can make a landing on a coastal territory and make a selected attack on one enemy unit. This combat will only be between these two units. If the elite infantry wins the battle it returns to the submarine.
Level two- Submarines can move 3 spaces. They can make a special movement under the North Pole as follows: Subs can enter Sea Zone 4 and on the following turn enter Sea Zone 62 or 63 (or vice versa).
Level three- Subs can launch tactical nuclear weapons. They can carry one each.
Air Technologies (Cost 4 IPC per roll)
Level one - Long Range Aircraft capability. All planes now fly 2 additional spaces per turn.
Level two- Air transports. Helicopters can now carry one infantry unit.
Level three- Super Bombers can be built. Your nation can now build special planes. They cannot be intercepted by scrambling aircraft and AA guns cannot affect them.
Nuclear Technologies (Cost 5 IPC per roll)
Level one- Chemical weapons can be built roll D6= potential hits. For each potential hit the defender rolls for an equal number of units trying to roll its defense number to save it from destruction.
Level two- Tactical nuclear weapons can be built. These can be dropped by strategic bomber, launched by Submarine, or launched by mobile weapon platform or friendly territory.
Level three- ICBM’s can be built. These can be dropped by strategic bomber, launched by Submarine, or launched by mobile weapon platform (see below) or from a missile silo. They have unlimited range only if launched from friendly silos.
Level four- Mobile missile silos can be built at the cost of 10 IPC. They move one space per turn.
Laser Technologies (Cost 6 IPC per roll)
Level one- Hovercraft can be built. Your nation can now build these units. They can move 2 spaces during each movement phase. They can move over narrow water straights such as from Holland to England, West Germany to Sweden and Japan to Korea.
Level two- Laser shields can be built. Each shield can roll against nuclear attacks upon all territories that are adjacent to this unit. Roll one D6 and subtract this result from the attackers roll. Note: if multiple nuclear weapons are fired together the laser shield has a limit on these attacks. Roll one D4= number of total rolls. Example: if you attack with 6 ICBM’s the laser shield rolls 3, then 3 ICBM’s are getting thru.
Level three- Laser Tanks can be built. These units attack twice each combat round. They can move over narrow water straights such as from Holland to England, West Germany to Sweden and Japan to Korea.
A spy is a specialized unit. It does not move and can perform unique duties. A spy can accomplish one of three things:
- Each spy can perform a free roll trying to obtain enemy technology. If they roll a 6 then they obtain one level of technology for the owner of the spy. A spy costs 10 IPC and you can only have one spy at a time unless you capture a spy.
- Counter- Intelligence
- You can allocate your spy to ‘turn’ an enemy spy to your own side. You must roll a 6. Once you turn an enemy spy then that spy no longer can serve its original nation. Note: this is the only way you can have more than one spy.
- A spy can be used to blow up an enemy factory, Misslie silo or Laser shield. In these cases a 6 is needed to accomplish this mission. The destroyed installation must be rebuilt at full price.
Note: the Soviet player gets one free counter- intelligence roll per turn.
Scrambling fighters: Any time you fly over a territory containing enemy fighters, they can be scrambled and sent against you for one mandatory round of air combat. This can occur more than one time depending on which territories you fly over.
These can be used against military targets or against the industrial capacity of the territory itself. If rolled against military they roll a die and the result equals the number of lost units. Rolling against the territories value reduces it by the value of the roll divided by 2 rounding down. So if you roll a 5 the territory is reduced to 2 for the rest of the game. Territories reduced to zero can never again be used to place units.
Each time a nuclear weapon is used the owning player rolls to see if there is fallout of diplomacy. Roll one D6 and note the result below:
1= No effect
2= No effect
3= NATO moves one shift toward neutrality or to America
(Depending on who launched the nuke)
4= South American states moves one shift toward enemy
5= Middle East coalition moves one shift toward enemy
6= Both major neutrals move one shift toward the enemy
These units have a first strike capability every combat round unless specific technology is developed to counter this (Level one- warship tech).
Once you have ICBM technology you must built a silo for 20 IPC if you want to take advantage of unlimited range that these weapons enjoy. Each player shall have secret locations where ICBM’s can be launched from friendly territories. Each silo location can launch one unlimited range ICBM providing the nation has this technology. The selected location must have an IPC value of at least one. Once this location is destroyed (by reducing the territory by to zero IPC by a nuke) or capturing it.
Mobile Missile Silos:
These can only be used if the player has obtained level four nuclear technologies. They move one territory per turn and cost 10 IPC. They can be destroyed like any other unit and must be allocated as the final casualty if attacked by any means. One mobile missile silo can be transported on a naval transport.
These are of value to the original owning player. If they are captured by the enemy they can get a free roll of a D6= lost IPC from the owning player. The capture of these centers may have adverse effects on diplomacy rolls.
Soviets, Chinese and Indian infantry builds:
The Soviets and China can build regular infantry for 2 IPC each turn equal to the result of what is rolled on a D6. If India is pulled into the war she too can built Infantry equal to what is rolled on a D6.
American and Soviet Allies:
Any attack on any nation that is allied with these is considered an attack on all allied nations.
1. American forces can enter any nation allied to America.
2. No forces allied to America can enter American territories.
3. No Soviet or Chinese forces can enter each others territories; however they can each liberate them from occupation from enemy forces. They must leave the territory on their next turn.
4. NATO and United Kingdom can liberate captured American territories. They must leave the territory on their next turn.
Diplomacy and Neutrality:
Each player can perform one roll targeting a neutral with the purpose of turning it to an ally. Independent neutrals are colored in a pale peach. Each can become an ally on a roll of 6. If you roll a 5 they can become allies if you make an aid package equal to twice the territories value. Once a neutral becomes an ally the armed forces can be used to fight against your enemies. You do not gain any economic benefits, but the income can be used to build new units that are placed in these territories. In fact if you have a number of them as allies you can pool the money together to build units and place these units as you wish.
Some neutrals are arranged into a coalition made up of member states. These require 3 steps (hence 3 rolls) of 6 to convert all of these nations. They cannot be converted by economic means. Once they are converted they too can pool their money together and build their own units. Exception: Warsaw Pact nation’s income can be pooled with the Soviet income.
The following major coalitions are represented on the map:
- Middle East (burnt orange)
- South American (light green)
The following nations begin the game as active allies:
- United States (green)
- United Kingdom (tan)
- NATO (grey)
- Soviet Union (earth)
- China (red)
- Warsaw Pact (beige)