Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any Errata?

There are no errata for books shipped on or after 11 June 2021.

The few errata for books shipped prior to this can be found here.

Is there a Test of Resolve Facebook group?

You’ll find it here:

What are gamers saying about us?
What battles are covered in Scenarios 1455-1461?
  • First St Albans (22nd May 1455)
  • Blore Heath (23rd September 1459)
  • Northampton (10th July 1460)
  • Wakefield (30th December 1460)
  • Mortimer’s Cross (2nd February 1461)
  • Second St Albans (17th February 1461)
  • Ferrybridge (28th March 1461)
  • Towton (29th March 1461)

What battles will be covered in Scenarios 1464-1487?
  • Hedgeley Moor (25th April 1464)
  • Hexham (10th May 1464)
  • Edgcote (24th July 1469)
  • Empingham (12th March 1470)
  • Barnet (15th April 1471)
  • Tewkesbury (4th May 1471
  • Bosworth (22nd August 1485)
  • Stoke Field (16th June 1487)

The planned release date is 31 July 2021.

Are there any basing requirements?

The rules are not dependent on base sizing, so existing basing will almost certainly work for this period. Typical existing base frontages are 60-70mm for 28mm, 40mm for 10/15mm, with base depths appropriate to the number of figures. (Gamers with armies with figures of 6mm or less may wish to use centimetres instead of inches throughout).

Forms: Mass, Wide, Artillery & Scurrer

A company is represented by 1–3 bases, and the arrangement of bases has one of the following footprints:

Why is a D12 the die of choice?

Quite early on, we decided to have rolling a 1 to mean “Bad Things Happen”. This implies a single die is rolled. We had looked at 2 D6 (so Bad Things Happen on a 2), but the rolls did not occur with sufficient frequency (1:36) to have that rather nice feature of the game occur only occur a handful of times each game. We then looked at differing the sidedness of the die depending on appropriate factors, and discovered that D12 just worked well in all cases. As a bonus, D12s roll very easily, and, perhaps most importantly, it makes the dice aspect of the game simple – so we are not requiring gamers have to work out, and then find/recognise, the correct polyhedral die!

Where can I see examples of how the game is played?

There’s a walkthrough of the rules here, and there’s a list here of forthcoming events where participation games are planned.

Is there a War of the Roses “Who’s Who”?

There’s a comprehensive summary as PDF for download here

Should I mark Ongoing Melees?
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For larger battles at a point where there is the possibility of not remembering which are Ongoing Melees, we use small flags to indicate an Ongoing Melee, as shown.

The flag image can be downloaded here.

Why can archers only fire sometimes?

David Knight posted these helpful paragraphs on Facebook:

Can I address the point about archers who cannot shoot. There is a lot that happens on a real battlefield, which is in constant motion, that has to be abstracted in wargaming terms. So archers would be firing a lot more of the time than we represent but a Fire/Strengthen Resolve card is an opportunity to inflict significant damage on an opposing company which we allow only when in the most advantageous shooting formation, which is the Wide form.

Similarly a wargamer might reasonably ask why a Missile Supply check needs to be performed by archers who are in range (or have been) of enemy troops but have not yet “fired” (i.e the army has not turned a Fire/Strengthen Resolve card). Once again the assumption is that they have been firing, just to no effect.

Once the archers are in Mass formation, the assumption is that they have slung their bows (or had them carried to the rear) and got their melee weapons out. Once again some may well get the odd shot in but not in sufficient numbers to have an effect. In scenarios where arriving archers are already in Mass form, we are suggesting that the aim of their battle commander is to commit his melee troops to the fight as soon as he can without taking the time to deploy archers to the front. This is a likely situation where there are late-arriving troops to find an already general melee ensuing.

The grouping of men in each the battle are divided into much more distinct companies than was probably the case once general fighting ensued; it is likely to have just been one large mob. This is a necessary wargaming abstraction to make our sort of game play possible. The point here is that picking out individual enemy companies in such a situation was probably much more difficult than it appears on the table even if the archers had been able to deploy into an effective shooting formation.

The way that archers stay at “standoff distance” and withdraw in the face of enemy melee troops are other examples of us trying to replicate the dynamism of a real engagement. They don’t get too close in the first place and as soon as they are threatened they get out of the way.

Finding a Haven – at which points on the Archer and possible Haven melee companies do I measure from/to?

The issue is where you start the line and how much of the melee company must the line cross for it to be considered a Haven. I play this as follows, using a conceptual 45 deg line from the corner of the archer unit as shown in the diagrams:

If that line intersects the front of the melee company, (for this case where both are facing the same way), that company can be a Haven. If it intersects the flank, it is not a Haven. And if the sides of the melee company are not so conveniently parallel to those of the archers, I would (conceptually) pivot the melee company until they were.

Having said this, the question of having to decide whether or not a melee company is a Haven should be a rare occurrence in a game. It is a key element in the understanding of the role of archers in the WotR, namely that they were really light troops with a few dozen arrows, which they would fire off initially and then engage with melee weapons, rather than being a missile unit which moved around the battlefield looking for targets to fire at, throughout the battle. The melee troops behind the initial front line of archers would push through the archers at an appropriate time rather than the “intuitive, optimal” gaming movement of the former shuffling sideways so as to move around the archers, enabling the latter to still have fire capability. The rules do not forbid such a movement (in keeping with our philosophy), but make it both difficult and usually disadvantageous – to encourage the gamer to move the companies in a manner which reflects the period.  For the consequential separation of the melee companies into two groups (often one “group” containing just one melee company) leaves them open to being Isolated (as Wide companies do not help with Isolation for melee companies), and usually more vulnerable to outnumbering attacks.

I see Very Inferior and Knights Qualities. How are they different from Inferior and Superior respectively?

A Very Inferior company

  • has 4 Resolve Points, and contributes 2 Morale Points to the battle;
  • receives a -2 modifier in Resolve & Strengthen Resolve Tests; 
  • melees as Inferior;
  • cannot be a Small Company & cannot have an Attached Commander; 
  • is susceptible to Panic (i.e. if a friendly company in the same battle within Proximity (6”) is eliminated or Turns Tail, it must take a Resolve Test (at most once per card)) (with a -1 modifier for Panic plus a -2 modifier for Quality)).

If the only melee companies remaining in a battle are Very Inferior, the battle Disperses.

A Knights company differs from a Superior company only in its impact on Resolve & Strengthen Resolve Tests. It has 4 Resolve Points (2 if a Small Company), and contributes 3 Morale Points to a battle. It melees as Superior, and receives a +2 modifier in Resolve and Strengthen Resolve Tests.