‘Hill of Doves’ is a solitaire boardgame in which the player controls An Imperial British Army at war with a programmed non-player Transvaal Republican Army in 1881. The British army’s aim is to win the war by controlling the area known as Laing’s Nek which lies on the border between Natal and the Transvaal. The British army has up to twelve weeks to achieve this, failing which, the Boers will win the war.
‘Hill of Doves’ is played at a strategic, operational and tactical level simultaneously. There are three phases to the game which are detailed on the Sequence of Play Cards. The Operational Phase is the heart of the game and represents a seven-day cycle, with a Strategic Phase being referred to at the end of each Operational Phase to resolve situations occurring during the week just passed and a Tactical Phase representing a variable number of hours being referred to each time the British carry out an assault.
‘Hill of Doves’ is played using a programmed system whereby the player follows the instructions on the Sequence of Play cards aided by the step marker and the Set-up Card. If any battles are to be fought the player will be referred to the Tactical Deck or the Ambush Deck to resolve the battle and then the player will be prompted to return to the Operational Deck to continue the war.
‘Hill of Doves’ is played on three boards simultaneously. These are the Strategic Board, Operational Board and Tactical Board. Game information is recorded on these boards and British strategic, operational and tactical columns are maneuvered on the maps located on these boards.
Once the rules have been mastered, ’Hill of Doves’ can be played solely by referring to the Sequence of Play Cards mentioned above and a game can be concluded in a single evening.
Posted by faulkner’s buzzard on May 30th 2023
so pleased with this game. the components are of such high quality, I ended up preordering 4 more upcoming Legion titles. this is a gorgeous game, with a tight and unique construction.
Posted by peregrine on Mar 13th 2022
I haven’t played this yet, but after unboxing and devouring the rules, it’s looks excellent.
Component quality is very good, I love the three board concept and the pieces are crisp and clear.
Game play is very well structured with cards providing a very logical and complete sequence of play, which certainly looks like the main rules will not need to be consulted very often.
I cannot wait to find the table time to get this played.
Posted by John Poniske on Mar 2nd 2022
Facinating subject. Brilliant representation. Superb production value.
Great solitaire game!
Posted by Chris Schwarz on Feb 24th 2022
I recently received my copy and immediately opened it up. The components are beautiful. The manuals are well done and evoke the period the game is placed in. The play cards are very nice and counters are great. Starting to learn the rules is easy with the introductory manual and examples of play.
I have long had an interest in this period of history and subject and this game fills the void perfectly. Legion games is my new favorite game company!