Once upon a time deployment was written on maps or hidden behind a screen until the great unveiling. Nowadays it seems to be done by alternate deployments. Given that deployment is so critical has anyone tried the concept of hidden deployment with mutual reveal? How was it for you?
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I mainly play DBA solo and I have always used a form of hidden deployment. I deploy my army first regardless of whether I am attacking or defending. I then deploy the non-player army. I divide the oppositions deployment area into right flank, centre and left flank. Right flank are labelled 1 & 2, left 3 & 4 and centre 5 & 6. I roll a D6 for each army element. If its a mounted element I minus 1 from the die roll (this gives more chance of them being in a flank position). 6,4 and 2 are reserve positions.
Once all elements are in place look at each deployment area and group together any elements of the same type, dice to see if those capable of rear support do form up that way. In the flank areas I place faster elements on the outside. If the forward areas are empty or weak fill up with elements from the reserve. Generals I always place in Centre reserve. Mounted elements who roll 6 I always place centre reserve.
If any element is placed in an illegal or downright stupid deployment, roll for its position again.
I have had some really good battles using this deployment coupled with the De Bellis Solitarus solo system.