How about we have a discussion to see if we can come up with some clear rules wording to solve this problem?
The Problem: Situations can occur in KOW, where a unit cannot charge due to kinked lines of units, in ways that if it was a fantasy movie or historical situation seem “stupid”. These situations break immersion and are often offputting to new and existing players. They can also lead to increasing numbers of “gotcha” moments as competitive veteran players wise up to them and make use of them.
Note: These situations are also not unique to Kings of War, and have occurred and been solved in other rulesets over the past 30-40 years at least.
The KOW Rules Committee have made an FAQ ruling to solve this problem stating that charges in such situations are still allowed and cannot be prevented. However, some players are concerned that this ruling is unclear and also has unintended consequences depending upon interpretation.
The issues have been very nicely summarised in Page Neo’s video linked here:
One potential solution that occured to me, is to add this phrase to the FAQ ruling, noting that the charging unit’s front edge position is critical. This would appear to prevent unintended exploits cited to date, but allow those chrages intended to be allowed by the ruling. Thoughts?
“A unit may have no legal charge, though it is able to contact a unit though not align to it because its front edge would overlap another enemy unit if at least minimally aligned. In this situation you can charge the first contacted enemy unit which instead aligns to the charger, shifting other nearby enemy units minimally if necessary to to achieve this.”