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Reacting to a Charge?

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Hi all, new here. The following question came up before a local tourney and would like to get an answer.

A unit has the Charge special ability. It also has the Fast ability, but no other abilities. The unit activates and the player declares a March Move towards an opposing unit.

1. Does the owning player need to declare the free Attack Action that Charge grants as part of his action declarations?

2. At what point can the opposing player declare reactions?


The reason for the question (at least, Qn 2), is that when we check up the various wordings, there appears to be (at least) 2 intepretation.

1. The March Move and the free Attack Action are separate actions, allowing the opposing player to react either at the end of Movement (due to Fast allow the unit to move from outside Reaction range) or at the Attack action (presuming the opposing unit is the target of any attacks).

2. The free Attack Action is part of the March Move action, allow the opposing player to react only at the end of the full March Move action. This means the acting unit would march in, attack, then the opposing unit get to react.

The obvious implication is that ( 1 ) allows the opposing unit to react and get out of range/ LOS before the free Attack Action kicks in, while ( 2 ) allows the attacking unit to get hits in (especially with C weapons) before the opposing unit can run away/ attack.


Hope the above was understandable…

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