1. The 1971 rules of Diplomacy will apply, except where modified
2. There are five players. Their starting units and locations are:
ANGMAR : A's (CDu, SAn, Gun) and Nazgul (Gun)
ARTHEDAIN : A's (Frn, TFo, WTo), 2A (Anu)
CARDOLAN : A's (HGi, Tin) and 2A (TGo)
DUNLENDINGS : A's (Ene, Mag, SDu)
HILLMEN : A's (CBr, EMo, PTe)
Players home supply centres are the supply centres where his units
start, except that Cardolan doesn't own TGo but instead owns Tha.
3. Double armies are the same as single armies except that they
have double strength. Thus a move by a double army dislodges an
unsupported single army. A double army may support with the strength
of two supports. It may not split the support between two different
units. A single attack cuts the support of a double army.
When retreating a double army retreats with the strength of
a single army. Once destroyed the may not be rebuilt.
4. Nazgul (N) is a special piece. When it starts a turn in the
same location as an Angmarian army and finishes a turn with the
same army (i.e.. it duplicates the army's move) that army may
be regarded as a double army (see 3).
In addition the Nazgul has a movement factor of two when it
moves on its own. The first move takes place with the movements
of armies and the second mover afterwards (but before retreats).
I mat move into a province occupied by another Angmarian army
but not a province occupied by an army of another nation (if ordered
to do so the Nazgul is destroyed). If at any time the Nazgul
is on its own in a province and a non-Angmarian army orders to
that province then that move goes ahead ant the Nazgul is destroyed
(except in the case of a stand-off.
If a unit with the Nazgul has to retreat, the Nazgul must
retreat with the unit.
5. There are no fleets in this game.
6. CDu, Gun, BCa, Eld, Eke, Frn, Cbr, TFo, WTo and Tha are all
forts. A value of one is added to a unit in a fort (i.e. holding
or supporting). This extra strength is purely defensive. Hence,
a single army successfully holds (or supports) in a fortress even
when attacked by an unsupported double army.
7. Mountain Passes: Direct movement is possible between Gun-SAn
and Gnd-GHi. Otherwise mountains are impassable.
8. River Movement: Direct movement is possible between PFe-Mai,
Pfe-Dun and EDa-Dun in autumn season ONLY. (NB: movement between
MBr-Oio is possible at all times) whereas NWR-Hfe, CBr or NNi
is impassable at all times.
9. Due to their knowledge of the hills, the Hillmen player may
nominate one unit starting in PFe, Mai, Pte, Dun or NNi to be
a double army for the next season's movement. He does this by
simply writing 2A(xyz) instead of the normal A(xyz). The double
unit reverts back to a single unit on the following move, however
a different unit starting in one of the above provinces can be
selected as a double army.
10. Bef must be occupied each Autumn season or it will rebel
and become an unoccupied neutral supply centre again.
11. There are 36 supply centres on the board (note Eke and Eld
are fortresses and NOT supply centres), 19 of which are required
for victory except for the Angmarian player who needs 24.
12. The game starts in Autumn 1409 so there will be a construction
phase after the first move.
Options for less than five players:
(NB: these options have not been play-tested. They may be suitable
for face-to-face play but are not intended for play by mail.)
1. Four players: Remove the Dunlending supply centres. Victory
requirement is 17 centres.
2. Three players: Use option 1 but also place the Hillmen in
to civil disorder.
3. Two players: One player takes Arthedain and Cardolan and
the second player takes the remaining three powers. The Hillmen
start with a unit short (no unit in EMo).
1. The rules of Middle Earth IX (ts06/05) apply except where
2. The Hillmen player is replaced by the Rhudar player. Starting
units for Rhudar are Cbr, Mbr, and Eld which are also its home
3. PTe is no longer a supply centre and BCa is occupied by a
Rhudaurian single army at the start of the game.
4. The game starts in Spring 1350.
MIDDLE EARTH IX AND X ARE COPYRIGHT (c) MARK NELSON 1988, 1989
AND 1990. THEY MAY NOT BE REPRINTED WITHOUT HIS PERMISSION.