Also, i think that the defender should be allowed to count the edge of the map on his deployment tiles as escape routes, so that he can exit the table if he decides the encounter is becoming Pyhrric.
I don't get this "namby-pamby" attitude to getting on with fighting to the death? Rackham deliberately wrote the rule ...
... a player may call a “Retreat!”. The units deployed are immediately eliminated.... to force players to fight to death, else be punished when running away, opps, soz, "retreating". In my opinion, it's one of the best things about their rules. If u don't like the sector dynamics, don't go there!
It's been a bugbear of mine for some time that players take longer to set up a battlefield and walk on for one round, then walk off the next? Play the the rules as their written, especially when there's 100% clarity! ... Walts