Simple yet detailed enough that the combat results seem to me correct, given everything I've studied and read. Definitely feels right, although it was purely an infantry fight. Jungle, Coconut groves, Banyan trees, Kunai Grass and bare slopes all conspire to make the environment of the fighting a completely different experience than Europe and Russia. Picture of the terrain from the German entry area perspective. Read the basic rules and play scenario 1 Brecourt Manor.
But luckily one squad was in position to meet the Japanese. Hitler learns about Fireball Forward. The platoon guarding the coconut grove played by Bruce Weigel decided to move out and either clear the area or make contact. I hear ya Scott, I don't play it as often as I would like to either. Here I will update everyone on how the rules and scenarios are progressing and invite feedback. Lastly, your table is certainly big enough. The basic mechanics are simple enough, but there are plenty of decisions to be made as units and individual elements activate, keeping the suspense level high.
Jerry Frazee and his crew in North Carolina worked out rules for Eastern front, including a Commissar table which is a total blast - always injects a huge dose of Communism into the story line. Our goal in Fireball is to get at that 'feel' of a totally different environment without having to create alot of new or special rules. The Tigers move out with the one 17lber out of action currently. Perhaps this lesser intelligence accounts for my being entertained by this flick. But the important thing is that I feel like I have a decent grasp of the basic rules and have begun to see some of the nuances of this particular rules system.
Mark came up with new rules for long-range visibility which was a huge factor in the desert. FbF delivers the same gut wrenching, edge of your seat decision making in ways that equal what Crossfire does. . Attention is focused on active units, and the full story of each activation is followed until a natural break point is reached, similar to the end of a paragraph in a historical memoir. It works, more or less. The playtest kit will include the first rules section infantry combat , the accompanying scenario Easy Company's assault on the guns at Brecourt Manor , a quick reference sheet and markers. Toward the read is more bocage and orchards and a couple other building zones.
A broken unit that fails a morale check dies. First Tiger destroyed - those 17lbers pack a wallop! So there will be a good cross section of games to choose from. Mac MacClain of the Canadian Navy, has lost his ship and many men to a German u-boat. Left side of German entry the Tigers and a platoon enter the buildings. To answer some recent questions from Jan in Copenhagen, labels are not mandatory, but they're cool to look at, and help narrate the story.
Umpired a game of Fireball Forward yesterday. A little rusty so made some mistakes but it was a fun game. In general, I have a very favorable impression of the rules and am anxious to play again, getting further into the rules as we go at the top of the photo you can see the edge of the scenario 2 battlefield which is set up and waiting. » Looks like the proponents of this film could use a little help. Also in the middle is 4 woods sections you can see into it but not through it. The picture shows the German set up with the guns in their emplacements, firing on the beaches to the north right of photo. Shibya's men overran the Marine squad giving them the bayonet.
The scenario was the Brigade Box Tiger Variant from the Villers Bocage supplement. I'm also a dropkick, so you might have a problem with the way I talk - but I guarantee you, you won't have a problem understanding me. I won't go into detail on the two games of this we played, but as the Americans I failed both times to capture the guns quickly enough to prevent the Germans from accumulating enough victory points to claim a win. The Fil-Am forces have one permanent chip, but it's lost as soon as a good-order Japanese squad exits the board behind them, toward the coastal road. Kamijima's Daihatsu landing barges were hit before they even reached the beach, and when the troops finally began spilling out, the majority were left cowering in the surf.
Shibuya played by Tim Tilson burst into the jungle leading two squads of crack troops. The card driven random activation keeps things interesting from a sequencing perspective, and will make the scenarios play differently based on the luck of the draw. Play well with small numbers of figs and small amounts of armor? In Crossfire, gaps in your defense are quickly exploited by competent players, the unlimited movement filling in in part for the fog of war. The new draft is set up in stages with scenarios inserted, so you can play as you go. I never used any of the more elaborate armor variants, just the simple ones E.
Leo has played it a number of times and has recommended it highly. Sorry for the pictures - blurrier than I would like. All the Tigers and both 17lbers would be broken by the end of the turn. My one success going up against Tom's tanks yesterday The other aspect of the rules that stood out for me was the use of variable dice for range and chances to hit, that once memorised produced a tense excitement to the combats. This is the first of eight scenarios covering the Fall of the Philippines.
Certainly towards the end of the game, with units cowering in buildings carrying single hits and the threat of getting a second with multiple incoming rounds really created a sense of tension which was great fun. I try to check these occasionally, but if you find one not working, please drop me a comment. Top notch historical scenarios are also being created. The north part of his line covered two trails that led through a coconut grove while one platoon covered the jungle to the south. The paratroops enter from the west top of photo and need to silence the guns as quickly as possible. Army's final horse-cavalry charge ever will be represented. A sense of story that allows me to regale fellow grogs and my long suffering wife with post-battle tales of how everything went to pieces, or how the efforts of Lt Bob saved the day, describing things as if I had really been a company commander in the field.