yes, HOD, but a co-worker and I play "PB3", a variant using my in-house rules. Main changes are:
1. A unit has to spend its move to go into "overwatch." So you either move, or you stay put and are eligible to fire opportunity/overwatch fire (tanks can move half and still overwatch).
2. Units are grouped in "formations," usually battalions, and draw a chit for that battalion. This way you don't need any "spent" markers which drive me crazy. When your battalion's chit is drawn, you just move that unit (it still has a command range...this keeps the unit together).
3. When a platoon is destroyed, the battalion's ability to rally is reduced by one (introduces loss of morale and fatigue).
4. AFVs have facing as they move, into the hex they move into, so that opportunity fire against their flanks has a -2 advantage.
Creates a much more realistic feel to the game, we feel.
Found the D Day download. Thanks. Are there more on the same site I might like to get?
I'm reviewing a setup on Stalingrad and remember from reading the rules it is not clear as I remeber if the Germans can set up next to a Russian unit on the border, in their ZOC and because they are on the border not in a ZOC, thus allowing them to move across the border through the ZOC and thus surround the Russian unit. How do you play it?
OK Brian, as soon as the holiday crush subsides I'll get to work on the Stalingrad move. First have to see if I have that module on ZT. You may have to lead me to the link for it. Also, I love D-Day. One of my favorites.
Your talking to right right guy. The first two games I learned to play were Stalin grad and Waterloo. Won a convention at GENCON playing Waterloo. As for a scanner I have one but do not know how to do the ZT game, maybe together we can figure it out. John Kranz is a close friend and he may be able to give some guidance as well as Bill the fellow in the UK who runs it. I also have Descent, both versions the older from SPI and the newer one.
Sounds great by me. I can play any way you want. My freind and I use a combination of emails and on line using Skype for communications. Both work equally well. We don't have the die roller system so we do that on line. Would be happy to use your method. I'm a long time gamer and have played all the AH games many times. It was all we had in the 60's. So choose your game and let me know when you want to start. Holidays are pretty busy, so agree we should wait a while before we start.
Thank you for offering an extension on your offer. Who knows, maybe your example will finally be enough to get me off the dime when it comes to online gaming. If we do get the opportunity to play, I would like you to consider BATTLE FOR GERMANY; most of the other titles that you mentioned I get an opportunity to play periodically, but 'BFG' is a fun little game that I have not had the opportunity to try in years. Although, I should warn you that in times past, I usually volunteered to take the Germans and let my opponent command the Allies on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. There is just something about the hopelessness of the German position that appeals to the masochist in me, I guess.
Thanks for the 'heads up' regarding zuntzu; I will definitely check it out, although to be honest, I still have a deeply-ingrained distrust of the on-line 'drag and click' gaming platforms. I don't know what it is, but I just don't feel right unless I have the actual map and counters in front of me. I know that this attitude is a bit on the 'old fashioned' side, but there it is; moreover, my peculiar prejudice in this area has been an ongoing source of frustration to many of my long time opponents who all migrated to one of the online gaming sites a long time ago. In any case, I will look the 'zuntzu' site over. Thanks also for your offer of a match or two; I will, however, have to take a raincheck (for the time being, at least) as I have a number of blog-related projects that I would really, really like to get done before the start of the New Year. Maybe we can try something after the Holidays have come and gone. In the meantime, good luck and
I don't know about the zuntzu sustem, but VASSAL has yet to develop an online platform for WATERLOO. So far as NATO (the original SPI version, not the newer attempt) is concerned, I expect to start work on a 'game analysis' of this interesting -- if somewhat eccentric -- early attempt by Jimmie Dunnigan at simulating post-World War II conflict, fairly soon. It is not a great game; but I like the scale and, although it has a few more unit counters (400) than some players prefer, I don't personally find it either cumbersome or overly time-consuming to play.
I don't know whether your "challenge" matches are going to be FTF or PBeM, but if you are planning a few PBeM games, you can obtain downloadable PBeM game templates (in spreadsheet form) for both WATERLOO (the old AH version) and AFRIKA KORPS at my blog 'Map and Counters.' Good luck with you impending Holiday matches and
I cannot buy anymore this year, I have bought 3 recently and they were all "cheapies" - Wargamer 34 Kyhber Rifles, Lee vs Grant by Victory Games and Panzerkrieg.
Get yourself a printer for christmas and you will have the chamce of lots of other game, if you know what I mean:-)