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#1 Tromdial

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:02 PM

I have a friend who is going to buy Dust Tactics this coming year and some of the figurine expansions.

I saw this Dust Warfare book and read a couple articles, but I still am not sure what it is in relation to Dust Tactics. Is it similar to an RPG core manual, an expansion on rules...? Could anyone help me fill in the blanks? I'm sure my friend would appreciate it and I would prefer to be more well versed in explaining it to him next time I see him.



#2 Major Mishap

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:53 PM

It'sa table top wargame of the Dust Tactics boardgame (although DT doesn't have to be a boardgame as you can use the same scenery).  Dust Warfare is a more detailed and complex version of DT and uses tape measures instead of a grid for moving and shooting.



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Posted 30 December 2011 - 06:25 PM

 Same figures, same background, different rules set that takes it from a miniature board game to a Wargame.



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Posted 30 December 2011 - 08:42 PM

Gobbo said:

 Same figures, same background, different rules set that takes it from a miniature board game to a Wargame.

Let's be fair; DUST Tactics is a wargame as much as DUST Warfare will be.  One plays on a grid, and the other on an open tabletop, but both are simulations of an alternate history WW2 war, and so are wargames.

The most complex tactical warfare simulations I know are boardgames instead of tabletop games, so I can't consider TTG's more wargame than board games.

TTG's allow more freedom of movement in exchange for limitations in other areas, so neither is inherently superior to the other.  They are simply different ways to approach wargaming.

DUST Warfare has promised more complexity than DUST Tactics, but I doubt it's getting to the point of tracking all ammunition, fuel, fatigue, or any of the other things that I've seen in some board game wargames.

DUST Tactics plays fast on a grid, but you still need to use good tactics for continued success.  DUST Warfare is supposed to do the same on an open tabletop with additional rules for those who want them. 

I'm hoping DUST Warfare is as good as I can imagine it being, but it won't be a reason for me to stop playing DUST Tactics, as that is a solid tactical wargame.  More complexity means more time for a similar sized battle, so DUST Tacics will still work great for faster games and portability of terrain.



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Posted 31 December 2011 - 04:18 AM

Gimp said:

The most complex tactical warfare simulations I know are boardgames instead of tabletop games, so I can't consider TTG's more wargame than board games.

{Pats his copy of SPI's Campaign for North Africa and nods agreement with great vigor}

The only, and I mean ONLY way we contemplated playing even the smallest scenario of that was with full computer support.  Suggested *minimum* players was ten, five per side and one of the things you were supposed to photocopy for game use was a requisition form to be used by the other players on a side to request supplies from the player being the logistics officer.  You want to win battles so you can recover the wrecked vehicles (of either side) to repair and put back into the fight.

In fact, my running joke for the 40K crowd is my "popsicle stick" Marine.  Bit of wide stick stuck into a 25mm posterboard circle with "SM, 1st Sq, Mg" written clearly on it.  Can actually be recognized more readily for what it is than a pretty painted fully WYSIWYG official GW mini meltagun Marine from across the table. 

Tabletop games are niche market holdovers that have a bit more appeal for those that aren't "pure" wargamers (as in they are here to play a wargame and as long as the rules work and everything is clear, who cares what the media is).



#6 Major Mishap

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 09:37 PM

 Here's a pic of our Dust Tactics game in play 800pts a side on a 7' wide table and Dust Warfare will look exactly the same, except that I doubt that I will be able to play such large games quickly and easily due to the more detailed rules of DW, either way, nobody can tell me this is a just a boardgame :)



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Posted 01 January 2012 - 01:06 AM

Well, fortunately or unfortunately, from Gobbo's last comment, I'm won't have to try to deal with DW.  After all, as far as making it a "Wargame" of the tabletop variety, all we have to do is agree on the conversion of squares to inches and everything else pretty much falls into place for a tabletop game.  Wow don't even have to buy a new book for that.



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Posted 01 January 2012 - 06:15 AM

I'll be checking out Warfare, because it has the potential to add interesting levels of complexity to Tactics without destroying the flavor.

If they stray too far from the feel of Tactics, they will lose appeal for me.  I want Warfare to stay true to Tactics, while giving me more detail for when I want it. 

The further the system changes, unless there are shown to be very good reasons for it (ex: the reactive system instead of full alternating activation to reduce analysis paralysis slowing down the game in large battles too much), the less interested I will be.

I don't need DUST 40K, with stupid TO&E's that make no sense, new special rules out the wazoo that only serve to cause confusion, and new guidelines that make all of the DUST tactics units obsolete.  I don't know that any of that is actively being considered, but I've seen other games kill themselves by trying to be 40K remolded.  40K is beer and pretzels without real meat other than pretty models and a market share gained because nobody was there to compete with it at the beginning.  Build something better, instead of rehash an old and outmoded concept for gaming.

Build on Tactics to make Warfare stronger and more capable, and I'll be happy.  Simply add new rules to make a different product, and I'll instead convert Tactics for the tabletop, as well.  That' or simply be happy playing on a larger grid with regular Tactics.

 

Major Mishap;  DUST Tactics is just a boardgame (but that's ok, because it's a very good boardgame that looks awesome on the table).  That's ok, as well, because some of the best wargames out there are boardgames, including DUST Tactics.

Your battle looks very cool, by the way. 



#9 Algesan

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:14 AM

We are in agreement here Gimp, except since you are wanting to check it out more than I do, then I'm going to let you do the review for me.  You have point.



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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:46 AM

Algesan said:

We are in agreement here Gimp, except since you are wanting to check it out more than I do, then I'm going to let you do the review for me.  You have point.

Not a problem.  You've probably noticed by now that I'm not worried about sharing my opinions about things.



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Posted 04 January 2012 - 12:31 PM

 No, but some of your posts are rather short and without detail. Like that one. 

-Jeff



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Posted 05 January 2012 - 06:12 AM

Hanomag said:

 No, but some of your posts are rather short and without detail. Like that one. 

-Jeff

ROFL!    Would you like me to promise to try and do better, with longer and more detailed posts?  I might be able to swing that...



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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:20 AM

Hanomag said:

 No, but some of your posts are rather short and without detail. Like that one. 

-Jeff

Leave Gimp alone.  Gimp's posts with heavy verbosity so that I don't have to.  I have enough trouble with that elsewhere.



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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:50 AM

Algesan said:

Hanomag said:

 

 No, but some of your posts are rather short and without detail. Like that one. 

-Jeff

 

 

Leave Gimp alone.  Gimp's posts with heavy verbosity so that I don't have to.  I have enough trouble with that elsewhere.

There are advantages to being retired.  If I couldn't take some teasing, though, I'd be a pretty lame gamer.



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Posted 07 January 2012 - 06:06 AM

I am wondering if the reactive action is going to be like Infinity? Since it sounds like the turns are changing from alternating to yougoigo. if this is true I like that. the one thing i hate about yougoigo is i have nothing to do other than read stats off to my opponent. IMO. That is what I liked about DT and games like AT-43. I always had something to do with less downtime



#16 Harikaridog

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 10:25 AM

Hi, I was lucky enough to playtest this ruleset, and I beleive the command point and reaction mechanics of Dust Warfare greatly enhance the tactical challenges and tactical options of the players whilst maintaining the fundamental core concepts of Dust Tactics.

This is not a 40k wannabee but rather a big brother of Dust Tactics presenting additional options and mechanics. 

All the best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 05:09 AM

Harikaridog said:

Hi, I was lucky enough to playtest this ruleset, and I beleive the command point and reaction mechanics of Dust Warfare greatly enhance the tactical challenges and tactical options of the players whilst maintaining the fundamental core concepts of Dust Tactics.

This is not a 40k wannabee but rather a big brother of Dust Tactics presenting additional options and mechanics. 

All the best!

That's what people were saying was presented at GenCon and other places, but others have come on saying the game had diverged from that into something totally different as time went on.  A few people that stated they were playtesters noted the game had shifted so unit stats from Tactics were completely invalid, and other rules concepts were being shifted.  Andy Chambers gave FFG a core game design, but FFG would have to hammer out the details, and that would mean additional rules that could cause changes to what Mr Chambers gave them.

Warfare should be a big brother to Tactics, and that is what I hope to see when it is completed.

If it isn't, it will have to be something that really blows my mind on the awesome scale, or I will be amongst those who pass on it.

Fortunately, after hearing various comments that suggested weaker mechanics were being added, we've heard FFG pulled the game back into design.  I'm hoping they're going back closer to what was demonstrated to people at GenCon, where Tactics stats and concepts were valid, but the game shifted in other ways to accomodate larger games and added detail.

Warfare can be an awesome game, because it can build on an awesome game, or it can fall on its face trying to be something completely different that doesn't fit for most of the established fans.



#18 Harikaridog

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 06:52 AM

I know there were several groups of playtesters involved in this project and certainly input from all was taken into account.  one of the caveats we had to ensure was that the game did not break or rewrite anything that was considered core in Dust Tactics. 

Weapons stats and vehicle / troops characteristics were policed to ensure that a unit in DW did not perform in any radically different way than it would in DT.

If in the playtest such variances were noted , then modifications were made to bring things back in line.

Some changes were considered too radical., or were found to significantly skew play balance......things that seemed  like a good idea in concept proved flawed when actually tested.

Other items/mechanics were left out...but i guess may return in later products.

In the end of course it is FFG's final call on the content of the finished product so my comments above could be made obsolete when the book comes out....   however the last version I saw was something close to what I believe would be the final product..........  I certainly hope so as that version was a very enjoyable game very far removed from current edition 40K and others.

All the best.

 

 

 



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 04:39 PM

Having to leave out items or mechanics usable in Tactics bothers me.  Tactics runs a very simple interface that allows rules to work well without many extra complications.

If Warfare is adding to complexity to give more depth, what is in Tactics that could not be handled by an initial release of Warfare?

Warfare should not be stepping back to something as minimal as the original Core Set rules.  Nothing currently in Tactics is an overly complicated concept, or anything any other open tabletop game doesn't have to deal with on an initial release.  While some skills would need minor tweaks to fit the reactive mechanic, I don't see any of them as being a difficult shift to make while retaining a reasonable parity in utility or basic design.

Someone else stated that point values, abilities, and stats from the Tactics unit cards were not valid for Warfare, so it's confusing to hear you say they were policed to remain similar, though what constitutes being similar could vary heavily between different observers. 

If core mechanics remain similar, and changes due to the reactive mechanic impact all units, then point values should retain validity. 

If combat mechanics remain similar as shown in earlier demonstrations, there is no reason to change combat stat values. 

Some abilities would not function the same in the reactive mechanic (ex: Artillery Strike would not pre-empt the normal alternating activation sequence), but there is no need for radical shifts to make them fit (ex: Artillery Strike could simply take both actions of a unit in the phase they fire indirectly for a net same effect per turn).

We may well not know what changes actually exist until the book is actually released, but I'll keep hoping for an 'enhanced Tactics' instead of a completely different game from Warfare until I find out for sure.  I'd like to be able to retain the interest to be able to play both games as interesting counterpoints depending on how much time I have to invest in gaming. 

Radical changes simply to be different hold very little interest for me.  Any changes should enhance what is already there, rather than reinvent the wheel to fix what isn't broken.



#20 Harikaridog

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 12:38 AM

Gimp said:

Having to leave out items or mechanics usable in Tactics bothers me.  Tactics runs a very simple interface that allows rules to work well without many extra complications.

If Warfare is adding to complexity to give more depth, what is in Tactics that could not be handled by an initial release of Warfare?

Warfare should not be stepping back to something as minimal as the original Core Set rules.  Nothing currently in Tactics is an overly complicated concept, or anything any other open tabletop game doesn't have to deal with on an initial release.  While some skills would need minor tweaks to fit the reactive mechanic, I don't see any of them as being a difficult shift to make while retaining a reasonable parity in utility or basic design.

Someone else stated that point values, abilities, and stats from the Tactics unit cards were not valid for Warfare, so it's confusing to hear you say they were policed to remain similar, though what constitutes being similar could vary heavily between different observers. 

If core mechanics remain similar, and changes due to the reactive mechanic impact all units, then point values should retain validity. 

If combat mechanics remain similar as shown in earlier demonstrations, there is no reason to change combat stat values. 

Some abilities would not function the same in the reactive mechanic (ex: Artillery Strike would not pre-empt the normal alternating activation sequence), but there is no need for radical shifts to make them fit (ex: Artillery Strike could simply take both actions of a unit in the phase they fire indirectly for a net same effect per turn).

We may well not know what changes actually exist until the book is actually released, but I'll keep hoping for an 'enhanced Tactics' instead of a completely different game from Warfare until I find out for sure.  I'd like to be able to retain the interest to be able to play both games as interesting counterpoints depending on how much time I have to invest in gaming. 

Radical changes simply to be different hold very little interest for me.  Any changes should enhance what is already there, rather than reinvent the wheel to fix what isn't broken.

Not sure if i have misled you and  I am restricted  by NDA :  But......

There were not  any mechanics left out of DW that are currently present in DT.
There is nothing you cannot do in DW that you currently can do in DT.

From my personal perspective the design process was as follows:

DT contains  some basic concepts / core mechanics that would sucessfully translate to the tabletop with simple stat conversion from squares to inches etc, .

You need to clarify such things as Terrain, LOS, Template effect weapons, cover etc that obviously change in the conversion.

Now that could simply be as far as it goes, however the opportunity was taken in DW to  take the game beyond the DT mechanic that one player activates a unit, then his opponent activates a unit etc.... (this is I may say no the only change/enhancement in DW - Suppression mechanics for example.)

As Andy pointed out some aspects of  his designs are influenced by certain classic boardgames, Squad Leader possibly being the most obvious here
SL works on the basis that a player moves all his units before his opponent, but his opponent does have the option to opportunity fire/react during that movement . (there is a similar but limited option in DT - but the mechanic in DW is much more far reaching).

In DW there is a cost to reacting in that it can limit your actions when it is your turn to be the Moving player so hard choices need to be made.

The concept of Command points/Command phase also gives you the option to perform actions without fear of reaction, however there may not be many of these CP's available so they need to be used wisely. 

As I said earlier there were little if any changes to the Combat stat values that I saw.....

Some units may have gained additional or new traits which are currently specific to DW.

Some points values may have been changed, but that is just a natural evolution ,(quite how a Ludwig and a Pounder have similar points when the Firepower is mostly the same, whilst the Pounder has an additional HMG and the Jump capability is beyond me.... but that is a personal view).

Even without DW, I'm pretty sure as the DT game matured we would see additional points value changes for balance. 

Some people will be happy with the results and others will not, a lot will be based on preconceptions of what or what not DW is expected to be.

Again if the final version resemble what I saw and playtested I think the responses will be favourable.

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