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Posts posted by Cyscott1

  1. In my experience giving each player 10 plus units will result in a game well over 4 hours. A practical limit for experienced players would be maybe 5- 7 units per player for a 4-6 player game. The scenario would need to be run on a time limit with the defender winning if time runs out. Would put pressure on the players to hurry. If you like that plan I can make a scenario for you. To pull it off in 4 hours you'll need a judge to who knows the game well to answer questions and keep the rule book off the table.


  2. Your idea sounds interesting but also confusing for a one off game. I suggest 3 groups, 2 infantry and one armor. Each player plays one group. In the field the higher level commanders would give an order to take that hill then the lower level would execute the way they see fit. Considering the small scope of a TOI game having a higher level officer micro manage the battle would get tedious I think.


  3. If you guys read this, would it be possible to release the map and token graphics for all the TOI product releases in low res versions so we can use them to make scenarios people can download and print? I don't have time to scan everything and doubt you want me to anyway.  I don't need an editor, just the graphics files, jpeg would work.

  4. SS troops wheren't that much more powerful than other German troops of the same type. Yes they had newer equipment in many cases but this was mostly tanksheavy weapons. Heer troops had the same MG'sman-packed anti-tank weapons they had. SS where more devoted to winning so where less likely to retreat. Heer panzer grenadiers where just as mean to deal with as their SS counterparts. So if I read this thread right this card would best represent Panzer Grenadiers. These troops where equiped with anti-tank weapons2 MG 42's per squad. Add to this that they where mounted in half-tracks armed with more MG 42's. That's alot of firepower.

  5. Many pillboxes, bunkers where built so well you could shoot at them all day with a sherman tank and never penetrate the concrete. There where some bunker buster guns but none of these are in TOI. The only other way was to assault the bunker and that's what they did most of the time. Scenario designers need to give the opposing force flamethrowers if they are using bunkers in a game.

  6. That's a really good idea. I don't have firestorm but I may get it just for this. I've seen a video review of it. As I understand it, firestorm can be played as a stand alone board game or a campain for minitures battles.

  7. TOI is a really good game. It could be a great game if it was fleshed out a bit. But with the limited units and boards available there's only so much you can do before it gets boring. We played it for nearly 2 years straight as is so that's saying something. I'm sure it will still get pulled out once in a while and I still enjoy making scenarios for it.

  8. The thing I run into alot is the need to advance the guns as the battle moves either to attack or retreat. These infantry guns where not that hard to handle. They could be moved pretty quicly by a skilled team. Which brings up the point that gun teams where usually specially trained for that job and not just any old infantry had access to them. Also remember they usually had a dedicated vehicle (or 2 in the case of the british) to carry ammo and serve as a tractor. In a fixed position the gun would be dug in and the ammo supply dug in with it then the vehicle sent to the rear.

  9. Spring 2011 puts it at the printers for over a year. It was at the printers when they announced it. Honestly I give a **** about FotB. I want maps and units. How bout some smaller offerings like army packs and map packs that could be on the shelf in short order? I still say the way to sell this game is with battle packs. Make a paper map of the battle and add 1 or 2 new unit types in a blister pack. Kinda like what M44 did. Sell the thing for $20 bucks.

  10. Basicly it's a matter of keeping things simple, which is good IMO. You can always have a special rule for a specific need in a scenario. Combined fire works well since, yes they can do more damage but more units are fatigued in the process and all the extra units are only using 1/2 of their firepower. As for tiger tanks, they where tough to kill but not that hard. They also had a bad habit of breaking down. It all works out in the end, for the most part. My biggest issue with the game is a lack of command and control rules and morale checks.

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