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  1. Really enjoying this AAR because it takes one of the reasons why I like CM, namely the personal nature of playing it and cheering on my pixeltrüppen, and moves it to the next level. Well done.
  2. On a related note, the Brits just wrapped up an joint exercise with the Poles. http://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2014/11/28/british_tanks_practice_for_war_with_russia_107576.html
  3. They're snipers. We won't see them. Until it's too late.
  4. I do enjoy reading the narrative, but agree that more context would help both the story and the larger point of showing us what the game will be like for us when we get our grubby little paws on it .
  5. Count me on the story-telling side. One of the reasons why I like CM (and SL before it) was the personal nature of the missions. I grimace when one of my squads gets lit up by an MG42, I feel for the poor crew of the M4A3 that just got Ronson'd, and I cheer when a well-timed arty strike stops an attack in its tracks. So naturally, that makes for good storytelling. Heck, if Clancy and Bond can write "Red Storm Rising" based off a "Harpoon!" battle, why can't stories be written off of a Combat Mission campaign?
  6. Beta AAR's are always the best part of waiting for the game to be released, and this one looks REALLY good.
  7. Well, if we're going to do naval infantry and Marines, I'd LOVE to see the Ekranoplan join the fray, but considering a) there's only one of the suckers and the Russians aren't building anymore, that might be a pipe dream. On a non-pipe dream level, I'd love to see beach assaults modeled in some way, which is something that Battlefront could pick up and drop onto almost all of CM2 as an upgrade.
  8. Ballad Of The Para-Legals Fighting counsel, from the sky litigate and jump and die Two undergrads will test today and only one will earn an attache Trained to leave no case unplanned Trained in trial, hand to hand They litigate by night and day And all are in the ABA With student loans, they are a-cursed These are men, America's worst Never meaning what they say Exorbitant fees, we have to pay Back at home a young wife waits Her lawyer has met his fate Sent to jail, he’s locked up away Shares a cell with an old OJ Power ties and business dress We are the folks you all detest One thousand suits we’ll file today We get rich while others pay! (from my friend Tam's blog)
  9. Yeah, that's what I end up doing. Would be nice to have some element of the fog of war return to QB's, though. It's MUCH better in CMBN than what how it was in CMSF, where the fog of war applied to your force mix as well as your enemy's.
  10. REALLY hoping they introduce some way to create more-realistic force mixes. I'm getting tired of battling four 88mm AT guns and a half-dozen HMG's in a CMBN "Mixed forces" QB scenario. Running up against computer-generated forces of nothing but ATGM'S and precision-guided artillery all the time could boring.
  11. Those BMP's swimming their little hearts out just made my day.
  12. Cry "HAVOC!" and let slip the crabs of war!
  13. "Boy, it sure would be nice if we had some GRENADES, don't ya think?" That's only half of the pineapples tossed at that hapless half-track, which escaped unscathed, only to be disassembled by bazooka round next turn.
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