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Red Barricades/Stalingrad for CMBB

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This little dream of mine doesn't seem to ever die...I've worked up yet another idea for getting a workable way to play the 3 Red Barricades campaigns with CMBB and an external tool and am anxious to fool around with it to see if it works. But I'd need a copy of the map (I don't need it, but it would speed things along mightily if there was one around that I could start with).

Does anyone have/know of a battle (not an operation) that uses a pretty good representation of the entire Red Barricades map?

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Ok, found a very good RB map and started testing my idea. Guess what? It _is_ possible to play a full RB campaign game using CMBB and a very small set of paper rules.

Bad news is that it does require carrying a scenario file forward (copying the last one played to a new name and reconfiguring it a bit) and some manual collection of casualties after each battle - so you have to be quite familiar with the sceanrio editor to do it.

Good news is, it's pretty simple to do and once I'm even more convinced its a good idea I'll be able to write a little Java app to automate lots of it and get rid of the paper rules. It's also a total blast. I'm on day 3 of CG 1 - Into The Factory and its the most fun I've ever had with CMBB. It's better than an operation on the same subject because _you_ get to decide what forces to call up when and how quick you need them on the front - not the operation designer. I never got into operations for that one reason.

I'm testing this against the AI, but if anyone feels like like helping me test in person, drop me a line at peterk@look.ca. Familarity with RB and a machine that can handle huge maps is pretty much a necessity.

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ASLVeteran and I had a stab at his version of The Last Bid. Are you using his map?

Keep posting your results; I've no time to help you playtest, but I'll probably still remember all the RB rules and AARs long after old age has made me forget the name of my kin :D so I'm interested to see how it turns out.

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Hi Brent,

I am indeed using the excellent map from the Last Bid scenario...and what a godsend it was to stumble onto it.

I've been playing since Saturday, and the system works like a charm. I'm currently on day 5 - the Russians just sneak attacked me at night in the fog on a day which I wanted idle and caused major damage - an entire company of Crack troops down the tubes, and I gave up a foothold in one of the factories I was about to use as a springboard. ARGH! Got an idle day right afterward and the weather was perfect for Stukas. ARGH!

Even if you don't have time to play, drop me a line anyways and I can send you my frst draft of the rules.

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Just in case anyone wants to try an early version of this baby out, I've placed the files on-line at

Red Barricades Campaign

For solo players, it's a similar experience to any of the many solo campaign rules out there. The post-game book-keeping is very quick.

Should be a lot of fun for 2 players PBEM as well.

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I am going to have a kick at coming up with paper rules for it too and was curious as to what state your experiment was left in seeing as your last post on this was almost three years ago.

[the link above gives a "file not found"]

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