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    Hister reacted to The_Capt in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - Soviet Thread - Glorious Soviet Victory at Small German Town 1980   
    So what I am hearing is that it is not me you love....you just need me for your Grog porn needs....disgusting.....but ok.


    Apologize in advance as I am not the best screen shot guy.  (Top T64B1s...love that tank, Bottom BMP 1PK,,,lookin bad ass.)
     
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    Hister reacted to The_Capt in CM Cold War - Beta AAR - Soviet Thread - Glorious Soviet Victory at Small German Town 1980   
    March to Glorious Victory Post #2 - When Bourgeoisies Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1-4 mins)
    So we are off.  On map, I have a Recon Company of the finest young men that the Soviet Union has ever produced.  Given my relatively crappy position the good news is that there are a lot of trails and cutline so I have room to spread this Coy out and take a wide - EYES (wink, wink) stance.  This shot of initial setup turn one from Bil's (soon to be my) side:

    You will note that I am going to leave my tank platoon back, saving it for the big push.
    Then in the second minute I immediately see that decrepit old goats little ploy:
     
    Oh Bil, you dirty capitalist dotard!!  Yep, he knows that Soviet troops do not do so well in smoke, while a lot of his units have fancy sights etc.  Next turn the smoke continues to build:

    So this was turn three and by now, I am all along that tree line, playing the role of the Sneaky Pete, while Bill continues to pollute the planet.  S'ok, my tanks are still back and I have a screen of BMPs out there playing silly buggers.  Turn 4:

    First shot, you can see my recon squads, already dismounted and starting to push out across the open area.  They are dead men already but they play their part.  My FOs are already laying in this nice red lines in my brilliant plan, but it is going to take a looong time for that to drop (18mins for big guns...thank you EW).
    Second shot:

    And there on a hill, through the smoke is a suspected contact, probably a TOW, which means it can see through the smoke like the world sees through the corrupt Yankee economic system.  That's it Bil, up on your hill....feeling so safe and superior...I can hear him whispering "come to me...come to Dollbach"...oh we are coming alright....
     
     
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    Hister reacted to Bufo in CMBS steam key giveaway   
    Courtesy of Usually Hapless, details here: 
     
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    Hister got a reaction from Lethaface in Any tactical level boardgames played by CM owners?   
    Yeah, my first tabletop wargame per see was Risk too but I was 7 years old when I first got in contact with the computer games so that platform was where I got my first taste of the blood.  Only returned to boardgaming after a friend lurred me into them a few years ago. Moving board pieces around activates other brain sectors then by playing pc games, I can really feel the change.
     
    Loving both mediums with plenty of unplayed or barely played Steam and other games in the library too.
    Got the Second Front already on my radar. Spoke with the developer - it is gonna be an arcady CM so not that sure I wanna have it but waiting for reviews to make up my mind.
     
    Thank you for chimming in.
     
    Off to sinking some more Japanese boats I go now - dog is tired from the forest stroll and games, wife went to the beach and the house is all mine now... Silent Victory here I come!
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    Hister reacted to Holdit in Any tactical level boardgames played by CM owners?   
    ASL for me. It fills in the gaps left by CM. There are scenarios and releases now that cover from the Sino-Japanese war to the Korean war, and everything and every theatre and nationality in between and a lot of stuff that isn't in CM e.g. paradrops, beach landings, gliders, climbing, sewer movement, basements for tanks to fall into...
    Sure, you have to do the engine work yourself and there a few other drawbacks e.g. no sexy 3D and the FOW isn't as well-done, and you can't replicate weal-world tactics in the same way as you can with CM but in my opinion it's worth it. The modules can be hard to get and quite expensive, but if anyone prepared to forgo the full sets with physical boards can do quite well with VASL, an online computerised playing surface - unfortunately, it doesn't enforce the rules so you still need to learn them.
    Some say that ASL is a Hollywood version of WW2. I don't think that's correct - the outcomes are too random and too cruel - just like in CM. Show me the Hollywood ,movie where the best leader was taken out by a sniper before he got to do anything, or where a bunch of Stalingrad's heroic defenders fried themselves with their own molotov cocktails.  But a lot of players reckon that each scenario played produces its own story that  stick in the mind. One that sticks in my mind recently was from "Fighting Withdrawal" (me playing solo - Holditov vs Holditala) the first scenario in the first module, which has the Finns attacking a Russian-held town in one of the early attacks of the Continuation War. A number of Finnish squads needed to cross an open space but it was covered by an Russian squad+ MG which had already wiped out one squad attempting to cross at the same spot. A morale check against one of the Finnish squads auto-generated a Hero counter and the hero distracted the Russians by heading for an adjacent building, drawing fire while the rest of his comrades scampered across safely. The hero survived the fire aimed at him but seeing that the Russian squad was demoralised (it had been reduced in quality by an earlier morale check), he fancied his chances at taking them on single-handed...and didn't survive the experience. The kind of vignette you might read about in a book by Max Hastings, Anthony Beevor or Cornelius Ryan. 
     
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    Hister reacted to Lethaface in Any tactical level boardgames played by CM owners?   
    Nice threat indeed.
    I always liked to play risk and stratego when I was a kid (although even for that it was hard to find opponents willing to play more than once 😉 ). Was also intrigued by board wargames, especially with toy soldiers and cannons etc, on a large table. But in the end never really played board wargame stuff, instead I bought C&C for a bloody hefty 50 (?) guilders back in the day (I must have been around 14 years old or so). Must have picked up quite some empty beercrates at the backdoor of the supermarket only to bring them in again for the deposit
    I do still play boardgames with family sometimes, but I think it will be difficult to convince them into playing a wargame especially if there are such complex rules (probably I was too fanatic with Risk when I was young hehe). My younger brother was more successful in luring the family into his dragon / monster table top games. Those also work with cards and some dices for attacks iirc. I do enjoy the social aspect of boardgames with family/friends.
    Some of the games posted here look quite interesting, but don't really see myself having the time and or energy to pick something like this up for solo play. Especially with all the CMx2 battles I still plan to play along with a vast steam library full of barely played games.
     
    Personally still have much fun with CM and probably because I've never played those older games can't seem to grasp why people would prefer hex grids etc.
    However, each to his own and I recently came across this announced Micropose title, 'Second Front'.
    The gameplay seemed quite deep and interesting to me (even though hexes), thought it might be to your liking based on your post.
     
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    Hister got a reaction from Lethaface in Any tactical level boardgames played by CM owners?   
    Haha, yeah, no wonder, I was shelling you guys with boardgames.
    I got Silent Victory, D-Day at Peleliu and The Doolittle Raid. Only opened Silent Victory - my wife have given a green light to open that one and that one alone as a reward to me for cleaning up the garage. There are two more day -long things I will do around the house and for each I get to open another game. Fun, useful arrangement, haha. Also makes the whole arrival more valuable due to accumulated positive tension. 
    So I opened it and loved the content and then she came and I explained her the brief history of US submarine warfare in the Pacific and how it relates to this game. She said: "Oh but rhis is horrible, you can die in the submarine in this game!?" Hehehe. We went over the components, the medals, the historic captains and showed her where you put punched counters and she went: "Oh,  I wanted to throw away those plastic covers!" She thought my newly arrived counter trays were just some fillers for the games to stay in the box. Thanks (insert any diety you worship) she didn't! 
     
     
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    Hister reacted to Macisle in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    I'm very much hoping that the SDK for PS happens and opens up sandbox functionality for it. At this point, it kinda' looks like that's really needed to give it more momentum. I've so far passed on HLL and probably won't pick it up.  Every time Arma 3 goes on sale, I nearly buy it, but just don't want to risk the lost time if I get into it. I spent a lot of time in the Arma 2 Editor for a stretch and know how lost in that world you can get.
    I really like PS, but the inherent realism limitations of first-person play mean that it doesn't take me long to want to return to CM and spend my very limited game time on the much more realistic battlefield I find there.
    Here's hoping that one of the effects of CM's entry onto Steam is to make enhancing the graphics and animations more of a priority. 😁
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    Hister reacted to StieliAlpha in Any tactical level boardgames played by CM owners?   
    If you care for Napoleonic games: Have a look at the OSG series. Say „grand tactical“ games, where one counter equals a Brigade or a Division and a game covers one campaign. Some of them, like „Napoleon at Bay“, are extremely good. Most are quite manageable, others get pretty big...
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    Hister reacted to IICptMillerII in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    @BarendJanNL
     
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    Hister got a reaction from Eicio in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Aleluja! 
    Congratulations and to another 20 years in business!

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    Hister reacted to slysniper in Any tactical level boardgames played by CM owners?   
    A little update on Conflict of heroes, Storm of Steel - Kursh 1943.
    My Son now works from my house also, so we now have time to play a game during lunch.
    So guess what we are playing. played 4 Scenarios so far.
     
    If you can find someone to play against, then this is the best wargame I have ever played that is a board game.
    The concept and rules are designed for head to head play and it brings in plenty of fog of war and with the mechanics of the game. plenty of uncertainty as to what to expect from your units.
    If you can accept good and bad luck, its just creates a fun aspect in the play.
     
    One example, my Son brought two hidden squads out of hiding, crested a hill and was point blank to two of my squads in a gully. he knowing it was a risky move before he did it. 
    I then opened fire on his units, all I needed was a 6 or better with 2 dice to put some type of hurt on him. I then added two CP points to the attack (they are valuable and he did not think I would use them for this attack), meaning all I needed was a 4 or more to get a pin type result or a 8 or better to just kill him. 
    Needless to say, I was grinning from ear to ear in that I was going to make him pay for a stupid move.
    I then role a 3 and he is yelling in joy and I in pain. but we both laughed, made a story line about how the sudden shock of seeing enemy troops emerging at point plank range put my men in panic mode and they were not aiming as they fired at the enemy onslaught .
     
    I thought for sure that was going to cause my loss in the game, and it has made it very hard but I have manage to bounce back on that flank and gain control once again and cause him equal losses. So the game showed me that even bad luck did not wreck good tactics in that having other units well placed allowed for me to make that loss at least pay off in the long run as a likely amount of casualties for both sides.
     
    But the game takes turns and twist as to who might have the advantage and there is no certainty about anything until  one side finally gets a few positive events in a row and get more of a commanding presence.
    Anyway, the only board game that I have ever played that has created excitement with how the odds are calculated and executed in the dice role and how damage is also uncertain.
    Also in the fact of how simple the roles are determined and it takes only one role to get the results, the game flow is very fast and engaging most of the time.
     
     
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    Hister got a reaction from Fizou in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Very good enthusiasm.
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    Hister got a reaction from George MC in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Very good enthusiasm.
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    Hister reacted to rocketman in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Word is spreading on Youtube as well
     
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    Hister reacted to slysniper in Any tactical level boardgames played by CM owners?   
    Anyway, I played it enough that I was impressed by how such a simple system did a good job of portraying a complex thing.
    Where as, anyone that played ASL well and knew all the rules  and how to use them. Deserved a collage degree. I wore out my chart chards multiple times, it was a constant grind to go through all the charts just to have a dice roll.
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    Hister reacted to slysniper in Any tactical level boardgames played by CM owners?   
    I played through about six battles that it provided, then did some of my own to see how well the game did with certain match ups.
    then , put it aside, I want to play some h2h with it, but I have only one son out of my kids that I might convince to do that with me and being he is married with 3 kids. Finding the time for such things is not a common event.
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    Hister reacted to Vacilllator in Any tactical level boardgames played by CM owners?   
    There's nothing quite like opening a wargame box and sifting through the contents.  Even if you have to earn it first, but as you say it can be enhanced by having to wait.  Enjoy it and let us know how you get on with the games 😉
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    Hister got a reaction from Vacilllator in Any tactical level boardgames played by CM owners?   
    Haha, yeah, no wonder, I was shelling you guys with boardgames.
    I got Silent Victory, D-Day at Peleliu and The Doolittle Raid. Only opened Silent Victory - my wife have given a green light to open that one and that one alone as a reward to me for cleaning up the garage. There are two more day -long things I will do around the house and for each I get to open another game. Fun, useful arrangement, haha. Also makes the whole arrival more valuable due to accumulated positive tension. 
    So I opened it and loved the content and then she came and I explained her the brief history of US submarine warfare in the Pacific and how it relates to this game. She said: "Oh but rhis is horrible, you can die in the submarine in this game!?" Hehehe. We went over the components, the medals, the historic captains and showed her where you put punched counters and she went: "Oh,  I wanted to throw away those plastic covers!" She thought my newly arrived counter trays were just some fillers for the games to stay in the box. Thanks (insert any diety you worship) she didn't! 
     
     
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    Hister reacted to slysniper in Any tactical level boardgames played by CM owners?   
    I use to play all the old stuff from Avalon Hill with ASL being my Love, with ownership of most of their modules in that and most of their other war games also.
    But once close combat and combat missions came out,  my love for board gaming really began to stop. I sold my ASL stuff and held on to all the operational and strategic games. But don't find the desire to play them much.
    The rules are too complex for most people to try and pick it as a game to play against most.
     
    But I will put in the suggestion of the Conflict of heroes series. My kids gave me Storm of Steel - kursh 1943 a few years back as a present.
    I will say, A much better design than ASL in that the Rules  are simple and not hard to understand and can be explained to someone else pretty quickly. High quality Board and units.
    It does a very good job of dealing with and having the feel of battle at the tactical level.
    So I feel good about having it in my closet  for when the world starts coming to a end and I have no electrical power. I have something to still spend my time on.
     
    I dont know if I would consider it great as a solo game, just for the fact there is cards that are being used by the players, so there is a factor there that is missed unless playing h2h
     
     
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    Hister reacted to ratdeath in Any tactical level boardgames played by CM owners?   
    I played a bit ASLSK #1-2 a few years go, want to do that again.
    There is a Pacific module (self contained) for ASLSK: ASL Starter Kit #4 PTO
    https://www.multimanpublishing.com/tabid/58/CategoryID/11/ProductID/368/Default.aspx
    Unfamiliar with ASLSK? It's a light version of ASL on it's own or to learn the basics for the real deal
     
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    Hister reacted to Aragorn2002 in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Uber pro usa? How dare they! 
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    Hister reacted to Probus in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    How dare they say that about hardcore wargamers!  That makes me so angry! 😡
    😄What exactly do they expect? 
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    Hister reacted to com-intern in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Any thoughts on Steam Workshop integration?

    The heavily limited "modding" capabilities of CM make it an almost perfect candidate. Command Ops 2 and Armored Brigade are using the workshop to great effect and make it simple to download new scenarios.
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    Hister reacted to umlaut in Exciting news about Battlefront and Slitherine   
    Do you mean this one?
     
     
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