OOC: Off-Topic Posts II.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
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Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 21:29
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
In reply to Angus McStubbin (msg # 674):

That would be so funny if he blew the revival roll. New character! Just kidding.

Players: "Ok! Angus is a frozen God, and once he awakes he forms a death cult that grows into an unstoppable army fueled by cannibalism and human sacrifice!"

Referee: "Um, wait, what?"

Angus's freeze date was 1985. He was a member of RECON Team D-85. RECON D85's bolthole is located 20km SW of Biloxi Missouri underneath a hillside. He is equipped with a Basic Morrow Project issue and armed with Basic Load #1 (M16A1 with M203). His team was issued a fusion-powered Cadillac-Gage Commando V-150 armed with 20mm).

Tony
Linus Spruance
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Sat 13 Apr 2019
at 10:49
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
I thought we were playing Traveller not The Morrow Project!
Angus McStubbin
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Mon 15 Apr 2019
at 15:47
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
Pitter-patter goes the heart of the sleeping man!
GM
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Tue 16 Apr 2019
at 04:19
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
In reply to Linus Spruance (msg # 678):

I do have the Striker stats for a fusion-powered V-150.

Thanks,

tony
Ken Jenkins
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Thu 18 Apr 2019
at 03:44
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
Morrow Project!  Good times!

Team Yankee doesn't have opportunity fire so you can sneak from cover to cover.  The key is to have a good balance of cover so that you can hide a bit but can't sneak to point blank range.  Infantry close combat does allow defensive fire when charged which can be deadly when you face a Soviet company with a LOT of machine guns!  We've never had too much of a problem with the sneak and attack as we have decently open boards for the game.
Ken Jenkins
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Fri 19 Apr 2019
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Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
What year is it?  1105?
GM
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Fri 19 Apr 2019
at 01:54
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
In reply to Ken Jenkins (msg # 682):

1107. (I added this to your post already.) Just after the start of the Fifth Frontier War.

Tony
Ken Jenkins
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Sun 21 Apr 2019
at 06:16
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
Thanks, I wasn't sure where we were at exactly.
Angus McStubbin
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Sat 27 Apr 2019
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Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
Seeker isn't big enough to get us ALL off of the asteroid I do believe, if it is repairable.
Billy
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Sat 27 Apr 2019
at 19:52
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
You wait until I get my hands on it ......
Blake Renfield
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Sat 27 Apr 2019
at 21:24
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
right now, its all about having options.
Ken Jenkins
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Tue 7 May 2019
at 05:29
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
If nothing else a few of us could go for help.
GM
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Wed 8 May 2019
at 00:56
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
In reply to Ken Jenkins (msg # 681):

The funny thing about the game convention is that I won the "Team Yankee" boxed set "Hammerfall" in a raffle. There are 2x M1 Abrams tanks included along with 3x T-64s, a rule book, terrain and unit cards. I see the issue with a lack of opportunity fire was noted in a review that also referenced "PanzerBush". I ran my Car Wars game and managed to finish it in the time allotted, no mean feat. Our table did get honourable mention is the display judging as it was an example of how a nice game can be staged without breaking the bank.

Tony
Ken Jenkins
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Wed 8 May 2019
at 03:49
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
Opportunity fire can lead to what is called the T-55 rush in TY.  It's annoying but at least movement rates are such that you can still get your fire in before they are on you.  Also infantry does get defensive fire when charged for close combat.

They just came out with a neat supplement called 'Oil Wars' which gives you a nice Middle East mash up of Soviets and Iran plus Syria against Iraq, some Nato and Israel.  The Israelis have some neat stuff.
GM
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Wed 8 May 2019
at 20:45
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In reply to Ken Jenkins (msg # 690):

Doing some reading, I see in TY there is something called "MSU" (Many Small Units) where units like the T-55 are cheap as borscht, thus leading to a swarm.

quote:
Why Use the T-55AM2?
On the surface the T-55AM2 looks like a suboptimal choice as it cannot hurt most enemy tanks in a head to head duel. When guided missile carriers like the M901 ITV, Swingfire and Jaguar have missiles quite capable of knocking out a T-55AM2, and thanks to their higher To Hit number and the likelihood of firing from cover are less likely to be hit by any return fire, especially if the T-55AM2 is moving.

Of course, one of the advantages of a wargame over reality is that no real-world battlefield commander wants to fight a battle where the odds are not in their favour, while games have a points system to balance everything out and so this is where the T-55AM2 (along with other older generation tanks like M60 and Leopard 1 tanks) can shine.

Know Your T-55
A full strength East German T-55AM2 Panzer Company comes in at only 16 points, or 1.6 points per tank. This average points value actually drops quite notably when you look at the smaller platoon sizes . I wonít dive into the pros and cons of MSU because I donít consider myself an expert on the theory but having found myself on the receiving end a number of times it is definitely an option as it is challenging for a force composed primarily of modern tanks (Abrams, Leopard 2, or Chieftain tanks) to kill enough before the T-55AM2 tanks start making their side shots count.

MSU And You!
For some people the acronym MSU will be something very new and depending on who you ask it means; Many Small Units, Multiple Small Units, Minimum Size Units, or something along these lines. The theory (in brief) is that a large number of relatively cheap units will overwhelm a defenderís ability to kill the attackers fast enough, resulting in the swarm killing the enemy, losing more models but less overall points.

To Swarm Or Not To Swarm
This one really comes down to you. Team Yankee has a very diverse and growing range of list theming options for players making the days of one true list to rule them all less likely. However, I suspect that there will always be a place for someone that wants to put 20-30 (or more) cheap T-55 tanks backed up by some Hinds, infantry in BMPs or BTRs and a few specialist assets on the battlefield. I know Iíve already started creating a stash of models for a future project once I have finished my Canadian Leopard 1 Company and French AMX-10RC Companies!



I can't see why Op Fire/Overwatch would more likely result in a rush of cheap attacking units, you'd think it would be more difficult if you couldn't shoot at them at all as they closed? Either way, I wouldn't turn down a game of TY if offered, although I don't think I'll do anything with the Hammerfall pack.

Either way, the Inquisitor wasn't seen for a while after you landed. Either Jumped out or behind the asteroid.

Tony

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:48, Wed 08 May.

Ken Jenkins
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Thu 9 May 2019
at 02:48
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
I play West Germans who have the most expensive tank in the game in the form of the Leopard II.

One thing that helps against the swarm attack is entrenched infantry with Milans.  You can get three stands of ATGM that are almost impossible to pry out of hard cover for not many points.  Then your Marder APC's have a nice cannon that can clear off the opposing, charging APC's.  I also bring a couple of scout vehicles as they have a nice cannon and can scout forward to restrict enemy setup.

The other bane of the swarm is artillery.  I've taken out 4-5 T-55 in a single turn with a good 155mm gun volley.

It's a fun game despite the compromises and lack of realism in some places.  They've had to simplify stuff for playablity which at this point in my career I appreciate!
GM
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Thu 9 May 2019
at 09:01
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In reply to Ken Jenkins (msg # 692):

Sure, looks like a fun game! The lack of realism is not a deal-breaker. As well, didn't Marders also have a Milan? Ah, I see that was later versions. Very handy!

Tony
Billy
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Sun 12 May 2019
at 08:53
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
If I appear distracted at present - it is because of this - https://www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/d-day-75.  I have a small part to play in making it work properly.
GM
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Wed 15 May 2019
at 09:00
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
In reply to Billy (msg # 694):

That is incredible! A worthy endevour. As for me, I can only chalk my distraction up to poor time management.

Tony
GM
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Wed 15 May 2019
at 10:54
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In reply to GM (msg # 695):

A long-running (5 years!) zombie-survival community-building game here on rpol that I co-GM needs new players. It's certainly the most cerebral game of it's kind I've been in, and it's set in the UK. Please have a look:

link to another game

Tony
Ken Jenkins
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Fri 17 May 2019
at 02:51
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
Billy:
If I appear distracted at present - it is because of this - https://www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/d-day-75.  I have a small part to play in making it work properly.


How fun!!!!  I'm green with envy.  :)

Yea, in TY the WG Marders can keep the Milan with the vehicle or dismount it as an infantry team.  I tend to dismount and hide so I can maneuver the Marders to use their cannon against BMPs and such.
Angus McStubbin
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Wed 29 May 2019
at 10:45
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
Skip ahead a little bit, to the meal or just after it maybe?
GM
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Thu 30 May 2019
at 04:54
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
In reply to Angus McStubbin (msg # 698):

Honest, this was my plan. You should figure out something with the prisoner!

Tony

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:55, Thu 30 May.

Billy
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Sat 1 Jun 2019
at 06:23
Re: OOC: Off-Topic Posts II
I wonder if our tribe worship the duck god, or the rabbit god?
Angus McStubbin
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Sat 1 Jun 2019
at 11:27
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I'm wearing a Duck Dynasty shirt on, we'll see if they bow down?