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Offline Elk101

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2018, 10:14:01 AM »
Just been reading up on this on the TFL forum and it really does sound intriguing. I've had to go for it!

We played quite a bit of Disposable Heroes Coffin for Seven Brothers rules a few years back and tanks would often not last that long. With one tank per player what do game times normally come out at? Obviously this question is directed to Rich and any playtesters.  :)

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2018, 10:25:33 AM »
Elk

Typically we find that if you have six players with a tank each, the game will last an hour or so, bigger games a bit longer although not too long as you have more lead flying. 

You do have options for feeding back into the game as a reinforcement if you want to play a more rolling games.

If you played with just two tanks, it would be quicker but that's probably not the optimum size game.

Rich

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2018, 12:50:51 PM »
An hour or so sounds ideal. Thanks for the reply. I've ordered the bundle so I'll find out soon enough. My collection of 1:50 Corgi die casts with the odd mod here or there will be perfect for this.

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2018, 03:26:35 PM »
Rich,

just some questions... from reading the blurbs and discussion on LIN I got the impression that the game is a sort of miniature version of world of tanks or war thunder... but on the other hand you have an established reputation for realistic rules, and from discussion on the yahoo group I got the impression that it was supposed to be a tank centered game, but still catering for infantry and guns (albeit in a supporting role)... so I am wondering what is the aim of What a Tanker and which kind of engagements it is supposed to represent. For example there are rules for AT guns or infantry (but in a supporting role as vehicles are supports in Chain of Command).

I am also curious if it could be ported to more recent periods.

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Offline Baron von Wreckedoften

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2018, 11:02:39 AM »
Ordered my advance copy and looking forward to picking it up at Salute (and possibly even playing the odd game, if the Lardies are demonstrating it).

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2018, 08:38:50 PM »
I've read through this and it sounds like a very interesting system. I like the TFL friction elements whereby you can't always do what you want and don't have complete control over your troops. Some in my regular group don't like this side of things but I personally think it makes for a more involved experience as you try and react and preempt what's going on on the table top. I know I'll get a few comments along the lines of "what do you you mean I can't fire just because I didn't roll a 4?" but to me that just means that the gunner has hit a problem at that moment,  has hesitated, or is otherwise unable to respond to the tank commander's order. The use of the Wild Dice should help prevent this ever being a game breaker. I am very much looking forward to playing this.

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2018, 09:02:48 PM »
Got my copy yesterday. First read-through looks like a great system. One more read through and then a game ASAP.


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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2018, 09:04:49 PM »
My copy arrived today, got a big What a Tanker extravaganza at Firestorm Games this Sunday so it's time to get reading.

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2018, 09:14:55 PM »
 I have my first game lined up on Thursday, really looking forward to it

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2018, 09:56:20 PM »
My copy arrived today, got a big What a Tanker extravaganza at Firestorm Games this Sunday so it's time to get reading.

That sounds good. I'd be interested in what you think.
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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2018, 10:43:53 AM »
Rich,

just some questions... from reading the blurbs and discussion on LIN I got the impression that the game is a sort of miniature version of world of tanks or war thunder... but on the other hand you have an established reputation for realistic rules, and from discussion on the yahoo group I got the impression that it was supposed to be a tank centered game, but still catering for infantry and guns (albeit in a supporting role)... so I am wondering what is the aim of What a Tanker and which kind of engagements it is supposed to represent. For example there are rules for AT guns or infantry (but in a supporting role as vehicles are supports in Chain of Command).

I am also curious if it could be ported to more recent periods.

Arrigo

AT Guns were playtested but dropped, its all about the tanks and the melee between them.
I would imagine its very easy to port to more modern periods.

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2018, 07:41:51 PM »
Played our first, second , third and fourth games last night - interesting but Lady Luck is very important

ideal for big games but don't get shot too soon or you will end up twiddling your thumbs whilst the others play

my thoughts on the blog here

https://shedwars.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/what-tanker-rules-review.html

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2018, 07:57:05 PM »
Useful review. Your ideas for mods are interesting. One of the guys in our group has bought the rules and it has interested us. But I wonder if it will be even more of a one hit wonder than most skirmish games are with us...

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #28 on: April 11, 2018, 08:45:01 PM »
I picked it up as a fun multiplayer game so it does sound like it will tick those boxes.

Offline Truscott Trotter

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Re: What a Tanker Advanced Orders
« Reply #29 on: April 11, 2018, 09:12:51 PM »
Having played  a fair bit of air and naval skirmish games where if you have one plane ir ship and it gets knocked out early you have nothing to do we are intending to try it out with 2 or 3 tanks per player with 2 or 3 players per side