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Offline rumacara

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Rules help
« on: December 05, 2021, 10:21:00 AM »
Hello all

Looking for a simple set of rules for WW2 that can be played with:

15 to 30 figures per side
As less markers as possible and no card driven (perhaps a paper to keep record)
Vehicles used are transports (trucks and jeeps) and probably SAS/LRDG trucks and jeeps (with rules for light and heavy machine guns) and the odd halftrack

This is intended to try to pull others to game this period so lots of action and minimum consult of rules. None of us has much patience to complicated rules.

I know its not easy but here it goes.

Thanks for your help

Rui

Offline SteveBurt

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2021, 10:49:07 AM »
Chain of Command (but it has markers) is a platoon a side with a few vehicles and is a great game.

Offline jon_1066

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2021, 11:13:06 AM »
As great as CoC is I don’t think it is what you want.  It’s slightly more complex, battles can be lost just in the patrol phase if you are inexperienced and has quite a few head scratching moments for rule interactions around teams, squads, junior and senior commanders.  You will also find your first games will just degenerate into a long range fire fight and whoever is up against the German MGs will declare it broken.

Offline fred

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2021, 11:29:27 AM »
Much as it pains me to suggest it, Bolt Action should be considered. It’s is popular the core mechanics are fairly simple, it covers the size you are suggesting (and will cover tanks too). To me ranges in it are far too short, and the dice in the bag mechanic could do with a end turn dice to stop players waiting till late in the turn to move stuff.

Much as I liked CoC - its a pretty complex rule set.

If you want to go more Hollywood than history, Fistful of Lead always gives a good game, and is very good for multi-player.  But its really for smaller forces (5-8 figures) than you are thinking of.
« Last Edit: December 05, 2021, 11:31:14 AM by fred »

Offline Harry Faversham

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2021, 11:37:18 AM »
Go for 'Fistful of Lead', that'll cure yer dislike of card driven games forever!
This will certainly pull others to game the period, lots of action and minimum consulting of rules is their hallmark. Perfect for those who have no patience for complicated rules!

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Offline fred

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2021, 12:29:04 PM »
Another set of rules that are worth a look are Iron Cross from Great Escape Games - certainly feel more like WWII than Bolt Action. The core mechanism is around command points, so you can spread these around so everything does something, or concentrate them on a few units. Good interrupt mechanism too. Not played them for a while, so have just been reminded of them by someone else’s post.

Offline has.been

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2021, 04:17:07 PM »
+1 to Fistful of Lead. Great fun, simple to learn if more Hollywood
than History.
Another choice you might consider is WRG Infantry Action (1925-57 ???)
An oldie, but a goodie. You might be able to pick up a copy from e-bay.

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2021, 06:53:13 PM »
Thank you all for your answers and ideas.

Offline matakishi

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2021, 07:18:54 PM »
I recommend Crossfire as being the most non-wargamer friendly set of rules. And the best WWII ruleset too :)
It's company level with a company using 30-35 miniatures.
It does use markers, but not many.

I have a short series of videos explaining the system:

https://youtu.be/5-PHqqkRbak

And an actual game:

https://youtu.be/LFwsB5MarAI

Offline NickNascati

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2021, 07:44:19 PM »
Rui,
       I’ll second the recommendation for Crossfire.  Terrific set of rules that makes you think about tactics.

Offline CapnJim

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2021, 04:41:35 PM »
It uses cards for turn sequence, but Fistful of Lead is indeed very enjoyable, and works very well for WW2.  It should cure your case or cardiphobia... :D
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Offline Westbury

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2021, 04:58:37 PM »
I'd go Rapid Fire, been around a long time, tried and tested, have an enduring fan base and just released a cut down version for very little money which might suit your needs.
The randomness Fistful of Lead and Bolt Action can be quite wearing after a while but a lot of people play them.
CoC I wouldn't go for, nowhere near as simple as it's advocates would have you believe and you can end up in a no win game that is less than fun just because of the way the die rolled in the initial phases.

Offline SJWi

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2021, 06:03:00 PM »
Rumacara, looking at your original post do I sense that you are after an infantry skirmish set with the odd vehicle thrown in. Chain of Command does meet those criteria but I would agree that they are more complex than advertised so maybe not for you.  I think some of the others are more "combined arms" sets and I thought Rapid Fire was aimed at Brigade level actions?  That said the blurb for "Rapid Fire Reloaded" .....the cut down version....does say it can be played as a 1-1 skirmish set, and at only £5 might well be worth a look.

Offline BillK

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2021, 08:17:13 PM »
The old "Battle" rules set by Charles Grant (okay, I'm showing my age... but they are quickplay, simple to understand rules).

Offline Westbury

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Re: Rules help
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2021, 08:24:00 PM »
Completely forgot the Charles Grant rules! Very playable, I think I've still got the book.

 

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