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  • #136214
    Whirlwind
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    Please see here for a short AAR of my first attempt at using the Five Men at Kursk WW2 skirmish rules.

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #136216
    Darkest Star Games
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    That dude at the bridge should have been shouting “none shall pass!”  Hope the results don’t put the boy off of gaming.

    Interesting comparison there between rules.  I recall Ivan saying that he had played Nuts a bit and wanted to do something similar but easier to grok.  I’d be interested in hearing more of your thoughts on the 2 systems by comparison after you’ve played a couple more FMaK games.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #136244
    Whirlwind
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    Na, it is fine, the boy is fine with it.  At the moment he definitely prefers Heroquest and Space Hulk though!

    Interesting comparison there between rules. I recall Ivan saying that he had played Nuts a bit and wanted to do something similar but easier to grok. I’d be interested in hearing more of your thoughts on the 2 systems by comparison after you’ve played a couple more FMaK games.

    Yes, I think I remember reading something similar.  I will comment on the rulesets, and the similarities and differences, when I have had a chance to get some more games in.

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #136246
    Tony S
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    Personally, I like the 5 Core system much better.  I find that there is more player input and decision making, which I like in gaming.  Just my opinion.

    Oh, and a slight correction to your battle report (which I enjoyed reading – the terrain set up is nicely, and sometimes the dice gods just smile down upon you).  You state than 5 Men is “the most recent WW2 offering from Nordic Weasel”.  Actually, Hammer of Democracy is the latest WW2 offering.  Quite a different scale and style of rules, but it’s got some lovely ideas in it.

     

    #136256
    Just Jack
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    I find myself in strange territory, having responded to this post on another forum, but wanting to be involved in this discussion, too 😉

    Tony’s right, “Hammer of Democracy” is newer, and Ivan is still kicking out new supplements/variants of it.  And I agree with Tony, I feel more involved in decision-making in 5Core vice NUTS!  Regarding 5Core, the skirmish games vary between what I call the “5 Men in Normandy” activation (roll one dice for activation of the force, get a Firefight, Scurry, or Normal where you get to activate a couple dudes) and the “5 Men at Kursk” activation (roll one dice per man and assign them/carry them out).  I really like both, but 5MIN seems to feel more appropriate to me for WWII, while 5MAK is faster, more activity, so feels more right for modern day stuff.

    I said it on the other forum but I’ll say it again: that was the deadliest game of 5MAK I’ve ever seen, that German dude on the bridge was a helluva marksman!

    V/R,
    Jack

    #136262

    A scene of devastation…as the fifth British soldier is hit (centre, by tree)!!!!

    Even the bleedin’ trees are on the adolf’s side!!!

    "Wot did you do in the war Grandad?"

    "I was with Harry... At The Bridge!"

    #136291
    Just Jack
    Participant

    That was a lot of 6s!!!

    V/R,

    Jack

    #136292
    Whirlwind
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    It was spooky.  The stupid thing is, we were using the same die for all kill rolls and the magic was only for him!

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #136640

    Thanks for the write up I enjoyed that! Incidentally, I had a similarly unstoppable character in our first game of 5MaK too, only mine was a Crazy Scotsman, as you can see here 🙂

    https://tasmancave.blogspot.com/2017/08/5-men-at-kursk.html

    I really like the free flow, play as you want rules though I often found myself looking for a rules that wasnt there!  Thats the beauty of them I think

     

    Paul of the Man Cave

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