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  • in reply to: Video Review of Combat Patrol(TM): WWII #115909

    Buck Surdu
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    I made the decision early on to use a typewriter font to sort of portray that WWII feel, but the font gets frequent criticism.  There is a lot of color and many examples in the book.  I certainly don’t think reading the rules “makes your eyes bleed” as quipped by one of the reviewers.  Yes, I didn’t have the wherewithal to pay for professional layout and slick look.  In fact, I never intended for there to be a rules book.  My thought was that you would buy the cards which are (necessarily) pricey enough, so you should just download the rules and begin to play.  I find that players RARELY have to refer to the book, so having a paper copy near the table is of limited value.

    Buck

    in reply to: Video Review of Combat Patrol(TM): WWII #115908

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    Sorry for the tardy response.

    The rules and cards are available from Sally 4th in the UK and Europe.

    There are a number of free downloads and instructional videos on the rules’ Web site: http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Combat_Patrol.html

    Buck

     

     

    in reply to: Going Dutch? #109527

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    Thanks. I am just about finished with Russians for Finland and Barbarossa. I am trying to decide on China Burma India or The Netherlands for my next push.

    in reply to: Rules for Dad’s Army #109526

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    Using more than one set of rules for a period is not a bad idea. Richard Clark and I have talked about this in the past. Just because you like one set doesn’t mean you can’t like another set too. If the only tool you have is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail. So using something like Pulp Alley or even GASLIGHT (the pulp version) would be good when you want to emphasize the characters, and using Chain of Command or Combat Patrol for larger games would be appropriate. It would depend on the scenario.

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    in reply to: Who are the best jungle troops? #109525

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    No matter how you count it, there was much more US Army in the Pacific than Marines, but the Marines have a robust PR machine – to the current day. The Army conducted more amphibious assaults, had more battalions, had more men, etc.

    The 25th infantry division did as well in the Pacific as the Marines. Other Army divisions fared worse, as the divisions deployed to the Pacific were made of National Guard battalions and brigades who were mashed together for the first time, got no proper jungle training, and were reorganized several times.  They lacked cohesion and training. (Many units in the ETO faced similar issues, but had a year or more to train together before going into combat.). After a year or so these guard divisions caught up. Part of that was because the bloodbath was so heavy on Guadalcanal that the Marines never quite got back up to the same quality level as “the old breed.”

    You see the same trend in Vietnam. Those units that deployed from the states as units did very well. Those made of individual replacements not so much.

    The Army learned that lesson. We deployed *units* to Afghanistan and Iraq. Individual replacements were used to fill staff positions, but the front line units came over as units, fought as units, and redeployed as units.

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 4 weeks ago by  Buck Surdu.
    in reply to: Recent Commando Game #109524

    Buck Surdu
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    We added a few more commandos and played it again last weekend. This time the commandos lost again, but it was because of really bad decisions. I will run it again soon. The mechanics are working fine.  You can see a brief description of the second running of the game here:  http://bucksurdu.com/blog/?p=8474

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 4 weeks ago by  Buck Surdu.
    in reply to: Rules for Dad’s Army #109206

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    I’ll make a shameless plug for Combat Patrol(TM): WWII (http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Combat_Patrol.html). The Web page has lots of freebies and a bunch of how-to videos.

    I have used these rules for several Sea Lion games with the Home Guard one the last year.  Here are some links:

    http://bucksurdu.com/blog/?p=8119

    Sea Lion Begins

    Operation Sea Lion with Combat Patrol(TM): WWII

    Combat Patrol(TM) in Little Basely by the Sea

    The rules are designed for a player to command one or two squads (sections), but experienced players can command more.

    • This reply was modified 4 months ago by  Buck Surdu.
    in reply to: Tears of the Sun with Combat Patrol #94898

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    I really enjoy your battle reports.  Keep them coming.

    in reply to: Looking for 28mm Early War US Infantry #90620

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    Thanks for the pointers!

     

    in reply to: Philippines 1941 with Combat Patrol(TM): WWII #86066

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    I use 28mm figures for my skirmish games (like this one) with Combat Patrol(TM).  I use 10mm figures for larger battles, where a base represents a platoon.  For that I use Look, Sarge, No Charts: WWII.  I don’t really game in between those two scales.

     

    in reply to: Philippines 1941 with Combat Patrol(TM): WWII #85988

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    There will be several Combat Patrol games at Cold Wars, including many run by folks other than me.  Come by the HAWKs room and check them out.

    in reply to: Philippines 1941 with Combat Patrol(TM): WWII #85976

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    Thanks.

     

    in reply to: Combat Patrol(TM) at Historic 2017 #67735

    Buck Surdu
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    in reply to: WW2 20mm Normandy Combat Patrol table #66094

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    Looks great!  I hope the game went well…

    in reply to: Sally 4th Exotic Locations are Great! #66089

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    Sorry about forgetting the link: http://www.bucksurdu.com/blog

     

     

    in reply to: Combat Patrol is Available for Purchase! #35694

    Buck Surdu
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    in reply to: Combat Patrol is Available for Purchase! #35681

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

     I also saw the other video on the side there, the one proclaiming how “the left” is destroying America. So that’s one set of rules I will *not* be buying.

    That video was on YouTube, not on the Web site for the rules and not related to the rules or the topic.  I have no control over what videos show up on the side.  That is managed by some YouTube / Google robot.

    It is too bad that will cause you to ignore a really nice set of rules because you disapprove of a position that just happened to be presented on the same page by Google, but you are entitled to your opinion.  I spent over 30 years in the uniform of this nation to defend your right — and the rights of others around the world — to have and express their opinions freely.  Apparently I am not entitled to my opinion — which is one of the points made in the video you disliked.

    Just to make the point again, that video you disliked was not on the Web page for the rules, was not mentioned in the rules, and is not related to the rules.  It was placed on the side by Google.

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    in reply to: Combat Patrol: WWII Will be Released Soon #33049

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    Perhaps you just haven’t played a GOOD card-driven game.  

    in reply to: 10mm Chariots for Circus Maximus #24772

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    I wrote to Magister Militum.  They are about to release the correct, round chariot.  Richard offered to combine this soon-to-be-released chariot with the Roman crew from a current chariot and sell them to me as a set.  They are on their way.

     

    Buck

    in reply to: Tank Armor Information #24689

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    John:

    One of the guys in our group has the APG book.  I am going to borrow it Friday.  I’ll let you know if it’s any good.

    Buck

     

    in reply to: Tank Armor Information #24654

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    John:

    Thanks for the information.  I’ll look for these sources.

    It is good from you again.  Last time we chatted, I think I was working on Beer and Pretzels Skirmish.  I have something new in the hopper (see articles in the magazine section).  In most cases, I am looking for 10mm or 20mm bins which are good enough for gaming purposes.  If you’re interested in a pre-pub copy provide comments, send me a note at [email protected].

    Buck

     

    in reply to: Tank Armor Information #24646

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    Tim:

    Thanks.  That’s the issue.  Different sites report the information differently, and sometimes an apples-to-apples comparison is difficult.  Any points you can provide would be appreciated.

    Buck

     

    in reply to: 10mm Chariots for Circus Maximus #24636

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    That might  be good if the picture is in fact in error.  I may contact them and ask.

    in reply to: 28mm U.S. Infantry 1846 #22719

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    Very nice.  What is the scale?

    I have quite a few MAW figures in 28mm Old Glory.  This is a really good period for gaming small battles as well as skirmishes.  Despite the US winning all the major engagements, many of them were close-run affairs.  This is a largely (and mistakenly) overlooked period for gaming, I think.  I like it enough that I even wrote a set of rules for the period.

    Enjoy!  And thanks for sharing.

    in reply to: What is a narrative wargame? #19641

    Buck Surdu
    Participant

    I have most frequently heard the term “narrative” applied not to games but to campaigns.  While campaigns are attractive, my experience has been that few generate a number of interesting battles.  So in a narrative campaign, the GM builds the story and links one scenario to the next through a narrative.  The results on the tabletop impact the narrative, and the narrative sets up the next battle.

    For instance, my Northwest Frontier by GASLIGHT games center around an angry Pathan chieftain asserting his independence from the British.  He has enlisted the aid of the Russians as advisors and suppliers of technology.  Three scenarios ago, a punitive expedition pushed into the chieftain’s territory on a punitive expedition.  Stowing along was Wee Willie Winkie (inspired by Shirley Temple — she is represented by a 15mm highlander in my 28mm games).  In that tabletop battle, she was capture by the chieftain’s forces.  The second scenario involved an expedition sent to liberate her from the chieftain’s fortress, which was successful.  Last weekend, the third scenario in the series saw the British column heading home, only to be ambushed by the chieftain’s forces in a valley.  The British managed to hold onto Winkie, in both the play test and the convention game.  So, I am beginning to scheme about the fourth scenario.

    I have toyed for some time with building a “battle generator,” as opposed to a campaign system that would facilitate this narrative style of campaign.

    Buck Surdu

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