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Title: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on October 17, 2019, 04:20:58 AM
I've just had an email from Second Chance Games informing me of their upcoming releases and a game called Combat! by Compass Games was in there.

I was intrigued so had a look and it's individual soldier level play and totally solitaire - right up my alley. Unfortunately £135 is out of my price range for a board game  :(

It did make me think though...what other solitaire, individual soldier games are out there? I know of Ambush! and ASL...Ambush! is a bit on the "bare essentials" side for me - I want my games to look good as well as be fun to play and ASL is too complicated for my wee, auld heed.

Note
I've just read that ASL is squad based anyway....hence Advanced SQUAD Leader  :D
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 17, 2019, 08:27:26 AM
DVG's Warfighter series and LnL's Solo Tactical come to mind immediately.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 17, 2019, 08:44:38 AM
LnL Tactical is not single man but squad based like ASL.

I can't think of any "modern" games. Cityfight by SPI and Firepower by AH were both single man counters. Ambush series is the only WWII SMC games I can think of.

DVG Warfighter Series (Modern, WWII, WWII Pacific, Shadow Wars, PMC so far) is a good one but card based not hex and counter. Matters to some.


Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on October 17, 2019, 08:45:54 AM
City Fight was hard work,
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 17, 2019, 08:48:56 AM
Never played it.

Oh, just thought of a modern game (2017) - Urban Operations by NUTS! games out of France. Modern combat with blocks.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on October 17, 2019, 09:11:59 AM
DVG's Warfighter series and LnL's Solo Tactical come to mind immediately.

As he says

DVG Warfighter Series (Modern, WWII, WWII Pacific, Shadow Wars, PMC so far) is a good one but card based not hex and counter. Matters to some.
That does matter. I like Warfighter - but I'm thinking specifically within the parameters of the game Combat!...i.e. single man,  counter and hex based. The reason I'd like a modern one is graphics. I've heard great things about Ambush!, but graphically, I don't know that I could buy into it.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on October 17, 2019, 09:16:03 AM
Never played it.

Oh, just thought of a modern game (2017) - Urban Operations by NUTS! games out of France. Modern combat with blocks.
Blocks - meh  ;D

Thanks though.

I guess currently my options are
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on October 17, 2019, 09:16:50 AM
Both Ambush and Sniper were excellent multiplayer games - Sniper with a GM is awesome considering its a really old SPI game. The graphics are certainly poor by today's standards, but the gameplay was very tense indeed.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bbmike on October 17, 2019, 09:17:51 AM
Yeah, Combat! is singing its Siren Song to me as well.  :dreamer:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 17, 2019, 09:57:29 AM
A good question, though. I went to the Solitaire Wargames forum on FB and asked the same question. They tend to come up with a lot of stuff that I've not considered.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 17, 2019, 10:10:40 AM
Try looking at Nuts! by Two Hour Wargames (https://www.twohourwargames.com/nufive.html). But maybe that's too minis-oriented? It does have individual man and vehicle combat and has solo rules. I've not played it but it was recommended.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 17, 2019, 10:27:13 AM
Try looking at Nuts! by Two Hour Wargames (https://www.twohourwargames.com/nufive.html). But maybe that's too minis-oriented? It does have individual man and vehicle combat and has solo rules. I've not played it but it was recommended.

This can actually be played with minis, designed for it actually, but can also be played with counters on a hex map. I have a copy but haven't gotten it tot he table... yet... :doh:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 17, 2019, 10:28:30 AM
Never played it.

Oh, just thought of a modern game (2017) - Urban Operations by NUTS! games out of France. Modern combat with blocks.
Blocks - meh  ;D

Thanks though.

I guess currently my options are
  • Find £135 from somewhere
  • Go back to the dark ages and pick up a copy of Ambush!
  • Fire up me some Warfighter and see if it scratches my itch
  • Stay with my many versions of squad games - of which I have a big favourite - Combat Command

Ambush is a really great game. Look on BGG there are counter mods that you could use.
It can be found for a reasonable price too.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on October 17, 2019, 10:29:05 AM
Try looking at Nuts! by Two Hour Wargames (https://www.twohourwargames.com/nufive.html). But maybe that's too minis-oriented? It does have individual man and vehicle combat and has solo rules. I've not played it but it was recommended.
Nah...thanks though. Chits and hexes...that's me  ;)

I did look at ASL (as I brought it up) and started looking for an ASL Starter Kit - then thought better of it  :)
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on October 17, 2019, 10:30:42 AM
Try looking at Nuts! by Two Hour Wargames (https://www.twohourwargames.com/nufive.html). But maybe that's too minis-oriented? It does have individual man and vehicle combat and has solo rules. I've not played it but it was recommended.

This can actually be played with minis, designed for it actually, but can also be played with counters on a hex map. I have a copy but haven't gotten it tot he table... yet... :doh:
I'm not doing PnP if that's what the hex/counter game mode is. I've done that and I wasn't overly happy with the final product if I'm honest (my doing I know).
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 17, 2019, 11:00:29 AM
It did make me think though...what other solitaire, individual soldier games are out there?


https://tinybattlepublishing.com/products/rifles-in-the-ardennes (https://tinybattlepublishing.com/products/rifles-in-the-ardennes)
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on October 17, 2019, 11:02:05 AM
TBP, Brant? You must be kidding......................
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: trailrunner on October 17, 2019, 11:02:38 AM
It did make me think though...what other solitaire, individual soldier games are out there?


https://tinybattlepublishing.com/products/rifles-in-the-ardennes (https://tinybattlepublishing.com/products/rifles-in-the-ardennes)

I played that game and was a bit underwhelmed.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 17, 2019, 11:03:21 AM
TBP, Brant? You must be kidding......................


 :hehe:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: trailrunner on October 17, 2019, 11:04:33 AM

I did look at ASL (as I brought it up) and started looking for an ASL Starter Kit - then thought better of it  :)

Come to the dark side.  Resistance is futile.  You know you want to.   :devil:   >:D

Seriously, for $25, SK1 is a great value.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on October 17, 2019, 11:05:15 AM
TBP, Brant? You must be kidding......................


 :hehe:

You've been out in the sun without your hat on again.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 17, 2019, 11:06:07 AM
TBP, Brant? You must be kidding......................


 :hehe:

You've been out in the sun without your hat on again.

Must be missing something….?  ???
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on October 17, 2019, 11:07:11 AM
Not when it comes to TBP you're not.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 17, 2019, 11:08:20 AM
Catty.....  ???
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on October 17, 2019, 11:25:27 AM
Yeah - TBP doesn't look like anything I was looking for  :)

And...

I did look at ASL (as I brought it up) and started looking for an ASL Starter Kit - then thought better of it  :)

Come to the dark side.  Resistance is futile.  You know you want to.   :devil:   >:D

Seriously, for $25, SK1 is a great value.
No. I have enough squad games without learning even more rule sets.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on October 18, 2019, 05:10:40 AM
Right. I've been faffing around for weeks going from one rule book to the next getting all tied up in what game I want to play.

Holland '44 had to be packed away (after spending 2 weeks or more on the rules) because the room was to be redecorated (even though it still currently hasn't been touched two weeks on!). Shame because I only performed the first turn for the Allies and I really liked it.

I then moved on to Silver Bayonet and whilst I like the sound of it and I love the Vietnam era, it's company level (with some sections) and I've been recently distracted with single man counter games (because of an advertisement for the ridiculously priced Combat!) and - due to a lack of new games out there - that led me last night onto the rules for Warfighter (modern combat edition).

However, reading the rules, I still kept being left feeling wanting. It just wasn't scratching the itch.

So I'm kind of left hanging. Either I crack on with Warfighter, or I do something else and those options for "something else" are...

Those other games are

LnL makes sense because I have several games so once I've got the rules, I could be in for some lengthy gaming - however I can't seem to shake this single counter gaming thing I've latched onto.

Part of my issue with ASL is it kind of looks dated but also the rules - I can't find the rules online to see how they read. I need nice easy rules to read. I've looked at Ambush! and it's pretty text heavy and looks like the set of rules I might give up on.

Band of Brothers looks to be the best option for picking up because the rule book is pretty light and well laid out.

I'm just lost and need some help
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 18, 2019, 06:28:06 AM
some of these are out of print and tougher to find, but they're all about the scale you're looking for

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/4964/close-assault

https://boardgamegeek.com/rpgitem/48774/behind-enemy-lines

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/163474/v-commandos

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/5265/commando

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/8386/alert-force



want to get out of WWII-to-present?

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1618/french-foreign-legion
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: trailrunner on October 18, 2019, 06:34:04 AM
Part of my issue with ASL is it kind of looks dated but also the rules - I can't find the rules online to see how they read. I need nice easy rules to read.

Send me a PM.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on October 18, 2019, 07:32:43 AM
some of these are out of print and tougher to find, but they're all about the scale you're looking for

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/4964/close-assault jesus - was cardboard that bad back in the day

https://boardgamegeek.com/rpgitem/48774/behind-enemy-lines god no!

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/163474/v-commandos I don't really like those ones where you "build" your terrain

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/5265/commando didn't like the look of this

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/8386/alert-force proper ugly...no



want to get out of WWII-to-present?

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1618/french-foreign-legion seriously - what was it with cardboard back then? Have we only just worked out how to make it?
However - thanks alot for looking.

In all honesty, I reckon as I was a single man counter game and a modern one, I'm probably going to pick up Combat! when it's released. I have to if that's specifically what I'm looking for - which I am.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on October 18, 2019, 07:33:35 AM
Part of my issue with ASL is it kind of looks dated but also the rules - I can't find the rules online to see how they read. I need nice easy rules to read.

Send me a PM.
Sent
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 18, 2019, 07:38:57 AM
I wasn't really expecting any of those to do it for you, but it did pretty much confirm that what you're looking for is what started this in the first place :)
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 18, 2019, 07:58:36 AM
...
In all honesty, I reckon as I was a single man counter game and a modern one, I'm probably going to pick up Combat! when it's released. I have to if that's specifically what I'm looking for - which I am.

Combat! is re-leased already. It's single man counter and solo only as well.
There was a production problem where the back of the infantry counters got mixed, so a counter would be US on the front and German on the back. They have since printed new counter sheets so make sure what you buy has the new sheets.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on October 18, 2019, 08:18:56 AM
...
In all honesty, I reckon as I was a single man counter game and a modern one, I'm probably going to pick up Combat! when it's released. I have to if that's specifically what I'm looking for - which I am.

Combat! is re-leased already. It's single man counter and solo only as well.
There was a production problem where the back of the infantry counters got mixed, so a counter would be US on the front and German on the back. They have since printed new counter sheets so make sure what you buy has the new sheets.
oh. Second Chance Games have it marked as pre-order.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on October 18, 2019, 08:21:30 AM
...
In all honesty, I reckon as I was a single man counter game and a modern one, I'm probably going to pick up Combat! when it's released. I have to if that's specifically what I'm looking for - which I am.

Combat! is re-leased already. It's single man counter and solo only as well.
There was a production problem where the back of the infantry counters got mixed, so a counter would be US on the front and German on the back. They have since printed new counter sheets so make sure what you buy has the new sheets.
oh. Second Chance Games have it marked as pre-order.
Also - it's worth noting that charging £135 for a game and screwing up the counters is shocking. I hope people got free replacements?
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 18, 2019, 08:33:25 AM
JD, maybe this list will help:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/39025/man-man-wargames-featuring-single-man-units/page/1
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on October 18, 2019, 08:45:19 AM
JD, maybe this list will help:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/39025/man-man-wargames-featuring-single-man-units/page/1
Thanks - but again - they're all so old looking. I just don't think I could get into them.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 18, 2019, 08:49:32 AM
Pretty graphics slut!  ;D

Yes, everyone got free new counter sheets for Combat!
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 18, 2019, 08:55:51 AM
Pretty graphics slut!  ;D

Aren't we all, to an extent? :)

I get it, trust me...but some games stand the test of time rather well. Hate for you to totally discount them if you happen across a copy for a price better than 135 quid.  :D
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on October 18, 2019, 08:59:38 AM
I'm sure we did a forum game of 'Patrol' over at 'The Other Place'.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 18, 2019, 09:01:50 AM
Oh yes...didn't Barth run an Ambush! game over there with us, too?
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on October 18, 2019, 09:07:35 AM
Oh yep - I remember that because I got bumped off fairly quickly as I recall.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 18, 2019, 09:10:04 AM
All part of his evil plan, no doubt.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 18, 2019, 09:21:39 AM
Yes I ran a Ambush PBF game. Need to do that again it was fun.... just need time and motivation…  :P
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 18, 2019, 09:25:41 AM
just need time and motivation…  :P

and therein lies the rub, innit
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on October 18, 2019, 09:31:22 AM
....at least you don't have to clip the corners off of it...............
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 18, 2019, 09:50:01 AM
Could do it in Photoshop. Poor Barth  :D
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 18, 2019, 09:53:53 AM
Could do it in Photoshop. Poor Barth  :D

Barth could do it in Photoshop... but never would you frackin degenerate!  :tickedoff:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 18, 2019, 10:11:22 AM
(http://m.quickmeme.com/img/bb/bbe1388a54cf4cd320a8505b28101cdb117378e1fc0fb1e60833ecb8f625a97d.jpg)
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 18, 2019, 11:15:15 AM
 ;D

Do you even know who Bob and Doug are?
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 18, 2019, 11:33:09 AM
The McKenzie brothers? Are you kidding? Great White North/SCTV?  ;D
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 18, 2019, 11:42:37 AM
Never too sure of how much of our culture makes it through down there, especially if your are any distances from the border....
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 18, 2019, 11:44:51 AM
our culture


 :ROFL:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 18, 2019, 12:47:28 PM
He horked our culture, eh?
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Staggerwing on October 18, 2019, 06:17:22 PM
Never too sure of how much of our culture makes it through down there, especially if your are any distances from the border....


If you went into a Tim Hortons that was more than a couple hundred miles south of the border and asked the counter girl for some Poutine she'd probably slap you or call the cops.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on October 18, 2019, 06:18:28 PM
Never too sure of how much of our culture makes it through down there, especially if your are any distances from the border....


If you went into a Tim Hortons that was more than a couple hundred miles south of the border and asked the counter girl for some Poutine she'd probably slap you or call the cops.

Sigh.....
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on November 15, 2019, 03:57:27 AM
Just to put this to bed...

Thank you to everyone for your suggestions. Thanks to Trailrunner for a copy of the ASL rules - but honestly ASL rules seemed very "texty" and long. Besides as I mentioned, I've got quite a few squad/platoon level games.

In the end, as you may know, I managed to get a game of Warfighter in. I enjoyed it and will go back to it. I even bought some miniatures to use as the soldiers (the ones that came with the kickstarter were poor).

I have since managed to get a hold of LnL Solo and a copy of LnL Day of Heroes and so I've put my eggs into the LnL basket. I've just played a few turns of a scenario from Heroes of the Falklands and I'll be playing some more to try and get the rules down pat.

So LnL will be my focus for the immediate future.

Thanks again. Combat! will have to wait.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: trailrunner on November 15, 2019, 05:52:33 AM
Glad you found something you like. Looks like you’re enjoying it.


Thank you to everyone for your suggestions. Thanks to Trailrunner for a copy of the ASL rules - but honestly ASL rules seemed very "texty" and long.

Just to be clear - I sent you the rules for the first module of the starter kit game. That’s infantry only.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on November 15, 2019, 10:41:50 AM
Oh - that was not lost on me!  ;D
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 04, 2019, 09:41:40 AM
To whomever "runs" this website - if you would you like me to do an unboxing report for Combat!, just pm me.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 04, 2019, 09:42:37 AM
To whomever "runs" this website - if you would you like me to do an unboxing report for Combat!, just pm me.

 :ROFL:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on December 04, 2019, 10:33:56 AM
LOL - its just like spontaneous combustion - it just happens and nobody knows how or why :-)
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 04, 2019, 10:39:23 AM
I wasn't sure if it was BB or BH   :-\
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on December 04, 2019, 10:42:14 AM
BB  :)

I'd really like to see an un-boxing of this game as it does look very interesting.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 04, 2019, 10:46:47 AM
I will try do do one. I'm not doing a video because no-one could understand me and I'm camera shy anyway (because it lies and makes me look ugly!)
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 04, 2019, 10:48:00 AM
LOL

You don't need to be on camera, JD. All the unboxing vids I did, I did with only my hands in the shots.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Undercovergeek on December 04, 2019, 10:54:16 AM
but then well see his girly hands and sparkly nail varnish
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on December 04, 2019, 11:02:25 AM
I wasn't sure if it was BB or BH   :-\

If BH is me then noooooooo, I would never want to be in charge of this group....  :notme:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 04, 2019, 11:21:34 AM
but then well see his girly hands and sparkly nail varnish

Don't we need more of that in wargaming?
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Undercovergeek on December 04, 2019, 11:42:18 AM
so im told
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 04, 2019, 11:49:01 AM
but then well see his girly hands and sparkly nail varnish

Don't we need more of that in wargaming?


I expect to see it in your next unboxing
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 04, 2019, 01:05:55 PM
 :-*
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 07, 2019, 01:45:14 PM
To clip or not to clip - that is the question

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49183971337_858e523f49_b.jpg)

Oops - too late  :hehe:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on December 07, 2019, 02:13:03 PM
 :bigthumb:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Staggerwing on December 07, 2019, 02:48:19 PM
The mohel from Oregon strikes again!
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 07, 2019, 02:59:06 PM
The mohel from Oregon strikes again!
Indeed it does. I've been at the table for 3 hours or more!
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on December 07, 2019, 03:39:32 PM
The mohel from Oregon strikes again!
Indeed it does. I've been at the table for 3 hours or more!

3 hours you could have been playing! What a waste!  :Loser:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bbmike on December 07, 2019, 04:13:54 PM
Those furry corners are way too distracting for proper game play.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 07, 2019, 04:35:18 PM
The mohel from Oregon strikes again!
Indeed it does. I've been at the table for 3 hours or more!

3 hours you could have been playing! What a waste!  :Loser:
I see your point, but I could never have enjoyed myself.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 08, 2019, 11:45:18 AM
I've just played one turn of this game and I have to say - my skepticism after watching the videos I posted earlier have been smashed. As I thought, the guy in the videos is being pretty thorough about showing how to play the game - and he does a great job. But when you actually play this game, the process is soooooooooo smooth.

Really, so far, a very, very engaging game system and plays quite fast.

Sorry - got to go - turn 2 awaits.  :whistle:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 09, 2019, 07:40:15 AM
https://www.armchairdragoons.com/feature/compass-games-combat-first-look/
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: mirth on December 09, 2019, 10:11:26 AM
https://www.armchairdragoons.com/feature/compass-games-combat-first-look/ (https://www.armchairdragoons.com/feature/compass-games-combat-first-look/)

Nicely done, JD!
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on December 09, 2019, 10:16:29 AM
^+10
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bbmike on December 09, 2019, 10:17:34 AM
+100. Well written review.  :bigthumb:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on December 09, 2019, 11:34:59 AM
+100. Well written review.  :bigthumb:

 :bigthumb: :bigthumb:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 09, 2019, 12:04:34 PM
Aw thank you. My first unboxing write up  :)

I'll try and take better pictures if I do any other kind of article. I took those on my phone and they do look unfocused in places.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 10, 2019, 08:09:14 AM
Great work, JD!
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 10, 2019, 12:44:19 PM
 :biggrin:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 10, 2019, 01:12:03 PM
I feel for you, man. 135 quid is about 180 US dollars.  :o

That's nuts!

Also honestly I had no idea Combat! was a solo game. If you're doing a full review, I'd love to read it.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: mirth on December 10, 2019, 01:13:23 PM
Also honestly I had no idea Combat! was a solo game.

Where have you been?!
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 10, 2019, 01:40:15 PM
Not paying attention.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on December 10, 2019, 01:41:06 PM
..............sorry, what was that?...............
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 10, 2019, 03:32:59 PM
The whuzzit now?
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 12, 2019, 11:48:54 AM
I thought it was standard for board game manufacturers to have their manuals online? Is that not the norm? I'd love a downloadable manual to be able to search more - the index in the game isn't great.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: mirth on December 12, 2019, 11:54:33 AM
I thought it was standard for board game manufacturers to have their manuals online? Is that not the norm? I'd love a downloadable manual to be able to search more - the index in the game isn't great.

PDFs of the rules and errata available here:

https://www.compassgames.com/combat.html (https://www.compassgames.com/combat.html)

Rules link:
https://issuu.com/consimworld/docs/combat-rules-booklet?fr=sOTEwNTQwNTM5

Errata link:
https://compassgamesbucket.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/downloads/Errata+and+Q%26A+-+reformatted+-+No+1+-+26+Nov+2019.pdf
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 12, 2019, 01:22:00 PM
Excellent - thank you. For some reason I thought BGG would be where they were...I didn't even consider the publisher's website.

 :bigthumb:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: mirth on December 12, 2019, 01:23:29 PM
Most publishers have the links on their websites. I look there first because they tend to be the most current versions.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on December 14, 2019, 12:51:59 PM
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/264826/evolution-historical-small-unit-tactical-board-war (https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/264826/evolution-historical-small-unit-tactical-board-war)
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 14, 2019, 03:35:03 PM
I've played the first Intro scenario a couple of times now and feel I've got the rules so I'll be doing some impressions over the next week and I'll pass it to Brant.

It's a cracking game  :applause:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on December 14, 2019, 03:41:15 PM
 :bigthumb:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 18, 2019, 11:26:03 AM
https://www.armchairdragoons.com/feature/combat-early-impressions-of-the-game/
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: Barthheart on December 18, 2019, 11:33:00 AM
Nice job JD.  :bigthumb:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 18, 2019, 12:49:07 PM
Thanks Barth. Brant has given me some pointers to write a review at some point - it won't be until after New Year probably - because this kind of turned into an unboxing/AAR/impressions kind of document and admittedly probably isn't particularly structured very well.

I don't seem to put into the article just quite how engaging the system is...which I hope to do in a proper review because for me this was very, very much worth the cost of admission.

I've fired through the second intro scenario. I'm still referencing the manual and player aid cards but I think that's always a safe thing to do.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: BanzaiCat on December 18, 2019, 12:49:21 PM
Very good!
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bob48 on December 18, 2019, 01:45:53 PM
 :bigthumb: Excellent, JD. Well done indeed.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 18, 2019, 05:36:10 PM
Thanks Brant - it looks great.
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: mirth on December 18, 2019, 05:36:52 PM
Nice work!
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bbmike on December 18, 2019, 06:32:52 PM
+1  :rockon:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 19, 2019, 03:20:22 AM
Thank you  :bigthumb:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 20, 2019, 04:59:26 AM
This was posted by at Boardgamegeek
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As just one example, one of my guys (the medic no less!) made a lucky shot from 16 hexes away at an enemy soldier who was sneaking in the open towards a building, lightly wounding him. The next time my guy fired, he shot at the same guy and rolled the exact same roll, but this time he missed by 1. Why? Because when the enemy soldier took that light wound, he crapped his pants and went from sneaking to hiding, which makes him harder to hit in the open! In most games, the AI soldier would be either dead or alive, maybe wounded, but you sure as hell wouldn't be tracking his current orders/stance, not to mention his morale level.
and I alluded to the same thing in my write up. I just couldn't understand why a soldier would have an Aimed Fire order when he had no "eyes on" and I thought the same thing as the guy on BGG - the hexes are 20 yards - he's heard firing and he's alert (for Aimed Fire) or taken cover (for Hide).

I had a German soldier last night in my game. All the German soldiers were unprepared and "waiting" so do not get any orders until Allied forces are spotted or shooting happens. When spotting did occur (on the first turn) and shooting did happen (on the second turn), out of the 5 turns in the scenario, the German soldier twice had an Aimed Fire order and once had a  Hide order. Given the scale of the maps (20m per hex I believe) it made perfect sense he's take an alert (Aimed Fire) stance and a Hide order - perhaps firing was closer or he just got nervous.

It's these little nuggets that really help to make this game special.

I honestly can't stop playing at the moment - at the detriment of my modelling, other boar gaming and computer gaming. I can see expansions being bought straight off the shelf. Oh - and the designer has already mentioned Combat!2 in a post over at BGG. He was looking for play testers back in early November.

The thread is here if you're interested (though you'll have to print the components yourself for testing). He may still be recruiting.
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/2319308/call-play-testers
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 20, 2019, 03:14:53 PM
I'm going to hang up my writing boots.

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We're sorry, but your recent article was not awarded any geekgold, and has not been posted to the forum:
Unboxing and Initial Impressions for Combat!
Reasons:
40% Irrelevant
60% Spam
40% Poor Structure

I linked to the articles - I'm hoping it's because I linked to the articles rather than posted them? I don't know, but it was a kick in the bollox  :2funny:

Irrelevant? Spam? I can acknowledge poor structure, but still.  :ROFL:
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: bayonetbrant on December 20, 2019, 04:07:37 PM
if you look in the web links on the actual game listing, your articles are there :)

(now, they need to correct the link on the 2nd listing - it just repeated the link from the first one - but the correction is already submitted)
Title: Re: COMBAT!
Post by: judgedredd on December 23, 2019, 02:03:24 AM
I played Intro Scenario 3 the other day...didn't "keep" reading the Special Rules and so didn't quite get the details of using C4 charges.

I thought they exploded at the end of the scenario, so I piled in as many troops as I could to plant C4. 2 soldiers got there in  turn 4. On turn 5 I gave them a plan order (which you need to when you start the turn so the following turn they get to plant the C4...so that was 2xC4 planted. I then moved, in that turn, 3 more soldiers into the hex so I could give them a Plan order the following turn (6) and plant more C4 on turn 7 (the last turn).

When I read the rules, I realised the C4 explodes at the END of the turn it was planted. On turn 3 of my soldiers had gone into the emplacement to plant C4...2 dead and 1 badly injured.

I hung up my commission and ran away.  :Loser: