Orphaned articles from February All orphaned articles. After an eight-hour game of Combined Arms that only resolved four turns and ended in a draw when the players all had to go home, Ty decided to design his own game. Plus advice and guidance for do-it-yourself scenario designers. Place artillery barrages and reinforcements. FFT2 covers tactical warfare during the latter half of the 20th century. He may fire at targets in any order he wishes.
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First all I want to explain why this post is a bit late. There were two factors. The first was that we live in a stick built Victorian house. We have been living in it for over ten years. There was one room that had the same wall treatment as when we moved in and that was in the main bedroom.
I have stripped wall paper in a lot of rooms. A mixture of hot water and liquid fabric softener does wonders. My daughters room had seven layers of wallpaper and this mixture handled the task with ease. Well not so much in this room. I struggled with the first wall and there were only three layers of wallpaper on the walls. Does this look like eleven hours of work?
Well boys and girls it is. I ended up having to score every square inch of the top layer in order to get it off. I think I know why it was such a task. The wall was not sized and I think the wallpaper was prepasted. And even though it was prepasted, they pasted it any way. It took me four weekends of pretty steady work to finish the room The other reason was the a flu bug hit our household.
Not a good thing. Now onto the review. As I stated on my previous entry I have been looking for a micro armor rule set and the main criteria was the ability to play both WWII and Modern conflicts. I gave Fist Full of Tows a try because one can play the a fore mentioned periods. So onto what I think about the game and a short bat rap. I am not going to give you a blow by blow description of every mechanic of the game.
They were rated as excellent troops. I rolled for the troop quality for both British and Soviet, more on that later. These troops were rolled up as marginal. In hind sight I would not have let the Soviets be marginal troops and that is a bad thing, especially in the first game as I will elaborate later on. I did not give either side artillery I tested that separately, I wanted to concentrate on ground combat, so no artillery, aircraft or helicopters.
The map is laid out as follows It was a simple scenario, Soviets need to take the bridge and the British need to deny the bridge to the Soviets. The British set up was on the lee side of the hills on the closest side of the river to the Soviet attack.
Comrade Wonocottovich and Baron Ted from now on. One of FFT 3 design philosophies is that troop quality is one of the main differentiation between troops. Better trained troops fire faster and can sight vehicles father away. I think this is a fairly well accepted thought.
The Soviets were marginal troops that means that they are very very fragile. They take any of hits, they are likely to get suppressed easier and fail quality checks eliminated.
They have a -2 to hit and that is on a six sided dice. So that has a huge impact on the Soviet to hit chance. The Soviet tanks were Ts and their rate of fire is two. So the marginal troop rating cuts the T units rate of fire by half. This is one of those, I will know better the next time I will play. This had a pretty big impact on the game as it should have. Here is the turn sequence. At first glance one will say this is a lot to keep track of, yes and no. You are not going to use every phase and step in each turn.
I am going to get a small magnet board and with a label maker write all these do the magnet board. I will then have a marker for each adversary and move the magnetized marker along the phases. It move very fast and I know the next game we play it will move even faster. Comrade Wonocottovich is an ex US tanker so he was going to use Soviet tactics.
His marginal troops saw nothing, but the British did. Baron Ted draws first blood with a Swingfire. Each unit has two armor ratings, a front and side. You want to get side shots, especially against tanks. I will tell you, that is the last time that he hits anything with the Swingfire.
If you follow this blog at all our group calls this phenomenon Ted dice. Here are all his throws with the Swingfire throughout the whole game, remember low is bad. Comrade Wonocottovich is now starting to use overwatch. So through three turns Baron Ted cannot hit anything with his Swingfires. The other reason is that there are only two infantry units that are on the sme side of the hill that the Soviets are on.
One of the design features of the Swingfire is that an infantry unit could remotely guide the missile onto the target. The FV could be parked safe behind a hill out of line of sight and still fire the missile. The Final Push from the Soviets. On the last turn the Soviets started to have to make Quality Checks and failing them due to the troop quality. It was a British victory. I started setting up at noon, talked a bit before playing the game and we finished the game in about two and a half hours.
That is with a lot of turning pages in the rule book, looking for the correct chart and double checking to make sure we are doing it correctly. Fist Full of Tows 3 plays fast. Comrade Wonocottovich had looked over the free introductory rule set available here.
He was prepared not to like and thought it would not play fast enough. He really liked the rule set and did think it played fast. Comrade Wonocottovich and I tested the Artillery rules separate. An artillery strike at tanks in light cover, one unit suppressed one unit was not.
So one IFV unit was eliminated in each strike. The last arty strike was on tanks in the open, result were two suppressed units of tanks. Those results seemed pretty much what one would expect from an artillery strike. I know the game would have played out differently with artillery. I live by a couple of philosophies, one being the KISS method.
That stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. So arty was out on our first run through. As a group we have three main criteria. Does it play fast? Does it give you a plausible conclusion throughout to the end of the game?
Is it fun to play? I can say that FFT 3 achieves all three. Two quibbles about the game I already wrote about in the previous post.
Another one and it is splitting hairs. So some research is in your future if that is a period that you are going to game. This is just a minor problem though. I happy to say I have found it. I am just irritated that it took this long, but better late then ever.
Thank you for reading.
A Fistful of TOWs
Do you enjoy fighting mechanized battles in miniature? If so, FFT3 is designed for you. The rules are comprehensive, yet playable. And fast. Real fast.
A Fistful Of TOWs 2
Version 2 FFT2 covers battles from through , while version 3 FFT3 covers combined arms combat from to Beard decided to design his own game after an eight-hour game of Combined Arms that resolved only four turns before a draw was declared so that the players could go home. He designed FFT by rationing the amount of detail and abstracting anything not critical to the game. The result was that the vehicle combat system of FFT is fairly detailed, while the rules for artillery fire are abstract. Future planned additions to the series are FFT, covering the hypothetical wars of the midst century, and Railgun: , covering science fiction armored combat. Units are represented by stands of four to six vehicles or guns, or one platoon or squad of infantry, with an option to play with one stand representing one vehicle. Each turn represent four to six minutes of combat.
FISTFUL OF TOWS 2 PDF
First all I want to explain why this post is a bit late. There were two factors. The first was that we live in a stick built Victorian house. We have been living in it for over ten years.
Gusida Where to find the free version? The rules are comprehensive, yet playable. Once each player has completed the steps, one game turn is over and the toqs begins. The players now switch roles and repeat steps 1 through 8.