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OCS Third Winter/Forgotten Battles

Postby Madison » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:17 pm

Created this for Marcus (UK) to open up discussion.

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Re: OCS Third Winter/Forgotten Battles

Postby mignered » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:45 pm

My proposal would be to have an overall commander for each side.
This person will allocate supply and troop distributions for Fronts and Panzer Armies. Four on a side will work if Forgotten Battles is in play. So that would translate to 10 gamers.

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Re: OCS Third Winter/Forgotten Battles

Postby TEJ » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:59 am

I am considering adult OCS this year for the first time and have a few questions:

- are we thinking of two games if there are enough players?

- in the past, there's been talk of playing both the 'southern' and 'northern' sections of the East Front together...and the 'northern' sector has been left un-played because it wasn't going to be fun...how is this different? (I think this has to do with not allocating useful amounts of replacements and supplies to, and stealing better formations from, "quiet" sectors in favor of the more open, 'southern' sectors.)

- how will the table setup be if the front is something north of Moscow all the way to the Sea of Azov? Will we be able to reach the middle without back troubles?

- what was played last year and the year before? It didn't look the same both years but perhaps I am mis-remembering.

- if 3d Winter is a playtest, will linking it with the 'northern' sectors be good for the playtest, or bad, or irrelevant? Will the playtest be impacted if teams can and do shift forces among sectors? If we can't shift forces between games, then why bother to play them together?

- what optional rules would be in use?

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Re: OCS Third Winter/Forgotten Battles

Postby Ardwulf » Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:17 pm

TEJ wrote:- are we thinking of two games if there are enough players?


One big game, linked.

TEJ wrote:- in the past, there's been talk of playing both the 'southern' and 'northern' sections of the East Front together...and the 'northern' sector has been left un-played because it wasn't going to be fun...how is this different? (I think this has to do with not allocating useful amounts of replacements and supplies to, and stealing better formations from, "quiet" sectors in favor of the more open, 'southern' sectors.)


This danger isn't unique to this particular game(s). Dunno if there's any rules enforing where the effort goes... but it would make sense if there was. The Third Winter Soviet Offensive/Defensive stance mechanic, if applied to the whole thing and combined with correct tuning of geographic objectives, would basically take care of the problem.

TEJ wrote:- how will the table setup be if the front is something north of Moscow all the way to the Sea of Azov? Will we be able to reach the middle without back troubles?


It would be best to split the tables. The two things together would be the size of eight regular 23x34 maps.

TEJ wrote:- what was played last year and the year before? It didn't look the same both years but perhaps I am mis-remembering.


Last year was Third Winter. Not sure what went on the year before, as last year was my first year.

TEJ wrote:- if 3d Winter is a playtest, will linking it with the 'northern' sectors be good for the playtest, or bad, or irrelevant? Will the playtest be impacted if teams can and do shift forces among sectors? If we can't shift forces between games, then why bother to play them together?


From what we gather, Tony (the designer) explicitly wants these two games to be linkable. So even if there would be no value in such an excercise for the individual games themselves, there'd be playtest value in the combined effort.

I would be very surprised if there was no ability to shift forces between sectors.
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