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FiveCore Brigade Commander

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"Colonel, we have contacts all along the front. The enemy is advancing along multiple routes of attack. What are your orders?"

FiveCore Brigade Commander puts you in the largest-scale FiveCore game yet.

Each stand is a company, supported by platoon level attachments. A typical game fields a brigade/regiment on each side and is playable in an hour to an hour and a half on a 3x3 foot table or even smaller.

With the fast playing FiveCore mechanics, you have an unpredictable turn sequence, forcing you to adapt to the unfolding battle and a quick firing mechanic that tells you immediately what happened, without any follow-up damage rolls or morale tests.

Covering from the inter-war period to the present day, Brigade Commander also includes campaign rules, reference sheets, tools for solo play and a scenario generator for the complete gaming experience. 

Whether you are interesting in world war 2, cold war or imaginary conflicts between made-up countries, Brigade Commander will help you put your toys on the table and getting a game going with as little difficulty as possible.

 
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Stuart T July 03, 2018 9:11 pm UTC
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Yahoo group isn't working, so questions here:

#1 Clearly there used to be a 'high spirits' rule - I've seen it in AAR's - why was it removed?
#2 Ambush - relies on the displacement rule which has been removed and so now is an orphaned rule - needs a revision
#3 Close assault - infantry really get +1 against armour in the open? why?
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Ivan S July 03, 2018 9:17 pm UTC
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Cheers!

High Spirits was replaced with the new "Brigade Morale" system, which was felt to be a bit easier to handle.

I will add "Ambush" to the list of things to tweak, once we do a revision. Appreciate the heads-up.
At present, the modifier is used mainly for scenarios where one side may have troops deployed off-map.

On close assaults:
Infantry get +2 vs tanks in terrain, which is reduced to +1 in the open.
We actually went back and forth over this for a long time (between +0 and +1) but in the end, opted to stay with +1, reasoning that even if the table is flat and "open" in gaming terms, there'd still be terrain infantry could use to infiltrate anti-tank teams forward.

Typically in play, it won't come up much, due to the greater mobility of tanks and the difficulty of entering close combat in the open.

If the rule doesn't work for your conception of warfare, I'd suggest to reduce it to +0 or even...See more
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Stuart T July 05, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
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Thanks Ivan, didn't 'high spirits' allow ignoring a non-casualty hit? I like the idea but don't know if there was more to the rule?

Other query: the two types of reaction fire - is that only allowed if the stand attempting to use it didn't fire last turn?
and just to check a single stand may do that multiple times per turn?

Thanks
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Ivan S July 05, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
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Yeah, each point let you shrug off a 1 or 6 from a Shock die.

On reactions:
To be "on guard" and able to reaction fire, you must have been capable of firing but not done so.
Typically, this means all units that did not fire can react, but you might have a situation where a unit was incapable of shooting for some reason (scenario concerns f.x.) and that'd prevent reactions.

Units that dont activate at all are "capable" of firing, so they can react.

Yes, you can react multiple times in a turn.

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Stuart T July 07, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
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Hi Ivan last couple of questions I hope - we had a game today and it went down really well.

1. In a scurry of firefight turn, can units suffering an effect (cower, etc.) try to remove the effect?
2. In a scurry turn, no units are eligible to shoot - so if you were on guard but then move in the scurry you are not able to shoot and cannot go back on guard, is that right?
3. When artillery is supporting a unit does it fire once only at an enemy moving within 6, or once at every enemy doing so? - presumably if allowed to fire multiple times it would need to check its persistence multiple times?

A few other comments:
Mech infantry seem to be relatively safe from tanks (only 1S over 6") - this of course assuming the AFVs are always able to hide from the tanks.
We thought this was too generous to the infantry, the easy change for us might be to change this to a kill die. Not sure yet.

Fire Support: seems odd that an attached artillery unit has really...See more
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Ivan S July 07, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
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Cheers mate!

1: I allow rallying on firefight and scurry turns, since all units are "activated".

I know a few people out there specifically disallow it, it works either way.

2: As originally intended, all Scurrying troops will guard. (they are not prevented from firing due to enemy action)
This stems from the lower scale rules where rushing forward and throwing yourself into cover seems to fit.

I've come to not quite like that for Brigade games. I think a solution where only the units left in place Guard works better.

3: It can be triggered multiple times as you suggest.

On mech infantry:
Go ahead and make it a K die instead. I've had some long discussions with people on whether mechanized troops are more or less vulnerable to tank fire and never quite reached a conclusion I felt comfortable with.

Fire support:
The Concentrated option is there for offensive barrages.

I know one...See more
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Richard B March 11, 2015 4:18 pm UTC
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Looking for a review of these rules

Many Thanks

Rich
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