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World on Fire: The Third World War Book 1
by Jon E. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/03/2013 06:56:18

A plausible political backdrop against which the author plots out some interesting tabletop scenarios. The imbalances in forces, quality, etc mean that each side has some interesting choices to make and can 'win' by not 'losing' badly.

Personally, I like the use of Google Earth to give an indication as to what the terrain could look like. I agree with the comment made elsewhere that it's a shame cut&paste has been disabled as it will make creating player briefings more awkward.

Although the scalling up of stands from representing platoons to companies is understandable, given the intent to get division(s) on to a table, some compromises have been made in the process. But overall, I think this balances out.

Certainly got me plotting some games for other Modern players.



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World on Fire: The Third World War Book 1
by Stefano V. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/23/2013 02:07:21

maps are just taken from google, practically unreadable.



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World on Fire: The Third World War Book 1
by Dirk S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/20/2013 09:32:54

The scenarios are nice. However, I see the following problems:

  • the PDF contains too much protection, i.e copy and paste is disabled
  • the army lists don't use the format of the original ruleset, but instead a "bathtub" version of them (1:3 scale to the original). However, the scale of the scenarios is larger than these of the original ruleset, so the "bathtub" is understandable.


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World on Fire: The Third World War Book 2
by Gunther B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/28/2013 00:01:56

An excellent follow up to the lead book in the series. Again while designed for Fistfull of TOWS 3 it can be used with any board game or miniature rules of the period that is platoon based. We resolved the battles with Line of Fire / World at War board games and while Combined Arms leaves much to be desired as a gaming system; it is an excellent source tables of organization and equipment information. I also like the time line as I left active duty in 1984 and have first hand experience having served with both straight leg infantry and mechanized infantry as a company medic, both stateside and overseas. Now while I relate more to M-60A3's and M-113's as opposed to Abrams and Bradly's; I can say it portrays equipment accurately if a little optimistic on reliability of some equipment and skill of new lieutenants. For those who like to combine role playing with miniatures or war games. This game also blend wells with Twilight 2000 First Edition and to a lesser extent Second Edition 2.2. The Third Edition 2013 is for a later time period and the game was a disappointment in any event. (One cannot lump all Special Ops from SEALS to Spetnatz together as light infantry) The game uses Google Maps with grid overlays that greatly simplify terrain and has straight forward orders of battle. Now granted the battles portrayed in this book are more holding action and more of a side show; but that is the challenge to get the job done with a minimum amount of units and resources. Definitely looking forward to the continuation of this series. Highly recommended by SAMOS' SWORDSMEN of the Blade & Blaster Gaming Society.



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World on Fire: The Third World War Book 1
by Gunther B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/08/2013 22:03:53

This looks to be the start of a good game system / series; basically it provides the maps and scenarios for whatever game system you are using. It is designed for Fistful of TOWS 3 Miniature rules, but I have found it works well for World at War (LOF) board game series as well. Both games use counters / figures that represent platoons. In addition to air and ground orders of battle, they also provide available naval forces as well, and while a bit abstract provides just enough chrome to keep the ships interesting without taking away from the ground forces, which are the games main emphasis. Now this game is also playable with GDW's Combined Arms, which is an excellent source of order of battle information but plays less smoothly. I just hope they get more modules out in a timely matter so the entire campaign can be played.



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