Some solo thoughts

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acctingman
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Some solo thoughts

Post by acctingman » Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:25 pm

I read a post on TMP about someone asking for some solo suggestions to use for IABSM. The person suggested using CoC's usage of the patrol phase.... where instead of moving a unit under a blind, you are moving a deployment point under a blind. As soon as that blind is successfully "spotted," the deployment point is placed on the board, and units can now deploy from that spot on their next activation.

What do you all think? Would this work? I've played CoC and enjoy it very much but don't know IABSM enough to know if this is feasible.

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Re: Some solo thoughts

Post by acctingman » Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:48 am

115 views and no comments? The silence must indicate that this wouldn't work :)

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Re: Some solo thoughts

Post by Truscott Trotter » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:28 am

No, it means:
1.) I read every post on WWII several times even though what I know about IBSM could be written on the head of a pin.
2.) I tend not to comment unless I have something useful.
3.) Sometimes I ignore rule 2.)

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Re: Some solo thoughts

Post by Archdukek » Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:43 am

Since you ask, it would change how the game currently works in my view and not for the better.

Each blind represents a unit such as platoon deployed in the area covered by the blind. Substituting a deployment point would allow multiple units to deploy in the same area potentially increasing troop density significantly. That's less of a problem when deploying a couple of squads in CoC from the same JOP but becomes more of an issue when you are talking about platoons.

Furthermore it works against one of the joys of IABSM for me that any piece of terrain could conceal the defenders forcing you to take your on field reconnaissance seriously.

I'm not sure it helps in solo play either.

One alternative would be to take a look at Joe Legan's "Platoon Forward" supplement for solo play with "Troops, Weapons and Tactics" which also relies on the use of blinds. Some of the ideas in that might be capable of being pushed up a level for IABSM, particularly if you want to play an active attacker against a hidden defender.

John

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Re: Some solo thoughts

Post by acctingman » Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:25 pm

Thank you both for the comments and opinions. Greatly appreciated. I just got Platoon Forward and after reading it it's for sure the best way to handle IAMSM solo.

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Re: Some solo thoughts

Post by Truscott Trotter » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:42 pm

Actually Archdukes last comment is spot on.
If you did a random roll for each peice of defending terrain as the active attacker, when you are in spotting range. Then a further roll if it occupied to see what by, that might work?

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Re: Some solo thoughts

Post by Joe Legan » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:56 pm

Guess I should have been looking at these forums now and then. John is correct of course, Platoon Forward will work well with IABSM. Just scale everything up 1 level. The concepts are the same. Any problems just shout out but I have used it successfully with the game. I also wrote rules to use it with CoC that appeared in a special years back.
Cheers

Joe

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