On Thursday, we did some playtesting of the bug attack scenario with a couple if the kids from the club. There were a few problems with the rules, but none that are unassailable. We will be discussing the following issues next Thursday to come up with solutions.
-The distance from the board edge to the fort wasn’t far, making the ranges of the weapons a little off.
-The way I came up with bringing bugs in wasn’t great.
-Bugs having to ‘attack’ the wall to climb it wasn’t very efficient.
-It was too easy for the marines to pick off the Big Bugs, collapsing the wave of bugs they were leading.
-We noticed the kids responded wierdly to the human force being just ‘marines’, so we will call them Space Marines from now on -that’s what they were anyway.
The fort is a prefabricated structure setup by the Marines upon arrival on a planet. It becomes their base of operations. It has a walkway on the walls from which Marines can fire, and which counts as cover. The walls have a defence rating of 10, and the gateway has a defence rating of 8. The gate can be opened/closed in the Human’s movement phase (it is remote controlled, so nobody has to be near it), but it takes a full turn to do this (i.e. open it now, you will be able to walk through it in your next turn), you can move troops through it and close it in the same turn, but it will not act as a barrier until the beginning of your next turn.
Assaulting the Fort
A human on the walls of the fort is at a huge advantage over a bug at the base of the walls, but those bugs can jump! If a bug reaches the base of the wall, it must fight a combat to scale the wall, receiving no modifiers. If there is no human guarding this part of the wall, the wall ‘fights’ with a +1 modifier. If there is a human at the same point of the wall, he can make things difficult for the bug, so fights the other side of the combat, gaining a +2 modifier in addition to any he already has. A bug success in combat means the bug model is placed on the walkway of the wall. A Human success means he rolls on the bug’s damage table. Multiple humans can gang up on one bug trying to climb/jump, but multipile bugs cannot gang up on the wall (you can’t work together to distract a wall!)
So in the little break I allowed myself today, I jotted down some rules for the marines in the Bug Attack game. I’ve drawn mostly on Starship Troopers (both film and book) and The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, which I have just read this weekend. I’ve tried to avoid the GW idea of space marines as being superhuman and just treated them as normal guys but sometimes in big suits of armour.
With this in mind, they will use the same racial profile as the paras in ZW. There will be 2 seperate squads -10 trained men in flak armour and 5 elites in power armour. The flak armour boys will have laser rifles and the power armours ones will probably have an SMG or something that’s better close up. Someone might have a flamer or some other squad support weapon.
But Phil, I’d imagine you’re saying, you’ve never mentioned armour before. We’re pretty sure it’s going to work like this: if a soldier wearing armour suffers a ‘dead’ result on his damage table, a roll above a certain number (6 for flak, 5 or 4 for power) turns that result into a ‘knocked down’ result.
We didn’t want armour to be overly powerful, as a trooper can still be seriously affected by a KD result. I’m considering making power armour stop a soldier from running, to reflect the pracricalities of armour in Forever War, but that might be too serious a drawback. I might try it in playtesting.