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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 May 2012 4:41 a.m. PST

Cold War Gone Hot, the World War III supplement for Force on Force from Osprey/Ambush Alley Games, includes optional rules for civilian mobs on the battlefield.

Realistically, civilians would have been unavoidable on the battlefield in any Cold War clash in Europe.

Would you field civilians for a Cold War/World War III game?

Dynaman878925 May 2012 5:34 a.m. PST

> Would you field civilians for a Cold War/World War III game?

I avoid placing them on the table in just about every game, unless one side or both wants to use them as targets – generally I stay away from those kinds of games too…

skippy000125 May 2012 5:42 a.m. PST

I figure they are either hiding or already on the move. Represented by wrecked cars only

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2012 6:10 a.m. PST

How FoF/AA handle civilians is well-done and tasteful.

whoa Mohamed25 May 2012 6:32 a.m. PST

Because FOF portrays civies in a way that is tatsefull and adds to both challange and the number of tacticle options . Yes i would use them

Jason O Mahony25 May 2012 7:48 a.m. PST


Martin Rapier25 May 2012 7:50 a.m. PST

"Would you field civilians for a Cold War/World War III game?"

It is fairly hard to imagine WW3 _without_ it involving civilians.

As with some many things, it depends on the scenario though. I have used refugee columns and lone/groups of civilians in other games, so why not WW3?

Cold Steel25 May 2012 8:10 a.m. PST

Handling civilian protesters once popped up during a CPX in Korea in the 80s. Our ROK Liason Officer said: "Great! More volunteers!" and sent the Korean MPs to round them all up. He said if they are fit enough to protest, they are fit enough to carry a rifle.

Gennorm25 May 2012 8:15 a.m. PST

I've put livestock, some abandoned cars, a few spectators and a news crew on my WW3 battlefields.

Weasel25 May 2012 8:35 a.m. PST

In another mass industrialized war, I imagine most civvies in the battle areas have either been gassed by soviet chemical weapons or carpet bombed by NATO.

nickinsomerset25 May 2012 9:01 a.m. PST

Near any British formations would be the Bratty wagon, there was a legendary chap who would appear all over Soltau who's name eludes me

Tally Ho!

pigbear25 May 2012 9:06 a.m. PST

Definitely, although perhaps just hiding in or behind buildings, rubble, etc. Mainly to give the game a good look but not for incorporation in the game per se.

nickinsomerset25 May 2012 10:04 a.m. PST


Tally Ho!

pigbear25 May 2012 11:33 a.m. PST

For a second there I thought you had revealed my secret real identity, Nick (although how you'd know it escapes me). Then I realized you were continuing on with your previous post. My secret is safe.

pigbear (aka someone with a name not unlike Wulfgang)

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