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Gavin Syme GBS Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Feb 2017 7:15 a.m. PST


There is a new review of the core 15mm rule set at The Ion Age namely Patrol Angis. The review is in depth and independent which is the best kind of review (at least to me!). It looks at the book itself along with the setting, the mechanics of the game and a number of other angles which Ian, who wrote the review, found interesting.

Go HERE for the link: link

Thanks to all of you who support my little Ion Age space opera dream.


RetroBoom Inactive Member13 Feb 2017 8:29 a.m. PST

Awesome review. Congrats!

Bob Runnicles13 Feb 2017 10:19 a.m. PST

Good review! I find it interesting that despite his criticisms of some elements of the game that he still ranks it as one of the top rulesets he has used, that's an excellent sign. Do you have comment on the issues he raised with the rules, Gavin? Or how he intended to address them? I'm interested in hearing the design decisions behind things like squad activation sizes (the 10/10/2 split being optimal for wexample), giving the winner of the initiative roll an extra activation and hit allocation being decided by the initiative winner. In general I like the solutions he proposes (other than the command sharing 8- roll which I'm fine with) but I wondered what you thought.

Gavin Syme GBS Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Feb 2017 1:57 p.m. PST

I enjoyed the review. I have written a dozen titles and been called all kinds of names both in praise and in bitter enmity too.

The idea was space opera and fast and vicious as it would be but melee was to be even more dangerous. I wanted maximum flexibility in play for troop elements and that was HARD to get right, a lot of testing, but I do not know of another game which is as flexible. 10, 10, 2 is most effective in general but not always; not at all. D8 was a conscious choice as well.

The reviewer wants to change some elements to suit his playing style. That is fine with me, it is his table. I often find a percentage of players do not understand the examples given and want things changed. I think that is natural as sometimes I read examples and do not understand or 'get them'.

Initiative to me must be worth something if you have it hence the hit allocation and extra activation token.

If you want to know more then ping me some questions to and I will answer them as best as I can. The Khanate book is well underway as are its miniatures and vehicles so that is coming up.


Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2017 7:42 a.m. PST

I appreciate the review. He qualifies his complaints, so I feel that, despite having no knowledge of the rules, I can reasonably agree or disagree with his assessments.

Several of his downchecks are either pluses or non-issues in my book. And I will make a house rule in a heartbeat. grin

I will definitely be picking up a copy of PA in the next month or so.

Gavin Syme GBS Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Feb 2017 7:14 a.m. PST

Thank you. I have no problems with reasoned out critical points and such.

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