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Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2018 3:43 p.m. PST

We don't seem to get fed up playing this game!

I had finished a few more tanks today, so gave them an airing!
Have you ever noticed that when you photograph newly finished models, they look different, and you can spot lots of areas that need touching up!? This I have done!

Sorry enough with the rambling!-- The write up of the games is on my blog at this link



D A THB14 Jul 2018 4:34 p.m. PST

Looks like fun. I have ordered the whole package so our club can play multiplayer games. Does the Dashboard come with the book or do you have to make your own?

advocate14 Jul 2018 5:51 p.m. PST

Those dashboards are available to download and print. MDF dashboards are available from a couple of companies: I like the DarkOps one.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2018 9:05 p.m. PST

Great AAR, quit posting these, you are tempting me mercilessly with these reports. I do not need another set of rules, doh!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2018 5:17 a.m. PST

Nice! I agree with Bashy – merciless temptation to buy another rule set!

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2018 6:02 a.m. PST

Cheers guys, the rules are definitely worth investing in!
The dashboards can be downloaded from this link
The quick reference sheet can be got from BoardGameGeek at this link

If you are having a problem, just E-Mail me at and I will send you the ones I downloaded!

D A THB15 Jul 2018 6:37 p.m. PST

Thanks for the links, I will be printing these at work while the boss is away.

Thomas Thomas16 Jul 2018 10:17 a.m. PST

Played in a big demo at H-con. Strongly recommend you play a few games before buying. Not going to be for everybody.


Wolfshanza16 Jul 2018 10:23 p.m. PST

I printed the dashboards from the PDF and laminated them. Worked well.

Part time gamer17 Jul 2018 12:05 a.m. PST

*Thomas Thomas
I have to agree with you. 'Try it before you buy it.'
Ive played a game of Tanker, it was fun, but IMO its not really a 'historical' gamers game.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2018 5:58 a.m. PST

After finishing 'By Tank into Normandy' – I am now reading 'Tank Action' by David Render, which is a brilliant first hand account of running a Sherman – I think 'What a Tanker' is the closest game I have played to reflect what I read in these 2 books.

Thomas Thomas17 Jul 2018 2:13 p.m. PST

I have read as many first hand accounts of WWII tankers as I can lay hands on – Brazen Chariots remains my favorite if just for the style.

Never read any account where you had a random "spinner" in your tank to tell you what actions you could or could not take -lets see we rolled a bunch of drives but no Aims or Fires so we just have to drive around in circles rather than shoot that enemy tank in front of us.

Played a couple of times – lots of laugh out loud fun but mostly at the odd mechanics – strange penetration system as well – another buckets of d6 game as the guns get bigger.


Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2018 4:18 p.m. PST

Yes, that part of the system can be frustrating! I rationalize it by imagining the commander racing around to present a more difficult target while his gunner tries to prise some difficult to access rounds from his ammo bins!

Saying that though, in 'Tank Action' Render meets 2 Panthers in a wood, which, (Render supposes they have trouble with their long gun barrels in the trees!) decide to reverse away from the Shermans at speed!

Part time gamer17 Jul 2018 11:38 p.m. PST

Thomas Thomas
Never read any account where you had a random "spinner" in your tank to tell you what actions you could or could not take -lets see we rolled a bunch of drives but no Aims or Fires so.. just have to drive around in circles..
Yea I just cant see that happening on the battlefield.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2018 1:59 a.m. PST

Yea I just cant see that happening on the battlefield.

In these situations, there is no compulsion to move! the offending dice can be discarded. Your tank just sits there.
In reality, it may be shooting, but with no chance of hitting, or possibly smoke/debris etc may be blocking the gun sight. Who knows, maybe the tank is being sprayed with MG fire, distracting the crew!
For Normandy, maybe the crew is being shelled/ mortared, or the crew think they are being stalked by a Panzerjager team with panzerfausts?

That's what I assume anyway!

One of the game's strengths is that even if you are caught flat footed, the enemy may not be able to toast you immediately!-which can add a lot of tension!

Marc at work20 Jul 2018 5:52 a.m. PST

I toss a coin, and just assume everything is happening as per history…

I am pleased people are enjoying the game, as it sounds like a lot of fun, and it generates sales so that is good for the Lardies and the model makers.

But it doesn't match what I want to play, or what I want to get out of a WW2 game. No problem – each to their own.

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