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acctingman186919 Feb 2019 11:09 a.m. PST

Hello

I've got my mini's painted up, table top constructed and I'm ready to play some I Ain't Been Shot Mum.

Anyone have any tips, advice or suggestions on how to handle solo play in IABSM?

Thanks

Munin Ilor19 Feb 2019 12:37 p.m. PST

I haven't done IABSM solo yet, but I have played plenty of Chain of Command solo. The biggest hitch for IABSM is that it uses blinds, and it's hard to fool yourself using that mechanic. If I were to adapt that mechanic to solo play, I would probably do something sort of like CoC's "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.

acctingman186919 Feb 2019 1:01 p.m. PST

Munin

I've played some CoC with my buddies. This is a great idea!!!

Thanks for that

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2019 1:06 p.m. PST

In one of the 2FL supplement there is a IaBSM and CoC mash up which brings the patrol phase and start points etc. Ask them. (Him, really).
S I play (unfortunatelly) most of my Sharp practice solo, I can tell you it works rather well. A bit of ideas from the Solo wargamers Lonewarrior mag and you have lots of replay possible.
Nothing beats a decent opponent though.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2019 8:01 p.m. PST

"The biggest hitch for IABSM is that it uses blinds, and it's hard to fool yourself using that mechanic".

Not really. You can mark the bottom, if the blinds aren't already marked, turn them right side up, and then shuffle them.

Another way would be to roll a die when within visual contact of a blind, to see if it is real.

Dexter Ward20 Feb 2019 3:13 a.m. PST

There's a system in 'Platoon Forward', which is a solo campaign system for Lardies WW2 games, of classifying blinds as infantry, support or vehicles. This allows solo play with blinds.

acctingman186920 Feb 2019 7:29 a.m. PST

Thanks Dexter. Just purchased it, however, with that said I'm going to try Munin's suggestion once I have a few games under my belt.

GGouveia05 Mar 2019 9:47 p.m. PST

Iabsm works great solo due to the card deck for activation. Best system for it imho.

Joe Legan Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2019 3:37 p.m. PST

Dexter,
Thanks for the plug. Acctingman, let me know if you have any questions about Platoon Forward. It should work fine. The scenarios should work too. Just upscale the scenarios substituting platoons for squads.

Cheers

Joe

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