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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2020 2:22 p.m. PST

"For my first game, I used 5 Parsecs: Bug Hunt straigt out of the box. It worked well, but I wasn't completely happy. I also purchased 5 Parsecs from Home, which contains a good campaign system, and I unearthed Guy Bower's Black Ops, which I bought last year.

The more I read the rules and thought about it, the more it became clear what I want out of my sci-fi gaming or at least, what I want at the moment. I don't want the classic Starship Troopers-style Vietnam-in-space, were your poor grunts die like flies. However, I still wanted to keep the military focus, as I have already cool figures and vehicles, so no Firefly-like band of rogues, either. Back in the day, I read a lot of BattleTech novels and I like the idea of mercenary companies as developed there, so this will be the focus of my games.

Having settled this, what rules would be best to portray heroic mercenaries? There were several things I liked about 5 Parsecs, among them the simple combat rules, the contact markers (akin to the blips of Space Hulk) and the campaign system. There are also several things I like about Black Ops, especially the stealth phase and the card activation. So I started to combine those two. However, I did make some prety extensive changes. First of all, I found that, for my taste, my characters die too easily in 5 Parsecs after all, I want to replicate the heroic feeling of an RPG. So I replaced the D6 with the D8 to resolve combat and other actions. This allows for a wider range of modifiers and makes it possible to skew the whole thing in favour of my crew, giving them better combat abilities and armor. Secondly, I showed my true nature as a child of Lard and introduced a turn end card and random events. Actually, there are two turn end cards and only when the second one is drawn the turn ends, so it's not as radial as Sharp Practice. In my opinion, every game is better with random events and especially solo games profit from unpredictability (a point my mate Sigur made in his latest rules review)…"

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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2020 3:27 p.m. PST

Sounds interesting, and could be done with either 15mm, and/or 25mm/28mm figs.

blacksmith28 Nov 2020 1:01 a.m. PST

you're missing a big one in solo wargaming: Two Hour Wargames.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2020 11:33 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend! (smile)


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