LnL Tactical: Heroes of Normandy

IMG_2223.JPGLnL Tactical System: Heroes of Normandy is a complete game in the Lock ‘n Load Tactical Series. From the Airborne invasion, to the fighting on the Bocage’s of France, all the way to Market Garden. In HoN you are in command of infantry squads, specialists (leaders, heroes, & experts), AFVs, Heavy Weapons, and AT/INF guns. This game/series is great for new-to-wargaming fans, and long time grognards.

Rules: LnL:HoN uses the WW2 Tactical (standard) Series Rulebook, inside of HoN’s scenarios are series specific rules and narratives that focus on the system. Overall, the phases in the system are very straight forward at first, until you begin adding the layers of depth into the system: Terrain, obstructions, tactics, and other operations involved in the gameplay which keep you coming back for more. The three Phases in the LnL Tactical WW2 Era Rules at Rally, Operations, and Administrative Phase. Within those phases are provided functions that one could conduct. During the turns you pass back and forth 3 times with the option to pass per turn.

Gameplay:

Deeper into the game there are capabilities to heal with medics, place snipers to disrupt assaults or slow enemy advances, weapons systems and mortars to destroy your opponent, Leaders to help move the needle, Heroes can be made with a die roll under stressful situations, and AFVs!

Within each scenario is a narrative that provides Special Scenario Rules to provide variability to the gameplay.

From my experiences with ASL, and even CoH: LnL Tactical provides the best of all worlds if you’re looking for something that can be executed within a 30-60minute window and obtain results/satisfaction one would want to have in a tactical paced game. This is in many ways NOT a simulation, but a fun game that once you’ve attempted various tactics throughout the system you come to realize a few major things:

  • Leaders make up the game and the narrative of where and how you want to handle things.
  • The rulebook is easy to digest. You’re fighting in the game, not the rulebook.
  • There are AFVs
  • Infantry units feel like infantry.

 

Material:
(Lock n Load in general) Heroes of Normandy is made with the utmost quality. I am thoroughly impressed with the cardboard, and rules/scenario book and maps. They are solid!

Visual:
VisuallyLnL is appealing. I cannot emphasize that enough – they really modernized tactical games and gave a solid feel and look to it.

Weakness: Very few: (I do like ASLSK/ASL and TCS for tactical games, most people will say CoH is a great game, not a big fan…LnL is up there with ASL and TCS in terms of replay and enjoyment) Here are my weaknesses with LnL Tactical: It took me 4-5 plays to really understand all the rules and gather the depth of the game. I was a bit concerned even after those 4-5 plays that I was still missing some of the minutia that would make the game even better…so I tended to begin reading through as I played which took longer so that I could exhaust whatever it is that I could find.

LnL Tactical is not a Simulation, it uses the WW2 era/errata as a setting/narrative/mechanic for the game. It is a fun game and some of the core mechanics/story are what makes the game a hoot, but if you’re looking for simulation/historical depth, look elsewhere. (I think many are aware of that)

Final Verdict: 
I am keeping LnL Tactical on my list of 2017 games to buy/play/replay. A fun fast paced game that I don’t see going anywhere anytime soon. Look out for AAR’s and videos in the coming weeks.

Thanks to David Heath and LnL Publishing for HoN. A great company!

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Current update! LnL Pub!

Hi Folks!

It’s been a long few months with work, life, etcetera. The good news is that it is that time of year again where things slow down for me and the games start hitting the tables. I recently received an Order from Lock n Load Publishing with about 15lbs of games!

Here is a little clip of me opening up the box and seeing what I have in-store for my vacation!

So far, I have had the opportunity to read through the LnL Tactical Series rules, a great quality product, I must say, just from reading them it feels like the perfect balance of fast action tactical gaming, rules, and layers to the game to keep people playing regularly. I will say, with confidence, that you only need 30-45 minutes to ramp up on the system/and-or teach folks, both new and old to wargaming.

I’ll get into some reviews regarding the first part of my endeavor – the starter guide in my next post, then after that, I’ll pull out Heroes of Normandy and give it a whirl.

Check out the links below and thanks for checking in!

https://titter.com/LnLPub

https://store.lnlpublishing.com/

 

GMT Games – Invasion: Sicily

A GMT/Vance von Borries creation – Invasion: Sicily is a series game that covers the Allied invasion of Sicily from July-August 1943, Codenamed “Operation Husky”.

This series game consists of Four Scenarios (1 learning – Gela Beachhead), one that covers the Operation Husky, a historical Campaign for Sicily July 10 – August 17, and a wide open Scenario that gives you more flexibility to either invade Calabria first, or stick to the plan, invade Sicily.

A total of 240 Full-Color die-cut counters, and a single map (and aid cards). Unit scale is in the Regiment/Battalion size. Time-scale of 3 Days per Turn, and a Map scale of 5.5 miles per hex.

Invasion: Sicily plays very much like most traditional wargames, however, invading scenarios give it a bit more flexibility in decision making. And since I regularly play EFS, von Borries’ system/rules are very close to one in the same, with their slight nuances to the game, theater of operation, and style of warfare. Invasion: Sicily’s focus is heavily driven to what decisions are made by the Allied invader, the Axis, however, decide on a defensive stratagem to position for stopping that very invasion; factors that give the Axis defender the advantage is the terrain, the maneuverability and supply lines they have, and most of all, the potential to evacuate (which some would say is generally bad, but hey, lets live to fight another day people.) from Sicily.

The variability for this game gives both sides to aid, and or, handicap. Point being, for both sides; The Fall of Mussolini, Fascist Revivals (Italian), Air and Naval Transport Determination/Transfers, and Supply.

Given that these rules provide the variability one would often run into in the face of an operation, the other factor of this game that makes things real interesting is the implementation of Efficiency Ratings for units, Beachhead and Port Supply lines for the Allies, capabilities to blow up Port’s, and the seizure of airfield and gun emplacements make Invasion: Sicily a fun, and often focused game.

One recommendation I’ve heard from many to compliment this game is to look into OCS Sicily ii (We’ll see…)

Getting a little into the structure of the game:

The Sequence of Play (Short)

A. Strategic Segment

  1. Special events Phase
  2. Weather Phase
  3. Supply Determination Phase
  4. Air/Naval Readiness Phase
  5. Pre-Invasion Actions

B. Allied Operations Segment

  1. Allied Transport Phase
  2. Allied Movement Phase
  3. Axis Reaction Phase
  4. Allied Combat Phase
  5. Axis Counterattack
  6. Allied Mot. Movement Phase

C. Axis Operations Segment

  1. Axis Transport Phase
  2. Axis Movement Phase
  3. Allied Reaction Phase
  4. Axis Combat Phase
  5. Axis Mot. Movement Phase

D. Reorganization Segment (both players)

  1. Replacement Phase
  2. Special Movement Phase
  3. Engineering Phase
  4. Victory Conditions/Turn Record Phase

 

For those that own the game, I recently threw together some of the on-map rules in an XLS. (The extended play rules will be in another file)

On-Map Rules

I have also submitted it to BGG here

 

 

GMT – Barbarossa EFS: AGS During Action Report Scenario 6: Uman Pocket

East Front Series Simulates Games, simulates warfare on the East Front in 1941.

In the next series of posts I will be covering details of Scenario 6: The Uman Pocket.

(More details to come, in the meantime…Here is some background of the Uman Pocket: Here)

 

East Front Series AGS – Combined Game Play (Vassal)

Howdy Folks,

Taken from Consimworld talk board for EFS AGS:

“This is a Module User Guide. It was pointed out to me that it would be useful to give an outline of the features and functionality, together with some Combined Game play suggestions:

Attachments: Combined Game Scenarios for Army Group South_v1.2.pdf (901 KB) (51 Downloads)

http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?14@@.ee6bcc6/14994

So for the next month I am playing GBACW Twin Peaks and getting EFS on the table.