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Subject: Newbie help! How to keep track of moved units? rss

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Chris Chua
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Hey guys. Just picked up RE and was going through the example of play. Just curious, for all the OCS experts and vets out there, do you have any tips on keeping track of moved units?

In other war games, I tend to rotate my counters but it seems so daunting doing it here due to stacks growing so big and unwieldy.


Anyway, if anyone has any hints, tips or tricks to help a newbie out, I would be much obliged!


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Chris,

I use little cubes from some of my euro games. I've had problems in the past soloing some of the monster games (Blitzkrieg Legend and Enemy at the Gates). I use different colored ones for Axis and Allies and I also use them for units that are in move or strat mode so I can quickly pick them out.
 
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How about tile separators, used in DIY. Very cheap and the right size for counters.
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Hi Chris,

I keep it low tech and rotate my stacks as you do in other games. In the majority of my games stack size has not really been an issue for this. The less bits on the board the less clutter and the easier it is to survey the situation. I'd also invest in a nice set of tweezers.

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Hi Chris,

I would agree with others that rotating the counters actually works pretty well in this game. I remember that I also worried a lot about this when I first started playing OCS (RE being my first real OCS game). What I found, however, was that once I 'got' the game and started playing my turns more quickly, I could easily remember which units moved and which ones didn't. I guess what I'm trying to say is that you will probably find it to be less of an issue than you think once you get going with the game. It can feel like drinking from a firehose at first with so many details to keep in mind, but that feeling quickly fades, and then the game really starts to shine!

Enjoy!!

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I also rotate the counters. It means that you have to rotate the counters that you end up not moving (which might be cumbersome in larger OCS games) but I'm fine with that as it allows me to review and consider what each unit should do.
 
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Thanks guys,

Yes, OCS is definitely a mindbender. Having to keep track of Supply whilst trying to determine which units have acted during a phase sure is very daunting.

I will certainly try to power through! Cheers

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Ashiefan wrote:

How about tile separators, used in DIY. Very cheap and the right size for counters.


Yup, have a big bag of them. Work great. Also laid a bunch on newspaper and lightly spray painted one side red. Now are multi use, depending which side is up.

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I use tile spacers, too.

I found rotating stacks confusing and really problematic if a stack tips over -- but YMMV.

Try rotating first, and if that doesn't work, pick up a bag of tile counters from Home Depot for like $3.
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I've never had a problem remebering which units I've moved in games.

It is remebering stuff relating to the real world that is the problem.
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taragalinas wrote:
I've never had a problem remebering which units I've moved in games.

It is remebering stuff relating to the real world that is the problem.


I saw this thread and thought "whats different about this game"? You keep track of moved units the same as in every other game.
 
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Chris,

All experienced OCS players that I've seen play have always rotated their counters as they are moved. In fact I'd be uncomfortable playing with someone who did not do so.

Planning, organization, and discipline are attributes allowing successful OCS play.

CHB
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