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Subject: A Good Day to Die rss

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Eliot Hemingway
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It was a fine day for Paneurope. The sun was bright, the sky was blue, the grass and trees were a wonderful spring green, and the Combine was falling back across Northern Europe. The light shone off the massed columns of Paneuropean Armor assembled to protect E-Sector's new command centre, which was coordinating an offensive that was even now exploiting the breach in the Combine lines. Jamming was too heavy for a CP further away to effectively direct the action, but the Combine Armor was engaged on the front line and should get no chance to threaten E-Sector. Unfortunately, the Combine did not need conventional armor to pose a threat. Not when, unbeknownst to the Paneuropeans, the Combine had Ogres in the sector.

The Paneuropean defenders were spread out over a 24 kilometer front roughly 15 kilometers to the north and west of the CP. Forty Infantry Squads, a dozen Heavy Tanks, and half a dozen each of Missile Tanks and GEVs formed a force ready to shred any Combine armor that might penetrate the front line. They were caught completely by surprise when two massive Mk III cybertanks rumbled out of the river on the east flank of the Paneuropan defense line, barely 30 kilometers north of the CP.

As the Ogres rumbled forward at full speed, the Paneuropeans scrambled to reinforce the right side of their line. For a few minutes it was chaos, but soon the tanks were moving and the infantry bounding, all towards the doom approaching in the east. As the Ogres neared a stream only 18 kilometers from the CP, the Paneuropean front line of armor surged forward with infantry in their wake. Nuclear fire surrounded the Ogres as they rolled over the stream and into the massed Paneuropean forces, and then the gates of hell opened wide.

The following minutes became an incoherent mess of images that the survivors would rather forget. A Heavy Tank scoring a direct hit on one Ogre's main battery at point-blank range a moment before being obliterated; wave after wave of infantry charging, firing, screaming, falling back, and finally dying under storms of flechettes; a Missile Tank on the edge of the fray disintegrating as it catches an Ogre missile head on; pair of GEVs disappearing, surrounded by a firestorm, and yet miraculously rising unscathed from the craters as the Ogres rumble away; ever thinning lines of tanks rushing toward doom in a wasteland of fire and death.

In the midst of the carnage one of the Ogres suddenly broke off, carving a path of destruction through the Paneuropean armor charging in from the west. The Paneuropeans faltered, and suddenly the second Ogre was driving south past the remnants of the eastern defense line. Harried by the surviving GEVs and a few tanks too stubborn to give up, the Ogre bore down on the CP. Even as its brother ground to a halt in the killing fields, mashed to a pulp under the weight of the Paneuropean pursuers, the Ogre unleashed all the firepower it had remaining.

Where E-Sector's secure command centre had once stood, only a radioactive crater remained.

The Ogre then turned, and began to make its way back north. But it could not escape, hemmed in both by the defenders that even now harried it and the reinforcements that had slagged its companion. The Ogre crushed a few tanks that strayed too close, but could neither escape nor destroy the relentless GEVs that picked apart its massive treads. Finally, almost tiredly, the Ogre ground to a halt for the last time.

But it had won. For E-Sector's defenders, it was bad enough. Less than half of the Armor remained and barely a quarter of the infantry had survived, leaving a shattered unit to withdraw toward safety. For the Paneuropean high command, it was even worse. The loss of the CP gave the Combine a major, if temporary, edge. Without central coordination, the whole Paneuropean line was driven back from the territory that they had won only hours earlier. The entire costly operation had gained nothing for the Paneuropeans.

The Ogres had proven their worth yet again.
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A short discussion of the scenario and report can be found at the SJ games forums. I posted this report over there at the same time I posted it here, but since BGG has been having problems this report has taken longer than usual to be posted to the website.

Thread URL: http://forums.sjgames.com/showthread.php?t=14928
 
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