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Subject: Replay ability rss

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Tom Manning
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How would y'all rate this game in that category?
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Replay value is fair, different locations for similar activations. A wide variety of factors that confound or assist you in targeting or being targeted.

Mission goals and over-all enemy commitment level are generally static.

The game system is nowhere near as polished as Ambush. Winning or losing often is resolved by a single particular combat, or event outcome.

Whatever it was that Ambush! did right, was unfortunately left out of this game. It's OK, just not special.
 
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Thanks.....gives me second thoughts....loved ambush...was hoping for "a son of".. Guess I will stick with Pattons Best.
 
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Confound or assist? R u referencing rules here? Are they a mess ?If so,is worthwhile to try and decipher them?
 
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To be clear, the game is very playable, based on the Ambush! model, but it is a significantly different game. The game scale is larger. Fire is resolved using percentile dice, with AT 'to-hit' results tied to the specific AFV type. All manner of things cause the hit# to raise or fall, movement, target terrain, facing, etc. Non-AT fire is resolved using a different procedure, with corresponding different results.

Events and sightings are driven by 'event-markers'. When you obtain a clear LOS to a marker, then resolve the event/sighting. You still have condition changes, where event markers are moved to new positions to reflect a changing situation.

I have some issues with the rules regarding Tank vs. infantry targets, static weather across all scenarios, and certain sighting restrictions. But these aren't deal breakers, the game is fun to play, and enough like Ambush! to scratch that itch.

It's hard to describe but, the game lacks a cohesive narrative. There is a narrative, just kind of thin and unsubstantial/superficial.

If you like Ambush!, you'll definitely get play value out of Open Fire. But, it 'ain't Ambush!
 
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Tom Manning
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Appreciate your clarification....thanks!
 
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