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Subject: Rapid Deployment - Iran 2014 - Day 1 rss

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Gerald Reston
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Well played, well played! Though from the way I see it, I always saw the HLCAO and TAL campaigns having pretty much the same premise.
Case in point, Iran 2014 sees Iran getting its nuclear program done ahead of how it happened historically and testing a nuclear device in the desert. The USA responds swiftly to defuse the situation.

Had I known this was going to happen sooner, I would've advised you to play with the NWS Store's Optional Payload rules variant. That way, you could use Single Weapons attacks without a negative DRM penalty, and have some of the weapons tweaked plus... LONGBOW RADAR ATTACKS!! The last one is essentially, you've got your AH-64D behind a ridge with enemies out of cover on the other side. You'll do the Pop-Up procedure without changing altitude by rolling a die before commencing an attack with AGM-114s [which these ones appear to based off the radar-guided AGM-114L variant].
Check it out here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1304897/optional-payload-ru...

And if I were you, I'd start clearing out the Friendly Transit before things get out of hand!
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Wow, that was engrossing--good 1st person narrative.

Not to pick nits, but one small suggestion...IMHO, the color-coding helps to clarify the narrative, but having the entire line that color is a bit hard on older eyes. You might be able achieve the same effect by using the color just at the beginning of each line with an abbreviation of each pilot's name, that way it's not too obtrusive and doesn't break up the style.

My $0.02. Excellent job, though, and good thematic pictures--that one of the A-10 in particular was an interesting angle. Rolling out?

EDIT: Of course, rolling. You said that in your narrative. Oops. BTW, I couldn't remember what "SEAD" stood for.
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Separate question, for anyone who knows...

Are those Litko explosion markers? I've thought about getting some for my copy as well, but I wasn't sure of the scale. If they are, which size are they and what's the product name? I'd like to find some locally, if I can.
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@FlaK

The only reason I mentioned the colors is that I used to work at a job where I did technical documentation. We used color-coding in some applications, and trial-and-error led us to the same option I mentioned.

Ha-HAAA! I thought so. Litko has several different explosion markers and sizes, so I wasn't 100% sure.

SEAD - I have also seen this notation as ADSF (air defense suppression fire). However, I thought maybe you were referring to the ordinance sub-type (like HEAT rounds) or the weapon fusing (stand-off, etc.).

I created a thread about markers and tokens for TAL, so I'll continue any comments on that topic in the new thread:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1729871/markers-tokens-...

Again, fun session report. I look forward to further intel on troop movements.
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Luftwaffe Flak wrote:
Thanks all!

PF Gamer, good advice, thank you, will experiment next go around. Perhaps just the first few words being color coded or their names as you suggest.

Those are Litko Micro Flaming Wreckage markers. I went with Micro due to their cost (Only needing 2 bags, rather than the larger sizes needing more at more cost). The size works perfectly for my purposes. I don't flip the counters, I just put the marker atop of the destroyed counter, the marker itself only covering the image of the target but leaving the stats visible. I use them for this game and others in the Leader series to denote destroyed sites/bandits.

Really makes things pop in my humble opinion. So far, 20 total has been right, I have not run out. Games like Phantom Leader/Hornet Leader one would never need that many. Games like TAL, I've come close but not actually run out yet. A 3rd bag purchase of another 10 maybe in order down the road once I get Tiger Leader and Sherman Leader.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M1UA1U6/ref=oh_aui_de...

Their dimensions are there on the Amazon page.

PS Sorry, SEAD is 'Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses'.

You sure know how to grab the attention of others with the pics you present, Flak!

And by the way... I think AfrikaKorps' would-be tokens could find a nice little place in my own would-be variant of TAL...
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1712041/thunderbolt-apa...

Meanwhile, how will the next battle pan out, I ponder?
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