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David Firestine
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Does anybody know where the British Variant for Ambush! can be found? Is it posted anywhere?

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Michael Engle
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I used to play Ambush! a lot and I never heard of a British variant.
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David Firestine
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I believe it was an article in one of the General magazines that gave information on how to play the British.
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The Victory Insider #6, which was added to General 21.5 included variants on British and French Resistance soldiers (mortars and flamethrowers, too).

I don't know if this article is available free on the net, but if it was I would also be interested in it.
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Jim P
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I have this copy of the General and it Does have the said article. If you wish a copy just personal email me thought this site. I'm not sure if posting it here would be permitted? If I can I'll scan it and post it here.

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For what it's worth, there is also a German variant that appeared in Battleplan. It was along the same lines as the British variant (e.g., building squads with weapons, but using the same scenarios)...
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Wes Nott
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So what exactly do these variants do?

Allow you to play through the game with a british squad? So you get different weapons,etc?
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But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you… And I will beat you.
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Milhouse917 wrote:
For what it's worth, there is also a German variant that appeared in Battleplan. It was along the same lines as the British variant (e.g., building squads with weapons, but using the same scenarios)...


Has anyone seen this one? How does it play out? Do you remember which Battleplan it was in?
 
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Its in Battleplan 2 (the one with the cover art from World in Flames), title of the article is "Fallschirmjager." Have never played it. Like the British variant, the concept is to build a squad with slightly different costs for weapons and soldier quality, then play the same missions. In this variant, it has a quick blurb for each mission to give it a German spin. IIRC, it also has some minor adjustments to the victory conditions on some as well.
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Here is a snippet from BattlePlan #2 : Fallschirmjager Variant

INTRODUCTION
The days of lightning strikes from the sky are over for you. There will be no more large scale offensives in which you will take part. The Allies have the initiative and they are racing across France. Your duty is clear. As elite troops you are expected to fill the gaps and slow down the tide. The army's depending on you, Germany's depending on you, and your very lives are depending on how well you can perform the task assigned to you. Load up, and move out...

DESIGNER'S NOTE: If you own any of the expansions for Ambush!, you can develop similar scenarios based on the available modules and their missions. One thing to always keep in mind is that you must think the reverse of the original scenario. Hopefully, these variants will make playing Ambush! even more enjoyable for you.

MISSION 1: Blutig St. Michaux
MISSION 2: Retreat through Chasoul
MISSION 3: Cold Morning in Belgium
MISSION 4: Fallschirmjager
MISSION 5: Fall Taschendieb
MISSION 6: Assault on Fortress Belgium
MISSION 7: To the Last Bullet
MISSION 8: Battle for the Ardennes

From my experience - Mission 4 is epic - as it is for the US in the same mission - D-Day Night Drop to Destiny.

Trying to get the Germans to put up a good fight really shines through here.

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In issue 4 of BattlePlan, a mission entitled Block Party was presented. This mission includes the following:

4 Mission cards
12 German Soldier Cards
2 German Vehicles: Panzer V (Panther) and Halftrack
1 US Sherman Tank Card
10 new pages of Paragraphs

New Rules for Berserk players were also presented, which as a note here, BattlePlan #5 included an addendum which took some of the "superhuman" capability out of the original rules.

Cheers,
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Ken Latall
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I would love a copy of your scan Jim.

Thanks,
Ken
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The British variant basically had rules for generating characters (I believe that British characters were worse drivers but better marksmen than American GI's) and the different weapons used by Commonwealth forces...the biggest difference is that instead of the semi-automatic M1 as the standard rifle, the British would be using the bolt-action Lee Enfield, which made things a wee bit different (and difficult). I'm not sure what the differences were between the BAR and the Bren gun.
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