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Well, I've gone through all the threads here and read the FAQ about patrol missions and I finally feel I'm playing them correctly.

The only question I have remaining is on patrol missions where the map doesn't change (patrols into the same area within a day or two of each other). Should the found cover markers be left behind, or removed after a completed patrol?

Just like with my illumination question, I can argue the reasoning behind both leaving the markers and removing them. Since it's the same terrain, I'd leave them because previous patrols could inform future patrols where to find the best cover/terrain etc. I can also argue for removing them because future patrols would have a hard time finding the same terrain in the middle of the night, so even if they were able to get close, they'd still need to expend effort to find the cover previous patrols came across.

Once again, thanks in advance!
 
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FuManchu wrote:
Well, I've gone through all the threads here and read the FAQ about patrol missions and I finally feel I'm playing them correctly.

The only question I have remaining is on patrol missions where the map doesn't change (patrols into the same area within a day or two of each other). Should the found cover markers be left behind, or removed after a completed patrol?

Just like with my illumination question, I can argue the reasoning behind both leaving the markers and removing them. Since it's the same terrain, I'd leave them because previous patrols could inform future patrols where to find the best cover/terrain etc. I can also argue for removing them because future patrols would have a hard time finding the same terrain in the middle of the night, so even if they were able to get close, they'd still need to expend effort to find the cover previous patrols came across.

Once again, thanks in advance!
It's OK to leave them. I left mine when I played patrols.
Because each patrol has to occupy a different Objective, they usually have to go another route anyway, so crossing the previous terrain usually doesn't happen.....at least not in the games I played.
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Hey Robert, I believe the ruling was to leave them. Personally on my last patrol mission I removed them, for the exact reason you state. Normandy second Patrols is my next mission. I plan to remove all cover except for urban between each squads patrol. I play the way the makes me happy on these small details.
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Quin wrote:
...I play the way the makes me happy on these small details.


lol... love that line...
 
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Thanks again for the help.
 
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Yaboo wrote:
Quin wrote:
...I play the way the makes me happy on these small details.


lol... love that line...


Yes, that's what I do to... It's a solo game after all, and as long as you don't find yourself cheating, it helps to make small decisions and move on, rather than stop playing because you cannot figure out how to interpret a rule in a give circumstance...
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Robert,

On the cover markers, either way should work. When I did my Mission 3 Combat Patrols, I removed them between patrols, reasoning that, as it is night (and you don't how well intel was communicated to subsequent patrols), you would likely have to "discover" the cover all over again. Same goes for Mines! (which could be removed). If you want to make it random, you could do a Action Card draw to see which cover/Mines! remain and which are removed. After all, this is a solitaire game, so varying the Rules (within reason) should work.
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Agreed - I do likewise... part of the fun in a way... and also helps build narrative.

teufen wrote:
Yaboo wrote:
Quin wrote:
...I play the way the makes me happy on these small details.


lol... love that line...


Yes, that's what I do to... It's a solo game after all, and as long as you don't find yourself cheating, it helps to make small decisions and move on, rather than stop playing because you cannot figure out how to interpret a rule in a give circumstance...
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