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Dean Brown
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I have been playing Hornet Leader, and one thing that I like is the drawing of an Over Target Event Card right before combat. UBL does have events also, but they are written directly on the Convoy Card, and most don't really affect the Tactical Situation as much as I would like.

I am thinking about creating some Tactical Event Cards... Here are some Events that i've been thinking about. Good idea? Any other cool events that would be fun to add? Event Cards are drawn after all ships are added to Tactical Display, but before U-Boat is added.

List of Tactical Events:
1. Foggy. Roll after each turn to lose convoy if the U-Boat is currently undetected. Roll a die and add current U-Boat stress amount. If modified roll >= 12, the convoy is lost and the Tactical Phase is complete.
2. Nearby Escorts. Roll each turn to see if an Escort is added to the Tactical Display. On a roll of 9 or 10, add an Escort in a randomly determined medium-range area. Stop rolling if an Escort is added.
3. Stormy Weather. Use a torpedo penalty of -2/area for all torpedo attacks.
4. Calm Weather. You can fire torpedos up to 2 areas away with no torpedo penalty.
5. Poor ASDIC Conditions. Subtract 2 from all Escort Detection rolls.
6. Late Arrival. Roll a die and place the U-Boat in a randomly determined Medium-range area.
7. New Escort Pattern. Rotate all Escorts in the short area 3 areas counter-clockwise.
8. Reload Efficiency. You can reload up to two torpedoes during the Tactical Phase if your U-Boat is undetected and your U-Boat is Trained, Veteran or Ace.
9. Torpedo Duds. For each torpedo fired, roll a die. If the die roll is less than or equal to the U-Boat's current stress level, the torpedo is a Dud (poor maintenance on-board) that doesn't cause damage and doesn't count towards a torpedo spread.
10. Stressful Attack. At the end of the Tactical Phase, add 2 stress points to all participating U-Boats. Also add 1 experience point.
11. Target Escort. You are tasked to sink Escorts to faciliate Wolfpack Attacks. Earn 4 VPs for each Escort Ship sunk.
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That's not a bad idea. I like those Dean! Would you use those in addition to the convoy "events" or in replace of?

Not to completely side track the forum, but how do you like Hornet Leader? To be very honest UBL is my first Leader Series game and I'm loving it. I'll probably by the whole lot when they get reprinted (Hornet, Phantom Deluxe, and Thunderbolt).
 
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I like the idea, though in practice I guess I might not go so far as to buy the extra cards.
 
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DusterTIB wrote:
Would you use those in addition to the convoy "events" or in replace of?

Good question. I would probably replace them.


DusterTIB wrote:
Not to completely side track the forum, but how do you like Hornet Leader? To be very honest UBL is my first Leader Series game and I'm loving it. I'll probably by the whole lot when they get reprinted (Hornet, Phantom Deluxe, and Thunderbolt).

I like it a lot. I enjoy the UBL theme more, but I like the game mechanics in Hornet Leader a little more.
 
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Beloch wrote:
I like the idea, though in practice I guess I might not go so far as to buy the extra cards.

I was thinking of just creating a couple of sheets of event cards and then print them. No cash required.
 
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How about an old timey dice roll / CRT?
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Cameron Harris
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G'day,

Nice idea. Here's a few more possibles...

1: Main ballast vent valve jammed. Penalty DM to subs crash dive roll (slower dive)

2: Unexpected convoy air cover (rules as per if a fleet carrier present)

3: Batteries on low charge (unable to use Silent running tactic)

4: Convoy silhouetted against rising Full moon (if a night mission), +1 zone to U-boat's visual sight range and torpedo attacks

5: Driving rain / sleet hampers U-boats visibility (-1 zone and torpedo attacks)

6: Convoy makes unexpected alteration, U-boat entry position randomly altered one zone left or right

7: Timber carrier. A random merchant is loaded with timber. Double the normal number of hits to sink.

8: Ammunition carrier! A random merchant is designated as loaded with ammunition. Any hit will obliterate.

9: Save the crew! Whenever any ship is damaged and unable to move the nearest escort will attempt to rescue the crew by moving directly to the ship and remaining stationary for one full turn.

10: 1st Watch Officer forcibly counsels caution! Gain one stress per tactical turn due to the escalating argument between the Captain and his right hand man over the wisdom of attacking this convoy. Any stress gained in this manner is removed at the completion of the tactical phase.

11: Captain in a funk! The stress of commanding an 'iron coffin' has turned the captain into a bundle of nerves. Each move closer to the convoy (inwards) requires a 'gumption' roll of 6+.

12: Exhortations from Bdu! U-Boat Command emphasise the importance of destroying this particular convoy. +1 VP for each ship sunk and -5 VP if no ships sunk.

Cheers,
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Cameron,
I really like your list. Very creative. I'm going to wait a couple more days and see if anyone else joins in with ideas, then make up some event card sheets and post them. Thanks for the ideas.
 
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steamrunner wrote:
How about an old timey dice roll / CRT?

I did think about this. But I like having cards that I can look at and remind me about the event and its impacts on play. Plus, we only have a 1D10 die, and I wasn't sure how to use that to pick 20+ events.

Although, one thought for a CRT would be to have a table for Convoy cards with Escorts, and a table without Escorts. Could roll a die and add current stress level, with the higher numbered events being bad events and the lowered number events good events. Could probably get 15 events/table using that idea.
 
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I posted the Tactical Event cards on ConsimWorld Forum at http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?14@911.I1f4cBCm9Qe.42@.1dd0.... They should appear here as a file download within a couple of days. Thanks Cameron!

EDIT: The ConsimWorld Forum is down for a few days for scheduled maintenance, so the link above will not work. I'm hoping the file I uploaded here several days ago shows up soon.
 
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Awesome idea Dean!

I took the liberty to create some new designs based on your tactical events, i hope you don't mind.





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Jacob Rosenoir
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I would suggest Appache Thunderbolt. It's the best of the serie so far
 
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