Hi from Germany,
UP FRONT is a great game that gets its players involved into the action, drama and story.
I'd like to provide some impressions.
As a lot of scenarios "turn" specific cards into "Cower" cards, why not exactly doing this.
I'll apply the same card exchange for those cases as jungle, mountains, desert, etc.
The scenario: France, late summer 1944. A German squad is to reconnoiter a valley to collect intel about probable American artillery deployments.
A US squad is screening exactly this area to protect the "big guns".
It was a nice, beautiful morning.
The German unit.
Feldwebel Zollmann had briefed his soldiers about their mission and the squad was ready to advance.
The US unit.
Sergeant Gimzorek assembled his soldiers, provided all information they needed to conduct their patrol, and off they went. "Sarge, why do we need the martar? Are the Jerries up to something?" "I got it, so we make the best out of it, Urquhardt."
The situation at start.
Zollmann was angry. "Verflixtes Kartenmaterial! Von diesem Tümpel ist hier nichts verzeichnet." The pond blocking the way of the MG team was not marked on the squad leader's map.
Is there any interest in the story that unfolded here?
The problem with replacing cards is that they can show less wear than their others in the deck becoming marked.
Though you are using sleeves, which can also be replaced or you can substitute the card in the sleeve. Also I think it is a bit of a pain to search through the deck to replace each of the cards for a minor thing, but to each his own on that.
Some people who play with modified terrain cards for jungle or desert leave them off to the side. When Building/Marsh/Stream/etc. terrain card is played, a Jungle/Soft Sand/Wadi/etc. card is placed on top of it to give the stats and special rules for the modified terrain.
BTW, I like the way you redesigned the cards. And the story you are telling is off to a good start!
- Last edited Sat Jul 21, 2012 4:02 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Sat Jul 21, 2012 4:00 pm
Thanks for the reply.
As the game uses just 162 Action cards, I see no real problem in preparing the card pile at start of a game. But that's left to personal preferences.
Here are the first four game turns.
Zollmann pointed west. „Feind voraus. Rund 10 Mann.“ Unteroffizier Jungmann waved his left arm to confirm this observation.
„Hart, Traudt! Vorwärts!“ The MG team waded through the small pond.
Igbert said dryly: „Die Amerikaner haben einen Mörser dabei. Die werden uns bald ein paar Koffer rüberschicken.“
The BAR barked. „Deckung!“ Zollmann yelled. The skimirsh had started.
PFC Weed had aimed too high, the bullets flew harmlessly over the helmets of Zollmann, Hart and Traudt.
Corporal Grant had his fire team move silently forward.
Uffz Jungmann: „Feuer frei!“ Three Assault rifles spit snap fire against the advancing G.I.s.
Grant lost control over his team. His three soldiers were pinned.
„Get down guys. Stay down!“
The charateristic „plop“ of a mortar was heard. Uffz Jungmann’s team was the target.
But Corporal Gibbon’s first shot was well off target.
Soldat Igbert: „Das ging daneben!“ „Aber die werden sich auf uns einschießen. Vorbereiten zum Stellungswechsel.“
Zollmann: „MG-Schütze! Feuerangriff auf Mörser, 1100.“
Gibbons and Columbo were not impressed as the MG bursts passed by.
Jungmann threw a smoke grenade.
Sergeant Gimzorek: „Forward guys. At the double!“ The squad leader pointed to a small group of trees.
The mortar fired again. Soldat Reiber was closest to the impact of the martar shell.
„Reiber! Mann! Kopf hoch. Nix passiert.“
The MG 34 barked again. „Heads down!!!“ Grant yelled. The whole team was pinned.
The smoke covering Jungmann’s team was gone.
At the German right flank, the riflemen moved forward, leaving the woods behind.
Gibbons launched the third mortar round.
„Holy sh...!“ Nothing happened. The mortar had malfunctioned.
Sergeant Gimzorek suddenly found his squad in a desperate situation. One team completely pinned, main weapon out of order and his own team vulnerable.
Here is the overall situation after the first few minutes of the engagement.
The next four turns.
Private Schmitz moved cautiously into a gully. His team was more than happy to enjoy this extra protection.
Feldwebel Zollmann thought about what to do next.
There was a moment of eerie silence.
„What’s going on here?!“ Grant was back. He looked around. „No good! Too many Jerries.“
The sergeant had his team move slowly forward and slightly to the right. „Gotcha, you bastards.“ The German MG team was flanked.
Gibbons cursed. His mortar remained jammed.
Zollmann detected the enemy’s smart move and ordered his team forward. „So einfach kriegt ihr uns nicht.“
He pointed to a small stone hut.
Jungmann was desperate ... „Keine Ziele. Die Amerikaner haben sich wohl eingegraben. Das können wir auch.“ The attempt failed.
„Private Osborn! Are you okay?!“ He was.
Private Columbo watched as Gibbons desperately tried to get their ordnance back to function. The corporal did not succeed.
„Get down here. Nice trench. We’ll get this 34 somewhere from here.“ Gimzorek had a plan.
„Alle rein. MG ans Fenster! Feind beobachten.“
All remain quiet.
Sergeant Ginzorek moved forward, his team following closely. Weed checked the clip of his BAR.
Apart from Gibbon’s cursing nothing else happened.
„Feuer frei!“ The MG 34 barked. Two or three bursts hit Corporal Grant’s team.
„Full cover!“ Grant was the only one who kept his nerves. „Com’on boys. They must run out of ammo soon.“
Gibbons had enough ammo left for his mortar but it remained out of order.
Gimzorek’s team left the trench. The sergeant pointed to the stone hut. „There is our target.“
The overall situation.
The next four turns.
„Zielwechsel! Gegnerischer Trupp auf 2 Uhr!“ The MG fire stunned the US Squad Leader’s team. The sergeant stayed cool though.
Uffz Jungmann ordered his men to advance.
For the moment, only Corporal Gibbons was busy – but no positive result.
Jungmann’s men found cover in a small group of trees.
Obergefreiter Hart fired again at Sergeant Gimzorek’s men. This time, it was enough for PFC Weed and Private Urquhardt, they turned about and ran.
„Think buddy, think!“ Gimzorek bit into his fist.
Zollmann signaled his deputy to advance. „Die Amerikaner sind fix und fertig. Das gilt es auszunutzen.“
Corporal Grant witnessed as the enemy directly in front came into some trouble. A small creek blocked their way forward. His three soldiers showed no sign to get active again.
„Was ist das denn?“, Jungmann was frantic. „Hier rüber!“ It worked, the four men waded through the creek. Zollmann could only watch. „Munition?“ „Noch zwei Gurte.“ „Sparsam damit!“
„All or nothing!“ Gimzorek raced forward. Towards a group of two small houses. „Get that damn mortar working!“ he yelled as he started his desparate advance.
And this time all went well. „We’re back in business“, Gibbons whispered. And grabbed the next mortar grenade.
The situation at the end of turn 12.
The map ...
It's ok - I always roll this bad.
Thank you for sharing. The action is awesome and I like the card art! =)
Great to get some reactions!
Here are the next four turns.
The single man’s „assault“ worried Zollmann. „Was hat der denn vor?“
„Made it!“ Gimzorek had reached the buildings. „Fire at those guys!“ Gibbons signaled confirmation and his mortar launched a deadly missile towards the enemy.
The grenade exploded harmlessly in the creek. The Germans were soaked.
Private Osborn signaled an „OK“.
„Vorwärts!“ Uffz Jungmann’s team now stormed across the open field.
Seeing the Germans approaching so fast, privates Sutton and Edwards grabbed their rifles and waited for the next order.
„Bombard the MG nest!“ Gibbons switched target.
The missile hit the building. The window behind which the MG was posted disappeared in a dense cloud of smoke and dust. „Yes! Yes!“
„Hart! Traudt! Alles klar?“ No answer.
Zollmann looked around and saw his team back in action, frantically cleaning the MG.
Jungmann’s team came to a stop and fell prone.
„Fire! Fire!“ Corporal Grant yelled. He watched as the four Germans suffered the snap fire.
„Uffz! Uffz! Was ist los? Was jetzt?“
„Feuer! Macht sie fertig!“ Private Igbert emptied his assault rifle’s clip. He was joined by the other two Germans. Corporal Grant was pinned.
His team was now also the target of the MG. To some effect. Two more Americans were pinned.
„Not this time!“ Grant rallied his team quickly.
The sergeant advanced again! Carbine, grenades and Bowie knife ready.
Situation at the end of turn 16.
- Last edited Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:50 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:44 pm
The next part.
„Feuer auf den Angreifer! 3 Uhr!“ The 34 barked. Gimzorek did not even flinch as he moved exploiting each square centimeter of cover.
The three German riflemen fired. The sergeant just moved faster.
At the left flank, the three Assault rifles snap fired again. Igbert’s rifle jammed!
The attack failed. Only Corporal Grant was temporarily out of action.
The fire attacks echoed across the landscape.
The sergeant found cover in some brush bordering the gully occupied by three Germans.
„No chance, you Germans!“ Grant was back in action.
Igbert’s rifle remained jammed. „Uffz! Was ist los?“
The riflemen decided to do ... nothing.
Gimzorek crawled forward, ever so slowly. There they were! All three of them.
„Move it!“ Grant’s team stood up and moved quickly sideways.
The mortar remained ominously silent.
A metallic clic and Igbert’s rifle was ready again. „Teilladen! Fertigladen!“
But the team still lacked leadership from its Unteroffizier.
„Wo ist er? Warum tun die drei nix?“ „Die Amerikaner drüben links sind keine Ziele. Wir müssen Munition sparen.“
Those four Americans had raced up a hill. „Good position! Very well. Now we will pick our targets.“
Gimzorek thought about his options ...
„Jungmann! Beweg’ deinen Hintern! Ihr müsst da weg!“ The Feldwebel at least achieved his deputy’s return to action.
The mortar opened fire again. This time against the riflemen. The mortar team scored another hit. Private Schumann was pinned.
Time for Gimzorek to strike. It worked. The stunned Schumann was the guy closest to him.
The young soldier had no chance. The sergeant cut his throat and crawled back to the edge of the gully. The other two did not recognize what was going on as they still recovered from the mortar attack.
Card deck 1 is done.