February 3, 2016 by stvitusdancern
Sally 4th has released information that they will be the publishers of the miniatures based WWII war game system Combat Patrol for the UK and EU. This rule set was designed by a retired Col. John ‘Buck’ Surdu (retired) and he is the creator of other rule sets such as Gaslight, Look Sarge no charts, Fire Team Vietnam, Beer & Pretzels Skirmish among others. This game allows you to play in just about any scale of miniatures.
An unique mechanic of the game is that it uses a card driven mechanic as it is described here:
Combat Patrol (TM) WW2 skirmish rules features the G.A.M.E.R.(TM) engine. G.A.M.E.R.(TM) is a unique skirmish system in which cards are used not just for activation but for all aspects of combat resolution and melee. No dice are used to resolve combat. Over three years were spent in development. The result is a system that flows smoothly and supports many-player gamers.
…Combat resolution is resolved by flipping cards. Players read different sections of the cards in the Action Deck depending on what they are trying to do: shooting, resolving hits, “rolling” to penetrate enemy vehicles, hand-to-hand combat, movement, and morale. In development, I took a series of charts and then broke them apart to fit on an Action Deck of 50 cards.
Flipping a card is essentially the same as rolling a die and looking up the result on a table. The difference is that you don’t have to do all that table look up. Flip a card and determine whether you got a hit. If so, flip the next card to see which target figure was hit, how severely, and whether he is protected by cover.
This looks to be very interesting and I took an opportunity to look over the demo rules and watch the how to videos and you can tell that a military mind was behind it’s creation. I plan on ordering the card sets and the full rules and giving it a through review.
So, now no matter where you are in the world (almost) you can get this game and give it a go. I would love to hear from others who have played this or give it a try and tell me what you think.
Are you looking for a new twist on a WWII miniatures game?
"I took an opportunity to look over the demo rules and watch the how to videos and you can tell that a military mind was behind it's creation..."