Over the past few weeks I have been looking at the feedback I have been getting from players on their Battlegroup: Cold War games. Everyone seems to be really enjoying their games - which I'm very chuffed with - but there seem to be a couple of points that some questions have been raised about. These points reinforce some of my own concerns that have come up in our games.
1. Soviet Orders
Many people feel like the Soviets have far too many orders - especially when you are playing larger games and take a company of Tanks and/or Motorised Infantry. Each company gives you 4 officers, so before you roll any dice for orders you can automatically have 8+ free orders. If you are then adding 3D6, and using Stal! Stal! Stal! you can get a whole lot done. All the orders mean that Soviet units don't have to really act like Soviet units - which doesn't quite give the right feel to the game.
2. NATO Shooting
Quite a few people - generally NATO players - have commented on how crappy their shooting has been - especially when trying to take out Soviet tanks at long range. In an age of stabilised guns and all sorts of fire control wizardly this does not sit well. Some have called for all NATO units to always be +1 to hit. I've long felt that this is a swing too much in the other direction, especially when you are using top of the line NATO tanks, which often have +1 to observe, +1 to hit and ignore a number of other die modifiers.
Anyway - I've been thinking about this for a long time and think I may have come up with some rules to better reflect both, give the game a bit more flavour and hopefully strengthen the game-balance and feel.
So please have a look at these new orders rules and new special rules and let me know what you think.
New Orders Rules and Special Rules
Without going and editing all the lists (at this stage) I suggest the following. Soviet Officers only count for orders if they come from the Forward HQ section of the list or are Company Commanders elsewhere in the list.
NATO units with the Proficient Crew special rule are any unit rate Regular or better.
Finally I have just received the next set of AFV Cards from Greg (Chairborne) and again he has done a really lovely job and I appreciate him letting me post them up here.
BAOR AFV Cards
I'll be printing these off and using them soon. More will follow soon, I'm sure.
So thanks everyone and I look forward to your thoughts on the new rules.