This may have been noted elsewhere (i.e., on Board Game Geek), but I wanted to log it here as well that "Silence the Guns" is the name of this scenario original ToI base game. In ToI Next Wave, this scenario is called "Uphill Battle." There are some notable differences between these versions.
See my fuller comparison of these two scenarios on the page for "Uphill Battle."
Played this through as the Americans on Vassal with a friend, and lost resoundingly. As I noted in an earlier post, this version of the scenario was re-balanced for the Next Wave version of the base game. This is good, because I don't see how the Americans can possibly win without some additional Command and some reinforcements, to counter the German's significant superiority in both respects. Also, as the defender (with significant advantage in Command Points at least through Round 3), it's generally going to be inherently easier for them to take Concentrated Fire and Combined Fire actions, whereas the Americans almost always have to take Fire and Movement actions, again favoring the defender.
We're going to play this again, as the "Uphill Battle" version, and I look forward to providing an after-action report on this.
I don't recommend this scenario at all, in any way, to anyone. It's way out of balance. It's amazing to me that it got published as it is, being so unbalanced. What were the designers thinking?
This one is more balanced than most in the base set. A lot depends on how the Americans attack, they need to push on quickly towards the pillbox and not get too distracted by the forward German entrenchment.
Played this one yesterday night with my friend Pino, here you can find the screenshot taken at the start of each round.
Attached you will also find the vlog file.
Americans didn't manage to take the pillbox before Round 6. Axis Victory.
The VLOG feature in Vassal is really amazing.
If you manage to download the attached vlog file you will be able to open it inside the module (the same as you will do for a vsav file) and move the timeline back and forth scrolling with pg down / back buttons.
Last edit: 10 months 1 week ago by alecrespi. Reason: typo