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081 The Last Stand

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Victory Results:
 100 %
Record a victory for ALLIES ARMY  0 %
Total plays 2 - Last reported by pino on 2021-11-10 23:40:56

St Malo, France, 3-4 August 1944
During the breakout from Normandy, most of Patton's 3 td Army rushes east towards Paris. However, some units turn west to clear out the vital coastal ports in Brittany The "siege" of St. Malo will require all three regiments of the 83rd Division and one from the 811:Division before the fanatical Ge1711011 resistance is oventhebned.

 

  American German
Division 1

4 Squad Bases
- 12 Regular Infantry
- 2 Elite Infantry
- 2 Officers

1 Sherman M4A1

2 GMC CCKW 353s

1x Flamethrower

4 Squad Bases
- 6 Regular Infantry
- 4 Elite Infantry
- 2 Officers
- 2 Machine Gun Crews

2x AntiTank

Division 2

4 Squad Bases
- 8 Regular Infantry
- 6 Elite Infantry
- 2 Officers

1 Sherman M4A1

1 M3A1 Half Track

1x AntiTank

3 Squad Bases
- 7 Regular Infantry
- 2 Elite Infantry
- 1 Officers
- 1 Mortar Crew

1 Panzer IV

Strategy Decks Command 1
American Air Support 1
German Reinforcements 1
Morale 1
Starting Strategy Cards 3 3
Operations Cards - 013 Desperate Defenders
Deployment Zone Division 1: Any of the green shaded hexes on map 10A.
Division 2: Any of the green shaded hexes on map 6A.
Division 1: Any of the hexes on map 1A.
Division 2: Any of the hexes on map 9A.
Starting Initiative Initiative Token  
Objective

The Americans win if they fulfill BOTH of the following conditions:

  • Exit one tank off the board from the blue shaded hex on map 9A.
  • Control at least 4 buildings.

The Germans win if they fulfill EITHER of the following conditions:

  • Destroy both Sherman M4A1 tanks.
  • Prevent the Americans from fulfilling their objsttive by the end of round 5.
Rounds 5
Actions per turn 3 3
Reinforcements - -
Special Rules
  • The blue shaded hex reprtsent the exit point for the American tanks. A vehicle on a blue shaded hex may spend I movement point to exit the board.
  • if a building consists of more than one hex and you occupy one of the hexes, you gain control of the building if there are no enemy squads in any of the adjoining building hexes. If squads from both nations arc present in different hexes of the same building, neither nation controls the  building.
Terrain The stream is Shallow

 

Tags: American Army, German Army, Complexity: Medium, Rounds, Boards, Year: 1944

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alecrespi replied the topic: #705 5 months 2 weeks ago
Posting here some comments found online.
boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/43192/tide-ir...yer-comments-balance
  • Very good cat and mouse situation.
  • 5 rounds is impossibly short for the US. Also the 2 Shermans are outclassed by the Pz4.
  • Tweak it a bit by making the Pz 4 a Pz 3, and/or adding a round, and it's fun.
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alecrespi replied the topic: #620 7 months 3 weeks ago
After a couple games (losing both times as American) I've started thinking about a solution to catch victory but it seems unlikely if not impossible.

Here you can see why.

German player can easily reach this "defensive position" in about 1 turn... and will proceed most of the game using "OP Fire" action.
 

USA - Round 1 
Fire and Move = 4 attack dice (7 with concussive)
 

USA - Round 2
Fire and Move = 4 attack dice (7 with concussive)
 

USA - Round 3
Fire and Move = 4 attack dice (7 with concussive)
 

With a lot of luck we can assume that USA Tanks reach the top of the map with a Lightly Damaged token (AV-1 / MV-1) but cannot really inflict any serious damage to German Units.
In both my games German player used "Take Cover", "Take Down the Beast" and "Go To Ground" so their Concealed Anti-Tank "OP FIre" can easily wait for USA Sherman to be adjacent and fire with full power.
And drawing these cards is very likely because there are 2x each in a 10 cards deck with German player drawing 8 cards in total (3 at game start and 1 each turn).

I do think that the bottleneck on top left is too hard, expecially with Panzer IV blocking the passage (in OP Fire mode).
Maybe adding an exit point somewhere else or making the road 1 hex wider?

Talking about Victory Conditions I also think that the wording BOTH for Usa and EITHER for German seems unfair.
American ended both games controlling only 3 buildings, with buildings too far from the heart of the battle.

What if USA player can leave a "control token" on a building and go on advancing and attacking?

What do you think about these suggestions?
Waiting for any feedback.

Random Quote

I'll come back as soon as I can with as much as I can. In the meantime, you've got to hold! (As spoken to General Wainright in March of 1942)
American General Douglas MacArthur