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DanJ
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« on: 23 June 2010, 01:35:07 PM »

These rules have been written by Forum member DanJ, who has kindly allowed us to put them up here for everyone!  Shocked

They follow a "top down approach" and are intended to produce an enjoyable game and have been very much a work in progress, although I'm pretty happy with the general mechanics.  Any feedback is always appreciated.

EDIT - Feb 2012:  Here is the latest version!

Rules: http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/FLANDERS FIELDS V1_2012.pdf

Play Sheets:

http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/Flanders Fields PLAY SHEET 1914 to Early 1915 V1_2012.pdf

http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/Flanders Fields PLAY SHEET Mid 1915 to Mid 1917 V1_2012.pdf

http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/Flanders Fields PLAY SHEET Mid 1917 to 1918 V1_2012.pdf



Earlier versions can still be found below:

Rules:  http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/FLANDERS FIELDS beta V4.pdf

Play Sheets: http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/PLAY SHEET 1914 to Early 1915 V4.pdf

http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/PLAY SHEET Early 1915 to Mid 1917 V4.pdf

http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/PLAY SHEET Mid 1917 to 1918 V4.pdf



1st Edition

Rules:  http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/FLANDERS FIELDS beta V1.pdf

Play Sheet 1:  http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/PLAY SHEET 1914 to Early 1915.pdf

Play Sheet 2:  http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/PLAY SHEET Early 1915 to Mid 1917.pdf

Play Sheet 3:  http://www.pendraken.co.uk/FileBin/PLAY SHEET Mid 1917 to 1918.pdf
 
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« Reply #1 on: 23 June 2010, 05:28:54 PM »

These look excellent, I hope you get a lot of interest in them.
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« Reply #2 on: 30 July 2010, 08:07:40 PM »

Not tried them yet, but I have had a good look and am very interested. Tried Great War Spearhead & Bloody Picnic, OK but these seem much more interesting and fun. Once I get some time and get the others on board we will be giving them a a run through

Good work DanJ
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« Reply #3 on: 02 August 2010, 09:54:43 AM »

Hi Bertie,

Thanks for letting me know, I was starting to think no-one cared Cry

Actually since I posted the V1 they have gone though quite a lot of editing and some changes and are now on Beta V3

The latest iteration keeps about 90% of the V1 set but I've changed the combat from D10 to D6 and simplified and expanded the close combat rules to include assaulting bunkers and fortified positions as well as rules for ground attack aircraft fnecessary for 1918 battles, especially the 100 days campaign.

I've a big game planned for tomorrow which should test the new stuff to destruction, hopefully no big issues will come up and I'll finish pulling it all together by the end of the week and get the new PDFs to Leon by the weekend.

Dan
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« Reply #4 on: 11 August 2010, 09:43:14 PM »

Hi Dan, how did the play test go? When can we see the revised version?

A question on the rolling barrage, it is 10cm wide and moves forward 20cm per turn. This will leave large areas on the field untouched. Is this the correct interpritation, as you can see I am not the sharpest bayonet in the Company.

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« Reply #5 on: 11 August 2010, 10:10:59 PM »

Dan's just sent me the revise edition, so I'll get it uploaded this week for everyone.
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« Reply #6 on: 12 August 2010, 10:18:50 AM »

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as you can see I am not the sharpest bayonet in the Company

Don't worry my little Baldrick, I have a cunning Plan....

The question about the Rolling barrage is a very good one and shows how hard it is to make what you write be what you mean, especially when you've been playing and developing a set of rules for months  :Smiley

The rolling barrage is indeed 10cm wide and advances 20cm per turn but this is across the WHOLE of the table, edge to edge.  This way it will roll over every part of the table but at any one time only a relatively narrow portin of the table will be covered.

Imaging a curtain of shells slowly moving across nomans land with the infantry and tanks trying to keep.

There are a number of WW1 artillery fire plan maps available in the internet and the Western Front Association does a number of DVDs with almost all the British WW1 maps on them.

Try here for a taster

http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3ASearch&search=artillery+map

Dan
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« Reply #7 on: 12 August 2010, 02:05:35 PM »

Dan

These look very interesting. I like the 'down the table' approach to give depth to the battlefield. I have printed them for a closer look and will feed back my thoughts.

Sean
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« Reply #8 on: 12 August 2010, 03:20:01 PM »

Sorry Dan, I understand eveything except the fact that if I move the 10cm deep grid forward by 20cm I will jump10cm of the table with the fire plan. I would undertand if the grid was 20cm wide. Embarrassed
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« Reply #9 on: 12 August 2010, 03:21:41 PM »

Hi,

I've just checked the latest version I sent to Leon and the Rolling Barrage area query is pretty much covered on pages 21 and 22.  

Dan
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« Reply #10 on: 12 August 2010, 03:38:34 PM »

Ah, sorry,  I see what you mean.

To repressent the rolling barrage we use strips of felt 10cm wide by 30cm long.  These are stretched across the table and flipped over twice at the begining of the attackers turn, rolling for effects on every unit rolled over, even if they are no longer under the barage at the end of the turn.

The strips allow us to "bend" the barrage when needed to conform to terrain.  20 x 30cm strips would work fine and would only need "flipping" once which is probably a better solution.  I think we use 10x30 strips because in one of the early versions of the rules the barrage advanced 10cm at the start of the attackers AND defenders turn, this was abandoned as being too complicated (as were many other sophisticated and interesting rules which ultimately were found to slow play down without giving much in return).

I also think my local market stall sells felt in 30x30cm squares so cutting a square into 3 strips was logical at the time.

I just haven't got round to buying and cutting up more felt strips but I may well change the rules to reflect the recomendation of using 20x30 templates.

Just had a eureka moment, rather than use felt templates you could use coloured ribbons to mark the edges of the barrage  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: 12 August 2010, 04:43:14 PM »

The wonders of technology!

I've just ammended the rules to make the Rolling barrage template 20cm wide and sent an updated PDF to Leon, hopefully he'll upload it instead of the one I sent yesterday.

Dan
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« Reply #12 on: 12 August 2010, 08:01:13 PM »

New edition uploaded and available in the original post at the top of the page!
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« Reply #13 on: 08 October 2010, 11:00:57 AM »

have downloaded them and will try and get the local club to try them out, they currently play square bashing so maybe be able to convert them.?
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« Reply #14 on: 08 October 2010, 12:18:11 PM »

Just a note - mentioned em on the Deeside Defnders group, as our tame(ish) scotsman likes WWI, so the link is now on "freewargamesrules.co.uk"

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