Top reasons for invalidating oos results
You might remember how someone would kneel behind an unsuspecting character while they’re startled and fall over backwards in retreat only to get dumped on their butt…. If a unit is forced to retreat through a ZOC bond, they are eliminated.Understanding and using ZOC bonds is key to building an effective defense and to create static lines without requiring hundreds and hundreds of counters to pull it off on the map.At first, these are weak German piecemeal reinforcements, but quickly turn into armored opposition and full strength German regiments ready to tear up the Red Devils.I tried both keeping a large defensive perimeter in the woods northwest of Arnhem and falling back into a small defensive perimeter in Arnhem and found both problematic.The scattered mechanic limiting movement and combat factors is a sensible approach that temporarily, and at the regiment’s most critical moment, stings the allied player.German players will be challenged to balance holding/blowing bridges and river crossings while contesting drop zones.They also increase the value of the CRT results which require retreat or give the option for determined defense which is also a significant choice.
For the Germans this can be a huge boon or a hearty reinforcement in turn 4 that can add to the scheduled reinforcements for the area around Nijmegen.
Each division can only earn 1 replacement step per turn, but they quickly become necessary and the Germans though weak early on can land significant punches of their own with a bad die roll or an ill-advised and overly aggressive allied attack against a city hex.
So, does the game model the fragility and scale of the airborne landings?
Further, each game has a great way of fulfilling the historical campaign’s unique flavor without invalidating the underlying ruleset established more than a decade ago.
Combat is risky, dangerous, and punishing for attackers who don’t bring sufficient force to bear.