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Re: [SG] - Turn Sequence Idea

From: Thomas Barclay <Thomas.Barclay@s...>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 20:04:18 -0500
Subject: Re: [SG] - Turn Sequence Idea

Adrian spake thusly upon matters weighty: 

Maybe the trick here is to
> make sure that the people you play with are somewhat like-minded
> this kind of thing, and have a "gentleman's agreement" not to do stuff
> that unless it really makes sense from a situational perspective.

I can see Owen's point. It's why I use my home-written overwatch 
rules. It kills both the situations he is talking about - if an enemy 
squad is on overwatch focused on either the space your unit will move 
through or directly on your unit, it will activate when you do. That 
means that if you try the cheesy shoot-smoke activation, you'll get 
hosed by them before you get to do it. If you try the dash across a 
space, when you pass the overwatch target marker, the watching squad 
will fire on you. So it kills both of these without destroying the 
turn sequence in SG2. What if the enemy isn't watching? Then your 
action isn't cheesy, its good planning. Overwatch is a KEY component 
of real infantry combat...and something sadly missing from SG2. It 
makes for cleaner rules, but it lets a lot of cheesy things happen. 

My rules for overwatch have been used a couple of times and I didn't 
see it slow down the game noticeably. My mechanic was reasonably 
simple (if convoluted to explain!) and works (AFAICS) well within the 
existing SG2 system. 

Here is another alternative for initiative: To determine who goes 
next: Roll d12 before each subsequent activation (or once a turn at 
the beginning if you like less overhead). Ties go to defender. +1 to 
roll for each unit less than the other player you have. This means it 
is not ALWAYS the smaller squad that goes next, unless he is 
profoundly smaller. It just gives the little guy better odds of going 


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