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Entry # Time Turn Player Title Entry
47 9/20/2021 1:43:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message Sorry, I forgot your artillery. You can add it to defense if you wish. 6 CPs to allocate unless you add your artillery I am done for now

Sending file
46 9/20/2021 1:31:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 4

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Message from Henry:
S13G3: A28; PNR,274x2,267x3,276x1 to A31; attack @ 12:6 spent group
45 9/19/2021 10:45:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message Russian commanders ignore the carnage and keep attacking. That's what they do. Hurrah!
44 9/19/2021 8:57:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message file sent
43 9/19/2021 8:54:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message
All four 10 X regiments to A31 via A33

42 9/19/2021 8:46:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message I have a plus 3 modifier to the rubble roll So the unit ends up in the sawmill
41 9/19/2021 8:44:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 4

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Message from Tod:
Russian Impulse 3

Activate A34 Tsaritsa Woods


24/13 TDX A61 attempt to enter A33 and A31 two Rubble rolls

40 9/19/2021 4:49:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message I am finished with G2. File sent
39 9/19/2021 10:34:00 AM Turn 1 Tod Message Let me know when you are done with your move
38 9/19/2021 10:34:00 AM Turn 1 Tod Message Good move. Now I see why the Germans have such an advantage.

6 CP should wipe out all three spent units

But you also created rubble 10AV + 3 TEM = 13

I probably would not have used my Russian Arty in that attack but I assume I could have. As fair warning next attack on the Sawmill MAY see me using the Russian Arty.


37 9/18/2021 10:43:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message That was the spent group of course. Can't get 14:10 otherwise, but should have been message. 6 hits.

advise
36 9/18/2021 10:41:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 4

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Message from Henry:
29th range fire into the sawmill at 14:10
35 9/18/2021 10:12:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message Looks like an overrun to me
34 9/18/2021 10:10:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 4

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Message from Tod:
I will pass on using the Arty at this time.

AV is 14 but I count the DV as 7 not 8

Forward unit 3 TEM 3 Rubble 1


33 9/18/2021 9:57:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message Other units will be attacking @ 14:8 (I think). over to you to decide on artillery. I may do more after this attack.
32 9/18/2021 9:54:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message Failed remains in A1
31 9/18/2021 9:53:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 2

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Message from Henry:
S13G2: A1; 29 RCN, 71x3, 15x3, PNR to A30. Rubble entrance roll for RCN
30 9/18/2021 11:20:00 AM Turn 1 Tod Message Wow that's a lot of games going on at once. I know I couldn't do it. Is MMW Mr. Madison's War?

Here goes the russians

Activate A22 Tartar Wall
6grds TK X To A32, Via A23-38-37-36-35-34-27-31
416 MG to A31 Via A23-38-37-36-35-34-27
99 TK X to A29, Via A23-38-37-36-35-34-27-31
186 TD to A20
1/397 TD to A57
99 TK X to A31, Via A23-38-37-36-35-34-27

All Disrupt Blue or should we just say spent since they come back the next day

I suppose if we were to think in BKN mindset we have unit statuses of spent, D1, D2 and D3.

I totally get how weird this feels. When BKN came out we never played TPS again. We never looked back. The BKN design was so much cleaner.

29 9/17/2021 5:09:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message Looks ok. This feels very weird after so many years of BKN. I am starting my 2nd round BKN game; so I will have to double think everything that I do in both games to keep things straight. Also playing MMW for a 3rd game going at the same time.

I will do the best that I can re moves this weekend.
28 9/17/2021 3:18:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message A30 AV 10 + TEM 3 = 13 Rubble created ,
6 CP - 35 Gds elim (3), 131/3/482 elim (3)

A31- 3 CP 131/133x spent and retreat to A33 (2), 35grds/133 to spent (1)

I think you meant to say the 71st was attacking A24 not A31. In any event NE

A22 CP 3 6Grds Tkx elim (3), Voluntary Retreat 10 NKVD/2/269 to A23

A29 CP 8 131/2/482 Elim

Rubble Rolls are I believe a dr not a DR so looking at the first 8 rolls only I think the outcome is A33 Rubble, A61 NE, A62 Rubble, A63 Rubble, A64 NE, A59 Rubble, A65 Rubble , A66 NE

Of course if you want to use your interpretation and put rubble in all 8 areas I wont complain :)

I think the opening bombardments tended to go my way. NE in the hospital was definitely disappointing for you and creating rubble in A30 might cause you problems. You cleared Minna but your other two areas seem like low outcomes.

Im sending my log file. Not as familiar with move files in Vassal so hopefully I got it right. Let me know if there are any problems and if you are done let me know and Ill start the second impulse.

27 9/17/2021 2:33:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message Looks to me like rubble in all 8 areas.
26 9/17/2021 2:30:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 16

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Message from Henry:
I told you that it has been many years.

Bombardment rolls. 5.7

33,61,62,63,64,59,65,66
25 9/17/2021 2:09:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message >>How many bombardment points to flip units

It only takes one CP to flip a unit whether its bombardment, Ranged or ground assault.

I think you were supposed to make 7 Rubble rolls before you started your attack 5.7.

I don't think it makes a difference with your arty attacks so we can keep those.
24 9/17/2021 1:47:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message How many bombardment points to flip units. Is it 1 for every unit?
23 9/17/2021 1:45:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message ignore message about rubble. I don't think that any was created.
22 9/17/2021 1:41:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message 131 in A29 is flipped.

I will send you a file so you can apply results before I continue.

FTF (file to follow)
21 9/17/2021 1:38:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 4

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Message from Henry:
Stuka attack into A29 @ 8:5
20 9/17/2021 1:37:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message 71X attack NE
295X attack 3 hits
19 9/17/2021 1:36:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 8

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Message from Henry:
71X vs A31 (? choice)) @ 8:5
295X vs A22 (6G Tank) @ 9:5

Same resolution method as previous

18 9/17/2021 1:34:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message 6 hits into A30
3 hits into A31

Rubble in both areas
17 9/17/2021 1:31:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 8

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Message from Henry:
29X vs A30 (35 Gds) @ 8:7
94X vs A31 (131) @ 9:7

Attacker roll always first
(rolls 1&2 for 29X attacker) (Rolls 5&6 for 94X attacker)
16 9/17/2021 1:24:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message S13G1: Opening bombardment;
29X vs A30
94X vs A31
71X vs A24
295X vs A22
Stuka vs A29

Dice attack rolls in this order
15 9/17/2021 12:36:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message My mistake. I will put the 2 x 389/245 in A11 and the 295/516 in A9 when I send my next file.
14 9/16/2021 8:56:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message I think the two battalions of the 545th Regiment of the 389th in Zone E aren't allowed to deploy in the Red zones/areas. Other than that it looks good

I'll send you a screenshot
13 9/16/2021 8:41:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message I have sent my setup. Check it over and if ok I will begin the game.

12 9/15/2021 7:47:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message Totally agreeable.

Were you able to read my file ok?
11 9/15/2021 7:37:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message My intention is not to play this game tight like a tournament game. We are playing again after many years and 1st time on vasal; so I will try to correct errors, both yours and mine, and try to learn from this game. Are you agreeable to all this?
10 9/15/2021 7:33:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message I did not get my German setup done today, but will shoot for tomorrow; "for sure". in re to Russian I think that the only way is when the German states attack the Russian will order dice; having the option to use artillery or not. You would be risking counter battery fire, of course. If there is no counter battery in that sector then German can go ahead and roll. I think too that the active player should state if any further action in that impulse besides the displayed move. AS a courtesy we both should probably ask before moving ahead. Especially since this is sorta new to both of us.
9 9/15/2021 9:49:00 AM Turn 1 Tod Message I sent you my setup file for the russians. Hopefully it loads ok at your end.

I've never heard of a bid of 4 for the Germans but given my experience level it might give me a fighting chance :) If you want to move it down to a 3 I'm perfectly willing to accept that as well. It's your call. Since this is going to be a relearning game anyways it might not make that much of a difference.

I'm guessing this is also your first time playing TPS via VASSAL/ACTS. It is mine. I'm sure we can use much of the BKN standards of play and modify them as needed. First thing that stands out to me is how to handle the Russian Arty bonus. I guess it makes since to let the Russians roll the dice on Defense so he can decide whether or not to use his arty or not. Then make a counter battery roll as needed. Does that make sense?

BTW I did not enter the BKN Tournament this time around. I didn't intend to play any online games till this winter. But I had told Jeff that if he got enough people to play TPS that I would join in.

Finally, good luck.


8 9/14/2021 9:01:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message I cannot remember what I used to bid for the Germans, but after reading a bit I think that 4 would be good. That means that the Germans must have 11 VP to win. The tie breaker number is 35 as printed on the board at the end of the first week.

One week scenario using basic game. Vassal I think has the units set-up per 21.2

I will try to make my first moves tomorrow.
7 9/14/2021 5:06:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message Sure I'll start with the Russians and I'll send you a setup file later tonight or tomorrow morning.

Do you think it's balanced enough without adding any VP's? I always thought so but I read one your old yearbook posts from WBC and it did seem to be somewhat stilted to the Germans (60% or 65% of the time if I remember correctly).

I got the impression early on that Don thought it was pretty balanced. Not sure if he got convinced that the Germans had a slight edge even after the 3d edition changes.

I'm happy to play anyway you suggest.
6 9/14/2021 4:56:00 PM Turn 1 Henry Message If we are going to play 2 games do you want to just pick a side and go ahead and start?


5 9/13/2021 1:57:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message Ok I got the file you sent and it looks great. I think that's great way to play.

Hopefully I understand it. So I'll give it a shot.

I'll bid 1:35. 1 VP, Tie Breaker 35 units.
4 9/12/2021 12:37:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message Totally understand you need to brush up on the rules. Take your time.

Just so you know I contacted Jeff about the Victory determination. Basically he left it up to us to decide what we want to do. He was thinking most people might want to play up to the 3 week point given there is no German Victory before that point. But he also said we could play one week tournament style or even the full blown simulation.

I personally am not up for playing out the simulation at this point. I could be convinced to play out three weeks. Just to be up front I am interested in playing both sides the Germans and the Russians whether with you or with someone else but so long as I get to play both sides eventually I'm fine. A shorter game might expedite that goal.

My other two goals are to have fun and try not to embarrass my self too much. In that order :)
3 9/10/2021 4:07:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message Ok I'll bid first but before I do I just want to clarify one thing.

Are we playing just the first week and using eliminated Russian units as the tie breaker?
2 9/10/2021 4:05:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Die roll request Request: 6-sided die x 1

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Message from Tod:
Vassal it is then.

I'll roll a d6 to see who bids first. Odd I'll bid Even you bid.
1 9/10/2021 3:07:00 PM Turn 1 Tod Message Hi Henry

Went ahead and took the liberty to create a game in ACTS for us to use if that's acceptable to you.

Stephen is my first name but my friends call me Tod (my middle name). You are welcome to call me Steve but that's usually reserved for salesmen, bill collectors and spammers. Since you have beat me twice in BKN I guess that makes us friends :)

I think the last time we played was 2018 BKN email Tournament and before in 2005. Maybe other times but that's what a quick search of old game folders reveled on my computer. It's been a while anyway you look at it but I always remembered you were a great opponent skill wise as well as courteous and respectful. I remember enjoying our games and learning a lot even in defeat.

Glad to hear you feel rusty. You definitely have played TPS at a higher level than I ever did. So I can use any advantage I can get. Hopefully I can give you a game that's a bit of a challenge and enjoyable.

I know we both really love this game. So just taking her out for a long over due spin is going to be fun.

Do you have a preference for using CB or Vassal to trade files back and forth? I can use either.

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