Have been working on a new scenario for Platoon Forward. It is entitled "Breakout" and consists of you getting your men back to friendly lines after being cut off. ( Think Steiner in Cross of Iron.) Of course totally avoiding combat isn't real fun so you will run across something while you try to dodge patrols. Here is my final playtest.
A second thing I tried is moving Platoon Forward down a level to make it more like Squad Forward. Here the platoon leader would be an NPC. I don't want to keep track of all ten men in the platoon for picked the two NCOs and two privates.
Sgt Lawrence's squad strayed too far from the LZ and when the NVA attacked they were cut off from the LT. They waited until dark and decided to try to slip past the NVA back to the LZ.
Characters ( Rolled up using the tables in Grunt's Forward)
Sgt Lawrence Gr I Drifter before he found a home in the army. Gambler and greedy
Cpl Black Gr 0 Storeclerk from a small town before drafted. Conformist/ position
PFC " Moose" Edwards Stereotypical big kid from the midwest. Very cheery and religious
Pvt "Mongoose"Smith Son of a migrant; grew up in slums but volunteered for the army as he believes in the American dream.
2 4 man teams each with a thump gun. 1 M 60 also attached.
Forgot to take a picture of the board. US moves from right to left. there is scattered jungle throughout. One house in the middle and swamp/heavy jungle on the left. There is no turn limit but reinforcements come in 3 turns after the shooting starts.
Job done the squad needs to get back to the LZ. One man is hit in the abdomen on Black's fireteam; leaving no one behind a two man carry is instituted.
Great scenario! There is a fairly wide range of forces you can encounter but I don't think it would be more than a stiff game. This one was easy with a great deal of tension. Tension was also created by the back story of my 4 guys. I was always afraid one of them would get hit. I do like dropping the level down to a squad and will probably try that again.
I plan to give the scenario to Rich for the summer special
For those of you that want to try this the only NVA forces I rolled up were:
1 NVA officer and 4 soldiers. For more of a challenge add a patrol of 3 soldiers.