Welcome to Platoon Forward!

Welcome to the site where the story of the battle is as important as the battle itself. Here we will focus on men thrust into extraordinary situations of life and death. They must lead other men with duty and honor to meet their countries objectives. Some will be blessed with great skill, some will carry great shortcomings. No matter what nation, no matter what war, no matter what theater, they are all called to move their Platoon or Squadron forward!

These are their individual stories as played out using my various campaign rules . Hopefully these stories will entertain and inspire you to use your own troops, airmen and sailors to accomplish your own great heroics.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!   Hope you had a great holiday season. 
Have been sick most of the holiday so few games to report.   My parents came over and my son was back from university so it was still a great time.  Gaming gifts I recieved some vietnam terrain and some norman figures for my dark age gaming. 
Thought I would take a look forward at all the projects I am working on.   A few of these should see print this year!
Squadron Forward     No introduction needed for this.   Rich started on the draft last week.  I need to finish up the mission tables and medals.  Should be out by end of Feb.  Really excited about this.

Middle of NoWhere   The asymetrical warfare expansion to Platoon Forward.   Should add about 6 scenarios and tweak the tables to cover anti partisan operations in WW II and Vietnam.  3 of the scenarios are done and playtested.  Need to work on the other 3 and playtest the table tweaks some more.  Hopefully out end of year if I can get Rich to publish it (Haven;t shown it to him yet)

Bling the Hun   My variant for Bag the Hun.   Includes how I attempt to differenciate all the different models of aircraft and tone down the "one plane gets to move 3 times a turn" bit.  Includes an updated damage table and takes into account cockpit armor/ self sealing fuel tanks, rates of climb and dives, turns and how hard it is to land!   Basically "Lazy TW&T" for BTH 2".  80% done.    Will shoot for the summer special; if  not the christmas special

Release the Hounds  My coastal action naval rules.  TW&T meets MBTs.  85% done but it needs something to be finished; not sure what it is yet.  They are a decent set but they don't always give you the "wow" factor so I would not release them yet to the public.  It is the damage model.   I am finding it hard for it to work easily for both MBTs and CLs without any record keeping.  The rest of it works great including the personalities.    Don't know if this will be a full set of rules or a special.   Depends how long they are.

Flotilla Forward  Platoon Forward for Naval actions.    Still on the drawing board

SAGA variant  Have added variable movement, minor morale,leaders and tone down the battle boards.    Playtesting now.  50% done.    Hope to have an article in WI before the end of the year.

Warband Forward  Platoon Forward for Dark Ages   Still on the drawing board.    Need a clean set of Dark Age rules where people live first!    Rich if working on a set so we will see...

Bombers Forward  Expansion to Squadron Forward.   Adds Bomber squadrons and missions to Squadron Forward.   Still on the drawing board.

That is all the stuff in my mind at the moment.  Finished a SAGA game today which I will post this week. 
Any comments on the above are welcome.  I really appreciate your support!
Thanks and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!



  1. Happy New Year and sorry to hear you've been ill.

    Interesting stuff you've got planned and I'm sure I'll find a way to tweak it for the post-war era where necessary.

  2. Happy New Year Joe,
    Looking forward to seeing your progress throughout the year :)
    Best wishes,

  3. Arlequin,
    What post war do you play?
    Let's hope I have some progress! Thanks for the kind words; best wishes to you and yours!


  4. Boggler,

    My bombing rules for BTH were titled "Brag the Hun" because they allowed the bomber pilots to belly up to the bar and brag just like the fighter pilots. These are "Bling" because they add things to each plane like turning radius, copit armor and other bling to your aircraft!