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EDITED BY JIM WERBANETH
ZunTzu Module for Rommel at Gazala
January 18, 2011
Revised Italian Destroyers for Command at Sea
Gary revises some of the Reggia Marina's destroyers for Command at Sea, in Excel spreadsheet form.
French Ships for Fear God and Dread Nought
More revisions of the French navy, for the World War I era, in Excel format.
Dutch Ships for Command at Sea
Revisions of last year's work on the Royal Netherlands Navy, in Adobe pdf format.
Soviet Ships for Command at Sea
Ships of the Soviet navy, both historical and hypothetical, for Command at Sea, presented in Excel format.
January 18, 2011
Italian Warships for Command at Sea
August 20, 2009
Gary Greenhalgh returns to the Command at Sea system yet again, with a set of nine data sheets for Italian destroyers, destroyer escorts, and torpedo boats. Today's installment includes:
Dutch Warships for Command at Sea
August 19, 2009
Originally Published April 17, 2007
Here we have, for the first big addition of 2007, more excellent work from Gary Greenhalgh. He really outdid himself this time, adding numerous cruisers and predreadnought battleships to the Fear God & Dread Nought miniatures rules from Clash of Arms. This time he presents them arranged in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, organizing the ship classes one per sheet. For those who do not have access to Excel, they should open with the spreadsheet application to OpenOffice. That package's great advantage is that is is a free download.
Four of the
spreedsheets contain the ship data. The fifth is a
template that players can use to build their own
New American Capital Ships for Command at Sea
Alternate Counters for The Big Red One
Auxiliary Aircraft Counters for Richtofen's War
Originally Published November 26, 2006
The top project is another set of ship data sheets by my friend Gary Greenhalgh, for Command at Sea. He gives us two ships of the US Navy in World War II, the battlecruisers Alaska and Guam, and the cancelled battleships of the Montana class.
are artwork by Paul Rohrbaugh, prolific game designer
and developer, and and until recently the staff
Against the Odds magazine. He
contributes a new set of counters for SPI's Big Red
One microgame on the Battle of the Bulge; it
duplicates the old one, but with art that meets the
standards of today instead of the less colorful work
from when the game was published. In addition, he
provides new counters for the auxiliary aircraft in the
Battle Manual to Richtofen's War, Avalon Hill's
air combat game from about thirty years ago.
New British and Japanese Ships for Command at Sea
Dreadnoughts & Battlecruisers Gun Range Chart
Originally Published June 20, 2005
The first project here is the work of Gary Greenhalgh, one of my oldest friends in wargaming, and probably the finest naval gamer I know. He contributes two projects here, one a variant for gunnery ranges in Dreadnoughts & Battlecruisers from Minden Games, and the other new British and Japanese warships for the Command at Sea miniatures rules from Clash of Arms. These rank among the very best submissions I've received for either the website or the print edition of Line of Departure; I chose the former option so that as many people as possible can enjoy them as soon as possible.
the range chart for Dreadnoughts & Battlecruisers
is rendered in two media. One is the pdf format
that we all know and love, readable on any platform but
static. The other is an Excel 2003 spreadsheet.
This is readable in Excel, Microsoft Works or, for those
outside the Wintel world or who just have other
financial needs than to give money to Bill Gates,
OpenOffice, a free and open source rival to
Microsoft Office. I've found it almost entirely
compatible with Excel.
Supplementary Rules to Streets of Stalingrad's
Originally Published May 6, 2003
Last week, the new issue of Line of Departure’s print edition led off with a review of the third edition of Streets of Stalingrad, published by L2 Design Group. As per my normal practice, I sent a copy to the designer, Dana Lombardy, for his response.
He was kind enough to send me more than just an answer
to the review; more than that, he sent supplementary
rules, adding a provision for accelerated close assault,
and mandated retreats by units defeated in terrain away
from the urban center.
Attack From March Rule for Campaigns of the French
Originally Published July 5, 2000
Campaigns of the French Foreign Legion appeared
in Issue 200 of
Strategy & Tactics
magazine. It is actually three games on French
colonial wars in
Subsequent to publication, designer (and S&T editor) Joseph Miranda concluded that some players on an anti-French side could win by dispersing their forces, compelling the French to run them down, a task that often takes longer than the game, therefore assuring an unnaturally easy victory.
With that in mind, Miranda drew up optional rules for
attacking from march, a kind of mobile assault or
Then, in order to reach as many gamers as possible, he
offered it to me for publication here.
Player's Aids and Tracks for Clash of Eagles:
Borodino and Friedland
Originally Published August 9, 1999
Line of Departure's
long-standing commitment to
presenting player's aids and boardgame charts is
represented here, commencing with charts for the
The games utilize the tried and true
Napoleon's Last Battles
system, and are eminently playable as-is. However,