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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2018, 06:15:45 PM »
How do the 2-player competitive rules look? Is there a lot for the German player to do, important decisions to be made, or is it more like B-17 QOTS where the German player just rolls the dice that the solitaire player would have rolled anyway and maybe decides what side of the bomber to attack?
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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2018, 06:46:34 PM »
I need to play it some more to put together coherent review-like thoughts, but so far, from my solo-playing point of view...

The game comes at you, hard, from a dozen different directions. I feel like the little Dutch boy plugging holes in a dyke with his fingers. Pavlov's House gets hammered by infantry and armor, the 13th Guards gets plastered by German units and bombs, and the 62nd Army is often struggling to keep supply lines open, anti-aircraft and artillery positions clear and available, and having stockpiles of supplies to send over in the first place. The game is definitely a juggling act. Meaningful decisions come in the form of hard choices you need to make; do you fix things the Germans have broken, or try to get ahead with something else? Do you ignore damage done to an anti-aircraft position, knowing that another Stuka attack could rain death up the chain of 62nd Army's positions? Your choices directly impact the random system's 'problem generator.'

You choose what supplies to bring up, what infrastructure to repair or build, which Soviet soldiers to bring over, what weapons to purchase, and what sides/sectors of the house itself to defend. The game system tries to F you up on all of those counts. You need to think ahead. In any game turn, you first make your infrastructure decisions, then the Germans can come along and mess it all up, then your house defenders get to take actions. You might not be able to use actions you planned for earlier in the turn (e.g., you place an artillery token to use on a Fascist force concentration, but some $#&!#@ Stukas come in and disrupt it, removing the token and thus your advantage) and the choices you make at the start of a turn might do a 180 by the end of the turn.

It's chaotic, it is random, but your choices directly impact how the game progresses. You really need to think about the game system and incorporate that into your strategy so you do not lose too early.

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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2018, 10:13:24 PM »
The way I did it:

1:  Yes.  Suppression, I discovered, is a very big deal.

2:  Yes, one shot looking to meet or beat the defense value of whomever he's trying to suppress, bearing in mind that's picked randomly.

3:  First see who starves (if anybody) then move the card up to the "Storm Group" box.  If there's a card already there, kick it out.  The next time you draw a 62nd Army (I believe I'm remembering the # correctly) card in the first phase, you can have a storm run in the color indicated on the card, provided you've no Wehrmacht in that color.  This is really the only way to "win-win" the game.  Oh, you can survive, but if you want to WIN, you need these.

 
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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2018, 08:15:48 AM »
A question: the only way to move Suppression Tokens from the Supply Box to the Suppression Box, is for one of our valiant defenders to take a Suppression Action...equal to the counter's Suppress Value...correct?

It would therefore be silly to have a Soviet counter do a Suppress action if they don't have any Suppress value, I imagine (which seems to be A, M, and G-rated defenders, though there's a few it seems that do have both).

Some counters donít have suppress values (or rather, they have a 0 suppress value). They canít take a suppress action.

The anti-tank gunners [A] canít suppress.

The machine gunners [G] and mortar operators [M] can suppress by using the weaponís suppress value.

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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2018, 08:17:45 AM »
Second question: I've drawn an Assault card for the Wehrmacht. The first (green) area has one Rifleman with a Suppress Value of 1. The rules for Assault say to add up all the Suppress values (which in this case is 1) and then to resolve the Suppress Action on page 10.

So that means I go and roll four dice? The Suppress Action detailed there is for a Wehrmacht mortar, which has a Suppress Value of 4. I'm assuming I just roll ONE die (since it's a 1-strength Rifleman unit) to see if that equals or exceeds the defense value of the green side of the building. Is that correct, just one die? (Or however many dice it adds up to for multiple infantry counters?)

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Yep, thatís right - just one die in the case of a single counter with a 1 suppress value.

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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2018, 08:20:02 AM »
Third question (heh, sorry): I'm somewhat confused about Resupply/Storm Group cards.

So once the Resupply side is resolved, the rules state to flip it over to its Storm Group side.

Does that Storm Group card immediately go to the Storm Group portion of the game board, or do you leave it and move on to the Soviet Counter phase, then the next round's Soviet Card phase, and then resolve it in that next Wehrmacht Card phase?

You resolve the Resupply immediately (in the Wehrmacht phase) when itís drawn. After resolving it, immediately move it to the Storm Group space. If there was already a Storm Card there, it gets replaced.

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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2018, 08:23:50 AM »
How do the 2-player competitive rules look? Is there a lot for the German player to do, important decisions to be made, or is it more like B-17 QOTS where the German player just rolls the dice that the solitaire player would have rolled anyway and maybe decides what side of the bomber to attack?

The Wehrmacht player has some decisions to make, but itís not as engaging as the Soviet sides. Personally, my favorite option is 2-player co-op. Now, I will say that the 3 player competitive option amps up the difficulty for the Soviet players pretty significantly, because a smart Wehrmacht player can build some pretty powerful combos. I also sometimes play as the Wehrmacht player if Iím introducing two new players to the game. In the end, I would say itís a good option, but I wouldnít buy the game primarily to play three players.

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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #22 on: July 15, 2018, 08:27:18 AM »
The way I did it:

1:  Yes.  Suppression, I discovered, is a very big deal.

2:  Yes, one shot looking to meet or beat the defense value of whomever he's trying to suppress, bearing in mind that's picked randomly.

3:  First see who starves (if anybody) then move the card up to the "Storm Group" box.  If there's a card already there, kick it out.  The next time you draw a 62nd Army (I believe I'm remembering the # correctly) card in the first phase, you can have a storm run in the color indicated on the card, provided you've no Wehrmacht in that color.  This is really the only way to "win-win" the game.  Oh, you can survive, but if you want to WIN, you need these.

Excellent observations, especially with regard to the importance of Storm Group assaults. If you want to win the game, youíre going to have to send some dudes to die.

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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #23 on: July 15, 2018, 08:28:26 AM »
I need to play it some more to put together coherent review-like thoughts, but so far, from my solo-playing point of view...

The game comes at you, hard, from a dozen different directions. I feel like the little Dutch boy plugging holes in a dyke with his fingers. Pavlov's House gets hammered by infantry and armor, the 13th Guards gets plastered by German units and bombs, and the 62nd Army is often struggling to keep supply lines open, anti-aircraft and artillery positions clear and available, and having stockpiles of supplies to send over in the first place. The game is definitely a juggling act. Meaningful decisions come in the form of hard choices you need to make; do you fix things the Germans have broken, or try to get ahead with something else? Do you ignore damage done to an anti-aircraft position, knowing that another Stuka attack could rain death up the chain of 62nd Army's positions? Your choices directly impact the random system's 'problem generator.'

You choose what supplies to bring up, what infrastructure to repair or build, which Soviet soldiers to bring over, what weapons to purchase, and what sides/sectors of the house itself to defend. The game system tries to F you up on all of those counts. You need to think ahead. In any game turn, you first make your infrastructure decisions, then the Germans can come along and mess it all up, then your house defenders get to take actions. You might not be able to use actions you planned for earlier in the turn (e.g., you place an artillery token to use on a Fascist force concentration, but some $#&!#@ Stukas come in and disrupt it, removing the token and thus your advantage) and the choices you make at the start of a turn might do a 180 by the end of the turn.

It's chaotic, it is random, but your choices directly impact how the game progresses. You really need to think about the game system and incorporate that into your strategy so you do not lose too early.

Thanks so much for taking the time to play and share your thoughts! I really appreciate it.

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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #24 on: July 15, 2018, 09:19:23 AM »
Thank you for answering my questions; it's very helpful. I figured I was on the right track with most of it but it's always nice to know for sure!

And those gorram Stukas. Ugh. :)

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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #25 on: July 19, 2018, 06:10:22 PM »
For those interested in the true story behind the battle I can recommend this documentary/analysis derived from a variety of historical sources... it's good, and something to measure the game against. The truth is far better than the Soviet propaganda that for years was the "official" account. :bd:

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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #26 on: July 21, 2018, 07:38:42 PM »
S_T -

The wooden blocks in the game - they're not mentioned in the rules, but I'm figuring they're included to use in lieu of tokens. (Unless I'm missing something of course.)

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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2018, 07:45:08 PM »
I usually love TIK, but I lost substantial respect for him when he spent a whole video repeatedly lecturing viewers, very patronizingly, on basic analytical principles, and then significantly failed to apply them to his theme (Suvorov's Icebreaker thesis, which he was determined to shoot down in the most shallow way possible).  >:(

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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #28 on: July 21, 2018, 09:07:46 PM »
I've watched a few of his Stalingrad videos and they're quite interesting. (Thanks Boggit)

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Re: Today's Unboxing - Pavlov's House!
« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2018, 08:08:19 PM »
Sorry for the late reply - was away on vacation!

Yes, the wooden blocks can be used as an alternative to the counters used in the game. They aren't needed if you use the counters.