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Sword of Stalingrad - Gullies Mon, 12 October 2009 21:56
DoW - It looks like you've got another winner lined up. I for one am looking forward to the new map and cards. I like what I've seen so far.

I do find something a little concerning though... The initial map images show gullies running along the east and west ends of the map (Rats in a Factory side) and through large sections of the Sword of Stalingrad side.

According to the card compendium gully hexes are impassible for all units from the sides and can only be transited via the openings.

http://www.daysofwonder.com/memoir44/en/content/cards_compen dium/?id=terrain_44

On the Rats in a Factory side this will prevent the eight German units on the (German Left) edge from fully participating in the fray.

The flip side of the map the Sword of Stalingrad will have a similar problem as it appears only train trestles are crossing the gullies. This will isolate the German left as there are no crossing points.

I am going to guess that a rules modification will somehow allow the transiting of the gully hexes for this scenario. If not many units will be isolated. I don't recall bridge layers being used on the Eastern Front but I could be wrong...


[Edited subject to differentiate from a prior post]

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Re:Sword of Stalingrad - Gullies Mon, 12 October 2009 22:07
I bet there are special rules for the gullies.

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Re:Sword of Stalingrad - Gullies Tue, 13 October 2009 17:19
That was my first thought too when I read this, they would've thought about that too Laughing Rolling Eyes

Tim

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Re: gullies Tue, 13 October 2009 17:45
Actually the hexes that you see are not gullies, but balkas, a new special terrain. They are not impassable, but you have to stop when moving in AND when exiting a balka hex. Of course, it also provides cover. Smug
      
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Re:Sword of Stalingrad - Gullies Tue, 13 October 2009 18:46
Why haven't I heard about this? Can someone give a link please?

** oops...nevermind; I found it...

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Re:Sword of Stalingrad - Gullies Tue, 13 October 2009 18:55
Share the link...was this explained somewhere and I missed it because Antoine said it's new terrain. Razz
      
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Re:Sword of Stalingrad - Gullies Tue, 13 October 2009 20:07
rasmussen81 wrote on Tue, 13 October 2009 18:55

Share the link...was this explained somewhere and I missed it because Antoine said it's new terrain. Razz


Maybe he is refering to the expansion and not the new terrain.
      
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Re:Sword of Stalingrad - Gullies Tue, 13 October 2009 21:49

OldBloodandGuts wrote on Tue, 13 October 2009 09:46

Why haven't I heard about this? Can someone give a link please?

** oops...nevermind; I found it...



For other people's reference...

Here is the link to the DoW announcement for Sword of Stalingrad: http://blog.daysofwonder.com/?p=1168&language=en

Here is the link that shows both battle maps:
http://www.daysofwonder.com/memoir44/en/content/op3/
      
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Re:Sword of Stalingrad - Gullies Tue, 13 October 2009 23:46
Oh great, oh fab, oh marvellous, when can I get one Shocked !?

Now can I nitpick...? I'd have liked it snow-covered, and grey, not green, and I cried when I got to the page and found that there were no new figs, and no Stukas... Embarassed

But you really can't please some folks...

Like the sound of the cards!
      
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Re:Sword of Stalingrad - Gullies Tue, 13 October 2009 23:57
I hear you on the winter format but apparently this is covering the beginning of the siege, maybe July - September 1942.

This will probably open the possibility for a October 1942 - February 1943 winter map with a lot of devastation.

I too think this would have been a good time to introduce bombers and the Stuka... A missed opportunity but at least we get a new deck that opens what appears to be many new options.
      
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Re: gullies Wed, 14 October 2009 23:38
Antoine wrote on Tue, 13 October 2009 16:45

Actually the hexes that you see are not gullies, but balkas, a new special terrain.


Interesting word - where does it come from? can't say I've ever come across a 'balka' anywhere else (unlike a gully, say)...
      
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Re: gullies Thu, 15 October 2009 00:25
Mighty Jim 83 wrote on Wed, 14 October 2009 14:38

Antoine wrote on Tue, 13 October 2009 16:45

Actually the hexes that you see are not gullies, but balkas, a new special terrain.


Interesting word - where does it come from? can't say I've ever come across a 'balka' anywhere else (unlike a gully, say)...



"A Balka is a dry gully found in Russia which features steep sides covered in vegetation."
http://terranscapes.com/custom/customgallery-balka.php

"balka - a gully formed by a washout"


Looks worse than a gully to me (Sevastopol, Kilen-Balka-gully)...
http://wikimapia.org/10802692/Kilen-Balka-gully

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