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Supremacy Terrain

This is just a graphics test.  We’d like to get some feedback before we continue down this road. 

What do you guys think?  Too busy?  Too cluttered?  Look good?  Love, like, hate?

 

Let us know in comments below. 

We have rules for weather zones as well.  I’m afraid if we super impose weather over the top of this, it would really get confusing.  Any ideas?


By the way, we made some major breakthroughs finally on the Cyber Deck / Unconventional War expansion yesterday.  The rough draft rules should be finished today.  I expect this Expansion will be done and released soon!  

As it turns out, this was also the last piece we needed to make the 80’s Cold War edition work right.  I’m expecting this to be done and released soon as well.  Right now, we are seeing this as an expansion map and scenario.  We think the same deck and pieces will work, so you won’t have to buy a whole new game to get a whole new game.  That’s always nice.  =)

 

 

Supremacy Alliances

Sure, I’ll be your Ally….    Why not?  What is there to lose?  What is there to gain?  I can still attack you anytime I want.  Players always talk about being Allies but it doesn’t really mean anything.


This is a problem that plagues most multiplayer games.  Players can say anything.  What will they do?  If they can betray you and attack you at anytime, what good is an Alliance?   

What if it did mean something?  What if they really couldn’t attack you?  It was in the rules!  What if you also really got something out of it?  You could combine forces and coordinate together for attacks.  That would make an Alliance truly powerful.  

We have developed some new optional rules that you can add to Supremacy.  They do exactly that.  They put real meat into an Alliance.  They can’t just betray you.  It is against the rules.  Are they still willing declare an Alliance?  This completely changes the game. 

Where can you get these new Optional Rules?  They are now included in our Diplomatic Kit.   


IF

You were a Supremacy Backer

OR

Previously purchased the Diplomatic Kit,

Send us an email and we will send you a copy of these new Optional Alliance Rules for FREE!!

 

 

Hidden Reserves

We love Columbia Games.  Great company.  Great products.  We whole heartedly support and endorse them.  They blazed a lot of new ground in wargaming ‘technology’ with their hidden blocks for Fog-of-War (FoW).  They have made some of the best games ever. 

We didn’t want to just copy Columbia Games.  We wanted to break new ground.  We like the look of the long, rectangular Pub Battles pieces.  Unfortunately, they aren’t quite as good as Columbia for FoW.  They do conceal type, command and quality but this doesn’t generate the same level of fear, like most Columbia games.  Is that a 1 strength infantry or a 4 strength SS panzer?  Big difference.

We have been experimenting with all kinds of different systems to achieve this with Pub Battles.  We finally hit the right combination.  I am very excited about this Variant.  This elevates Pub Battles to the same unknown, Kriegsspiel type FoW,  as Columbia Games.  THIS is what we’ve been looking for. 


This is what the board looks like:

What is really there?  This:

Or this:


Hidden Reserve

HQs can act as a Reserve to hide pieces from the enemy.  Pieces can move into Reserve by moving into the HQ.  Remove them from the board while in Reserve, as long as the HQ cannot be Spotted by the enemy.  To move pieces out of Reserve, put them back on the board at the HQ and conduct a regular move.

Simply track which pieces are in Reserve with which HQ by noting them on paper.  An easier way is to hide them under a folder sheet of paper (or cards stock) with the HQ name written on top.     

The HQ marks the location of pieces that are closest to the enemy.  Consider all pieces in Reserve to be within 1/3 Cav move at or behind the HQ (away from the enemy).

While HQs hold pieces in Reserve, they can only move at the speed of the slowest piece they hold.

Pieces can begin the game in Reserve.

Army HQs can also hold pieces in Reserve.

While a HQ is spotted by the enemy, all of its Reserve pieces must be placed on the board. 

 

Spotting & Line of Sight

Pieces can see up to 1 mile in clear weather. 

Woods, Buildings, Hills and enemy units block line of sight.  You can see into Woods and Buildings up to the thickness of a piece: 3/8”.  You can see onto a Hill up to the center crest line.     

Consider these obstacles to be the same height.  So a piece on a Hill could see over Woods or Buildings to a target on another Hill, up to the crest line.  If the target was not on a hill, it could see them if the target was further away from the obstacle than the observer.  

Reassignment

This requires a little more work but greatly increases the darkness. 

Before the game starts, you can reassign pieces to other commands.  Simply note which units are attached to which commands.  Treat them as a regular part of that command for the entire game. 

Limits:

Every Command must have at least 2 pieces.

The number of pieces in any Command cannot exceed the largest historical Command of that army. 


 

Add in multiple players with limited communications and you are very, very close to a real Kriegsspiel without an Umpire.  

Supremacy Turn Variant

Games where you do everything at once (trade, move, attack, build) and then the next player goes are considered old school.  The downside here is that you have to wait a long time before you get to do anything.  Especially if you are playing a game like Supremacy with lots of players. 

The new way is to break this up into smaller phases where everybody plays together.  So, each player trades.  Then each player moves.  Then attack, etc.  This helps keep players involved and participating in the game more frequently.  The new Supremacy 2020 follows this format but this method isn’t always good.  There are down sides to it. 

In many ways, Supremacy works better with the old school method.  This is how you can easily Retro Fit your Supremacy game with old game tech:


Combined Turn Sequence

Salaries

All players simultaneously pay salaries and collect new resources, etc. as usual. 

Player Turns

Randomly determine the next player to go by pulling chits as usual.  During your turn, you Trade, Combat, Redeploy and Build all in sequence.  Once you have finished all Steps, draw a new chit to determine the next player to go. 

Note that launching Counterattacks, can still draw you in and give you something to do during another player’s turn.


 

Advantages to Using this Variant

Better Strategic Planning

A downside to playing together in broken down, incremental Steps is that it is hard to create and implement a coherent strategic plan.  Everything is always changing.  Often times your plan is ruined by time you get to move.  It is almost better not to make any plans until it is time for you to do something.  This variant allows players the time they need to think and operate more strategically.  This is a much better fit for Supremacy. 

Social / Diplomacy

In many ways the best part of Supremacy is the diplomacy:  alliances and negotiation.  With the new rapid fire format, there is almost no time to conduct this effectively.   Instead of sitting around bored, waiting for your turn, this time gives players the perfect time needed to conduct diplomacy.  This also gives you more time to socialize.  Bringing people closer together to bond and connect is what games are about.  Go with it and enjoy!   

Teaching / Policing

Are people cheating?  It is harder to track this and enforce the rules if everybody is moving at once or in rapid sequence.  If you are the only person moving and everybody else is watching, you have to be on your best behavior.  If you are a new player, this is a great time to learn and get coaching advice from other players.  Players are usually too distracted to help in the current system. 

Faster?

This may be counter intuitive but I suspect that the game will actually play faster this way.  At the very least you are saving time by only pulling chits once per Turn, not every Step.  I think players will also spend less time ‘thinking’ during their turn time.  They have plenty of time to think while other people are moving.  When they get pulled, they know exactly what they are going to do.  They just jump right in and crank out their whole turn at once. 


Try this out and let us know what you think.  Do you like it better?