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drjones

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(CO) Linked scenarios: formations
« on: 11 October 2021, 21:05:51 »
I'm considering a linked scenario campaign (CO pg. 134-137) where one side outnumbers the other (in this case, for play balance -- "handicapping" one player by giving one side a larger budget). In this case, one side has a standard mech company (12 mechs organized into three lances) and the other has an ad hoc reinforced company or short battalion (20 mechs organized into five lances; the players controlling this side are still wrangling over the exact command structure). Formations are lances in this situation.

1. Looking at the rules for determining scenarios (pg. 135), if side A has more formations with Fight orders than side B has formations with either Fight or Defend orders, do the side A formations combine against side B combat formations or do they fight side B formations with non-combat orders? For example, let's say side A has three formations (A1, A2, and A3) with Fight orders and side B has three formations, one each given Fight (B1), Defend (B2), and Rest (B3) orders. It appears that B1 will engage one of the side A formations (randomly chosen?). Will B2 face the remaining two side A formations or will B2 face one and B3 the other? (My sense from the rules is that it is the former, based on the language about "if no opposing formations have Defend orders..." being the only case where formations with non-combat orders are engaged combined with the description further along in the section -- the last paragraph -- about cases where multiple formations combine.)

2. The section on determining scenarios (pg. 135) also mentions where a "multi-formation group if orders were assigned appropriately" might face an opponent. I didn't see mention of how these orders would be created; actions appear to be specific to a single formation.

3. How and when may formations reorganize? If the answer to question #1 means that excess formations from the larger side (the reinforced company) will "break through" a smaller number of defending formations to attack formations with non-combat orders, it appears that the smaller side (the standard company) would be well advised to divide its standard lances into smaller scratch groupings (say two or three mechs each) if any of its formations need to rest or repair.

4. The order descriptions (pg. 136) state that a formation ordered to Repair cannot fight. What happens in the situation where an opposing formation is slated to face a non-combat formation of this formation's side? Does the formation assigned the Repair order fight anyways, get ignored in matching up formations, automatically get destroyed, or something else?

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Re: (CO) Linked scenarios: formations
« Reply #1 on: 12 October 2021, 08:06:20 »
As a quick additional note, the considerations here would also apply as a campaign progresses. For example, an uneven number of formations would exist and potentially make relevant the questions here if at some point one side lost an entire lance (or company in larger scale campaigns) in battle.

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Re: (CO) Linked scenarios: formations
« Reply #2 on: 26 October 2021, 08:25:59 »
Providing an update, we're getting underway with the campaign and will see if it adds insight to the questions. We're only allowing combat orders (Defend, Fight, Scout) under the assumption that the forces fight during the day and the techs work at night (kind of like an airline...) per the "Time" rules starting on CO pg. 188. I'm running a LC force (one company) with the other players running a FWL force (reinforced company or short battalion, five lances in strength). The setting is 3025 and the rules used are pretty vanilla.

Day 1 orders posed only one point of interest, as far as I know. The LC force ordered two lances (Command and Striker) to Fight and the remaining lance (Recon) to Scout. The FWL force ordered two lances (Assault and Battle) to Fight, one lance (Recon) to Scout, and the remaining two lances (unknown) to Defend. Thus, the two forces with Scout orders will engage. The Linked Scenario rules don't seem to specify how to pick which formations engage when multiple formations on each side have Fight orders (see pg. 135) so we chose randomly. This pits my Command lance -- Lyran-style, it has two assault mechs and two heavies  :) -- versus the opposing Battle lanch, apparently two heavies and two mediums. My Striker lance, three mediums and one light, is facing off with the opposing Assault lance... (in hindsight, looking at the tables on pg. 137, a Scout order may have been more appropriate for the Striker lance.)

So, add one additional subquestion: is this the correct way to select which formations engage in this situation?

 

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