The Gamers: Leros – Shrinkwrip!

I managed to find a local copy of Leros, new in shrink, off craigslist. Not even sure why I thought I might find something there, but low and behold I did!

Needs a bit of airing out, but still a great find! Check the shinkwrip out below:

By J.Holen

Leros Play by Poll Wrap Up

Closing thoughts.

The Tactical Combat Series (TCS)  is an unforgiving system from the perspective of long view in a campaign game.  The tendency is in a game at this scale at least for me is to “get in there” and start fighting as the clock is ticking. I did however enjoy Leros, the rules work, the system works, the counter art and maps are stunning. It is about my favorite so far in the series.  Especially as a straight up foot soldier battle.

Well once again from my TCS play here we see a 2-3 day conflict that was ‘rushed’.  Both sides took chances, inflicted losses and paid the piper for overly aggressive tactics. Especially the Germans in the North.

The overall plan for the Germans was weak. Too little force was applied to the North. In reality the forces tasked with capturing the center of the Island should have all headed North. By breaking the back of the English (Buffs) the Germans could then choose locations for asset delivery and combine forces to assault the center on day 2 or 3.

There was some chat about players sitting back and pounding with air as the Germans…. I now see why. The Brits need softening up and air is your only recourse until the Arty and IG’s arrive.

You can attack in broad day light as the Germans and be mauled or conduct sorties for a full day and hopefully sneak into position as daylight wanes.

The historical defense leaves Portolago way too open. Here the Germans fought hard and won a fair fight. They had nearly 2 battalions assigned to overwhelm the UK troops. Captured at long last:

Playing by Poll.

This needs refinement and more consistency from me. I think the turn cycles got too far apart and we lost quiet a few voters once the turns started to go beyond one a week…. my bad. Also as we are assigning Op sheets that can run for quiet a while I need to be more proactive with updates and play reports.

The Pandeli Bay invasion was a mess. Heavy losses, little gain and the Germans elected to fail off the Op Sheet and regroup. This is one area where we went in too hard too early.

Qanranta held well for most of the first day. Successive bombing and assaults forced the UK to accept losses and retreat and re group in ghood strength to avoid being isolated.

I did have positive feedback that the play style and approach was one of kind and also first of its kind. Thats cool. Glad you guys like it. I will be doing another Play by Pollster game with a Gamers title. This time Napoleonics.

A little more refined, a little simpler and hopefully more interactive. I’d encourage those that want to participate to either subscribe here or check in on Facebook on the Gamers Community page for polls and updates.

Kust CO ran thru the Italians like a hot knife thru butter!

PbP: Leros Campaign 1600 Day One

After a furious series of turns the time for another poll has arrived. Last post we were at 0640, and I posted recently that the 0900 turn things were going well for the Allies.

They were. Past tense.

After 30 air sorties life is a bit different and the tenuous hold on two locations is now no longer. Lets take a look.  Whilst overall I feel like losses are light for both sides. The damage is wearing down the Allies somewhat faster than the Axis.

Overall situation @ 1600 Day 1.

See past posts here: or the discrete links below for a full chronology.

Here is the situation. From 9am onwards on Day One of the battle for Leros the British and their allies have fought hard.

The Invasion at dawn was not a surprise but it took its toll. The Allies have lost some key positions.

Initially we wanted the Allies (you) to hold Ports and piers as long as possible. This would prevent new forces landing easily and keep heavy weapons off the Island.

This has not happened. The Italian Forces have gone radio silent. Last reports were they were under heavy attack from Kust Co. Losses were severe. We must therefore assume that side of the Island is no longer under our control.

Worse yet. Repeated bloody assaults in Portolago has resulted in the decimation of Kents. 1 platoon and a MG section finally retreated @ 1400 hr.

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Leros Poll

UPDATE #2! See bottom of post [09/11/2011]

The Axis have landed.  This link shows you where your forces are:

This link shows you where the enemy landed but no details on strength. 

This poll is simple,  however over the course of the next few weeks you will receive further intelligence reports about action occurring between 0600-0800.  This information will provide you with the ability to make a more informed choice. Buffs, Irish and Kents are all under attack. So are the Italians but no one is sure if that is the case.

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