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I have become weary of the 2D6 method to determine if a weapon hit the target. In my copious free time, I am going to attempt to correct this.

THIS WILL BE A FAN-DEVELOPED SYSTEM ONLY.

I HAVE NO SUPPORT OR PERMISSION FROM FANPRO/FASA/WIZKIDS/CATALYST OR ANYBODY ELSE TO DO THIS.

If you look at the 2D6 distribution below, you can see the radically disproportionate drop in the percentage to hit in the 5-6-7-8-9 region. In a linear distribution, the 4-5-6-7 (the middle of the 1D10 curve) the percentage of drop across these four numbers is 30%. Whereas, the 5-6-7-8-9 spread (this is five numbers due to the odd number of possible rolls), the drop in percentage to hit is 55.5%.

To roll % Chance + % Change To roll % Chance + % Change
2 100% 1 100%
3 97.2% 2.8% 2 90% 10.0%
4 91.7% 5.6% 3 80% 10.0%
5 83.3% 8.3% 4 70% 10.0%
6 72.2% 11.1% 5 60% 10.0%
7 58.3% 13.9% 6 50% 10.0%
8 41.7% 16.7% 7 40% 10.0%
9 27.8% 13.9% 8 30% 10.0%
10 16.7% 11.1% 9 20% 10.0%
11 8.3% 8.3% 10 (0) 10% 10.0%
12 2.8% 5.6%

 

I am not going to change the entire system to D10 because for falls, etc. being a hex-based game, you need a D6. For hit locations, the biggest part of the unit is the center torso, so again the distribution curve of 2D6 is more realistic to this part than a linear D10.

I realize that the gunnery multiplier table to adjust BV based on gunnery may have to be changed. It may also involve the movement modifier table will have some changes to it. I will have to see. I know this will not be an easy undertaking.

Once I have successfully tackled the hit percentage/gunnery issue, I will use that knowledge and experience to take a hard look at the piloting rolls.

Okay, so I got to messing around with the Battletech Roster Builder spreadsheet and decided to add some more features. The bad news is, I had to start using Macros. As long as this is the only place you get my spreadsheet, you can be reasonably sure the macros contain no malicious code.

So the new features are:

  • You can now field five Units per line item. This means you can use one line item to field up to an entire star of units.
  • Event Macros on the four Battalion tabs that will automatically rename the tab to the Battalion name. So if you put "Erandi Light Horse" into the Battalion name on one of the Battalion tabs, the tab will rename itself "Erandi Light Horse TO&E."
  • Button Macros on the List builder tab. You can sort your list by tonnage then Name, Tonnage and Battalion, Tonnage and Type of Unit (infantry, Vehicle, Battlemech, etc.), by the Type of unit only, and most importantly, Clear All Pilots. This will wipe all of the Pilot Gunnery/Piloting, If C3 is active and any external ordinance (in case of Aerospace) for all Unit groups. My contact email is in the spreadsheet if you want to suggest other sorting methods.
  • On the Print Roster, if you had multiple units from one line item, they would appear in different parts of the list. So with a lot of restructuring of cells, I got everyone together and in order.

Here is the link to the article.

On all of the wargaming forums and FB pages I frequent, I see one thread occur over and over again: I suck at painting my miniatures.

When I started painting, my miniatures sucked as well. My first wargaming tournament was at MidSouthCon 22. It was a 1750 point Warhammer 40K tournament and I ended up (I think) with Best General. There were four of us in the tournament, and two were teenagers. I had painted my force in 3 weeks because I spray painted them on the sprue, then clipped them out and assembled them. I used the Citadel Ultramarine Blue (as it was an Ultramarine force). What made the job REALLY bad was that I used to paint-pot (dip your brush in) Ultramarine Blue to touch up where the sprues were attached. They weren't the same color. The paint-pot was several shades darker.

In the years since, I have become a lot better. I can now paint to a "tabletop" standard, which means if you look at my models at arms length they look realistic. I am not the kind of person who wants to devote the time to paint models that look like they will walk off their bases and I am okay with that.

For those of you who think you suck at painting, and will always suck at painting, watch this.


 

In my "copious free time" lately, I have been working on a project. In the commission of that project, I saw a need and now have put the first project on hold until I can complete the second project. Both projects will be revealed at the appropriate time, but here is a proof of concept for the second project:

POC 15

Okay, I don't do posts on political, social or activist subjects. I have a whole 'nother blog for that.

But this one is about gaming, by no less than Randall Bills, the main creative driving force at Catalyst Game Labs, the current source for all things Battletech.

Here's what he has to say: I'm standing up.

I love gaming, be it board gaming or miniatures gaming. I personally don't get into RPG's or console gaming at all, and PC gaming very little. If you do, it doesn't hurt or bother me if you do. You are just as much a gamer as I am.

Gaming is a social instrument that is supposed to bring people together for an enjoyable encounter with other like-minded people. No one should have to put up with harassment of any kind, especially sexual harassment because the other gamer is female.

If you want to see my best Gunnery Sergeant Hartman impression, sexually harass a woman, belittle or just pick on someone in or near my presence. I will be on you like a pack of dogs on a three-legged cat.

gs hartman

I promise you, it will take a proctologist and two surgeons to get my foot out of your ass. I have a zero tolerance for things that are not right. Saying someone is "not a real gamer" because they don't game how you game, or being disrespectful to another person, especially one of those rare lady gamers is not right and I will seriously harsh your groove if I see you doing so.

Try me. You will be found wanting.

Battle Reports

I welcome Philip back to Battletech from a 10 year
Get the Centurion!
We tried out a new scenario.
The long way
Okay, I met Don Saturday at gaming at Comic Cellar.
War At Sea
On 6/26/16, I organized a Battletech battle. I asked for something to speed up play and possibly welcome new players.
Close enough to shave with
Ernie and I showed up at Mid-South Hobbies today to kick off the Brush War Campaign, and have a pick-up game to get back into the Battletech mood.
Fall down, go BOOM
"It seemed like the thing to do at the time..."
We are the Dead
I just had my first battle of this Brush War Campaign. I thought I was in a pretty good position.
Whack-A-Mech
Today's Lesson: If you're going to try some new tactics, study them before the battle. Don't wing new tactics on the fly.
A 'Wild Hair' Batrep

Ouchies YouTube Batreps

#88 I don't like Change…

Nothing like the first time again...
#88 I don't like Change…

#87 No Refunds

The Prodigy would be proud of the Dervish, Quickcell not so much.
#87 No Refunds

#86 Lake Front Property III

100% legit all the way.
#86 Lake Front Property III

#84 Lake Front Property

Defiler and I assault a quaint vacation home.
#84 Lake Front Property

#80 Jacques! Start the engine!!!

It's not exactly 2v1. More like 2vRUN!
#80 Jacques! Start the engine!!!

#79 When in doubt...

Who needs ranged combat in the 31st millennium? I'm not *trying* to club baby seals I swear.
#79 When in doubt...

#78 Clan GETSUM

Gotta go! Go! GOOO!
#78 Clan GETSUM

#77 Rock 'Em Sock 'Em

We needed a micrometer to determine the winner in this match.
#77 Rock 'Em Sock 'Em

#76 Jade Falcon vs Society Aid Division

TRAITOR AND SWINE! Our uneasy truce on Akuts falls apart as a shady ally does what this band of allies do best.
#76 Jade Falcon vs Society Aid Division

#75 Jade Falcon vs Knights

#75 Jade Falcon vs Knights

#74 Jade Falcon vs. T-Rex Society

In this engagement I sorta over compensate and sell a little bit of my soul to make a point on a world of little value- fighting my ally.
#74 Jade Falcon vs. T-Rex Society

#73 Jade Falcon vs. KWSN

Campaign #2 (2015) continues! Engagement 1, Turn 4. The Jade Falcon Expeditionary, repels a blind raid of their campaign staging area.
#73 Jade Falcon vs. KWSN

#72 Jade Falcon vs. Society Aid Division

Campaign #2 (2015) continues! Engagement 3, Turn 3. The Jade Falcon Expeditionary, Beta Cluster, takes on the SAD 101st Unit for the southern continent of Akuts.
#72 Jade Falcon vs. Society Aid Division

#71 Jade Falcon vs. Davion 109th RCT

Campaign #2 (2015) continues! Engagement 2, Turn 2. The Jade Falcon Expeditionary, Alpha Cluster, takes on the 268th Thunderers from the Davion 109th on Panjang in a brushing conflict.
#71 Jade Falcon vs. Davion 109th RCT

#70 Jade Falcon vs. KWSN

A new campaign! The Jade Falcon Expeditionary opens up an LZ on a hostile world. It was supposed to be a milk run, not an ambush. Will they succeed?
#70 Jade Falcon vs. KWSN

#66 Fusiliers vs. TRC

The last round of the brush war campaign, we fight on the loosely populated Panjang against the scummy TRC.
#66 Fusiliers vs. TRC

#65 Fusiliers vs. BLNR

The BLNR have committed their forces to the siege of Carnot while far flung warlords pick off their less defended territories. This is the game that will make or break both them and the Fusiliers.
#65 Fusiliers vs. BLNR

#64 Fusiliers vs. TRC

Interception of the tide of landings over Carnot!
#64 Fusiliers vs. TRC

#63 WoB vs. Mercs

Round 3 Tourney Game at Midsouth Hobbies (9/27/14)
#63 WoB vs. Mercs

#62 WoB vs. Taurian

Round 2 Tourney Game at Midsouth Hobbies (9/27/14)
#62 WoB vs. Taurian

#61 WoB vs. Clan

Round 1 Tourney Game at Midsouth Hobbies (9/27/14)
#61 WoB vs. Clan

#60 Coalition vs. WoB

The air above gets hot as the battlefield gets contested in this Battletech game.
#60 Coalition vs. WoB

#59 Coalition vs. WoB

In this batrep I give the wrong name to everything proxied.
#59 Coalition vs. WoB

#58 Coalition vs. WoB

Boot up the C3i, it's time to buy some time.
#58 Coalition vs. WoB

#57 WoB vs. Coalition (Shiloh 5)

The Word of Blake Shiloh campaign comes to a close as a data breach forces this skirmish to be the last.
#57 WoB vs. Coalition (Shiloh 5)

#53 Cappellan vs. Taurian

DUST OFF THE FUSION REACTOR. Battletech 10k bv2 vs. 10k bv2; Inner Sphere theme.
#53 Cappellan vs. Taurian

#52 A&A WaS US vs. IJN Rematch

We play Axis and Allies War at Sea because the viewers requested it and we would of played it on our own anyway (protip: because it's fun).
#52 A&A WaS US vs. IJN Rematch

#33 Battletech!

Same as the last one, just less "Copyright-y". Riots abound and the HPG grid has gone off line. Is something afoot?
#33 Battletech!

#32 Solaris Death Match

We try a slightly different narration style and game altogether.
#32 Solaris Death Match

#31 WoB vs. Coalition (Shiloh 3&4)

Round 3&4 (out of 5) of Operation Scour follows into double jeopardy as the Word of Blake struggles against the Coalition forces.
#31 WoB vs. Coalition (Shiloh 3&4)

#30 WoB vs. Coalition (Shiloh 2)

Round 2 of Operation Scour continues as the WoB reel from the LZ and setup a hasty blocking formation.
#30 WoB vs. Coalition (Shiloh 2)

#29 WoB vs. Clan (Shiloh 1)

Operation Scour kicks off during the invasion of the WoB held planet of Shiloh in this 30k bv2 opening scenario. I like big games because the odds of the things that make battletech awesome are mediated by the sheer volume of things going on.
#29 WoB vs. Clan (Shiloh 1)

#28 WoB vs. Clan

Clan takes on the Word of Blake in Hasty Escalation... again. 5000pts
#28 WoB vs. Clan

#27 WoB vs. Clan

Clan takes on the Word of Blake in Hasty Escalation. 5000pts
#27 WoB vs. Clan

#26 WoB vs. Capellan Confederation

Capellans takes on the Word of Blake in a meeting engagement. 5000pts.
#26 WoB vs. Capellan Confederation

#25 WoB vs. Clan

Word Of Blake takes on the Clans in a meeting engagement. 5000pts.
#25 WoB vs. Clan

#21 Clan vs. Inner Sphere

Battletech BattleReport. 10k pts/side, 'Meeting Engament'. IS vs. Clan.
#21 Clan vs. Inner Sphere

#20 Domination

Battletech BattleReport. 30k pts/side, 'Domination'. BluFor vs. RedFor
#20 Domination

#19 Domination

Battletech BattleReport. 20,000pts, 'Domination'. Clan Jade Falcon Vs. Clan Chromium Pigeon/Taurian
#19 Domination

#17 Domination

The endangered Jade Dodo's breeding grounds are threatened by hungry periphery raiders. Will the Jade Falcon clan push them back or will a new bird enter the fried food arena in this play test of a "Flames of War" inspired scenario?
#17 Domination

#16 Group W vs. Comstar

Battletech Battle Report: Comstar and Group W go in the final "final" round. As Comstar finds themselves entering a quagmire they are unwilling to support, they make it one for Group W as well before dis-involving altogether.
#16 Group W vs. Comstar

#10 A&A WaS US vs. IJN

I get my feet wet in a naval game. Then feel bad about it. Axis & Allies: War at Sea Battle Report. Japanese Vs. Americans at 300pts.
#10 A&A WaS US vs. IJN

#7 Sorta Batrep

When life hands you lemons… Somewhere between getting to turn 3 after 5 hours, multiple equipment failures and a family emergency, this batrep wasn't meant to be done.
#7 Sorta Batrep

#6 Group W vs. Comstar Fight 3

Comstar and Group W go in the final round in a best of 3- and I find myself biting off more than I can chew.
#6 Group W vs. Comstar Fight 3

#5 Group W vs. Comstar Fight 2

Revengence! Tanks and mechs meet again in the hilly country land as Comstar pursues the Group W mercenaries into the rural areas.
#5 Group W vs. Comstar Fight 2

#4 Group W vs. Comstar Fight 1

Mercenary Vs. Comstar, Mech's Vs. Tanks, Long Distance charges vs... stacked dice? We got it all in this batrep.
#4 Group W vs. Comstar Fight 1

#3 Group W vs. Jade Falcon

In this battle report, Group W is tasked with probing the clan defensive line. Will they gather the recon data without incident or will clan Jade Falcon gather their salvage? Find out!
#3 Group W vs. Jade Falcon

#2 Jade Falcon vs Marik/Kurita

Will the Clan's let the the lostech hardened candy shell technology fall to Innersphere hands? Find out!
#2 Jade Falcon vs Marik/Kurita

#1 Lyran/JF vs. Pirates/Mercs

Proof of concept time lapse shoot of a 20k/side BV meeting engagement.
#1 Lyran/JF vs. Pirates/Mercs

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