Tuesday, 12 June 2018

"C3 - Less than 60 Miles" Development (1)

As you maybe already know, Thin Red Line Games is now developing its second game:

C3 - Less than 60 Miles

As you will see by the map, the 60 Miles the title is referring to are the approximate distance between Fulda and Frankfurt am Main.

Map sample, with no Russkies disturbing the bucolic countryside.

The game will have some contact points with NATO: Division Commander and Central Front, but will try to avoid the high complexity of the first and the excessive abstraction of the second. Final rules should be about 20 pages and a single turn should take no more than 15 minutes.

The main goal is to focus on several key concepts of modern mechanized warfare that are typically elusive or neglected in a war simulation:
  • Command, Control and Communication
  • OODA Cycle
  • Initiative and Momentum
  • Meeting Engagements
  • Battlefield Chaos

Moreover, Less than 60 Miles should be the first of a series of C3 modules, covering not only different areas but also different conflicts. Yes, this means that the idea is to have the whole West German front covered and playable in a gigantic, unmanageable, mind-blowing campaign.

Project state of advancement is:
  • Map completed
  • OOB completed (counter values still a work in progress)
  • Orders, Movement, Engineers, C&C, Helicopters rules defined and in testing
  • Combat, EW, Chemical & Nuclear Warfare, Air Support rules and more still to define
  • Scenarios still to define
For now, that's more or less all I can tell. 

Now, some snapshots from the Vassal module we're using for defining / testing the rules. Please note that counter art is just for testing, we will do better before going into production ;)

39th Guards Motorized Rifle Division advancing North of Fulda, H1000 Zulu Time
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8th Guards Combined Arms Army area, H1000 Zulu Time
(click for full resolution)

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

1985: Under an Iron Sky - Vassal Module first images

First leaked images for the 1985: Under an Iron Sky Vassal module currently in development!

I've played with it today and it's, well, beautiful. Click on the images for full resolution (actually, Vassal resolution is better than this).

BAOR - WG III Korps Area


Hannover Area Detail

NATO Airfields with Air Squadrons deployed

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

1985: Under an Iron Sky - Well, boys, I reckon this is it - nuclear combat toe to toe with the Roosskies

Finally, 1985: Under an Iron Sky reached DEFCON 1 and is now available on our official site....phew!

Orders are being prepared for shipping as Warsaw Pact forces cross the Inner German Border in a last attempt to affirm Soviet control over Central Europe.

It has been an incredibly intense 18 months period, during which I've learned lots of things I've never imagined: digging into released CIA documents, endless discussions on T-80 weaknesses, storage of attack helicopters in controlled environment conditions, strategic sealift capacity, lithographic print angles, die-cutting average pressure, tricks of CMYK printing.

Also, prices of china-made 20-sided dice!

All this stuff will come handy as we prepare the second game, already in development. Can't tell much more right now, I don't want to open a gap in our already pathetic security procedures :)

Thanks everyone for the help, support and enthusiasm showed during this months.

Ah, right! commercial break!

Buy it now, before it's too late!

The capitalist, corrupt Designer and the Glorious, Socialist Designer

Monday, 26 March 2018

1985: Under an Iron Sky - Game Components

The first finished copies of 1985: Under an Iron Sky are here with me right now, and in a couple of days 200 of them will depart for the United States.

After their confirmed landing in the New World, DEFCON 1 will be declared and the online shop at TRLGames.com will open!

Here's a photographic shooting of the game components.....Booń∑s and Cat are not included in this first edition.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

1985: Under an Iron Sky - Production Print (4)

A preview of the game box, just printed and already mistreated by me during transport...actual size 38x28x8 cm.

Friday, 16 February 2018

"1985: Under an Iron Sky" production print (2)

Second visit to production print facility!

NATO airfields x 200

Colour checking desk

Air Superiority & Intercept charts

Countersheet 2, first test print