So the temporarily titled, and logo-ed, Mercs has entered it’s alpha stage. Play testing is very much so appreciated. (No I have no miniatures or easy cool looking print-outs…)
Before you even set up the game, you and your mates are going to have to set a limit on things like unit numbers and budget. I’d recommend starting out with 8 units and 10k, to keep it small and tactically interesting.
Then you’re gonna want to print out the Character Sheets and Quick Play cards. Each player gets one character sheet per unit variant(any units with the exact same equipment and stats get the same character sheet.), and a quick play card per person.
You can then reference The Armory to find equipment for your units. Equipment cards like that for the SMG are coming for almost all equipment, but for now are limited to ammunition and the SMG. Check the bottom for what stats to give your units to begin with. Stats aren’t on a point buy system, but instead you assign the already drafted numbers to specific fields.
After you have your units set up, you and your mates can then decide whether or not to include officers. Officers are named units which should be appropriately rare, they have higher stats and gain twice as much from leveling up.
At some point, you are going to want to prepare your playing area. There really aren’t any hard or fast rules as to where to play, any surface with objects that can be used as cover is acceptable. Just be sure to grab a tape measure, or buy a 24″-32″ dowel and mark it off at every inch. Cut out some 1″ by 1″ squares, mark one side with an outwards pointing triangle of a color unique to you, and then write numbers on them sequentially. (Units are technically 1.5″ tall) Voila, play space and army all assembled and ready to go.
In order for stealth play to work, each player must have a map of your play space, with scale in inches well marked.
First things first, you’ll want to roll d%100 all around the table. The lowest roll wins and play continues clockwise from there. Each player then rolls %100 and adds 60 to that roll, all units belonging to that player begin with that value rounded up to the nearest ten, or their highest possible morale. Players then set their units in their designated starting areas, or simply across the table from each other if the start points are not designated.
Exception Notice: In Extended Campaign Style Play, defenders always go first.
Every unit begins with movement points equal to the tens column of their run stat. You may expend 1 mp to move one inch, or 1 mp to kneel, record this in the quick play card by putting a K in the final column for the appropriately numbered unit, an additional mp to go prone, or 1 mp to switch to stealth mode.
Running – expending MP to move has no negative effect on your chance to hit, nor chance to be hit, it’s considered sound tactical movements.
Standing – If you remain standing, your movement rate remains normal, you take a -10% to your to hit, and a +10% chance to be hit.
Kneeling – If you are kneeling, each MP will move you only 1/2″, you take -0% chance to hit and +0% chance to be hit.
Prone – If you are prone, 1 mp will equal just 1/4″, you take +10% chance to hit, and -10% chance to be hit.
While in stealth you remove the unit from the table and instead work on the small map available only to you. Each unit has a spot statistic, much like run, you simply take the tens column and multiply it by 1.5, that is your spotting radius. Anything stealth that enters that radius has to roll below (their stealth – half your units spot) in order to remain hidden. When the spotting radius of multiple units overlap, their spotting is cumulative where the overlap occurs.
While half way behind cover your opponent rolls with -20% to hit, and -20% chance to spot. Full cover removes chance to hit and chance to spot entirely. Soft cover, such as bushes or open bar fences, offers only a -10% chance to be hit.
You may attack with any unit at any point during your turn, provided you have the MP to afford the attack. The MP cost of an attack is dependent on the weapon and firing mode, you should have The Armory readily available with that information.
You may fire on any unit within your weapon’s maximum range. You simply take your marksmanship ability, add any bonuses to hit, and subtract any penalties to hit, and attempt to roll below that number. 00 being the traditional critical hit, which does double damage.
When you are within 2 inches you gain a +20% bonus to hit, within 1″ gives you an additional +10% to hit.
When a unit is hit, it must succeed at a soldiering check, roll below their soldiering stat, or they will loose ten morale. When a friendly unit is killed within 6″ you make the same check, but apply double the penalty, 20, in case of failure.
If a unit falls below 30 morale they will expend all remaining mp to travel back to their starting point and off the map, removing them from play, for two turns. After two turns they recover 10 morale.
The death of an enemy adds morale dependent on the level of the killed enemy. The rule of thumb is 10 morale per level, and 20 morale per level with officers. Also, every inch +Z (upwards) adds 1/4″ to your units effective maximum range.
Phew, it’s done-ish.
If you notice anything missing, or anything I didn’t cover or that isn’t covered in more detail in the army, please feel free to ask me about in the comments or in private messages.