|A typical table at the FLGS|
There has been quite a bit of debate and opinions given on the forums and on the Facebook groups. The group at Evolution Games in Lansing, my group, has been playing with about 55%-65% table coverage. We have found this to be an appropriate amount of coverage. Some groups have been playing with less though. We had thought terrain was going to have an affect on game length and it does to a point. After I got some confirmation from Spartan Alex that games should average about 3 turns, we realized we weren't playing wrong and the game really is that brutal.
Coverage is only part of the equation though. The composition of the terrain is what I think we have been struggling with and what a majority of people are having a hard time with. Our first instinct was to have lots of LOS blocking terrain. having a very dense city . The theory behind it was that limiting lanes of fire and the ability to line up shots with an entire unit would make the game more tactical and lesson the brutality of the combined fire. In turn this would lengthen the game in regard to the number of turns played. Game length did not really increase, especially with new Helix releases. Terrain that had formerly been blocking line of sight now did nothing. Leviathans and Artillery were making a mockery of LOS blocking terrain.
|Example Table at Slayer Games in the U.K.|
|The failed attempt at less dense terrain.|
I think for my next game I am going to use quite a few elevated terrain elements and bigger buildings and try a 35-45 % coverage. Basically I am going to try and copy the table example Dan used in our discussion. Game length seems to be only marginally effected by the terrain except in the case of a very sparsely populated table. The examples I have put on here are on 6x4 tables. We have not experimented with a 4x4 or 8x4 space yet. We are probably going to try out smaller games on a 4x4 to try out some of the ideas and basic concepts for tournament play. Terrain, quantity and logistics, is at the fore front of our discussions about Planetfall in a tournament environment.
Well thats my two cents on terrain for now. We will be doing a segment sometime soon on Firebase Delta covering terrain and such. We will also be delving into the armies of Planetfall in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!.
You may have noticed the Michigan GT logo up at the top of the page. The Waygate will be running Firestorm Armada Events as well as demos of Planetfall, and possibly Halo Fleet Battles, at the 2015 Michigan GT in our home town of Lansing, MI stay tuned to the blog and the Michigan GT website for details and news!
Until next time crush the Alliance and as always...........