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LatwPIAT
Jun 6, 2011

Do I need a title?



The best in 1980s firefight simulators!
Phoenix Command is a 1986 tabletop skirmish wargame/roleplaying supplement by the now-defunct Leading Edge Games. It boasts a philosophy of extreme realism and invites you to compare what it's like to eat a gun in Phoenix Command and those other roleplaying games. It achieves this realism by tabulating the output of a computer programme for wound ballistics simulation and the result is frequently used as an example of realism gone mad.

I think it's fun, though!



In addition to 100% grog infantry simulation, there's also supplements for animals, artillery, vehicles, and hand-to-hand combat. It operates on a scale of 2 yard hexes and 2-second phases broken down into half-second impulses. Bullets have flight times, characters have multiple stances, guns can be aimed for variable amounts of time and at different hit locations, and vehicles can do everything from lose a track to catch fire and explode from hits by anti-armour weapons.

Let's Play
Like Phi's old LP I'll be handling the rules side of things and the minute details of running this bloody thing, while you will decide on purchases, missions, plans of action, and other broad strokes.

The Story So Far...
The year is 20XX and under the initiative of someone who's been re-reading Rainbow 6 one time too many, the US spearheaded the First Allied Combined Commando Troop, a unit of elite special forces from all the countries in NATO and its allies. Drawing on the expertise of all its component nations, FACCT can provide the highest level of military skill in politically difficult situations and coordinate multi-nation task forces in rapid response, deep reconnaissance, and commando actions. FACCT has an illustrious history that stretches back to the No. 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando, the soldiers that would go on to found most of the commando groups in Europe, and can boast some of the best operators from such groups as SFOD-D, Navy SEALs, Special Air Service, KCT, KSK, SFG, SSG, Dragons, COMSUBIN, and more!

At least that's what the pitch was. In reality nobody are willing to send their best operators off on a useless PR stunt that can't be sent on missions with even the slightest hint of political tensions. Instead, FACCT is staffed by troublemakers, special forces drop-outs, second-rate operators, and support staff that are pawned off on it to shut up the politicians. That's where you come in: FACCT needs guides, operators, and other next-generation specialists. Give me a name and you can be one of FACCTs GOONS! Well, at least the first ten of you. The rest will be GOONS-Reserve and support staff until you can convince NATO that they should expand your capabilities.

Pack for temperate weather, you're going to the Azores.

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LatwPIAT
Jun 6, 2011

Do I need a title?



Rules
Outline
Your Character and You
Getting Shot

Mission Report 1: For A Few Euros More
Things Don't Go As Planned: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Headhunters: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

LatwPIAT fucked around with this message at 11:05 on Feb 13, 2018

orcbuster
May 17, 2017



Sweet, looking forward to it.

Signing up as FSK washout Sersjant (OR-5) Kongelf Fyksen.

orcbuster fucked around with this message at 20:14 on Jan 23, 2018

Hypnobeard
Sep 15, 2004

Obey the Beard





Nice. Crunnnnnnnchy.

Soldier: Honoré Tatham

Hypnobeard fucked around with this message at 21:08 on Jan 23, 2018

LatwPIAT
Jun 6, 2011

Do I need a title?



ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATIVE

Soldiers


Officers
Empty! Recruit more officers!

Staff
Hans Müller
Alice Guzman
Su Chen
Yejide Abiodun

Personal Equipment
24x FN FNC
6x FN Minimi
2x FN Hi-Power
1x FN MAG
Plenty M26 fragmentation grenades
Plenty M67 fragmentation grenades
Plenty M18 smoke grenades
2x HK69A1
Plenty DM11 40x46 mm grenades
9x PASGT Vests
1x Ranger Body Armor
10x PASGT Helmets
4x PKM
17x AKM
4x Broken AKM
1x Kbkg. wz. 1960 (9 Ballistite Cartridges)
1x RPD (2x Drums)
1x Steyr AUG (2 Extra Magazines)
1x Type 81 (2 Extra Magazines)
9x vz. 61 Skorpion (9 Extra Magazines)
3x N60
6x M-70B1
2x M-72B1 (4 Extra Magazines)
1x Broken M-72B1
1x Broken M-91
2x M-53 Šarac (4 Extra Belts)
1x M16A2
1x M203
2x DShK + Tripod


Other Equipment
1x Strela-1 (Missiles Damaged, Tire Punctures)
1x Strela-1 (Missiles Damage, Tire Punctures, Fuel Leak)
1x Strela-1 (Intact)
1x BRDM-2 (Tire Punctures, Disabled KPVT)


Budget
Risk of Loosing Funding: Low
Available Budget: Medium

In Memoriam
'Sticky' Ickx
Hugh Mann
Reginald ffinch-ffarrowmere

LatwPIAT fucked around with this message at 21:43 on Aug 3, 2018

sebmojo
Oct 23, 2010



Legit Cyberpunk



Sign me up as Steamy Hams

Klaus88
Jan 23, 2011

Violence has its own economy, therefore be thoughtful and precise in your investment

Soldier: Mael Radec will ride murder mans again!

Ikasuhito
Sep 29, 2013

Haram as Fuck.


Soldier Hugh Mann reporting for duty sir!

FrangibleCover
Jan 23, 2018

Nothing going on in my quiet corner of the Pacific.

This is the life. I'm just lying here in my hammock in Townsville, sipping a G&T.

Soldier: 'Sticky' Ickx, administrative support clerk, Belgian Army

LatwPIAT
Jun 6, 2011

Do I need a title?



Your Character And You
Characters in Phoenix Commandare defined by a surprisingly low number of attributes and skills. These are:
Attributes
Strength (STR), determines how much you can carry without being slowed down. It also determines how good you are at controlling automatic fire. It also increases your throwing distance and damage in hand-to-hand combat.
Agility (AGL), determines how fast you are. The higher your agility, the more often you can act in combat. It also increases throwing distance and damage in hand-to-hand combat.
Health (HLT), determines how much damage you take. The higher your health, the higher the chance you'll survive grievous wounds.
Intelligence, determines your reaction speed in combat. The higher your intelligence, the faster you can aim weapons, react to threats, and learn new skills.
Willpower, determines you will to fight. The higher your willpower, the greater the chance you can continue to fight even after taking grievous wounds.
Secondary Attributes:
Leadership (LDR), a measure of your ability to command others effectively.
Motivation (MOT), a measure of your willingness to learn.
Size (SIZ), a measure of how large you are. This doesn't really do anything.
Teaching (TCH), a measure of your teaching skill. The higher your TCH, the better you are at teaching others skills you know.
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Skills
Gun Combat: A measure of your skill at personal infantry combat. This determines how fast and accurate you are with firearms.
Grenades: A measure of your skill with thrown weapons. This determines how accurate your throws are.
Indirect Fire: A measure of your skill with grenade launchers and mortars. This determines how accurately you can bombard an area.
Close Quarters Combat: A measure of your skill at armed and unarmed strikes and grapples. This determines how fast you are and how often you hit and get hit in CQC.
Medical: A measure of your skill at providing first aid and trauma medicine to wounded characters. This determines the level of medical aid you can give, and the probability that your patient dies.
Forward Observer: A measure of your ability to quickly and accurately call for artillery and close-air support. This determines how long it takes to call for fire, and how accurate it is.
Artillery Operation: A measure of your ability to land shots at a provided location with artillery. This determines how quickly, and how accurately, you can bombard an area.
Tank Gunnery: A measure of your ability to aim and fire tank guns. This determines how accurate your shots are when using a tank's main gun and coaxial weapons.

Attributes are rated 3-18 in regular human beings. Skills are rated from 0 to 20, with 0 being untrained and 8 being a highly skilled expert.

There's also a number of important derived stats, because this game is peak 80s:
Base Speed: Determined from encumbrance and STR.
Maximum Speed: Determined from Base Speed and AGL. You cannot move faster than this value.
Shot Accuracy: Determined from Gun Combat skill level. This determines how accurate your shots are.
Intelligence Skill Factor: The sum of Shot Accuracy and INT. This determines how likely you are to get hit in combat.
Combat Actions (Firearms): Determined from Maximum Speed and Intelligence Skill Factor. This determines how often you can act each turn.
Knockout Value: The product of Gun Combat skill level and WIL. When you're wounded you compare the damage to this value to determine whether you're taken out of the fight.

When engaged in hand-to-hand there's also:
Combat Effectiveness: Determined from CQC skill level.
Agility Skill Factor: The sum of Combat Effectiveness and AGL.
Combat Actions (CQC): Determined from Maximum Speed and Agility Skill Level.

Wounds
If you're lucky, this field stays empty.

LatwPIAT fucked around with this message at 13:35 on Aug 27, 2018

Cathode Raymond
Dec 30, 2015

My antenna is telling me that you're probably wrong about this.


Soiled Meat

Aww yeah, turbo-grog infantryman game is back.

Sign me up as ”Shakey” Jake Shootman

Can I be a cowardly and under qualified officer? If not, a soldier will do.

orcbuster
May 17, 2017



Cathode Raymond posted:

Aww yeah, turbo-grog infantryman game is back.

Sign me up as ”Shakey” Jake Shootman

Can I be a cowardly and under qualified officer? If not, a soldier will do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFLqya9_Ikk

Davin Valkri
Apr 8, 2011

Maybe you're weighing the moral pros and cons but let me assure you that OH MY GOD
SHOOT ME IN THE GODDAMNED FACE
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!


Oh, why not. If we don't get involved in another "leadership dispute" this could be fun.

I'd like to angle for either the MAG or the Minimi as Sanaki "Carwash" Shinano. So called because she hoses down everything.

VolticSurge
Jul 23, 2013

Just your friendly neighborhood photobomb raptor.





Soldier Alexander Anderson reporting in and ready to PURGE SOME HEA- I mean eliminate some tangos. Yeah.

Emy
Apr 21, 2009


Soldier Victoria Frankenstein reporting in.

Pharnakes
Aug 14, 2009


gently caress it, Reginald ffinch-ffarrowmere, ready to do his bit for an empire that hasn't existed for the last 75 years.

goatface
Dec 5, 2007

I had a video of that when I was about 6.

I remember it being shit.




Grimey Drawer

Soldier: Jock "Strap" Jenkins

CQC specialist, obv

CommissarMega
Nov 18, 2008


Your first commanding officer, Commissar Mega, has come in ready to instill some discipline and order in these fighting ranks!

(Are we allowed silly names? Please say yes!)

Pea
Nov 25, 2005
Friendly neighbourhood vegetable

I'm getting a GURPS 3rd edition vibe from this game. Except with detail turned up to 11.

Sign me up as: Hippoliet De Smedt. Small town farmer's son fresh out of Flanders' Fields.

If you're taking preferences for weapon specialties: machine gunner.

Bacarruda
Mar 30, 2011

Mutiny!?! More like "reinterpreted orders"

Staff Sergeant Barry "Bac" Delgado, a Special Forces medical sergeant, formerly of 7th SFG(A). Extremely bitter that Navy SEALs get all the attention.

LatwPIAT
Jun 6, 2011

Do I need a title?

I rolled up the first squad of the troop. Meet Alpha Squad:


You've all got the following basic competencies:
Gun Combat 5
CQC 4
Grenades 3
Medical 3

Honoré Tatham, as the person with the highest Leadership attribute, is automatically assigned to the position of Squad Leader.

Values of note are:
Accuracy-Firearm-MA: This is a multiplier to how closely grouped shots with automatic weapons are. Carwash and Hugh Mann are best-in-team, Sticky is worst.
Actions-GUN: How many actions you can take in a 2-second turn. Steady Hams and Mann are fastest, Fyksen is slowest.
Defence-Evade: How good you are at not getting shot. Fyksen, Hams, Mann, and Carwash are all pretty good at this, Tatham is not.
Throwing-Range: This is a multiplier to how far a grenade can be thrown. Tatham, Hams, Radec, Anderson, and Frankenstein are the squad's best throwers, Fyksen is the worst.


CommissarMega posted:

(Are we allowed silly names? Please say yes!)

I'll allow it. I'm not going for the most serious tone here, and soldiers have the most ridiculous nicknames anyway.

Ikasuhito
Sep 29, 2013

Haram as Fuck.


Hot drat, strongest man in the squad!*kisses bicep*

FrangibleCover
Jan 23, 2018

Nothing going on in my quiet corner of the Pacific.

This is the life. I'm just lying here in my hammock in Townsville, sipping a G&T.

I'm beyond chuffed that Sticky has actually turned out really scrawny, it's nice when nicknames post-justify themselves. Definitely don't put them down for anything larger than an FNC though, worst-in-class automatic weapons handling and rubbish speed mean that they're going to have to travel light.

sebmojo
Oct 23, 2010



Legit Cyberpunk



Steamy Hams will keep you safe. Follow Steamy Hams.

Cathode Raymond
Dec 30, 2015

My antenna is telling me that you're probably wrong about this.


Soiled Meat

Shakey Jake is an exemplar of good health but average in every other regard. Except for teaching and ... .

Time to settle in for a long, mediocre career.


Please don’t use me as a human shield.

Davin Valkri
Apr 8, 2011

Maybe you're weighing the moral pros and cons but let me assure you that OH MY GOD
SHOOT ME IN THE GODDAMNED FACE
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!


Yay! Give me the FN MAG and I'll be a happy fire-hose lady! I mean, Hugh Mann might teeeechnically be better at it, but given his higher action count he'd be better assaulting, right?

orcbuster
May 17, 2017



Davin Valkri posted:

Yay! Give me the FN MAG and I'll be a happy fire-hose lady! I mean, Hugh Mann might teeeechnically be better at it, but given his higher action count he'd be better assaulting, right?

You do know that the MAG is a two man job right? One does not carry a 12 kg MG and 30+ kg worth of ammo and spare barrels by yourself.

orcbuster fucked around with this message at 03:09 on Jan 24, 2018

Cathode Raymond
Dec 30, 2015

My antenna is telling me that you're probably wrong about this.


Soiled Meat

Especially in this game where, if memory serves, strength is the most important stat and determines whether you will be able to move or carry anything.

wedgekree
Feb 20, 2013


Looking to be infantry Rifleman specializing in breaching/CQC.

I will be dubbed 'Redshirt Lad' and be forced to wear a large red bullseye on the front of my kevlar.

(Yes I've been playing lot sof old X-COM, why do you ask)

JcDent
May 13, 2013

Give me a rifle, one round, and point me at Berlin!


Tell us what are the benefits of signing up as staff or officers!

Also, update the team list post :P

LatwPIAT
Jun 6, 2011

Do I need a title?



STAFF SELECTION
You have received nine applicants for a staff/instructor position at FACCT. Glancing at their pay grades, you can afford to hire at most four of them:

Oberleutnant Hans Müller, OF-1
Accountant



Hans Müller was born to a Swiss father and a West German mother in 1978 in Zurich, Switzerland. After the Wall fell, his family emigrated to his maternal grandparents' home in Bavaria. Müller attained a BGPE in economics before entering the Bundeswehr, where he has served uneventfully for 15 years as an accountant and budget manager. Müller is good at balancing budgets and has contacts in Heckler & Kock and Swiss Arms AG.

Sānděng Shìguān zhǎng Su Chen, OR-7
Combat Instructor



Su Chen's maternal grandparents fought with the Kuomintang in the Chinese Civil War. His paternal grandfather served as a pilot and shot down MiGs in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis and his father fought in the China-Burma border campaign and hired on as a mercenary with a CIA unit during the Vietnam War. Su Chen has continued this tradition of fighting the red menace by joining the Republic of China Marine Corps. He is a stern and silent but passionate soldier who has risen to the rank of gunnery sergeant in the ROC marine corps where he serves as an assistant weapon instructor to the ARP.

Lieutennant Commander Trent Tiller, OF-4
Trauma Surgeon



Tiller is an experienced trauma surgeon with several years of experience operating on wounded marines in the Middle East. He can provide Field Hospital level care to your soldiers at your main operational base. This skill comes at a rank; between his own pay and the several nurses that are required to assist him, he counts as two staff members. His dossier notes he's not a very good teacher.

Erika Mackenzie, Civilian Contractor
Armorer



Mackenzie is a Canadian subject and trained machinist. She moved to the UK in 2015 and tried to sign up with the 21st Special Air Service Regiment (Reserves) (Artists) but broke her femur and sprained her ankle in a fall. The SAS has recommended her to you, probably as a joke - her dossier notes such things as "sings old Smokie songs loudly when showering" and "won't stop talking about weapons ever".

Chief Petty Officer Alice Guzman, E-7
Forward Aid Post



From talking with Guzman, one wonders whether she'd not be better suited for breaking bones than mending them. She's harsh, cold, looks like someone killed her cat at the best of times. Once you get past the parts about "borderline insubordination", "irreverence", and "denying TV access to sexist patients", it praises her skill as a combat medic. She's a good teacher and an expert at setting up forward aid posts near combat zones. Guzman can't provide as good aid as Tiller, but she can provided it sooner. If you have both Tiller and Guzman, their effects are cumulative.

Master Sergeant Mary Aliya Al-Balawi, OR-7
JTACS & FO



The Al-Balawi family immigrated to the US after Desert Storm. Mary Al-Balawi graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and college with a dual major in communications technology and flight engineering. The US Air Force recruited her in shorter order and trained her as an air forward observer. She graduated top of her class in the JTAC Qualification Course and JTAC Instructor Course. For the past two years she's been an instructor at SOTACC, training Green Berets in calling in airstrikes.

Warrant Officer Yejide Abiodun, OR-8
Counter-Insurgency



Abiodun has spent the last 10 years as platoon sergeant in Nigeria's 241 Recce Battalion, with most of that spent fighting against Boko Haram. She has several commendations for bravery in combat.Her dossier recommends her to you as skilled in counter-insurgency and weapons handling, and notes that the Nigerian government very much wants to say that their recce battalion are training with the creme de la creme of Western special forces.

Corporal of Horse Abigail O'Brien, OR-6
Sniper Instructor



O'Brien is the best at what she does and she knows it. She grew up in Stoke Country during the tail end of the Troubles and moved to London to become a graphics designer as soon as she could. Unfortunately she wasn't the best at being a graphics designer and signed up with the British Army, which was recruiting heavily at the time. She discovered a talent for shaprshooting and in short order completed the HDPRCC sniper course. Her unit commander notes that he'd be glad to get rid of her, because she was barred from the Sniper Commanders Course and has been nothing but trouble since.

Sergent Sylvestre Robert Charron, OR-5
Demolitions Instructor



Born in Bouches-du-Rhône, Charron showed an early interest in chemistry and singed his eyebrows off at the age of 13. Following his calling, he became a sapper in the 13th Combat Engineer unit of the French Army. His dossier notes that he's very skilled at blowing bridges up, and far less so at putting them together. There's a few notes attached to his dossier talking obliquely about "the scandal", but none of them say what it is...

VOTING
Order the above in descending order of priority. This will be used to form a Borda count of your preferences, and the four highest candidates will be selected as staff. If Tiller is in 1-3 place, only three candidates will be chosen. If Tiller is in 4th place, he will be replaced by the 5th candidate, as your budget doesn't stretch to him.

LatwPIAT fucked around with this message at 11:08 on Feb 13, 2018

Sad King Billy
Jan 27, 2006

Thats three of ours innit...to one of yours. You know mate I really think we ought to even up the average!

I'll take a reserve spot if there is still one available

Billy King

I'd like to train up as a Forward Observer if possible.

Sad King Billy
Jan 27, 2006

Thats three of ours innit...to one of yours. You know mate I really think we ought to even up the average!

4) Guzman
3) Su Chen
2) Abiodun
1) Muller

I think Muller is integral because with his balancing budget skills, he should be able to make our money go further.

AmyL
Aug 8, 2013


4)Chief Petty Officer Alice Guzman, E-7
3)Sergent Sylvestre Robert Charron, OR-5
2) Sānděng Shìguān zhǎng Su Chen, OR-7
1) Müller, OF-1

AmyL fucked around with this message at 18:35 on Jan 24, 2018

AmyL
Aug 8, 2013


Reserve spot

Jill "Anywhere" Thrill

I would like to train her up as a scout/FO if possible.

Flamester
Dec 30, 2012


4) Guzman
3) Su Chen
2) Erika Mackenzie
1) Muller

I'd also like a reserve spot.

Burt Gummer

Yooper
Apr 30, 2012



Grimey Drawer

4. Guzman
3. Muller
2. Abiodun
1. Tiller

Toss me in the reserve list, Mike Crotch III

Hypnobeard
Sep 15, 2004

Obey the Beard





4. Sānděng Shìguān zhǎng Su Chen, OR-7
3. Erika Mackenzie, Civilian Contractor
2. Chief Petty Officer Alice Guzman, E-7
1. Oberleutnant Hans Müller, OF-1

VolticSurge
Jul 23, 2013

Just your friendly neighborhood photobomb raptor.





4.Chen
3.Müller
2.Tiller
1.Guzman

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FrangibleCover
Jan 23, 2018

Nothing going on in my quiet corner of the Pacific.

This is the life. I'm just lying here in my hammock in Townsville, sipping a G&T.

At this stage our unit is a rag-tag bunch of screw-ups that make the old Canadian Airborne look like the SBS. As a result, there doesn't seem to be a lot of point in blowing fat stacks of cash on Tiller and trying to keep people alive yet. Besides, it gets the reserve-list guys a better chance!

4) Mackenzie
3) Guzman
2) Su Chen
1) Müller

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