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About / Jika Campaign
« on: May 30, 2020, 08:53:06 AM »
Turn 7 start.  All actions to be completed in two weeks.

GNN News Reporting / Intercepted Traffic: GNN News Report
« on: May 25, 2020, 02:30:56 PM »
(Fade from black)

A large tiger is wearing a flak jacket and EDF Pattern helmet, over his Hawaiian shirt and shorts.  He's ducking behind a wall while speaking into a handycam.

He says:  “This is Kenn Harlinen reporting again, here on the planet Jika.   If you've been following the story, you'll know that until recently, Jika was a quiet mining colony, made special only by very large fungi and some icky scaly things.  But for the past three weeks it has been the scene of intense military activity.

I'm embedded with an EDF Armoured Infantry Unit - I can't say which one for security reasons, or say exactly where we are.  But I can say that there's bitter fighting going on for control of this important railroad junction, with no clear winner in sight, as far as I can tell.

The campaign has moved out of the strategic phase, and dived right down into tooth and claw at the small unit level."

He pauses, and ducks deeper as a spray of badly aimed fire passes over the wall. 
"In fact, it's probably a bit warm for me, right now.  The unit I'm embedded with has been fighting for control of this dirtball town for several days, and although casualties have been taken, it looks to this critter as though the other side is not doing as well.  Every day and night there are EDF air strikes on enemy positions and transport column (cuts to strike camera imagery of a gunship strike on a column of wheeled APC) and it seems as though the air war is also going in the EDF's favour.

While nobody is specifically saying it, the prisoners I've seen are all lapines, which is as strong a hint as you can have that the ILR is behind this.  Although GNN is impartial, as you know, and that's only my opinion, there's been no evidence presented to dispute these facts."

He peers round the edge of the wall and then pulls back quickly. 

"That's all for now.  Kenn Harlinen - GNN, Jika"

General Discussion / Solitaire campaign is now alive.
« on: April 05, 2020, 03:10:24 PM »
Hi all,

   there are still slots left on both sides of the solitaire campaign, and now the processes have bedded down, first shots have been fired.  If you are interested in joining in, let us know!


GNN News Reporting / Intercepted traffic: GNN News Report
« on: April 01, 2020, 11:21:24 PM »
(Fade from black)

A large tiger wearing a Hawaiian shirt and shorts is speaking into the camera.

He says:  “This is Kenn Harlinen reporting from the planet Jika.   Most of you won’t have ever heard of this place, but until yesterday this was a quiet mining colony, made special only by very large fungi and some icky scaly things.  But today, it’s the scene of intense military activity.

As you can see behind me, there are aerodynes coming and going, and armed troops in the streets of Jikadown, where it looks like the population has doubled overnight.  We’re trying to get more information, or an interview with the EDF command, but so far, details are sketchy, to say the least.”

He ducks as a particularly large and heavily loaded Aerodyne flies over, heading out to sea.

“But it doesn’t end there.  I was talking to a contact in Brennu, three thousand km to the south of here, and Jika’s second city.  She was describing movement at the spaceport, and what looked like armoured vehicles and flyers being loaded up for movement.  But we’ve lost comms with Brennu at present, and nobody seems to know when they will be restored.”

“It’s clear that something has happened here, or is about to happen at any rate.  GNN is on the spot and will keep you posted.”

This is Kenn Harlinen, GNN, Jika.”

“OK kids, let’s get a wide angle and then beat feet.”

(Transmission ends)

About / Rules
« on: March 30, 2020, 06:36:01 PM »

    Each faction has several units, which are controlled by you, the players.   

    The composition of each unit will be based the types of forces you have.
    Each game turn, each of your units may engage in one combat action.  You don't have to commit the whole unit to each action.  For example, if you only have a half squad of miniatures, that's all you can play with.  This will clearly also limit the types of scenario you can play.  For example, if you only have a half squad of each side's troops, you're pretty much restricted to small scale meeting engagements.


    During each campaign units take losses, which are recorded in the tracking sheet.  When a unit takes enough losses to be considered combat ineffective, it is removed from the game and any survivors are distributed to other units.

    If you have no units left to control, you're out of the game as well.

    Each turn, you must give your units orders:

    • Attack (with a location)
    • Move To (with a location) and movement method
    • Defend (assumes current location)
    • Patrol (with a location)
    • Dig In (assumes current location)
    • Rest (assumes current location)
    • Support (with a location)

    Effect of Orders

    Units that are ordered to Attack will carry out an attack on the location specified this turn.
    Units that are ordered to Defend will defend their current location.
    Only air units can be ordered to patrol.  They will fly to the specified location, where they may carry out air strikes or interdict enemy movement.  At the end of the turn they will return to base.
    "Digging in" creates hasty defences and takes one turn.  Diggin in for a second turn creates prepared defences.  If you have an engineer at the same location, creating prepared defences only takes one turn.
    Resting units won't do anything.  They are considered to be in the shower and will be captured if attacked.

    Clarification:  "Attack" means assault a known enemy position.  "Move to" is a general movement order.  If you meet enemy during a "move to" you will get a meeting engagement.
    Orders translate into one of the following statuses:

    • Active
    • Passive
    • In Transit
    • Resting

    Units that are declared as "Active" may be deployed in combat.    You need to declare what District they are assigned to.  See the separate post about movement, if the assigned district is different to where they are now.

    Units that are declared as "Passive" are considered to be guarding a location or holding a defensive line.  They are only engaged in combat if an enemy attack happens in their location.  There is a 10% chance that any previous lost trooper will be replaced while the unit is passive.

    Units that are declared as "Resting" are not engaged in combat, but in a rest camp somewhere behind the lines.  There is a 30% chance that a previously lost trooper will be replaced while the unit is resting.

    Units that are in transit cannot be engaged in combat, except as noted in the "Movement" section.

    Stacking Limits
    Each district may hold no more than one company.
    Engineer, logistics, air defence and command units do not count towards stacking limits.

    Moving Units Around

    Both sides are fighting for control of the planet. This is achieved by either:
    • taking and holding territory;
    • eliminating any meaningful enemy opposition; or
    • holding on until relief arrives. (Assuming it does.)

    The first two of these options will require contact with the enemy, which means moving forces to where the enemy is. (The third option might require keeping forces where the enemy isn’t.)

    There are several methods of moving forces, each of which takes time. The time required for each method, as well as any limitations is recorded in the table below.

    Space Travel Jikadown to Brennu Units must end travel in a district that contains a spaceport.     4 
    Ship Jikadown to Broblast     Units must end travel in a district that contains a seaport.    3 
    Rail Any city on Jika that is uncontrolled or controlled by your faction. 
    The rail route must not pass through enemy controlled districts.
      Possibly interdicted by air attack or Ortillery    2   
    RoadAny city on Jika.  Route must not pass though a district controlled by the enemy.Possibly interdicted by air attack or Ortillery    3
    Cross CountryAny city on Jika.  Route must not pass though a district controlled by the enemy.Possibly interdicted by air attack or Ortillery    3
    Fixed Wing AirAny city on Jika that has an airport. Possibly interdicted by air attack or AA fire 1
    Organic Air AssetsAny district on Jika. If the move ends in an enemy district use the Airborne Assault rulePossibly interdicted by air attack or AA fire1

    Road movement to next district happens instantly +1 turn per district after that to max of 3.
    Rail movement is between 2 adjacent cities.

    Air Assets
    Because the airpace is contested, it is  difficult to deploy air assets such as Fixed wing transports, Aerodynes and LARC. When they are deployed there is a chance that they will be intercepted and diverted or destroyed. 

    The Campaign Tracker
    The Campaign Tracker is a spreadsheet which identifies several things as the campaign progresses.  It is hosted on Google Sheets.

    The link is here:

    It tracks several things:

    • how many points each faction has. This is used to keep track of how far along the campaign the game is, and who is winning.
    • it shows who has the upper hand and is winning control of the campaign. This translates to Strategic Initiative, which is explained below.
    • it is used to keep track of unlocks – special scenarios that I will make available at certain levels. All points scored in any scenario are accumulated, and when the magic number is reached, scenarios and new arcs unlock.

    Strategic Initiative (SI)

    SI is a way to codify the fluid nature of warfare.

    Because this game is not based on history, there’s no guideline for who should win or lose to help guide the scenario progression.

    SI provides a method to decide who’s doing what through the course of the campaign, without recourse to randomness. The main premise of SI is that winning is not always a good thing, because the more you control, the more you stand to lose.

    Consequently, you need to expend effort keeping hold of what you have, and this saps your ability to manoeuvre.

    The faction with the fewest SI points has the Strategic Initiative. Because they have fewer constraints, they can pick and choose (within limits) the time and place of attacks.

    Point Scoring
    Victory Points from completed scenarios are added together throughout the turn.   The total is then added to the SI total for each side.  The Campaign Tracker shows which side has SI.


    Turns are played over the course of a real world week.

    Turns begin on Monday at 0800 GMT, and conclude at 2359 GMT on Sunday.

    The turn process is as follows:

    1.   Both factions apply experience and improvement (Rules section 3.20)

    2.a.   Both factions assign actions to units, using the unit record sheet

    3.    I process the orders and:

    a.   announce where combat occurs.

    b.    Determine fate of deployed air assets

    c.    Adjust unit locations.

    4.   Combat:
    a.   resolve combat for units declared as active using solitaire scenarios.
    b.   if neither side chooses to initiate combat, move to the next step.

    5.   Update SI point totals. 
    a.   Apply victory points from scenario
    b.   Apply SI points from changes in territory control
    i.   Districts that have never been Invaded remain uncontrolled
    ii.   Districts that have been newly occupied are assigned to a faction
    iii.    Districts that have changed hands are reassigned
    iii.   Contested Districts belong to the faction with the most force points in that district.

    6. Attrition
    i. Remove losses from force tables
    ii. Resolve replacements for passive and inactive units
    iii. Disband units that are combat ineffective (>25% of full strength)

    7.   End of the turn.


    This is how the turn works.

    • You discuss amongst yourselves what you want to do.
    • Orders:  For each of the units you control, change the field in column N to what you want them to do.  If moving or attacking, change the target location in Column O.  If you want to tell me something special, Put it in the Notes field.  (Attachment shows example parts of the spreadsheet.)

    • When you're all done, I'll magically and impartially process the orders and frag out who has combat to do using the campaign tracking form - in the light blue part.
    • You do the combats, and report them using the same form, but the greenish bit.

    • I then work out the other results and then we flip over to the next turn

    About / About Jika
    « on: March 28, 2020, 04:31:18 PM »
    The Planet:

    Jika is about the same size as Earth and generates 1.09 G.

    A single day lasts 31.12 hours and a year lasts 119 days. The planet is made up of 13 continents, which make up 78% of the planet's landmass.

    4 moon(s) orbit the planet and Jika itself orbits a red sun in an almost perfectly circular orbit.

    The plant-like organisms on this planet are mostly bushes, shrubs and flowers, with a good amount of fungi and grasses but very few tree species. The shrubs and fungi are the dominant organisms on this planet as they grow fast and wide, with many different shapes, sizes and colours.

    Reproducing is the most important aspect to ensure the survival of a species. While many species use seeds or forms of pollination to reproduce, others simply grow into more copies of itself, all connected to one parent. However, a few species on this planet do it a little different. Some of them excrete their seeds through their roots, back into the water they normally absorb, allowing the water to carry the seeds further. Some species grow into multiple seeds from the moment they begin growing as a seed themselves. But perhaps the most impressive species is the one that grows around other species and uses their growing seeds and modifies them to become seeds of its own.

    If it weren't for the few dozen aquatic plants, the waters of this planet would be nearly lifeless. However, the few plant species that do exist have conquered every part covered in water. Many of them are highly specialized in surviving a specific depth, which gives every depth its own unique ecosystem and all the beauty that comes with it.

    By far the most interesting animals on this planet are the reptiles.  Small lizard like creatures inhabit the land mass at lower altitudes, and are quite fierce if cornered.  BUt of greater interest are aquatic reptiles, which graze on the verdant sea weeds. They may not be as fierce as some of the land reptiles, but they are the only species who have a sentient member. Their intelligence is roughly comparable to a seal, in earth terms.  They form huge colonies and actively take care of each other. They even build makeshift homes – like Beaver lodges – from scavenged material.

    About / Maps
    « on: March 28, 2020, 01:18:15 PM »
    The Campaign Map

    About / FAQ
    « on: March 28, 2020, 10:14:54 AM »

    My units are in a square that gets attacked.  Losses are taken.  It’s unfair that I should take the hit, because if I’d been playing the defence the outcome might have been different.  How can we fix this?

    Answer:  of course, I had foreseen this as a problem.   Because you are part of a larger force, we’ll assume that the losses come from that force and not your unit.  Except if the number of player controllers troops outnumber the rest of the force.  At that point, you’ll need to eat the losses, I’m afraid.  I’ll randomly determine who gets wounded, captured or killed.

    About / Things left to do
    « on: March 28, 2020, 10:05:00 AM »
    Maps (40% complete.)
    Movement section
    Orders of Battle (50%)
    Descriptive texts.

    About / New signups
    « on: March 28, 2020, 09:38:14 AM »
    If you’d like to join the game, please post in here.

    Include a list of the forces you’ve got and we’ll include you in the next round.

    About / Taking Sides
    « on: March 27, 2020, 06:44:07 PM »



    About / The Jika Campaign
    « on: March 27, 2020, 02:05:53 PM »
    The planet Jika, as named by the settlers, is an arid, rocky place.

    It is one of seventeen planets crammed into the densely populated solar system N36234, which is on the very fringes of settled space.   Jika is chiefly of interest because it is one of the few sources of a rare earth that contains Erbium.  Erbium is prohibitively expensive to manufacture, and - apart from making glass pink – creates massive efficiency in fibreoptic communications and lasers.
    Both the EDF and the ILR are extremely interested in controlling the erbium mines, and because N36234 is not located in any formally claimed space, both are taking steps to secure it.  Jika has now become a battleground in a shadow war that nobody talks about.

    This campaign is intended to be played using the new solitaire rules, (attached) with people playing individually and reporting their results here:

    On a weekly basis, results will be collated, and the data used to shape the course of the campaign.

    I will allocate each player to a faction (ILR or EDF) based on the information you provided.  Working with your team mates, you will fight for control of the planet.

    The next few posts explain the mechanics of that, and add a few campaign related special rules.

    General Discussion / Member cleanup
    « on: October 02, 2019, 08:32:07 AM »
    Hi all,

       I just had a big cleanup and deleted about 6 pages of bot accounts.  If you feel that your account was deleted in error, you won't be able to read this, so I'm pretty safe from complaints!



    General Discussion / Downloads Section
    « on: August 27, 2019, 10:12:10 AM »
    Hi all,

       I removed the downloads section - all the files therein are now hosted on the main site.



    General Discussion / Campaign Book Errata
    « on: August 13, 2019, 04:12:28 PM »
    Hi all,

       this is a rolling thread for recording campaign book issues and errata - which we will fix if there's a second edition!

    Please record each issue in a separate post, so i can clean up as necessary.



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