1-48TACTIC creates non-linear gameplay, with relatively uneventful and fast turn intermixed by dramatic surges of activity. You have a limited number of actions every turn, and you can use them or save them for later. This create a dynamic tension where you need to balance your strategy between gaining a positional advantage (or prevent your opponent from doing so) or create a stock of actions to use all together later at the critical moment of your choice. As both players "pull" on this balance the game eventually gets to a point where the equilibrium breaks... for example if one stash actions and the other uses them at some point the first player will need to unleash the potential he has accumulated or his opponent will get a definite advantage from which he may not be able to recover... on the other hand if both players keep using all their actions they will soon get to a point when they will be able to charge each other into close combat, throw hand grenades or shoot point plank with automatic weapons (or even a combination of these), all of which tend to be much more dramatic events compared to stay in relatively safe cover and just shooting at each other from long distance...
If you buy our figures they all come with their own card. However some people like yourself do prefer to play with their own figures, either because they are just trying out the rules or because they don't feel like to start collecting 1/48 figures just yet for whatever reason.
For this reason we provide free download & print yourself pdf version of all the cards for both the starter packs included in the basic campaign. They are available from the game website together with all the markers needed:
The rulebook also include a free set of cards and markers to get you started.
If the project gets funded we will also make available for sale just sets of printed cards only (without the miniatures) and printed markers... This will provide an inexpensive way for new players for getting into the game.
We also plan to offer download & print yourself pdf version for all the new figures and teams we will do, most likely sold via http://www.wargamevault.com for a small nominal fee.
Yes, I took personally great care to ensure all the old cards continue to work seamlessly with the new rules and no, you don't need to do any modification to the previous characters or their cards or abilities to use them with 1-48TACTIC.
The only change required is to the markers which now need to be 25mm round, if you are using the cardboard ones you can just download and print out new the ones from http://1-48tactic.com/rules.htm if you have the 3d metal ones they can be very easily upgraded by mounting the old counter on a standard slotted plastic base.
1:48 is an exact scale, it means that the scaled models are 48 times smaller than the actual size of the real object.
Our figures are 1:48 although we take some license for practical reasons, for example weapons barrels are much thicker than they should be because otherwise they would break too easily, but they are still much smaller than most wargame figures.
It is sometimes referred to as quarter scale because a quarter inch represents one foot and is equivalent to the model trains 0 scale in USA. Tamiya and other scale model makers offer a wide selection of military vehicle models and figures in this scale and there a number of ready to play die cast models available too.
An average standing man in 1:48 scale is approximately 36mm tall, 1-48TACTIC figures are therefore fairly close in size to the commonly called 32mm (when measured to the eyes) or "heroic scale 28mm" wargame figures, but are more realistically proportioned.
Because "28mm" is not a realistically proportioned scale you will find that they have heads and hands as large if not larger than 1-48 figures, while being a few mm shorter...
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