The year was 2001. We had all survived Y2K without a scratch and everyone was just starting to get into the new phenomenon of reality television. Somewhere in Ohio, Larry Yeager had just finished playtesting Fields of Fire. The initial printing (black and white, saddle-stapled) sold out quickly. That first edition of Fields of Fire was just over 40 pages, including the scenarios and vehicle charts. Then, 9/11 happened and other things took presidence.
It's been a long dozen years and a lot has changed in the world. Almost every show is a reality contest of some kind, and we've had troops fighting in the Middle East ever since that first printing. We've learned a lot about desert warfare and just where weaknesses and strengths are in the equipment of most of the world's armies. A lot of the charts in that first edition were based on intelligence and conjucture, so the new edition has some updates to reflect that.
This new edition also includes a more robust explanation of the rules and lots of artwork. This kickstarter will fund a black and white printing, but if we can meet our challenge goals, we will upgrade everyone to glossy color!
Fields of Fire is a set of rules to be used with miniatures for historical gaming. It contains all the rules you need to play a scenario from any time after the Vietnam War until now. You can play historical battles or you can wargame the "what ifs." What if the Soviets had attacked West Germany during the Cold War? What if India and China were to go to war? You are the commander and can use your tactics and ingenuity to gain victory!
"To advance is to conquer"--Frederick the Great
Join the great tank commanders of history and play scenarios from the Fulda Gap to 73 Easting to the Battle of Baghdad. With this simple, yet re-alistic rules compilation, you’ll be ad-vancing across the board with your own tank battalion within minutes!
The goal of Fields of Fire is to provide a quick and accurate simulation of modern combat in its various forms. The system allows for playing all elements of combat arms.
Rules Set Includes
- Complete rules for infantry, AFV and Helicopter
- Templates for artillery and rocket barrages
- Separate pull-out charts for NATO and Warsaw Pact nations
- Complete data on Major World Military Vehicles
- Uses Micro-Armour® or 15mm scale
- Scenarios to get you started
- Easy to read and simple charts
- Templates that are variable in size based on artillery caliber
- Easy to understand and straight forward rules
- Realistic combat model that allows for the simultaneous nature of combat
- Simplified infantry maneuvers keep large organizations manageable yet accurate
Civilian Booster ($1)
At this level, backers will receive a thank-you email, and our gratitude!
For backing our project at the five dollar level, your name will be added to our wall of fame on our website. Thank you!
Private First Class ($10)
At the $10 level you get your name added to our wall of fame and you will receive a set of 2 limited edition Fields of Fire d10s! (International backers, please add $5 shipping)
At this level you will receive your name on the wall, a set of custom Fields of Fire d10s, and a lifetime subscription to Firing Party, our monthly e-newsletter with historical articles and game scenarios. (International backers, please add $5 shipping.)
Sergeant: As a sergeant, you'll receive everything from the lower levels and one set of rules, shipping included. (Please add $10 for international shipping.)
First Sergeant ($50)
First Sergeant: You'll receive everything from the Sergeant level, plus a Fields of Fire t-shirt! (Please add $10 for international shipping)
You'll receive everything from the first sergeant level, plus 20 miniatures (10 US and 10 former Warsaw Pact) so you'll have everything you need for a small enagement! (Please add $15 for international shipping.)
Company Commander ($85)
You'll receive 3 copies of Fields of Fire, no frills. We will add your or your store's name to our wall of fame, though! Perfect for small retailers. (Please add $15 for international shipping.)
At this level you will receive everything from the Lieutenant level, plus your copy of Fields of Fire will be signed by the creators! (Please add $10 for international shipping.)
As a major you will receive everything from the Captain level, plus you will receive a free copy of every supplement we ever produce, as a thank you for helping us get this game re-published!
Risks and challenges
As many who are familiar with Kickstarter are aware, projects rarely come in on time. We've already begun talking to the companies that will manufacture our products and we're developing good working relationships with them. Artwork, layout, editing, etc are all done in-house, so we have complete control over these aspects of production. If there is a problem with production, we've laid the groundwork NOW to make sure that it can be swiftly resolved.
Overseas printing can always present a challenge--whether it's a language barrier or delays at customs. We've built in an extra month into the production timeline beyond what we anticipate needing so we have time to resolve any issues and still come in at or before the projected time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Fields of Fire is 1:285 scale, which is about 6 mm. With some modifications, these rules can be used at 15mm scale. We are currently in development on rules supplements that will outline exactly how to do this. For more information on why we use 1/285th: http://www.facebook.com/prvggrndgames/posts/466397800100900
Each vehicle model is equal to one vehicle. Infantry can be based as either squads or teams.
This can be flexible, depending on player preferences, but we have found that the best size unit is 1-2 battalions per player. Games can be played as company engagements as well, but company level games tend to be shorter.
Backers can choose nearly any 20 GHQ modern Micro Armour models they wish, but the standard backer pack will be: 5 M1A1 Abrams GHQ Stock # N61
5 M2/A2 Bradley GHQ Stock # N101
5 T-80 GHQ Stock # W45
5 BMP-3 GHQ Stock # W66
Backers will be given the opportunity to substitute models when the project closes.
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