Monday, December 10, 2012

SS ND Nederlander Design updates

Thanks to our Club's own Zoltan Grose ( Texas ASL Club's loss being our gain there :-)....); the Nederlander scenario cards are now converted to pdf formats in a standard layout that is very sharply done, indeed. Wih a bit of assistance from Jim Traver and a couple of progam templates we received from the GS Forumites, Zoltan is doing a bang - up job on these for our playtesters.

SSND1  " Tooth and Nail" is about finished, the last 3 playtests winding their way to the end, and we are complete with it.

SSND2  " Concerted Efforts" has begun some serious proofing, and is scheduled for 2 separate playtests now after the initial play - through and struggles it created by our intrepid playtesters Steve Bowen and Andrew Kerekes. Their advice in the original deciveness of the OBA led to many changes, and also identified some map problems which then went to Neil Andrews for comment and markups. I just got Neil's file back last night, and these will be incorporated in our next version pdf of the scenario, which should also be the signal to begin general playtesting of it.

SSND 3 " Hitler's Violins" has gone into Zoltan this week for conversion to pdf format, after its initial proofing errors were corrected. This should also result in a scen card ready for an initial play - through by a pair of playtesters for obvious problems.

SSND4 " Heart of a Lion" ( Kuban Breakout scenario, working title with most votes) This one has finally finished out the various historical accuracy of the OoB issues in its AFVs, and is going to have a rough layout made for it before Christmas, to go to the proofers for some in depth review of the SSRs before being laid out to pdf.

SSND7 " A Rude Surprise" is ready for pdf layout, and will be going to Zoltan this week, thence is in the same boat as Hitler's Violins , needing the initial rough it out play through for any major issues.

SSND5 , the Narva Bridgehead scenario , is without a title, and still in formulation of the various matters of the OoB, specifically the structure of the MMCs involved.

SSND 6 , the Courland  ATG vs Russian AFV scenario , is still in research stages, with only a geo map ready so far, and about 2/3rd of the OoBs laid out.

SSND8 will be the Oder Scenario. I am still deciding if there is an HASL map that will work well with a few minor changes to suit this one, with the new HASL releases, I think it will definitely be possible to incorporate one. If not, we will be formatting this scenario with almost 100% BFP or the a/b series boards from the APs. I want to maintain a non - standard geo board set for this scenario, so it needs some map design work ,yet.

SSND9- the last scenario, the North Berlin suburbs. This one actually has a working OoB for the Russians involved, still need to finalize the germans. Still working on the mapset here  but it is using a fair amount of previous damage to the buildings, to be sure. those BFP overlays from ITR will see some use here if the players prefer to avoid the rubble counters.

So there's our progress to date. As always, I need to thank all working on this with me. Without their volunteer efforts to tie down everything floating away on me, I'd never get anywhere!

So thanks everyone and keep up the good work! We might see the light at the end of this tunnel by Christmas 2013!! ;-)

KRL, Jon H

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