When I created my Terrain Cards – Random terrain placement for pick up wargames, Dick Bryant asked “When are we going to see the Crossfire version?” And then recently tiberius asked whether I had “considered creating a ‘modular tiles’ type map for Crossfire” (this was in the context of Mac’s Missions v3 – Revised Pick Up Games for Crossfire, although his comment was on v2). So here they are: modular terrain cards for Crossfire.
How I made the maps
I was kind of lazy. I have a lot of Crossfire scenarios and they all have maps. So I just browsed through existing maps and stole 2’x2′ chunks of them. I figured since most of them had been play tested, these maps would be more likely to stand the test of further gaming than if I’d just made up a fresh batch.
I did tweak some of the maps a tiny bit, mainly because I had to fit within a 2’x2′ constraint for each terrain card. I also added a few hedges or crests to break lines of sight and in one case. I wanted a depression on one of the cards, so moved a depression from just off the edge of a terrain card onto the terrain card.
There are 12 maps, just to give variety. I thought having four different types of map would be useful – perhaps to ensure variety – and I went for Woods (W), Fields (F), Rough Ground (R), and Village (V). The woods and village terrain cards are pretty obvious. The fields and rough ground are really just variations on “mixed” terrain, each with a slight emphasis on fields and rough ground respectively.
Preparing to use Crossfire Terrain Cards
You have to get some terrain and make the cards.
Get some terrain
You’ll need quite a lot of terrain. That is true for Crossfire and hence true for Crossfire terrain cards Roughly 50 pieces for a 4’x 4′ table and 75 for a 6’x4′ table.
Terrain sizes are approximate. Use whatever you have. For my Crossfire maps I use a standard set of sizes for my area terrain templates. Mostly I use:
- 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm)
- 4″ x 6″ (10cm x 15cm)
- 4″ x 8″ (10cm x 20cm)
- 6″ x 6″ (15cm x 15cm)
- 6″ x 8″ (15cm x 20cm)
- 8 “x 8” (20cm x 20cm)
The picture shows a fuller range of terrain and terrain sizes I use on my Crossfire maps.
And I write the size of the template on the back to make sure my mates know when they’re setting up the tables.
How you make your Crossfire terrain cards
You can download the Crossfire Terrain Cards as a PDF. Just print, glue on cardboard, and cut out the terrain cards. Simple.
How you generate terrain for a Crossfire game
The steps are:
- Decide if fields and orchards are in-season or out-of-season
- Choose table size and hence table layout
- Randomly select terrain cards to fill the table layout
- Advance rule: Let the defender tweak the layout
Hit the Dirt introduced Orchards and also changed fields. Both of these can be in-season or out-of-season. Kind of a summer or winter choice. Decide this before flipping over any cards. If you forget this step, or don’t want to decide, then just roll a die: 1-3 in-season; 4-6 out-of-season.
The table layout is either 4’x4′ (4 terrain cards), 4’x6′ (six terrain cards) or 4’x8′ (eight terrain cards). You can probably make it work for other sizes, but that is what I had in mind.
Just put the terrain cards face down. Randomly pull out the number you want. Flip one over, without adjusting its orientation, and place on the table layout. Then do the same for the other slots in the table layout.
If you want to be fancy, then let the defender adjust the selected terrain cards. The defender can (1) optionally rotate one terrain card to change its orientation, then (2) optionally swap any two terrain cards without changing orientation. Both steps are optional.
I’ve only shown examples of 4’x4′ tables. These will all work for Mac’s Missions v3 – Revised Pick Up Games for Crossfire.
Terrain Cards and Line of Sight (LOS)
Normal Line of Sight (LOS) rules apply. Just to be clear, if LOS clips a blocking feature, then LOS is blocked. This applies on the edges of Terrain Cards where terrain features touch but do not cross the boundary of the terrain cards. A blocking terrain feature touching the boundary line is enough to block LOS along the boundary line.
If that irks you, then you can bump area terrain features that touch the edge of two terrain cards across the boundary to make it obvious that LOS is blocked.
Terrain Cards and Macs Missions
I believe these terrain cards will enhance Mac’s Missions – Pick Up Games for Crossfire (v3). It removes a bit of thinking from the set up. Of course you still have to put down about 50 terrain pieces.