A version of No-mans land – A Mini-Campaign, adapted to Crossfire.
It is a low level mini-campaign set in no-mans land on a fairly static front. Each player is a junior commander whose job is the patrol and control the area between the opposing forces. Over three game days and nights each player must plan and execute 6 missions from a predetermined list. The interest lies in the fact that each player is picking from a different list to that of his opponent. The key problem being addressed is “How does a commander react when faced with events not covered by his orders?”
I have tried to adapt the campaign rules so you don’t need a referee. You will need to use Ghosts for Hidden Movement, as a lot of the enjoyment of the game is not knowing what the other bloke is up to; this mechanism is explained in the Special Rules section). You’ll have to use a 1:1 version of Crossfire.
You will need:
- A version of Crossfire including mechanisms for night and hidden movement (see Special Rules below).
- A map for each player.
- A table with dense terrain.
Playing the campaign
The campaign is played out as follows:
- Sets up:
- Draw a map, print at least two copies, and set up the table to match.
- Allocated each player their initial forces
- Randomly, and secretly, allocate each player a list of 7 missions.
- Play a day/night period (until they have played 6 periods: day 1, night 1, day 2, night 2, day 3, night 3):
- Each player secretly chooses a mission for the period from their list
- Each player plans their mission, allocating troops to Ghosts, and plotting movement on their map.
- Play out the day/night period on the table, with troops following their plotted paths until any troops of either side are revealed, after that all bets are off.
- Each player decides if the other player was active on the table
- Players reveal their objective and whether they achieved it or not.
- Each player replaces their casualties
- Determine who has won the mini-campaign
Each side starts with a platoon of troops.
At the start of the game each player randomly, and secretly, chooses a list of 7 missions (out of the 10 listed below). The player will have to attempt 6 of these during the game (one in each game day and game night). The player chooses which mission to attempt during each day/night period. Victory in a scenario is determined by Victory Points (VP); each side can gain at most 3 VP in a scenario (including guessing if the enemy was active).
Possible missions are listed below.
M1: Snatch Squad
Capture one or more prisoners for Intelligence to interrogate.
+1 VP for each successful close combat (up to 2);
-1 VP for each of own killed stands (up to 2).
Aggressively patrol the area to your front and report on and disrupt any enemy activity. You must plan a route that covers the entire table, entering, or getting LOS to, all terrain features.
+2 VP if patrol the whole table, or discover enemy and take less or same number of casualties;
+1 VP if discover enemy and take more casualties.
M3: Escort Infiltration Team
Escort a reconnaissance platoon to a position 3/4 of the way across your area of operations and then return to your defensive positions (+1 VP) leaving them to cross the remainder of the table in their own time (+1 VP).
M4: Cloak and Dagger
With only yourself and a single squad, escort a single infiltrator to a position 3/4 of the way across your area of operations, avoiding enemy contact while you do it, and then return to your defensive positions without casualties (+1 VP) leaving the infiltrator to cross in their own time (+1 VP). In Crossfire the infiltrator counts as an FO with no guns, i.e. has no combat value.
M5: Escort Mine Laying/Clearing Team
Escort a Engineer squad on a mine laying/clearing mission. A Engineer stand must remain stationary in or adjacent to a feature for 1 hour to lay/clear one minefield. +1 VP for each minefield laid/clear (up to two). The minefields remain active in subsequent day/night periods until removed. You can’t lay a minefield in a feature which already has a minefield.
M6: Stand By
Stay in your defensive positions and keep watch to your front and flanks. Don’t let your opponent know you have chosen this option. Play out the scenario as if you are on table. You get +2 VP if none of your Ghosts are revealed.
M7: Set Ambush
Set an ambush for any enemy forces moving through your area of operations. Pre-game record the feature where each stand will lay its ambush. Once a Ghost representing a ambushing stand reaches a plotted drop off point the stands are immediately considered hidden in the feature. The Ghost then continues its movement.
M8: Recovery Mission
Recover something valuable (e.g. an abandoned tank, car, horse, buried treasure, drugs cache, boyhood mementoes, food) from just in front of the enemy lines (i.e. a feature adjacent to the enemy base line). This might be for personal use or to placate some senior commander. +2 VP if recover the item and receive less casualties than the enemy; +1 VP to recover the item in other circumstances.
M9: Set up Observation Post
Escort an FO to a forward position where he can observe enemy base line. Once in position the observation takes 3 hours.
M10: Flank Security
Provide flank security for a friendly company sized unit who are moving across your front to mount an attack elsewhere on enemy lines. +2 VP if the company exits with no casualties; +1 VP if the company exits in other circumstances.
Guessing enemy activity
At the end of any period where the two forces did not make contact, each player must decide if the enemy was active during that period (i.e. not on Stand By). Guessing correctly is worth +1 VP.
At the end of each day/night period the players reveal which Mission they had tried and how many VP they gained.
The player who won in the most day/night periods wins the campaign as a whole.
A commander is automatically replaced at the end of the period in which he is killed. Other killed stands (squad, HMG, etc) are replaced at the end of the period on a roll of 4-6 on 1d6. If a stand is not replaced at the end of a particular period, then the player can roll to replace them at the end of subsequent periods. All replacements are Green (as opposed to Veteran or Regular) regardless of the morale of the original stand.
Scenario Special Rules
Given this campaign is aimed at a platoon in Crossfire, then using the standard rules would be a bit brief and brutal. I suggest you use one of the 1:1 scale versions instead.
You will need to use:
- 1:1 Crossfire. Use normal Crossfire but effectively stands are fire teams not Squads:
- Squad = PC + 2 x Rifle stands
- Platoon = CC + 3 x Squad
- Company = BC + Company Heavy Weapons (1 x HMG; 1 x FO) + 3 x Platoon
- Special Rule: Ghosts to provide a Hidden Movement Mechanism for Crossfire. There are some additional rules:
- Each player gets 6 Ghosts in each day/night period, irrespective of the Mission and quantity of forces available.
- One Ghost of the player’s choice can call down one medium artillery barrage (one FM of 4/2 HE/EFF) during any day/night period, irrespective of whether there is an FO in the Ghost. This is primarily to sow confusion, and reflects random artillery shelling.
- HTD Special Rule 4: The Moving Clock is in use. The Scenario begins at 2400 hours and ends 0800 hours. The clock advances 30 minutes on 5+ at the end of each defender initiative.
- HTD Special Rule 1: Night fighting is in use during between 2400 and 0500 hours. Stands are limited to one move action per initiative. A stand that is in cover and has not yet fired during the scenario may not be fired at, except form within the same terrain feature. A stand in the open is fired at normally. All stands get the direct fire cover bonus, regardless of where they are located.
- HTD Special Rule 5: Bogging down is in use. Tanks bog down in woods, rough ground, rock fields, boulder fields, streams, and anti-tank obstacles (ditches, barricades) on 4- on 1d6. They unbog on 5+, becoming permanently mired on 1.
- Reconnaissance Troops RBF on 5+.
- It take an Engineer Squad 1 hour to lay/clear a minefield.