I’ve been talking to Arty Conliffe about potential Official Supplements for Crossfire. Official because they have Arty’s blessing and input. I’m thinking about both a commercial scenario book and some freebie booklets. My megalomaniac aspirations for 2022 mean I want to write one of each. There are lots of possibilities and I thought I’m share my thinking.
Possible scenario books
I would like to write a commercial scenario book. Hit the Dirt is the first and only Crossfire supplement and I’d like to add a second. Like HTD, all of possible scenario books would have 20-21 scenarios and some special rules.
I can see these possibilities for a new scenario book:
- Book 2: Hit the Dirt volume 2
- Book 3: Eastern Front “Blue Division”
- Book 4: Eastern Front “Regular”
- Book 5: Eastern Front “Specials”
- Book 6: Eastern Front “Best of”
- Book 7: Italian Campaign
- Book 8: Burma Campaign
- Book 9: Scenarios for beginners
- Book 10: Company level scenarios
- Book 11: Battalion level scenarios
- Book 12: Crossfire Campaigns
Some of these options could be combined e.g. a Eastern Front “Regular” scenario book (Book 4), with only battalion level scenarios (Book 11), and suggestions for how to weave those scenarios into a campaign (Book 12).
Book 2: Hit the Dirt volume 2 scenario book
Book 3: Eastern Front “Blue Division” scenario book
I’m most comfortable with the Eastern Front, which is why there are four options in that theatre. The Blue Division, a Spanish division fighting on the Eastern Front, was my starting point for WW2. So I could write a whole scenario book about that particular unit. It would include updated version of my existing Krasny Bor, Volkhoz, Old Chapel, Sitno, and then add new ones. It would be great! But, unfortunately, I’ve had feedback that not everybody is quite so obsessed by Spaniards fighting Russians, so I have to consider alternatives.
Book 4: Eastern Front “Regular” scenario book
The “Regular” option for the Eastern Front would be 20-21 scenarios featuring regular German and Soviet infantry.
Book 5: Eastern Front “Specials” scenario book
The “Specials” scenario book would feature Cossacks, Motorised Rifle Battalions (with SMG), Penal Battalions, Naval Infantry, Storm parties, Assault Pioneers/Sappers, Partizans, Paratroopers. You know, specials, i.e. troop types that look different to normal infantry.
Book 6: Eastern Front “Best of” scenario book
The “Best of” scenario book would feature the best scenarios that are already available else where. The disadvantage is that these have been seen before. The advantage is that it would be much quicker to get something out the door.
Book 7: Italian Campaign scenario book
The Italian Campaign is attractive because you can pretty much have any nationality you want: German, US, British, French, New Zealand, Indian, Brazilian, etc. Japanese Americans (Nisei) served in the US 100th Infantry Battalion. Even Soviet POWs appeared in a Turcomen battalion in German service. And the HTD scenarios demonstrated some of the unique terrain present in the campaign e.g. contour lines, ravines, horn thickets, and thorn hedges.
Book 8: Burma Campaign scenario book
The Burma book would feature 14th Army (British and Indian), Japanese, and Chinese. It would lend itself to special rules e.g. ravines, jungle, bamboo thickets, not just hills but steep hills, Japanese fight-to-the-death attitude.
Book 9: Scenarios for beginners
Dick Bryant and my Download Crossfire Freebie 1: Mini-Scenarios is a set of tiny scenarios for beginners. I could take that concept further and write some more, slightly bigger, scenarios for people getting into Crossfire. They might be bigger than “tiny” but they would all be a company level or smaller.
Unlike the HTD scenarios these might be generic in nature. The goal would be to encourage good tactical thinking. The scenarios would also independent of theatre, so players could use any figures they have.
Book 10: Company level scenario book
Quite a lot of the scenarios from HTD have a battalion on at least one of the sides. That is too big for many players. So I could do a book of smaller scenarios, where neither side had more than a company.
Book 11: Battalion level scenario book
Or I could go the other way, and do a book of larger scale scenarios. In each scenario at least one side would have an entire battalion.
Book 12: Crossfire Campaign Book
I have some ideas for Crossfire Campaigns. I could put all of those into a scenario book. And add a few.
Dick Bryant and I published Download Crossfire Freebie 1: Mini-Scenarios in 2021. It was both official (Assisted by Arty Conliffe) and a give away. The idea was to demonstrate that Crossfire was alive and well.
The question is, what next?
Give aways …
- Freebie 2: Collecting your first Crossfire force
- Freebie 3: How to play learning guide for new comers
- Freebie 4: Scenario design guide
- Freebie 5: Tactical advice on how to play
- Freebie 6: Making simple terrain for Crossfire
Being give aways, these could be quicker/smaller/easier than the commercial products.
And so … ?
Part of the above is just to get my thoughts down. Get my head straight. For the scenario book I’m leaning towards a combination of a HTD Style scenario book covering Eastern Front, Italy, and NW Europe (Book 2), with only company level scenarios (Book 10), and suggestions for how to weave those scenarios into a campaign (Book 12).
For the Freebie I’m leaning towards “collecting your first Crossfire force” (Freebie 2), because, well, it is half written.
Part of it is to get your input. What do you think?