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This week I got to play another game of AT-43. I have the basic set plus a few extras like a Fire Toad and some more UNA troops. A fellow with the Track and Hull club that meets every other Tuesday in Hermitage has a much more developed collection. We played a game where the UNA was on the defensive. It was quite fun! I am getting more endeared to the rules as time goes on. This was only my third game but I am definitely enjoying the division between strategy (turn management, initiative management) and the tactics of play.

In the game we had a set of defensive layers involving a set of barricades and a fort. The fort contained the Therian objective. One tactic that I wanted to use was keeping an infantry squad with a missile launcher held back in the fort without any exposure and let the Steel Tacarms laser designate particular targets. The beauty of this would be that the weapon would be untouchable and it is capable of non-line of site targetting so long as the target is designated.

It was a great idea but the Steel Tacarms had some serious competition! They took losses right out the gate and the ability, while used wasn’t as useful as one would have hoped in this particular game. I think that from seeing the results I would have kept them further back thus letting long distance aid their survivability.

One thing I have been playing wrong is allowing striders to use the “Take Cover” combat drill. This is incorrect as it is only for infantry. It makes the large striders less scary and enhances the Tacarms greatly – as well as other well armored infantry units.

During this game it became clear that as the defender managing initiative was critical when I needed to get units into overwatch. The management of the activation cards is also critical. One feature of the game that involves delaying activation (which in turn can allow double activation) is interesting but the point cost is so high (4 LP when all is said and done) I can’t figure out why anyone would use it excepts in very special cases.

Overall great fun. I am definitely enjoying this system.

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