So I've always loved the idea of card-driven activation for wargames - especially Company level wargames. I like the cards telling me which specific unit to activate. I've always thought that added an element of tension and I dont have to tell you it's literally perfect for solo gaming.
|My activation deck with a custom image printed on one side
He went to www.printerstudio.com to have his cards made so I went over and checked it out. You can build a custom, small-sized deck for $9.00 US and I paid 4.00 US to ship. I'm sure there are other custom sites out there to do this as well so go check it out!
Since the price was right I decided to go for it and produce generic cards that would cover Armor platoon, Infantry platoon, Specialist units, Artillery/Mortar support, and tactical air support activations, keeping them broad enough to cover a gamut of rules.
Enough for Germans to activate up to 6 or 7 Infantry and Armor platoons, plus all their specialists. The allies have even more to draw on for really big games.
|A German gunnery bonus? Sounds good. Cards to activate your sniper? Yep!
|What Eastern Front game would be complete without a fanatics card? I think this could be applied to a unit and make then fanatical, with all kinds of bad (or good) things associated with that...
|Obligatory "tea break" end of turn card.
As you can tell I'm thrilled with how these cards turned out. More disclosure? I bought these cards to play card-driven Flames of War but think they'll work for other rules as well. Personally I feel that adding a random unit activation to FoW will give players new things to think about in terms of launching assaults, timing supporting fires and maneuver, and keeping a reserve.
Having bonus cards that must be used in the current turn also add an element of tension. I can re-roll a miss or activate a unit again (bonus activation). Do I waste it on this unit? Or hold out for better chances? Personally I think it's a cool way to get some fog of war into an otherwise vanilla turn sequence. (nothing wrong with vanilla, BTW. It's one of my favorite flavors of ice cream).