Day of the Rangers: Somalia 1993 Paperback – Mar 20 2012
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"...a fine survey that pairs historical background with twenty scenarios of battle suitable for wargame players..."
--The Midwest Book Review (July 2012)
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Ambush Alley Games are the producers of fine historical, horror, and science fiction miniature games. Founded in 2007, this Oklahoma-based company captured the imaginations of modern military gamers with their flagship game, Ambush Alley, and followed up on that success with Ambush Z (a zombie & horror/survival game), various well-received historical expansions, and Force on Force, a rule-set for asymmetrical and kinetic warfare in the post-war to modern period.
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Overall, the new book is clearly organized and well-written with good photography and illustrations. It opens with a brief overview providing historical background on the Somali conflict. Special rules for barricades, fast roping and helicopter attacks add to the setting without unnecessarily complicating the core Force on Force ruleset. From there, we get straight into the scenarios.
Day of the Rangers includes 20 game scenarios covering more than 70 pages. That's twice as many scenarios as the original supplement. More than half are directly based on historical events, allowing you to recreate battles like the last stand at Super Six-Four. Each scenario follows a consistent format with a detailed map and information on force composition, missions, reinforcements and relevant special rules. Notes on historical outcomes offer welcome context.
An 8-page section on sample unit organizations (fireteams, squads, platoons) follows. U.S. Marines, Rangers and Special Forces get the lion's share of attention. But we're also introduced to other nations of the UN coalition: Belgium, Canada, Italy, Pakistan and Malaysia. Rounding out the book are helpful appendices such as vehicle rules and theater-specific Fog of War cards.
If you're interested in small-unit wargaming in a modern setting, Day of the Rangers sets the bar high in terms of both content and production value. It's definitely a welcome supplement to the Force on Force game system.
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