Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Weather Wednesday: Rain

This week we look at ever wet and unpredictable, rain!

RAIN:  Rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then become heavy enough to fall under the force of gravity.  Rain comes in three different strengths in games of BGWWWII, light, medium and heavy.  Light rain a soft drizzle, medium is a good downpour where as heavy is a monsoon-level downpour.  Rain can be found in every type of environment on Earth.

Special Rules:  Below are the three levels of rain and how they affect the battlefield.  All rain types will cover the entire battlefield until the scenario or Battle Master (BM) changes it.

Light Rain:  All Sighting Checks will be at a +1 column shift when done in light rain.  Light rain doesn’t impede on any piece’s movement but it can cause mud or ice so refer to those rules if applicable.  Rain provides no cover modifier on the tabletop.

Medium Rain:  All Sighting Checks will suffer a +2 column shift when performed in medium rain.  Medium rain doesn’t impede on any piece’s movement but it can cause mud so refer to those rules when applicable.  Rain provides no cover to any piece on the tabletop.  The sound that medium rain makes will reduce the sound distance of anything on the battlefield by ½.  Any fires will be reduced in size by ½ per turn on a roll of 10 or less.

Heavy Rain:  All Sighting Checks will suffer a +3 column shift when performed in heavy rain.  Heavy rain can saturate troops not fitted with the proper kit making them move slower due to saturation.  Figures not fitted with rain gear will suffer a –1” to their movement per action.  Note that only figures with cloth uniforms and not armored plate are bound by these rules.  Heavy rain will also cause figures that are not enhanced to make a successful Skill Check per action of movement due to the slippery conditions of the downpour.  A failed check will cause the figure to fall prone with all the normal rules that apply.  Heavy rain causes mud and flooding so refer to those rules when applicable.  Rain provides no cover to any piece on the tabletop.

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