ISF 21.04.03.1: What was "Option B"?

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ISF 21.04.03.1: What was "Option B"?

Postby Caplin on Tue 31 Jul 2018 10:41

In my PDF copy of ISF, section 21.04.03.1, about ground combat casualties, has this to say:

21.04.03.1 If the winning (i.e., surviving) side had more
than one type of PCF in combat (as, for example, HT PCF and
their IND-2 allies or some HT PCF which were air-mobile and
some which were not), casualties may be handled in either of
two ways, at the discretion of the SM or the players (if there is
no SM).
(A) The victorious player may decide which of his troops
died. In this option, the player essentially chooses which
troops were used as cannon fodder to absorb fire intended for
their betters.

Either method works. Method B is probably more realistic,



Clearly, some text relating to option B is missing. I was just wondering what it was? I can surmise that it had something to do with a percentage chance that given PCF die, but the procedure isn't spelled out. I realize the ground combat mechanics are quite different between ISF and later editions, but figured I'd ask.
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Re: ISF 21.04.03.1: What was "Option B"?

Postby LesMasters on Tue 31 Jul 2018 16:14

Hi, Caplin

This must be an omission from the PDF version. In the original edition (which accompanied the pre-Sky Marshall 2 version of the tactical rules), (A) is followed by option B, thus:

"(B) The player reduces the CFP of each subgroup of PCF from his initial calculations by a percentage equal to the percentage by which his total combined CFP was reduced before dividing to determine how many of each type survived."

This is followed by "Either method works..."

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Re: ISF 21.04.03.1: What was "Option B"?

Postby Caplin on Tue 31 Jul 2018 16:50

THanks! :)

This slots in neatly in the appropriate place.
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Re: ISF 21.04.03.1: What was "Option B"?

Postby Cralis on Thu 02 Aug 2018 16:24

Daz has updated the ISF document with this fixed and I’m going to add the updated version on Wargame Vault this weekend. Anyone who bought a copy through the SDS site can email me for an update.

The new update is version 201808 with the following change:

* 21.04.03.1 has been updated to include "Option B", which had accidentally been sacrificed as cannon fodder in a planetary invasion just before the rulebook was republished.
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Re: ISF 21.04.03.1: What was "Option B"?

Postby Cralis on Sat 04 Aug 2018 19:13

I'm surprised nobody has at least groaned about the humor in my update text.
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Re: ISF 21.04.03.1: What was "Option B"?

Postby Caplin on Sat 04 Aug 2018 19:20

I can legitimately claim not to have seen it until now. ;)
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Re: ISF 21.04.03.1: What was "Option B"?

Postby Cralis on Mon 06 Aug 2018 14:18

*sigh*

*clap clap* I can admit it when I’ve been outdone. Very nicely done sir. :lol:
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Re: ISF 21.04.03.1: What was "Option B"?

Postby Sekundar on Tue 16 Oct 2018 21:43

I was just reading through the files I got from Wargames Vault, and I noticed there a few other typos and seeming OCR errors. Is there a master typo collection thread for the 1st 2nd & 3rd editions?
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Re: ISF 21.04.03.1: What was "Option B"?

Postby Cralis on Wed 17 Oct 2018 00:34

Sekundar wrote:I was just reading through the files I got from Wargames Vault, and I noticed there a few other typos and seeming OCR errors. Is there a master typo collection thread for the 1st 2nd & 3rd editions?


We have not been collecting errors because we didn't intend to go through and constantly update the older rulesets. It's mostly a time issue since most of us have day jobs and it's always a struggle to keep up with the most important stuff!

This error was just so large and was in the original print that Dazrand argued convincingly that we should make an exception.

That said, if you would like I could create a forum for you and others to place all these errors so other players will know about them; and if we ever get time to go back to the older products we'd have them all in one place. What do you think?
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Re: ISF 21.04.03.1: What was "Option B"?

Postby Sekundar on Wed 17 Oct 2018 12:04

Well, since I was on the proofreading team for the original SF 3ed revised, I'd be happy to add in stuff as I notice it.

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