Post by Bruce E. Schwark on Jul 4, 2019 12:08:15 GMT -8
One of the things that has kept my recurring interest in B17-QotS and TFT is the narrative stories one can derive from a series of die rolls. What makes those stories even more real is giving the virtual men and crews, names, physical and social characteristics. Maybe it's just the storyteller in me ... I'll be posting some tables from the RPG world that I've adapted for our public use. First up, height and weight. Most RPG tables give "heroic" proportions; current real-life tables do not reflect the proportions of the typical 1940s GI. I've had to use historical AMA and census data. Use the following as you like.
Post by Bruce E. Schwark on Jul 4, 2019 12:12:25 GMT -8
I'll be posting some tables from the RPG world that I've adapted for our public use. Next up -- eye and hair colors, plus marital status. I've found some stats for Eye and Hair Color from Gene Expression. It is based on a study of baby boomers (1957-1965). I'm including the percentages for Causasians - since bomber crews in World War Two were almost exclusively white. The Marital Status is from reading the 1940 Census Data for the USA, namely for males - ages 15 and older. I've skewed the table slightly (+5%) to allow for more single men, since most of the men in bomber crews were ages 18-22.
Post by Bruce E. Schwark on Jul 17, 2019 16:55:35 GMT -8
In several ways things were very different in 1940 compared with today. One of them is educational achievement. Today it is expected that most everyone has a high school degree. Few of us bat an eye when we hear someone has a college degree. The census data from 1940 I've read paint a very different picture.
Educational Attainment: 1940 64% - not a high school graduate 22% - high school graduate 7% - some college or associate degreee 6% - bachelor degree or be
high school graduate
If you choose to determine the educational level of your crew take this into account. From 1940 to 1942 a high school diploma was the minimum requirement for air cadets who would become the officers of the flight crew. What's more one had to be an honor student - in our terminology. As the war progressed and more aviator officers were needed the high school diploma was still required, but class rank and GPA requirements became a bit more relaxed. Rather than make a separate table, just reroll the dice until you get a desired result.
onezuludelta: Alright, I ran through a mission on VASSAL and I think I got the hang of it, I think I'll join and just play VASSAL until I get the physical copy in the mail
Sept 19, 2020 11:05:02 GMT -8
linnyfish8: Awesome, thank you. that is what I thought. I'll edit my post with the "correct" numbers (I put both just so I wouldn't get confused)
Sept 18, 2020 13:45:16 GMT -8
crushedhat: Correct. You must either complete the mission or abort after having engaged the enemy.
Sept 18, 2020 13:11:26 GMT -8
linnyfish8: Just to make sure, for the latest mission we crashed on takeoff and are Cat-E. For the crew that survives, this does not count towards their mission total since we didn't even take off, right?
Sept 18, 2020 11:41:54 GMT -8
onezuludelta: Ah, nice, thanks for the link! "the 509th will be moving either to Algeria or England or Dakar or New Orleans"... being from New Orleans, I can confidently say y'all got shortchanged with the move to Algeria.
Sept 18, 2020 5:40:54 GMT -8
onezuludelta: And this is in Algeria, then the next in Italy?
Sept 17, 2020 5:03:44 GMT -8
onezuludelta: Thanks limburger59 it looks like a great time, I especially think it will be even easier to get into the game with all this wonderful campaign pre-planning already done for me!. Another question, the last campaign was based in Malta?
Sept 17, 2020 5:03:33 GMT -8
medic1: Actually, Lame Horse became a POW on mission 027
Sept 16, 2020 17:49:51 GMT -8
limburger59: Answer for onezuludelta - Active players depends on Real Life. One mission may have a dozen players assigned to a squadron submitting AARs. The next mission only 8. We don’t limit the number of players to 6 per squadron as enjoying the game is priority.
Sept 16, 2020 11:06:22 GMT -8
onezuludelta: Hey all, I'm new here and would like to join up. Will probably buy a copy of TfT soon. Just wondering: around how many people are active in the squadrons?
Sept 16, 2020 10:36:59 GMT -8
jasta6: theboyce, Yes, I had a 3/2 escort once and rolled up five Butcherbirds in the first of two waves. I took a lick'n that zone and didn't realize my error till two zones later... OH WELL, live and learn. Recounting for a friend!
Sept 15, 2020 17:13:49 GMT -8
limburger59: Kitkala Lame Horse flew on Mission 25, and was last seen on Malta flirting with that Scottish Red Cross volunteer who was passing out donuts and hot tea. Looks like he didn't make the transition between campaigns.
Sept 15, 2020 11:13:02 GMT -8
theboyce: Where is Kitkala Lame Horse these days? I do hope he makes it home....
Sept 13, 2020 20:17:11 GMT -8
jasta6: Cat Scratch Fever II and crew are Wheels Down, safe and sound... Uneventful AAR being crafted.
Sept 13, 2020 10:01:46 GMT -8
teufelhunde87: My friend forgets that he can only fire 2 of the 3 front guns!
Sept 13, 2020 9:15:21 GMT -8
theboyce: Anyone ever forget about air cover, roll loads of dice that end up killing several crew members, and then realize what they have done, and refreshingly wipe it all away? Asking for a friend
Sept 12, 2020 12:50:19 GMT -8
jasta6: Mission 30, Crew of Cat Scratch Fever II are Wheels up.....
Sept 12, 2020 3:47:03 GMT -8
theboyce: Just finished typing up the AAR for 29. Sad day for the bomber crew of MISS HAP. Going to catch up to the campaign tomorrow and fly 30. Hopefully this doesn't screw too much up.
Sept 11, 2020 21:50:36 GMT -8