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Just uploaded my newest Harpoon ANW HUD-4 scenario, The Battle of Baegryeong-do (2015). That's number 16 so far this year! :)

It's the kind of smaller scenario (a few ships and about a dozen aircraft on each side, more or less) that I think works really well in Advanced Naval Warfare (ANW).

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/files/file/815-the-battle-of-baegryeong-do-2015/

Enjoy!

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Just for fun, I've put together a bunch of random generation tables for coming up with ideas for Harpoon scenarios. I recently revised a few things and added a couple of new tables (maritime choke points, etc.) to the version on Harpgamer. I hope they inspire people to create, play, and share all kinds of Harpoon scenarios. Enjoy!

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/topic/20295-uncle-marks-amazing-scenario-design-system/

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I have updated my scenario brainstorming tables...

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/topic/20295-uncle-marks-amazing-scenario-design-system/

I've added another table, "100 EEZs Where Things Could Go Wrong." In this case, it's not the country itself that is in trouble, but the EEZ where a confrontation of one kind or another might take place. This includes all kinds of countries, ranging from those who might be particularly aggressive in defending their EEZ, to those involved in territorial disputes over borders, to those who have large EEZs that are hard to patrol and might look tempting to someone willing to engage in illegal fishing or similar activities.

Enjoy!

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The newest version of the HUD-4 (June 1 2013 version) has been released...

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/files/file/780-hud4-v111/

Enjoy!

(Remember, to play older scenarios with the new version of the database, you must open them in the scenario editor and rebuild them, but this is simply a matter of using the Edit/Scenario Rebuild/Rebuild All Units command and then saving the scenario. Then they should play without any trouble. It takes about 15 seconds.)

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I just posted my 19th scenario of 2013...

This "what if" Cold War scenario assumes World War III took place in 1985. It also assumes that, in case the Suez Canal becomes unusable, some merchant ships and tankers are taking an alternate route around the southern tip of Africa. Soviet forces operating out of Angola will attempt to disrupt Allied shipping. Dutch, South African, and American forces in the area must protect the merchants and destroy the Soviet task force.

http://harpgamer.com...ern-guard-1985/

(I hope people enjoy this one. I found it very hard to beat, although that might simply be my own lack of tactical brilliance, or patience, or attention to detail, or something. But it took a bunch of tries before I could nail the task force and do it before the Soviets sunk too many merchants to achieve the victory conditions. And I already knew where all the bad guys were!)

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I just uploaded my newest Harpoon scenario. That's 20 for the year so far!

This Cold War scenario involves Portugal undertaking a training exercise in the Gulf of Sidra. Libya has warned that it will fire on ships violating what it considers its territorial waters. It is possible that this exercise could turn into a very special learning experience for Portugal...

(This one turned out to be a surprisingly challenging one when I tested it. The trick is to keep in mind that the two Portuguese ships only have guns for anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense and the Portuguese A-7s, while capable aircraft, only have Sidewinders and iron bombs at their disposal. The Libyans have a definite edge. It is possible to win, but you may have to employ second-by-second shooting with your AA guns to take down some of the incoming threats. In any event, I hope people enjoy it.)

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/files/file/823-sidra-piper-1985/

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In expectation of the June 28 release of the next version of the HUD-4, my 21st scenario for 2013...

In the near future, with fish populations collapsing, tensions are rising around the world over accusations of illegal fishing. Fearing that Mozambique (which has recently acquired ships and aircraft from China) will take violent action against South African fishing boats operating in its EEZ, South Africa is sending two of its new frigates and a submarine to patrol the area...

(My experience testing this is that it is not too hard to win, but you have to pay attention...when things start happening, they're going to happen fast. Also, remember, when new versions of the HUD-4 come out, it will be necessary to update the scenario in the scenario editor using the Edit/Scenario Rebuild/Rebuild All Units command.)

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/files/file/825-nettle-meerkat-2018/

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My 22nd scenario of the year...

In 1984, a coup took place in Guinea. This scenario assumes that French businessmen were arrested by the new government, charged with espionage, and executed. France wants revenge...

(As is often the case, the real challenge, and part of the Victory Conditions, is not just achieving your goals but doing so with minimal losses. This scenario has already been updated to the new version of the HUD-4, v1.2, so you will have to download that. With other scenarios, remember, since a new version of the HUD-4 is out, you may have to update the scenario with the Edit/Scenario Rebuild/Rebuild All Units command.)

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/files/file/826-gallic-spark-1984/

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My 23rd scenario of the year...

This scenario assumes that, in 1971, the United Kingdom tried to enforce an arms embargo on South Yemen, which it believed was creating instability in the region. The Soviet Union, an ally of South Yemen, refuses to recognize the embargo and has sent several merchants, some carrying weapons, to South Yemen; with them are several Soviet warships. Can the United Kingdom enforce the embargo, boarding and seizing those ships carrying contraband?

This scenario was an attempt to demonstrate the flexibility of the HUD-4. Officially, the HUD-4 covers approximately 1980 to 2015; however, many platforms in the HUD-4 were active earlier in history. As one can see, it is not difficult to create scenarios set in the early 1970s using the HUD-4. In fact, the HMS Lion, for which this scenario is named, and which is in the database (because the Tiger-class cruisers were not completely retired until the 1980s), does not even appear in the HUD-4's official time frame, having been decommissioned in 1972 (and then cannibalized for parts for her sister ships). It seemed only fair, however, to give her a chance to play Harpoon, too.

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/files/file/828-lions-last-roar-1971/

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Just posted "Baltic Squeeze (1980)", my 24th scenario of the year...

A nice, basic Cold War scenario, set in 1980, in which West German forces must ambush a Soviet convoy headed for East Germany. It's one of those scenarios where, if you are careful, it is not too hard to win, but if you are not careful, it is very easy to lose.

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/files/file/829-baltic-squeeze-1980/

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My 25th scenario of the year!

This scenario assumes that the brief war that took place between Egypt and Libya in 1977 has continued and that Italy has tried to broker a peace between these two nations. However, when Egypt begins preparing for a new offensive in 1980, Italy decides that further aggression against Libya is unacceptable and decides to intercept an Egyptian convoy carrying vital supplies to the occupied port of Tubruk...

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/files/file/830-crocodile-snare-1980/

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Just posted my 26th Harpoon ANW scenario of 2013...

In the near future, a small American task force must take on a drug cartel operating out of Costa Rica.

(This might be a good scenario for people getting used to Harpoon ANW...it is not hard to win as long as you are careful and don't take unnecessary risks. It is, I think, a good example of how Harpoon ANW does well with small scenarios and in modeling low intensity conflicts; I also had fun mapping out part of the Western coast of Costa Rica using online resources to identify where beach resorts, etc. were located).

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/files/file/831-coast-bronco-2015/

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Just posted my 28th scenario of 2013...

In the near future, tensions have increased between the Netherlands and Venezuela. The Netherlands sends a small task force to Aruba to "show the flag," and hopefully discourage Venezuela from any aggression, and to gather intelligence. But things may not go as smoothly as planned...

(This is another scenario that I think shows how good Harpoon ANW and the HUD-4 are at modeling small battles where both sides only have a dozen or so units. It is not too hard to win, but you have to pay attention to what is going on because it is easy for trouble to sneak up on you.)...

http://harpgamer.com...id-sentry-2018/

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My 29th scenario of 2013...

This Cold War scenario assumes the Soviets have stealthily moved a couple of submarines into Hudson Bay. Canada considers this intolerable and acts to remove this threat.

I think this one turned out quite well. It might work well as a scenario for people getting used to Harpoon ANW because it is a straightforward search-and-destroy mission and you only have a few ships and aircraft to control. The only drawback, and this is often the case with an ASW scenario, is that there can be a lot of waiting while you search. There is at least one twist, however, that might show up and surprise you.

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/files/file/839-gray-hermit-1984/

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Just posted my 30th Harpoon scenario of the year...

For this one, I tried something different. This is actually a trio of scenarios, following the Japanese destroyer Haruyuki (DD 128) through one fateful week in 2015, as she is suddenly thrust into the center of a conflict between Japan and North Korea. Since the events take place over the course of only a few days, the Haruyuki and the submarine assisting her, the Wakashio (SS 587) are not able to resupply, and so they will have fewer and fewer weapons as the scenarios progess. This was accomplished by using the logistics editing options in H3 ANW.

http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?/files/file/841-the-haruyuki-saga-2015/

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Just a quick update...

I'm spending most of my gaming time on Command: Modern Air / Naval Operations these days. Harpoon is a terrific game, and I will probably come back to Harpoon and the HUD-4 every now and then, but at the moment I'm busy exploring the many possibilities of Command. It's a terrific game and I recommend people try it out.

For more information on Command, you can look here...

http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tt.asp?forumid=1154

http://www.matrixgames.com/products/483/details/Command:.Modern.Air.Naval.Operations

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I truly enjoyed the years I spent designing scenarios for Harpoon, both HC and H3, but I've migrated to Command, and it's a game that keeps getting better and better. And there's an entire community of scenario designers writing new scenarios right and left--just in the first year, we're already close to two hundred released scenarios!

Version 1.05 of Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations has been released! It includes lots of updates and new features and its two databases (for its integrated scenario editor) each come with thousands of ships, planes, subs, facilities, etc. It's the wargame of the year! Enjoy!

http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3705003

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