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Subject: Portable way of playing The Hunters. rss

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Edmund Hon
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For the last little while I have been playing The Hunters using little to no table space. I found that all the information that are being keep track of with counters and display mat can all be recorded on a piece of paper. By putting all the charts in clear page protector, plus a stack of paper, I can keep everything that I need to play in a one inch 3-ring binder. For dice rolling I use a dice roller app on my old iPod Touch. I use Mach Dice ($0.99 from the Apple appstore) but there are a large number of different dice apps, many of them freeware, available for both the iOS and Android platform for various smartphones and tablets.

I scanned one of the patrol log page which I played in this manner. This is from one of the patrols of my currently on-going U-35 campaign (a Type VII A boat).



On the top I recorded the basic information - KMDT's name and rank, crew training level and any individual expert crew, U-Boat type and number, date of patrol and area of patrol.

Next two lines I use to record the torpedo load. A letter "A" represents one G7a torpedo, and a letter "E" represents a G7e. A thick vertical bar separates the forward and aft torpedo area. A circled torpedo means it is loaded into the tube, and once the torpedo is fired it is crossed out.

After the torpedoes a line is used to track the main gun ammo, with each letter "G" representing one load of gun ammo.

The next two lines after the gun ammo is to record any Hull and Flooding damage. Here you can see U-35 has taken 5 hull damage (out of a maximum of 7), while 2 Flooding damage was taken. When combat is over and all the flooding pumped out, I cross out all the flooding damage.

After that I left a few blank lines to record any equipment damage and crew injury. In the sample page U-35 has her flak gun and radio knocked out, one generic crew killed and another generic crew suffering a light wound. The periscope was also damaged during an escort's attack, but was repaired (and crossed out) after combat.

Next I wrote a series of letters to represent a simple track of travel boxes. A letter "B" is for Bay of Biscay, "T" for transit, and "P" for the patrol area (i.e. Atlantic in this case). I also use "P2" to represent those 2x areas for the type IX boats, and "A" and "M" to represent Abwehr agent and Mining special missions.

The rest of the page is used to record the activities on each travel boxes. Here you can see U-35 has no encounter while sailing through the Bay of Biscay and the next transit box, and an encounter with a convoy of 2 small freighters and 2 large freighters on the second box on station. The encounter is at night. And U-35 picked the two large freighters as her targets. The targets were written in short form to the right of the encounter - "LF49" and "LF74" - along with their tonnage. The two digit number represents the die roll, this way I can look up the ship name later on. U-35 attacked at medium range, as denoted by the note "med.R" on the encounter. Two G7a torpedoes were fired at each of the target, represented by the two letter "A"s next to it. Any miss or dud torpedoes are crossed out, in this case only one solid torpedo hit is scored on the first target and none hits the second target. The first target took 4 hits from the single torpedo, sinking it and marked with a large "X" . At this point I also recorded the name and tonnage of the ship I sunk on the top right corner of the page for easy reference at the end of the patrol.

U-35 was then detected by the escorts, and took 5 hits. She was also detected on the next round and took another 5 hits, but was able to escape on the third round.

Of course, this is just the method I developed and gotten used to. Hopefully this will inspire you to do something similar and be able to get a patrol done while sitting on your couch, in a train or waiting for your flight at the airport.
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Thanks for sharing. I think this would be a cool way for someone to capture all their Hunter game experiences in a little note pad such as the following:

http://fieldnotesbrand.com/

But then again, we do have the excellent online resource, The Hunters Shipyard for logging results.

http://obercraft.de:8080/hunters/
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That's cool. I can play it naked in my favorite recliner, whilst downloading porn, watching porn, drinking a Coke Zero, watching the Olympics (which is really just code for: "PORN"). I laminated all the folders and then just kind of move thing around according to what I need. (Wait, I don't watch porn, what am I saying? Porn is bad, I hate porn. ROLLS EYES).
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soprismb wrote:
That's cool. I can play it naked in my favorite recliner, whilst downloading porn, watching porn, drinking a Coke Zero, watching the Olympics (which is really just code for: "PORN"). I laminated all the folders and then just kind of move thing around according to what I need. (Wait, I don't watch porn, what am I saying? Porn is bad, I hate porn. ROLLS EYES).

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That's how I play it while commuting... I use "Quick dice roller" on my phone to determine outcomes.



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