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Combat PatrolTM is an exciting set of skirmish rules that allows players to focus on the game instead of the rules.

Combat PatrolTM  is a unique card-based minatures game.  The unique Double Random ActivationTM mechanism provides a leap-ahead method for activating units that provides the friction and drama of card-based systems with none of the drawbacks.  

More importantly, Combat PatrolTM uses a card-based combat resolution mechanism that is exciting and simple while eliminating unsightly chart cards cluttering your beautiful gaming table.

To play Combat Patrol you need EITHER set A or set B of the cards as well as the freely downloadable PDF of the basic rules. The advanced rules and rules for vehicles are a separately purchased download.  The PDF download is NOT a set of cards.  The PDF is the full rules as a PDF download-and-print booklet.  You MUST purchase the cards to play the game.  The basic rules are available as a free download, listed as a "preview."

Each set includes four 50-card Action Decks (supporting four to eight players), with different colored backs to keep them separated, and an Activation Deck.  Purchasing both Set A and Set B will give you eight different backs, supporting eight to sixteen players for those really large games.  The basic rules and an introductory scenario are a free .pdf download from DriveThru as well.  The advanced rules and vehicle rules are a second download.  

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Brian I January 26, 2018 5:25 pm UTC
Love the game system and find it to be a fast moving. The support for this on Bucks site is outstanding. The YouTube training videos are very helpful. Investing in the cards is not cheap but after you get them and run the games you will find the value worth it. A lot of research went into producing the cards, which is a binary paper computer. The scale can be used from Micro Armor to 54mm, adjust as needed. Fun is the word I use for this system. Thanks Buck. Brian.
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John S September 26, 2017 4:38 pm UTC

I am very glad you are please with the product. You might consider joining the Yahoo Group for Combat Patrol where you can ask rules questions, where I have published the FAQ, and where I make announcements about upcoming products.

I started WWII skirmishing with 20mm figures (40 years ago) due to the availability of a vast array of 1:72 vehicles and HO scale terrain. I have been slowly converting to 28mm, which I like better. If you go with 28mm, you will also have to decide whether to go with 1:56 vehicles or (what I think are the truer scale) 1:48 scale vehicles. I have gone with 1:48. This limits availability of vehicles, since 1:56 are more common, but I think they look better on the table. With Combat Patrol you probably aren't going to put more than a handful of vehicles on the table for any particular game anyway. I have also found a lot of great 1:48 scale vehicles recently on Shapeways.

Enjoy. I look forward to hearing some battle reports...See more
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Matthew G September 26, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
Thanks Buck. I just printed up most of what I need, metal coil bound for ease of use. As for vehicles I agree that they will and should be kept pretty light on the ground in this man-to-man skirmish setting. In fact since I only plan on a skeleton force I'm looking to shrink the Vehicle/Weapon stats onto simple 1-sheet/large font cards for nationalities and actual equipment I'll use. It's good to have all the info but I'll start with a simple "representative" set - something like; US = Jeep/Scout, H/T, Truck, Greyhound/AC, Stuart, Sherman (maybe 2 types), SPG, FG, and a few AT's (and infantry weapons).

I'm leaning towards 15mm at this point; smaller table top footprint and cost. I'm not a painting maven and don't like bases - flocked or not - so the smaller size should work nicely. Besides I grew up with good old 1/72 Airfix too... early days yet.
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John S September 26, 2017 7:25 pm UTC
See what you think when you put 15mm figures and vehicles on the table. I'd stick with the current distances on weapons with 15mm figures rather than scaling them down. That will get the ground scale closer to figure scale and should look very good.
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Matthew G September 26, 2017 9:20 pm UTC
Hey cool - thanks for the comments. If this was to be strictly infantry 28mm has nicer "hand feel". It may still work out that way, but with even fewer vehicles.
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Matthew G September 27, 2017 6:15 pm UTC
Oops Correction! 15mm was a typo - I'm looking between 25mm and 28mm, and leaning towards the smaller 1/72 "Airfix" scale as opposed to 28mm w/ 1/48 vehicles...
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September 12, 2017 2:36 am UTC
Okay, so it was my fault for not reading the text properly and buying the PDF, thinking that I'd get enough to play the game - but hey, I liked the look of the rules from the basic rules download and I don't mind spending $5 for the full rules.

But when I went through the checkout to get the card set: $64AUS to get a single deck!?! Yikes!

Why not do a PDF print-at-home version, so us people that live outside the continental US can try this game at an affordable price?

Until then, this one will just have to stay in the "nice idea - pity I'll never get to play it" folder...
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John S September 12, 2017 3:15 am UTC
A Set of cards is actually five decks. Each set contains four action decks and an activation deck. The difference between Set A and Set B is just the colors of the backs of the action decks; otherwise, all action decks are the same. So, a set of cards includes 124 professional-printed and laminated poker-sized playing cards.

I have no plans for print and play for Combat Patrol. As for trying them out. I have provided the starter rules for FREE. There are four of five demonstration videos for FREE. The full rules are a paltry $5. I think that I have provided many good-faith mechanisms by which you can get a good feel for whether you will like the rules before you purchase the necessary card decks.

There are a number of purchase options. You can order a Set A or Set B from DriveThru. Sally 4th in England sells individual action decks, so you can purchase just one deck if you so choose. Both Sally 4th in England and On Military Matters in the US sell "starter sets" that...See more
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Matthew G September 15, 2017 12:54 am UTC
This looks interesting but a clear description of what is included with a set of cards would be really helpful. After reading the intro rules PDF I share a similar confusion as the earlier poster except that we now know a set includes 5 decks; 4 Action 1 Activation. Is one set sufficient for 2 players going head to head? Will cards of the same color make it difficult to distinguish "sides", or to reconstitute decks? Are the cards ID's to facilitate setup with two player, or 2-handed solo? The intro rules don't illuminate the basics here.. in fact is the action deck shared by all players? What colors are the A & B decks Are the different decks in each set colored differently to distinguish between decks? Thanks!
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Matthew G September 15, 2017 1:44 am UTC
Edit: Tracked down the game to your homepage and stuff at Sally 4th! Got the picture now. For others finding this more randomly I still suggest a better item description similar to the one on your homepage about mid way down that directs one to DriveThru. There it explains the decks and usage pretty well. Lots of DLC too!
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John S September 15, 2017 11:52 am UTC
I believe the information you suggest is already in the purchase notes, but I have also added it to the product description. Thanks for your interest in the rules.

I don't know what DLC means.
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Matthew G September 15, 2017 7:53 pm UTC
John - the extra descriptive paragraph you added helps. DLC is short for "down-loaded content"; all the supplements, optional rules and national OBs you post on your homepage. I look forward to this.
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Matthew G September 26, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Cards arrived and they look great; 4 player decks and 1 Activation deck. All cards fit in 2 of the DTCards plastic deck boxes (1-1/2" tall each), nice... Just need to print up rules, FAQ, national OBs and Stat Sheets and we're in business. Deciding on 15mm vs 28mm minis now.
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