As the titles suggests how do you define scale for a given game?
Sometimes its obvious. Other times not so much. Some titles tell you – Tactical, Operation etc. So join in , let me know what you think about the following categories!
When I think of tactical games I think about units fighting in a sub part of a battle. Lock n’ Load and ASL readily come to mind, they are typically squad level engagements. OR lower level still would be skirmisher mode such as Patrol or Sniper!
When I think of Grand Tactical I think of many units/formations fighting in a battle on a defined field. An easy one here is GTS [Grand Tactical System, Devils Cauldron or NBS Napoleonic Brigade System, Austleritz]:
Of course the TCS system from MMP also to my mind falls into the Grand Tactical scale with the battalions of forces at platoon detail on the battlefield:
When I think of Operational titles things become fuzzy.
Usually I see operational as a series of battles fought over a campaign or a period of time in a given theatre.
For instance, if supply checking is involved it begins to feel operational. Thus Battle for Normandy might be Operational, but the constraints are pretty abstract as far as supply is concerned.
SCS titles [1-2 mappers such as Yom Kippur & Bastogne] :
feel Operational but are about a battle or small set of battles. Bastogne to me is tactical, but Yom Kippur and It Never Snows are Grand Tactical….I think?
Sometimes Operational can be a portion of a theater or the ‘operational plan’ executed to achieve a goal involving a series of battles perhaps A Victory Denied qualifies there or even Panzer Gruppe Guderian. Both of these also have logistical issues to be managed. Operational Combat System….is well operational as the name implies and has a heavy logistical emphasis that drives the game.
Pacific War is designed as an operational game compared to Empire in the Sun according to Mark Herman :
Strategic games, are theatre wide actions, or Front based, i.e. The Russian Campaign, Sekigahara, Fortress Europa [?]
Grand strategic, these will usually come down to multi theater in nature and usually politics, economics, technology and production are in play. Supreme Commander is a nice example of that.
So all that said how would you define the following?
1. Is CV Tactical or Grand Tactical?
2. Is the SCS game Crusader Operational or Grand Tactical?
3. Is Case White [GDW] Operational?
4. Is Churchill Grand Strategic?
5. The Russian Campaign Operational or Strategic?
6. Supreme Commander Grand Strategic?
7. Battle for Normandy Grand Tactical?