Before I start, I should explain that a multilemma is a bit like a dilemma, but with more options.
Mythically a Multilemma is a creature with horns that grow in a manner similar to a “monkey-puzzle” tree. Once every 1500 years it migrates to the coast (normally Bournemouth or Torquay) to indulge in a bit of sea-bathing, in the process of which it invariably drowns due to the weight of the horns when soaked in salt water. (yes: I made that up, just like the folks at Games Workshop used to do.)
But for our purposes a multilemma is the situation that I face.
In my campaign I have a company of German PanzerGrenadiers in 1944 facing a company of British Glider Infantry, across a bridge. To the right (from the German viewpoint) of the enemy is another company of PanzerGrenadiers, but to their right is a company of British Parachute infantry. The company commander of the southern unit has (by rolling a 6) decided to attack.
My problem is how to play this engagement:
- A simple die roll, taking into account the support companies.
- Hex and counter boardgame. Each company is 4 counters. 1 hex = 250m. Rules: Memoir ’44.*
- 6mm models on hex terrain (similar to option 2 but wth 3D detail), in which case I will probably need to do some terrain building. Rules: Probably Memoir ’44, and my preferred option.
- 20mm. I would need to substitute American soldier models for British. As for rules, I have several possibilities. I would probably have to make some quite a lot of terrain, including a river and a rail bridge. Chain of Command rules?
- Counters as Sections/Squads with Squad Leader boards and local rules.
- Counters as Sections/Squads with Squad Leader boards and 1970s (not Squad Leader) rules.
- Option 2 has been the normal recent method of resolving engagements, but can be somewhat boring, particularly with small engagements.
So far, from the above, I have a Sexilemma. Not something that I would wish to meet in a wood on a dark night!
But it is looking to me as if the answer may be D6-based. Before I roll the die( and a D3 or a D6) any suggestions?
Thanks for any input.
2 thoughts on “On the horns of a multilemma”
I am for the Chain of Command option myself but based on work that may be too much. Second preference is Option 3.
6mm on hex, with pictures, just because you can 🙂