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GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 2/26/2019 11:10:49 AM   


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There is getting to be a fairly huge quantity of scenarios in CMANO. It can be overwhelming to sift through the Community Pack / Steam Workshop / Live Scenarios and determine if a scenario is a well polished masterpiece, or a single focus tactical exercise.

Which scenarios do you enjoy the most?

My goto list is :

Under African Skies
Team Yankee
Brother vs. Brother
Hit Hard, Hit Fast

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 2/26/2019 11:18:16 AM   


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The Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment, 1987

A WW3 scenario done properly, with the player only handling their little Regiment of MiG-27s and their taskings. Brilliantly atmospheric and pretty tough.

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 2/26/2019 2:26:56 PM   


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Deter, Detect, Defend and Wargasm 1962 are obvious choices.

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 2/26/2019 3:39:45 PM   


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I've played a lot of them, and I can't say that there aren't really any bad ones, only less challenging ones.
Here are a few that tickled my fancy:

Battle of Strait of Tiran
A scenario about escorting civilian boats through an onslaught of attacking aviation.

Crimea River
A massive NATO vs. Russia scenario that keeps you on your toes the whole time.

Korean Campaign
A crazy, no-holds-barred scenario about holding back a NorK invasion of South Korea.

Operation Fei Lian
A nifty little scenario about a Chinese attack on North Korea.

Operation Folgore
A very good scenario that features a country we often do not see: Italy.

Podengo Monday
A quirky little scenario I am fond of, mainly because it features my country's armed forces.

The Lost Province
Haven't finished this one, but it is a great large-scale scenario in the Taiwan Strait.

As for scenarios that come with the game, I'd recommend Canary's Cage, the First Contact series, and Iron Hand.

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 2/26/2019 4:29:34 PM   

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Deter, Detect, Defend and Wargasm 1962 are obvious choices.


And add Peeling the Onion

In the modern period Gunner98s Fury series.
Hard to pick a favorite but I like some of the epic carrier battles around Iceland.

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 2/26/2019 8:18:06 PM   


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Blood Diamonds
A typical "Carrier Strike Group's punishing action against african shìthole" but executed by a Chinese carrier group, which is much less typical.

Also very well put together with several SNAFUs seldom seen in CMANO scenarios like contradictory orders, and ROEs so constraining that you WILL violate them due to sheer frustration (and you will be taken points for it but you will decide that it was worth it ).

The Seventh Battle

What the book that inspired it wishes to be. A pretty big but still manageable carrier battle in the South African coast, pitting your hefty air and surface strike power against some of the most dense (frustratingly, impossibly, WILL YOU EVER RUN OUT OF MISSILES DAMNED RUSSIANS) air defenses ever seen.

Also you have to survive a FIVE pronged Backfire&Badger&Fencer&Sandbox&Everything strike with a light carriers and amphibs only group.

Good luck.

The war that never was series

To me, one of the unsung classics of the Community Pack.

Fairly elaborate scenarios, with good difficulty, unusual arenas (also usual ones, but still well made so you can forgive it) and action from the two sides, with side exclusive scenarios for Reds and Blues and others with selectable side.

The full battleset is composed of:

-Battle of Kodel Channel
-Battle of the First Salvo, Eastern Med
-Bosphorus Blues
-Closing the Kurile Gap
-Crossing the Line of Death
-Facing the Bear
-Indian Ocean Brawl
-Kitty Comes to Kamchatka
-The Shores of Tripoli

Two other scenarios exist based in the same novel (USS Midway vs. Cuba, Southern Brawl) but are made by another author and do not belong to the original battleset.

Those two are still good (albeit the second one is a little too easy for my taste) but the difference in style it's obvious.


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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 2/26/2019 10:14:51 PM   

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My all time favorite was mentioned in the previous post (USS Midway Vs.Cuba, 1989)

As for other community favorites of mine that have not been already mentioned:

Four Ships Near Demon Point, 1988 By Mark Gellis

STANAVFORLANT Gets to Work, 1969 by Mark Gellis

The Escort Division, 1962 by Hellfish6

Cocos Islands- India Vs Australia, 1978

Between Ascension and San Carlos- The Carrier Duel, 1982

Ulleungdo Island, 2018 by Beirutdude

as for Non-Community scenarios that I am fond of:

Armed Diplomacy, 1996 (Chains of War)

The Tiger and the Dragon, 2019 (Standalone)

Rockstar Calling, 1967 (Shifting Sands)

Lone Wolf, 1998 (The Silent Service)

Duelists, 1989 (Standalone)

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 2/27/2019 7:23:47 PM   


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#1 simex 2003 & 2018 by Apache85

I think the scenarios is really great using all aspects of what the cmano can offer.

#2 under African Skies, Havana Daydream and Goodnight Irene by feltan

I'm a sucker for a good story!
Jokes aside
Apart from Paul's great work on Northern Inferno( please bring back cutscenes)
These scenarios really help you feel immersed in the situation

#3 All Gunner98's scenarios

If you were to hold me to only picking three:

The longest day (logistics logistics Logistics)
Jarheads on ice ( who doesn't like sending in the Marines)
Socotra scramble ( I've loved the Indian Ocean Theatre especially scenarios which include that Island)

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 2/28/2019 1:20:13 AM   


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Gunner98's Northern Fury series make most other scenarios seem boring; I am a particular fan of Shoulder to Shoulder.

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 2/28/2019 2:48:02 AM   


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Agreed! All of Gunner98s' Fury series (Northern, Mediterranean, Indian, Baltic & Caribbean) are excellent. I'm sure Pacific will be too.

Picking favorites out of them is difficult. I particularly like the 'big forces in tight spaces' situations, so Med Fury 2 and 3 are superb in that regard, as is Indian Fury 1 and Caribbean Fury 1. If you like a more dispersed feel, Indian Fury 2 has you trying to fend off all sorts of odd little threats as you try and gather your forces along the east coast of Africa. If you want massive weeks-long whole-Atlantic convoy operations, from the Falklands to Iceland, then look at Northern Fury 12.6, The Longest Day. For heavy carrier smashing action, the Northern Fury scenarios in the Iceland area are just the thing. The smaller carriers won't feel left out with Northern Fury 13.3 Charge of the Light Brigade. I could go on, but eventually I'd just list them all...

From other authors, Yokes' 'The War that Never Was' series was quite good, providing lots of big-force combats.

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 3/1/2019 1:54:30 AM   


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I'm humbled by all the positive feedback on my scenarios. Thanks guys! As for my favorites...

Armed Diplomacy, 1996 is a great scenario in a great DLC

The Gold Rush and South China Sea series' by Airyx on the Steam Workshop are definitely ones to check out. Large, well balanced battles, and in the case of Gold Rush, in a setting rarely used in C:MANO

Little Green Men in the Baltic Sea was the first scenario I subscribed to on the Steam Workshop, and remains one of the best I've played from there.

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 3/1/2019 2:57:25 AM   


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Thanks for the kind words about my scenarios. An unfortunate side effect of everything going on is that I don't get a chance to actually play many scenarios these days and this is a really tough question as there are so many good ones out there.

I would have to say that feltan's three scenarios: Under African Skies, Havana Daydreamen and Goodnight Irene are my favorite along with the War that never was series an some of BeirutDuds scenarios . Many of Mark Gillis' are good to and most are small enough to play in one sitting, and there are a lot of them.

I'm not a CWDB guy but the ones I've dabbled with, Randomizers Wargasm and Seven Days in October by Apache are superb.

I'll need to look into the Steam workshop - don't they make it to the community pack?


Check out our upcoming novel, Northern Fury: H-Hour!
And our blog:
Twitter: @NorthernFury94 or Facebook

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 3/1/2019 6:59:28 AM   

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I would say that my favorite scenarios are:
- The H-Hour
- Black Tiger V
as some of the most chalenging scenarios I've played

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 3/2/2019 4:09:37 PM   


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Seven Days in October

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 3/2/2019 6:26:51 PM   
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Goodnight Irene is the scenario that got me hooked on CMANO in the first place. After that is was Gunner98's H-Hour that launched our novel collaboration.


Check out our upcoming novel, Northern Fury: H-Hour!
Twitter: @northernfury94

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RE: GREATEST HITS : Your Favorite Scenarios - 3/5/2019 6:19:34 PM   


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The war that never was series

I have looked to these scenarios for a long time. Hopefully I'll see a more or less accurate simulation.
Ordered the book (Palmer: The war that never was) for little money now for background information.

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