Spotting is one of the game rule sets that drives the game play in an interesting way. Off course to spot anything, a unit needs first a line of sight. The game features so-called "line of sight degradation" which is a great way to model sight throw hexes that do not completely block the LOS. But beyond the line of sight, some extra rules apply. To spot an enemy unit, a friendly unit in good order (i.e. not shaken) has to be in an adjacent hex. Or the friendly unit has to have a good line of sight on the enemy unit being in an open terrain hex. Enemy units become spotted when they move (unless that movement is a low crawl through a non-open hex) and/or fire. When nothing of the above happens, a friendly leader unit can just spend movement points trying to spot an enemy unit.
Sounds pretty standard, but here comes the twist: only enemy units that have been spotted can be fired upon. Let's see what that means in the next screenshot.
Which in turn, means that (unless some German unit spends movement points trying to spot it) the Russian HMG can't be fired upon as of now. The implications of this spotting rule reach a bit further, game play wise: there is no area fire, or suppressive fire on hexes where no enemy units have been spotted. In this scenario, it is easy to imagine that the entire Pavlov's house is reeking with Russian troops. Yet we can't fire on suspected enemy positions.
|At the start of each turn, the rally phase is used to bring order to the ranks. In this screenshot, Lt. Koch has successfully rallied one of his squads.|
|The Russian computer opponent continues to push towards the crippled German squads on the south. Their avenue of approach is questionable (shouldn't have they advanced through the cover of that building?) ...|
|Lt. Baumann, his men gone, covers the mess with indirect fire from a mortar located a few hexes nortwest from his position.|
|On the north flank, Lt. Plassmann's platoon attacks the dug-in Russians. The screenshot shows the screen from melee combat, with artwork that is stock and not necessarily representing what is going on in the ground.|
|The Russian HMG opens up and the Germans fall into a shaken state. The HMG can now be targeted with all we have around, as it has become spotted.|