Quick question...how high is each hill level in terms of the real world? I don't remember ever seeing a number given. I imagine it's abstracted quite a bit, but I was wondering if the designers had some averages in mind.
The game is more design-for-effect with hills than cartographic accurate. Although the crest lines appear in exactly one hex, the hills being simulated in most cases extend well beyond the crest lines depicted. Some of the "flat", "lower-level" terrain in front of a hill is actually part of that hill and in most cases grades smoothly into it. Among the hardest technical problems of wargaming is developing a playable set of rules that simulate three-dimensional terrain and LOS on a two-dimensional map.I would suggest that a 1 in 4 slope (10 m/level) is a fair slog going up, and 5 m is sufficient for a house story, so anything from 5 to 10 m seems reasonable.
Only if you consider the crest lines as literal contour lines. I think they may be more figurative in many cases. The fight is for the top of the hill and not usually its slopes, so the military effect is to crowd the "military" contour lines near the top of the hill and not evenly and mathematically space them out. If you space out contour lines so you have large flat areas at intermediate levels you end up with strange dead space that can't see "down" the even slope. Hence we got slopes. For a non-historical map it's better to crown the hilltop with extra "military" crests rather than to try to somehow fit the crest lines into contour lines. Crest lines are not contour lines; they are design for effect.Possibly true if you are talking about level 1 hills or say level 0, level 1, level 1, level 2, but once you have a continuous slope, like level 0, level 1, level 2 and you consider the geometry there is not much room for 'smoothing out' the slope, a half hex extra at best for 2 or more levels and hexes of climb, 25% extra. If it is more than a half hex of 'spread' then that hex should be hill.
https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/fm/3-25-26/ch10.htmJon - I think you've got it wrong. Avalon Hill was a US company, so that 621 is in units of feet. Divide by 3.28 and you'll get meters.
Sheez. And you call yourself a military man.