MERCS 2.0 now gives players three options for measuring their movement, which we'll look at below in a little more detail:
- using the half circles around the cards
- using the indicator marks on the sides of the cards
- using a standard tape measure
1 - Half Circle Card Movement
The unit begins their move in the larger half-circle located on the bottom of the card, then the model may move to any of the smaller half-circles at the top of the card.
This method of movement allows the model a movement distance of 95mm.
2 - Indicator Mark Movement
In this case the card functions like a normal measuring device.
Turn the card on its edge, and use the indicator at bottom of the card to mark the front of the models base. The model may then move the back of its base to the indicator mark at the top of the card.
This method of movement allows the model a movement distance of 90mm.
3 - Tape Measure
This is the industry standard for tabletop wargaming and in MERCS 2.0, a model can use 1 MP to move up to 4 inches (or 10cm).
This method of movement allows the model a movement distance of 100mm.
I think the addition of the tape measure option is great, as it makes the system even more accessible and allows players to play MERCS their way.
Using the indicator marks (option 2 above) makes movement in tight 3D terrain easier - however, there are still some situations where it's still a little tricky to manage, and lining up the indicator marks with the front and back of a models base isn't always the most accurate technique.
I've listed the difference in movement distances above just for sake of comparison, as I thought it might be of interest to some players. To me, the 5mm-10mm discrepancy between movement distances isn't anything to write home about, but that's just my opinion - though generally I'm a pretty easy going player.
With a few options for movement, I think it'll be up to the players to agree on what they'll use for their games. If standardisation is really an issue, there is nothing stopping tournaments or gaming groups from restricting the movement options, saying "movement cards only", or "tape measures only" - and at least now the option is there.