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Awesome game, lots of fun!
on June 28, 2013
We've played this a few times since the purchase and we love it.
Each player starts out by building an Army up to 100 points. Each unit has a different point value, and with the expansion packs there is nearly an endless combination of possibilities. The starter set contains mostly German and U.S. units, but the expansion packs contain nearly every nationality that participated in WWII.
After creating an army, players place their units on the fold out game map. From there, players roll dice to see who has the initiative for the turn. Based on that, one player moves first followed by the second player. After both players have moved, the assault phase begins and players attack each other based on their units attributes. Finally the results of the assault phase are dealt out in the casualty phase. That concludes one turn, the game last for 7 turns and the player who holds the objective is the winner. So far games last about an hour and a half for us, but will probably move more quickly once we can remember most of the rules and don't need to consult the rule book as often.
The rules aren't as complex as some other miniature games, so its pretty quick to learn and keeps the game from bogging down. But it has enough detail in the rules to keep everything interesting and does a fairly accurate job of simulating WWII tactical combat, as compared to other games.
The game is a lot of fun. I enjoy miniature games and this is one of the better ones I've played. The miniatures are very detailed and exciting. The variety of units is nice, because every game is different. There many types of units available with booster packs that make the for lots of Army combinations.
The fold out game maps tend to scrunch up a bit, and they don't want to lay completely flat.
The game only included 8 dice. Some units need to roll more than that.
Its unbalanced, the starter set comes with 4 Axis units (31 points total) and 6 Allied units (86 points total). Since the game rules recommend to play with armies of 100 points, it's a good idea to get two or three expansion packs right away to help balance the game and make things more interesting.
For the realist, the infantry are 15mm scale and the vehicles are 20mm scale. In the later expansion packs the vehicles were reduced to 15mm scale to match the infantry. Not a big deal, but it looks weird when the starter pack M4A1 Sherman is the same size as much larger tanks.
Overall, its a very fun and exciting game. I highly recommend it, though adding more expansion packs makes it even more fun.