What would be your ten games you would choose to really focus on?
I'm having a tough time committing.
Lock n Load WWII tactical Band of Heroes series
Blitzkrieg Commander II
Standard Combat Series
Advanced Tobruk System
Kings of War Samurai
Grand Tactical Series
Chain of Command
A Victory Denied
Liberty Roads apparently
PanzerBlitz (new version)
Fate or FAE
I bought the Reluctant Enemies OCS starter box. Enjoy watching Kev Sharp’s videos on OCS. Even have some OCS local players that I could tap into to help me out. But man o man, do I not like the idea of learning those rules right now. It’s not that they’re difficult (whatever that means) it’s just new procedures, terms, sequence of play, exceptions, etc.
I thought the same thing watching Ty Snouffer’s hour and a half Grand Tactical Series live Skype call a few nights ago. Holy cow man. And the games can take a long time to play. Which I’m ok with to a point, but I do find myself losing interest if they go too long. That’s why it’s nice to have another smaller game set up to play in those times to get my mind and new thing for a bit and then get back to the longer game.
[Sidebar – Ty’s getting ready to play the Where Eagles Dare campaign game and he had to hold some basic training for those participating in the game. He also let a few of us sit in on it to learn for our own sake. Great job and cool having a live lesson. You can observe the game on Tuesdays on Vassal. (and Skype too I believe).]
What I like about both of those series, they’re just that, series. Learn the system and then play more games with small variations. So you can get a lot of playing with lower rules overhead. The problem I have with learning a bunch of one off games, like A Victory Denied, is that I’m fairly confident I’m going to want to play something else after just a few plays.
I say all that and I’m learning two miniature sets at one time right now, Rate of Fire and Chain of Command. That’s not easy. However, following Geekway, I’m in the mood to try some miniatures again, so I’m willing to go through that hurdle. However, the actually playing isn’t as involved as the OCS and GTS games mentioned earlier. (Chain of Command has a lot of rules compared to ROF though.)
But then you have set up and terrain and figures and, and, and… Either way there will be something. The beauty of board games, terrain and pieces are set, no prep time on those and unless pieces are missing, I don’t have to spend money and time getting all the kit necessary. And the terrain rules are nice and figured out…for the most part. Fewer ambiguities.
But man, I love that immersive feel the minis give me. The visual that draws me in so much.
Truly a ramble, trying to figure out what to play and how to spend my o so very limited hobby time. (I’m fully aware that there are millions of people in the world that have real problems and this is all just a bunch of hooey, but it’s still fun to think and write about.)
Back to my question, what would be your top 10 games you would want to play at least 10 times each to really get and understand?
I posted some of this on Facebook and Kev Sharp (AKA The Big Board) posted this video. And thank you Kev for the shout out.