I’ve got this thing with war games. I’d like to have a tactical level war game in my collection. I like Memoir ’44, it works well for what it tries to be, but I’d like something with more detail, more story to it.
However, Advanced Squad Leader and other games like it are way too heavy for me. ASL has won over many level-headed euro gamers on the Board Game Society forums, but reading their stories, I think it’s way over my head. I also lack a regular and experienced opponent; even with the easier Starter Kits, I don’t think teaching the game every time you play is feasible.
I’ve thought about Up Front, even considered bidding on it on Ebay. It’s a tad expensive, perhaps, and the way people talk about the complicated rules makes me shiver. The lack of board also makes the mechanics intriguing, but tricky.
However, I think I have found a winner: Combat Commander: Europe sounds like the game I want. It combines low tactical level combat with clever card mechanism. I love card management with cards that have multiple uses (if I were to design a game, that would probably be the key mechanic). The cards also limit the possible actions, makings turns go faster.
Combat Commander looks like it would be easy enough to teach often and for the newbies to enjoy on their first go. It’s expensive and the local store doesn’t have it yet, but when they do, I’m going to get one. This is sad news for BattleLore, though — that has to wait, I can’t afford two 70 euro games right now.