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Played a little ToW Battle for Caen last night, good game and the graphics hold up well being as old as it is.
 

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Got in three games of 1775 last weekend. Fun, fast, 4 player game. Dice driven, and yet optional strategies abound. All who played it, rated it as a keeper.
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Combat Mission: Final Blitzkrieg. The result of my brilliant leadership in a QB set in the Ardennes...one of my tank platoon brews up. These PzKpfw IVJs sport a mix of camo patterns and Schürzen protection. Popped smoke with the platoon leader and trying to back out of a bad spot...
 
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Got in three games of 1775 last weekend. Fun, fast, 4 player game. Dice driven, and yet optional strategies abound. All who played it, rated it as a keeper.
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Have you played 1812 - Invasion of Canada? Its by the same folks and I believe has a lot of the same mechanics as 1775. I play it a lot and it is a blast.
 

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Have you played 1812 - Invasion of Canada? Its by the same folks and I believe has a lot of the same mechanics as 1775. I play it a lot and it is a blast.
We played 1812 last fall three times in one weekend as well. We all enjoyed 1812, but uniformly declared 1775 to be superior as the combat is immediate and constant.

In fact the Rebellion is in danger right on the first turn - if Connecticut & Rhode Island fall in the first impulse, the Continental Army is in dire straights. Conversely a double Yankee move out of the gate puts Quebec & New York in trouble.

The downside to 1775 is it is only 4 player not 5 player game like 1812. In this kind of "war by committee" the more the merrier as far as I'm concerned.
 
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Combat Mission: Final Blitzkrieg. The result of my brilliant leadership in a QB set in the Ardennes...one of my tank platoon brews up. These PzKpfw IVJs sport a mix of camo patterns and Schürzen protection. Popped smoke with the platoon leader and trying to back out of a bad spot...
Wish they would do a Kursk Module, or maybe even a Stalingrad Module.
 

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I have been playing an adventure campaign of 'Shadows of Brimstone' on Thursday evenings. It's kind of fun (a dice chucker, like ASL), but I am beginning to wonder if there isn't any more decision-making than just rolling dice to kill monsters.
 

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Wife and I played Dead of Winter last night at the FLGS and we both really enjoyed it, though we had to leave after two rounds. Great art and design really reinforced the theme. Not sure we'll plunk over $50 for it but I hope we get a chance to replay it and finish a game.
 

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What thoughts on the COIN series of games and their suitability for a younger audience?

My daughter and I have almost finished Pandemic Legacy and she's soooo ready for a bigger challenge as she has a better gaming brain than me (her strategy and grasp of the intricacies of Pandemic just blow my wee mind) allied to her mothers innate smarts...I was thinking of stepping it up and I'm looking for another non-abstract challenge for her and I.
 

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In a segment on the TV news show "60 Minutes" last night, one of the interviewees (researcher wrongly accused of espionage) had Settlers of Catan set up on his dining room table.
 

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In a segment on the TV news show "60 Minutes" last night, one of the interviewees (researcher wrongly accused of espionage) had Settlers of Catan set up on his dining room table.

good spot! I totally missed it

Peace

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What thoughts on the COIN series of games and their suitability for a younger audience?

My daughter and I have almost finished Pandemic Legacy and she's soooo ready for a bigger challenge as she has a better gaming brain than me (her strategy and grasp of the intricacies of Pandemic just blow my wee mind) allied to her mothers innate smarts...I was thinking of stepping it up and I'm looking for another non-abstract challenge for her and I.
First, that's awesome that your daughter likes a challenge!

I've played three of the COIN games so far, Fire In The Lake, A Distant Plain, and Liberty or Death and have loved all three of them. That being said, I have only ever played each of them with four players, so I'm not quite sure how well they play with less than that. Each of the three, while using the same basic mechanic offers a unique set of Victory Condition challenges and has some game specific mechanics. My take is that these three COIN games would be a bit of a jump in complexity relative to Pandemic Legacy. Also, the games are very thematic to the given period, so it really helps to have an interest in the specific COIN subject in order to help link the game mechanics with the historical setting.

There are probably a number of intermediate strategy games that might make the jump to one of the COIN games more enjoyable. Then again, my understanding is that Cuba Libre is the more accessible in the series, but I have not had the opportunity to play it yet as it is only now coming back into print.

So, I would ask your daughter if she has an interest in any of the historical periods covered by one of the COIN games and if so, that might be sufficient enough to dive in.

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There are probably a number of intermediate strategy games that might make the jump to one of the COIN games more enjoyable. Then again, my understanding is that Cuba Libre is the more accessible in the series, but I have not had the opportunity to play it yet as it is only now coming back into print.
I've played all the COIN games. Cuba Libre is the best one to start with as it is the shortest. Fire in the Lake and A Distant Plain have awesome flavor, but take quite a bit longer to play. Andean Abyss was okay, but nothing special to me. Finally, Liberty or Death seems to have some screwed up VCs. The scoring vectors seem a bit off. If the British get behind in casualties they have no chance to come back. The Native American player doesn't seem to have any decent game choices for the first half of the game. I wanted to like this game, but after the one playing I have no desire to play it again (especially as the Native Americans). Perhaps we played it all wrong and there is a good game in there after all...
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I've played all the COIN games. Cuba Libre is the best one to start with as it is the shortest.
My first non-solo play of the COIN series was Cuba Libre - a good choice and I would also recommend it for jumping in. By now I played Cuba Libre and FITL with two players - it worked perfectly well for two players. And if you like you could even match yourself with your daughter against the bots playing the opossite side, getting in a coop-play mode.
 

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So give some intermediates between Pandemic Legacy and the COIN series :) Guess I'll leave them for a year or two!
 
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