Played the start scenario of Red Star Rising with one of my local opponents last weekend. I enjoyed the system even if my Germans received the Stalingrad pocket making spanking they deserved. Seemed to flow well and we talked a lot about what strategies we'd use "next time."

The one thing I didn't particularly care for though was the attempt in the rules to come up with a new vocabulary for old concepts which I assume was to appeal to the mythical new to war gaming gamer. Offender number one was spaces of contention (or whatever it was the rules called them) instead of Zones of Control. Ok, I can respect that ZoC is not the most intuitive term but I spent the whole game translating to ZoC-ese anyway and wonder if there's really that much to be gained at this point by trying to buck the tide of gaming history. Anyway, grumble, grumble, grumble (I feel the same way about GMT's Empire of the Sun; I like the game but I think trying to come up with an all new set of terms for old concepts was a waste of time).

I'll probably go find the RSR rules and get their exact term for ZoC for the above too but anyway...

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Comment by Smitty on February 20, 2009 at 12:18am
Spaces of contention - isn't that what we have with our ex's?
Comment by Bill on October 7, 2008 at 4:01pm
I like RSR .Haven't played it since May. Finished 1 campaign.A small (duh marginal) victory for the Germans. Will be checking this out again soon.
Comment by Bob Mosdal on March 15, 2008 at 3:49pm
Yeah, I wouldn't want anyone to get me wrong, I think our little taste of the game made me think it's worth pursuing further. The systems are good. I just object to the change for changes sake on the terminology. I don't buy that it's any easier for newbies and just leads to a grog like me having to juggle the mental translation every time.
Comment by John Kranz on March 15, 2008 at 10:09am
Bob -- I'm with you there. I'm not for introducing new terms unless there is new meaning behind them that is significant enough to call for a different term to be used. I've heard this is a fantastic game.

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