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Here's a little something to jog your memories. This is getting into the wayback machine to a game with counter graphics that surprised us all when it hit the market. Such glorious detail! Anyone remember this one?
Looking at a copy across from my desk still in the original bag unpunched. It looked good, but the rules lookged really bad. Cant say very much but sure enjoyed the counters. DG new WITP looks like it has a much better rule book. Neither really matters, try to find a FTF wargamer living anywhere near Panama City, Florida. I have over a hundred games, dups of many, and never a FTF opponent.
Oh Well. In the 70's time to play and plenty of opponents, for the last 25 years, money to collect anything and everything, and no opponents.
Beautiful components, ugly rules. It is possible to make a game out of this, but it generally only has a broad relationship to the historical events. The sad part is that you can almost figure out what they were trying to do with the rules, but I thought it ended up feeling more like a collection of rule cases than an integrated system that was meant to work together. It seems inconceivable that they could have playtested this game and not seen the problems. I have a feeling that the most important rules were tacitly 'understood' by the testers as they played, and don't even appear in print. FGA proves that designing wargames is not as easy as some might think it to be.
I do remember almost grabbing a copy when it came out as it looked a ig advance on some of the other graphics of the era, but given my experience with other FGA games it looks like I dodged a bullet!
Thats a bummer :(
Had dreams of retrofitting my old SPI WAR IN THE PACIFIC (1st Ed) with selected components from this game since the FGA title was practically unplayable given the horrible rulebook. Auctioned it off when I bought DG's WAR IN THE PACIFIC (2nd Ed). Like nearly everything FGA did, the graphics were great but the games were almost always needed you to rewrite the entire rulebook!
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