Would a comparison to FFG be an insult...

Would comparing the quality of a war game to FFG games be an insult? Seems like some war game folks are real sensitive about that.... Hmmm.....

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Comment by Byron Collins on March 10, 2009 at 12:48pm
I've received a lot of good comments on our production quality and artwork for Frontline General: Italian Campaign Introduction. That said, it's improving with the next game. To be compared to an FFG game would be, as other have said, flattering. The thing that stands out about FFG to me is their high production value, which is something I'm striving for in my games.
Comment by Mark H. Walker on March 10, 2009 at 11:52am
Oh, yeah, IRT GMT, I traded for Fields of Fire at Prezcon. I haven't had a chance to play it (lately it's been Neuroshima Hex! and Werewolves on the table), but FoF looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.
Comment by Mark H. Walker on March 10, 2009 at 11:49am
"Worst - actually, nothing bad at all from anyone."

Yep, I agree. I think the entire industry is improving. Perhaps not everything is at Eurogame/Ameritrash production standards, but we are getting there. Another great example is either Cowboys or Hold the Line by Worthington. Great production, and Hold the Line is one of the best games of the last 18 months.
Comment by Bill Wood on March 10, 2009 at 9:12am
LnL certainly does raise the bar on quality - gorgeous games.

GMT is doing great work. My most recent purchases are almost all GMT.


Couple things that irritate me though;

1. GMT's map folding method - that one corner on the inside is so easily ripped.
2. MMP - so many folds, and they tend to fold them smaller than the box. Excessive folding.

For me, somewhat easily corrected - I am a poster frame pimp - got lots of them with many maps in storage.

Best Quality wargame purchased recently - Clash of Arms Battle of Monmouth.

Worst - actually, nothing bad at all from anyone.
Comment by Mark H. Walker on March 10, 2009 at 8:51am

Great post, but some comments on your comments. :-)

"plastic piece that you can get on a card board counter"

Heroclix? Amazing amount of info.

"Love the plastic pieces "

Not unpainted. Stuff enclosed in Tide of Iron is so last decade.

Andy...comments... very interesting. My thoughts...

"mounted maps" --they exist in war gaming. See Blood and Bridges and Noville, and Conflict of Heroes (probably others).

"high quality artwork" --not tooting our horn, but I haven't seen art better than ATZ or Noville or Heroes of the Blitzkrieg. For that matter much of Kim's stuff is also top notch.

"occasional jokes and puns - flashes of humour" I've seen this in Kai Jenson's writing in the Combat Commander series.

"colorful rules with illustrations" -Conflict of Heroes, Blood and Bridges?

Bottom line, I'm a big FFG fan, and would be honored to have one of my games favorably compared to theirs, but nevertheless we (all wargaming) are progressing.
Comment by Jon Compton on March 10, 2009 at 7:47am
I think between the two I'd opt for Talisman. It's roughly the same style game, but has more socialization (as in let's drink, eat, and talk about how much Games Workshop sucks while we play).
Comment by Jon Compton on March 9, 2009 at 12:35pm
Got to admit that I found Runebound to be a less social version of Talisman. My experience with the game is that you just sort of play for a while, then all of a sudden someone wins. That said, I do think FFG does a fine job with their products, but I don't think they do any better than, say, MMP. They just do a different style of game.
Comment by John Hawkins on March 9, 2009 at 11:52am
And here I thought we were talking about Guided Missile Frigates.
Comment by David Allen on March 8, 2009 at 10:15pm
Fantasy Flight Games produces very high quality, popular games. I would think any game publisher would be flattered to be compared to them. Of course, I am a little biased because they are right up the road from me. I've had considerable contact with their employees (and met the CEO) and they are very hard-working, quality folks. They always have a strong presence at local conventions, and are generous with their time and products (as door prizes, etc.).
Comment by Lance Runolfsson on March 8, 2009 at 9:00pm
Don't worry about games being superseded. Yeah it does happen. But as with movies often the sequel is inferior to the original;o)

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