|As you can see, I'm not exactly steamrolling the French.|
It uses a Movement-Reaction mechanism that is both engaging, innovative and fun. I know, I know...It borrows from Victory Games' The Civil War. But that was 30 years ago, folks. Let's move on, shall we?
I still love Alice Cooper, but I know nostalgic tender feelings when I see them. I had The Civil War back in the day, too. And guess what? I found it just okay. In fact, I didn't play it much. The way people talk, you'd think it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. If it had been produced by -- oh, I dunno -- West End Games, people'd be saying The Civil What Now? Admit it! (Sheeple! But I don't mean that in a bad way...)
|The Strength Points that make up the Corps are kept track of on each side's Corps Cards. Convenient and easy, better than stacks of SP counters on the map.|
I feel a bit like a schmuck in carrying on like this, but I actually get butterflies thinking about this game. I think I'm in love!
WHY DID WASHINGTON CROSS THE RIVER?To kick Rall's ass.
I'm taking some time off work this week. My goal is to learn On to Paris! and Washington's Crossing, another game that I just never seem to have time for. This one is from Revolution Games. This is another innovative system borrowing from a decades-old system by a decades-old designer I've never heard of. Look, good designers borrow; great designers steal. Okay? Lots of hand-wringing guilt out there. Just make your games and quit worrying about it!
|Washington's Crossing has one of the best maps I've ever seen. Just beautiful!|
BOOKS TO GAME BYI know more about Franco-Armerican Spaghetti-Os than I do about the Franco-Prussian War. But that is changing rapidly thanks to H.M. Hozier's 2-volume account of the war, The Franco-Prussian War. (Who names these things?)
Washington's Crossing is simply an outstanding book. Even if you're not playing the game, read this book. Just do it. Hey, are you still reading this? Go get the book!
MORE, MORE, MORE!
Inspired by what I've been playing lately, I've just ordered a couple more, one from Compass and one from Legion. What I'm looking for is new blood. I absolutely believe that some of the designers who've been around a while have become a little jaded. (No! You think?) Well, they lasted a lot longer than I ever would have. It's a shitty business, even for big guys. It's even shittier for the small fries. Just sayin'. It's hard to put up with people like me.
|A solitaire game. Boer War.|
Washington's Crossing has put me in a revolutionary frame of mind, so....
I love the passion of these new guys. Milan Becvar (of On to Paris!) and now these guys. Look at this video they produced. You have to support people like this!