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Francisco Garcia Rios
Spain
Albacete
Albacete
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10
Nov 2011
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Alexander Meyer
Germany
Hamburg
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10
Aug 2012
Four scenarios played so far. Excellent game, fast moving and exciting. A refinement from the earlier MEN OF IRON, which already was a very good game. Scenarios in Infidel are much more balanced and make for very tense game play. My review: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/773707/how-to-become-an-...
2012-11-20
Owned
Petr Mojzis
Czech Republic
Praha 4
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10
Mar 2013
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Jason Smith
United States
Capitola
California
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10
Dec 2012
Infidel is the second volume in the Men of Iron series. It still uses the Men of Iron system with some rule expansions to reflect the nature of warfare during the Crusades, but the clarity of the rules has improved significantly. Certain sections have been reworded and more examples are included. However, be sure to download the most recent version of the rules and the FAQ from the GMT website.
Cavalry plays a much bigger role, resulting in a much more fluid game. Infidel introduces mounted archers. These units can move (even through an enemy zone of control), fire, and continue moving, as long as it has enough movement points, simulating the hit and run tactics of the Saracens. Mounted archers can reaction fire in both frontal hexes (effectively firing twice when both frontal hexes are occupied). The light mounted archers cannot shock attack, but they can retreat before combat against any unit. Medium mounted saracen units cannot retreat before combat against mounted units, but they can fire and shock attack in the same activation! On the Crusader side the mounted men at arms have been upgraded to knights. When knights charge, they become medieval tanks, crushing all who stand in their way. Knights never need to be in command to charge, treat Retire results as retreats, and never roll for charge reluctance. In fact, knights must counter charge when attacked unless they are in command and succeed in a resistance roll. Suffice it to say, if you were frustrated by the lack of opportunities to charge in Men of Iron, you should be very pleased with Infidel. Some who are new to Infidel might think that knights are too powerful, but play balance can be achieved once the Saracen player learns how to take full advantage of the mounted archers. Encircle the knights. Block their retreat paths with zones of control. Fire on their flank and rear and cut off retreat. If you liked Men of Iron, you'll love Infidel.
2013-01-09
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Tomas Viktorin
Czech Republic
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Apr 2013
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Jordan Newman
United States
Olympia
Washington
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9.5
Mar 2012
Played;
* Dorylaeum - x1
* Antioch - x1
* Ascalon - x1
* Harran - x1
2012-05-11
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Jay Townsend
United States
Longmont
Colorado
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9.5
Jan 2012
Very nice looking components, and the maps are great, all 5 of them.

After playing all six scenarios, I really enjoyed them and I am looking forward to trying them again. I am bumping this up to a 9.5 ranking!
2012-01-21
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Agung Waspodo
Indonesia
Depok
Jawa Barat
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9.2
Mar 2013
Yogya express maning. I finally put this on the war-table with Dorylaeum first, after playing Musket and Pike this looks a bit easier on the rules. After going through Dorylaeum and Antioch, this system is one of my top rated GMT games.
2013-03-18
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Doug Bloomer
United States
Eugene
Oregon
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9
Jul 2011
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Charles Stampley
United States
Austin
Texas
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9
Feb 2015
More interesting scenarios than Men of Iron and the Turks and Crusaders have a wider disparity between weapons and tactics than found in the earlier game. It is a compliment to this system that it captures these differences in a concise rules set that is a blast to play.
2011-12-06
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Helmut Hohberger
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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9
Aug 2013
Rating of 8 based on 2 Solo plays of Dorylaeum scenario - Captures the essence of Crusader warfare nicely.

EDIT 08-23-2013: Rating upped to 9 after several solo plays of different scenarios. This is a very fine game, with just enough chrome and historical flair to appeal to a wargamer, all the while being easy to learn and fast to play. A success that will be played in my house many more times. Seriously thinking about getting more games in the series.
2013-08-23
Owned
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NIKOLAOS PANAGIOTOU
Greece
ATHENS
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9
Aug 2011
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Piotr Derengowski
Poland
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9
Oct 2011
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Ethan Lin
Taiwan
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9
Nov 2011
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Finland
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9
Feb 2012
Definitive hex&counter tactical wargame of the Crusades era. Enough complexity for hardcore wargamers but still very fluid to play and streamlined enough for opposed play. Scenarios seem to be quite well balanced even though each scenario presents a tactical puzzle. The momemtum roll makes each play somewhat unique and every battle tells you a different story. Infidel gives you a highly narrative feeling and it's very enjoyable to see each story unfold. One of the best tactical wargame systems I have come across.
2013-05-11
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Russell/Karen Morse
United States
Ossining
New York
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9
Sep 2012
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Jerry Panuozzo
Italy
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Jan 2012
I played it only solo, and it works wonderfully!
Rules are not so complicated: the game is suitable for unexperienced wargamers (like me...) too.
The maps are good, but the armies move often in a clear terrain: by my experience, there is not a great "terrain strategy" to do. But I think that this reflect the period warfare.
All scenarios are very different and show always a new and particular situation: so every one is interesting. And the continity/seizure system assure a new game experience at any time.
And it's really amazing to pass from the crusader side to the "infidel" one, each one with his specific warfare!
Want to play!!
2012-01-23
Owned
Chris Brown
United States
Ohio
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9
Jun 2013
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Superfly 3
Australia
NSW
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Oct 2012
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Josh Conner
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Nov 2012
The most dynamic of the Men-of-Iron series with the focus on the tactics of the Crusaders and Middle Eastern armies. Most battles are fought on wide-open terrain with a large quantity of cavalry. This opens up a lot of tactical decisions but with it added complexity due to the higher percentage of battles that use the charge/counter-charge rules.

Infidel plays very differently than the other entries, and is a great volume in a very good series.
2014-12-27
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Jason Lindsay
United States
Soquel
California
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9
Apr 2013
Fantastic tactical design. I look forward to playing the rest of the series.
2013-05-13
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Richard Hellsten
United Kingdom
Basingstoke
Hampshire
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9
Feb 2014
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Michal Mlcak
Czech Republic
Olomouc
Europe
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9
Feb 2014
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Rui Duarte
Portugal
Lisboa
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9
Dec 2014
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Konstantinos
Greece
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8.5
Jun 2011
war
2012-03-16
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