A Beginners Guide to COIN Games
- Justin Berman(j-berman)United States
White River Junction
You might have heard of the popular COunter-INsurgency (COIN) games and want to dive into them, but you’d like to know where to start.
This was me after the release of Andean Abyss (the first game in the COIN series).
And, I dived in. It was daunting. But, I quickly fell in love with the system, the historical context and the asymmetry in play. I’ve played all of them now and most of the scenarios of each.
So, I’ve developed this Geeklist to serve as possible pointers for people who want to try COIN games but want to know more where to start. A list not informed by me but by the community of COIN lovers (at least that is the goal).
It isn’t a full blown reference, but is designed to be hopefully a useful tool for my friends and perhaps other to learn more (and perhaps engage) COIN games.
I’d recommend a few things first:Visit GMT’s site at the following: GMT's COIN Page.Check out the BGG GMT COIN Series Family of games for more on COIN releases and ranks.Scan and perhaps review comments from the great Geeklist called Guide to GMT Games's COIN Series. This contains details on existing and upcoming COIN efforts in development.
If you have played COIN games, please view and take the polls. These will be aggregated to shape ideas for people to consider before venturing in to COIN. For those who have played...
First Question: What are simple things people should know when starting to play COIN games? If in general, then post as a comment at the end of the Geeklist. If specific to one of the COIN games, post as a comment to that game. Please, limit keep the ideas simple: a sentence or phrase is sufficient.
Second Question (it is OK to change your answers with new releases):
Third Question (it is OK to change your answers with new releases):
For games released after the above, here are new polls:
The list below is ordered based on Era (historical century / decade) to allow people ease in identifying their historical timeframe of most interest. New games COIN entries (and there are multiple coming as of Summer 2018) will be added after release.
I’m not a statitician or poll developer. I’m just someone trying to make a great series even more accessible to those who dare.
Last, but not least, there are several users I found particularly informative / insightful and I want to thank them and others for their contributions to our hobby:Nick Avtges(nix342)United States
MassachusettsIt's not easy being green.Brian Stephens(bdst)Australia
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