I don't mind C&C cards... I just don't like "magic"...Ummm...with a name like Battlelore, did you expect something different? Were you hoping for a Western shoot-out at the O.K. Corral? A recreation of the 100 years war?
By the way, there is an historical variant but I don't think it's very exciting. I think if you like C&C system and don't like magic then C&C:A is your game. C&C:A is an excellent game in its own right. I own it and play it as often as Battlelore. They streamlined BL a bit so that the Lore Rules wouldn't sink the game with omplexity. Although, the rules are still a bit more tactical than Memoir 44. I guess, for me, Memoir '44 is the real loser out of all the games because I have no need for it now. (I will soon be trading it away)