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Subject: Jump from Memoir & Ancients to Battlelore rss

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Bob Gibson
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I enjoy Memoir & Ancients by R. Borg, but still haven't purchased Battlelore yet. I don't particularly wish to pay that much up front, knowing that expansions are just around the corner adding more to the total cost; and, I am a military/history enthusiast and am not sure whether the fantasy theme of Battlelore would be of particular interest to me. Are there other gamers who shared these same concerns initially, but bought the game and are glad they did?
 
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R.Borg did a very clever thing with Battlelore. Two games in one.

The C&C line now consists of:

American Civil War.
World War II
Ancients
Medieval Europe & Fantasy

Battlelore really is Medieval Europe and Fantasy. You don't have to use the Goblins, Dwarves and Creatures. The game plays quite well without them, indeed, the first bunch of scenarios have nothing to do with any fantasy aspects at all.

I have no inside information but I would bet that not all the expansions will be focused on the Fantasy aspect. On the Battlelore website there are images of Axes and Spears. Vikings? Saxons? Franks? Oh what fun!

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Brent is right.

Also, there are other threads dealing with an approach to using "Lore" as equivalent to "Strategy" and dropping the fantasy "theme" altogether; so you can still play with some of the new aspects of the game, but stay with a purely "historical" flavour. Of course, if this period of history is not of interest, then there is no point in buying the game...
 
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MrSkeletor wrote:
If you want to drop the 'fantasy' elements then the game is a waste of money. Stick with Ancients.

This is not true - the game can be what you make it. And it was specifically designed to handle both historical and fantasy battles. Ancients has a different "feel" altogether and is not really suitable for post 350AD battles (at least, according to the designer...)
 
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While I agree that the Fantasy options add a LOT to this game, I don't think the game is a waste of money if you play without them. I suspect most players who buy it will try out the Fantasy aspects sooner rather than later for exactly this reason.

Of interest to me is in the Ancients game linear tactics will dominate, in Battlelore, clump tactics dominate. Different feel for a different period.

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