My PhD thesis - available at all good booksellers... ;0)
To my abject shame this is one of those games that I bought, punched, clipped and then returned to the shelf for 'another day'. This is by no means a negative comment on this particular game, it happens all too often, I am afraid.
Spurred on by the battle's anniversary I brought it to the table yesterday for the very first time and opened the rule book, determining not to leave until I'd read it, learned it and played a game.
My only regret is that I didn't do this a long time ago. It really is a beautiful system, clean, streamlined, but with tons of nuance. To be fair, I am not sure this post belongs in the review forum, forgive me if it should be elsewhere.
All I wanted to say was: Go and buy this game and don't leave it on your shelf!!!
It's absolutely perfect to play solo, with no hidden information and usually a 'best thing for each side to do' option that means both sides can be represented fairly.
The rule-book is an object lesson in clarity and it's very easy to relocate any issues that come up during play. For once, I didn't have even one problem during my learning and interpretation of the rules.
The game-play is, by definition, rather tight and constricting, but that's where the fun resides, in going toe-to-toe with such differing forces in claustrophobic conditions.
I can't recommend this game highly enough and at its price-point you'd be hard-pressed to ever get better value for money.
I learnt some tactical issues the hard way yesterday so I'll be doing it all again today but this time my Norman archers won't be getting annihilated - or at least not quite so quickly!
Huge kudos to everyone involved in the production of this gem; now, if you don't already own a copy, do yourself a favour and put your order in today so that you can relive this battle 950 years after it occurred - there couldn't be a better time to get involved...
Martin, I'm glad you got to playing this. Thanks for the kind comments and supporting the game. Norm.
P.s. It takes a brave Anglo-Saxon to give up the protection of the hill to attack archers (mandatory advance after combat) as the Norman cavalry will be immediately released from their starting restrictions.