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Scrumpy Jack
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I play euros, and I play wargames, and not knowing enough about the COIN rules (it was difficult to get an impression of the game from the reviews I'd seen on the Geek), I quietly passed on the series thinking "I play euros, and I play wargames, why do I want a hybrid-wargame-with-eurocubes?" -forgive the short-sightedness.

That all changed when Falling Sky came out, I just couldn't resist the theme, and in I plunged. So glad I did. This thing oozes theme and mechanics that just click together. And to the extent that I wonder how the other games fair. How can the relationship between theme and mechanics get any better in other COIN games?

I'm only a couple of reads through the first half of the rulebook, and going through the playbook, but I'm thinking about my next COIN game.

LoD is not my theme of choice, and FinL has been called quite complex, so it's a toss-up between the other three, with a theme preference for Distant Plain.

Which of the three would you chose as a second game if Falling Sky had been your first? Which has the tightest theme/mechanics link?
 
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Jeff Gringer
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They're all good, just pick the theme you like.
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Chris Smith
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You mentioned a theme preference for ADP; that'd be my recommendation.

Unfortunately, I probably give LoD the nod for tightest to theme and mechanics.
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As others have said, any or ALL! My favorite is Fire in the Lake, as I'm of the age of the Vietnam vet. It's a bit more complex but oozes atmosphere (at least for me).
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If you're interested in ADP, I would highly suggest that as your next COIN game. Not too complex and very thematic.

One of my favorite COIN games - although they're all pretty much my favorite.
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reemer wrote:
If you're interested in ADP, I would highly suggest that as your next COIN game. Not too complex and very thematic.

One of my favorite COIN games - although they're all pretty much my favorite. :)


I read somewhere that Falling Sky has more "combat" than other COIN games. I can't imagine the theme in ADP without combat. Is that the case?
 
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In terms of complexity, I don't think FitL and ADP are all that far apart. If you feel comfortable with the rules, you could go with either, but Falling Sky is probably not a good measure of your rules comfort, as it is missing several mechanisms found in those games (necessarily, given its time frame).

I don't think you can go wrong with Cuba Libre, especially if you're hoping to get other people to play with you (much simpler than many of the other games), and I wouldn't discount LoD, which is the most mechanically similar to FS (though the battles work differently).

tl;dr: I'd say if ADP is what interests you, then just go for it.
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Scott Key
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Cuba Libre is a masterpiece.
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SJack wrote:
reemer wrote:
If you're interested in ADP, I would highly suggest that as your next COIN game. Not too complex and very thematic.

One of my favorite COIN games - although they're all pretty much my favorite.


I read somewhere that Falling Sky has more "combat" than other COIN games. I can't imagine the theme in ADP without combat. Is that the case?


There are different balances in each game; there's plenty of fighting in ADP but it's less involved than in LoD or FS.
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I started with CL, followed by FS and now going through ADP.
If you make it successfully through FS, I think the increment in difficulty to any other title in the series is small. So clearly you can go after the theme you like most, be it FitL or ADP or anything else.
 
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SJack wrote:
reemer wrote:
If you're interested in ADP, I would highly suggest that as your next COIN game. Not too complex and very thematic.

One of my favorite COIN games - although they're all pretty much my favorite.


I read somewhere that Falling Sky has more "combat" than other COIN games. I can't imagine the theme in ADP without combat. Is that the case?

Most combat in Falling Sky represents set-piece battles between large field armies or sieges of walled citied/forts. ADP has very little of that, but OTOH it has plenty of air strikes, search-and-destroy operations, IED ambushes, heli-borne raids etc. that are utterly absent from Falling Sky

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