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Quebec 1759 Has a simpler and cleaner ruleset and the smaller map makes for fast games. The theme of wizard kings is great but I always found the rules frustrating... maybe you could start with Quebec and eventually start adding in wizard kings blocks.
Yeah, this is the simplest I’d heard of. I fear it wouldn’t grab my kids too easily because the historical conflict seems likely to interest them little, and the aesthetics of the game don’t aim to be flashy at all. I’d love to play it myself, but if this is the best alternative, I think I’d rather try my Wizard Kings with custom simplified rules plan.