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Brian Mitchely
United States
Roanoke
Virginia
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The Face Of Battle...

The name says it all. This must be the must mechanically realistic game out there. Ideally the game is played with a set of card that will allow you to complete an action for a soldier. There is no "I Go, You Go" playing here, both you and your opponent flip cards from the respective decks and state what action is to be completed. This adds a much needed "Fog Of War" element needed in so many games. There are a number of tables and charts to which you will use to deside the outcome (Failure or Success) of your chosen action. Also a comprehensive "Morale" system that will determine the mental state of you opponent. Simply put, the best combat simulation rule set you will find anywhere.

There are many levels of realism and complexity that will reduce the time required for game preperation. For instance if you drop the card system and use an inititive system (similar to Wizard's Dungeons & Dragons) you can simplify the game play a bit. Even drop the initive system and adopt an "I Go, You go" style. The card system can be adapted for individual or for squad use. Again the later being the simpler system. By far the most realistic method is the card system, again for the simple reason of the Fog of war that is added, and a degree of chaos that is war.

The models, you will need to supply. TFoB is primarily designed for 1/72 scale (25mm/28mm). However information is included for both larger and smaller scales. A varitey of stances are used in the game (Standing, Kneeling, & Prone) each stance has its own particular charateristics, pros & cons if you will. Like the rest of the game the "Stance" option is just that an option. You can play the game just fine with all standing models. A wide varity of models are available in soft plastic. They can (and have) been played right out of the box (ala Naked Warhammer Figures, you know who you are...) or with some special prep, painted up for show piece model.

This game is unsurpassed in realism (Mechanically speaking) to the real thing. This game can be a bit complex and can scare off green wargamers due to its complexity. However for those willing to learn (It really is not a difficult game to play) you will be rewarded with a level of gaming that will astound you. I belive the only way to experience combat, more fully, is to enlist and find out for yourself...

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Alex Sorbello
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Re:User Review
DarthMitchious (#51122),
I agree with your review.
A great game!
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Leondus Hutchison
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This is a great set of rules for 1:1 gamers.

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