I noticed on the official A&A minis page that the sets now have a revised card set and there is a designers note added to a rules update page dated 10/01/08 that briefly explains some of the changes:
What is going on with this minis game anyway?? First they decide the 12mm or whatever it was scale wasn't good enough and the last three sets have the 'correct' scale (15mm). Now the base rules have been 'updated', the card sets have now been changed and the Expanded Rules maybe be updated in the future. How do fans of this game deal with all of the changes? And why does the game need all these changes?
And if I buy any of the three most recent version of this game (1939-1945, North Africa or Eastern Front) will I be getting revised or original versions of the rules and cards? The revised rules don't seem that extensive so that doesn't seem like a huge thing to worry about but how extensive are the changes to the cards?
The first thing I noticed is that 21 of them are rare.
Be Happy in your Game!
I spent 100 Geek Gold and all I got was this lousy overtext message!
The arguments presented remind me of the numerous changes MtG went through over the years, most for the better, some not. There's no doubt there were poor decisions made regarding AA:M but on the whole I feel they have improved the game.
Bad - With regard to the new updated cards for units, I don't see anything bad.
Good - The fixes have been long overdue. Many units like the SS Panzer Grenadiers have been correctly recosted, and units like the original PzIVG reflect the sideskirts that were on the model.
Better - It's all free for downloading. Just print out the unit cards that have changed and paste them over one of your old cards and you're good to go.
Best - They provided new card sets for every set released from the original base set through all the current newer scaled expansions. Cards for every unit. Now even if you have a similar unit, you can use a card to represent it even if it's not the exact unit on the card (though this probably won't fly in tournament play, it's a boon for free play).
Bad - Resizing the vehicles (to match FoW scale) though this is debatable depending on who you ask. Also there have been many re-released vehicles but with new paint schemes.
Good - The soldier and artillery figures scale remained the same
Better - New figures have been added in the recent releases.
Best - There's still ongoing support for the game to include a new expansion coming out in 09. I would expect this to continue for at least one or two more expansions.
Bad - Map hex scale change from 2 to 3 inches
Good - A tighter battlefield makes for fast combat in what is a game that doesn't outlast its welcome by being too long.
Better - They have supported the game with new maps both in the Expanded rules set and the N. Africa and 41-45 set.
Best - Well, no best for this one since I preferred the 2" hexes but still they released plenty of scenario maps and terrain for free online for that size before re-scaling it.
Bad - Rules changes that complicate the game.
Good - They're expanded rules and you don't need to play with them if you don't want to. The standard Advanced Rules set has changed very little from its original version.
Better - The new (optional) rules addition add some welcome changes to add a touch more realism to the game, but more importantly they add new tactics to be considered with flanking attacks.
Best - They're free for the downloading.
So for me despite the gripes I have had, I find there are more things to be happy about than not. YMMV