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Elliot Harrison

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i guess one question begets another. is this game hard to learn and play, ie, is it somewhat light to medium? because if it's not, and it's quite complex, i won't be able to get my gamer friends to play...therefore...
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has anyone played this solo? i love the subject matter and the leader based system. thanks mucho...

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Steve Bachman
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Playing solo to learn mechanics is probably fine, but as a game you'd need Alzheimer's to play solo probably. It is a CDG after all.
 
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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Solo is okay for a session for two to learn the rules. I guess it depends on what your friends consider to be a heavy game.
 
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Bartow Riggs
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I would classify the difficulty as medium (barely.) There are about 12 pages of rules. (plus advanced and optional).

I couldn't imagine playing it solitaire since it is a CDG. I guess some people do that though. To learn the game I think solitaire is perfect. This is a great British play-aid (there is a french one too);
http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/20364

WW is an especially great game if you have interest in, or wish to just grok, this particular war. I did not know much about this conflict but after playing the game a few times I have a much richer understanding.

It also prompted me to get an audio book (The War that Made America) and a book on the subject (Crucible of War).

Finally, It plays very well on ACTS. So you don't have to play solitaire. (I use Vassal/Acts and have a game going on right now actually.)
 
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Randy C
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It is light to medium for a wargame, but not really fun solo.

One of the best parts of the game is bluffing your opponent as to what your intentions are. He is never sure what you are capable of because he does not know what cards you have.

It is a 10.

We can play 1 and sometimes 2 games of the Annus Mirabilis Scenario in one 4 hour evening.

I have also played the 1755 game on ACTS and it is as much or more fun.
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Elliot Harrison

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thanks for the great response. i can see where it would be difficult to play solo.

i apologize in advance for my ignorance to the nomenclature used here...but what is ACTS?
artificial controlled tournament system?
action card training series
automated combat turn system
ambivalent course training sonnet
advanced combat turn....ok, i give up.

thanks again for the replies. i was surprised there were sveral replies already.

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ACTS: Automated Card Tracking System. Handy for playing CDGs PBEM, but you have to keep track of the board positions some other way (VASSAL, Cyberboard, have the actual board physically setup somewhere). It's free at http://acts.warhorsesim.com/
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I enjoy it solo (try to play the best card each time for each side). Difficulty: Medium (harder than Hannibal, easier than Paths of Glory).
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John Townsend

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Let me point out that for those who are into this period or want to grok it, "Crucible of War" by Fred Anderson is an excellent book covering this theater, as Bartow Riggs points out.


BTW: lol: "ambivalent course training sonnet"
 
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