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Thales Martins
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Hi,

I am planning to buy Close Action, because it is a game wich I can play with more than 4 players, what is not so common for "wargames", but most of my friends, just knows how to play Risk, and they don't speak English very well...

So, do you think it is too hard to learn and teach, for newbies??

Thanks!!
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Mark Buetow
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No; it is well written and concise. There is also a good yahoo group for questions and support.

If you have any experience with age of sail naval games, that will certainly help.
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Dan Owsen
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It is a step or two above Risk in complexity, but in terms of war games it is not too difficult. It does help, though, to know about sailing ships and how they work. Realistic tactics will be rewarded in this game.
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David Hughes
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So long as you take the designer's advice and stick to one ship per player, it's a medium complexity wargame. Quite a bit more to learn than in risk. The rules are quite long, and technical, so the best plan for players who's first language isn't English would be to have the best English reader teach them to the rest.

Worth the effort, IMO - as a multiplayer game it can be excellent fun.
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Paul Haseler
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Get a group of four people to play with, and try the CA scenario with four frigates (two French and two British?) to explore the rules and the system.

After that it should be possible to play a bigger scenario (possibly with with two ships per player, but those ships must not be adjacent to each other in the formation).

The pleasurable tension is increased when you know only what your ship is about to do. The ship behind and the ship in front will have their orders plotted by other player/s on your side, but you cannot communicate with them except by signalling within the game.

The decision making gets even more challenging when meeting an enemy formation...
 
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John Morgan
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The rules are fairly complicated. The good news is that only 1 player really needs to know the rules well. That player can easily guide everyone else through a fun game.

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John
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