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Scott Roberts
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So, is this a block game? The rules seem to indicate that, but the artwork in the download section looks like cardboard counters. Thanks
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It will be counters.
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It sounds like there is hidden information. The rules mention having to reveal that you are shooting with certain kinds of guns (b/c people can recognize gunshots by the sound). How can the counters be kept hidden so that your opponent does not know what kid of guns they have?
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You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
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Thundarr the Barbarian, that brings back memories of killing robots with a fractured moon in the sky...

Back to task - It is not a block game. As I originally designed it, it was a block game, and that is reflected in the rules that are posted here on the Geek. Over a year ago, Worthington and I jointly decided to switch the game to 7/8" counters. I love block games, but there were a couple of things in the design that did not work well with blocks. On top of that, the economics of blocks have become extremely expensive and threatened to raise the cost of the game to a ridiculous amount.

The reaction to the switch was as expected - some were very excited and some were very disappointed. I am confident it was the right call and I can't wait for the released version.

There is still quite a bit of hidden information. Units get a decoy/conceal marker to cover them and players sometimes get decoy markers to hide where there units are.

So, where are the new rules? They are the same in principle as what you see here on the Geek, but obviously needed to be rewritten. This was done and the switch from blocks shortened and simplified them. We didn't post them, however, because we were waiting for the artwork to have finished rules. If I knew it would have taken this long to get to that point, I would have posted them earlier. As we stand today, however, we're fairly close to having a good/professional looking rule book to post.
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Cool, thanks Jim
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Jim Krohn wrote:

There is still quite a bit of hidden information. Units get a decoy/conceal marker to cover them and players sometimes get decoy markers to hide where there units are.


How well does/will this game play solo?
 
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It plays okay solo - similar to other wargames.

I am working on solitaire only rules, but I make no promises on that front. The low unit density makes it a possibility, but I have not been clever enough to make the special solo rules interesting enough...yet.
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