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  • #52154
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    I got my Kickstarter copy of Quartermaster General: 1914 last Saturday and even got to play a game of it on Monday, here is a review on my blog:

    http://stormofsteelwargaming.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/qmg-1914.html

    Thanks for looking!

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #66060
    Gavin
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    Interesting. I’ve recently played a couple of games as Russia and then the central powers.

    While the mechanics are quite clever, personally I didn’t think there was that much of a good game in it. You feel railroaded into playing a set way, and the choices you have IMO don’t feel like positive ones, it’s constantly the lesser of two evils.  As you pointed out, knowing the decks is almost required, but by doing so you know that there are few cards or strategies without a counter and therefore it all comes down to the luck of the draw.

    I’d have preferred a few more cards in the decks at the beginning of the game, and a random hidden exclusion of some of them so there might not be a Red Baron this time around, or the massive onslaught of US/British economic warfare cards which batter Germany, along with some more player choice cards.

     

     

    #66068
    MartinRMartinR
    Participant

    tbh I think I prefer this one to the WW2 version. I think the cycle of card preparation and play is an excellent way to simulate trench warfare, although the game is won and lost in the Balkans/East.

    We’ve only played a few games so it is hard to say how ‘balanced’ it is, but in the main we are generally just after something entertaining and believable to play.

     

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #66082
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
    Participant

    TBH at this point I haven’t played it enough to see how many times it’s replayable, so I take both of your points on board, Gavin and Martin. It may be a well that runs dry quickly, or one that keeps on giving! I’m just not sure!

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #66084
    Gavin
    Participant

    I’m not saying it is a bad game, just that for me it feels more like a reenactment that might have a different outcome than a game where I have free choice to make my own strategy. It feels very predetermined.

    #66110
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    I certainly enjoyed the game, but it’s a good point. I guess that’s the issue with a card driven game, there are only ever going to be a certain amount of outcomes, decided by the luck of the draw. But then, the challenge is in playing with the hand you’re dealt.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

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