posted by Carlos @ 6:18 PM
This Saturday three of us got a chance to try a great WW2 simulation gamed called Totaler Krieg! (TK!). Mark and I have been talking about playing this game for a couple of months now; ever since we played a game of Eastfront. We both owned TK!, but had as yet to try it out. Another issue was that the rules read kind of strange.In comes Jose to the rescue. A real grognard in our group, Jose was all too glad to show us the ropes and get us rolling on our way to playing our first game. With Jose as the Axis, Mark as the Soviets, and myself the Western Allies, we got to experience the fall of Poland and France all over again (along with a few other minor countries).As the Soviets, mark amused himself by bullying neighboring countries out of their territory. Jose Had a slightly longer than expected Polish Campaign, but that’s because the political roles were not with him. We finally called it a game when France fell in the Summer of 1940.This is an impressive game. While it appears to be a large complex beast of a game (something like Advanced Third Reich – yuck), it really flows much faster and simpler. The mechanics are really quite simple – perhaps on par with something like Eastfront, the card play options are what seems to add the chaotic elements of surprise. Before committing yourself to a strategy, you really have to know what the short and long term consequences of your decisions are.Jose and Mark, thanks for joining me this morning. Looking forward to our next game.
That was an enjoyable session. The game is a lot smoother playing than one would expect from a game with as much depth as this one. I look forward to the next one.
I had a blast playing also. Hope we have a chance to try again in the near future.
I (briefly) owned TK! for a month or two, stared at the rules, and then decided that I'd never play for it. (As usual, I got it in a math trade to take a look at it). A bit much for me, as I'd rather play 7 Ages, Here I Stand, or another game in the time. Still, it did look interesting.
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