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Close Quarters: Skirmish Miniatures Rules
Publisher: Legionnaire Games
by Jason S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/08/2019 08:37:15

I got a chance to play this recently, and it was pretty fun. I like the turn sequence in general, and I liked the way that terrain and cover were described, such that they were pretty unambiguous and quick to figure out.

Speaking of figuring things out, I did have a little trouble sorting out what some things meant. Like, "force points" and "force point level" aren't the same thing (you use one to look up the other on a chart at the front of the book). And there was more than one reference to "xxxxxx", which I suppose was meant to be a page number?

But editing aside, it was a fun game that kept both sides engaged (although both of those sides were me). Unfortunately, I didn't have an opportunity to dig into all of the extra bits, like off-board artillery and Leader units and vehicles (though the rules are there and seem pretty thorough), but the infantry action was enjoyable, and the combat system quick, with few modifiers to worry about. Damage rolls are technically on a chart, but since they basically amount to "Stun and one less than the difference", I never actually had to reference it.

I don't know about balance, though. I only played one game, 88 points of veterans vs 99 points of regulars, and the regulars got stomped hard (I think that an extra action each round might be pretty powerful stuff), but it was only one game and it might have just been bad tactics on my part.

Here's a turn by turn (and couplet by couplet) breakdown of the game I played:

https://redplayerone.blogspot.com/2019/01/close-quarters-skirmish-unity-regulars.html



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Close Quarters: Skirmish Miniatures Rules
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The Department
Publisher: Joe Dragovich
by Jason S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/07/2019 15:38:31

Oh, man! What can I say here? This is a great game, at least for a certain sort of game. It's basically a solo/co-op Bladerunner skirmish game. You're a cop who hunts down renegade androids (fabricants). It's you (and maybe some friends) against the game and, in a campaign game at least, against the Internal Affairs department and your budget.

The gameplay itself is fairly solid, with a dice pool system that allows for the occasional lucky (or unlucky) result. The tables that act as the randomizer for the non-player units are quick and easy to use and produce interesting results.

Where the game really shines, however, is the campaign. You see, your main goal is to "fight the boss monster", that is, the renegade fabricant who's behind this criminal organization, and to earn the right to play that mission, you have to play other missions to collect clues. But not just any clues, so you'll have to spend clues to play different missions to earn different clues. And on top of that, each mission costs Budget which won't last forever. And on top of that, if you endanger innocents or rough up a suspect (or just question them to vigorously), Internal Affairs will be on your back, threatening to slash your Budget, or maybe just can you!

And, when you're playing a campaign, the head fabricant changes the way his subordinate fabricants work, perhaps making them harder to separate from normal humans due to high-quality "skin-jobs", or maybe they explode when killed to support their terrorist agenda.

If you like solo or co-op games, and/or cyberpunk-noir Bladerunner-esque investigative skirmishes, this is it!

There are a few typos and ambiguieties, but these are addressed in a FAQ on the game's website, and it's still totally worth it.

For a taste, here's a recount of my first mission:

https://redplayerone.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-department-of-fabricant-management.html



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Industrial Battleground Mat
Publisher: The Lazy Games
by Jason S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/22/2018 13:40:30

A very nice, high quality image. The grid, unsurprisingly, works great with Round of Fire.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Unity Field Agent Elite Edition
Publisher: Nordic Weasel Games
by Jason S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/22/2018 13:38:37

One of my favorites. The card activation system keeps you on your toes as you won't know who's going next, or even how many actions will be available. And regular random events add even more spice. But it's not all chaos, as your leaders can bank cards to use later. The rules are easy to use and understand, and the factions are fun and interesting and expose some of the exciting flavor of the Unified Space setting. For a fun skirmish game with only a couple handfuls of figures on each side, I highly recommend UFA! :)

(N.B. I was in on some of the playtesting, but I didn't get paid or anything. Even bought my own copy of the rules. Worth it!)



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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