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Squad Hammer Core
Publisher: Nordic Weasel Games
by Jody P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/20/2019 23:00:50

This is a great little system and is worth a try for anyone. I purchased this in hopes of finding a simple game for all of the tons and tons of Star Wars minis I've never used and I wasn't disappointed. It turns out that it works fantastic for Star Wars and our group had a lot of fun with it. You know it's good when you have 7 veteran gamers try out something new and they all like it. (We all know how hard it is to please veteran gamers!) I knew we were onto something 5 minutes into our test run when one of the guys said "holy cow this game moves fast." This basic version doesn't have much chrome, but that's a good thing to get a feel for how the mechanics work. The author has versions of these rules that can be used for various historical periods and it looks like he added just a little bit of the chrome there but I have a hunch that you can pick and choose how much or how little of that chrome to use. Pick up this basic version and get hooked on the simple mechanics and you'll probably do like I did and pick up the others too. I'll be giving the Russo-Finnish Winter War 1939 version a shot next.

This won't be the ruleset to replace all of my other rules 100% of the time. However, this is about to become my go-to set of rules for when we don't want to spend 4 hours on a hard core game or when I want to run something without doing much prep work. This gets two thumbs up from me!



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Squad Hammer Core
Publisher: Nordic Weasel Games
by Tim G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/19/2019 19:34:34

I own many of the "Hammer" products. It's a fun and easy game system to learn. And this Core version is the cleanest version to date. Even if you own some of the other Hammer products, I'd still recommned it.

If you're new to Squad Hammer: At first glance, it might seem simplistic, but there is a fair amount of subtilty. You need to soften up an enemy unit in cover, but long range shooting probably won't shift it out of a defended position -- you'll need to get up close and personal for that. in other words, the rules encourage realistic tactics without a massive amount of rules. A combination which many/most rules are not able to achieve.

I also want to make special mention of the layout and design. Nordic Weasel has in the past had fairly simple layouts for their products (which I actually appreciated since I like to print out my pdf's). However, this product sees a much slicker presentation with photos illustrating the rules and a very nice quick-reference sheet. But it won't kill you printer cartridge either.

Well worth the suggested pay-what-you-want price. Looking forward to seeing what Nordic Weasel does with the Squad Hammer system!



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Squad Hammer Core
Publisher: Nordic Weasel Games
by Rory E. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/16/2019 06:44:47

Really enjoyed v1 and the new version is better - easier to follow, new additions are great ('defend' action trumps the houserule I'd made up).

I use it for smaller sclae 6mm battles - so still multibasing, but fewer units - it's trumped Horizon Wars for me. Perfect for forces like this:



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Glad you enjoyed it! I agree, it works wonderfully in 6mm and a "little" army in 6mm makes it very affordable for a new player.
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