Monday, August 6, 2012
I've come down with Avalon Hill Syndrome
Squad Leader: I've been looking at the box for this game for a huge section of my life. It might be my favorite box cover ever even though I've never owned the game! I'm super excited to play this along with the first expansion Cross of Iron. From what I've read with Cross of Iron is where the game's design was at its strongest point. The two later gamettes added lots more "chrome" to the basic engine of Squad Leader and began to pull toward the total simulation of what would become Advanced Squad Leader. ASL is still in print and has a large active fanbase (which is great), but I'm not looking to invest that much in a game right now. I'm just looking to finally get a chance to play the original Squad Leader.
Panzer Leader: This game covers some of the same ground as Squad Leader in that it is a tactical WWII game featuring tanks, but it is really an entirely separate game. It is the sequel game to the popular Panzerblitz which was criticized for a number of rules that Panzer Leader manages to fix. I'll try to report back about the outcome of my foray.