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Ferreo Cuore14 Sep 2018 12:24 p.m. PST

I am not in this period but the 100th has me thinking to try at least a board game on it. I have friends who can already convert to miniatures if needed.

What are the community's thoughts on this game? Is it very expressive of WWI and will I learn a lot? Does it feel right?

I am not a command and colors player, but am interested to try. I will be trying the Napoleonic version soon with a friend.

I was hoping I could try these games with my son, also.

Only odd thing is that it doesn't seem to be for sale anywhere, PSC just says "product not found" in their shop, so I assume it is sold out.

Thanks for infomration ahead!

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2018 1:27 p.m. PST


I have it all of the expansions. I like the game but I did replace all the miniatures with Airfix ww1 figures. If you like Memore 44 you'll like this one.

USAFpilot Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2018 1:34 p.m. PST

I have not played this particular game, but have played three different versions of Commands & Colors (Ancient, Napoleonic, Memoir'44) and enjoy the game. Of the three I've played, Memoir is the simplest and Napoleonic is the most complex and the more enjoyable to play.

The C&C games are fairly well written and easy to understand and play. Unlike most war-games, you can play a complete scenario in one sitting. Once you get use to the rules, games go faster and take less than two hours.

One con of the game is that it is not symmetric in many scenarios; meaning one side will often have an advantage. The way I have worked around that problem is to swap sides with my opponent after a game and re-play. We keep track of points and that way we can determine who played better. Another con is that with dice and cards there is a lot of luck involved; though it is still fun determining your best strategy and learning what tactics work best.

On the pro side; this game has great replay value. You can create your own scenarios if you desire. There are also many expansions, with the Napoleonic Epic expansion being the most fun. It is played on a larger board with bigger armies and new rule mechanisms which reduces bad luck of drawing all bad cards. There is also a C&C web site for all their games with Q&A.

Decebalus17 Sep 2018 3:46 a.m. PST

For me, it was the first game, where i had fun storming against trenches. Highly recommended.

I am waiting for the next expansion: french.

If you play with tanks, i would recommend one house rule: Tanks bog with a deadly die or a burst symbol.

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