Post by flightcommander on May 22, 2021 21:33:57 GMT -6
Any fans of GMT Games here? I've got a couple of P500 wargames on order from them — Almoravid and Ancient Civilizations of the Middle East [ACME]. They both look really interesting, with the former being a fairly tight/complex historical simulation, and the latter being a looser/simpler campaign game that accommodates several different play styles (solo, co-op, wargame) with some (let's say) whimsical strategic elements and a broad selection of Ancients antagonists — Sumerians, Akkadians, Sea Peoples, Israelites, Egyptians, etc. Very much looking forward to them getting shipped!
Post by stevemitchell on May 22, 2021 21:55:21 GMT -6
Big GMT fan here, dating back to my purchases of their initial games Air Bridge to Victory and Operation Shoestring. I don't have the two Ancients titles on pre-order that you mentioned, but instead I have Hubris and the new Hannibal game using the Hitler's Reich system. And I might be tempted by ACME as it gets closer to publication.
Post by flightcommander on May 22, 2021 22:14:44 GMT -6
Hannibal looks great too, and I'd order it but I don't want to get in too deep all at once — even the "simpler" ACME looks pretty intense. (I'm new to "big box" wargames) while Almoravid looks like something cooked up at RAND and makes me scared, but it's one of favorite subjects. One of the things I really like about GMT is that you can preview a lot of the rules and assets before they are published — they are so transparent. Their newsletter (which prompted this post) is generally HUGE, very informative, and includes more links to stuff than I have time to review in a year, let alone a month. I'm not sure how they do it, but I'm happy to become a supporter.
Post by stevemitchell on May 23, 2021 11:54:42 GMT -6
If you want to take a deep dive into Ancients and Medieval battles, both the Great Battles of History and Men of Iron series are quite good. I also like the Commands & Colors Ancients games, the American Revolutionary War battles system, and the Musket & Pike series. I haven't done as much lately with the Great Battles of the American Civil War titles, having been captivated by Revolution's Blind Swords regimental ACW games instead.
I also like World War II tactical (squad or platoon) gaming, and I'm hoping to try The Last Hundred Yards soon.
Anyway--lots of wargaming goodness to be had from GMT--but also from Avalanche, Compass, Decision, Legion, MMP, Worthington, et al.
Post by stevemitchell on May 23, 2021 19:26:02 GMT -6
Incidentally, if you're not familiar with it, the website "Consimworld Forum" has a ton of information about wargame companies and individual wargames, including a big section on Ancient and Medieval games. I know there's an entry for Almoravid there, also its predecessor Nevsky.