Finally. My 35-year wait for a serious strategic treatment of the ECW is set to come to an end mid-April. While Pike & Shot recreates the conflict’s skirmishes and pitched battles with aplomb, its simplistic strat layer can’t do justice to the atomised nature of the national picture or properly represent the tangle of background events that influenced the war. On paper the AGEod engine with its event cards and densely patchworked maps has a much better chance of delivering a credible, flavoursome simulation. Aware that many struggle with larger scenarios in AGEod games, the designer of Wars of Succession, the other series title due next year, is taking steps to ensure his creation doesn’t overwhelm. Let’s hope similar thinking informs ECW.
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