Hey Geekshelfers! I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk to you about the latest boardgame I've played. It's called Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel. For the uninitiated, this is a squad-based tactical war boardgame, from the award winning creator of "Awakening The Bear", the first of the Conflict of Heroes series created by Uwe Eickert.
|Beginning of the scenario: 3 German grenadiers vs. a TON of Soviets!|
Take a look at the German grenadiers below, for example. The number on the top left (3) is it's cost to fire and the number on the top right (1) is it's cost to move. So, with 7 action points, it could either fire twice and move once OR move 7 times if you so wished. When those 7 action points are depleted, the unit is flipped over and marked as "spent".
"Spent" units can no longer be activated with normal Action Points but this is where Command Action Points (CAPs) come in. Depending on which scenario is played, each player will get a specified amount of Command Action points that allow you to activate spent units, modify dice rolls or rally your troops. CAPs are limited and do not replenish until the next round so spend them wisely!
Back to the game. As you can see below, it didn't take long for the Germans to engage in a firefight with the Soviets!
|The 3rd German grenadiers take fire and are now cowering!|
I then compare that with the defending unit's defense value on it's bottom right hand corner. In this case (12). If the value of the attack is equal to or more than the defending value, the unit scores a hit! Of course, flanking and being in a building also gives bonuses to attack and defense...
Each time a unit is hit, the player who owns that unit must draw from a "hit" marker pool which imposes random penalties on the unit. Instead of looking up the results on charts, the hit counters make it very easy to see just what has happened to the unit. This mechanic is simple yet brilliant. The only way to get rid of these penalties is to rally on your next turn which costs a crappy 5 (out of 7) Action Points. Right. OUCH.
|German Grenadier flanks the Soviet MMG|
|the end is near for the Soviets.|
|the state of things at the end of the game!|
Also, the combat becomes very tactical and pulse-pounding as each side tries to achieve their victory conditions before the end of the game. There's very little downtime since the enemy can ALWAYS react to a given action. The challenge really comes down to knowing WHEN to activate a unit and spending your precious Command Points are crucial to staying in the fight!
A downside to the game is the price (about $65 on Amazon) but the components, and all the scenarios are well worth it. Oh, i almost forgot to mention that the game also comes with cards which also adds to the infinite replayability of the game. This will definitely see alot of table time with me and I'm really looking forward to getting my gaming buddies into it as well!
Happy gaming, folks!
For more information on Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel!, visit Academy Games.