Whilst we have to wait until the end of October before this much-awaited expansion is released in the UK, at least due to FFG’s stance of releasing PDFs of the rules for their games, we can get to see what we can expect from this latest expansion.
Overall so far, it looks pretty good.
However, anyone who knows me will know that although I am a huge fan of this game, there is one thing that I have a big problem with…and that is the rules for boldness and melee battle-back. The simple fact that units can attack enemy units in hand-to-hand combat without risk of losing casualties of their own just seems plain wrong.
Well, I’m very glad to say that this has finally been addressed in this new expansion, as they have introduced a new rule – Battle Savvy Troops. This rule allows any unit to battle back, as long as it is not forced to retreat or is eliminated, which puts the game back on par with Commands & Colors: Ancients, IMO.
OK, it means that bold units loose some of their appeal (their only advantage is ignoring a flag) but I think it’s a major step forward for game balance and common sense.