Last night saw the first play of Conflict of Heroes – Awakening the Bear!
Bob & I played quite a leisurely game – chatting through the rules as we went and discussing various aspects of the game.
We played the first scenario – Partisans – and started to play the second – The Gap – when we ran out of time for the evening.
Bob is a veteran Squad Leader and Combat Commander player – the idea was to play the game to see how the mechanics worked, and how well it compared to these other systems.
This was my first experience of this sort of game – let’s just say it was a learning process!
The first thing to note is the artwork of the boards and the chits – the boards are simply beautiful, and very high quality. The chits are nice and big – all the information is clear and does not look cluttered, even with the unit artwork.
The only downside was the turn/victory sheet – having counters of the same colour as the background did cause some issues (especially as Bob is colour blind)
The verdict? This looks to be a really good game. I think it will take a few plays for me to get my head around all the game concepts (group movement caused some issues) but I’m certainly looking forward to playing again. The first scenario poses some challenge, but you can immediately see as soon as you start the second what a difference the cards make to the game – so I think we will be concentrating on those scenarios in future.
Will it convert to a miniatures game? Most certainly!