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Mark Beyak
United States
Santa Rosa
California
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Combat Commander gets your blood flowing.
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10
Mar 2010
This is a very different gaming experience from Combat Commander. At this scale the engagements are almost epic. It seems to me that the tactics one employs must be very well thought out, and I am just not that good at it yet. There are not as many surprises as there are in CC but that is how it should be. I like this game but need to play it more before I can get comfortable with it. Also the scenarios take more time to play than your typical CC scenario.

I'm liking this more and more as I PLAY TEST THE GAME. CC:E probably still is my preference at this point. I think I just enjoy that scale.

This game delivers on the nail-biting, sweat-inducing, heart-pumping dynamic that CC first introduced me to. This one is going to grow on me, I can tell.
2010-03-23
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Brandon Pennington
United States
Springfield
Missouri
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If your orange juice doesn't burn on the way down, then you need more vodka!
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10
May 2011
Changed from 9 to a 10. Absolutely fantastic game.
2011-05-04
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David Ells
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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Here the truceless armies yet / Trample, rolled in blood and sweat; / They kill and kill and never die; / And I think that each is I. // None will part us, none undo / The knot that makes one flesh of two, /
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Sick with hatred, sick with pain, / Strangling -- When shall we be slain? // When shall I be dead and rid / Of the wrong my father did? / How long, how long, till spade and hearse / Puts to sleep my mother's curse?
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10
Mar 2012
The game I have waited for, ever since I started gaming, is here. I've played PanzerBlitz, Panzer / 88 / Armor, Eastern Front Tank Leader, Tobruck (old & new), Panzer Grenadier, and anything else I could find in this genre.

But Chad Jensen has outdone himself, having come the closest to achieving the elusive 'perfect balance' of realism, challenging scenarios (based on real actions from unit diaries), player interaction, logical & smooth gameplay, ease of learning & understanding, replayability, expandability, superb graphics courtesy of Kibler, Brimmicombe-Wood and MacGowan (one generation of artists meeting the next), good display of different doctrines, units and capabilities, and overall fun!

Add the helpful support from the designer & fans, and you'll see that Chad has done for the WW2 tank & infantry genre that his peerless Combat Commander series did for the WW2 infantry games.
2012-03-15
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Alan Lynott
United Kingdom
Altrincham
Cheshire
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10
Jul 2011
What an amazing game. The mechanics are amazing and solve some gaming issues in such a smooth and rules light manner. Fantastic.
2011-07-08
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Jack Korolyov
Ukraine
Kiev
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10
Aug 2011
Doug Cooley
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Me rocking out with my band, which you can hear at www.raindriver.com
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10
May 2011
Next step in the evolution of tactical mid-20th Century wargames. Very streamlined system without a lot of chrome (or chrome that is dealt with elegantly, such as the Melee/Barrage tables). Initial rating of 9 based on one play and my own analysis of how the Order/Initiative/Command system drives the game. I don't know how it will play out in the long term, but for now if the game can be played in 3 hours with brisk play this may become my tactical game of choice and Panzer Grenadier may be heading for the sell pile.
2011-04-27
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Alan Sawyer
United States
Westfield
Massachusetts
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10
Apr 2011
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Mark Perkins
United States
Arvada
Colorado
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10
Apr 2011
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Chuck Meeks
United States
Bellevue
Nebraska
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10
Apr 2011
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Christopher Hill
United States
Wilmington
North Carolina
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10
Apr 2011
Another excellent war game from Chad Jensen!
2011-06-15
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Marc Guenette
Canada
Laval
Quebec
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10
Jul 2012
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John Brader
United States
Centreville
Virginia
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10
Apr 2011
Is there any way to rate this higher than a 10? Between this and Combat Commander, no other hex and counter games are seeing the light of day right now on my table.
2011-08-22
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Dave Dennis
United States
Newbury Park
California
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10
Feb 2014
IMHO - The BEST combined arms tactical WW2 game ever made. Why? Of all the games I own (and I own a BUNCH!), this is the one I keep glancing at when I walk by my game room. Whattabout ASL? FF has a similar "feel" for being in the fight, but without the constant rule lookups. Whattabout Combat Commander? CC games can sometimes be driven by the card draws, leading to an unbalanced outcome for an otherwise balanced scenario. FF includes random elements, but they never seem to "take over" the game - they merely bump things in a certain general direction. The decision choices that have to be made playing this game are unreal and something very engrossing and intriguing. Reviewers providing a score having played the game only a couple of times might not see/appreciate the deep challenges presented by the game.

This game has IMMENSE re-playability. The combination of multiple dice types with the "die up/die down" mechanism, the block draw for randomizing what can be done each turn, the event cards and the random event chit draws at the turn start. In short, you could lay out one scenario from this game, play it 10 times, and the "story" of the game would play out differently each time - to a greater degree than just about any other system out there. The scale perfectly fits the combined arms units, and unlike Combat Commander, doesn't feel like armor has been "forced" into the system.

If you are:
1) Someone who like the depth of ASL - but laments the amount of rules required to play it;
2) Likes the storytelling of Combat Commander, but doesn't like how the deck distribution can "take over" the game;
...then you have the game you've been always looking for right here. Unbelievably well done!

This really is my sleeper game system of all time, and one of my most prized wargames (and I own most all of ASL) in my collection. I wish Chad could turn this game into a game system like ASL has...I would buy every component!

SUMMARY - IMHO: Chad's magnus-opus (and yes, I play and love CC) and those that haven't taken time to study and admire the flow and variety of game events in system are really missing out. Chad - looking forward to the next game in the series! This game system is an absolute GEM!
2014-02-20
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George S.
United States
Eugene
Oregon
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May 2013
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Troy Nichols
United States
Vacaville
California
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Apr 2011
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Tom Johnson
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Apr 2011
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Jonathan Davis
United States
Virginia
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May 2011
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Patrick Kairns
Canada
Longueuil
Quebec
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10
Jul 2012
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Timo Ollikainen
Finland
Kuopio
Pohjois-Savo
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10
Aug 2015
Rain Kirjanen
Estonia
Tallinn
Harjumaa
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May 2011
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Dariusz Góralski
Poland
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10
May 2011
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Phil Lewis
United States
Evans
Georgia
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“Whatever you do, He will make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you had obeyed Him.” Perelandra, C.S. Lewis
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"He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.” Perelandra, C.S. Lewis
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10
Jul 2012
Tense, squad/platoon-level game with several innovative mechanics... cannot say enough about the initiative system/order matrix--it gives FF a different feel from any other wargame I've played... essentially, you spend initiative points to execute orders--the more complex, the more initiatve that goes to your opponent--sequencing is critical... also like the use of multiple die types and command tokens... significant change from the Combat Commander series (which remains my favorite overall)... lots of decision points and plenty of tension... can't wait for others games in the series--needs American units!
2014-06-02
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Lord Kalbut
France
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10
Jun 2011
I played Fighting Formations for the first time yesterday.
This first game really impressed me like: WaaaaÔH !
I may modify this rate in the future, but for now, 10 is the only rate I can give because this system looks so great.
2011-12-30
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Roderich Billermann
Germany
Singen
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10
Jun 2011
Sehr innovative Mechanismen und ein sorgfältig recherchiertes Spielmaterial machen dieses Taktik-Spiel für jeden WWII-Spieler zum Pflichtkauf.
2014-07-25
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Simon George
United Kingdom
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
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10
Jul 2011
I'm no expert in wargames. This is my first 'proper' wargame after Memoir 44'. I've played combat commander once. I really enjoyed that but sometimes you're burning through cards waiting to get what you want so you can do what you want.

Fighting formations flows beautifully, even when it's not your order you are involved. Command markers, initiative and the order matrix combine to give the game a sublime ebb and flow.
2011-07-09
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Hubert Switalski
United States
Bakersfield
California
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10
Aug 2011
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Joe Keller
United States
Arlington
Texas
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Oct 2011
Ulrich Rieger
Germany
Hamburg
Hamburg
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Nov 2011
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Ilias Litsios
Russia
Moscow
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10
Mar 2012
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Wong Shera
China
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10
Mar 2012
Kaiser Karl
Spain
Vélez-Málaga
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Jun 2012
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Andrew Tucker
Australia
Gawler East
South Australia
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Jul 2013
Having owned this for a while its gets better with time. Also there is plenty of additional scenarios you can design even with the current counter mix. The GD saw lots of action in the 9 odd months covered by the game. With a couple of home brew counters you can go to march 1943, third battle of kharkov.
2013-07-15
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Martin Taylor
United States
Council Bluffs
Iowa
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Sep 2012
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Dmitry Ivanov
Russia
Belgorod
Belgorod region
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Oct 2012
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Leevi Rantala
Finland
Oulu
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Mar 2013
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JF Demers
Canada
Terrebonne
Quebec
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10
Nov 2014
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Michael Tryfonidis
Greece
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10
May 2013
yes, that game is that good
2013-05-21
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Yingdu Liu
United Kingdom
Coventry
-- Select County --
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10
Sep 2013
One of the best tactical wargame. A great balance between reality and playable.
2013-09-02
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Federico Franceschi
Uruguay
Montevideo
Montevideo
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"I'm ready man, check it out. I am the ultimate badass! State-of-the-badass-art!"
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10
Dec 2013
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David S
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Currently listening to: "Trost" by Agael
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10
Feb 2014
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Vinny
United States
Sayreville
New Jersey
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10
Mar 2014
Great game I hope GMT makes some more expansions for the series.
2014-03-14
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Alexander Alekhine
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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10
Nov 2014
Excellent. Hope for expansions.
2014-11-11
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Rick De Girolami
United States
Ocala
Florida
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10
Apr 2015
Mikołaj Góralski
Poland
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10
Jul 2015
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Bryan V

Raleigh
North Carolina
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9.8
Feb 2013
GREAT, GREAT game! Exciting, easy to learn. The rules cover almost all situations and are easy to work with & find things in. The scenarios are all fun and range from small to quite large. It's a great game for a group, 1 on 1, or solitare. The cards & random rolls change the situations quite often. It's the best game I've played in years & years. I've tried all the scenarios & anxiously await a follow-up game.

I've taught it to 10 others & almost overwhelmingly all positive! When will the Tiger's appear in the game?

Only 1 small issue - the maps could be more substantial, as they are easily torn. Be careful.
2013-02-18
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Mike Bertucelli
United States
Fresno
California
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9.5
Mar 2011
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Stefan Daniels
Canada
Surrey
British Columbia
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9.5
May 2011
I think THIS is my tactical WWII game. Love it! Wonderful rules that are easily referenced, great looking counters, a ton of maps, cards that can add additional surprises (but nothing game-breaking) and theme, and quite a few scenarios.

I've got to agree with others that feel that Jensen should really be concentrating on this series of games rather than Combat Commander (a fun game in it's own right but FF:GD is just so much more superior as a gameplay experience, IMO). Get on it, son! I'm ready to line-up and play any expansions he brings out.
2012-10-14
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Ethan Lin
Taiwan
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9.5
Jun 2011
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shera wang
China
BeiJing
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9.5
Jun 2011
其实挺喜欢战斗指挥官系列,不过对卡牌驱动实在是不感冒,ff的出现填补了空白。
2011-06-14
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ron watkins
United States
Garner
North Carolina
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9.5
Jun 2011

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