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As a child, my grandfather once told me that a part of growing up is acquiring the ability to admit when you’re wrong. I wanted to preface this review by stating that, during one of the cutaway shots that you’re about to see, I was wrong. Units can not pivot without using an action. Matt was correct… but he’s still a bastard. What? My grandfather never said that I had to be nice about it.

With that little indiscretion out of the way, Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel (CoH:SoS) is a very enthralling wargame that succeeds in ways that many wargames do not. Like most games of it’s kind, CoH:SoS does include a significant rulebook, which does involve a considerable learning curve. However, it strikes a very comfortable balance between providing a deep war gaming experience, while still remaining accessible and fun for a demographic that may not typically be into playing meatier war games.

Being that we received our copy of the game directly from the designer (Uwe Eickert), we were initially concerned about the possibility that we wouldn’t enjoy this new edition to the Conflict of Heroes library – and ultimately have to disappoint with a scathing review. Thankfully, once the dice started rolling, we found ourselves engaged by the amount of intuitive complexity and ease of turn progression, that any worries were quickly tossed aside. All in all, Matt and I had a great time playing CoH:SoS, and we expect that it will see a considerable amount of table time this holiday season.

For the full review, please visit us at: http://www.2d6.org. Feel free to follow us on twitter at: www.twitter.com/2d6 (or our Facebook fan page) in order to receive updates on newly released content.


Review Cast: Nicholas Cassidy and Matthew Falk.
Filmed / Edited By: Ashly Simmons
Production Notes: For this review, we have incorporated two camera production, increased the color saturation of the footage, and as mentioned, streamlined the review criteria by merging the presentation section into craftsmanship. Let us know what you think!

Our Review:
Craftsmanship: 4 / 5
Accessibility: 3 / 5
Gameplay: 4.5 / 5
Replayability: 4 / 5
Final Verdict: Buy it! - Especially if you’re a wargamer or are interested in wargaming.


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ncassidy wrote:
Like most games of it’s kind, CoH:SoS does include a significantly large rulebook, which does involve a considerable learning curve. However, it strikes a very comfortable balance between providing a deep war gaming experience, while still remaining accessible and fun for a demographic that may not typically be into playing meatier war games.


Compared to most games of its kind (read: tactical WWII wargames), SoS actually has one of the smallest rulebooks and easiest learning curves (Sergeants! On the Eastern Front is the only one I can think of that's lighter, unless you want to count Memoir '44).

Which, of course, serves to make it accessible and fun for the non-traditional wargame demographic.
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Nice review, but I think this is virtually the definition of entry level wargame. I agree with Aaron, definitely about as easy as wargames get.
 
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Fun review! And by the way, a pivot IS an action.
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Very nice review. I have to commend you guys on the production quality--very professional and clever.

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ncassidy wrote:
Like most games of it’s kind, CoH:SoS does include a significantly large rulebook, which does involve a considerable learning curve. However, it strikes a very comfortable balance between providing a deep war gaming experience, while still remaining accessible and fun for a demographic that may not typically be into playing meatier war games.


Compared to most games of its kind (read: tactical WWII wargames), SoS actually has one of the smallest rulebooks and easiest learning curves (Sergeants! On the Eastern Front is the only one I can think of that's lighter, unless you want to count Memoir '44).

Which, of course, serves to make it accessible and fun for the non-traditional wargame demographic.


Thank you much for the feedback, Aaron and Colin.

We covered the rulebook consideration and review in this manner, not because we thought it was too much for the two of us to handle, but because our general audience consists mostly of non wargamers (Matt and I both have a past that involves one too many ASL sessions). Doing this review allowed us to get back to our grognard roots, while showcasing a game that we believe non wargamers should be excited about!

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Fun review! And by the way, a pivot IS an action.

Hey, now! I did admit my defeat.

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Even though I don't think this is a game I would buy, I enjoyed watching the review (this was one of your goals right?). I know it is not the scope of your review but I still missed an explanation of how the game play works. After watching the review I still have no idea how the game works. Anyhow, I think it was a very nice review: well edited, clear opinions, nice camera effects and component close ups. Thanks guys, I am looking forward to your next review!
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ncassidy wrote:
Felkor wrote:
Fun review! And by the way, a pivot IS an action. :)

Hey, now! I did admit my defeat. :)

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Ah yes, I liked that part too. Very funny you added that to your review (assuming it wasn't an act)! :)
 
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Bernaar wrote:

Even though I don't think this is a game I would buy, I enjoyed watching the review (this was one of your goals right?). I know it is not the scope of your review but I still missed an explanation of how the game play works. After watching the review I still have no idea how the game works. Anyhow, I think it was a very nice review: well edited, clear opinions, nice camera effects and component close ups. Thanks guys, I am looking forward to your next review!

We'll be adding a flash-based basic tutorial to the article in a few days. Blame Christmas shopping on my part for why this wasn't completed in tandem with the review.

That being said, our main focus will always be to review and not tutorial-ize. From the beginning, the 2D6 staff has felt that far too many of the video "reviews" found online, end up actually being tutorials. Our goal is to focus on the review aspect and throw in just enough tutorial to get people through our reviews / provide enough info to get started.

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Bernaar wrote:
I know it is not the scope of your review but I still missed an explanation of how the game play works. After watching the review I still have no idea how the game works.


You can download the rulebook and check it out. The first rules section, which is all you need to play the first few scenarios, is only a few pages long and gives a good overview.
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ncassidy wrote:

We'll be adding a flash-based basic tutorial to the article in a few days. Blame Christmas shopping on my part for why this wasn't completed in tandem with the review. :(


I don't blame anyone. I think you are doing a great job. I am just a cranky old man trying to find things to complain about. Well... actually I am not that old, and also not cranky... but I like giving my opinion. :)

ncassidy wrote:

That being said, our main focus will always be to review and not tutorial-ize. From the beginning, the 2D6 staff has felt that far too many of the video "reviews" found online, end up actually being tutorials. Our goal is to focus on the review aspect and throw in just enough tutorial to get people through our reviews / provide enough info to get started.


Fair enough. I agree with you on the fact that those tutorial video reviews usually spend very little time of actual opinion on the game. So for that, your review style definitely has a big plus.


 
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Thanks again for all of your feedback, folks.

It's your support that keeps us motivated to create reviews such as this one.

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Nice job guys! thumbsup

We've enjoyed your reviews and look forward to the next one. Keep up the good work!

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Why is this guy on the left picking his toes all the time??
 
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Why is this guy on the left picking his toes all the time??

My feet itch.

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Wow, I was also blown away by the quality and entertaining manner in which Nicholas put this video together. I watched all of his other videos and recommend them highly. Great job guys!

On a side note, my son still beat us all in a cutthroat game of Caylus last night. After being set up and totally screwed over by my wife and daughter, he still pulled it off. My wife claims that she should have won, because she forgot to give herself 3VPs scoring the castle, but she seems to always forget things like this.... hmmmm....dang, I wish this game had tanks.
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Why is this guy on the left picking his toes all the time??

My feet itch. :(

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Well, that makes sense :D

I watched this at work with no sound, so I kinda got distracted!
 
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Why is this guy on the left picking his toes all the time??

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Well, that makes sense :D

I watched this at work with no sound, so I kinda got distracted!


You watch video reviews without sound? :)
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Nicholas,
Did you ever have a chance to add the flash based portion to the Storms of Steel review?
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Uwe,

Over the winter holiday, we ended up completely revising how we planned to produce our tutorials - mainly with an emphasis on teaching the basics quickly, while not creating a significant production work load for the team. At present, we've finished two tutorials and will be working our way down the review list (creating a tutorial for many of the games we will or have already reviewed).

I'll be sure to bump this thread once it's completed.

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Excellent! Thanks Nicholas.
 
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nice one! video reviews just does the trick for me
 
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Well damn, I sure as hell hope your cats are gettin' a piece of the action. They're natural born comedians!

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