Well yes, it happened in the end! Due to gradual lift of corona-virus related restrictions I was finally able to play a game live. It was a small, 2-players event and of course I invited my most ardent wagrames opponent – Jakub.
We have not played face to face for 3 months and then suddenly there is opportunity to do so. What game to choose? Two-thirds of our collections are competitive, two-players wargames. We were faced with that dilemma but finally decided on something astonishing, excellent, beautiful and exciting – we played Sekigahara!
Sekigahara AARs: Sekigahara – first game, first impressions Sekigahara – very interesting second full game!
I am not sure if there are people who does not know that famous game but, in such case, a short description.
Sekigahara is a 3-hour block game based on the Japanese campaign waged in 1600. The 7-week war, fought along Japan’s two major highways and in scattered sieges and backcountry skirmishes, elevated Tokugawa Ieyasu to Shogun and unified Japan for 265 years.
There are some very interesting special mechanics of the game:
- No dice are used – I really like it!
- Cards represent loyalty and motivation. Without a matching card, an army will not enter battle – key thing when preparing for attack.
- Allegiance is represented by hand size, which fluctuates each turn.
- Battles are a series of deployments, from hidden unit stacks, based on hidden loyalty factors. Loyalty Challenge cards create potential defection events.
Last but not least, the game is very thematic and beautifully produced – a real masterpiece in GMT Games collection.
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Of course, one swallow doesn’t make a summer. Still, that was such a wonderful and refreshing experience to meet with old friend playing one of my favorite and best games ever published. I hope for more, but one must be mindful that we are still not past the hard times of pandemic.