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Conflict of Heroes Awakening the Bear (2nd Ed.) Video review

Conflict of Heroes is a fast-paced tactical board game series that follows the development of modern day squad and platoon level tactics, starting with World War II and continuing all the way through modern day Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The first game in the series, Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-1942, takes you to the eastern front during Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Russia. Many consider this time period to be the birth of modern warfare tactics that continue to be used and perfected by today’s modern armies.

Conflict of Heroes merges the elegance of streamlined Eurogame rules with deep strategic wargames. The series was designed to create a tense and highly interactive game play experience. You must manage multiple command resources to move, attack, and take other actions with your units. This gives you great flexibility in executing your battle plans, but makes constant caution necessary as unit activations on either side can happen at any time.

Much effort went into distinguishing the units in the game by highlighting their historical strengths and weaknesses. For example, each tank defense rating takes into account relative armor thickness, armor slope deflection percentage, speed, size, targeting mechanics, and crew training. All these factors are represented in an easy to learn target number system.

The included firefights, most of which you can play in about an hour, are designed to depict the pivotal points in a given battle. You can learn enough of the game to play the first scenario in ten minutes thanks to the programmed instruction approach used in the full-color rulebook.

The game also features three- and four-player firefights and optional rules for solitaire play.

~ Academy Games

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Unboxing Awakening the Bear 2nd ed.

 

Conflict of Heroes is a fast-paced tactical board game series that follows the development of modern day squad and platoon level tactics, starting with World War II and continuing all the way through modern day Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The first game in the series, Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-1942, takes you to the eastern front during Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Russia. Many consider this time period to be the birth of modern warfare tactics that continue to be used and perfected by today’s modern armies.

Conflict of Heroes merges the elegance of streamlined Eurogame rules with deep strategic wargames. The series was designed to create a tense and highly interactive game play experience. You must manage multiple command resources to move, attack, and take other actions with your units. This gives you great flexibility in executing your battle plans, but makes constant caution necessary as unit activations on either side can happen at any time.

Much effort went into distinguishing the units in the game by highlighting their historical strengths and weaknesses. For example, each tank defense rating takes into account relative armor thickness, armor slope deflection percentage, speed, size, targeting mechanics, and crew training. All these factors are represented in an easy to learn target number system.

The included firefights, most of which you can play in about an hour, are designed to depict the pivotal points in a given battle. You can learn enough of the game to play the first scenario in ten minutes thanks to the programmed instruction approach used in the full-color rulebook.

The game also features three- and four-player firefights and optional rules for solitaire play.

~ Academy Games

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Conflict of Heroes: Price of Honour – Poland 1939 (A Video Review)

“Peace is a precious and a desirable thing. Our generation, bloodied in wars, certainly deserves peace. But peace, like almost all things of this world, has its price, a high but a measurable one. We in Poland do not know the concept of peace at any price. There is only one thing in the lives of men, nations and countries that is without price. That thing is honour.” – Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Józef Beck, 5th of May, 1939

September 1st, 1939. Germany invades Poland in the early morning hours. The Germans employ highly mobile massed tank formations, closely supported by mobile artillery and their airforce – the Luftwaffe. The world would come to know this warfare as the “Blitzkrieg”. As the Polish forces are being driven back, they are ordered to mass together near the Romanian border, where they will try to hold out until the Allies invade Germany from the West. But then the Soviets surprise attack the Poles from the East, cutting through their weakly defended border and fullfilling their secret pact with Germany to split Poland between their two nations.

Price of Honour, is an expansion game which requires either of the award winning games – Awakening the Bear! and/or Storms of Steel!
Players are presented with the same tactical dilemmas and decisions that commanders faced during some of the most ferocious engagements of WWII.
Conflict of Heroes (CoH) follows the evolution of modern tactics, from WWII to the present. CoH features a fast and fluid system that is easy to learn, but realistic for every unique theater of battles portrayed.

• Fun: Quick simultaneous play allows players to interact without waiting.
• Easy: Teach a new player how to play in under 5 minutes. No charts!
• Historically Accurate: Portrays realistic forces and tactics.
• Units: Depict individual vehicles, airplanes, boats, guns and squads.
• Consistent: Each game in the series uses the same rule system.

The Price of Honour expansion includes:
2 – 15×19 inch geomorphic mounted map boards that integrate with the maps of all other CoH games.
210 – LARGE 1” square early war units including armored cars, tankettes, pioneers, cavalry, bi-planes, anti-tank guns, early war MGs and many more.
2 – player summary sheets, customized plastic counter storage tray,
32 page firefight book with a full historical overview and 16 firefights, 12 of which can be played with Awakening the Bear! and 12 with Storms of Steel!
A rule book summarizing all Conflict of Heroes Eastern Front units from 1939-43.

~ Academy Games

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Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel (video review)

Massive tank battles for the historical wargame that Eurogamers love to play!

Storms of Steel! makes you a witness to the greatest tank battle in history! After their stinging defeat at Stalingrad, the Germans mass their best forces for an all-out attack against the growing Soviet bulge at Kursk. The Soviets’ network of master spies has caught wind of the German plans, and they are prepared to trap and decimate the best panzer forces the Germans can muster…

No one is safe from the blazing steel raining from above as dive bombers and strafing attacks are combined with ground operations. Now you will need to consider all three dimensions of the battlefield with the unique new “3D” aircraft movement and attack rules. Your ground forces get a boost also, with the new “Veteran” and “Special Weapon” cards that allow you to customize your units to suit your own tactical goals and style!

Storms of Steel! is the second stand-alone title in the best selling “Conflict of Heroes” series and follows in the footsteps of Awakening the Bear! Each game in the series uses the same core rules system, so it’s easy to advance from one game to the next!

The “Conflict of Heroes” system offers a unique blend of playability and realism.

  • Fun: Quick-paced simultaneous play keeps you in the action all the time!
  • Fast: Scenarios can be played in as little as half an hour or as long as 2 hours.
  • Easy: You can teach a new player how to play in under 5 minutes!
  • BIG: The high quality maps & counters are BIG and easy to read. The counters are 1” square!
  • Multi-player: Scenarios are included that are playable by 2 – 4 players.
  • Historically Accurate: Learn the unique tactics and logistics used by each side as you experience the same battlefield challenges real commanders faced! Noted historical game designers and WWII researchers Dana Lombardy, Bill Jaffe, and John Hill have joined forces to make the campaigns as realistic as possible.

Storms of Steel! includes 4 new geomorphic map boards (including river, hill, and city overlays), 72 pc action card deck, hundreds of new units including Tiger tanks, Soviet rockets, strafing airplanes, and much, more!

~ Academy Games

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CoH: Storms of Steel Review

CoH:SoS
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.

Without further ado, I present you with our review of Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel by: Academy Games.


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.

Other CoH: Storms of Steel reviews that we enjoyed:
[Video Overview] Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! – Kursk 1943 By: Joe Steadman
Initial Impressions and Comparison to Awakening The Bear By: James Palmer

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