Bolt Action: Korea — Warlord’s most ambitious supplement yet?

It’s no secret that Bolt Action is one of my favorite wargaming rulesets. Though it may not be as historically accurate as many other WWII wargames, its mechanics are highly enjoyable and it is easily accessible to new gamers. In the past, I have bought supplement books for Bolt Action, including several army and theater books. I also have bought supplements for other Warlord games (such as Black Powder). When the Bolt Action: Korea supplement was announced, I knew that I would buy it eventually. Unfortunately, at the time I did not have any armies suitable for the Korean War. However, recently I found some Bolt Action miniatures on sale and decided to start a US army. As I was submitting my order, I couldn’t resist adding the Korea supplement to my shopping cart. It ended up being a good decision.

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Is the Victory at Sea Rulebook Worth Buying?

Like many people who bought the Victory at Sea starter box from Warlord games, I was surprised when I saw the thin rules booklet included in the game. The starter box for Black Seas, another recent game from Warlord, came with a decent-sized 90 page rulebook and the rulebook included in the starter box for SPQR (another Warlord game) was twice that size! When Warlord announced that the actual full rulebook would be released seperately at a later date (for £40, no less), there was plenty of grumbling from fans. Though I was disappointed as well, I eventually ordered a copy for myself. Below I have written short flipthrough of the book with descriptions of each section. If you would like to read my overall thoughts about the book, feel free to skip to the end of the article.

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Is Memoir 44 Too Simple?

The first time I played Memoir 44, the light wargame based on Richard Borg’s Commands and Colors system, I completely dismissed it as oversimplistic, unrealistic, and just plain boring to play. That was ten years ago, when I was still in college and just beginning my tabletop gaming journey. Now — as the cliche goes — I have a full-time job, a wife, and three beautiful children. My perspective has changed quite a bit. Does that change the fact that Memoir 44 is an overly simple, not very realistic wargame? Not really, but I realize now why that might actually work in its favor. In fact, it might even elevate the game above other Commands and Colors games.

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