The Road to Cheren
The road to Cheren is our new game covering the Eritrea campaign in East Africa in 1941. The campaign featured British and French forces versus the Italians in a wild and mountainous country. The game was designed by Kim Kanger who also designed Ici, c’est la France, Tonkin, and the soon to be released Dien Bien Phu, all by Legion Wargames
Posted by Thomas on 17th May 2015
I gravitate to games I can play in one evening with another gamer and this game fits the bill. In all fairness, I have only playtested it twice. Rules are simple the way I like it, although the first time through, I would have a cheat sheet handy, to remind yourself of the technicalities of some of the game novelties. Example, the "Push" rule, whereby when the attacker rolls a 5 or 6, he can force an additional loss to his opponent and automatically inflicts one on himself. Or the reaction rule, where the enemy can move 3 steps after you have completed your moves but before combat. These and other rules give the players a lot of tough choices. And I would add, it is a very clever chit system. You spend a chit, and then you pull one randomly from a common pool, and if it's the opponent's chit, it is discarded. He looses one and your short a chit in your inventory. After 2 playtestings, half way through the game, I couldn't tell you for the likes of me, which side was ahead or even had a slight edge. It isn't the most dynamic game as it partially entails a slug fest at times, but then again, I would be happy to play a good game on The Great War as long as it's a tight, up-for-grabs game which this game is. For the price, it's hard to beat.