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A few years back I asked my personal historian Paul what the deal was with the Thirty Years War. Why did it start, who was involved, what were the driving motivations of the people involved? Paul’s response – “if you figure it out let me know. I’ve never really gotten my arms around it.” This came from a guy that could name the English and French monarchs off the top of his head in order. The Thirty Years era was quite the complication.
So when I stumbled across Hold the Line: Frederick’s War late in its preorder cycle (thank you Mr. Putnam) I was pleased to see a game approaching the subject matter with a C&C level of complexity. I like early gunpowder era for my wargames so the period was a fit, and given the time constraints of being a father of four the sixty minute playtime seemed right in the pocket for me personally. I jumped on board after a little sniffing around. Its delivery date was a mere 90 days away, something quite refreshing for a prepub title.