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Sekigahara - Tokugawa Rides Out
Every so often you encounter a gaming experience that is so good it makes you re-evaluate your entire relationship to the hobby. Sekigahara- The Unification of Japan by designer Matt Calkins and published by GMT Games, offers one such experience.
Disgustipater wrote: I've owned this game for a couple of years and haven't gotten to try it yet. I really need to just strong arm a friend into playing with me.
You really should! Be sure to impress upon your friend the relative simplicity of the system to assuage their fears. It looks heavy but is instead heady.
Jackwraith wrote: Great stuff. I love this game. I have a regular 2-player friend who's played a lot of block wargames with me, to varying level of enjoyment. This is the one he always singles out to play again.
I find myself gravitating more and more towards two player head-to-head games of late. There's a purity there and a fantastic satisfaction that comes from matching wits in such a focussed manner. Choices matter. Few facilitate that sensation better than this one.
san il defanso wrote: I bought this from one of our former regulars here. Having played it just a couple times, and not being a very experienced war-gamer, Sekigahara is the gold standard for just about everything I love in war games. Its interpretation of the historical period is so finely considered, its graphic design is so appealing, and it has a ton of bluffing and risk-taking, which is my bread and butter. Truly a masterpiece of game design.
It really is a masterful example of interlocking systems and elegant mechanisms that engenders both tension, flow and player engagement. The way it incorporates the themes of alliance and betrayal so seamlessly is ingenious. Despite its nominal position in the wargame tradition I think its appeal is near universal.
mc wrote: You won't need too strong an arm, Digustipater. It's great. Failing that though, there's a nice implementation on yucata (in fact, the only place I've played it).
But the blocks! The blocks! They teeter, they tumble! They feel very nice indeed
Davidjc wrote: I don't own a lot of two player only games, as opportunities for playing two players are quite limited. The two that I keep are 13 Days and Sekigahara. Both have only been played a limited amount of times, but neither will leave my collection. Sekigahara is one of the few longer head to head games that I like. Head to head is a style of game that I don't really enjoy - perhaps it is the intensity of conflict. I dont mind conflict such as in a Meeples on the Map game, but it is too much one to one. But somehow Sekigahara makes it more palatable to me. This is probably due to the beauty of the pieces and the map, as well as the Fog of War (perhaps other fog of war types of game might intrigue me).
I recently picked up 13 Minutes - the micro game variant of 13 Days at an online auction after mistaking it for its bigger brother which I'm really keen to try. It was a crestfallen unboxing, but surprisingly for a game that legitimately lasts 13 minutes, it's pretty compelling.
Side note, if you dig that kind of card driven play then Twilight Struggle is an obvious recommendation, along with Judean Hammer which I covered recently.
I'm about to dive into 'Victory and Glory: Napoleon' which despite its crap name looks to offer a similar experience. Sekigahara is in a class of its own though. If you dig it, Compass Games are currently taking orders for 'Granada' which looks to offer a similar system and beauty of components. I'm really looking forward to checking that one out. Plus there's always Stratego, that's an evergreen.