Yeah, we're still playing Flames of War just about every week. Though we haven't been blogging about it much. Currently, Farmpunk and I are practicing for the big tourney at the end of the month.
As part of that we've been forcing ourselves to play some of the screwier book missions so that we have some idea what they're about. And you know what? They're actually pretty well balanced.
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Take this one from last night, for instance, where the defender has to set up in the middle of the table while the attacker comes in from both short table edges. Farmpunk didn't think he had a chance with my Germans all castled up in the center, but it was actually a very close-fought game that came down to a few key rolls at the end. Just like our best 40K battles from a few years ago.
Or this one from a few weeks back where Patrick only got to deploy half of his Brits and had to put the rest in reserve. While Farmpunk got to deploy everything. Patrick, just like Farmpunk and I the first time we played this mission, thought he had no chance. But guess who won? Farmpunk rushed up too early and lost half of his tanks during the first turn. The fighting then shifted to the rear objective (only need to capture one to win in Flames) but the Brits held out.
So, while we're still not fans of a couple of missions where your reserves arrive from random table edges, I have to hand it to Battlefront. The 'odd' missions are actually pretty well balanced.