Classic Reviews: Unboxing A Distant Plain

Brant Guillory, 22 November 2018

On #TBT, we bring you the occasional classic article – an older review or analysis piece we wanted to rescue
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This is a pretty hefty box.  It’s a standard footprint, but several inches thick.

 

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The contents of the box.

And there’s a reason for it – this box is loaded: player aids, 2 books, a countersheet, a bag of other markers, and a deck of cards.

 

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The countersheet is full of admin markers.

 

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Four player aid cards lay out the capabilities and specific rules for each faction.

 

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There are also “AI” cards that control the actions of any faction not being controlled by a player.

 

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Other player aids include a map showing where the “random” spaces are on the map, and the sequence of play.

 

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The rulebook is well-illustrated, and provides solid explanations of the components and rules.

 

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Best of all – a tutorial scenario!

 

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Dice and markers are solid and attractive components.

 

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The deck of cards controls the turn-by-turn action in the game.

 

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The detail of the cards clearly lays out the game effects, and are illustrated with photos from the conflict.

 

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The map is no small footprint.  It’s big, and solid.

 

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The map includes a lot of admin charts, tracks, and information around the margins.

 

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And the necessary information is never far away.

 

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The turn sequence is right on the map – and right where it’s most-needed.

 


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Classic Reviews: Unboxing A Distant Plain

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