February 6, 2023

#UnboxingDay ~ Arracourt by Multi-Man Publishing

Billy Riley, 19 January 2023 ~ #UnboxingDay

When I first saw this game, I was initially put off by the low counter count and low turn count. Not that I necessarily look for BIG games, but one sheet of counters isn’t something I’ve ever had before.

However, I heard good things about this game. I won’t go into the specifics of the operation – you can find them on Wikipedia and a brief outline on the back of the box below.

Here’s what’s in the box.

Welcome Note ~ Straight out the box is a welcome note.

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Box Art ~ Almost looks like straight from the film Fury!

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The back shows an example of the battle, with details of the contents and a list of scenarios. It also lists the game as Medium Complexity and Medium/High Solitaire.

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Dice ~ A couple of six-sided dice

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BCS Series Rule Book ~ This is v2.0 of the BCS system. It’s big at 48 pages with 35 pages of actual rules on semi glossy, thick paper. It’s 3 columns per page which makes the font kinda small – but it’s not too bad. There are plenty of examples about. It looks very readable.

BCS Arracourt ~ This book has specific rules for the battle to commence as well as the scenario details – of which there are 6. It’s 16 matt pages of which 3 are rules and 3 of Designer Notes – the rest for scenarios.

BCS Series Support Book ~ This is 24 pages of semi-gloss, thick paper like the main manual. I’m not 100% sure what this book is – but a quick scan makes me think it gives an understanding of the rules…why things are. That is actually a very good thing if that’s the case. One thing I often find lacking in rules books is the why…why is that the case. This – I find when it’s available – often helps you not get into the “huh?” moments when reading rules.

I don’t necessarily relish the thought of reading another manual…but I do think it could help (if it’s what I think it is).

Counters ~ As mentioned, this is low on counter count. There’s one sheet of combat counters and one of administrative counters. That’s it. They’re a nice size at 5/8” and clear. There’s a lot on the counters but it looks distinct and clear.

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Player Aid Cards ~ There’s two of these. One is an A4 booklet with 4 printed sides and the other is one sided with the Turn Track as well as other key information.

 

 

Map ~ The map is a standard 22”x34” size and of decent, semi-gloss thick paper. I think it looks pretty damn nice. I especially like the fact that the hex identifying numbers are not in every hex.

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Given the complexity of the rules (going on the size of the rule book), it might be quite some time before I can get this to the table.

 


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