August 10, 2022

#UnboxingDay ~ Test of Faith by Compass Games

Jim Werbaneth, 14 July 2022 ~ #UnboxingDay

Test of Faith is the most recent release from Compass Games.It is billed as the fourth volume of designer Adam Starkweather’s Operational Scale System of modern-era wargame, but it is really the second, after Battle for Germany.This is not to be confused with the similarly-named game, originally published by GDW, and now reissued by Compass as part of Frank Chadwick’s Third World War.The topic of Test of Faith is the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, also called variously the Yom Kippur War, and the October War.

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Especially as it was the one Arab-Israeli conflict in which the skies were contested, albeit more between Israeli aircraft and Arab anti-aircraft missiles, an air game is extra important.

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The eye-catching box art.

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There are five countersheets. For better or worse, the sheets are fragile, and the counters fall off easily.Players must be careful, lest Test of Faith turn into a box of madness, similar to Fleet Admiral Nimitz (DVG Games), in which the counters seem determined not to stay on their sheets.

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The second sheet. It was impossible to photograph any more, without pulling them apart and having a chaos of scattered game pieces result.

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The Syrian front is covered on a single map.

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Inside the full-color rulebook.

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The covers of the rules and scenario books.

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Inside the scenario book.

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The Egyptian front is covered by two maps.

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The southern half of the area contested by Israel and Egypt, defined by the Suez Canal.

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Detail of the section of the Suez Canal, crossed by Ariel Sharon’s division in the Israeli counterattack behind the enemy Third Army.

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Like most of the rest of the game, the terrain effects chart is in living color.

 


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