September 26, 2022

#UnboxingDay! Paths of Glory by GMT Games

Billy Riley, 17 March 2022 ~ #UnboxingDay

I don’t have a WWI game. Well – I didn’t. I was wracking my brains trying to work out which one I could get. I remember seeing this on Board Game Geek and – as I always do – checked out the Geek Market and there was one in the UK.

I decided to get it – knowing that it’s not really my thing. Area movement. Card driven. Both things I generally don’t buy – but I read some good things about it and it’s highly thought of in the WWI genre. Indeed it’s No.1 on a WWI Geeklist.

Also, if there’s one thing I’ve found out about myself since I was bitten by this hobby is that I do like to buy games I generally wouldn’t look at!

I haven’t played it yet because I’m waiting on my pre-order of CDG Solo System.

Anyway – I did – and here’s what was in the box. Remember it’s second hand

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Box Art

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Seems like a WWI game to me

 

The back of the box shows the map area and – as always – gives details of the game. Complexity is medium and solitaire is high – both good indicators for me.

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Rule Book

The rule book is plain paper and black and white. 17 pages are a nice surprise too. The text is quite small and is not the normal 2 column you often see from GMT Games. This is 3 column pages and – as I said – a bit small.

The last page has setup information

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Player Aids

There are two player aids – one double sided

 

Additional Rule Book

The guy that sold it to me had included a manual he had printed. It’s a newer version, in a larger font and two column format – so much appreciated.

 

Cards

As I state, this is a Card Driven Game (CDG). It has two sets of cards – Central Powers and Allied. These help drive the war along for both sides

 

Counters

There don’t seem to be a huge amount – but then it is a strategic wargame. As I said, this is a used copy, so they were already punched – though I can see they need some TLC from my Oregon Counter Clipper

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Map

The map that comes with the game is paper. The one the guy sent me with the game had been cut up and laminated to protect it. Whilst I appreciated the effort, it didn’t really suit my “aesthetic” requirements…so I ordered the mounted map board. It is actually quite an attractive piece and really does quite ooze WWI era.

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I have heard there’s a second print coming – special edition with a mounted map.

 


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