June 22, 2024

#UnboxingDay! ~ Cuba, A Splendid Little War

Brant Guillory, 19 October 2023 ~ #UnboxingDay

Among the other games that Tabletop Tycoon has updated from their Victory Point Games acquisition a while back is Cuba: A Splendid Little War by designer Javier Garcia de Gabiola.

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If you grab this one on the shelf, this is what you see


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And when you open the box and dump it on the table, this is what you see – there’s a map, a rulebook, a sheet of counters, a deck of cards, and a couple of player aid cards to go with four (holy cow!) dice.


The map isn’t big, and it’s an area-control map of Cuba and the surrounding Caribbean, plus a couple of different tracking charts.  This isn’t a tactical game, but rather more high-operational level within a single theater, but with a bunch of off-map actions that all affect what’s going on.


It’s a colorful and well-illustrated rulebook on heavy, glossy paper.  It’s not quite one of the mid-00’s FFG big books, but it’s not too far off.


These cards drive the action, whether bringing in US engagement, or juggling Spanish internal politics.


It’s only a single sheet of counters, but they’re quite colorful and really pop against the map.


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Each player has an off-map player aid card that tracks their actions throughout the turn.


It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays once we get it on the table for folks.

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With dice and cardboard so neat,
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Brant G

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