Thursday, October 30, 2014

#78: Fortress America (Mark's 100 - 2014)

Fortress America

Mark's Ranking
  • 2014: 78th
  • 2012: did not appear
  • 2010: did not appear
  • 2005: prior to publication
  • rank: 1468
  • rating: 7.10
Print Status
  • in print (the current Fantasy Flight version)
Why It's On The List
  • Kevin Wilson "re-mixed" this classic Milton Bradley Gamemaster game... and the combination of nostalgia and just plain fun makes it a winner.
Tips & Tricks:
    • I played the original 1986 version of this game a bunch of times with my best friend from college (and best man at my wedding) Tim Formby. He was pretty much unbeatable as the US of A. I do know that part of the charm/joy of playing Fortress America is that backdrop of memories.
    • However, designer Kevin Wilson made some excellent changes to the game - he rejiggered the map, moved combat resolution from a CRT to custom dice, and added "invader decks" to increase variety.
    • Winning is about not getting involved in battles that sap your strength without a decent payoff - and about avoiding taking cities you can't hold.

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