Monday, March 21, 2022

#51: For What Remains (Mark's Top 100 2022)

For What Remains
  • rank: 6,131
  • rating: 8.1
  • published: 2020
Print Status
  • out of print?
Why It's On The List
  • Let me be honest... this ranking is on the strength of the first box of three in this skirmish level wargame that reminds my oldest son of the X-Com computer game. Me? I don't know about the X-Com connection, but it plays quickly and cleanly as a two-player battle and has a brilliant solo system.
Tips & Tricks:
  • The chit pull system for unit activation works well here - especially when playing in solo mode. It also means you need to attempt to keep your team in cover - leaving them out in the open may expose them to brutal fire if they don't move.
  • I use a 3x3 piece of felt as the surface for my board when playing... the tiles tend to slide on the slick surface of my regular table. (Note: I like the double-sided map tiles... I just don't want them to move around.)
  • The system for leveling up units and dealing with their various powers is clever AND simple... which makes it easy to set up a battle and start playing.
  • As I said above, I've only played the first box (Streets of Ruin)... but I have both Blood on the Rails and Out of the Basement waiting for me so I can further explore this post-apocalyptic world where, for lack of a better thematic description, Russia used underground nuclear explosions to open the Hellmouth.
  • This is the 5th solo-recommended game on this list.
  • This is David Thompson's first of three games on my top 100 games countdown.

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