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THE GRIZZLED: ARMISTICE EDITION

THE GRIZZLED: ARMISTICE EDITION

Where The Grizzled packed the entirety of the First World War into a tense and punishing half-hour card game, this deluxe and expanded version threads an even stronger sense of the camaraderie and suThering of those who served on the frontline through an impressive new campaign that allows it to examine each beat of the conflict more intimately.

The co-op gameplay is relatively untouched from the original game and its only expansion At Your Orders!, but has been remixed here into a series of chapters that progressively roll out new mechanics inspired by the major events of the war. The Grizzled was never the most complicated game to understand to begin with, so the benefit is all tone: the relief of the Christmas truce and the terror of the arrival of gas are that much more pronounced when they arrive at their rough historical markers accompanied by aThecting licks of narrative.

Even more meaningful are the helping hand cards that create ongoing relationships between players’ soldiers that persist throughout the campaign, or can be used once at the cost of your overall score to buy a reprieve from the shells for a moment. The other big gameplay addition sees inexperienced recruits join the fray that the veterans must train up, but also reveal their cards to the group, allowing some chance to plan ahead and work closer as a team – unlike the deliberately limited strategy of the individual players. These minor touches provide interesting gameplay shifts to consider and bring the heartfelt tale of the friends at the centre of the conflict to the fore; you get the impression that this was the memorable experience The Grizzled was destined to become.

The fully painted miniatures in the bigger box are as gorgeous as the cards’ artwork yet arguably unnecessary, but they hammer home this premium-priced collection as being a tribute: both to the centenary of the 1918 armistice and illustrator Tignous, whose death in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting and the subsequent exhaustion of existing artwork has led the game’s designers to suggest Armistice Edition will be the final Grizzled game. If that’s the case, it’s a remarkable way to say goodbye.

MATT JARVIS

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Must Plays and more in our Best Games of 2019 issue of Tabletop Gaming. Over the next 196 pages discover all of the most positively reviewed games of the year. With a massive 181 games reviewed, this is the definitive “what to play next” guide of 2019! Games reviewed include: Wingspan Copenhagen Hellboy: The Board Game Res Arcana Lifeform Century: A New World Megacity: Oceania Pandemic: Fall of Rome Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Rough Nights & Hard Days Azul: Stained Glass of Sinatra Tapestry Letter Jam Hako Onna Everdell Battle Ravens Dune + Many more!

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