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Warcraft: The Board Game Review

In Warcraft: The Board Game, you are the leader of one of the four factions of Azeroth, from the popular real-time PC strategy game.
The factions are:
  • Humans
  • Orcs
  • Night Elves
  • Undead
The game is based around scenarios, which are included with the game and available from Fantasy Flight Games. There are also scenarios available on the web.
The scenarios are usually are either:
  • Deathmatch (complete annihilation of opponents)
  • Victory point based (points are scored for certain conditions such as securing a town or defeating a certain unit)
  • King of the hill (securing a given region of the board for a certain amount of time)
This game is interesting for any number of players as the scenarios available seem to match the amount of players very well. On average, the two to four player games takes 45 minutes to a hour to play depending on the selected scenario.
It is All about Area Control
The key to this game is area control. Players aim to control parts of the board to get closer to the scenario goals and to deploy worker units to generate resources. You use these resources to create more units, buildings (which create units at a higher rate and different types of units), and unit upgrades (which create units which attack more effectively).
Lots of Combat
An interesting feature of this game is the way you resolve combat. A normal game has the players rolling dice and adding dice results to some strength value of the attacking unit. Then they compare that to the defending unit’s hit points to decide whether that unit stays around anymore.
Warcraft combat units all have just a strength value attached to them. The players must roll as many dice as they have units in the current battle. Then, they score as many casualties to the opponent as dice which are equal to or less than their unit’s strength level. For example, if the unit’s strength is a 3, you need to roll a 3, 2, or 1. Each player then chooses which of their units count as casualties to the battle. This process is repeated until only one faction has control of that part of the board. This is a very good system as there is less “bookkeeping” required. It allows the players to focus on the game at hand. However, it does take a little getting used to if the players normally play games like Risk or Axis and Allies where the die rolls are compared to each other to see who won.
Will You Like This Game?
This game is really good for Axis and Allies or Risk players looking for a richer, more varied experience that features more elegant rules. Players of both games will love the shorter time it takes to play.
The Risk players will appreciate the new casualty rules as they are a lot more balanced than how Risk handles combat.
Axis and Allies players will like the variety of scenarios. Axis and Allies normally starts the same way every game.
Another group that will immediately be attracted to this game are players of the PC games that spawned this board game. The features in the PC game compare really well to the board game. Warcraft fans will likely pick up on the concepts very quickly and feel right at home.
Here is a Warcraft Board Game video we made about this game.
Try this site, if you want to buy Warcraft: The Board Game.

September 29, 2008 at 11:00 am 1 comment


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