Category Archives: GMT Games

Paths of Glory – A First Look

Yesterday a friend and I played GMT Games’ card driven game on World War I, Paths of Glory.  This was a welcome change because I finally got to go up against someone other than my son and it let us play a game that was a little deeper.  I’m a big fan of Twilight Struggle and Paths of Glory had been on my short list of games to try that had been sitting on my shelf.

I went through the rules and most of it made sense although I did get hung up on a few things.  You have a few more options with your cards than you do with Twilight Struggle and the other thing that’s different is each side gets their own deck that’s split into three phases.  When you move on to the next phase, you get to add more cards to your deck and at times, you can have one player with the more advanced cards while the other player is stuck trying to move up.

Neither one of us had played before so we did sort of stumble along.  Most of the early action took place on the East Front with Warsaw being a pivotal point.  It seems like every time my opponent (who played the Central Powers) was close to taking it, I’d reinforce it enough to hold on.  There were a couple of turns (which in most cases represent a three month period of time) where things were literally “All Quiet on the West Front” as neither one of us seemed to want to risk messing around with the larger forces on that side of the map.

Another interesting aspect is each side is given a mandatory offensive each turn and this was what caused me to finally open up things on the Western Front.  By the time we finally called it a night, the Central Powers had finally taken Warsaw, but things looked grim for them on the Western Front.  We called it a draw and while I think I would have won had we played it out, there were a few things on the map I was worried about.

There’s also a Near East section of the map but not a lot happened down there.  This is also a subject of it’s own game, which is basically the sequel to Paths of Glory. Pursuit of Glory focuses and expands on that section of the world during WWI and would be interested in getting that game to try.

Other than the game being really long (we got a late start) it was a lot of fun and education to boot.  The box says it has good solitaire suitability but I don’t really see it.  Guess I will just have to try it out and see.  What’s your favorite card driven game that’s out there?  I’m curious to know.

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New Preorders at GMT Games

GMT Games has added a few new titles to their P500 list.  This is your chance to not only speed up a games progress to being printed but it also usually gives you the best possible price.  This month there are three new additions to their P500 list.

First on the list is 1914, Serbien muß sterbien, a Michael Resch title that focuses on the early parts of World War 1 on the Balkan Front.  It’s being billed as a great gateway game into the series because it has an affordable price point, doesn’t require a lot of space to play and it only has one map.

Next up is Combat Commander Battle Pack #6.  Subtitled “Sea Lion,”  this series of scenarios focuses on a hypothetical German invasion of Great Britain in World War II.  You get ten new scenarios and that take you through both a German invasion and British counterattack.  There’s three maps and it looks like a lot of fun play for only $18.

Finally there’s a new Richard Berg title, Genesis.  There’s not a lot of information on this game but it’s being billed as similar to Pax Romana.  It covers the late Bronze Age in the Middle East and all I can say is, you usually can’t go wrong with a Richard Berg game.  I’ll be keeping my eye on this titel as more details surface.

What GMT titles are you playing right now?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Blue Cross, White Ensign a New Preorder at GMT Games

Just added to GMT Games’ P500 page is Blue Cross, White Ensign.  I haven’t played this series but it’s third in their Flying Colors Series.  The price point isn’t bad and it focuses on the Russian Navies’ struggles against both Sweden and Turkey from 1770-1807.  What looks intriuging about this game is it looks pretty solitaire compatable.  There’s no graphics yet but if you want a taste, you can check out the other two games in the series, Flying Colors and Serpents of the Seas.

I haven’t played a GMT game in a while.  One of my favorites is Twilight Struggle.  I have Paths of Glory but haven’t played that one yet.