Okay so admittedly this is probably a post best suited for the solo war gamers of the world like @Marshwiggle92 or those of you who have played David Thompson's other outputs (I'm looking at you @sludj), but I would gladly take any and all opinions.
Thanks to So Very Wrong About Game's most recent Patreon exclusive episode, I was introduced to a Kickstarter for a solo wargame from DVG and David Thompson called #Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms. Historically speaking, it's based around a German siege of a Polish post office during WW2. I'm not much of a history buff (or wargamer for that matter), but the premise of the game piqued my interest for a few reasons. First and foremost, it sounds like an incredible story. On top of that, my dad was a postmaster. That being said he didn't have to defend his office from German attackers...well at least not that he's told me lol. Anyways after having checked it out it seems simple enough mechanically where I wouldn't have too much trouble playing it but I'm on the fence about backing it. I know many feel that any waivering of feelings on whether to back or not should automatically trigger something in me to not back, but I personally feel like I'm splitting hairs with my issues with the game. Here are my main pros and cons.
- Sounds REALLY cool from a historical standpoint
- I have exactly 0 games that could even be remotely considered in this genre so it fulfils a niche in my collection
- It's a solo only game so I don't need to convince anyone to play it with me
- Easy to understand rules may serve as a good intro into this type of game
- Designer and publisher pedigree - I know I'm getting a solid game
- It's not particularly expensive so it seems like a low risk high reward
- Historically speaking, the postmen are forced to surrender - not sure how I feel about the "win condition" being how many of your defenders survive
- It's a solo only game (lol) so I theoretically can't share the experience with my dad who I think would enjoy this
- And a final mild con, it's quite luck based as you roll dice a lot
My main hang up honestly is that win condition bit. From what I've seen, it's a beat the score type with different levels of victory. I know it has to be historically accurate but at least give me some hope you know? Anyways, what do you think, should I back it or not?