The One for Introducing Yourself to Wargames

The genre of Wargames has been a bit intimidating for me in the learning time, gameplay time, and understanding the fun aspects of the game style. Hammer of the Scots has captured my interest almost immediately for a few reasons.

First, Shut Up & Sit Down called it, "The Very Best Introductory Wargames". I raised an eyebrow with intrigue after seeing such a high recommendation from one of my favorite review groups.

Second, after diving into the overall feeling of how the game works I could see the brilliance of the design choices that will facilitate strategic and fun gameplay. The game highlights two very cool mechanics that set it apart from other war games. Fog of War and Step Reduction mechanics. What makes these exciting is that it embodies the feeling of real battle in elegant ways that work well for gaming.

Hammer of the Scots

The Fog of War mechanic is implemented by having the blocks face the controller of the army only. Each player can see the number of units but not the type. It reminds me of the very similar mechanic in Stratego. You get an overall sense of the attacking forces but not the individual power of each.

The Step Reduction mechanic is a simple twist on the traditional full strength/weakened state of units in war games. Using the blocks themselves you simply rotate the block 90 degrees to indicate the state of the unit with the status at the top.

Hammer of the Scots looks like a great way to get into war games and is only $79 for the deluxe edition. Check it out before the campaign ends on April 20th 2019.

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Hammer of the Scots

Hammer of the Scots

Hammer of the Scots

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A photo of Trent EllingsenTrent Ellingsen

Trent Ellingsen is a board game enthusiast. He has played Magic: the Gathering for about 7 years but more recently was shown the much larger world of board games. His passion for Magic: the Gathering led him to create 5 Color Combo and through a series of events he created an MTG companion app, partnered to make custom gaming playmats, designed and published 3 board games, and is now focused on Board Game Atlas.