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Re: SG2 - what's it like?

From: Tony Francis <tony.francis@k...>
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 15:37:11 +0000
Subject: Re: SG2 - what's it like?

"Barclay, Tom" wrote:
> As to the criticism that SG2 is jargon loaded and you need to be a
> specialist to figure it out, I suppose it is a bit harder than FT (it
> terrain and more morale and such). But I don't think you need to be a
> "military specialist". I have had a lifelong interest in these things
and I
> have served some time in the infantry reserve, but that hardly
qualifies me
> as a specialist. I know the acronyms, but I still had to learn the
> that modelled them. It probably helps to have played many games over
> last 20 years of gaming too. It might not be necessary to be a
> specialist, but it might not hurt to know someone who is "in the
know". Plus
> you can always ask us! :)

I have to concur - I have no serving military experience (although I did
work for GEC-Marconi on assorted defence research projects for 10 years)
and have had no trouble with the acronyms and abbreviations. SG2 is as
hard as you make it - play just the basic rules with no vehicles,
artillery etc and the game cracks along at quite a pace, and I've had no
trouble introducing new players to the rules.
> On another note, Kingston probably doesn't stock a lot of SG2 (I
bought a
> bunch of it, but that was a while back and I don't know if they
> Order from KR at Geohex. His service is fast... mind you, you do take
> beating on US exchange. Or try Nic or Jon if the exchange rates look
> favourable. Unlike FT, where a fleet can consist of $30 worth of
ships, I
> think in SG2, you're looking at a short platoon (3 squads plus command
> squad) of about 28 guys ($60+) per side. Plus a copy of the rules.
> terrain (which you also avoid in FT). Say about $150 + terrain to have
> sides for fighting. I hate to think how much I've spent on my terrain,
> vehicles (25+ now), and figures (nearing about 500 shortly). It is a
> revolting total... <But better than spending it on doing evil.... this
> just good clean, guns-n-bombs fun>. If you want to email me off list
> in the header obviously...), I can see about inviting you to our next
> in Kingston.

There's always the 15mm option if funds are an issue - the new 15mm GZG
SG figures are excellent miniature versions of their 28mm cousins, and
are only about 1/4 of the price.

Tony Francis
Senior Software Engineer

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