So what makes GMT’s Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles game Great? In a word, More! GMT’s C&C: Samurai Battles game has more scenarios, more units to deploy, additional types of Japanese units, a jammed-packed battlefield with more units and more terrain. And there are still more expansion materials already waiting in the wings.
First - there are more units and more unit types in the game. Yep, it will take some time to apply stickers to all the blocks, but doing so is a breeze, when compared to the time it took to assemble figures. When done, blocks are very durable and easy to store.
Second - the battlefield comes on a one-piece mounted map board. Not really any larger in that it still stands at 11 hexes deep by 12 hexes wide, but there are plenty of terrain tiles including new types of terrain, fences, ramparts, castle walls and more.
Third - more scenarios, which no doubt will be the most important feature for anyone who owns and enjoys the previous version of Samurai Battles from Zvezda. If all goes as planned, the game will have around 40 scenarios.
Truth be known, in regard to Zvezda’s Samurai Battles game... A few weeks before the game was to go to the printers, I was informed that the number of plastic figures originally planned for the game had been reduced. Therefore, the number of units in most of the Commands & Colors scenarios had to be reduced. After a few days of scrambling, the Commands & Colors scenarios were adjusted. So even if some of the battle scenarios titles in GMT’s scenario booklet are familiar, they are not exactly the same because they are now back to their original unit deployments, which means more units to command.
Much of what is written here is to give players that own an old version of the game enough information about GMT's enhanced game to provide them with reasons to support this project. But even if you have never played the Zvezda edition or any Commands & Colors game, there is plenty the game has to offer. For me personally, I never stopped believing in the game and I have always known that the Japanese Samurai period provides some very fascinating and interesting historical possibilities. GMT also believes in this and that is why they will make a Great game. Welcome and Enjoy! - Richard Borg
Battles Included in Commands and Colors: Samurai Battles (Tentative):
- First Samurai Skirmish
- Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 (5 Scenarios)
- Domyoji 1615 (2 Scenarios)
- First Battle of Azukizaka 1542
- Second Battle of Azukizaka 1548
- Battle of Okehazama 1560 (2 Scenarios)
- Arita Castle 1517 (2 Scenarios)
- Koriyama Castle 1540-1541 (4 Scenarios)
- Mikata-Go-Hara 1572
- The Ravine Near Saigadake 1572
- Okehazama 1560 (2 Scenarios)
- Anegawa 1570 (2 Scenarios)
- Kizahikara 1572
- Nagashino 1572 (3 Scenarios)
- Mimigawa 1578
- Okitanawate 1584
- Hitadori 1585
- Suriagehara 1589
- Shiroishi 1600
- Sekigahara 1600 (3 Scenarios)
- Imafuku 1614
- Shigino 1614
- Tennoji 1615 (2 Scenarios)
- 1 C&C Samurai Rulebook
- 1 Samurai Scenario Booklet (around 40 battle scenarios)
- 1 Battlefield Game Board
- 60 Terrain Tiles double-sided
- 30 Honor & Fortune Tokens double-sided
- 18 Victory Banner Counters double-sided
- 12 Clan Markers double-sided
- 60 Command Cards
- 40 Dragon Cards
- 12 Battle Dice
- 2 Unit Summary Sheets
- 2 Terrain Summary Sheets
- 254 Small Infantry Blocks
- 72 Medium Cavalry Blocks
- 14 Rectangular Leader Blocks
- Block and Dice Label Sheets
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