Hi. I've been wargaming with figures in multiple periods since about 1970 (gosh, I feel old sometimes!). I actually think that in many ways the Commands and Colors board games give more fun and satisfaction than most figure game rules and lots of challenging decision making. Of course, you can also play them with based figures and modelled terrain if you have them! I have all the Richard Borg C&C games (I believe) including the original edition Battle Cry, Ancients, Napoleonics, Memoir 44, and TGW - with all expansions. I have been recording results of all the games I've played with my regular opponent for some years now and look forward to eventually replaying them from the opposite side!
I have a terrible habit of rolling low on spot dice, so I love the dedicated combat dice in these games!
I firmly contend that these rules are NOT just 'Wargaming Lite' - they are a very versatile and elegant abstraction of overall relative effects. Well done Mr. Borg - and keep 'em coming!
Fully agree with you - with each installment of C&C system we are getting more and more mature games, wit proven rules and fresh ideas. While not overly complicated, the system is definitely created in a way that luck is not deciding factor to win. And ample number of scenarios increases the C&C games longevity!
...and aren't scenario games so much more interesting than 'balanced' points-based games?
The player often has to deal with the tough end of command, knowing he's in trouble before he starts. But it's still surprising how close some of these games come out - all credit to the scenario designers.
That is the whole beauty - playing asymmetrical scenarios, with different units types and different starting positions. That is why also if we play tournaments, we do it in "comparative" mode, so you have group A and group B, everybody from A plays everybody from B and then we compare how players fared in same conditions.
But there are quite enough scenarios around, between those that come with the games and those available online, to keep anyone happily busy.
Whatever happens, when I eventually downsize and start clearing out my figure collection, these games will stay.