Newest COIN system P500: People Power

Just announced for P500, is a new COIN system game from GMT: People Power: Insurgency in the Philippines, 1983-86. Designed by Ken Tee, a gamer I know from CSW  – this appears to be his first design.

I’ve just had a glance over the description but here are some of the interesting points I noticed:

  • 3 factions:
    • Government, symbolized by the personal rule of Ferdinand Marcos, his wife Imelda, and his political cronies and military forces. Seeks Support and Patronage.
    • Insurgents, split into two blocs – the communist New People’s Army (or NPA) and the Moro National Liberation Front (or MNLF but more commonly referred to as Moros). The NPA sought a national uprising from both the urban and rural populace, while the Moros wanted a separate nation founded on Islamic autonomy. Seeks Control of spaces and some form of “Resistance” index.
    • Reformers, think Corazon Aquino. A non-violent faction that was historically the winner of the conflict as the Philippine political landscape changed. Seeks to build Bases and Opposition.
  • Seems to be an effort to create a high-speed, low-drag entry into the COIN system: small map (17 x 22″) with only two terrain types (city and country) and likely a small number of spaces; low number of pieces (79 wooden bits), and a small deck of event cards (likely around 40 or 50).
  • Some new features:
    • A hand of Key Personality cards kept by each player, that represents the effectiveness of various generals and power brokers.
    • Propaganda Rounds replaced by a two-turn Election Cycle procedure (each Election Cycle is made up of 10 cards and represents 6 to 9 months of activity).
    • A faction can combine any Operation with any Special Activity.
    • card-driven solitaire play system; no more flowcharts.

Here’s the link to the description page and pre-order link:

https://www.gmtgames.com/p-689-people-power-insurgency-in-the-philippines-1983-1986.aspx

220 orders already – I’m jumping on this one too!

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4 Responses to Newest COIN system P500: People Power

  1. Pete S/ SP says:

    Looks to be different enough to be worth picking up. I shall try to budget for it and pick it up.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • brtrain says:

      P500 price is $45 or 32 pounds.
      GMT tries to be reasonable with shipping rates across the pond; this game might be a bit lighter to ship than others because of its smaller size and fewer components.

  2. Lubbert Abbe says:

    “A card-driven solitaire play system; no more flowcharts.” – do you have more details about this? Sounds very interesting…

    • brtrain says:

      No, sorry I have no further details. The scanty descriptions of the game and its mechanics on the P500 page are interesting but not very complete. If you are on Consimworld, go there and subscribe to the discussion topic for the game where some details are coming out; elsewise, Ken Tee says he is writing an insideGMT piece for their blog that will have more details.

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