Review of Colonial Twilight in The Armchair General

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Today the website Armchair General published a review of Colonial Twilight by Ray Garbee.

http://www.armchairgeneral.com/the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-insurgency-in-gmt-games-colonial-twilight.htm

It’s one of the first full-length reviews of the game I’ve read… hopefully there will be more, but Ray was very impressed by what he had seen:

This is going to read as very odd. I’ve played the game several times. Of those, two games left me with a feeling of sadness bordering on ennui, without the aspects of boredom. Reflecting on why this happened, I think it’s measure of how well the game engages the players. The detailed nature of the event card descriptions drives home the horrors and moral compromises inherent to this conflict.

The card descriptions strip off the veneer of jingoistic patriotism and revolutionary fervor and give a glimpse into the brutal nature of the conflict. It’s not just wooden pieces being removed from a cardboard map. It’s assassination. It’s torture. It’s café bombings, governmental scandals and forced relocation of population. None of this is colorful flags flying in the wind as brave soldiers fight an honorable battle against an enemy whom is much like themselves.

It’s tough to feel good about conducting terror operations, regardless of your goals. It also is an excellent insight into the nature of this war. A great game should do more than provide a competitive experience, it should also teach and challenge the players assumptions. Colonial Twilight easily accomplishes both. It’s an engaging game. But it can also be a powerful teaching tool. The game teaches the geography of Algeria and it teaches the history of a pivotal event in twentieth century history. Like the experience of this war to it’s French participants, Colonial Twilight is a game that will leave its players with a lasting impression of the nature of modern conflict.

Armchair General Rating: 95%

I can’t add anything to that. I am very pleased that this game engaged him on this emotional level.

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Video reviews of Colonial Twilight

Several video reviews of Colonial Twilight have popped up on Youtube in the last few weeks. All of them have been quite positive!

An unboxing video by the colourful Adam Koebel.

Half an hour with the affable guys from The Player’s Aid blog – Grant Kleinheinz (on the left) has interviewed me many times about this and other games.

A long review by the legendary Marco Arnaudo! If Marco reviews one of your games, you know that you have arrived. He really likes it, too.

A review by “NapoleonsTriumph”, who lives in New Zealand. His review is from the POV of a solo player so it’s largely about the ‘bot, but he also posted other and longer videos of his thoughts as he learned the game.

Colonial Twilight: VASSAL module now available!

image: Rodger MacGowan

Joel Toppen has finished his VASSAL module for Colonial Twilight!

http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Colonial_Twilight:_The_French-Algerian_War,_1954-62

Be sure to read the brief instructions at the page on how to do non-obvious but necessary things.

Thanks so much for your work Joel!

Interview on Travis Hill’s Low Player Count podcast

Travis Hill interviewed me recently for his podcast “Low Player Count”: we talked mostly about Colonial Twilight, but a number of other semi-rants crept in there too….

http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/d/6/6/d66213cf0db9b71d/Travis_Gets_Heavy_-_Brian_Train_Interview.mp3?c_id=15861033&expiration=1500241198&hwt=518aafe9e446255dff4f17cfa120b629

 

Colonial Twilight – Event Deck printing error

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I’ve been very busy lately so haven’t been posting. I’m sure many Constant Readers already know some of the reasons why, but I still have to announce –

It appears there has been a printing error in the Event Deck, that occurred at the factory.

Card #52 should be “Cabinet Shuffle” but it is “Population Control”.
Card #53 should be “Population Control” but is “Operation 744”.
Card #54 should be “Operation 744” but it is “Development”.
Card #55 should be “Development” but it is “Hardened Attitudes”.
Card #56 should be “Hardened Attitudes” and so it is.

So it appears #52, “Cabinet Shuffle” was not printed at all, and there are two copies of “Hardened Attitudes”, and in between the numbers have slipped by one.

I have heard from GMT and they will put up a PDF of the missing card #52, “Cabinet Shuffle” up on the website ASAP. Here’s a JPEG version for you, meanwhile. The factory will print cards 52 to 55 again, and expedite the new cards to GMT for addition to the non-P500 boxes.

They are halfway through shipping out the 1,500 or so P500 orders, they need to finish that and as soon as the new cards come in, they’ll have a special mailing of the corrected cards to the P500 customers. The copies for distributors or other individuals will wait until they get the replacement cards, and they will fix it at the warehouse.

Meanwhile, before the PDF of Cabinet Shuffle is posted to the website (or if you don’t sleeve your cards), here’s a simple fix:

Take the redundant #55 “Hardened Attitudes” and write “#52 Cabinet Shuffle” on it, and when it comes up in play read the text out of the Playbook. Or put a sticker on the card and write the following text on it (it’s a simple, low-power card, with only one text box):

#52

Cabinet Shuffle

Ministers change chairs:

Executor of Event shifts France Track marker 1 box left or right.

Sorry guys, but these things happen.

Colonial Twilight playbook, final version.

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Okay, about the last, last thing to do for Colonial Twilight, is to post the Playbook for the design.

24 pages of tutorial, mucho documentation and examples on the ‘bot, Designer’s Notes galore, text and background for every Event Card, selected bibliography (including a list of fiction and films you might like for atmosphere), and a pronunciation guide for place names (thanks to big guy and polymath Barry Setser for that!).

Okay. That’s really about all there is. I think I have now written more words about the game, than there are in the game. Every major component has been revealed, or described in great detail.

It remains now only for you to get your copy, and play it. Enjoy.

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Colonial Twilight is 1500, and charging!

P500 site 18 june

Snipped from the GMT P500 page on their website.

Won’t be long now, chums….