I’m not sure why I like this game so much. It has major accuracy and realism issues. Still, Hitler’s War gets many things right. I could make many good arguments that Hitler’s War is no worse in this area than Avalon Hill’s 3rd Reich or even ADG’s World in Flames (WiF).
I guess the best thing I like about it is how fast it plays. You can pretty much play through the entire war in a good day. Try that with WiF or A3R!
Yes, much of the detail is gone but in many ways I like this better. This allows you to focus on the truly strategic issues. What is your production compared to the enemy? What should you produce? What countries do you attack? When and why? These big level issues are what really determine the war’s outcome anyways. All the rest is just matter of grinding out the results isn’t it?
There is some detail. You can produce infantry, armor, air, bombers, navies, subs and ASW. You can even invest in technology. There are partisans and great leaders like Patton and Rommel. You can direct the flow of the war by controlling how much you spend on these weapon systems. Hitler’s War gives you the feel of WWII without bogging you down in tons of rules.
Hitler’s War is a great example of how less it more. Removing all the minutiae allows players to focus on the big trends. Who should we invade first? Poland, France then Russia? Or Poland, Russia then France? How about France, Poland, then Russia? Guess what? In Hitler’s War, you could test out all 3 of these plans on a Saturday!
In many ways this reminds me of Pub Battles. One of our play testers commented that Pub Battles is the game he has played the most this year. Why? It is exciting and has great re-playability but one of the biggest things going for it is speed. It plays fast. He just doesn’t have the time it takes to play a regular wargame these days. He can always fly through a battle of Brandywine in a spare hour. How many other games can you do that with? Time and again, he finds himself pulling out Brandywine because it is fun and convenient.
Maybe Hitler’s War was onto something. Should we do a WWII Pub Battles? Do you still like and play Hitler’s War? What do you like about? Hate about it?