All of you play testers out there, care to share your thoughts on BA with us. Obviously no spoilers or heavy details, but do you enjoy it, does it satisfy and do justice to WW2, would it replace your current favorite rule set? Id just like to see what the community thinks about this game.
In a word its Fantastic. It is a very fluid game that plays to having fun whilst retaining enough wwii theming to satisfy the historical side of things. We are still playing this avidly and yes it has replaced our old rule set.
I agree wholeheartedly with canadasteve.... we have had many happy hours with BA! One or two things have cropped-up that had us scratching our heads, but nothing that can't be solved by the flip of a coin! (a D2!) With a little thought and a couple of sensible 'house rules', ANY army can be represented! The rules appear to be transferable to any theatre of operations in WW2, although having lots of cover makes for a better game! Which could make North Africa tricky unless you are fighting around an ancient ruined town or similar! I'd go further and say that BA could be used to play Vietnam, Korea or almost any kind of modern war! (whatever you could get/proxy miniatures for!) Also, as some have mentioned already, the choice of scale is variable too! Although designed for 28mm, I feel the game would play equally well in 20mm..... especially for those who have expressed a desire to field lots of tanks! (possible with a small rule-tweak!) As with most games..... what you get out of it is proportional to the effort and enthusiasm that you put in! (emphasis on enthusiasm really.... the game is too smooth to require much 'effort' to play! )
I agree with both of the above - we've only had chance to play it at a couple of gaming conventions but the entire club has already pre-ordered (or will be pre-ordering) the BA rulebook
we were running DH rules but the BA ones play more smoothly (imo) and offer a brand new and constantly evolving tactical challenge (due to the activation mechanic) that will always keep you on your toes
I was going to write up a report from my last game at Phoenix but I can't for the life of me find my notes now. I have all the photos I took though so I may just post them up and see if anyone can piece it together from them.
BA is great like the others have said. It's got just the right balance of detail to playability and there's a flexibility inherent that would allow you to expand it with home grown army lists and all manner of entertaining scenarios. You could probably adapt it to other conflicts with a relative minimum of fuss, I know someone said they planned to use it for the Spanish Civil War and you could easily extend it into Cold War shenanigans. In fact I've already started scribbling a few bits and bobs to adapt it to work with "Weird War" stuff like zombies, werewolves and panzermechs.
"We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area" - UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer
BA House Rule No.1: The firing of PIATs must at all times be accompanied by a comedy "boing" noise.