I’m just interested in hearing your story about your magical first game.
I remember my first game. I was either 9 or 10 when my cousins first picked up A&A about two months ago. Whenever I met them, they would comment on how great the game was and how cool the pieces looked (we were all still young). So my brother and I finally got together and went to their house to see what all the commotion about. First, I had never really heard of WWII before. All I remember was that it was some war set in the 1950’s where Nazi followers got together to start another war to avenge Hitler’s death, who had died in the previous war. That and the Japanese took over Hawaii and whatever I learned from the Indiana Jones series.
When it came time to pick countries, I got second to last dibs and chose UK (the only other country was USSR and my cousins said it sucked since it could be attacked from both sides). In the first game, the Allies got their hearts torn out of them. Russia crumbled and I was getting witchslapped all across Africa and Asia (my IPC count had dropped well below 20 before the game was over :x ). My purchases were mainly, “Ooooo… is that a battleship!? I gotta buy me one of those! :roll: ” The only shining moment I had was when my transport destroyed an ftr attacking it. Luckily America was able to make its presence felt since the Axis suffered victory syndrome and settled on tech rolls (that was when I was introduced to a little history lesson called D-Day).
However, just the experience of the game was incredible. I had played Risk before, but this game was superior to that and any other wargame I had played up to then. Wait… come to think of it, I think A&A and Risk were the only two wargames I played up until then! But if you ever want to introduce a new player to the game, be easy on them and don’t give them a country like UK. It was devastating to see each territory I owned fall over like a stack of daminos.