The expanded rules are generally good just to have the errata together. Too bad its not all glossy though.
The new rules that are included that I consider worthwhile are…
Overwatch, really very useful. I made a token to represent this. Too bad the enemy knows where the overwatch is but that is the nature of miniature gaming. I have set up very good overwatch with extended range units and forced a complete change to the enemies plans.
Aircraft, this makes sense to penalize units shooting at planes that are not on the flight path. It makes it less likely for a random shot. That said, I’m still not a big fan of any of the planes and only use them when my oponents agree to add a plane or two to the builds without cost.
Enfilade Fire, I really like this as it promotes maneuvre. Pushing a unit up tight to an opponent to draw his attention is worth the risks to get a bonus for the guys you’ve snuck around the back.
Grazing fire, this too is great for MG capabilities. If you’re succesful at catching three units in a beaten zone, you can now have the oportunity to shoot them or choose to take the original double shot on one unit in particular.
Defensive Fire, instant kills are now possible. Overwatch is Defensive Fire which allows instant results for the alert gunner watching his arcs.
The other additions are just fluff. But I’m okay with that.
Is the new rule book worth $20? I guess. Are these rules enough to play? I still like the simplicity of the game and will continue to play. I’ve never had any issues with over powering of some units as their employment just requires a new solution.
I also like the new maps, though as I’ve often said, I have a home made blank hex board 3 ft x 8 ft and can create my own maps at will.
Does anyone live near Peterborough Ontario and want to get together?