A long time coming
Regular readers will be well aware that I'm not a negative reviewer as a rule. It's too easy to find negativity on the web, and the first editorial decision I made way back in 2005 was that I wasn't going to contribute to it here at RD/KA!
. Also, when I review anything, I've paid for it and therefore have a good reason to want to like it. Every so often though, something comes along which disappoints me sufficiently to prompt a distinct lack of enthusiasm to which I cannot but give vent. Antonio Catalán's
game of the Spanish Civil War- España 1936
, is a case in point.
Dust off and dust-up
|Waiting in the wings|
is a game I bought on sight when I saw it in Static Games
, an FLGS: the subject of the Spanish Civil War interested me and the box ad-copy showed nice-looking components. It then joined my collection of dust-gatherers, where it stayed for a good three years. Only recently, with Liam's newfound enthusiasm
for strategic boardgames, did I begin to think that I might finally get a chance to bring España 1936
to the table. My thinking was this game would serve as a useful bridge between Labyrinth
and Twilight Struggle
on the one hand, and games like Unhappy King Charles!
on the other.
And so, on Wednesday night Liam and I sat down to have a go. Five hours later, I'd won the game, but España 1936
had lost the vote of confidence.