After Action Report – Cuba Libre

Saturday, January 27, 2018

For the first session of the STLHGC, I wanted to bring a few games that people could get into easily and would be good for a variety of players, including solo if necessary. Command and Colors Ancients is a quick set up, easy to play game, but is only really good for two players. Cuba Libre is the simplest of the COIN games in my opinion and also has a small footprint. I threw the Blackbeard game in there because it looks fun and I have never had a chance to actually play it. I am trying to get it off of my shame shelf. I realized after I took this picture that I am a really big GMT fanboi. Guilty as changed.

It looked like it was going to be three of us playing today, so I decided to set up Cuba Libre. The small footprint and relative simplicoty makes it a great gateway game. In addition, for a three player game, letting the AI take the government seemed like a good choice.

As it turns out, I ended up playing the game solo and had a great time. Rev Kevye stopped by several times and asked about it. He was interested in playing but couldn’t do so at that time. Chad and Andrew both sat down for a few minutes later in the day to talk about the game, and this is definitely going to get some play time. I cannot say enough about how much I enjoy the COIN games, and now that I own over half of them, with a couple more on the way, the more people that are familiar with the system, the more we can expand our horizons.

In case you were wondering, the Syndicate won. I did not do a proper AAR since it was just me, but I will have some pictures and a real AAR next time. Please join me on Saturday February 24, 2018 if you want to play.

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