I love asymmetrical gameplay and one series that has stood out for me recently is the recent one from Volko Ruhnke and GMT Games: COIN. This series is all about counter-insurgency and explores unconventional conflicts such as the one in Columbia at the end of the 1980s (Andean Abyss), the war in Vietnam (the upcoming Fire in the Lake, which I took a look at here). As there are very few games that explore COIN-type conflicts (most wargamers tend to prefer games that have direct conflict instead of more subtle conflicts like Vietnam and Algeria), any game that deals with that topic will always gets at very least a peek from me.
So it’s no great surprise that I’ve P500ed and couldn’t wait to receive the second and third volume in the series, namely Cuba Libre and A Distant Plain. Weighty games on very interesting subjects, they should be very interesting to dig into, using a system that I’m familiar with. It should be interesting to see how the system both adapts to the very different conflicts and offers new challenges to those who’ve played Andean Abyss before.