Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
.. and all that.
I picked up the new version of Enemy in Sight (Lost Battalion) at HISTORICON. I’m happy that LBG decided to reprint the game– AH’s crappy old cardstock does NOT stand the test of time, nor do their ‘gamette” boxes, usually. I rather liked the old artwork, though.
I can’t fathom why Lost Battalion went with the radar wave pattern around the ship art on the cards, which is slightly off-putting. It makes me jones for the older cards. I suppose playing with the older ship cards is still possible, they didn’t change the deck much at all. Truly this is a minor quibble, as it doesn’t affect gameplay in the slightest.
I played it with Drey, Anne and Gar last week. EIS is still a great family game, and plays fast enough if you ignore a few confuising rules. Hell, I still am probably doing LINE BREAKER cards wrong, after all these years.
Functionally (design-wise) the game has changed very little if at all. There are no new rules that I could see and very few new cards. The folks at the LBG booth told me which ones were added and hanged if I could remember. They weren’t anything that broke the game as far as I could see.
It’s too bad LBG did not deign to even take a look at the wonderful job Tom Cundiff did in extending the game. Talk about a labor of love!!
In any event it plays as well as it ever did, and makes a great family wargame (still). I played it three times last week and am very glad it got reprinted.