1812: The Invasion of Canada in Review

Canada. They may still have a lot to answer for by giving the world the unlistenable music of Rush and it may seem like the War of 1812 and the American invasion of Our Neighbor to the North isn’t very interesting. But hot damn is Academy Games’ 1812: The Invasion of Canada a great board game. It’s a five player, team based game (three players are England, Native Americans, and the apparently easily cowed Canadian Militia, the other two are American Regulars and Militia) that really requires a lot of collusion and coordiation between teammates. It’s extremely easy and fun to play- I had a full noob table up and running in less than ten minutes. It’s also reasonable in the playtime department- an hour to ninety minutes on average. The dice system is ridiculously fun, the cardplay is limited but interesting, and it’s all exceptionally well framed in a minimal design.

It’s the total package…except for the niche historical subject matter and the relatively dull production of wooden cubes and a boring map.

But yes, you should play this game. It’s the best game of 2012…so far. Review at Gameshark.

 

10 Responses to “1812: The Invasion of Canada in Review”

  1. CMiller February 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Canada. They may still have a lot to answer for by giving the world the unlistenable music of Rush”

     

    Them be fighting words there Barnes.  If you’re going to criticize Canada for musical atrocities get them right at least, blame them for something like Loverboy or Justin Bieber.  Blaming Canada for Rush is like blaming Chicago for deep dish pizza.

     

    Well it does seem to be an interesting game, not something likely to hit the table in my group though.  Direct combat games are a tough sell for them.

  2. Michael Barnes February 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    I’d probably rather listen to Bryan Adams over Rush, to be honest. At least it’s shorter.

    The Voivod catalog up through and including “Nothingface” almost makes up for Rush.

  3. beowuff February 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    “…unlistenable music of Rush…”

    You are dead to me.

  4. beuks33 February 18, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    but you persist with the Rush hate, next you’ll be saying Skinny Puppy sucks.

  5. Michael Barnes February 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    I’d never say that Skinny Puppy sucks…their last record was pretty bad, but between “Too Dark Park”, “Rabies” and “ViviSectVi”, those were crucial records in my high school years.

    And they’re a FAR cry from Rush.

  6. Fuzzmaster February 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Same here…dead to me.

    And you call yourself a geek!?!?!

    YOU SIR, ARE NO GEEK!!!

    (somebody get his geek ID card!)

  7. Michael Barnes February 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Listen, real geek music is Kraftwerk and Gary Numan. Both of whom I love.

    But now Rush…that’s more BAND geek music. :-P

  8. tjebe February 19, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    Let’s relax with the judgements.  Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, and my opinion is that Barnes is WRONG!

  9. Michael Barnes February 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Sorry, it’s factually been proven that Rush sucks.  There’s a survey that I can neither produce nor link to where these lab rats were subjected to the music of Rush and they all died of boredom and social awkwardness. The conclusion was that Rush sucks.

  10. PK_Thunder February 20, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    As a Canadian, I gotta say I’m pretty excited to try this game out. But I will consider any game that doesn’t involve the burning of the White House as a failure on the part of the Canadian (i.e. British) forces.

    The map does look pretty bland, but the War of 1812 isn’t as niche historically here in the land of ice and snow as it is in America, I would suspect. I think I’ll be able to easily find a few people to give it a go. I hope the cooperative play works out as well as I hope it does; I love me some co-op games.

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