A particularly appealing, at least to me, element is the uncertainty of who gets the next go. The majority of games like Warhammer, Warmachine and Flames of War use alternating turns. Not so Bolt Action. Every unit in the game has an order dice allocated to it and the game starts with all the order dice in a container from which they are drawn randomly. So Germans versus British might see grey dice for the Germans and Brown dice for the British. To start the game a dice is drawn from the bag and so, for example, if a brown dice is drawn first the British player decides which of his units to activate. He can choose between 6 different activations, so he can shoot, advance, which is move and fire; run, ambush, rally or go down for better cover. Once that activation is complete another dice is drawn, and the next unit activated. Each unit can only be activated once per turn, so you can't use a second dice with a unit that has already been activated that turn.
It results in a really interesting turn process and makes for more unpredictability. It certainly makes you think a bit more because you can't make any assumptions about how other units will be able contribute to your overall battle plan. In my first game I had five units and all five of my orders dice were drawn before my opponent got to do anything.
We have the Bolt Action rulebook and the Assault on Normandy Starter Set in stock, together with pretty much all the box sets and blister packs to go with them. As with everything that WarGameStore stocks, we keep everything in stock all the time, with regular orders coming from Warlord to top up stock.
We were also lucky enough to have friend and ace photographer Bryan Lewis visit us recently. The photos you can see below are the result. They blew me away when I first saw them. Bryan has applied various digital techniques to the pictures to remove the model bases, create smoke and sky to name just a few. The scenery and table you can see were a gift to WarGameStore from Warlord Games. Steve Yates from Warlord even delivered the table and stayed for the afternoon, doing intro games.
Most of the Forgemasters Gaming Club members have been tempted into painting a box or two for the game and Bolt Action made its first appearance at the gaming club night earlier this week. We've also had lots of interest generally and reckon Warlord have a real hit on their hands with Bolt Action.