Maori Wars - well worth a look
Posted by Pete Rixon on Oct 9th 2018
This is my second Legion War-games buy and I am so glad I secured a copy. A sensitive treatment of a subject rarely visited (I am Australian, not a Kiwi), hats off to the American developer. The map is beautiful. The counters take a moment to comprehend, but their authenticity does credit to the research behind the game (yes, British Empire troops did really wear hats like that once). This is an 'Imperium Romanum' style treatment of the Maori Wars - i.e. a series of scenarios - rather than a game that has a campaign setting that runs the entire length the conflict, so it is not 'The Thirty Years War' Maori style; but the lack of a conflict long grand campaign scenario is the only disappointment I have with the game. The 'raid' mechanics and how that works is extremely clever and provides enormous insight into how to develop similar mechanics for other games that include insurgency style interactions when regular forces deploy. How the constabulary function is clever too, as is the interaction between how regular forces, militia, local and hostile indigenous tribes fight and manoeuvre. The firepower rules and the assets portrayed are another novel design feature I suspect future game developers may emulate. The quality in manufacturing that appears to be a Legion War-games hallmark is in this game too. All in all, 'Maori Wars' is one to secure for the war game room. (disclosure: I am not an employee of Legion war-games, have no shares in the company, know no one involved in the design of this game and was not paid to write this endorsement)
Great topic, great quality!
Posted by Michal on Sep 25th 2018
I haven't played the game yet but kudos to Legion Wargames for addressing such an interesting and unknown topic! The quality of the components is also very high - the map is particularly gorgeous :)
Another great game from Legion
Posted by Chris Blackford on Sep 23rd 2018
Maori Wars is one of the best looking games I own, seriously great work from the artist(s) on this one. I've found Legion Wargames to be some of the best produced games on the market today.
The subject matter is unique, and I find it to be portrayed well in this game. The rulebook is light, the counter density is low, but there's a lot of fun stuff going on in the game. It's a perfect introductory wargame, or great if you're in the mood for something quick and fun.