Author Topic: Labyrinth: The War on Terror  (Read 212 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline airboy

  • Landsknecht
  • *******
  • Posts: 5856
    • averysgameblog
Labyrinth: The War on Terror
« on: June 22, 2020, 02:36:29 PM »
I'm strongly considering buying Labyrinth: The War on Terror.

Have any of you played it?  If so, what are your thoughts?

Offline Geezer

  • Viking
  • ****
  • Posts: 415
Re: Labyrinth: The War on Terror
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2020, 02:57:02 PM »
I bought the base game and the expansion.  Played the base game once solo.  Never opened the expansion.  It was OK but it didn't grab me like I hoped.  I'm at the point where having to thumb through the rules every time I want to do something is just too much work.  YMMV.
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.  George Bernard Shaw

Offline Tripoli

  • Viking
  • ****
  • Posts: 614
Re: Labyrinth: The War on Terror
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2020, 03:54:19 PM »
I'm strongly considering buying Labyrinth: The War on Terror.

Have any of you played it?  If so, what are your thoughts?

I've played the board game about 5 times. I also have the computer game, but haven't played it.   It is an excellent game.  It does a good job of simulating the major "muscle movements" of the GWoT.  It would be a good teaching aid for a course on the GWoT, but it is also a good game in its own right. The US and the AQ are closely matched so that it is an entertaining game, but it also is a good jumping off point for a discussions about various aspects of the GWoT.

Online Jarhead0331

  • Judge Advocate General
  • Administrator
  • Arquebusier
  • *
  • Posts: 13160
  • Global Moderator, General Counsel, Heavy Weapons
Re: Labyrinth: The War on Terror
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2020, 04:00:20 PM »
How is the pc version for solataire play?
Grogheads Uber Alles
Semper Grog
"No beast is more alpha than JH." Gusington, 10/23/18


Offline al_infierno

  • Viking
  • ****
  • Posts: 644
Re: Labyrinth: The War on Terror
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2020, 05:05:32 PM »
Sorry to add to the followup questions, but how similar is this game to the COIN series?  I absolutely love Fire in the Lake and Cuba Libre, and it looks like I'll feel right at home with this title.  Is that a reasonable thing to assume?
Quote from: Silent Disapproval Robot
If they made nothing but WWII games, I'd be perfectly content.  Hypothetical matchups from alternate history 1980s, asymmetrical US-bashes-some-3rd world guerillas, or minor wars between Upper Bumblescum and outer Kaboomistan hold no appeal for me.

If yer lookin' for the general, I know where he is...


"Don't quote me boy, 'cause I ain't said shit."  -- Eazy-E

Offline airboy

  • Landsknecht
  • *******
  • Posts: 5856
    • averysgameblog
Re: Labyrinth: The War on Terror
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2020, 05:05:51 PM »
I looked at Steam and it is:
1] Early access
2] $12.99
3] Has issues - like all early access games.

I have Twilight Struggle for the PC - unplayed like so many games.

Offline airboy

  • Landsknecht
  • *******
  • Posts: 5856
    • averysgameblog
Re: Labyrinth: The War on Terror
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2020, 05:10:09 PM »
Sorry to add to the followup questions, but how similar is this game to the COIN series?  I absolutely love Fire in the Lake and Cuba Libre, and it looks like I'll feel right at home with this title.  Is that a reasonable thing to assume?

There are a bunch of reviews on boardgamegeek.  There are many comparisons to Twilight Struggle. 

From what I've been able to gather from reading the most favorable BBG reviews, the game is highly asymmetric.  Muslim fanatics have a very hard time establishing terror cells in well run countries, get a freebie in Islamic Rule countries, and have difficulty everywhere else.  US runs into severe long term problems with invasions - but soft power is not the hammer drop that invasions are.

It seemed very interesting to me - which is why I asked for feedback from those who have played the game.

Offline JasonPratt

  • Arquebusier
  • ***
  • Posts: 17798
  • Now let us see what the future will bring...
    • The Evangelical Universalist
Re: Labyrinth: The War on Terror
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2020, 11:21:28 AM »
Labyrinth is definitely NOT MUCH  like the COIN game system. It's a rather more complicated version of the TwiStrug engine.

For the same topic on COIN, you want A Distant Plain.

I own the early access of Lab on PC, and I'm finding it a lot harder to grasp than TwiStrug. Not that I'm complaining, but I look at it and think, man, my limited ergs should be spent toward playing something else.  :buck2:

Note that while TwiStrug on PC (and crossplay on other devices) runs flawlessly, the DLC addition which allows some pre-turns with extra cards to generate alternate setups, arrived broken and has been abandoned. But the main release contains most of the alternate game modes, and they run fine as far as I've ever been able to tell. (Perhaps with newly reforged ties to porting GMT's boardgame stable, Playdek or Asmodee or whoever they are will come back to fix the TwiStrug DLC, or have done so already...?)
ICEBREAKER THESIS CHRONOLOGY! -- Victor Suvorov's Stalin Grand Strategy theory, in chronological order. Lots and lots of order...

Dawn of Armageddon -- a narrative AAR for Dawn of War: Soulstorm: Ultimate Apocalypse: The Hunt Begins: Insert Joke Here!

Survive Harder! In the grim darkness of the bowl there is only, um, Amazons. And tentacles and midgets. Not remotely what you're thinking! ...okay, maybe a little remotely.

PanzOrc Corpz Generals -- Season One complete; Fantasy Wars AAR, lots of screenies.

Offline Tripoli

  • Viking
  • ****
  • Posts: 614
Re: Labyrinth: The War on Terror
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2020, 03:53:58 PM »
Labyrinth is definitely NOT MUCH  like the COIN game system. It's a rather more complicated version of the TwiStrug engine.

For the same topic on COIN, you want A Distant Plain.

I own the early access of Lab on PC, and I'm finding it a lot harder to grasp than TwiStrug. Not that I'm complaining, but I look at it and think, man, my limited ergs should be spent toward playing something else.  :buck2:

Note that while TwiStrug on PC (and crossplay on other devices) runs flawlessly, the DLC addition which allows some pre-turns with extra cards to generate alternate setups, arrived broken and has been abandoned. But the main release contains most of the alternate game modes, and they run fine as far as I've ever been able to tell. (Perhaps with newly reforged ties to porting GMT's boardgame stable, Playdek or Asmodee or whoever they are will come back to fix the TwiStrug DLC, or have done so already...?)

A Distant Plain is an excellent COIN game.  If anyone wants to give the Labyrinth computer game a go, drop me a PM.  I'm actually curious to see how well it ported over from the boardgame.

Offline Yskonyn

  • Condottieri
  • ******
  • Posts: 3775
  • The Flying Dutchman
    • Visit my blog: Yassy HQ for various things combat simulation.
Re: Labyrinth: The War on Terror
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2020, 04:19:54 PM »
Funny this thread was started cause I literally JUST got the complete Laby set.
Played the tutorial and its excellent, but time consuming.

Next up is to take the game to my old man and learn it together. Fun times ahead!
"(...) running a group thing online can be a little like herding cats :P" - mirth

Offline airboy

  • Landsknecht
  • *******
  • Posts: 5856
    • averysgameblog
Re: Labyrinth: The War on Terror
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2020, 11:27:54 AM »
I just ordered the latest printing from GMT because it had a mounted map.  I also picked up the old game: Fury in the West.  I'm trying to pick up one other game that is very old and out of print.