A game of man-to-man combat in WWII. Soldiers can be standing, crouching, or prone, and each posture affects their vulnerability and lines of sight. "Random sequencing" mechanics (a "chit-pull" system) simulate simultaneous movement, the fog of war, and combat friction without the bother of written orders. The game uses only a 10-sided die.
Each unit represents an individual soldier, weapon, vehicle, or piece of equipment.
One hex = 5 yards
One turn = ~30 seconds
Number of Players:
2-4 or more (can also be played solo)
Estimated Playing Time:
2-4 hours (use of VOIP is highly recommended for online games)
About the Game:
"Close Assault" is a long out-of-print wargame by S. Craig Taylor. It was originally released in 1983, shortly before Yaquinto's game publishing division went out of business. Close Assault was the precursor to Avalon Hill's "Firepower". For more information on the original game, click here
The rulebook contains both Advanced and Optional rules, which players can choose to use or not, depending on the level of detail and realism they prefer. A conversion of the Basic Game is available as a free download
, and is a required component of this Advanced conversion.
This digital conversion of Close Assault for use with BRPG is being released with permission from the original game designer. It includes a BRPG-specific rulebook in PDF format (so it's easily searchable), and everything needed to play the game if you already have at least one GM Client license (v1.6c or higher). For multiplayer games, the extra players will need a Player Client or a GM Client. A player can also use the free BRPG Demo if the person hosting the game has a Floating License for them to use. Note that a display resolution of 1280 x 800 or greater is required to play this game conversion (this is higher than BRPG's minimum system requirements).
I invite everyone to download the first fourteen pages of the 79-page rulebook
to learn more details about the game and to see if it peaks their interest.
Click on each of the four thumbnails below to see the screenshots at full size:
Close Assault costs $22 and can be purchased on the BG Store page
The following quotes are what some reviewers and gamers on boardgamegeek.com had to say about this game (in reference to the original printed game, of course):
"This is a game which could become a lifestyle . . . From the gratifying amount of sheer contents, through the fast and easy basic game, to the opulence of detail simulated by the advanced and optional rules, Close Assault is a lot of good game. Minutely-detailed and well-produced, it should be considered seriously by any wargamer interested in squad level activity." John T. Lamont in The Grenadier Issue 20
"it is easily the best tactical simulation game available to date." Ron Jongeling in Fire & Movement Nr. 38
"Occasionally I come across a game that I especially regret having missed when it was originally released. Close Assault is such a game. Had I known about this game in 1983, I would have played it to death. The innovative impulse system is the shining centerpiece of the game. Through this system the designer was able to introduce the chaos and uncertainty of small unit actions while simultaneously reflecting differences in troop quality. Though some may dispute the level of realism offered by the system, I find that Close Assault (and its offspring, Avalon Hill's Firepower) represent the best compromise between realism and playability in modern close-tactical gaming."
"Great balance of playability with a reasonable amount of realism for a close tactical game."
"I would say that Yaquinto's Close Assault is the best man-to-man scale WWII Wargame."