Close Assault (Advanced)


Game Summary:
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.

Game Scale:
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)

Complexity Level:

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 BGE is being released with permission from the original game designer. It includes a BGE-specific rulebook in PDF format (so it’s easily searchable), and everything needed to play the game if you already have a Gamer Client license (v1.1 or higher). For multiplayer games, the extra players will need a Gamer Client of their own, or they can play using the free BGE Demo if the host has enough free Player Slots available 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 BGE‘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.

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Close Assault costs $18.

The following quotes are what some reviewers and gamers on 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.”

Additional information about this game:

Close Assault addresses the challenges of squad level tactics in an era of massive firepower: the problems of command and control, and of integrating different weapons into effective tactical combinations. You may know everything that’s going on, but the game’s “soldiers” may not, and often react accordingly. Victory goes to the player who can best perform in an impossible environment.

Close Assault covers the organizations, weapons, and vehicles for six different countries: France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the U.S.S.R., and the U.S.A. The squads and their weapons have unique capabilities like their historical counterparts. Depending on the level of detail you favor, there are rules covering hidden movement, weapon reliability, snipers, morale, individual personal characteristics, leadership, wounds, fires, melee, climbing, jumping, blast effects, cavalry, bicycles, anti-tank guns, grenades, and more. This digital conversion includes over 40 easily-accessed charts and tables.

The constant uncertainty keeps the excitement and interest levels high (and also makes solitaire play a real nail-biter). The moveable terrain makes every playing of a scenario a little different.

Squad organizations for the six different countries are provided, along with data on over 100 different infantry weapons. There are vehicles, too; an assortment that runs from an Italian Guzzi motorcycle/sidecar with machinegun to an American Sherman tank. On this level game, the detail can be rich, as each vehicle crewman occupies his own position and handles his own weapon.

One thought on “Close Assault (Advanced)

  1. Originally posted on 25 June, 2012:

    Sad news. I just learned (from here: that S. Craig Taylor, the designer of this game, recently passed away.

    He was better known for some of his more popular game titles, such as “Wooden Ships & Iron Men”, and “Flat Top”, but I’ll always remember him for Close Assault. It was a pleasure working with him on this digital game conversion.

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