Battle Line

Battle Line

Card Game

by Rodger B. MacGowan
Publisher: GMT Games
Games
Current Retail Price: $22.00
Not in stock

Men, for some reason, have this thing about pretending to be soldiers or warriors of some kind. They do it in a variety of ways—sport hunting, video gaming, paintballing, watching action movies, fistfighting, etc. Battle Line offers a bit more sane (and less violent) outlet for these impulses by pitting two players against each other in mock Classical Greek combat.

A row of nine "flags" (just little red-painted wooden tokens) is set up between the two facing players. The goal is to capture five flags, or three adjacent flags. Players lay down hands on their side of the battle line, capturing a flag if their hand is superior to the corresponding hand of their opponent. Hands resemble poker sets, like the straight flush, three of a kind, straight, flush, etc.

Specialty cards give players an advantage in certain circumstances or when completing a specific action. Flags are not captured in order, and players lay cards down one at a time so you'll have to watch the entire front at once. Focusing on a weakness in your opponents lineup is sometimes necessary, but will usually result in missing his sneak attack.

Because it's so easy to set up and doesn't take too much room, Battle Line is a great choice for mobile play (in a coffee shop or bus station, or wherever you find yourself, maybe on the roof of a music producing company). Replay value is high, and since games are typically short you can usually fit inmore than one. Oh, and women like this game just as much as men in our experience.

  • 2 Players
  • 30 Minute Play Time
  • Ages 12 and Up

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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  Fast and Mathy Two-Player
Joseph F of OR, 4/2/2014
This has fast become a favorite coffee-shop game for my wife and I.
Two players face off against each other, either trying to overwhelm the opponent by capturing 5 of the 9 "flags of battle," or punching a hole in the opponent's line by capturing 3 adjacent flags. Play consists of playing numbered and colored cards into poker-style hands at each battle flag. Good opportunities to gamble, bluff and play the odds.
It plays in 20 minutes or less and takes up minimal table space.
Highly recommended.