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Game: The British Way: Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire



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Publisher: GMT Games
Series: COIN Series
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Stephen Rangazas
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Description:


The British Way: Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire is the first of several COIN multipacks, containing four separate games exploring a series of thematically related insurgencies. Between 1945 and 1960, the British fought four major “emergencies,” as they referred to their counterinsurgency campaigns, each trying to manage their retreat from empire. The four games in this pack focus on exploring British counterinsurgent responses to a variety of different opponents, including communist insurgents in Malaya, militant nationalists in Kenya, and smaller and more clandestine terrorist organizations in Palestine and Cyprus. The games adjust the core COIN mechanics to provide a compelling new way of handling two-player conflicts, while also streamlining several mechanics to quicken gameplay. The British Way offers an approachable introduction to the COIN series for new players, while presenting experienced players with four mechanically distinct games to explore and compare.


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5
Date: 4/21/2023
Poster: Doug Holt
First Impressions: COIN Series Multi-Pack I The British Way: Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire from GMT Games

"I really like the size and scope of these games and enjoyed our playthrough of Palestine." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, takes a look at this COIN multipack, with a focus on the Palestine title. Check out why Grant comments that "…these changes have sped the game up and made the game seem a bit more visceral as there really is very little wasted time."
4
Date: 10/29/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
The British Way: Malaya

The Malayan Communist Party "...posed a serious threat to the British and forced them to adopt the drastic population control strategy of large-scale forced relocation." Designer Stephen Rangazas offers insights on the Malaya game that is part of his GMT Games' The British Way: Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire, a COIN multipack. Stephen explains how he deals with a key difference in this campaign: "...one of the biggest challenges with designing a game on Malaya is making the historical result possible—a fairly crushing Malayan Communist Party defeat—while still making the MCP faction interesting and competitive to play."
3
Date: 10/27/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
The British Way: Cyprus

"Cyprus is probably the easiest game in the pack to learn for those new to the COIN series, but will offer a drastically different experience for COIN veterans...". Designer Stephen Rangazas focuses on the Cyprus game that is part of his GMT Games' The British Way: Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire, a COIN multipack. Stephen explains the challenges in this pack, to include how initially "...one of the major constraints on the British player is a lack of intelligence."
2
Date: 10/11/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
The British Way: Kenya

"Given the nature of the themes covered, some players may find the game difficult to play." Designer Stephen Rangazas focuses on the Kenya game that is part of his GMT Games' The British Way: Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire, a COIN multipack. Forewarned is forearmed: Stephen expands on the previous comment by "…explaining each side’s use of violence against civilians and how these have been modeled in the game."
1
Date: 9/15/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
The British Way: Palestine

"...the insurgent faction will need to drag Political Will all the way to zero by the end of the game to force a British exit." Designer Stephen Rangazas focuses on the challenges of the Palestine game that is part of his GMT Games' The British Way: Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire, a COIN multipack. The British player must frustrate the efforts of Menachem Begin’s Irgun Zvai Leumi insurgent organization in order to leave on Britain's own terms. The Irgun seeks to force Britain's hand using sabotage, propaganda, and "…one other major tool for lowering Political Will, but it comes with a cost."