If you’re a longtime board game enthusiast, the odds are strong that you’ve heard of Richard Borg’s Commands & Colors series of historical war games. There have been numerous titles utilizing the game system since 2000, but very few have crossed the threshold to the digital battlefield. According to GMT Games’ January newsletter, you can add two more games to the list of C&C digital ports – Commands & Colors: Ancients and Commands & Colors: Napoleonics.
GMT Games will be partnering with Scotland-based games studio HexWar and Lordz Games Studio of Belgium to bring these tabletop titles to digital. HexWar is no stranger to video game adaptations of war games – they previously released The Great War, yet another game in the Commands & Colors series.
The Commands & Colors titles will both release on PC and Mac in 2017, and iPad ports of each game are expected a few months after their respective launches. Expansions for both games will release “over the next couple of years.” Hopefully fans of the games won’t have to wait long for the numerous add-ons (C&C: Ancients alone has six expansions!)
This is where I embarrass myself by claiming I’ve never played anything in the Commands & Colors line. When I first entered the tabletop hobby, historical war games were fairly low on my radar. However, over the last few years, games like Twilight Struggle have coaxed me out of my pacifistic shell and primed me for the theater of war. I’ve been holding out hope for a proper tablet release of Memoir ’44 to finally dip my toes into the C&C series, but I think I may take Ancients for a spin later this year.