1775: Rebellion – The American Revolution, the latest in Academy Games’s Birth of America series has just six pages of rules, plays smoothly, and includes three scenarios. Its only drawback is low solitaire suitability.
Age of Dante: Postcards from Tuscany, Vol. I, is the first offering in a Battles of the Middle Ages series from High Flying Dice. Combat strengths of each unit (except missile units) are unknown until the first time they enter combat, when a chit is drawn for each unit involved. Overall, its a good system that needs some refinement—it is a little too simple—but it’s definitely a good start for the series, and its shortcomings can be easily fixed.