Reluctant Enemies ("RE") is small game meant to serve as an accessible introduction to the Operational Combat Series ("OCS"). It is one map, with 60 or so combat units (both players) in action at any given time. This allows for a pace of play not possible with the previously published OCS monster games. Regardless of the reduction in scale it remains an OCS game with all features relevant to the system.
In this game there can be wide open, swirling, DAK-like battles in the desert with some limited armor forces, river lines to break, and very rough mountainous terrain to contend with. The British have an amphibious invasion. Naval shore bombardments by both sides can be important in the early part of the campaign and there is a small but significant air campaign. As always in the OCS, supply constraints make each player feel he may be on the edge of disaster.