From the Essen games convention 2015 I brougt home the Columbia Games title Crusader Rex. The game uses wooden blocks that screen the force values only to be disclosed when combat or siege occures. Each year has up to five normal and one winter turn. Forces are activated by movements which the players can select from the six cards that he will draw each game year.
We found it quite a fun game when we tried it to understand the games mechanics and actually went on playing the entire 3rd Crusade to a conclusion.