Invasions simulates 300 years of European history, from the late days of the Roman Empire to the start of the Muslim expansion. During this period, known as the Dark Ages, many people invaded the continent, each hoping to colonize it or conquer a realm there, replacing other people established before them. But the new conquerors would never maintain their new powers for long, as other invaders also invaded them. Invasion marks the return of Philip Thibaut, the creator of the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis, that he also adapted for PC, and of The Great War '14 -'18. Philippe is also the creator and designer of American Civil War games, Pax Romana, Rise of Prussia or Birth of America.
North Africa (Standard Combat Series [SCS]) covers all of the fighting in the Western Desert from the beginning of Operation COMPASS until the final battles at El Alamein. This is the award-winning Operational Combat Series monster game DAK in a tighter, faster-playing SCS format. North Africa trims one map that extended into Egypt from the original DAK format and cuts numerous unit counters and markers not needed in the SCS format. The game uses a unique activation system tied to Supply Units, which must be saved up to create large-scale offensives. Supply is scarce enough to make tracking easy and naturally is central to this critically important aspect of North African warfare. The game utilizes Leaders, Forts, Mines, Random Events, Capture Awards, Withdrawals to Far Away Lands, and The Greek Campaign. [Forum]
Gettysburg covers the full three days of the battle, with each game turn equivalent to 2½ hours of daylight or one night. The map spans the historic battlefield and surrounding terrain, divided into 800-meter hexes. Counters represent the military units that fought in the battle, divisions for the Confederates and corps for the Union. Special markers represent leaders and artillery concentration. Event cards bring to life the notable moments of the battle, upsetting the perfect plans of the player and giving the game exceptional replay value. [Forum]
recounts the Battle of La Malmaison, 23-27 October 1917, in which the French employed their Artillerie Spéciale (tank force) and creeping barrage to capture Pinon, Vaudesson, and the coveted Chemin des Dames ridge. The French victory confirmed their recovery from the mutinies spawned by the disastrous Nivelle Offensive fought over some of the same ground six months earlier. [Forum]
covers these central conflicts of the American South West, The Apache Wars, 1861-1886. These great war band leaders all come from the various tribes of the Apache, and the Apache Wars dominated the attention of the US government in its westward development for the critical 25 years from the American Civil War to the final capitulation of the natives of the area. Central to the game is that the playing pieces are all wooden blocks with the information hidden during play from the opposing player until action occurs which must reveal particular blocks. The game also features a mounted game map. [Forum]
a classic hex-and-counter digital wargame covering the naval-air battles of the Pacific War, from the South Pacific in 1942-43 to the Central Pacific in 1944. Find the forces of your opponent and strike at them before they sink your precious carriers while preventing them from invading key points in the theatre of operations or supporting your own amphibious operations.
Eastern Fleet is a boxed game in the Second World War at Sea series covering these campaigns. Scenarios range from the Japanese invasions of Burma and the Andaman Islands through the massive carrier raids to the planned but never executed invasion of Ceylon. [Forum]
Relive some of the major Marine battles fought after The Battle of Belleau Wood. This expansion covers four additional engagements, each with two "What if" alternatives, in the long and storied history of the United States Marine Corps and the sacrifices they made. The Marines were involved in retaking towns, breaking heavy German defenses and holding the line at a farm that stopped the German advance on Paris. [Forum]
Lion’s Heart, Saracens’ Steel is a part of the Battles of the Middle Ages Series, an easy to learn wargame system that tries to recreate most of the principal battles fought from Roman Times to the dawning of Renaissance. These games are designed to be fast and furious, easy to learn and to play, but still true to the historical events portrayed. [Forum]
The first historical PLATOON COMMANDER module delves into the dynamic early days of the Korean War. The North Korean People's Army (NKPA) is relentlessly marching south, and the United States Army, vastly outnumbered, finds itself fighting a series of desperate battles in an attempt to buy enough time for the Pusan Perimeter to be finished Chaffees and T-34s, Skyraiders and guerilla attacks; it's all here, and it's all glorious. The game is packed with four tense scenarios. [Forum]
first issue of Hexes and Soldiers Magazine. The 38 page periodical in hardcopy format is sold out, but the pdf is available and includes articles by Shayne Logan, Adam Starkweather, Stuka Joe, Sean Chick, and Jason Kruse.
The Island War Series game system is a simulation of ground combat in the Pacific during World War II and Volume I is back in stock! Saipan is a simulation of the American invasion and capture of Saipan in the summer of 1944. Tinian is a simulation of the American invasion and capture of Tinian in the summer of 1944. For a limited time, the game is available for 40% discount, so act quickly. [Forum]
The Dark Sands takes the game system from Ted S. Raicer’s sold-out and critically acclaimed The Dark Valley: The East Front Campaign to the legendary battles of North Africa in WWII. From the most successful British armored operation of the war, Operation Compass, to the climactic battle two years later at El Alamein, The Dark Sands breaks new ground in portraying the campaigns of the British 8th Army and Rommel’s Afrika Korps. [Forum]
SpaceCorp: 2025-2300 AD is a fast-playing board game in which one to four players explore and develop outer space over three eras. Each player controls an Earth-based enterprise seeking profit by driving the expansion of humanity into the Solar System and beyond. Players can choose to play a short game, covering just one era, or can play the full game covering all three eras and representing three hundred years of human expansion into the cosmos. Rules and systems for a complete solitaire game covering all three eras are included. [Forum]
In the Trenches: Devil Dogs 2 - Faith and Sacrifice. Relive some of the major Marine battles fought after The Battle of Belleau Wood. This expansion covers four additional engagements, each with two "What if" alternatives, in the long and storied history of the United States Marine Corps and the sacrifices they made. The Marines were involved in retaking towns, breaking heavy German defenses and holding the line at a farm that stopped the German advance on Paris. [Forum]
The Battle of Kadesh, 1274 BCE. The fortress of Kadesh, near the Orontes river, was the first major obstacle the Egyptians faced, but their spies assured them only the Hittite garrison and a few scattered local troops were located there. Pharaoh had divided his army on the approach march to use multiple wells along the frontier, and to save his men from the effects of marching through clouds of dust such a huge host would raise. [Forum]
the 3rd Volume in the Marianas Campaign series. This is a perfect introduction to Adam Starkweather's Company Scale System (CSS). Played on a single map, 3 scenarios and 3 campaign games are included. Special rules cover Caves, Beach Landings, Naval Support, Air Support, Sealing Caves, Mines, Japanese Tenacity, Inter-service Rivalry, Banzai Charges, Japanese Naval guns, Flamethrowers, Napalm, Under water demolition Teams, Aerial Reconnaissance, Tropical Storms, Japanese Knee Mortars AND drunken Japanese Admirals. There are also rules for additional Japanese troops that could have been on the island if you wish to make it tougher on the Americans. [Forum]
registration is now open for CSW Expo, featuring MonsterGame.CON XIX – our 19th annual event, scheduled for June 22-29, 2019 in Tempe, AZ. Join 300+ attendees as we come together each year to celebrate the hobby! [Forum]
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