New from Legion Wargames. Dien Bien Phu: The Final Gamble is a two-player game about the decisive battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954 that not only ended the French Indochina war, but also had political repercussions far outside the region itself. One player represents France and her colonial troops. The other player represents the armed force of Viet Minh, the communist/nationalist independence movement of Vietnam. This is a cage fight. There are no victory points, there is no marginal victory and there is no draw. Viet Minh wins by forcing the French troops to surrender. France wins by not surrendering. Preorder Price: $45 (save $17 but order today this offer expires on September 30th!).
It’s 2341, and Earth (Terra) has expanded into a multi-planet confederation policed by the strong arm of the Terran Defense Force (TDF). Using potent biped weapon platforms called CATs, tanks, and power-armored troops, the TDF wages Terra’s wars. But machines are not enough, Terra also breeds soldiers to pilot her CATs. Faster, smarter, and bigger than natural born humans, the Purebreds are the ultimate warriors. Or are they? Get the kindle edition for only $4.99.
Hellfire Pass is the latest entry to hit the GMT P500 from Consim Press. This release pays tribute to the classic Beda Fomm game design by Frank Chadwick, and covers not one but two separate battles — Operation Battleaxe and Brevity.
Hunted Cow Studios and Decision Games announced today their partnership to develop and release digital versions of Decision Games’ extensive library of wargames. The first title to be released will be an iPad and Mac version of Decision Games’ classic game, Rebels & Redcoats. Set during the American War of Independence, the game allows players to tackle some of the most important battles of the war.
Free download for Washington’s Crossing, published by Revolution Games. Download this Excel program designed to allow for faster combat calculations, and improved Leader troop strength and fatigue tracking. [download here | related story]
if the japanese had captured miday,what effect on the war would it have had?
I have to respond to your question with another question. Does your scenario assume most of the Japanese carriers survived the operation? If so, that would have definitely impact the timeline and possibly the result of the war (i.e. if the roles were reversed and the Americans lost nearly all flat tops, that definitely changes things! [Read this discussion]
Marshal Enterprises, which published La Bataille de Leipzig 1813 in October 2013 and designed La Bataille de Vauchamps published in ATO Magazine earlier in 2014, releases this latest in the series of the La Bataille system with a masterful recreation of one of Napoleon’s most misunderstood victories.
In 1807, Napoleon had just spent the last eight months fighting both the Prussians and the Russians throughout Prussia and Poland in the toughest fighting the French had faced up until that time during Napoleon’s rule. The Russians were led by General Levin August von Bennigsen, the crafty Hanoverian in Russian service, who had fought Napoleon virtually to a draw in February 1807 at Eylau; and then in June, just few days earlier prior to the climactic battle at Friedland, Bennigsen had punished the French with huge losses at Heilsberg, setting the stage for the major battle of 1807. The Russians had proven themselves to be the most stubborn foes Napoleon had faced. The battle at Friedland would only reinforce that perception.
La Bataille de Friedland 1807 includes 4 full color maps and over a 1000 counters. Along with the many organizational charts and player guides, the Premier Rules; the Special Game Rules; Orders of Battle; and many special editorial features will be on a CD for easy play and reference. The main battle is accompanied with multiple scenarios and features 4 maps. 4 countersheets, 2 informational counter sheets, organizational charts and instructional / informational CD. Also included is the revolutionary Le Siege de Danzig, a complete game in and of itself. Only 400 copies of this game are being printed, so get yours today! Price: $150 [order here].
New from Legion Wargames. Ici c’est la France!, 2nd Edition features upgrades to nearly all components and covers the French insurgency war against the FLN in Algeria during 1954-62. There are three distinct factions of this simulation, Political, Insurgency, and Miltary, which are brilliantly interwoven such that it is the balance of these three factions that is the key to victory. One player is the FLN who will have units of three qualities, Moussebilines, Moudjahidines, and Zonal Commandos. The other player is France who will have both regular and elite regiments of Infantry, Mechanized, Paratroop, and Foreign Legion troops. Preorder Price: $40 (save $16 but order today before this offer expires!).
Now available for preorder from Consim Press. Hellfire Pass is a World War II simulation of the British Battleaxe offensive on 15-17 June, 1941. Operation Brevity is also included as an introductory scenario. This game marks a long-awaited, new chapter for the fast-playing, operational-level system enjoyed by many in Beda Fomm – a classic Frank Chadwick game design. The popularity of the game system is its blend of simple gaming mechanics that delivers fast-paced, nail-biting action suitable for solitaire or competition play. Preorder Price: $31 (save $14). [preorder direct @ GMT Games]
This is a a light look at all the Waterloo campaign games I have owned and played over the years. I have tried to include just about anything with at least some campaign element to it, but pure recreations of the climatic battle are not present – so no Wellington’s Victory or The Thin Red Line etc.
New from Pacific Rim Publishing. The Summer of 1863 is Tom Eskey’s point-to-point look at the Gettysburg Campaign featuring map graphics by Todd Davis. This game sets the political, economic, and military aspects of the turning point campaign in the Eastern theater of the American Civil War. The Southern forces reach for economic targets, striping victuals form farmlands and commissariat materials from towns as they maneuver to cut communications between major cities in order to isolate Washington, DC. The Northern forces deploy to block route to key cities. Both sides watching for the opportunity to bring their opponent into a Major Battle that will tip the scales of victory in their favor. Price: $30 postpaid in the USA, APO, FPO, DPO. Order at justplain.com. ConsimWorld members earn $5 off by using Coupon Code CSW-1863 at checkout. Offer expires Sept. 22, 2014.
Special offer from Diffraction Entertainment, in association with mataka.org. Anyone ordering a game from Diffraction Entertainment between Sat., August 16 2014 and Sun., August 31 2014 will receive a 30% discount on any currently released products. To receive this discount, email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the discount code MATAKAORG1/30. [special offer]
What you get in Hell’s Gate is a really good introduction to war gaming and a really, really good lesson in reading the rules. Plus an innovative play sequence, which should drive old hands up the wall until they go back and really read the rules and understand what they are trying to do.
The 15th title in The Great Battles of History series, Hoplite focuses on the wars of ancient Greece. Players already familiar with the system will find a number of rules changes, but the core elements that have made this series popular remain. Any unit that existed in the Greek and Persian wars can be found in this game, from peltasts to heavy chariots.
Iron and Oak is a game of naval combat, with several scenarios in the “brown water” rivers and bays where navigation can become a problem. So can the enemy forts that go on the edge of the map and can use plunging fire on the ships below.
Players might run into shoals and have to get their ship re-floated, or they could encounter mines or other obstructions, or powerful currents which can carry their ships where they don’t want to go. There are damage control parties, tables of critical hits, and – perhaps most important – die rolls which determine not only the results of combat, but whether a captain can move his ship at all.
Bad captain, green crew, shallow water…what could go wrong?
New from High Flying Dice Games. Valor ad Vengeance is a two-player game on the Battle of Ulus-Kert during the Second Chechen War. At Ulus-Kert, the Russian 6th Company, 2nd Battalion, 104th Guards Parachute Regiment sought to block the retreat route of some 2,000 lightly-armed Chechens. Supported by SU-25 aircraft, Mi-24 helicopter gunships, and artillery the Russians presumed superiority over a cunning foe. The Chechen force concentrated in the town of Ulus-Kert before taking on the Russians. This was an area the Russians dared not enter during the First Chechen War. Price: $17.95 (mounted counters are $5 extra).
New from High Flying Dice Games. Gauntlet is a two player game on the epic naval and air battles for the largest Malta relief convoy of World War II (although solitaire play is easy to do). In August the Malta garrison was on the ropes, with critical supplies nearly exhausted. Allied forces were in full retreat towards Egypt following their defeat in the Gazala Campaign. The Axis forces realized the Pedestal Convoy could very well be the battle for “all the marbles” and mobilized tremendous air, submarine and surface fleet assets to contest its passage. The Allied convoy was savaged but enough ships made it through, including the tanker Ohio whose ordeal was a true epic of wartime heroism, to enable Malta to hold out. Price: $14.95 (add mounted counters are $5 extra).
"Operation Garbo is a fine addition to the World at War series, and a surprising one to boot. I wouldn’t have expected a Swedish-Soviet conflict to be interesting, but Lock ‘n Load managed to make it so. With smaller maps and thicker terrain, unit movement is much more linear and difficult to manage effectively, and lots of scenarios devolve (as they should) into enjoyable slugfests full of bad Russian and Swedish accents.”
New from Multi-Man Publishing. The Mighty Endeavor: Expanded Edition is both an updated version (with errata corrected, a couple of counters added, and other counters made to conform to the Expansion) covering the Western Front from the D-Day landings until the end of April 1945 and an expansion to the original game that adds the Eastern Front from just east of Warsaw during the same time period and a small map attachment that adds the Brittany Peninsula. Price: $58. [related story]
Special offer from Line of Departure. Get a bundle price on five back issues, all including projects covering Japan’s conflicts, from the Russo-Japanese War through World War II in the Pacific. Among the games covered are:
Deep-Cut Studio is a manufacturer of wargame mats, RPG, miniature and other gaming maps, along with terrain scenery. Be sure to check out their full inventory for your table top gaming needs — covering all genres, including desert and city fighting, space warfare, naval, etc.
Available now for download from Avalanche Press. World War II tactical combat just got even more fun with the new Fourth Edition rules for Panzer Grenadier. You can download them here. And look for four new boxed games and two reprints to be released shortly featuring these Fourth Edition rules. Gold Club members can still get special Early Order prices, if they hurry!
Founding Fathers is a political board game of the early American Republic from the Washington administration to the outbreak of the Civil War. As in The Republic of Rome (TM), players control factions of statesmen. Together they attempt the many issues that threaten the young Republic. This boxed game is now available at The Game Crafter, with graphic design by Luca Cammisa. Price: $69.99. [related story]