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]
Special offer from Operational Studies Group. Save 20% on OSG’s Library of Napoleonic Battles during the OSG Summer Sale. Reduced prices on such great titles as La Patrie en Danger, Napoleon at Leipzig, and The Last Success. Preorder future titles in the Library at 30% off.
New from ACIES Edizione. Walcheren 1809 is a stand-alone gamette covering the unfortunate British expedition in Holland during the Napoleonic Wars. The ill-fated British campaign resulted in the British losing more than 4,000 men to a disease called “Walcheren Fever”, thought to be a combination of malaria and typhus. Price: 10 Euros.
New from ACIES Edizione. Wise Bayonets depicts the Battle of Trebbia, June 1799, in north Italy between French and Austro-Russian armies. The game features the same game system as Masséna at Loano, integrated with rules needed to reflect the different battle terrain and tactical situation (such as greater emphasis on cavalry). Price: 56 Euros.
Did you miss out on last summer’s ARS VICTOR Kickstarter campaign? No worries! You can now pre-order your very own ARS VICTOR LIMITED EDITION which contains the base game, plus SIXTY additional units from the unreleased ANCIENT HEGEMONY expansion. ARS VICTOR was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013. It has received rave reviews from FatherGeek, Crits Happen, and The Cardboard Jungle. Annual tournaments have featured $500 cash prizes and hundreds of players.
Tracker is a new post apocalyptic, competitive board game that does not end if you die. Four to eight players become lone survivors venturing inside a nuclear test site where they must adapt their tactics in a constantly changing environment. To come out on top someone has to collect the most artifacts or kill all other players all the while racing to complete missions. Price: 40€ or 8€ for PnP download version.
New from Hunted Cow Studios. Tank Battle: East Front 1941, marks the first collaboration with Lordz Games Studio (Panzer Corps) and one of many with WWII game expert HexWar. In Tank Battle: East Front 1941 (universal iOS), players war as either the Germans or the Soviets on both summer and winter terrain. As battles escalate, both sides trade obsolete equipment (such as the Panzer I and T-26) for more advanced units, which include flamethrower infantry (awesome!) and heavy machine guns. There’s also pass-and-play multiplayer for those who want to challenge a friend. Price: $1.99.
New from Decision Games. Napoleon at Waterloo is a simple game of the Battle of Waterloo. The system uses the most common and basic wargame principles, such as hexagon movement, firepower ratings, terrain benefits, and a combat results table to allow you to quickly and easily determine the outcome of battles. The game includes all the units present at the battle – French, British and the Prussian – as well as extra units representing other nearby forces that arrived too late to participate historically. Components include 11”x17” map, 74 die-cut counters, one 4-page rulebook. Price: $29.95.
New from Strategy & Tactics Press. Modern War issue #11 featuring the insert game, The Greek Civil War, 1947-49 covers the conflict between the government of Greece and the DSE (Dimokratikos Stratos Elladas, or “Greek Democratic Army”), the fighting organization controlled by the Greek Communist Party. Central to play of the game is the Political Index (PI). Both players maintain each maintain their own PI during the game. A player’s PI is a quantification of the level of support or commitment the Greek “man in the taverna” is willing to give him (as opposed to other political movements or methods) as an agent of social change – or guarantor of security. For the Government player, his PI is also a measure of the stability of the political regime. PIs change constantly during the course of the game depending on events and who controls various territory. Components include 22” x 34” map & 280 counters. Price: $30.
Our wargaming group in Long Island decided to play Le Vol de l’Aigle via email with myself as umpire. It was an extremely fascinating experience which gave trmendous insight into the difficulties 19th century commanders faced in an era of communication by horseback and limited ability to collect military intelligence. We chose the 1806 Prussian campaign that culminated in the famous dual battles of Jena- Auerstadt because the armies were fairly evenly matched in numbers and opposing forces were not so distant from each other that enemy contact would be unduly delayed.
Robert Coggins (seated with S. Craig Taylor, left), the co-creator of Napoleon’s Battles passed away on July 21, 2014. Robert was one of the original co-founders of HMGS and managed the Historicon convention for during the 1980s and 1990s, growing it to what it is today. Rest in peace.