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.
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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.