[update: game is expected to ship in 3-4 weeks] Diffraction Entertainment has announced that Mare Nostrum is going through final stages of production. This is your last chance to preorder this monster game covering Second World War in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Western Desert. This is a true monster game in every sense of the word — the game features 18 countersheets (5040 counters), 29 map segments, two 100+ page OB Booklets, rules and charts. Preorder Price: 360 euros (save 20%).
New from Compass Games. Operation Skorpion is a Randy Heller game design recreating Rommel’s First Strike against the British at Halfaya Pass. This brief yet violent battle is brought to life with a new fog of war system that will keep gamer’s guessing and allows for both players to punch and counter punch. Price: $42 (save $13 by ordering now before this intro price expires).
New from Revolution Games. The Road to Cheren covers the Eritrea campaign in East Africa in 1941. The campaign featured British and French forces versus the Italians in a wild and mountainous country. Cheren is a game where the movement of each piece is critical. There is also a chit pull system to give both sides some special abilities and keep the enemy guessing as to what comes next. Finally some Italian native units may decide to join the Allies, or they may stay loyal, which creates extra tension in the game. Price: $21.
Patrick Baker @ Armchair General In Blood & Sand, a game of WWII campaigns in North Africa, Richard Berg offers a system that replaces Combat Results Charts with “bucket o’ dice” rules in which each counter gets a varying amount of dice with which players try to roll to-hit numbers. Opportunity cards cover historical events such as the U.S. motorizing its infantry. The ArmchairGeneral.com review says it has high replay value and enough depth for experienced gamers while offering a good introductory gaming experience as well. [related story]
New from High Flying Dice Games. Mediterranean Fury: The Battle of Cape Matapan is a wargame simulation on the naval action that occurred near Crete during World War II. The game design is and highly playable, yet one that portrays the historical challenges facing the combatants. Goaded by their German Allies into taking some sort of action to disrupt the British reinforcements being rushed to Greece, and smarting from the humiliation of the British air raid a few months earlier at Taranto, the Italian fleet set sail on March 27, 1941. Italian Admiral Iachino sought to intercept the British reinforcement convoys east of Crete. Admiral Cunningham, alerted to the Italian fleet’s sortie, set sail to do battle. The resultant clash off of Greece’s Cape Matapan on the 28th would be the only time the Italian Navy challenged the English for control of the Middle Sea. It would also be the last time the Royal Navy would do battle on the high seas with an enemy fleet. Price: $13.95 (add $4 for mounted counters).
Preorder from Compass Games. Operation Skorpion is a Randy Heller game design recreating Rommel’s First Strike against the British at Halfaya Pass. This brief yet violent battle is brought to life with a new fog of war system that will keep gamer’s guessing and allows for both players to punch and counter punch. Preorder Price: $42 (save $13). Anticipated release date: April 2013.
New from Compass Games. Paper Wars issue #77 featuring the insert game, Anzio: Operation Shingle. This game from designer David Murray covers the 1944 battle for Anzio, from the initial landings on 22nd January to the failed German offensives to eliminate the Allied beachhead by 1st of March. The game features historical military units of regimental and brigade size, with some selected battalions, portrayed uisng rectangular counters. Oversized hexes allow for deployment of units on the map in defensive or attack frontages. Both players have army and divisional assets, plus Tactical Tokens at their disposal. Tactical tokens and their use on a Combat Grid provide a unique battle resolution system. Issue Price: $31.95 with subscriptions also available.
New from Hunted Cow Studios. Tank Battle: North Africa recreates the North African theatre of war at the height of the conflict in World War II. Players take control of British and American units and must lead the allies to victory in a series of challenging attacks, raids, defensive actions and battles. Price: $1.99 [available at App Store | related story]