CSW is saddened to share the news of Rick Barber's passing. Rick is well known for his wonderful game artwork including his design, Summer Storm.
this game simulates the military, naval, economic, diplomatic and political aspects of World War II in the Asia and the Pacific theatres. TWP may be played on its own or may be combined with The War: Europe 1939-1945 (“TWE”) to recreate the entire Second World War. In conjunction with The War’s Expansion Kit, gamers can now enjoy the complete TW franchise. The game includes TW: Global rules linking the Asia/Pacific and European theaters. [Forum]
Against the Odds Magazine has launched a Kickstarter for an upgraded reprint of their award-winning game, "Beyond Waterloo." The John Prados design begins with Napoleon entering Paris in 1815, but keeps the field open for how and where Europe reacts to him. (Unlike other "100 Days" games, there is nothing that pushes players to have ANY battles in Belgium except their choices!). Beyond Waterloo won the Charles S. Roberts Award in 2012 for "Best Magazine Game." It has been out of print for several years, and ATO wants to upgrade the issue, incorporate clarifications and errata, and include all the expansions and extra scenarios that have come out as well. Stretch goals include card-stock charts, upgraded cards, player aids, and more. [Forum]
Battle through History and take charge of one of the contending armies while you attempt to defeat your enemies in decisive battles! For up to three players, assume the role of Napoleon, Wellington, or Blucher, making the key decisions that will determine the fate of Europe.
Worthington Publishing's Great Sieges Series adds 414BC Syracuse and 1565 Malta to it's lineup plus a new second edition of 1759 Siege of Quebec. Buy each individually or get all 3 for less than $50 a game. The games are designed for solitaire play with Syracuse and Quebec having a 2 player option. [Forum]
a simple and fast wargame about Chancellorsville campaign in 1863, during the American Civil War
Funded in 9 hours on Kickstarter! Lombardy Studios will publish a new book by historical artist Keith Rocco. 2 stretch goals were already unlocked on the first day. Extra add-ons include a mini game, and a French uniform painting guide. [Forum]
A Most Fearful Sacrifice (AFMS), the Three Days of Gettysburg is live on KICKSTARTER. An epic game, expandable to 15 square feet of game board, yet accessible and straight forward to play. Designed by Herman Luttmann, AFMS is full of chaotic fun as well as musket-level realism.
a crucial battle in the War of the Austrian Succession, Piacenza 1746 is a completely new game system. It comes with a 22" x 25" fine-art map, based on an ancient map of the battle, and 216 large die-cut counters. [Forum]
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Drive on Suez is a solitaire game where the player takes command of the German-Italian Panzer Armee Afrika (PAA) during the 1942 campaign in Egypt as Rommel drives on the Suez Canal. The game system plays the Allied Middle East Command (MEC). While Suez is a solitaire game, multiple players can play as the PAA team, making decisions by consensus, or each managing operations along one of the Routes of Advance. Each turn can represent any amount of time from two days of intense combat to two weeks of refitting and reorganizing. The map scale is approximately 45 km to the inch. Ground combat units represent everything from battalions to divisions. Air units represent two to six groups. [Forum]
The newest game from Strategemata "Carentan, 10-13th June 1944" is available direct from Noble Knight Games. The game uses series rules of "Great Battles of Small Units." [Forum]
the second issue of Punched, the new online magazine for war and strategy boardgamers is now available. The feature article this issue postulates on the key drivers of COIN’s success. Series developer Jason Carr then steps up to provide us with the latest news on GMT’s plans for the system.
Hot Sand, Cold Steel: The Battle of Abu Ageila, June 5-6, 1967. Hot Sand, Cold Steel is an introductory-level wargame simulation of the battle of Abu Ageila, fought in the Sinai between the Egyptian 2nd Infantry Division and elements of General Ariel Sharon’s armored Ugdah (division). [Forum]
The Korean War: June 1950 – May 1951, Designer Signature Edition, marks the return of a true wargaming classic by Joseph Balkoski first published in 1986, faithfully remastered and updated with this all-new, supersized edition. Hailed by many as one of the premiere games covering The Korean War, this two-player operational level simulation covers the first year of the Korean conflict, from June 1950 to May 1951. This edition of The Korean War features a super-sized map and counters and is another Classic Reborn! by Compass. [Forum]
Atlantic Chase simulates the naval campaigns fought in the North Atlantic between the surface fleets of the Royal Navy and the Kriegsmarine between 1939 and 1942. It utilizes a system of trajectories to model the fog of war that bedeviled the commands during this period. Just as the pins and strings adorning Churchill’s wall represented the course of the ships underway, players arrange trajectory lines across the shared game board, each line representing a task force’s path of travel. Without resorting to dummy blocks, hidden movement, or a double-blind system requiring a referee or computer, players experience the uncertainty endemic to this period of naval warfare. [Forum]
Bayonets & Tomahawks is a two-player grand strategic game depicting the French & Indian War, which raged from 1755 to 1760 and in which France's North American empire was conquered. Take command of either the French or British to fight all facets of the conflict: army maneuvering, diplomacy with indigenous nations, raids, battles, construction, naval operations, sieges, and more. With scenarios varying from a single year to the whole war, as well as rules for team play, Bayonets & Tomahawks is perfect for new and experienced wargamers alike. [Forum]
Dominant Species: Marine is a game that abstractly recreates a small portion of ancient history: the ending of an onerous ice age and what that entails for the living creatures trying to adapt to the slowly-changing earth. [Forum]
Samurai Battles, from the game company Zvezda, premiered almost seven years ago. And although the game achieved some popularity for the most part the game flew under the radar of most gamers. So what makes Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles game great? In a word, More! GMT’s C&C: Samurai Battles game has more scenarios, more units to deploy, additional types of Japanese units, a jammed-packed battlefield with more units and more terrain. And there are still more expansion materials already waiting in the wings. [Forum]
Designer of 7 Days to the Rhine: Objective Kassel in Modern War No. 53 from Strategy & Tactics Press
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