Final call for preorders! Hungarian Rhapsody (HR) is an Operational Combat Series (OCS) game that depicts the Soviet 1944 drive into Hungary which led to the battle of Debrecen, the siege of Budapest, and the German 1945 KONRAD counter-offensives attempting to relieve Budapest. Romania’s defection in August 1944 allowed the Soviets to outflank well-defended Axis positions in the Carpathian Mountains from the south. In the process, the German 6th Army was almost destroyed, losing most of its heavy equipment (which explains the relative weakness of the German artillery at the start of the campaign). [Forum]
ATO announces their first kickstarter, to reprint their popular "Buffalo Wings" issue, one of the fastest "sold outs" in company history. Buffalo Wings is an 'entry level' game in the "Fighting Wings" series of air combat games by J.D. Webster covering the two wars between Finland and USSR. The upgrade will redo the map and counters to match the style of the recently released "Wings of the Motherland," and in fact the map will connect to Motherland for larger and different scenarios. The upgrade will also include a full edit on the rules, incorporating system developments and clarifications, and has some sweet stretch goals available, to include EVERY major type of plane used in the campaigns. Now on kickstarter, through July 31. [Forum]
World War II in 90 minutes? It's not a dream - it's Domination. A game where there is no place for Domination, only pure strategy and tactics. Clashes, area control, hand management, and team play - this will not be lacking during exciting games. Domination is a reimplementation of Mini WWII, which underwent a number of changes and tests that finally balanced the game and added mechanisms that add theme to the gameplay. The game is designed for 2-4 players who manage four asymmetrical factions. [Forum]
a special Panzer Grenadier expansion for the Gold Club, all about the African-American 761st Tank Battalion, America's Black Heroes [Forum]
Salerno ‘43 is a regiment/brigade-level game on the Allied invasion of mainland Italy in September 1943. Two British and two American divisions land in the Bay of Salerno defended by the full strength 16th Panzer Division, which is soon reinforced by five other German mechanized divisions. For 8 days the survival of the beachhead is in doubt, and emergency measures are taken to reinforce the beachhead with the 82nd Airborne Division. [Forum]
Drop Zone: Southern France is a fast-playing (about 2 hours), company-level block game of the Allied airborne assault (code-named Operation RUGBY) that spearheaded Operation DRAGOON, the Invasion of Southern France—the Second D-Day, August 15th, 1944. This game shines in its depiction of the fog of war (both literal and figurative)--blocks conceal unit type and strength. [Forum]
In Border Reivers, each player rules over one of the Marches as leader of one of the six major riding families of the border: Grey, Fenwick, Dacre, Maxwell, Kerr, or Hume. Your goal is to increase the wealth and fame of your clan throughout the reigns of Henry and Elizabeth to end the century as the most famous Border Reiver of all time. Players gain VPs from successful combats, amassing large herds of livestock, and by elevating their Notoriety above the other players in the regions of the map. [Forum]
It's time for a new issue of Yaah! magazine. This issue comes with a spiffy new, man-to-man solitaire game from one of the best solitaire designers in the industry, Gottardo Zancani. Titled Rattenkreig, the game simulates up close and personal combat in Stalingrad, circa 1942. Rattenkreig features a robust AI bot, and an innovative way, based on the actual size of the counter, to calculate to where a unit may move. This and much more included in the magazine. [Forum]
This game was created to commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the world’s most famous three-week party, in which King Henry VIII of England, and Francis I of France, spent ridiculous amounts of money and resources to peacock at each other. Through smiles made of gritted teeth, the game’s two players will express friendship: each action they take will give their opponent a tile that they might use to score. [Forum]
Vive l'Empereur Series is a simulation of the battles fought during the Napoleonic Era in Europe, between 1805 and 1815. The scale is the regiment, a good compromise between the brigade level (with no formations) and the detailed battalions. The scale is 250 m/hex and a turn is 30 minutes. This is Volume IX and includes: Jéna, Auerstaedt and Le siège de Danzig. [Forum]
featuring the insert game, Hannibal: The Italian Campaign, 218-208 BC by Stephen Newberg. This is a medium complexity strategic study of the Second Punic War. Turns represent a year of campaigning with map hexes scaled to 40 kilometers. The game included 200 counters, one full-size map, and the rules booklet. [Forum]
features the insert game, Rangers: Lead The Way, a solitaire simulation of the US Army Ranger assault on the Pointe du Hoc on D-Day. The game challenges the player to do better than the actual Ranger attack up the cliffs that historic morning and additionally allows the player to fight the battle using the planned, rather than the actual, forces and landing beaches. [Forum]
The Battle of River Raisin, January 22, 1813. Following General Isaac Hull’s surrender of the US Army’s surrender at Detroit, General Harrison was ordered north from Ohio and Indiana to salvage the fast-deteriorating situation. Dividing his forces into two columns, Harrison ordered General Winchester to join up with a smaller force of Michigan volunteers at Frenchtown. Learning of the larger US force coming from the south, British General Proctor left Detroit in the midst of the winter weather to deal with the growing US threat at the River Raisin. One of the most dramatic engagements of the war was about to ensue. [Forum]
The Battle of Tippecanoe, November 7, 1811. By early 1811, tensions in the western portion of Ohio and the remaining Northwest Territory were increasing almost daily. Conflict with Great Britain loomed, and the Native American inhabitants were also alarmed regarding increasing US settler encroachments on their lands in violation of the 1795 Treaty of Greenville. This is the fourth game in the fourth title in the Battles of the Old Northwest Series (A Dark and Bloody Battleground and St. Clair’s Folly were released earlier). [Forum]
[Forum | Designer Interview] Brief Border Wars is a quadrigame or set of four mini-games on short border conflicts of the 20th and 21st century, using a card-driven system that models the chaotic, stop-and-start nature of these impromptu wars. The four conflicts include:
Imperial Struggle is a game about what historians call the “Second Hundred Years’ War.” It tries to capture the whole span of this global 18th-century rivalry between Britain and France. From the beginning of the game, the stakes couldn’t be higher: in the War of the Spanish Succession, France fights to become the world’s first global superpower by uniting its peerless army with Spain’s colonial wealth… all the way to the end, where the British struggle to maintain control over the vast North American territories. [Forum]
Players will draft a team of dinosaurs, creating unique synergies to be exploited and disadvantages to be mitigated. There are over 900,000 different matches possible, and while that might not be enough to keep you occupied for 200 million years, it's probably close enough. [Forum]
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