- Celikan Jogos, a Brazilian game company, has released ECOnomia (a business themed game), Boolean (logic game), and Deterrence (superpower game). Link goes to their site in Portuguese.
- GMT Games has posted sample units for Next War: Korea, sneak peeks of Unconditional Surrender, and an FAQ for Infidel.
- Histogame will be releasing the Friedrich Anniversary Edition in October to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Frederick the Great. Pre-orders are being taken.
- The League of Augsburg has posted a gallery of images of their upcoming Horse Command and Senior Commanders miniatures to be released later this year.
- Multi-Man Publishing has issued a reprint of Guderian’s Blitzkrieg II. It’s currently available for $160.00.
- Victory Point Games has several titles ready for playtesting, including Nathan Hansen’s Battle of Armies expansion kit and a Franco-Prussian wargame.
- Wargame Vault has added several new products recently, including War Memoirs: Corporal William Dale and the Boys of Stewart Town from Triple Oak Leaf Publishing, Monarch from Radioactive Press, and Two Hour Wargames’ 5150: Star Army.
Archive for Wargames
- [Game Deal] Avalanche Press, as of this writing, is offering 30% off any Panzer Grenadier items (boxed games, books, supplements, or downloads) included in an order of $100 or more.
- Dan Verssen Games is shipping Field Commander Napoleon, reports that U-Boat Leader and Kill Shot are at the printers, that Modern Naval Battles and the expansion will arrive in a couple of weeks, and a few other titles are soon to go to print.
- Nexus Games is taking pre-orders to reserve copies of War of the Ring – Collector’s Edition.
- The League of Augsburg is taking pre-orders for a variety of Warfare miniatures.
I picked up my badge Thursday morning and got some coffee. Heard people saying it took them 2-3 hours in line to get event tickets. Given the length of the line, I believe that. When I got in it later that afternoon it took only 35 minutes. Unfortunately, by then over half the events I wanted to take part in, including some with 100 seats, were sold out. My fault for not pre-registering and going in on a press pass I guess.
I ended up only getting one event on Thursday, a seminar on writing for RPGs. I spent most of the afternoon taking photos in the Exhibit Hall which I will post later. I spent a lot of the evening reading some excellent material by Michael A. Stackpole on how to write fiction. It included some of his short stories.
Friday morning I played two introductory games of Days of Wonder’s WW II board game “Memoir ’44″. I’ll post more about it later, but it is simple game to learn and seems to have a lot of replaybility.
Attended Mike Stackpole’s seminar on plotting a novel. Showed him a shirt I had made after Origins with a quote from one of his seminars: “You’re the author… suck it up and write!” I didn’t get to talk to him long but I think he appreciated it. He smiled at me and said “very good”.
This evening I played Steve Jackson Games’ “Munchkin Zombies” card game. It is essentially the same mechanic as the other Munchkin titles, with more of the same Kovalik artwork and the same twisted sense of humor.
I’m scheduled to play Fantasy Flight’s “Dust Tactics” later tonight. I expect it will be fun, since Fantasy Flight’s games tend to be good (at least those I’ve played or demoed).
- Avalanche Press is selling Red Russia and Austerlitz at reduced prices to clear storage space.
- Lock ‘n Load has begun shipping Heroes of the Gap.
- [Game Deal] Victory Point Games is currently offering "The Young Republics Pair", a bundle of the pre-released Hero of Weehawken with Levee en Masse and the expansion kit.
- Wargame Vault has added a number of releases to their product line recently, including Irrational Number Line Games’ Shadows of Koshmar, Art Fantasies’ Fantasy Women Clipart Volume 11, and others.
- Capitan Games has added a new Naval Officer Career System to their Master & Commander title, allowing characters to gain rank as they win battles.
- Wargame Vault has added Felbrigg Herriot’s Mecha Duel and A. D. Publishing’s Victory Decision: WW II – Soviet Motor Rifle Platoon Field Guide to their catalog.
- Avalanche Press has a "moving" sale going on now, where you can get "20% off any item except downloads or recent publications" on a minimum $100 order until Monday, July 25, 2011.
- Bellica 3rd Generation is accepting pre-orders for Vienna or Death, a wargame set in the age of muskets.
- Lock ‘n Load Publishing has their Nations at War: White Star Rising game on sale for a limited time. Sale price is $49.99.
- Multiman Publishing plans to be at the World Boardgaming Championships in Lancaster, PA, from August 1-7.
- Operational Studies Group now offers "The Coming Storm Update Kit" which includes updated rules, study folders, and ancillary charts. You can download it for free as of this writing.
- Victory Point Games has released The Alamo Remembered.
- Wargamedownloads.com has released a number of sports related game products, including additional leagues for Just One Die Soccer, From Mud to Glory: American Football, and Heroes of the Slam (tennis).
- Academy Games is running a Strike of the Eagle contest on Boardgamegeek, in which you learn about the game while making strategic decisions. You may even win a free copy.
- Avalanche Press reports that a number of their most popular game series’ boxed copies are back in stock, including Arctic Convoy, Cone of Fire, Coral Sea, Eastern Fleet, and Midway. They’re also offering free stuff with every $100 purchase.
- Bellica 3rd Generation is taking pre-orders for the Vienna or Death game.
- GMT Games has added three new games to their P500 list, including Mr. Madison’s War, Saints in Armor, and The Dark Valley.
- Grenadier Productions lowered the cost on the hardcopy version of “War in the South: Supplement 1” to $14.95 and the PDF version is $7.95.
- Lock ‘n Load Publishing has announced Tank on Tank East Front, a game that can be learned in under five minutes and played during a lunch break, depicting tactical ground combat in the latter years of World War II. World at War: Paris is Burning is shipping now as well.
- Victory Point Games announced that their popular two-player deck-building game For the Crown is now available for purchase. They’ve also released Keep Up the Fire, a game about the Boxer Rebellion.
- The League Of Augsburg site says that they are getting close to releasing the first 9 packs of their new range, which includes musketeers, pikemen, and grenadiers. Preordering will begin soon.
- Multiman Publishing has their Warriors of God 100 Years War game on sale as of this writing for $33.75 instead of the regular $45.00 list price.
- Capitan Games has released Master and Commander: Frigates.
Multi-Man Publishing (MMP) has added two new pre-orders to their site. The first of these is “It Never Snows…” which is described as “a monster-SCS Market Garden game”. The other is “The Blitzkrieg Legend”, an Operational Combat Series (OCS) simulation of the German invasion of France, Belgium, and Holland.
The Designer’s Blog at Simmons Games’ web site posted some news about upcoming wargame titles:
- The Guns of Gettysburg: Work is being done with the printers to get production underway. Once the current questions and issues are sorted, out pre-orders will begin being taken.
- Bonaparte at Marengo, 2nd Edition: Playtesting continues on this title.
- Stavka: This title hasn’t gotten much attention for the past couple of months.
Mistral is the first of a set of games featuring the War of the Austrian Succession at sea, as well as the concurrent War of Jenkin’s Ear. These conflicts, which took place between 1739 and 1748, comprised the first “world war”. The naval actions primarily took place in three locations: the English Channel Bay and the Bay of Biscay, the Caribbean, and the western Mediterranean.
Mistral is a two-player strategy game in which each player commands either the British or Bourbon (French/Spanish) fleets. Orders are handed down to you from the admiralty, and you must try to fulfill them within the framework of the overall war, which is represented by a series of events. Success earns you Prestige, which will help you achieve victory and may impact the land campaign.
Minden Games released Great War Salvo in May. This WW1 tactical solitaire (with 2-player option) game features a 24-page rulebook, two warship counter sheets, 130 color game counters, 12 scenarios, and a reference card. For a limited time, an additional warship counter sheet with 28 additional cruisers will be included with each purchase.
Great War Salvo recreates actual and hypothetical World War I naval battles between individual British and German warships. Additional modules are in the works for other nationalities.
GWS is priced at $14.95 for US and Canadian customers as of this writing.
Minden also released several new Zip Edition Games in May as well.
Mark H. Walker’s Lock ‘n Load Publishing LLC has made available their Line of Fire 10 downloadable PDF for purchase. This full-color PDF contains the rules, counters, and map of Line of Fire 10. It can be purchased online.
For Father’s Day, they’re offering a deal on Blood and Bridges. You can pick up the game for $27.49 from here.
Victory Point Games has been busy lately, posting the following news items:
- Gorlitz 20, an expansion kit to the Dresden 20 and Katzbach 20 games, is now available. It is based on a battle that almost occurred during Napoleon’s final campaign in Germany.
- The Horror Pack contains two games, Forlorn: Hope and the as-yet-unreleased States of Siege™ game Dawn of the Zeds. Dawn of the Zeds will be officially released on August 11 and can be purchased individually then.
- Gettysburg: The Wheatfield has been released. This miniatures boardgame is the first in the Tattered Flags series, a Kriegspiel-style historical miniatures boardgame depicting the battles of the American Civil War.
The Wargame Vault has added a number of new products to their catalog recently, including:
- Victory Decision: WWII German Technical Manual from A.D. Publishing
- Inventor’s House Paper Model from Dave Graffam Models
- Template: Frames from Sade
- Retro Space Set Two: The Imperiax from Okumarts Games
- Pipeline from Finger and Toe Models
- Chronicles of Blood – Scenario Pack #1 from Crystal Star Games
- E-Z Battlefields: 15mm Trenches from Fat Dragon Games
- AE-WWII Basra: 1946 from Darkson Designs
- AE: Bounty from Darkson Designs
- AE-WWII Occult Expansion from Darkson Designs
- Under the Castle bundle from Lord Zsezse Works
- Battlemap – Kryos Family Crypt from Lord Zsezse Works
- Unbridled Fury from Furidion Games
- Retro Space Set One: Space Patrol from Okumarts Games
- Observatory Free Paper Model from Dave Graffam Models
- Chronicles of Blood – Heroes of the Battlefield from Crystal Star Games
- (and lots more)
HPS Simulations recently released France ‘14: First World War Campaigns for Windows. France ‘14 is the first title in a new series from HPS entitled First World War Campaigns. The series attempts to cover all the major campaigns of World War I, with units going down to the battalion level. The series also seeks to demonstrate the evolution of warfare between the Napoleonic period and the Second World War by demonstrating the evolution of weapons and tactics.
France ‘14 features 33 stand alone scenarios and 6 campaigns to choose from, including The Ardennes, Mons, La Cateau, Guise, 1st Marne, 1st Aisne, 1st Arras, 1st Ypres, Sorties out of Antwerp, Assaults on Leige and Namur, and more.
The game represents all major aspects of warfare during the period, including deadly machine guns, the evolution of cavalry, the birth of aviation, the power of siege artillery, the firepower of massed artillery, field guns, and more.
It requires a 1GHz Pentium, 512MB RAM, 300MB of hard drive space, Windows 98 and up, and 32-bit color. (Windows 95 and below are not supported.)
It’s priced at $49.95 as of this writing.
Dan Verssen Games (DVG) is taking pre-orders for two new titles: Global Domination and Kill Shot.
Global Domination is a “near-future global warfare game” set in the year 2021. In this hypothetical future, environmental upheavals, resource depletion, escalating warfare, and world politics have taken the world past the point of no return. Technological advancement has stopped and the world’s armed forces use whatever weapons they can find from bygone eras to wage their battles. Each player represents one of six factions struggling for survival. The game features deck-building strategies and board-game-like decision making.
Kill Shot is a counter-terrorism party game. You can hunt a terrorist in 1 or 2 minutes and complete an entire game in less than 20 minutes. It is a speed card game designed for excitement. It will be going to the printer in the next few weeks regardless of pre-orders.
U-Boat Leader is on schedule to go to the printer in 3 weeks.
Printer proofs of Field Commander Napoleon have been received and production has started.
Modern Naval Battles and Expansion are also in production.
Academy Games has created a track sheet utility for the Conflict of Heroes board game series. This iPad app is free and contains no advertisements.
On May 4, Legion Wargames posted a production update on their upcoming wargame titles.
According to the update:
- Slouch Hats & Eggshells final artwork is being wrapped up and production will begin mid-June 2011.
- Hell Over Korea, a module for B-29 Superfortress, is having its counter artwork and map created.
- Tonkin is in the final “wrapping up” stages, with artwork 95% complete.
- Adobe Walls is waiting its turn and should undergo some playtesting this summer.
Shrapnel Games announced on June 2 that they would be discounting two of their wargame titles: The Star and the Crescent and War Plan Pacific.
The Star and the Crescent features “the most detailed battlefield maps you’ll ever plan on in a commercial wargame” and very detailed combat. Reviewers have said that its AI is strong, the manual is comprehensive, and the high degree of customization makes it a gem. The game allows players to refight key battles of the Yom Kippur War using an enhanced version of the ATF engine. It also features battles from ‘56, ‘67, and January ‘73, along with two hypothetical future battles set in 2009. Normally priced at $39.95, it is currently on sale for $33.95. It is a Windows-only title.
War Plan Pacific puts players in the role of the supreme commanders of either the Japanese or Allied forces fighting for dominance of the Pacific during the Second World War. Players command the historical air, naval, and (abstractly) ground forces that fought in these battles. It is a Windows-only title. Normally priced at $39.95, it is currently on sale for $33.95.