Combat Mission Afghanistan — Now Available

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Battlefront released the latest title in its excellent Combat Mission series, Combat Mission Afghanistan. CM:A covers the original Soviet invasion of Afghanistan at a squad level. There is a demo available (353MB). The Armchair General has an interview with the designer.

Combat Mission Afghanistan covers two periods of the Russian-Afghan wars – the initial phase 1980-1982, and the later years of highest activity 1985-1987 – in two campaigns and additionally ten standalone missions. The fully featured editor will of course allow players to create all new custom maps and missions.

Players are able to take command of Soviet or DRA (Democratic Republic of Afghanistan) Army units as well as mujahedeen guerrilla forces.

But it doesn’t end there. CM Afghanistan introduces completely new features to the series, such as:

  • Drozd Active Defense system (on T-55AD and T-62D; shoots down incoming RPGs)
  • Multi-barreled rapid-fire cannon (e.g. ZSU-23 Shilka, Kamaz ZU-23)
  • New terrain such as Snow (on the ground) and Water
  • Exit Zones (a new type of objective)

The Best Games Not Yet Published, 2010

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Another new year, another new set of games and miniatures to lust after! It is time for our annual look at the games and miniatures we are most anxiously awaiting in 2010. Our 2009 prognostications did pretty well so here we go again. As always, there is no guarantee any of these titles will be published in 2010, nor that they will be any good if they are, but we are optimistic. Read the rest of this entry »

World at War Compendium

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WaW-compendium-coverWe are huge fans of the World at War system by Lock ‘n Load Publishing. Well WaW fans better start warming up their wallets because LnL just announced that the World at War Compendium is now on pre-order. According to LnL, the Compendium will include, “over 100 pages jam-packed with World at War scenarios, analysis and articles…. Not to mention new maps and 88 new, die-cut counters. Better yet, there won’t be much of a wait. Almost  all the material is ready; the World at War Compendium will ship before Christmas.”

Fans of LnL’s Line of Fire PDF magazine may be somewhat disappointed to learn that the 100 pages includes almost all of the WaW articles from LoF but there are still 30 pages of new material plus scenarios, card stock maps and die-cut counters. The Compendium will be available in a print version as well as a PDF download.

Note: The PDF version is now available for purchase.

[Updated: 5DEC09]

World at War: Blood and Bridges — Review

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Blood and Bridges
Blood and Bridges

World at War: Blood and Bridges is Lock ‘N Load Publishing’s latest edition to its World at War platoon-level, Cold War era board wargame. It is very similar to the original release, Eisenbach Gap, in that it is a complete standalone game not an expansion. In fact the easiest way to describe Blood and Bridges is as a bigger, better Eisenbach Gap. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Games Not Yet Published, 2009

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With the New Year upon us it is time, once again, for our annual look at the games we are most anxiously awaiting in 2009. Our 2008 prognostications did pretty well so we thought we would keep the tradition going. As always, there is no guarantee any of these titles will be published in 2009, nor that they will be any good if they are, but we are optimistic. Read the rest of this entry »

Combat Mission: Shock Force – Britsh Forces Announced

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Battlefront announced a new upcoming expansion for Combat Mission: Shock Force. is thrilled to announce Combat Mission Shock Force – BRITISH FORCES. British Forces is the next Module in’s Combat Mission Shock Force series of modern warfare tactical simulations.

Britain fields one of the most powerful armed forces in the world today, which Combat Mission fans will soon experience for themselves. The full range of British weaponry is brought to life with the same amazing level of detail found in the previous Combat Mission titles.

Everything from the new version of the L85A2 rifle to the Challenger 2 with all the latest upgrades is included in order to give a full accounting of the capabilities of the modern British Army. Play with them on their own or as part of multi-national joint task forces using any of Shock Forces’ other units. As with the MARINES Module, all new scenarios and a campaign are included for exciting play right out of the box, before digging in and using the powerful editor or sharing scenarios with other Shock Force gamers. New voices (multiple accents), sound effects, and game features round out the game experience. Oh, and of course some great surprises which will be revealed as the release date nears!

A Wave of New Naval Warfare Games

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Well it has been well over a year-and-half since we did our first naval wargaming review in our A Tsunami of Naval Warfare Games article. At the time we were surprised at the number of new naval titles that had been released. Even more surprising is that the trend has continued.

Modern Naval Battles
Modern Naval Battles

A couple more card games were released. GMT Games released Pacific Typhoon, a simple card game for 3-7 players (it plays better with more players rather than less) that covers naval combat in the Pacific in World War Two. In a unique twist each player plays both the Allied and Japanese sides. This allows for lots of backstabbing as players vie for leverage to help ‘their’ side win. A new publisher, DVG Games, released Modern Naval Battles – Global Warfare. This is an update to the original 1989 game and includes the material in that game’s two expansions. MNB-GW covers naval warfare during the Cold War, Falkland Islands War, and Post-2000 era. Neither of these games are a simulation but both are interesting, fun games. Read the rest of this entry »