Board Wargames

Tide of Iron: Fury of the Bear — Coming Soon

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Fury of the Bear
Fury of the Bear

Fantasy Flight Games announced its latest expansion for Tide of Iron will be coming soon. Fury of the Bear will add the Russians to the ToI system. Besides Russian miniatures and additional German minis, nine new winter map boards will be included.

White Star Rising — Beta Rules

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White Star RisingLock’n Load Publishing posted a PDF of the beta rules for their upcoming WW2 tactical board wargame, White Star Rising. The game is the long awaited World War 2 version of the World at War system. The rules are basically complete but do not include any scenarios and will receive some final polish before publication. Overall nothing surprising in them as they are basically the WaW rules with some minor tweaks. It does look like WSR will ship with a nice selection of formations for the Americans, British and Germans.

Steel Wolves in 2010

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Steel WolvesCompass Games announced Steel Wolves will be printing in October of 2010. So fans should have it in time for the holidays. Pre-orders are still open. Steel Wolves is a  follow up to their well done WW2 solitaire board game on Allied submarine combat in the Pacific, Silent War. Fans of naval games, solitaire games and the war in the Atlantic should check it out.

Horus Heresy — Available Soon

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Horus Heresy
Horus Heresy

Fantasy Flight Games‘ new boardgame set in the universe of Warhammer 40K, Horus Heresy, will be released on April 13th. They now have the full rules available for download. The game is sort of a strategic/operational game of the classic assault on Terra in the Warhammer 40K universe. Six scenarios are included.

Space Infantry – Now On P500

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Space InfantrySpace Infantry started as a free downloadable print-and-play game by Gottardo Zancani. Space Infantry is a solitaire sci-fi board wargame. It covers squad-level combat in the far future with players commanding a unit of 4-8 troops against various alien foes across a variety of landscapes. The free version of the game was not only fun to play but also had very high graphic art standards.

Well we were not the only ones to notice how good the game was and now Lock’n Load Games has announced that they will be producing a professionally printed and boxed version of Space Infantry. If you have any interest in sci-fi games or solitaire games check this out. The game is currently on their P500 list.

Hearts and Minds — Now Available

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Hearts and MindsWorthington Games has a new game on the Vietnam War. Hearts and Minds is a card-driven area movement board wargame that covers the Vietnam War between 1965-1975. The game is playable in an hour for the scenarios or 3-6 hours for the campaign game.

If you enjoy games like Twilight Struggle or Empire of the Sun you might want to give Hearts and Minds a look.

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 »

New DVG Games

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Phantom Leader

Dan Verssen Games (DVG) has a couple of interesting new titles coming out soon. Phantom Leader is the latest in the Hornet Leader series started almost twenty years ago with Hornet Leader from GMT Games published in 1991. This was followed by Thunderbolt/Apache Leader (A-10s and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters). They all began as solitaire board games but have only been available as VASSAL games for a long time. Phantom Leader brings the series back into print. Phantom Leader puts you in the role of a squadron commander and you have to manage your pilots and aircraft and then plan and fly combat missions including target selection, weapons loadouts and more. The game is card driven and both U.S. Navy and Air Force options are included with a variety of aircraft besides the F-4. Phantom Leader also adds a political element to your strikes that seems quite fitting for a Vietnam era game. The rules are available online as well as some after action reports. If you have an interest in aerial warfare, or were a fan of the old games, you should give Phantom Leader a look.

Frontline - D-Day
Frontline - D-Day

Also coming soon from DVG is Frontline – D-Day. It is a WW2 tactical card game for 1-4 players. You can play as the Americans, British, or Germans in the D-Day 1944 battles and follow-on Normandy battles. What is interesting is that there is also a solitaire mechanic included in the game. The rules are available online as well as AARs and some play sheets.

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]

Heroes of the Blitzkreig — Review

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hotb-coverArmchair General magazine has a nice review of Lock ‘N Load Games’ Heroes of the Blitzkrieg. HotB is the latest addition to LnL’s WW2 tactical combat board game system. The rules are the new V3.0 rules and it was the first game to include the new graphic design with small, super high gloss map panels.

The second edition of Band of Heroes is also available. It also includes the V3.0 rules and new map panels without the halo hexes.

Joe Steadman from The Dice Tower also has a video look at the game.

[Updated: 17DEC09]