Soviet Force and Fronts – Objective Moscow

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NW map:

Leningrad Front

NW Front : Kanningrad to Minsk.

Central Front – Minsk to Kiev

Sth Central Front – Minsk to Rostov

SW Map

Caucasus Rostov to Orenburg

Aral Sea Region (border with Iran and China)

Semipalatinsk Front – Karaganda to SE map edge.

NE Map – Arctic Front

SE Map

China – Vladivostok to Map Edge West.

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The GMT news letter that has you all a titter…

Yes.

It is true, John Kranz is re-publishing via GMT The Russian Campaign. The venerable Australian classic first published by JEDKO games when most of us were teenagers!

I used to own this original baby. Now I just have the Avalon Hill 3rd edition, and the lovely re-imagining done by L2 games the 4th Edition with Southern Expansion.

The new artwork is a bit of a mixed bag and appears to pay homage more to the L2 version than the original or Avalon Hill versions of the game:

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I’m not sure what art will end up in the game NATO or silhouettes? The brand new icons are rather nasty? Remind me of the tacky ironclads from US Civil War.

ctrartPerhaps the game will come with both sets and you choose. That would be cool.

A glimpse at possible map art:

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Compared to the originals 3rd and 4th edition.2016-09-22-05-18-17 A little close up of the 3rd and 4th edition maps.

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The question is not will the game be made, it obviously will. The question is do we need it?

Is this a errata free, corrected and enhanced game with nothing new being brought to the table? i.e. a vanity production that would be lovely to have but offers no new insights?

Will the VC’s be tweaked to let the closet Uber Germany ‘they could won only if’ boyz have their day in the sun?

Will new insights with the bright light of fresh history be incorporated?

Will the gameplay be a new and different adventure ?

For me, I’m in two minds. On the one hand, it is super that many folks will have a chance to own a bit of history for under $50 plus shipping. On the other, I have two versions already and feel hard pressed to want to play either of those again let alone a 3rd revised version.

What will you be doing?

New Red Winter Campaign!

Steve and I played a shorter scenario a few weeks back. Now we kick off  a playthrough of the full campaign.

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Opening Soviet move.

Can we force the Finns to abandon  the Kivisalmi bridge without a fight?

9/11 2001

From a recent STRATFOR Security weekly post, By Scott Stewart:

9-11

Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and it is incredible to think how much time has passed since that day. Like so many traumatic events, 9/11 has imprinted in most people’s minds where they were and what they were doing when two airliners struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center that once dominated the New York City skyline and a third jet hit the Pentagon. In the weeks that followed, it was not uncommon to hear people say things like “the attacks changed everything” and “nothing will ever be the same.” A sense of patriotism spread across the United States, and foreign leaders declared that the whole world was American. But in the years since, human nature and entropy have shown how fleeting such sentiments can be.

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