Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Monday, 30 November 2020
Monday, 23 November 2020
As the early morning fog clears, Alexoff tightens the collar on his fur lined Marshal's coat, he notices the harsh and bitter winter wind beginning to pick up and the sound of the churning of the 1st Soviet Guard Armies tank engines. Suddenly, a flurry of flashes and thundering explosions signal the start of "Operation Saturn". It has begun, Marshal Alexoff smiles "now it is the fascists turn to pay the reapers bill."
Meanwhile, outside Tatsinskaia in Tzars Nicholas former summer palace General Field Marshal Von Breen's command staff begin to grow worried as desperate reports from the front reach them. East of Boguchar a 150 mile wide breach has been blown in the front line. Forward positions which have borne the brunt of the Reds offensive have evaporated under the onslaught. Von Breen and his aids are bent over the situation maps, they quickly identify that Ivan has chosen well, hitting Italian and Hungarian formation. Von Breen realises desperate measures are needed, "Contact Kleist's HQ immediately and advise them of the situation, they will need time to organise the 1st Panzer Armies withdrawal, no time can be wasted if they are not to be trapped like Paulus".
So begins my some what melodramatic post with Al (Marshal Alexoff) and my (Field Marshal Von Breen) return, via vassal to the wonderful "A Victory Lost" and its chit pulling goodness. I have played a number of other hex and counter chit pullers recently including "A Victory Denied" younger sibling of AVL and Revolution Games "Konigsberg," but none of them match the streamlined and elegant nature of this classic. With its low learning curve and its random chit draw mechanism, this game is ready made for repeated plays and revisits following long periods of absence.
Enough idle chitter chatter, time to form the Kampfgruppen and try to stabilise the front, der Fuhrer will not be pleased.
Thursday, 27 February 2020
Labyrinth is a "Twilight Struggle" influenced design and has been said to be an early evolution of the Coin system, no surprise given that the designer " Volko Ruhnke " is the creator of both. You play as either the Jihadist or the United States in a dual for world ideological domination. The game has a solo play option with the Jihadist the opponents of the live player. This is where I shall start before introducing the game to one of my fellow grognards. So as Rumsfeld famously said
"there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know."
Know what I mean.
Monday, 17 February 2020
Thursday, 6 February 2020
Friday, 31 January 2020
Saturday, 18 January 2020
Thursday, 19 December 2019
Saturday, 19 October 2019
Saturday, 28 September 2019
Friday, 27 September 2019
I have been doing a little card crafting. I spent this evening creating some cards to replace the HQ chits used in "A Victory Lost". Instead of drawing the cardboard chits from a bag these cards will act as replacements being shuffled instead. Makes one want to break out this great game again.
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Sunday, 11 August 2019
Inspired by the views while on holiday in Heidelberg I decided to invest in some wargame goodness.
Friday, 18 January 2019
The game has been set up and a learner solo session is planned for the weekend.
A few staggering and chilling stats on the battle.
Historians estimate 1,100,000 Russian military casualties either dead , wounded, missing or captured. In addition an estimated 40,000 Russia civilians were to perish. Germany and its allies lost 800,000 during the Stalingrad campaign. This number includes 91,000 capture of which only 5000/6000 survived captivity to return home.