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Newsletter Special Offers. Aiming to encourage you to read our Newsletter promptly, we offer you this special deal on a couple dozen new games. We offer a single copy of each of the following games at the special price listed, now thru 30 April 2007. Snooze you lose.
Newsletter Specials Offered
via this Newsletter ONLY!
|Game Title (Publisher)||Special Newsletter Offer Price||Part # & Condition|
|Australia (Ravensburger)||$15 new price||70563 new|
|Internet Wargames Catalog 5th (Wargames for Sale)||$10||77964 new|
|Struggle for Rome [Catan] (Mayfair)||$33||79243 new|
|Arkham Horror 2nd (Fantasy Flight)||$35||78196 new|
|Zombies!!! 3rd (Twilight Creations)||$19||78680 new|
|Antarctica, Global War-ming (Savita)||$35||78041 new|
|Runebound 2nd (Fantasy Flight)||$33||78556 new|
|Doom, the Boardgame (Fantasy Flight)||$37.50||78163 new|
|Mall of Horror (Asmode)||$31||76080 new|
|Junta 3rd (West End)||$31||79738 new|
|Zombie Town (Twilight Creations)||$27||79744 new|
|Warrior Knights 2nd (Fantasy Flight)||$33||75186 new|
|Lightning War, War on Terror (DecGms)||$12||71543 new|
|Lightning War, Midway (DecGms)||$12||69479 new|
|East Front for Windows PC v2.03 [1990s computer version] (Columbia)||$36||78688 new|
|They Shall Not Pass (Avalanche)||$12.50||79596 new|
|Bitter End 2nd (Compass)||$37.50||74265 new|
|ATS: Arnhem Oosterbeek Perimeter KIT (CriHit)||$32||78484 new|
|ATS: Arnhem Oosterbeek Perimeter Game (Cri Hit)||$45||79201 new|
|ATS: Berlin--Red Victory||$70||78246 new|
|ASL: Berlin, Fall 3rd Reich 2nd||$44||79189 new|
|ASL: Witches Cauldron (Cri Hit)||$22||79877 new|
|Fire in the East (GDW)||$99||79289 mint|
|Commands & Colors, Ancients 1st (GMT)||$38||74749 new|
Personal Game Collection Sale. As you can imagine,
I've built up quite a board game collection over 40 years (17 of which I
actively bought & sold games). But after the same cold, hard
self-examination many of you have gone thru, I've elected to move away from
collecting anything & everything. So, as time permits, I'm selling off
games that really don't interest me personally. (I didn't say
"bad" games, just game topics & scales that don't do it form
me: ASL was the first to go despite the quality of the game system.)
Check out my Personal Game Collection Sale from time to time. If you don't see a specific game listed, I almost certainly still have it. I'll consider motivating offers on most any game, with the understanding that I'm merely thinning my collection and not liquidating it.
A listing of all the board & card games and supplies newly released in the last two months is always available to you on our web site. Its a cumulative listing of what's new in the last two months.
A separate catalog of all the board & card game and supplies projected to be released in the next six months is also always available. This shows you what's on the horizon, with the best info available to us as to release dates. (Realize that game publishers are typically over-optimistic in their release date. And some publishers' release schedule bears no resemblance to their actual publication schedules; none! Welcome to the world of wargames!)
Brief Reviews & Honorable Mentions
We intend to use this space to guide you to the better games published in recent months. Since this is the first review in years, we must simply summarize some areas and point to a bare handful or remarkable titles where we should do justice to dozens. Such is life.
For the wargamers among us, there is plenty being published to keep us reading & learning. The unchallenged winner among wargames is, of course, Decision Games' War in the Pacific. Its about the biggest box, and is the heaviest game, we've ever seen; it weighs in at 11.5 pounds. And that's not fluff; rather, its an entirely update & re-thought version of the SPI monster game -- with even more stuff. 9000 counters, 7 strategic maps covering all of the Pacific & east Asia, plus 150 small scale maps of key islands so that detailed ground campaigns can be waged. "Only" 128 pages of rules -- same as Advanced Third Reich and Empire of the Sun, but then there are 300 charts. This could have been merely a "study," something to ogle but never play. But the beast IS playable in one of many small campaigns. Remember, retirement is coming!
Against the Odds magazine published 4 issues in 2006, and its most recent (Not War but Murder, Cold Harbor #19) was just published & is due here in a week. $28. Strategy & Tactics produced 9 issues, including many intriguing titles such as Twilight of the Ottomans #241 ($18.25). GMT produced C3i # 17 & 18 ($14ea).
Among boxed games, Avalanche published several Great War at Sea additions including Jutland ($48), Second WW at Sea additions including Bismarck ($37.50) as well as many Panzer Grenadier items and also several small, very playable games. The most recent of these is They Shall Not Pass on the battle for Verdun ($14). Their most recent game is Tiger of Malaya ($58).
Clash of Arms has had a notable success with its Epic of the Peloponnesian War, a card-driven game of the bitter conflict in ancient Greece ($59). Its earlier Triumph of Chaos as also done remarkably well ($66). They've just published a Best Of GDW's Naval Sitrep ($14) for Harpoon
Columbia Games published East Front II, West Front II and Euro Front II, all major updates of its earlier games of similar titles. They're nice games, offering more localized scenarios and fewer games to cover all of Europe. But they're a tad expensive at $85ea.
The ever-active Critical Hit has produced all sorts of games for both the ASL line and its ATS series. If you like big, nasty firefights with late war monster tanks, be sure to pick up ASL:Berlin Fall of the Third Reich ($70) or ATS: Berlin Red Victory ($74). Several games & kits on the Arnhem battles, most recent is ASL:Witches Cauldron to uses all the ATS work for ASL ($23.50).
GMT has re-committed to the hobby, and stands as an excellent example of a great company publishing great games and taking great care of its customers. The list of its games published in the last year is too lengthy to recite here, but several must be mentioned. Combat Commander Europe has gained a following for its exciting tactical play $55. Europe Engulfed was reprinted with minor rules revisions $65. Here I Stand, a card-driven game of the Reformation $55. Onward Christian Soldiers, a card-driven game of a few of the Crusades $45. Paths of Glory 2nd Ed Players Guide (a Recommended Must-Have for its added cards), $18. Pax Romana $42.
Pacific Rim reprinted 48th Panzer Korp, a great game of the bitter struggle to restore some order in the Chir River basin after the total collapse of the front lines during the Soviet Stalingrad offensive. $21
Schutz Games from Australia published two unique titles: Aleutian Campaign $15.50 and Sands of Iwo Jima $11.
For fans of Star Fleet Battles, it was a rather lean year with only three Captains Logs (32, 33 & 34) plus the C5 module. Fed & Empire was similarly lean, with only Strategic Operations. All of Amarillo's efforts went into their new Federation Commander game series, which has a very streamlined, strategic level game system providing fast but event filled play. They've published Klingon and Romulan Border games ($42ea) and Klingon, Romulan and Tholian Attack kits ($21ea).
Richard Berg remains a force. Independently, he's published a number of games recently, the last of which is Blackshirts, Italian Invasion of Egypt $20.
Firefight and Perry Moore Games, both run by the same people, have pumped out a few dozen games a modest to good quality on an amazing range of often obscure subjects. Check them out if you like the Russian Front in WW1 or WW2, especially.
Our apologies for those publishers and many games were cannot mention here.
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