This initial game will include two play boards - summer and winter - so players can also play winter battles such as the Bulge and the winter battles on the Eastern Front in Russia. The expansion set will provide a desert and Pacific War board and tile sets for battle in North Africa/Middle East and the war against Japan.
But this initial offering will have enough scenarios to keep everyone very busy for a long time The list of scenarios we are considering is enormous. Obviously we wont be able to include them all because the time to play test them all would be prohibitive and the game would take a couple of years to get to market.
So here are the scenarios we are looking at including in the game:
INVASION OF POLAND - 1939In this scenario, players will take the part of Polish and German commanders as the German's launch blitzkrieg against the unprepared Poles. The Germans have only 3 weeks to win. Can they repeat their success or can the Poles give them a harder time of it?
BATTLE OF FRANCE - 1940The Germans launched blitzkrieg against the low countries and then against France. Within a very short time German tank columns had sliced through the allied armies and then drove against Paris followed by France's capitulation. But everything had to go right and the German high command was split between allowing the tank spearheads to strike deep behind enemy lines and outrun the infantry support or making them slow down, stay back and advance together with the slow moving infantry. Can you, as the Germans, manage to persuade the Generals to let the tanks do their thing? As the Allied player can you blunt the German attack and stop them in their tracks?
OPERATION SEA LION - 1940 (hypothetical)The German High Command had a plan to invade England after France fell. It was highly doubtful such a plan could have been successful because of British air superiority and the dominance of the Royal Navy, but what if it had happened? Now you can find out!
OPERATION ISABELLA - 1941 (hypothetical)Spanish dictator Franco refused to join the Axis and fight against the allies. The British controlled the Mediterranean Sea access using Gibraltar as a base. Hitler's general staff had drawn up a plane to invade Spain and take Gibraltar from the mainland. Historically, Hitler turned his attention eastwards toward the Balkans and Russian instead.What would have happened had this operation gone ahead?
GREECE - 1941The Italians failed to invade Greece and drew the Germans into the battle. Greece fell quickly against the Greek and British forces there. Can history be repeated?
CRETE - 1941Germany conducted the world's first full airborne invasion against the island of Crete. The operation was in doubt until near the end. The Germans could easily have lost had the British reacted to the landings properly.
OPERATION BARBAROSSA SCENARIOS - We would like to include five major battles that happened when Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941.*
*ARMY GROUP NORTHGerman spearheads advanced quickly through Lithuania and Latvia in an attempt to surround Russian troops and capture major bridges over the rivers standing between them and their target, Leningrad.
*ARMY GROUP CENTERThe Germans launched a surprise attack against Soviet armies in fortified positions along the German/Russian border. German armored spearheads drove deep and cut off Soviet units. But what if the Russian commanders had reacted swiftly and knew what was coming? Could the Germans had kept to their time table?
*ARMY GROUP SOUTHIn the south, Germans, Hungarians and Romanians attacked Russian forces that did not so easily fall or retreat. In fact the Germans were unable to reach their objectives within the time they wanted. Can you do better?
*SMOLENSKIn the center, the Germans were driving quickly toward Moscow and after the initial breakthrough the Russians tried to seriously stop them. Smolensk was their opportunity.
*KIEV POCKETAfter the victory at Smolensk Hitler decided to send his tanks south to help surround the Ukrainian city of Kiev in an attempt to trap thousands of Russian soldiers. In the process the timetable to capture Moscow has delayed.
BATTLE FOR MOSCOW - 1941After the harsh Russian winter settled in and froze German soldiers and equipment. Now they were at the gates of Moscow, but the Russian Winter and the citizens of Moscow both stood against them. The Germans got close but failed. Can you succeed?
"CASE BLUE" - 1942After failing to take Moscow and Leningrad, Hitler needed a victory. He chose to invade the southern region between the Black Sea and Caspian sea and take over the oil fields there. the Russians were completely unprepared and failed to react quickly. Maybe you can change history!
BATTLE OF STALINGRAD - 1942As a part of Case Blue, Hitler wanted his soldiers to capture the city of Stalingrad - named after the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. At first the Germans made rapid success, but Stalin was willing to throw every last man to keep the Germans from winning. Between German bombing and Russian determination, the battle settled into a gruesome and bloody fight in the rubble of the city until winter came and the Germans found themselves surrounded and surrendered. This began the end of the German success in Russia and the turning of the entire war. Had the Germans been successful the war might have ended with a German victory in 1943. Can you stave off defeat?
KURSK SALIENT - 1943After the Germans had lost at Stalingrad they were severely outnumbered by the Russians who unleashed a massive counterattack. But they eventually outran themselves and created huge bulge in German lines. Hitler chose to take advantage of this situation and hopefully destroy many Russian units and turn the war back into the German favor. Unfortunately, the Russian knew Hitlers; plan and prepared. The Germans lost greatly and this was the final nail in the German war effort in the east.
OPERATION OVERLORD - 1944Eventually the Western Allies invaded France and directly threatened Germany from the west.
OVERLORD SCENARIOS - Players can play the entire operation or select from one of seven scenarios within the campaign.*
* JUNO BEACH
-Allied drive to capture this peninsula and the vital port city.
*THE DRIVE INLAND
- After the initial landings the allies had to drive inland against fierce German defenses and counterattacks.
OPERATION COBRA - 1944Finally after slugging it out in he easily defensible hedgerows of Normandy, the Allies launched a major attack to breakout and drive toward Paris and then Germany. Can you be as successful as General Patton and his 3rd Army or as the Germans can you stop them in their tracks?
CRUSADE IN FRANCE - 1944-45Players recreate the entire allied effort in France from the Cobra breakout to the Bulge.
ARDENNES FOREST - 1944The famous Battle of the Bulge saw the Germans throw everything the had left at stopping the allies before reaching German soil. Now you can take either side and see if you can repeat or change history.
SICILY - 1943The allies landed in Europe first on the island of Sicily in the Mediterranean. The Germans and Italians fought hard but eventually had to retreat to the mainland.
ITALY - 1943-45Take command of Germans or Allies as both sides slug it out over the rugged Italian countryside.
BATTLE FOR GERMANYYou are the German commanders trying to fend off the Russians from the east and the Allies in the west. Can you stave off the inevitable?
BATTLE FOR BERLIN - 1945Hitler sits in his bunker commanding armies that no longer exist while preparing the defense of the capital city. The allies are approaching from the west. Can you keep the Russians at bay long enough for the British to arrive?
RED STAR vs.WHITE STARWhat if the Alliance between the Western powers and Soviet Union had broken down (as some Germans had hoped) and the two allies now fought one another? Would it have looked like this?
INVASION USA - 1947 (hypothetical)What if the Germans had won the war and now looked to invade the east coast of the United States? Can you, as the Americans drive them back into the sea or as the Germans capture New York and Washington, D.C.?
Obviously we cannot include all these scenarios so we have to be selective. However we can include 10 with the initial game and then provide new ones on our website as we test play them one at a time.
Maybe you can help us?
Please leave a comment and let us know which TEN scenarios would you most wish to play!