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On 22 June 1941, under the codeword "Dortmund", the German Wehrmacht and other Axis powers started the invasion of the Soviet Union. Over 150 divisions – ca. 3,6 million troops – of the Axis invaded the USSR along a front of 2,900 km. In addition to troops, Barbarossa involved 600,000 motor vehicles, 750,000 horses, 3350 tanks, 7300 guns, and nearly 2000 planes – the largest invasion in the history of warfare.

BLOCKS IN THE EAST is a game of World War II conflict simulation at the strategic level. It recalls the most decisive battles fought on the Eastern Front from the beginning of the invasion in summer 1941 until the dramatic end in Berlin in spring 1945. Although based on historical events and battles, the players in command of the two factions can modify the evolution of World War II.

The game is recommended for two or four players: one/two control the Soviet Red Army and the other one/two control Germany and the other Axis powers. In a threesome, one player controls one faction while the other two players control the other faction. The game is furthermore suitable for solitary play: the single player just controls both sides. In this case, a play with Fog of War is suggested.

Developed with a system of wooden blocks and cubes and played out over an astonishing 125x87 cm (49"x34") full laminated multicolor mapboard, the only paper component in the box is the rules manual. In total, more than 600 wooden/plastic components have been created by the best Italian artisinal industry and painted "A buratto", a technique usually adopted for painting car parts and accessories.

The rules are divided into three major sections which can be learned one at a time:
• The Basic Game Rules introduce the basic concepts of BITE and enable players to start playing the game without too many rules to remember.
• The Advanced Game Rules provide more specific and detailed rules for enhanced realism, such as the use of Fuel and the Advanced Production System.
• The Optional Rules are for those who want to get the most out of the game, with rules for Technology Research, Strategic Warfare with the bombing of Germany and U-boat campaigns in the oceans, Amphibious Landings, Airborne Assaults, and more.

In BLOCKS IN THE EAST, a hexagon is approximately 53 miles (70 km) across, a turn is 1 month long, and a full-strength counter represents a major military formation (normally corps size) with 300 planes, 300 tanks, or 30,000 men, depending on the unit type, equipment, nationality, etc. The game can be played with "Fog of War" on (with the faces of wooden blocks hidden from the opponent) or off (all units are visible).

Players can compete in the full 1941 Codeword Dortmund Campaign, in one of four six-turn scenarios ("Operation Barbarossa 1941", "Case Blue - The Drive to Baku 1942", "Operation Citadel - The Battle of Kursk 1943" and "Bagration Offensive in Summer 1944"), or one of the shorter, easy-to-learn scenarios ("Road to Rostov", which lasts six turns, or any of these scenarios: "Road to Leningrad", "Road to Moscow" or "Short Barbarossa"). Each scenario has different victory conditions and length, with a playing time from 1 to 49 turns.

BLOCKS IN THE EAST can be played standalone or combined with Blocks in the West and Blocks in Afrika.

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Components of the CLASSIC TUBE EDITION -1st EDITION - SOLD OUT - OUT OF PRINT

• 2 62x87 cm mapboards (double laminated)
• 1 rules manual (scenario booklet incl.)
• 1 booklet with Germany Strategic Map, Scenario Setup Charts, Play-Example
• 148 wooden red blocks
• 135 wooden black blocks
• 6 wooden green blocks
• 10 wooden white blocks
• 300 laminated PVC stickers
• 60 wooden yellow cubes
• 20 wooden red cubes
• 20 wooden blue cubes
• 20 plastic black cylinders
• 10 plastic white cylinders
• 20 plastic yellow discs
• 10 plastic black discs
• 20 plastic red discs
• 20 plastic dark red discs
• 20 plastic blue discs
• 1 turn tracker token
• 7 dice

Components of the BOXED STANDARD EDITION - 2nd EDITION

• 2 62x87 cm mapboards (double laminated)
• 1 rules manual (scenario booklet incl.)
• 1 booklet with Germany Strategic Map, Scenario Setup Charts, Play-Example
• 156 wooden red blocks
• 144 wooden black blocks
• 6 wooden light green blocks
• 6 wooden tan/white blocks
• 3 wooden dark green blocks
• 2 wooden blue blocks
• 318 PVC stickers (laminated)
• 60 wooden yellow cubes
• 20 wooden red cubes
• 20 wooden blue cubes
• 20 wooden yellow cylinders
• 20 plastic black cylinders
• 10 plastic white cylinders
• 20 plastic dark red discs
• 10 plastic black discs
• 25 plastic red factories
• 20 plastic blue factories
• 5 plastic black factories
• 7 dice

Additional Components of the BOXED LIMITED EDITION - SOLD OUT - OUT OF PRINT

• 1 "BLOCKS IN THE EAST" T-Shirt
• 318 PVC glossy LE stickers
• 2 colored cardboard Order of Battles
• 20 wooden yellow 1 PP settlements
• 2 wooden yellow 2 PP settlements
• 3 wooden black 1 Oil-PP oilfield center
• 2 wooden black 5 Oil-PP oilfield center
• 20 wooden red Soviet partisans
• 10 wooden SRM lokomotives (5 red, 4 black, 1 white)
• 5 wooden naval movement boats (2 red, 1 black, 1 light blue, 1 light green)
• 3 wooden purple strategic bomb hits
• 2 plastic black victory city flags with base


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VentoNuovo Games collector's edition
Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Artist: Riccardo Gatti, Silvia Grazioli, Emanuele Santandrea
Year: 2013
Product Code: 21
Size: 36.00 x 4.00 x 4.00 inches
17.64 pounds
English, French, German, Italian, Spanishmore»
Release Date: Mar 31, 2013
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Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Artist: Riccardo Gatti, Silvia Grazioli, Emanuele Santandrea
Year: 2012
Size: 28.00 x 4.00 x 4.00 inches
2.20 pounds
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Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Artist: Emanuele Santandrea
Year: 2012
Product Code: 02
Size: 19.00 x 13.00 x 3.00 inches
5.00 pounds
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Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Artist: Emanuele Santandrea
Year: 2012
Product Code: 03
Size: 19.00 x 13.00 x 3.00 inches
7.00 pounds
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In this edition you will find all changes in red colour so that you don’t have to read the whole rules manual again.
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2015-05-29
12 English rules manual 3.2 clear
Ladies and Gentleman, much time has passed since the last release so it’s time to introduce you the brand new version of the English rules manual 3.2. It was revised together with the German one. The new version 3.2 contains especially the following changes:  Matching with the rules of BLOCKS IN THE WEST and BLOCKS IN AFRICA e.g. Garrison a city; German tank corps “Hermann Göring” has 1 Bonus in defence instead of 1 Bonus when attacking;  Numerous clarifications e.g. Air-Recon, HQ-movement:  New examples e.g. defender reaction, HQ-deactivation;  New picture-examples e.g. units with a shield; crossing the Manych;  New graphics e.g. partisan placement, supply of the Crimea;  New photos e.g. German Volkssturm, Soviet Oilroute;  Notes to accessories for BLOKS IN THE...
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3 German rules manual 3.2 with changes visible
Hier sind die Änderungen zur Version 3.1 in rot ersichtlich.
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3 German rules manual 3.2 clear
Ladies and Gentleman, es ist soweit: Die Überarbeitung des Deutschen und Englischen Handbuchs ist abgeschlossen. Beide liegen nun in der aktuellsten Version 3.2 vor. Die Version 3.2 enthält u.a. folgende Änderungen: • Abstimmung der Regeln mit BLOCKS IN THE WEST und BLOCKS IN AFRIKA z.B. Garnisonieren von Städten; Deutsche Eliteeinheit Panzerkorps „Hermann Göring“ hat 1 Bonus in der Verteidigung statt im Angriff; • Zahlreiche Klarstellungen z.B. Luftaufklärung, HQ-Bewegung, • Neue Beispiele z.B. Verteidigerreaktion, HQ-Deaktivieren; • Neue Bilderklärungen und Bildbeispiele z.B. Einheiten mit Schutzschild; Überquerung des Manych; • Neue Grafiken z.B. Partisanenplatzierung, Versorgung der Krim; • Neue Bilder z.B. Deutscher Volkssturm, Sowjetische Ölroute; • Hinweise auf...
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2 BITE - Rulebook German 3.1 January 2015
The new German version includes all updates from the English version 3.0. Furthermore it adds new clarifications and information (most of them from the boardgamegeek-forum) which are not included in the current English or Italian version (changes in pink colour). The layout was revised too: pictures that were missed in the last version are now included again. The changes also include new pictures and maps. Posted with permission from the publisher. Die neueste Version des deutschen Handbuchs enthält alle updates der aktuellen Englischen Version 3.0. Darüber hinaus enthält sie Erklärungen und neue Infos, die noch nicht in der aktuellen Englischen oder Italienischen Version enthalten sind (Änderungen in Pink). Das Layout wurde ebenfalls überarbeitet: Bilder, die in der letzten...
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5 THE BLOCKS TRILOGY
The 1939 CAMPAIGN GAME Rules Manual
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2014-10-23
6 BLOCKS IN EUROPE
Rules Manual, Final Version. To be used when playing the three games together.
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2014-10-23
4 Expansión Chrome
Expansión Chrome para BITE. Incluye preguntas y respuestas frecuentes.
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2013-12-31
5 Tablas versión 3.0 en A4
Las tablas basadas en la versión 3.0 del reglamento, en dos hojas tamaño A4.
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2013-12-24
11 Blocks in the East. Reglamento 3.2 en español
Versión 3.2 de las reglas, con las actualizaciones recopiladas por Erich von Manstein (greenpark4000). Todo el trabajo es suyo. Los cambios están en rojo.
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