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2008
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2
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240 minutes
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FAB: The Bulge
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The Fast Action Battle Series: Volume 1 – The Bulge
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The Fast Action Battle (FAB) Series - Volume 1: The Bulge

From Rick Young, designer of Europe Engulfed, comes a series of fun, tense block games. FAB games focus on speed and playability with low-unit density while keeping the history both accurate and exciting.

Volume 1: The Bulge brings you the Battle of the Bulge from December 16th through December 27th. You command the division and brigade level units using the historical orders of battle. You order your forces to key points, and decide how and when to order extra Assets to bolster them. Note that there are never enough of these Assets to give to all the units begging for them, so you need to weigh your decisions carefully.

FAB delivers a new blend of units and decisions to the block game genre: your forces are a mixture of wooden blocks and die-cut counters.

  • Blocks: your divisions and brigades are multi-step wooden blocks with printed labels on one side only, with step-losses represented by rotating the blocks. FAB has a new twist on the units in that the pips on the edges of the blocks are color coded to represent troop quality, which can change as a Division suffers losses. Elite Units can lose their edge and become Veteran, while Green Units can harden and become Veteran as they experience the strains of combat.
  • Counters: Die-cut counters represent (1) additional Assets available to you as the Field Commander and (2) major Events that could have or did occur during the battle.
  • Assets represent engineers, army level artillery, independent armor and infantry regiments/battalions, and other small units that can be temporarily assigned to the battles that you deem important to your strategy.
  • Randomly drawn Events provide divisional replacements, air strikes, interdiction teams, parachute drops, and events unique to each battle in the Series. These Events represent unique opportunities which you can use to influence the outcome, although you cannot count on exactly when these opportunities will be available to you.

Another strong element of FAB is the return of Special Actions, which have already been proven in GMT’s Europe Engulfed design to give flexible, exciting game play. Special Actions give you tense choices in deciding how and when to seize initiative or interfere with a sudden move by your opponent.

Series Designer: Rick Young
Series Developer: John Foley
Published: 2007
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Microbadges: http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/fabattles.jpg http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/fabbulgegerman.jpg

WW2 operations microbadges
mb Operation Wacht am Rhein, Battle of the Bulge.

The official FAQ can be found on GMT's website, using this link:
http://www.gmtgames.com/fabbulge/FAB_Official-FAQ.pdf

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Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Rodger B. MacGowan, Mark Simonitch
Year: 2008
Product Code: 0712
Size: GMT standard box
1.90 pounds
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7 FAB The Bulge - Reference Sheets
FAB The Bulge - Reference Sheets v0.97
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2014-10-31
14 FAB Bulge Player Aid
Loosely based on other aids here. Heavily formatted to fit on 2 pages, many details and references added.
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2013-07-05
59 FAB Bulge Deluxe Player Aid Pack
Deluxe Player Pack (version 1.1) adds two new rolodex cards ("Special Actions/Staff Functions" and "Morale Checks and More") plus a tweak to the Movement rolodex card. Original pack contains a "Rules in 10 Minutes" rules summary; a pair of "Player Toolbox" reference cards (one for both the German and Allied players); a set of large "rolodex" reference cards summarizing Movement, Combat, Supply, and more; and a Strategy Tips interview with FAB Bulge designer Rick Young. Entire pack reviewed by and approved by Rick Young. Players who previously downloaded version 1.0 can re-download and only need to print out the two new rolodex cards plus the edited Movement card. (Added note that German Strat Moves cost a Fuel Asset.)
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2010-12-16
45 FAB: The Bulge rules summary
FAB: The Bulge rules summary that I use to teach the game and to refresh my memory. Incorporates any clarifications from the FAQ v3 from 20-Jan-2009.
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2010-10-08
13 Battle Hit Chart for FAB: The Bulge!
As per above.
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2009-12-17
5 FAB: The Bulge Matrix for Attack Modifiers. v1.0
This chart is an easy way to identify the modifiers for each attack without having to refer to a list!
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2009-07-12
21 FAB: Bulge Simplified Sequence of Play
This cuts through the crap.
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2008-06-21
50 Re: Flatten That Learning Curve Rules Summary
I took the the ruels Summary "FAB Bulge Very Extended Rules V1.2.doc" from angioman (who did a realy good job) and changed the document structure to bring it to a more printable document ... nothing else
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2008-04-27
3 Campaign Scenario without hidden assets
CB scenario file without owned trays. Users will still need to release ownership of those that are already set up on the board at the start of this scenario.
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2008-04-10
3 Cold Shoulder with no hidden assets
CB scenario file without owned trays. Users will still need to release ownership of those that are already set up on the board at the start of this scenario.
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2008-04-10
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