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1962
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2
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12 and up
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120 minutes
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Hunt down and sink the Bismarck. Three levels of play. In the advanced game, you use miniatures rules for the combat. Hidden movement by the use of separate search boards.

The original Bismarck game from AH was remarkable for one reason: the ONLY playing piece that the German player had was the Bismarck!

A straight forward move-and-search naval game. If the British player finds the Bismarck, a battle ensues.

The game is played for points. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins. The game ends when: 1) the Bismarck is sunk, 2) the Bismarck enters Bergen, St. Nazaire, or Ferrol after patrolling, 3) the German gains so many points it is impossible for the British player to win, or 4) time runs out.

Avalon Hill Complexity ratings
Basic Game - 4
Intermediate Game - 6
Advanced Game - 7

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from The Avalon Hill Company History, 1980

Bismarck (1962) Discontinued 1972, Revised 1980
Designed by Lindsley Schutz and Charles Roberts
Development by Tom Shaw
1980 Design by Jack Greene
1980 Development by Mick Uhl

Originally sold for $5.98 due to double box size which was intended to enhance salability. Similar experiments with the packaging for WATERLOO and STALINGRAD were tried but soon discarded as being ineffective and unwieldy. The title was resurrected in 1979 in a completely new design with state of the art techniques and a greatly enlarged scope.


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Product Code: 517
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8 Seven Scenarios for Bismarck '62
Seven scenarios for Bismarck '62 for early war situations. These include breakouts by pocket battleships, the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau working together and armed merchant cruisers. Also included are enlarged hex and squares search maps for Bismarck plus rules for destroyers and submarines.
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2 Enlarged Bismarck '62 Squares Map
The standard Bismarck '62 squares map with one row added to the east. This is useful for scenarios that start before July 1940.
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2013-02-21
4 Bismarck '62 Map in Hex Format
This hex-format map makes little difference to the play of the game except to make movement a little more realistic. A column of zones has been added to the right for earlier scenarios, and a row of zones added to the top marked "Polar Ice Cap."
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