1989: Dawn of Freedom (2012)

Average Rating: 7.99/10
Board Game Rank: 209
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2012
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2
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Best with 2 players
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12 and up
Playing Time
150 minutes
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14 and up
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1989: Dawn of Freedom
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1989
1989: Autumn of Nations
1989: Jesień Narodów
1989: L'Alba della Libertà
1989: L'Aube la Liberté
1989: Úsvit svobody
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"History punishes those who come too late." - Mikhail Gorbachev

1989: Dawn of Freedom is an exciting, fast paced game simulating the end of the Cold War in 1989. During this amazing year, a series of democratic revolutions ended the 40 year Soviet empire in Eastern Europe. 1989 simulates the political, social and economic aspects of these revolutions using a card-driven system similar to Twilight Struggle.

"No man is so old he cannot live one more year." - Leszek Kolakowski

One player plays the Communist. At the start of the game he holds unquestioned power across the six nations of the Warsaw Pact. But there are ominous clouds on the horizon. The new leader in Moscow has declared no more will Soviet tanks prop up tottering Communist governments. The economies, after decades of central planning and stagnation, have reached various stages of crisis. Inside the churches and among the students and their professors there are dissident movements that have been emboldened. From crushing dissent to offering concessions, the Communist player will have to use a variety of strategies in a struggle to hold on to his empire.

"A bad regime is never in so great danger as when it tries to improve." - Alexis de Tocqueville

The other player plays the Democrat. At the dawn of 1989, behind the iron curtain, no one considers revolution possible. The goal of dissidents is to create a civil society outside the control of the Communist regimes. On their side are students who are fascinated with the style and pop culture of the west, and the Church. Against them is the vast apparatus of the Communist state. Their challenge is to persuade the workers, who are the bulk of society, to join their cause.

"Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" - Ronald Reagan

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Components:
2 countersheets deluxe style counters
1 22" x 34" (55 x 85 cm) mounted map
1 rulebook (approx 36 pages)
2 player aid cards
2 strategy decks (110 cards)
1 Power struggle deck (52 cards)

[Cards same size as Twilight Struggle and use 63.5mm x 88mm sleeves]

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1989: Úsvit svobody
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Czech first edition
Publisher: MINDOK
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Year: 2014
Size: 9.25 x 12.36 x 2.17 inches
3.70 pounds
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1989: Jesień Narodów
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Polish first edition
Publisher: Bard Centrum Gier
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Year: 2013
Size: GMT standard box
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Release Date: May 17, 2014
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1989: Dawn of Freedom
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English first edition
Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Rodger B. MacGowan, Mark Simonitch
Year: 2012
Product Code: GMT 1202
Size: GMT standard box
3.98 pounds
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Release Date: Apr 2012
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German first edition
Publisher: Spielworxx
Artist: Donal Hegarty, Rodger B. MacGowan, Leland Myrick, Mark Simonitchmore»
Year: 2012
Product Code: 1202
Size: GMT standard box
4.30 pounds
German
Release Date: Sep 24, 2012
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1989: L'Aube la Liberté
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French first version
Publisher: Hexasim
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Year: 2012
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Release Date: Sep 5, 2012
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10 complete cardlist & ops distribution
This document lists all cards and their event text from 1989: Dawn of Freedom, sorted by eras. Included is also an overview regarding the Ops distribution of both faction over the three decks. The texts are taken from the Vassal module (since my gaming buddy has bought 1989: Dawn of Freedom). My excel skills aren't that good ;)
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2015-03-19
58 Complete FAQ
This document contains information not only from the official FAQ, but also from answers to other rules questions here in BGG, and card clarifications from the rulebook (Romanian events, New Years Eve Party, etc.), so I consider it a much more complete FAQ than the original, containing all the necessary info in the same location. Thumbs-up are appreciated if you download this file that took quite some work to get done.
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2013-10-12
22 Player aid of card manifest
Contains 2 tables: - distribution of suits and ranks in the Power Struggle deck; - distribution of Ops values in the strategy cards, divided by the Early, Middle and Late years. Also contains a reminder of the meaning of the event names with asterisks, underlined and in red. Print and fold to get 2 double-sided player aids.
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2013-10-05
7 1989 Tuck Boxes
Four tuck boxes. Three for event cards (early, mid and late year) and one for Power Struggle cards.
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2013-07-09
8 1989 Power Struggle Card Breakdown
This is a breakdown of the Power Struggle Deck in 1989, showing the number and percentage of each type of card in the deck. The RAR file contains both the PDF and DOC versions of the file. I hope you find it useful
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2013-05-25
7 Rules flowchart version 1.0. Print on letter-size paper and assemble
Rules flowchart version 1.0. Print on letter-size paper and assemble
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2013-04-29
20 redesigned Player Aid
Player Aids looking like period reports for the respective Intelligence Agencies. Print doublesided. The first two pages are for the Communist player, the second two for the Democrat player (the differences are only the names of the Tinanmen Square spaces). For better periodicity, the Democrat version should be typeset in Times New Roman. This will be a new version, when I find free time :)
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2013-02-17
11 concise reference sheet by hecose
Reference sheet useful for quick referencing and provides a structured summary for teaching the game. If you are interested in ref sheets for other games that I’ve made (>200), a complete set is available at my boardgame blog, http://hiewandboardgames.blogspot.com/2010/12/concise-reference-sheets.html Note: Correction to Tiananmen Square rule.
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2012-09-28
7 cyberboard module
cyberboard module zipped
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2012-08-01
17 Where the Heck is ...? [Location Summary]
A player Aid summarizing the map locations by country and alphabetically. Especially helpful for new players and those unfamiliar with eastern block countries.
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2012-06-22
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