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2007
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(from MMP web site:)

From 1941 through 1943, Army Group South fought a campaign in southern Russia. Hitler issued goals that ranged from the far oil fields to a city on the Volga by the name of Stalingrad, finally deciding not to decide and ordered the far flung Army Group to divide and go for both.

Across endless steppe, in the blazing sun and freezing cold, the Axis legions advanced to the edge of Asia and the Caucasus mountains. Some of the oil fields, and most of the city were taken.

Then the Red Army had its turn...

Case Blue is a game that covers both the Axis advance (1941 and 1942) as well as the Soviet counterattacks (Nov 42 to Jan 43) and the German counteroffensive at Kharkov (Feb-March 1943) that ended the series of campaigns in the south. The game covers in great detail all the operations from October 1941 until May 1943 on a large play area extending from Voronezh almost to the Turkish border. The full scope and grandiose nature of these operations come to life here.

Case Blue covers and replaces the 1994 award winning game Enemy at the Gates. Players get to encircle Stalingrad, run their pocket and relief attempts and the many operations that game covered.

Case Blue is the 10th game in the award winning Operational Combat System and is the result of over 6 years of intensive research and testing. Players control units ranging from battalions through divisions (OK, there are a few very strange companies), making key decisions on the use, objectives, and means of war. The series is based on modern concepts of maneuver warfare and allows players a far more insightful look into how campaigns (large and small) really work.

Case Blue is designed to be played both separately or linked to the 2001 game Guderian's Blitzkrieg II. The monster linked game allows players to run operations on the entire Eastern Front (except for Leningrad) from the fall of 1941 until mid-1943.

Multiple scenarios (one map to very large) allow play to be picked up at various key points in the campaign.

If you want a serious look at these pivotal campaigns while having fun at the same time, this is the game for you.

Perhaps the Operational Combat System finest hour, this game is huge.

Contents:

  • 9 22"x34" full-color mapsheets
  • 1 14"x22" full-color mapsheet
  • 10 unit countersheets (280 counters/sheet)
  • 3 marker countersheets (280 counters/sheet)
  • 56-page OCS Series rulebook
  • 24-page Case Blue specific rulebook
  • 24-page German Nationality booklet
  • 24-page Russian Nationality booklet
  • 2 80-page scenario booklets
  • 2 two-color charts and tables booklets
  • Two dice

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Microbadges:

  • Case Blue: mb
  • The Gamer's Operational Combat Series: mb mb
  • mb Skink's OCS Examples of Play Fan
  • WW2 (operation) Case Blue: mb

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Case Blue
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First edition
Publisher: Multi-Man Publishing
Artist: Nicolás Eskubi, Dean Essig
Year: 2007
Size: 11.50 x 8.40 x 4.20 inches
3.86 pounds
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10 Case Blue Lessons Learnt
Lessons learnt report from the Baltimore Case Blue game played between Curtis Baer, Alan Murphy and Chip Saltsman (plus helpers) September 2013-March 2014. The article focuses on strategies and game play tips from Scenario 7.8 - The German Summer Offensive.
English
2014-05-10
2 Cell Labels for Case Blue/GB II
GMT Cell Labels for OCS Case Blue and GBII combined, to sort and quickly find units. Uses the Avery 8167 labels for Ink Jet printers.
English
2013-11-12
6 OCS Series Manual Translated to Portuguese
Manual da Série OCS traduzido para o Português
Portuguese
2011-05-10
4 Case Blue Manual translated to Portuguese
Tradução do Manual do Case Blue para o Português.
Portuguese
2011-05-10
7 Odds calculator for OCS 4.0 CRT and Barrage Table
Here's a nifty tool for calculating the actual odds for ... let's say inflicting at least 1 defender step loss at 3:1 with an AR differential of +2 in Close terrain, using Regular combat. The version that's downloadable here is the Mac version (currently supported on Mac OS X 10.6). Version for Windows 9x/later and some more elaborate instructions are available here: http://www.esaro.se/gb/ocs_assist.html [ImageID=999123original]
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2011-03-18
6 Stalingrad Relief Effort for Case Blue
This is a conversion of the Stalingrad Relief Effor Scenario from Enemy at the Gates for use with Case Blue. Uses a small portion of one map
English
2009-04-11
5 EatG Scenario Chir River Battles for Case Blue
This is a conversion of the Chir River Battles Scenario from Enemy at the Gates for use with Case Blue. Uses a small portion of one map
English
2009-04-11
5 New medium-sized scenarios for CB
Some new scenarios for CB and GBII geared to the time- and table-challenged.
English
2009-03-27
8 OCS 4.0 CRT analysis
I thought it might be useful to take a look at threshold odds levels for attacks. Here are the results, through the magic of spreadsheets. Note that this analysis already takes surprise into account - odds levels are the initial odds prior to rolling any dice.
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2008-01-08
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