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2009
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It is 1700, and a youthful Karl XII has recently come to power as King of Sweden. Rivals around the Baltic Sea seize the opportunity to get their hands on Swedish territory. An alliance is struck between Denmark, Saxony-Poland, and Russia, the last under the vibrant leadership of Tsar Pyotr. This coalition mobilizes to take advantage of the untried King, and break Swedish dominance in the Baltics forever... Thus opened the Great Northern War, ravaging Northern and Eastern Europe for over two decades at the beginning of the eighteenth century. By the end of the war, one nation would lose its status as a Great Power, while another would rise to dominate the region for centuries onward.

PAX BALTICA is a two-player wargame covering the entire Great Northern War (1700-1721). Published first as a limited “guerilla” edition in 2009 by Three Crowns Game Productions of Sweden, this new enhanced edition has been revised and upgraded by GMT Games in conjunction with the original designers.

Over twenty years of fighting span the map from Norway to Turkey, Saxony to Finland. Units are represented by labeled wooden blocks, which are stood upright to conceal their identity and strength from the enemy, allowing players to dupe and outfox each other on campaign. Action points are spent to maneuver on the map, but also for reconnaissance, replacements, or a roll on the treacherous but lucrative National Politics Table. Straightforward rules account for lines of communication and forage, as well as time-consuming sieges, adding to the period flavor. The fast-paced and exciting combat system captures the aggressive "charge with cold steel" tactics that Sweden used to defeat her enemies in succession at the start of the war.

Players are subject to a host of influences and distractions that will hinder their plans at every turn. An elaborate plan will be at the mercy of a poor action roll or sudden plague, while other events shape strategy with historical motivations and deterrents. Players must prepare for the worst, but be open to fleeting opportunities.

Special rules capture simply the unique events and circumstances of the Great Northern War, including:
• Russian army reforms
• Ukrainian Cossack uprisings
• Intervention by the Ottoman Empire
• Polish royal politics
• Attrition of Swedish manpower
• Founding of Sankt-Peterburg

Four scenarios are included with the game: a short tournament scenario covering the Swedish invasion of Russia that led to the Battle of Poltáva; two scenarios that simulate the first and last half of the war; and a “grand campaign” scenario that refights the entirety of the Great Northern War, a first in wargame publishing. Turns typically take no more than a couple of minutes, ensuring a fast pace of play. Swings of fortune ensure that no two games will turn out the same.

Can you save Sweden’s empire? Or ensure Russia’s rise to prominence? You make the choices that will determine who reigns over the PAX BALTICA.

Components:
• 1 Map (22” x 34”)
• 1 Rulebook (16 pages)
• 1 Playbook (32 pages)
• 65 wooden blocks (units) in five colors
• 1 sticker sheet for mounting on blocks
• 51 wooden cubes (control markers, etc.) in six colors
• 8 dice, 4 blue and 4 green

Game Design: Stefan Ekström and Göran Björkman
Development for GMT: Scott Muldoon
Complexity: 4
Solitaire Suitability: 3
Scale: Strategic. 1 turn = one season; units are armies, regiments, and fleets; 1 strength step = approx. 1500 troops or 6-8 fighting ships
Players: 2
Time to Play: 1-2 hours for the shortest scenario, 7-14 hours for the grand campaign


Original Three Crowns edition:

Great Northern war, a 21-year long war lasted from 1700 to 1721 and ended Sweden’s period as a major power in northern Europe and started Russia’s domination of Eastern Europe. An intriguing conflict that is often considered a side-show of the War of Spanish succession. Nevertheless the former had probably greater impact of the developments in Europe during the 100 years to come than the latter. The effects of the war are in fact still seen today.

Pax Baltica. Probably the first board game ever covering the entire Great Northern War. The game includes five different scenarios with a varying playtime between two hours and a day. The units in the game are blocks which give a great flexibility in taking steps and differentiate the quality and strength of the troops. The high quality map is divided into provinces which you have to conquer in order to take control over a country. This dynamic conflict covers large parts of northern and eastern Europe. From Bremen in the West to Smolensk in the East. From Trondheim in the North to Bender in the South.
Playable nations are Sweden, Russia, Turkey, Denmark and Saxony. Other countries represented as minors are: Great Britain, Poland, Ukraine, Prussia and Hanover. The game, packed in a book case, includes a A2 full color map, 60 high quality wooden blocks, 4 dice, various markers and rules including 5 scenarios.

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Artist: Charles Kibler, Rodger B. MacGowan
Year: 2012
Product Code: GMT1217
Size: GMT standard box
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Enhanced index to the rules, where each headline is followed by a "see also" list of references, and some selected words like "Harbor", "at sea" and "Garrison" are also indexed. I have added a thread [\thread=16760927][/thread] under General (since it not really a rules item but a general quick reference helper) for suggestions.
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13 Flatten the Learning Curve Rules Summary
All rules in play-through order to help when learning the game. Corrections/comments warmly welcomed.
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15 Pax Baltica Turn Summary & Player Aid
This is a one page player aid for Pax Baltica, which covers the turn summary. The resolution of Battles is not depicted in this aid, as it wouldn't have fitted in just one page. Comments and suggestions are welcome!
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4 Pax Baltica playbook, online version 1.0
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4 Pax Baltica rulebook, online version 1.0
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8 Pax Baltica Battle Mat
A simple battle mat to make it easier to manage battles in Pax Baltica.
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12 Pax Baltica rules v 1.1
Official update of the Pax Baltica rules.
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