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1978
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2
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Best with more than 2 players
Recommended with 2, more than 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
14 and up
Playing Time
360 minutes
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14 and up
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Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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The Next War
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The Next War is a brigade/divisional level simulation of a Soviet-led Warsaw Pact invasion of the central European front of NATO in the late 1970's. The three maps cover the area from the far north of Denmark, through Germany and Austria to the industrial heartland of Italy.

The standard rules constitute the fast game, and contain all the rules necessary to play "The Next War" land game - a complete game that can be played independently. The most notable mechanic is the combination of combat within the movement of land units, with the ability of units to greatly exceed the basic movement allowance at increased risk of fatigue/attrition.

Optional rules cover weather, supply, chemical/nuclear warfare, air and naval operations, airborne/airmobile and amphibious operations, helicopters and special forces, and electronic warfare and add can considerably to the record keeping and playing time.

The campaign game covers the first 60 days after mobilization in three basic scenarios, Sudden War, Spring Maneuvers, Tension. The differences between these three concern the timing of the outbreak of war and the resultant state of readiness of the respective forces. Due to the large number of optional rules, however, the players may in fact choose from a vast array of possible Campaign Game situations.

Six smaller scenarios depict smaller areas of operations over briefer periods of time in the regions of Berlin, Vienna, The Baltic, Fulda, North German Plains, and the Main Front (Fulda + North German Plains).

The game components: three 22" x 35" map sheets plus one 6" x 8" and one 10" x 12" map extensions, 2400 die-cut 1/2" counters, one 32 page rules book, one 40 page Scenarios and Situation Briefing book, two identical 4 page Charts & Tables folders, and one 17" x 22" Air Allocation Display.

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The Next War
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SPI First Edition
Publisher: SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.)
Artist: Redmond A. Simonsen
Year: 1978
Product Code: 2000
Size: 11.75 x 9.00 x 4.25 inches
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7 The Next War - Rules - Easy on the eyes
This is the original work I did back in 2005 when I created the rule book without the graphics, I then changed the fonts to be a bit easier on the eyes for older folks.
English
2014-11-12
18 Updated Next War rules with charts + tables
I've taken the liberty of downloading the updated rules, adding in the appendix and the images (of counters, etc.), and slapping scans of the 4 tables and charts pages onto the end.
English
2013-04-22
11 Annotated Charts for The Next War
These are the same scanned and converted-to-pdf Charts pages as my other upload, but I've added some extra 'crib sheet' info to these (in small font to save space and avoid making these too messy). These also incorporate the corrections from The Next War Addenda pages (as of September 1979). Enjoy...
English
2013-04-16
4 Air Damage Notation Aid
Pictorial representation of the notation used to show the various levels of aircraft step elimination/damage.
English
2008-03-02
10 Heli-War
HELI-WAR - Airborne and Airmobile Operations in Next War (Moves #46)
English
2007-09-18
7 The Next War.pdf
F&M Player Sketch Map for planning
2007-06-07
14 TNW Addendum & Variants.zip
The Next War updated w/ addendums, variants & optional rules
2007-05-14
2 NATO Central & South Air Sectors.zip
Home Grown Air Sector Displays
2007-05-06
2 Next War Nerves scenario.pdf
Variant Scenario - War of Nerves
2007-05-06
2 Next War Red Strategy.pdf
Designer notes on WP strategy
2007-05-06
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