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2012
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360 minutes
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(from GMT website:)

Colombia: Nation at the Edge of Abyss

Colombia in the 1990s hosted one of the world’s last Marxist guerrilla armies, brutal drug lords, and right-wing death squads and appeared close to failing as a state. A decade later, its Marxists had lost their top leaders and rural sanctuary, its big drug bosses were dead or in prison, and its paramilitaries were negotiating demobilization. The Government had extended its writ to most of the countryside, restored its popularity, and improved the economy and respect for human rights.

Andean Abyss takes 1 to 4 players into this multifaceted campaign for control of Colombia: guerrillas and police, kidnapping and drug war, military sweeps and terror. Each of four factions deploys distinct capabilities and tactics to influence Colombian affairs and achieve differing goals. Players place and maneuver 160 wooden pieces across a colorful map and exploit event cards that cannot be fully predicted. Accessible mechanics and components put the emphasis on game play, but Andean Abyss also provides an engrossing model of insurgency and counterinsurgency in Colombia—smoothly accounting for population control, lines of communication, terrain, intelligence, foreign aid, sanctuaries, and a host of other political, military, and economic factors.

A New Kind of Card-Assisted Wargame

From the award-winning designer of Wilderness War and Labyrinth, Andean Abyss features unique mechanics relating events and operations that guarantee difficult player decisions with each card flip. Most of the game’s 72 events are dual-use, representing alternative historical paths: players can choose either version of the event or from an array of operations and special faction activities. Every choice has implications for how the next card will be played. There is no hand management: the focus is on the map and on planning for the foreseeable—and the unforeseeable. Die rolls are only a small part of game: the key to victory is not luck but the ability to organize the most effective campaign.

Multiplayer, 2-Player, Solitaire

Andean Abyss provides up to 4 players with contrasting roles and overlapping victory conditions for rich diplomatic interaction. For 2- or 3-player games, players can represent alliances of factions, or the game system can control non-player factions . Or a single player as the Colombian Government can take on the leftist FARC, the right-wing AUC, and the narco-trafficking cartels. The non-player insurgents will fight one another as well as the players, but too much power in the hands of any one of them will mean player defeat.

GMT COIN Series, Volume I

Andean Abyss presents a game system on modern insurgency readily adaptable to other conflicts, particularly those featuring the interaction of many sides (thus our new COunterINsurgency series). A rich and under-represented history of guerrilla warfare beckons. GMT COIN Series Volume II is Cuba Libre—Castro's Insurgency 1957-1958, Volume III is A Distant Plain—Insurgency in Afghanistan, and Volume IV is Fire in the Lake—Insurgency in Vietnam.

TIME SCALE: multiple years per Propaganda round
MAP SCALE: Area Movement
UNIT SCALE: Varies
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1-4 (full solitaire system)

DESIGNER: Volko Ruhnke
DEVELOPER: Joel Toppen
MAP and CARD ART: Chechu Nieto
COUNTER ART: Chechu Nieto & Xavier Carrascosa

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Microbadges:
mb Andean Abyss fan

mb COIN series fan

Components:

A 22" x 34" mounted game board.
A deck of 72 cards.
153 dark and light blue, red, green, and yellow wooden forces pieces, some embossed.
8 cylinders, embossed.
6 black and 6 white pawns.
A sheet of markers.
A Sequence of Play and Planning Map sheet.
4 Faction player aid foldouts.
2 Non-player aid foldouts.
3 6-sided dice: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green.
A background Playbook.
Rule book.

Item weight: 4.3 pounds.
Shipping weight: 7 pounds.


THE C3i MAGAZINE INDEX LIST

Issue 26
COINing a Game Series – An Introducion to Andean Abyss by Steve Carey
The COIN Series – Looking Ahead by Volko Ruhnke
Non-Player Rally Variant by Volko Ruhnke
Quick-Play Scenario by Volko Ruhnke
Solitaire Variants by Joel Toppen

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1 Card (4 pages) – Non-Player Rally Variant by Volko Ruhnke & Mark Simonitch

Issue 27
Counters and Optional Rules – Deception by Volko Ruhnke

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12 1/2" Counters by Mark Simonitch

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10 Andean Abyss rules flowchart - print on legal paper and assemble
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2014-09-08
4 Hojas ayuda facciones CORREGIDAS
Aqui teneis las hojas de ayuda hechas por el usuario imoneox pero corregidos varios conceptos (ya que había varios errores de traducción) y añadidos otros conceptos para mejorarlas. No olvides visitar mi blog: http://wargamereviewer.blogspot.com.es/
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2014-08-30
4 Tablas para facciones sin jugador editadas en la revista C3i nº26 en Español
Variante de la revista C3i nº26 de las tablas para facciones sin jugador, corregida la errata y traducido al Español
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2014-07-29
1 Tablas para facciones sin jugador en Español
Tablas para facciones sin jugador, con erratas corregidas y traducido al Español
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2014-07-29
8 Cartas en español de Andean Abyss
Cartas maquetadas en español con el texto proporcionado del reglamento traducido.
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2014-07-28
8 COIN Επιχειρήσεις και Ειδικές Δραστηριότητες
Μικρές συντακτικές διορθώσεις.
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2014-06-18
9 Government Flow Chart
PDF chart. In nice color format.
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2014-05-31
8 Hojas de Referencia de Facciones
Nuevas hojas de referencia no oficial, con Puntos de Operación y Acciones Especiales, iguales a las del juego. Se corrigieron algunos errores en la traducción, gracias a la colaboración de Fernando Moreno. Si tienen alguna sugerencia o descubren alguna errata háganme saber para hacer la corrección.
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2014-03-13
3 Andean Abyss - Deutsche Spielhilfen
Deutsche Übersetzung der Player Aid Sheets, der Non-Player Sheets, Sequence of Play Sheet, Random Spaces Sheet. Deutsche Übersicht über den Propagandarundenablauf und Spieler-, sowie Nicht-Spieler-Prioritäten. Das gleiche Layout wie meine deutsche Spielerhilfe für Cuba Libre und A Distant Plain.
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2014-01-18
10 Andean Abyss Marching Guide
The concept of Marching keeps slowing down my games (which are played with bots operating the Cartels and AUC) so I made this 1-page guide. It's certainly nothing fancy, but perhaps it might be of use to others?
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Episode 47 -- Four Coins in a Fountain
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The Long View: Andean Abyss and the COIN Series
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I've Been Diced! episode 42: Volko Ruhnke
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The Gaming Gang Episode 47: X-Wing, Dominant Species the Card Game, Wonderland, Menzoberranzan, Andean Abyss, and More!
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