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Chad Marlett
United States
Plymouth
Michigan
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With no certain future, and no purpose other than to prevail
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10
Sep 2014
Played the full campaign after the tutorial, F2F. Simply perfection for a hex-and-counter wargame. Both sides play completely differently and both get to defend and attack. Lots of interesting theme, and the amount of detail in the design notes clearly indicates that the homework was done for this game.

The campaign is about 2 hours per battle day, with 5 days being the maximum length. Given the low counter density and straightforward rules, your head is in the game 100% and the tension is high; no wasted time dealing with counter stacks or rule-quests.

Now, to figure out a strategy to win.

1st campaign, Soviet capitulation just as the fog started to lift on day 4. The Finnish had just killed the rampaging T-26m31s, and Pajari was camped on the crossroads North of Kivisalmi Bridge, knocking a good deal of Soviets out-of-supply. Soviet VP was -10 due to losses, early armor entry, and only holding Hirvasvaara (OOS), Kivisalmi Bridge, and the entry road.

Brilliant design, congrats to Mr. Mokszycki!

Let me use a quote from Judd Vance on another game: "I love many games, but only a few ... are what I would call "game changers" and this is one of them, because it changed how I looked at games."
2014-09-04
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John Vasilakos
United States
Annandale
Virginia
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10
May 2013
Exciting for both sides, easy rules, but very subtle strategy. Uses classic wargame elements with enough twists and chrome to make the company level combat work for me. The quick playing system simulates the actual battle very well. Additional, the graphics are great, the map is very well done and works nicely with the counters. I found the set up game very pleasing to look at.
2014-03-18
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David Black
United States
APO
AE
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10
Oct 2013
This is a very, very nice game. The components are absolutely top notch and the rulebook and playbook are incredibly well put together. This is how wargames rules should be written. Clear, concise, well indexed. The playbook contains a plethora of scenarios and a wealth of information on the battle itself. An outstanding package from GMT. edit: I've upped my rating from a 9 to a 10 (only the second game I've ever given a 10). This really is just an exceptional game design. I look forward to other battles using the same system.
2013-10-23
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Rob F
Wales
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
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Memento Mori
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10
Jan 2013
Wow. Just Wow. Love it.
I think this may be my favourite wargame...
2015-03-10
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Patrik Pössi
Sweden
UPPSALA
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10
Aug 2012
Simply the best Winter war game.
2012-08-05
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Susanne Hirche
Germany
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10
Nov 2013
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Tyler Roush
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
Feb 2015
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Che Gue
Romania
Arad
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10
Mar 2014
Very engaging and thematic; there will be hard fightings for controlling strategic positions and objectives. The game offers enough scenarios and realistic optional rules which make the game more enjoyable. Everything you want to know about this battle is covered in the best playbook I've seen so far. What a fantastic game!
2014-03-27
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Magnus Kvevlander
Sweden
Umeå
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I'm sort of yellow on the inside. (Missing Japan ...)
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Obey the beard!
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10
Jan 2013
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Frederic Delstanches
United States
Sebastian
Florida
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10
Apr 2014
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Bryan McNamara
United States
Delray Beach
Florida
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10
May 2013
Wow, first impressions are that this is going to stay on my table for a while. Gorgeous map, beautiful counters. The rulebook and play book are even pretty. I can't wait to learn so I can play it with others!
2013-03-05
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David S
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Currently listening to: "Schattenwahn" by Schrat
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10
Mar 2013
This is a beautiful, excellent game! Plenty of room to explore the history as well as experiment with various tactics.
2014-02-16
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Xaime Recio
Spain
Manzanares el Real
Madrid
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10
Mar 2013
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Want To Play
United States
Durango
Colorado
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10
Mar 2013
Awesome. Please see my review
Red Winter Rocks! A positive review
2014-02-22
Owned
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Przemek Wojtkowiak
Poland
Poznan
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10
Jul 2013
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Pavel Korpos
Czech Republic
Prague
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10
Jun 2013
This is how wargames should be - a well-researched complete detailed well-colored package with deep history/designer/player notes bringing you in the middle of the battle.
A lot of designers/publishers should have feel a shame for what they are delivering for a much more money.
2013-06-08
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Daniel Berger
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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10
Sep 2014
Played both the tutorial scenario and the full campaign.

Excellent combination of tactical/operational mechanics. Very well researched game, with mechanics that feel both clean and accurate. The overall situation is quite interesting.

The game itself comes with a bunch of shorter scenarios and you could do in a single short session, or the whole campaign. Plus it comes with a very cool playbook, with a good set of optional rules if you want to get a bit more chromy.

The rulebook is fairly well written, though we had questions about supporting fire, which seem to pop up somewhat frequently on the forums. But that's a minor complaint.
2014-09-02
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Maymi
United States
Shoreline
Washington
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Dec 2014
[WW2]

Gift

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TIME SCALE: 90 Minute Game Turns
MAP SCALE: 425 yards per hex
UNIT SCALE: mostly companies; some sections and platoons
2014-12-16
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Filip Labarque
Belgium
Kortrijk
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10
Sep 2013
Amazing game, a minimum of rules with many tactical possibilities. The rulebook and playbook should be seen as a benchmark for other wargames.
2013-09-14
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Matt Lehnen
United States
Bethalto
Illinois
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10
Nov 2013
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Marco Gromball
Germany
Berlin
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10
Nov 2013
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Mike Toot
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
May 2014
Unboxing: top-notch components, beautiful map. One of the best rule books I've ever read. Multiple smaller scenarios that can be played as a continuous campaign, plus a bunch of what-if alternate scenarios. This game is going to be a blast.
2014-05-11
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Dò the Clef
France
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10
Feb 2014
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Ivaylo Bikov
Bulgaria
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Aug 2014
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Steven Myers

yukon
Oklahoma
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10
Nov 2014
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For Trade
Tuukka
Finland
Oulu
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9.5
Aug 2012
Only (grand) tactical game that handles the difference between Soviet and Finnish units well.

What I've read from the war diaries, this is a great simulation. Don't let the classical and , for a wargame, simple system fool you.
2015-03-26
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Xesqui BCN
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9.5
Dec 2013
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Martyn Smith
England
Bourne
Lincolnshire
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My son and I on a great day out at Bovington Tank Museum. Happy memories...
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9.5
Nov 2013
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Bruce
United States
Chagrin Falls
Ohio
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9.5
Dec 2014
So many have used the expression "labor of love" to describe Red Winter, whether referring to the thoughtfulness and clarity of the underlying ruleset, the historical chrome, the evocative map, the generousness and variety of the scenarios, the thoroughness of the designer notes and the playbook, the nice counter density, the selection of artwork, etc. It is all deserved. This is a great game, addressing an under-appreciated WWII campaign in a way that any wargamer should appreciate. And it is accessible to first-timers as well. Very nicely done.
2014-12-09
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Chris Buhl
United States
Pittsfield
Massachusetts
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9.25
Sep 2012
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Bill the Pill
United States
Oneonta
New York
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9
Aug 2012
Has to bet the best looking game I own (or traded away) from GMT. Amazing Playbook.
Simple but not simplistic.
2012-08-12
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Vesa Teräs
Finland
Orimattila
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Sep 2009*
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Iván Juan Camps
Spain
Barcelona
Barcelona
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Björn Hansson
Sweden
Bromma
Stockholm
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9
Jul 2012
The playbook alone is worth every penny.

Low counter density, intuitive and fast game system. Very interesting historical situation. Love it!
2012-09-16
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Juuso Marttila
Finland
Jyväskylä
Unspecified
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9
Sep 2011
Surprisingly smooth desing for a hex-n-counter -game. Nice tensions, interesting situation at hand. One of the finest (and more importantly playable!) games of the genre.
2013-07-29
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Andy Cowen
United States
Union Springs
New York
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Jul 2012
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Thomas Marshall
United States
Roselle
Illinois
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May 2015
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Rui Serrabulho
Portugal
Lisboa
Lisboa
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You have to, at least from a distance, look as if you know what you're doing, and I can manage that.
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9
Sep 2013
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Sean McNeely
United States
Hilo
Hawaii
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9
Sep 2012
Truly a gem. Easy to pick up the rules but gameplay is rich and rewarding. Still trying to find a good way to play Soviets. If you are too lax the first couple of turns sadness will ensue as the Finns start to roll.
2013-01-18
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Tom Shields
United States
Tacoma
Washington
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9
Feb 2013
Thoughtful & well produced, the whole package (the historical notes, excellent ruleset, clarity of the graphic design) give the game inertia that gets it flowing quickly. The graphic design is gorgeous as well as practical. A labor of love, excellent & impassioned writing by the designer, his design choices fully documented leading you into the gameplay understanding the remarkable story of the Winter War and the reasoning behind the particulars of the rules. A model publication.

The design favors playability. Each side in the conflict have very different strengths and opportunities to exploit. The asymetry in the doctrine, units, and rule particulars are held in a well balanced frame, a point system for controlled areas and attrition, differing by scenario.

The very cool night raid turns, the clarity of LOS, the vulnerability of the ice, supply tensions without burdening flow, the restricted artillary & positioning of mortars/field guns... all are lucid and meaningful so the story comes alive. The chrome is splendid, the field kitchen counter and optional rule just made me grin. Much thought is given to the many scenarios, and advice on how they should play help you choose them as you get to know the game. I'm learning like crazy and having a blast.

Excellent solo play. And with the scenarios that are more than learning fluff and can fit many time slots up to the 6 hour campaign.

I recommend Trotter's A Frozen Hell as a companion book. And the designer's log maintained on GMT's site is terrific and detailed, explaining his design choices and supplementing the historical notes.
2015-05-31
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Detlef Dölling
Germany
Nordrhein-Westfalen
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9
Sep 2012
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Micheal Spiering
Canada
St. Thomas
Ontario
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9
Sep 2012
This game is fantastic. Its so simple yet so deep. It feels very balanced in my experience. The playbook is a labour of love and it really helps you get a feel of the battle. One of my favourites. Can't wait for the next in the series.
2013-01-15
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Andreas Lundin
Sweden
Lund
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9
Jul 2015
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Mateusz Wilk
Poland
Warsaw
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9
May 2013
Rating after the Learning Scenario, it is possible that it will go up. Edit: up to 9 - one of my favourite tactical systems now.
2013-05-13
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Andrew C
United Kingdom
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9
Aug 2012
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Philip Yaure
United States
Plymouth Meeting
Pennsylvania
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Sep 2012
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Marc Figueras

Barcelona
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Oct 2014
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ake arnouts
Belgium
gent
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Jan 2014
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Juan Diego
Spain
San Juan
Alicante
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9
Aug 2012
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Keith Todd
United States
Oregon
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Dec 2012
rating based on play of one scenario, this could be the gem of 2012 for me at this company level size. Smooth playing and intriguing. Somewhat chess like but this gives it a good solo flavor.
2012-12-25

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