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Chad Marlett
United States
Plymouth
Michigan
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Wherever You Go, There You Are
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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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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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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
Owned
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
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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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10
Nov 2013
A modern classic of hex and counter wargaming. Very much deserving of its praise and awards this rewards players with replay value and historical background. There are so many ways to approach the game and with the addition of the extras that followed has proved the sheer genius in the design. Highly recommended.
2013-11-26
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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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10
Aug 2014
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