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Michael Rinella
United States
New York
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10
Mar 2011
One of the best values for your conflict simulation dollars published in 2011. Please note I am not rating my own design (Slaughterhouse) but the total package, at least 80% of which was created by other people.

Look for the sequel, Four Roads to Paris, which will include a quartet of games depicting the campaigns in France and the Low Countries in the spring of 1940.
2014-08-13
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Daryl Anderson
United States
Trumansburg
New York
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10
Jun 2014
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Rolf Van Ishem
United States
Queen Creek
Arizona
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10
Oct 2012
Apology Accepted.
2012-10-01
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D S
Germany
Senftenberg
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9
Aug 2011
Rating for Hitler turns east
2011-08-16
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Bill Gates
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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9
Feb 2014
Lawrence Hung
Hong Kong
Wan Chai
Hong Kong
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8
Mar 2011
Four different designers on the same subject offering different insights and interpretations in one single package. ATO has always been on the leading design concept and series developments. I like what they do.
2012-10-12
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Jose Carlos Diniz Jr.
Brazil
Florianopolis
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Santos(Brasil), a melhor cidade do mundo ! Santos(Brazil), the best world's city !
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8
Apr 2011
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Joaquin Ruiz
Spain
Barcelona
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8
Apr 2011
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JR Dundas
Canada
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8
Sep 2011
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James Istvanffy
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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Aug 2011
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Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
United States
New Orleans
Louisiana
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Erin go Bragh! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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8
Sep 2011
The games look good and at the price, this might be the best bargain in wargaming. The games are mixed lot, but only one of them is full blown stinker. Ignore the two one ratings on the bottom. Those are from guys who hate everything Rinella does, even though he only designed one part of this game. Really guys, don't punish Nord, Prados, and Raicer just because you hate Rinella. As a side note, the article that comes with the game is pretty tepid, and includes a whole host of strawman arguments.

Codeword: Barbarossa - 1: This game is worse than a turkey. Prados seems to have thrown this one together, and it has an old school feel to it, but in all the wrong ways. The victory conditions are arcane. Also, this only confirms my opinion that Prados is the worst rulebook writer on earth.

Hitler Turns East - 8: This is the best game of the bunch, and one of Raicer's best designs. The order and chit pull mechanics are original and it is relatively chrome free, neither of which is what you expect from Raicer. However, I think this one favors the Germans. Just a feeling though.

Slaughterhouse - 8: Fast and furious, but there are some vague rules and I get the feeling that the impulse rolls can make or break many sessions. I like the commander rules, although the Germans are far too likely to fire Kluge on turn 2.

Strike the Bear - 7: An unusual game due to the map being used. I like it, but the game is more fiddly than Slaughterhouse and Hitler Turns East.
2012-09-28
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Pepe Le Peu

Timbuktu
Puerto Rico
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Aug 2011
David Ells
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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Here the truceless armies yet / Trample, rolled in blood and sweat; / They kill and kill and never die; / And I think that each is I. // None will part us, none undo / The knot that makes one flesh of two, /
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Sick with hatred, sick with pain, / Strangling -- When shall we be slain? // When shall I be dead and rid / Of the wrong my father did? / How long, how long, till spade and hearse / Puts to sleep my mother's curse?
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Feb 2013
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Dave Shaw
United States
Pennsylvania
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Jul 2013
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Thomas Cadenhead
United States
Oberlin
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May 2012
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Jeffrey D Myers
United States
Los Ranchos
New Mexico
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"Always rely upon a happy mind alone." Geshe Chekhawa.
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Jul 2011
Codeword rates an 8 for me. On to the other events!

Strike the Bear is a 6 for me. Rules need a bit of tightening on a few points, but the mechanics are innovative and seem to work well. But what is odd is that the Operations points available to the two sides each turn are always about equal. I played with the optional rule to allow saving half of the unused operations points, which helps the Germans out a fair bit. Weather table also seems too kind to the Germans.

Hitler Turns East is probably a 5. One can get a weird imbalance between progress of fronts that seems out of the range of possibility.

Slaughterhouse is a 9. Quick playing, and I think that the area impulse system works well for this campaign.
2011-07-20
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Daniel Chick
United States
Metairie
Louisiana
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Sep 2012
I'd like it more if Barbarossa was my thing. Unfortunately most games like this are fun for Germany and that is it.
2012-09-30
Frank Hakstege
Netherlands
Aalten
Achterhoek
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Apr 2012
- Codeword Barbarossa: 7 for now. It is not about the actual invasion of the USSR, but about the build-up on both sides of the border. It is quite a novelty. I like the use of cards to insert certain events. Definitely a keeper.

- Hitler Turns East:

- Slaughterhouse: 7. I really like the easy to use combat system. I am not so fond of the army level detail.

- Strike the Bear: 3. The rules are clearly incomplete and I have lots of questions that should have been in the rules, because they are very basic. Liked the map though.
2013-11-04
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Darren Kerr
Australia
Kingston
ACT
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Dec 2011
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Mike Brown
United States
Owatonna
Minnesota
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Oct 2012
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Andrei I.
Romania
Bucharest
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Mar 2014
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David Heath
Italy
Ragusa
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6.8
Nov 2013
Very mixed pack, maybe two out of four are really playable.
2013-11-22
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Nameless Necromancer
United States
Lexington
Kentucky
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"In the Red Army it takes a brave man not be a hero." - J.V. Stalin
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6.5
Aug 2011
Great concept! Takes me back the the Quad Game era of the 1970's. I'll update my rating as I play each game. Featuring both my favorite Old School (Prados) and current designer (Racier) this was a must purchase.

Codeword:Barbarossa: 5
Nice concept but the execution of which leaves a bit to be desired, as simply repositioning units around the map isn't terribly exciting. As another commenter stated, the rules could be better written. The card play is the best feature but of course that kills solo value.

Hitler Turns East: 7.5
Fast, simple, and with the right touch of chrome for its size. Game revolves around Using Command Points to purchase Orders for your Army Groups/Fronts (4 for each player). Orders are drawn randomly and executed before the next is drawn. HTE will get played a lot and the rating may go up. Average solo value.

Slaughterhouse: 8
This is indeed the gem of the bunch. Just the right amount of innovation without overdoing like Strike the Bear. Simple combat resolution at first, but the system works well. Leader counters with actual pictures of the leaders is awesome. Game plays quite quickly with decent solo value.

Strike the Bear: 5.5
Sometime innovation for innovations sake can be annoying, and that is the case here. The weird "Octagon/Diamond" map grid adds nothing to the game. Historicity is blown by including an SS Korps in 1941! Because of the victory determination the game is well suited to solitaire play.

Overall: 6.5
Make sure you go to the ATO website and get the errata, some of which involves OoB and set up. A great value for your money. Wish we would see more sets like this from game companies.
2011-08-07
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United States
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Andy Parsons
United Kingdom
Chelmsford
Essex
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May 2012
Slaughterhouse was rather disappointing. It seems that the first turn is absolutely critical for the Axis; they really have to make the most of the surprise attack first impulse and the Axis Onslaught special rules for the rest of that turn. A random number of impulses worked well in Not War But Murder, but so critical is the first turn in this game that a freakishly short or long one may well be decisive. In addition, I found Slaughterhouse too stripped down and broad brush for my taste.

I liked Hitler Turns East a little better. Its focus on the limits of command - not to mention the unhelpful interventions of Stalin and Hitler - is interesting, though the command system and impermeable army group boundaries give the game a rather constrained feel. Where in Slaughterhouse the length of the first turn seems critical, in HTE it is the Axis player's rolls on the command table. Roll high and all four army groups are assaulting, roll low and you're picking just one.

I haven't played Strike of the Bear or Codeword: Barbarossa.

Production quality is as you would expect from Against the Odds. None of the artwork is particularly good. The Slaughterhouse map is pretty ugly, while Codeword's looks positively amateurish. HTE's is functional and its turn track contains plenty of useful information. The rules are an easy read, but unclear or just wrong (see Slaughterhouse's Soviet counterattacks) on some important points.
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