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Nathan Milbrath
United States
Fridley
Minnesota
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Nathan Leavitt
United States
Mesa
Arizona
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Like New
Opened, punched, clipped
Never played

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Michael Gerstbrein
United States
Granby
Connecticut
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David Pereira
Portugal
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Battle of Tolvajärvi, part of the Winter War

Period: WW II

Date: December 12, 1939
Location: Tolvajärvi, north of Lake Ladoga, Finland
Result: Finnish victory

The Battle of Tolvajärvi was fought on 12 December 1939 between Finland and the Soviet Union. It was the first large offensive victory for the Finns in the Winter War.

The Winter War was a military conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland in 1939–1940. It began with the Soviet invasion of Finland on 30 November 1939 (three months after the outbreak of World War II), and ended with the Moscow Peace Treaty on 13 March 1940. The League of Nations deemed the attack illegal and expelled the Soviet Union from the League on 14 December 1939.

The Soviet Union ostensibly sought to claim parts of Finnish territory, demanding—amongst other concessions that Finland cede substantial border territories in exchange for land elsewhere, claiming security reasons, primarily the protection of Leningrad, which was only 32 km (20 mi) from the Finnish border. Finland refused and the USSR invaded the country. Many sources conclude that the Soviet Union had intended to conquer all of Finland, and use the establishment of the puppet Finnish Communist government and the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact's secret protocols as proof of this, while other sources argue against this idea of a full Soviet conquest.

The Soviets possessed more than three times as many soldiers as the Finns, thirty times as many aircraft, and a hundred times as many tanks. The Red Army, however, had been crippled by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's Great Purge of 1937. With more than 30,000 of its officers executed or imprisoned, including most of those of the highest ranks, the Red Army in 1939 had many inexperienced senior and mid-level officers. Because of these factors, and high morale in the Finnish forces, Finland repelled Soviet attacks for several months, much longer than the Soviets expected.

However, after reorganization and adoption of different tactics, the renewed Soviet offensive overcame Finnish defenses at the borders. Finland then agreed to cede more territory than originally demanded by the Soviet Union in 1939; the Soviets, having conquered the areas they demanded from Finland but at a cost of heavier losses in troops than anticipated, accepted this offer.

Hostilities ceased in March 1940 with the signing of the Moscow Peace Treaty. Finland ceded territory representing 11% of its land area and 30% of its economy to the Soviet Union. Soviet losses were heavy, and the country's international reputation suffered.

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Lingua: Inglese. Edizione GMT.

Dipendenza dal linguaggio: Piccole quantità di testo necessarie. Facilmente memorizzabili / possibile uso di post-it.

Stato: Nuovo, ancora incellophanato. A++.

Spedizione: spedizione a mio carico fino a 9€. Possibile consegna a mano a Bologna.

Note: Gioco proveniente da casa di non fumatori!
 
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Constantine von Hoffman
United States
Boston
Massachusetts
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C'MON! Who wants to play the evil Soviets or the scrappy underdog Finns? ME!

I will also be bringing and would like to play



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This is a really great game. It's a miniatures game without all the fuss and bother. I have many different armies.
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Always. Want. To. Play.

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Have only played the opening and I WANT TO PLAY A FULL GAME.
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Matthew Barber
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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Hate to sell it but hard times have hit. $70 OBO. Gently used condition, everything in great shape.

SOLD!
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Sean McCormick
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Philadelphia
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Playing the first two days scenario as the Finns and have gotten rocked repeatedly by my Soviet opponent. I'm holding out at the Hotel in Day Two, but I've given up a foothold in town and have suffered an unacceptable number of casualties. He really cleaned my clock, and now I'm scuttling across the frozen lake, trying to assault Soviet units out on the ice to ring up casualty points.
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Matt Brown
United States
Okemos
Michigan
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How I came to play it: Much research in regards to finding something that would be easier to pick up for someone who isn't really known for playing wargames.

Back then: Just played the intro scenario and saw many errors but that's kind of the point in an intro scenario. Screw up, learn from it, and move on. I was really liking what I was seeing in terms of map, manual, gameplay, etc.

Now: And here's where I admit how much I suck at getting wargames played. Someday I'm going to just block off a week and work on getting one of them played. I was even thinking about nicknaming Wednesday into Wargame Wednesday but then a co-worker and I started to play Netrunner on Wednesdays so, yeah. I researched too much for this to not work. I likely will have to solo it but that's okay. I have no qualms of soloing 2-player games even ones that aren't meant to be.
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Stephen Shaw
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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Punched, counters clipped and sorted into counter tray, complete and in excellent condition.

Shipping: Free to lower 48, first $15 elsewhere and anywhere
 
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Justin Garison
United States
Houston
Texas
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Very good condition. Only played once! I liked it, but... see auction title! OOP I think.

Starting Bid: 35
BIN: 50


No bid. No sale.
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Cathal O'Siochru
United Kingdom
Liverpool
Merseyside
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Version: English first edition - GMT Games (2012)

Condition: Unpunched and unplayed, complete and in excellent condition.

Shipping: Free shipping within the UK. I use Parcel2Go to select the best delivery option on the day. Delivery will be to your door.
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Sean McCormick
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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Playing several run-throughs of the Tanks at the Narrows scenario to get a feel for armor usage. Early returns say using them for ranged fire is altogether more productive than for overruns, at least against heavily occupied/fortified Finnish hexes. Also starting up a Vassal game of the First Two Days scenario.

Love the system so far.
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Carsten Bohne
Germany
Duisburg
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English language.

The game is complete and unpunched. Very minor wear on the box if any. The rules have been read though before switching to the pdf so they show little wear.

Free shipping in the European Union. Winner to pay actual postage (DHL) in excess of EUR10.
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Cathal O'Siochru
United Kingdom
Liverpool
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Version: English first edition - GMT Games (2012)

Condition: Unpunched and unplayed, complete and in excellent condition.

Shipping: Free shipping within the EU. Will not ship elsewhere as part of this Math trade. If you live outside the EU zone and are interested in this game please contact me directly.
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Joel Gabelman
United States
San Francisco
California
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Game is New In Shrink!

Comes from smoke and pet free home.

Soft Reserve: $85.00
BIN: $100.00

NOT SOLD
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Chris Buhl
United States
Pittsfield
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Punched & played once.

Starting bid $45
Shipping $12
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Mark Sautman
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Evans
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Trying out the full campaign game for the first time. Soviets have been making steady progress, but the Finns have been slowing down, picking them off the frozen lake, and made a successful night raid the first night. Dusk is just starting on the second day and the Soviets are looking at 30 VP in territories held, but subtracting 21 VPs due to eliminated units for a net of 9.
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Sean McCormick
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Philadelphia
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Am teaching myself the game with a solo play of the First Day scenario.
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Kevin Eastwood
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Dracut
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The weather turned cooler tonight so I decided to take this game of the shelf. All set up for scenario 2 tomorrow.
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Brian Marrs
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Texas
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Format: VASSAL + PBEM + Dropbox

Teach: Happy to pass along what I know about the game.

Expertise: I've played a couple of games to completion, and a couple others that got through a couple of turns.

Willing to play either the first day scenario, or the full campaign. This game plays pretty well by e-mail.


Opponent found.
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Tom Russell
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Dearborn
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One of my favorite games, and I know I'm not alone. Aleksey Beznin gets into some of the reasons why this game has become an instant classic.
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Blake Neff
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Arlington
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Date Added: April 2014

Status: Not there yet

Last Month: 69

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Red Winter is a two player historical game which simulates the unusual battle at Tolvajärvi at a rarely gamed scale: company sized combat units and 90 minute game turns. Players assume the roles of the Russian and Finnish commanders, controlling the actions of Finnish ski infantry, Russian heavy machine gun companies, mortars, tanks, anti-tank guns, and other combat units. A desperate battle for territory and survival is about to be waged across a bleak and snowy landscape of forests, swamps, and frozen lakes.

The game utilizes many tried-and-true "classic" wargame mechanics in combination with novel and well-integrated systems for ranged attacks, unit recovery, Finnish night raids, attrition losses from sub-zero weather conditions, and more. The design focuses foremost on playability, with low counter density, concise rules, and sleek, simple mechanics that combine to allow each player the luxury of completing his turn in about five minutes. This means the full 40 turn campaign game is playable in a single afternoon. The large 5/8 inch counters and oversized hexes further increase playability. And the illustrated examples make it easy to jump right into the action.

TIME SCALE: 90 Minute Game Turns
MAP SCALE: 425 yards per hex
UNIT SCALE: mostly companies; some sections and platoons
PLAYERS: 1-2
COMPLEXITY: Moderate
Playing Time: 20 minutes to 12 hours, depending on scenario

A game employing a similar scale, Operation Dauntless, is on the regular P500.

Comments: A nice little bump for Red Winter means that it's on pace to hit 500 by...2021! Whoo!
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Stephen Tam
United States
Belmont
California
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First edition. Near mint condition: Never played, but the counters are punched and clipped using the Deluxe Oregon Laminations 2 mm clipper. Free shipping to continental usa
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Wade Ashton
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New in-shrink

Starting Bid: $40
BIN: $50
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Lingua: Inglese. Edizione GMT.

Dipendenza dal linguaggio: Piccole quantità di testo necessarie. Facilmente memorizzabili / possibile uso di post-it.

Stato: Nuovo, ancora incellophanato. A++.

Spedizione: spedizione a mio carico fino a 9€. Possibile consegna a mano a Bologna.
 
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