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Kevin L. Kitchens
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Gainesville
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SOFT RESERVE: $80
BUY IT NOW: $90
CONDITION: Opened. Unpunched.

NOTE: I bought this online in this condition. Box is a little (very little) rough, but still snug and fits nicely. However, while this was not stored in a smoking room, it turns out the seller had been a smoker either somewhere else in the house, or in his car en route to the post office. I am VERY sensitive to cigarette smoke and am happy to say that the game to my nose is 100% deodorized. I let each sheet, map, book, countersheet, etc sit in front of an open window for several hours over several days in order to remedy the smoke smell. And it has worked. However, I want to make sure I'm honest in my disclosure.

I've had the lid on again for weeks and when I remove it and get very close, there is no residual smoke smell. Not even like when you stay at a hotel and get a "non-smoking" room only to found out they swapped the sign and "Febreezed" it. Price reflects the imagined reduction in value.

 
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Ubergeek
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December 1939
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Andrew Burgoyne

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In the P500 queue for a second release. This game includes several different length scenarios. Set in 1939, you can play the crafty Finns defending their homeland or the roaring tide of invading Russia. I like winter themed games that recreate those unique combat conditions.
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Stig Morten
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Play a larger scenario.
 
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Designer variants and some optional rules
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Stig Morten
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Gaming
This was a week of new games. 3 games I've never played before.

Sentinels of the Multiverse NEW!
Tried this out with Ingmar as part of his "keep or sell" list. We won vs. Apostate. I was Fanatic and did 25 damage on the last attack to defeat him. An ok experience, but nothing special. Ingmar put it in the "sell" pile. I didn't argue.

Red Winter: The Soviet Attack at Tolvajärvi, Finland – 8-12 December 1939 NEW!
Played the Tutorial scenario solitaire and had fun. A very short and scripted scenario, but showed off the system well enough. I think this can be a game I will like. The map looks very good. Thank you to Roger.

Mansions of Madness: Second Edition NEW!
Got to try this 5-player. We played the introductory scenario(I think) and we fell short of winning by stupid decisions in the latter part of the game. I went Insane by the way. A cool experience to play, but not too certain I like the app dependancy this game has. But will be up for more plays of this.



Reading
With work starting up again, I am back to Norwegian crimewriter Jo Nesbø as those books are fast and enjoyable to read. Now reading the third in the series.
Also read volume 2 and 3 of the graphic novel series "Rust". Very cool series and I have to check out volume 4 at the library soon.
"The Dreaming Void" is on the backburner right now.

"Running"
No running because of my foot. I get pains after standing in the classroom. Went to the doctor today and he found microruptures in the tendon in 2. metatarsel and some inflammation. Half-marathon is 4 weeks away, but looking unlikely. Not happy about that.
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Markus Broecker
Switzerland
Zürich
Wisconsin
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$35

This is for a player's copy! Map has some wear on the creases, there is shelf wear on the box, the rules have been thumbed heavily and the corners have been aggressively clipped by the previous owner.

Apart from that, it's an absolutely great game!

Market link:
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Arnaud MOYON
France
Rennes
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Red winter, GMT Games

Language: English

Condition: Excellent, clipped, played once

Starting bid: 40€

Auction ends: October 2nd, random time

At Spiel every day.


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Wendell
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Yellow Springs
Ohio
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I rarely play tactical games, but Kevin wanted to try this and I'd heard good things about it, so we gave it a try - day 2, with the Soviets trying to seize a bridge and approach the local village (with a typical long Finnish name). Pretty good game. But very tough for the Soviets, as the battle was historically.
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Sam Middleton
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Wise
Virginia
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Bought Used. Played once. Everything clipped and in counter tray. Very good condition.

Starting bid: $45
SR: $50
AW: $60


 
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Wendell
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Had a go at this with Kevin on Sunday evening. Definitely a tactical game (hexes 425 yards, line of sight, etc) which is not usually my bag, but I'd heard good things so I was willing to try it. And it's pretty interesting. Played the day 2 scenario. Very tough on the Soviets. I never did figure out effective tactics to take that bridge. My guys would go on the ice and Finnish guns would blast 'em.

But an interesting game; I'd try it again.
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Andi Woods
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Cedar Falls
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Game 4: Cancelled.

Feeling pretty burnt out and need to clean up the place a bit to make room for new furniture. It was a small game count solo con, but still enjoyable. Maybe I will just use this geeklist for whenever I hold solo-cons. I do like the idea of viewer participation though and want to get to other games that I have not experienced yet!
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Maymi
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Red Winter "Turning the Tide" (Intro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fN9LNHuZaE
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HANJEL T
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30 min. 2 players.
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David Siskin
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Playa Del Rey
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Andrei Palmer
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Crofton
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Kevin Eastwood
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What happened? I love snow! Ok, so now that I got that out of the way, I loved the look of the map, and I knew that I wasn't really a hex and counter wargmer, but heard this was a good entry level game. I struggled trying to play this solo, having to control both sides of the map, and what unfolded before me was an interesting story, but ultimately I just didn't want to invest the time to play both sides solo. I'm sure this is great with 2 players, but for now I'm staying away from hex/counter wargames until I have someone else to play with who can "hold my hand" through learning these types of games.
 
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Gregory Smith
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Opened, but unplayed and unpunched. Box does have some shelf wear.

$65 plus shipping.

Geek Market link: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekmarket/product/edit/904153
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Len K
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For sale.

Opened, unpunched, mint condition.

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https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekmarket/product/922509
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Sean McCormick
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Into Day 4 and the Finnish counterattack is about to pound my forces, who suffered unusually badly from the cold weather. Not a game that I feel like I play at a high level, but a flip through of the Operation Dauntless rulebook does make me appreciate the streamlined play here.
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Andrew N
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Tough choice. There have been lots of great wargames that have come out in the last 5 years. I think this one may be the best, though. Red Winter is one of those games that accomplishes a lot without a ton of effort. A game that plays quickly and easily, but still has chrome-y goodness like rules for the the Soviets freezing to death if they don't build bonfires at night (and for how that helps the Finns perform night raids) is a great thing in my book.
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CJ Hakansson
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Vasteras
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Either re-print it already or give me a used copy, please! I have russkies to trap with my field kitchens!
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My Russian attack has largely stalled in the center, and while I sent a sizeable detachment north to conduct a flanking move, I don't feel like they have the offensive oomph to move the dug-in Finnish companies that oppose them. I have gotten about four companies around the Finnish defenses in the south, getting an outpost on Kotisaari and a few companies over to the southern edge of Tolvajarvi, but they've been worn down through combat and are not likely to do much more. To that end, I brought on some armor with the hope of running them straight up the gut and punching their way through to the Hotel.

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Eric Stubbs
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Yesterday evening, Asmoridin and I continued the game of Red Winter we started last month.

It did not go well for the Soviets; a key factor was his really poor dice rolls, while the few I made were generally very successful. Casualties on the Soviet side were so severe that they had a morale collapse on Turn 11, which is late in the second day of a five-day campaign and much earlier than a morale collapse usually occurs, so after some discussion, double-checking and thinking about whether to fudge rules a bit, we decided to just call it a Finnish victory and we plan to restart the game with the same sides and same optional rules we used this time. It just wouldn't have been interesting for either of us to continue the game. We both enjoyed it despite all this, though!

I think a lot of it was bad luck, especially in the beginning when my tactics weren't great, but Asmoridin believes his tactics were flawed on Day 2 and after thinking about it a bit I've come to agree. Per his own admissions, he committed two tank companies but piecemeal, and didn't focus enough on single big attacks to break key points. After some initial missteps (my bacon mostly being saved by his terrible luck), I ended up in strong positions, and his artillery and tanks and everything just couldn't do much to them. There was also one crucial point where he left troops vulnerable on the ice and I promptly crossed some infantry from Kotisaari island and got a 6-1 attack (concentric, plus the massive column shift for hitting Soviets on the frozen lake) that wiped out the entire stack of three companies and a machine gun. One thing I realized is that he could have taken more of his overall losses as retreats and then just moved back into contact for combat the next turn, which would have helped prevent the morale collapse.

A few photos below.

There used to be a Soviet stack in the frozen lake between the dug-in Finns and the bicycle companies...


Situation at the start of Turn 11, Soviet morale collapse.


Casualties.
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Matthias Jahr
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Böklund
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Titel : Red Winter: The Soviet Attack at Tolvajärvi, Finland – 8-12 December 1939

Verlag : GMT Games
Version: English first edition (2012)
Sprache: Englisch
Zustand: sehr gut.
 
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