Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Played this game with Richard last night, great fun.  We had to stop when we realized we had been too liberal with our interpretation of the combat process.  If you say a number then that is the exact amount that follows up, not the minimum.


  1. Good heavens, this brings back memories! Back in the early 1970s a bunch of us varsity students used to play a home made version of this - one of my favorite board games ever. I well remember the 'deep penetration' attacks, drilling a long corridor into enemy territory and placing a 'one stage' bomb at the end of it. The enemy would pretty much have to recapture the thing but still inflict damage on himself getting rid of it.

    My own favorite attack method was to roll random numbers under the cup. You could not be faced down that way. It could lead to the capture of vast tracts of territory.

    On one glorious occasion, GREEN had stretched in a huge mass across more than half the board (this being a home made map of central Europe and not the proper map). But almost half the territory depended upon the one city right in the centre of the GREEN Empire. I had my usual REDs (I liked being the Red guys).

    At any rate, vastly outnumbered by the Greens, and hitherto on friendly terms, I had noticed this peculiarity in his empire. I don't know if this is still the rule, but in order to build, your territories had to have some traceable link of occupied territories to an occupied city. Back stabbing not being my usual modus operandi unless the gains were significant, this one it was my duty to go ahead.

    In went mt attack, straight for Centreville, and carrying on until a good ha;f of the Green Empire had been severed from contact with any city, and bombs strategically placed to ensure that such would be the case for a long time to come.

    It was a game breaker, of course. Such a coup proved intolerable to the dude on the receiving end, and the game ended forthwith. Never mind. I am glad to have been reminded of such a stunning blow and glorious victory...

    The colours we chose tended to reflect the way we played. The GREEN guy almost always chose green, and that was the way he played: unassuming and quite while all the exciting events took place around and about. Then suddenly everyone would sit back and wonder why the board was two-thirds Green. By then it was too late, of course.

    I favoured RED. Guess how I played it...

    1. It was the first time I had played this game, but Richard remembered playing it in the library in the 1970s. I am glad that my post evoked some happy memories for you.

      For the record, I played GREEN. We also used the random die technique, but that was where we went wrong in then only moving in the number rolled as a minimum, not absolute number of units to advance.

      There are some great games around. Just need to have the time to play ‘em.