May 2, 2020

Soldiers: vmod

WWI tactical combat set in the early days of the war. Units were more mobile before the trenches were dug up and down the front, but the green troops got a shocking first exposure to the firepower of the day.

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Spitfire: vmod

In Spitfire, Jim Dunnigan re-tools Flying Circus for early WWII. Airspeed has tripled since 1918 necessitating a signifcant change of scale.

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April 26, 2020

Flying Circus: vmod

The first air combat board game from Dunnigan and SPI, with sequential movement and aircraft performance charts to track the state of flight.

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March 19, 2020

Solomons Campaign: vmod

In his designer's notes for Solomons Campaign (1973) Jim Dunnigan notes that this game is based on his USN game published a year earlier, concentrating on one campaign instead of the entire Pacific theater. Because he had two bites on the apple with this system, SC is one of JD's great designs.

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December 16, 2019

Victory in the West: vmods

It started with an SPI subscriber feedback survey. The resulting game from SPI was Operation Typhoon (OT), and if you read just the first half of the designer's notes in OT you might think it turned out an unplayable mess.

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