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13 Feb 2022

Tannenberg

From the Great War in the East (GWE) series by David Isby (SPI 1978), a game system that portrays early WWI campaigns NOT on the western front - operations that had not been covered in any other wargames at the time of publication.

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11 Nov 2021

Victory in the West

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

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6 Jan 2021

To the Green Fields Beyond

TGBF covers the battle of Cambrai at the operational scale: 1,250 yards per hex (1.1 km), with 17 one-day turns for the full game. Shorter scenarios are provided, including a 3-day British attack scenario that is excellent for solitaire play. The designer, David Isby is also known for his game Soldiers (SPI 1972) covering tactical WWI combat in 1914 - before trench warfare became the norm.

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21 Dec 2020

Barbarossa

In the 1960's the only game about the Russian front of WWII was Stalingrad, by Avalon Hill. Jim Dunnigan designed Barbarossa as SPI's answer to Stalingrad. As a new game company in the late 1960's SPI had to offer direct alternatives to games from the the original (and only) commercial wargame publisher at the time. 

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20 Dec 2020

The Marne

The Marne (SPI 1972) was designed by John Young - it depicts the culmination of the German advance in 1914 and the Allied counter-attack. There are four things about this game that bear mentioning.

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