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(PRE-ORDER) 2022 Annual with Stalingrad: Verdun on the Volga

The single bloodiest battle in history?

It was most certainly the strategically decisive battle of WW2. After Stalingrad, it was only a matter of time for Hitler's Germany. But if the Wehrmacht had won there, who can say what the outcome might have been?

Now, Against the Odds Magazine has secured the rights to reprint the classic Stalingrad: Verdun on the Volga from its sister division, Last Stand Games, with a situation every gamer knows, and a game engine most gamers have experienced...but both offered in a totally new, ATO Annual Magazine (ziplock) format. (We'll call it "SVoV" for short.)

With a setup time of less than 15 minutes, but a large, double map-board, players will have plenty of chances to try new approaches and come back for more. The original three very different scenario situations gave players the option to go for a game that might be complete in 3-4 hours or one that will probably take 8 hours, although there are VP checks along the way that could shorten things suddenly.

Click on the counter image above to enlarge.

What is interesting is that SVoV gives players "more" of the Stalingrad situation than they are used to, while reducing complexity as much as possible. There are only a few different "unit types" that affect play, and there is no 'spending' of movement points from space to space in the traditional way, but an audacious (and lucky) attacker can move again and again.

The battlefield area includes zones to both the north and south of the city, which not only increase available options but also set up situations where both players must look to attack and defend, from an early point in the game. The map is printed on deluxe heavy paper stock and is double-sided, also depicting the city in wintertime conditions.

The unit scale is roughly regimental, with some battalion sized formations. There's only three unit types - infantry, armor, and pioneer. But while the mechanics are streamlined, the game functions at a high level, offering a very different and more realistic modeling of German combat attrition and a much more accurate Soviet order of battle, based on most recent publications of post-Cold War Soviet sources.

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The game is "friendly to novices" in getting started, but offers grognards all the challenges they desire, with the focus on managing options and tactical swings of fortune, versus plowing through a big rulebook. Each turn forces players to interact and modify plans, as they balance the advantages of careful set-up versus a turn that can suddenly end, leaving the attack either not-made or hanging. Lots of tension and play balance is excellent. Both sides can win and win with excitement. The game is surprisingly interesting solitaire as well.

Game Options:

There is a five-turn "basic" game or "tournament" game. This is the most mobile, decision-filled, and fastest playing choice for players. The designer considers it the core game and the one most everyone will play, most of the time.

There is also a campaign game that may last 5, 10, or 15 turns, but with VP checks at the end of Turn 5, Turn 10, and Turn 15 that can bring things to a sudden end.

Last is a very historical option that simply mandates the Germans capture all the areas along the river, where players may agree to play through to an automatic German victory or the end of Turn 15, with no consideration of victory points.

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Order Stalingrad: Verdun on the Volga and the 2022 ATO Magazine Annual

Maps - Full color 17" x 44" double-sided area mapsheet
Counters - 330+ full color 5/8" die-cut counters
Rules length - 24 pages
Separate quick set-up charts on cardstock - 2 pages
Separate reinforcement charts on cardstock - 2 pages
New AV/DV Tracking Chart - 1 page
New introductory and Operation Hubertus scenarios - 4 pages
Complexity - Medium
Playing time - Up to 3 to 4 hours
How challenging is it solitaire? - Average

Designer - Michael Rinella
Development - Kevin Duke
Graphic Design - Mark Mahaffey

Product Prices (includes shipping)
SKU Kickstarter Price Qty.
GA2022Z-US Ziplock USA $59.95
GA2022Z-IN Ziplock International $94.95
 
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About the Designer: The designer for this game is Michael A. Rinella, a veteran conflict simulation game designer with more than a dozen credits including the CSR award-winning depiction of Cold Harbor, Not War But Murder. In addition to designing his articles on military history have appeared in such hobby magazines as Against the Odds, Battles, and War Diary.