Home Search My Account You have 0 items in your cart. View Cart Go to Checkout

The issues below are all in preparation:

(PRE-ORDER) 60 - Cities of the Damned
(Upcoming) 61 - ROME, IInc.
(Upcoming) 62 - Strike of the Heron
(Upcoming) 63 - Trying Men's Souls

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

 I want to (login required):
   Change My Address
   Check My Subscription Status
   Pre-Order the Next Issue
   Buy a Back Issue
   Vote For a Game Idea

 I want to (no login required):
   Get the Latest Addenda
   Join Our Mailing List
   Set Up an Account
   See What's Coming
   See All Our Products
   Check for Special Offers
   Re-read any ATO Newsgram
   See the ATO Article/Game index
   Read the Latest ATO News

Read Against the Odds

Against the Odds magazine investigates military history from a broad perspective. The economic, political, religious and social aspects of warfare are examined in concert with events on the battlefield.

Each issue of ATO features:

Informative and insightful articles showcasing the history behind events, plus regular columns by noted game designers providing insight on the latest trends and events.

A challenging, fun wargame that drops the players into truly desperate situations but gives them multiple options to alter history.

Professionally printed graphics, complete with large playing map and 200 to 360 die cut playing pieces.

And much more! Look for Against the Odds to cover simulation design issues, order of battle research, rule writing, play testing and graphic techniques as it evolves. Get yourself truly "connected" with games and gaming by reading Against the Odds!

Click here to see our upcoming issues

As an Amazon Associate, this firm earns from qualifying purchases.

© 2024 LPS Inc.

All | Upcoming Issues | Pre-Order | Back Issue List | The Annuals | Campaign Studies | Special Offers | Way of War Packs | Black Swans | Accessories | Spare Parts | Endangered Species | Sold Out | Kickstarters

You have 0 items in your cart. View Cart Go to Checkout


2010 Annual - Four Roads To Moscow

Inside the 2010 ATO Annual Edition

“When Barbarossa begins, the world will hold its breath!” -- Adolf Hitler, 1941

Shortly after Directive #21 was issued in 1940 authorizing the attack on the Soviet Union, Hitler personally intervened to assign it the codename to which it would henceforward be known: Barbarossa. He chose as his paragon the Germanic hero and twelfth-century Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, known as "Barbarossa" from the Italian for "redbeard." In 1190, while leading the Third Crusade, Barbarossa drowned and his body was lost. Ironic of Hitler to choose such a murky symbol: a Crusader who failed in his holy mission to the East.

But, why did Barbarossa fail? Now, four veteran designers combine in a unique offering from Against the Odds. The ATO Annual edition for 2010 includes four different games, which each address this question.

Ted Raicer with "Hitler Turns East"
Ted may be most famous for Paths of Glory but his experiences with WW2 are solid as well. His design looks at this decisive campaign through the lens of Command. On both sides powerful dictators issued sometimes very detailed instructions to not-always enthusiastic commanders, who in turn were often more interested in their own career advancement (or in the Soviet case, personal survival) than the overall strategic picture. Initially faulty command decisions almost cost Stalin the war, but in the end a lack of strategic focus brought about the first major defeat of the German Army.

Michael Rinella's "Slaughterhouse"
Mike has given us Monty’s Gamble, Shifting Sands, Not War but Murder, Birth of a Legend and many others. His game models two of the outstanding realities of the campaign, the limited routes available to the Germans as they battered their way to Moscow by using a point to point map, and the tremendous and continuous bloodletting both sides suffered in this "war without mercy."

Roger Nord with "Strike the Bear"
Roger is well known to ATO members for his WWI designs The Big Push and Verdun: A Generation Lost. Roger explores how each side attempted to reach victory by controlling objectives across the map. But to underscore the fluidity of the campaign, these objectives can and do change over the course of the war (a player’s objectives may change even quicker, perhaps in the middle of a turn!) The uncertainty of where and when forces must shift to achieve their territorial goals reflects the doubts and hesitations of each side’s high commands.

John Prados with his "Codeword: Barbarossa" John is associated with some milestone games, like Third Reich and Cassino, and his Fortress Berlin rates as one of ATO’s most popular games. His design examines how pre-war planning, deceit and deception, and foolishly projecting one's own capabilities on the enemy were THE key factors in explaining what really happened in the fateful year of 1941.

So why did Barbarossa fail? Our designers have drawn some very different and startling conclusions about what really happened, and modeled it in four very different approaches. "Four Roads" offers four complete simulations that will provide hours of challenging play and comparison.

As always, this Annual features an "extra-size" magazine, with an in-depth look at the history behind the games, plus other articles. Make yourself the proud owner of these challenging looks at the decisive campaign of WWII.

Bonus Item: Purchase this issue direct from us and we'll include a set of free link rules tying all four games together plus variants. Have the ultimate Barbarossa experience by fully exploring the choices that shaped the campaign!

Four Roads To Moscow and the 2010 ATO Magazine Annual

Maps - Four full color 17"x22" mapsheets
Counters - Over 450 full color 9/16" die-cut counters
Rules length - Around 8 pages each game
Charts and tables - Averages 1 page each game
Complexity - Medium
How challenging is it solitaire? - Poor to Average, varies by title
Playing time - Up to 3 to 4 hours for each game, 12 to 16 hours to play them all

Designers - Mike Rinella, Roger Nord, Ted Raicer and John Prados
Development - Lembit Tohver
Graphic Design - Randy Lein & Brandon Pennington

Like the topic, designer, or types of challenges in this game?
You may also be interested in this product:

2015 Annual - Four Roads to Paris
2015 Annual - Four Roads to Paris
Tell a friend:

2010 Annual - Four Roads To Moscow
View Larger Image

See map graphics for all Four Roads to Moscow games.

Click here to view the contents spread below (in PDF format) for this issue of Against the Odds Magazine!

Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or later. Free download here.

Download the rulebook (third printing) for Hitler Turns East (in PDF format).

Download the rulebook for Strike the Bear (in PDF format).

Download the rulebook for Slaughterhouse (in PDF format).

Download the rulebook for Codeword: Barbarossa (in PDF format).

Download a revised VP Score Sheet for A Codeword: Barbarossa (in PDF format).

Read more about this game on Consimworld

And, the publisher of this game recommends the books below if you would like to learn even more about this campaign: