The (brief) return of Balkan Gamble

BGmbl cover


BACK IN PRINT – only 10 copies available! (no wait, only 9 left now…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…0)


I initially made only 20 figuring they would never all sell, but they did and people have been asking for it, so I have made up another 10 copies. They sold too. What gives? Is this some kind of a trend?

The Allied invasions of the Balkans that never happened. One of the great what-ifs of World War 2 in the Mediterranean theatre, at least to Hitler and the German High Command, was the possibility of an Allied invasion of Greece and/or Yugoslavia. The Allies knew the Germans perceived such invasions as a credible threat and created several strategic deception plans, leading the Germans to move or keep critical troop formations in northern Italy and the Balkans when they would have been much more useful somewhere else. Scenarios for 1943, 1944, 1945, and a hypothetical 1950 Soviet invasion of Yugoslavia. Uses the Autumn Mist/ Summer Lightning/ Winter Thunder system of formation activations and almost-diceless combat with mission matrix, at a larger scale: 1 week/turn; 30 km/hex; division/brigade; 17×22″ hex map and 280 double-sided counters. Many “chrome” rules to cover the fragmented human, political and physical terrain of the area.

This game has twice the map (and it’s printed on nice heavy paper) and twice the counter sheets, so the price per copy is $25 US. This includes postage. Paypal to Thanks!

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8 Responses to The (brief) return of Balkan Gamble

  1. ks0710 says:

    Brian id love a copy.

  2. Rick says:

    I would buy a copy but Paypal is the issue for me. I have had nothing but trouble with Paypal; others claim they have nothing but nice words to say about Paypal, so “your mileage may vary”.

    Back to the game. Getting a Brian Train game in a version that Brian Train approves of, rather than a version that has been completely mis-handled by a “game developer” at a game publisher is a real treat for any gamer. If you can affford it, BUY IT and I doubt that you will be disappointed.

    • brtrain says:

      Well, I’ve never had a problem with Paypal, giving or receiving, so it must be you!
      Depending on who you are and where you are, we might work something else out.
      Contact me on other means.

      To be accurate, this is the version of the game that no “house developer” ever got near… I pre-emptively changed the engine of the game that was published in larger numbers; I knew it would never survive the sausage machine.

    • brtrain says:

      “other means” = write me at brian.train(at)

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  4. Christian barrett says:

    Still have some left?

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