Ukrainizona

 

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Sorry, it’s been a while since I posted but Day Job has been very busy, and I have been busy running more playtests of China’s War. It’s looking good.

I’m also getting ready to bring China’s War, Strongman, Squares of the City and Virtualia II: Electric Boogaloo to show and test at Consimworld Expo in Tempe AZ, 22-29 June. More on those latter three anon.

Friend of the blog Paul Kreutzer pointed me toward this site Finabel, a Finland-based institution that concentrates on interoperability of European forces, which has posted an excellent paper on the military aspects of the Ukraine War:

https://finabel.org/land-warfare-in-ukraine-modern-battlefield-of-europe/

 

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Ukrainian Crisis: New Vassal Module!

Screenshot from VASSAL website.┬áPaul had the simple but brilliant idea of making the 5 and 6, the two “hit” faces of the die, show up reversed – making it easier to count up the hits.

Thanks to the efforts of Paul Heron, there is a new VASSAL module for Ukrainian Crisis!

This is for the Hollandspiele edition of the game, which has some extra cards. Get it at:

http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Ukrainian_Crisis_%26_The_Little_War

You may know that this game uses a “bucket of dice” combat resolution system, with 5s and 6s counting for hits. Paul had the simple but brilliant idea of making these two faces of the die show up reversed, making it easier to count up the hits. I don’t play on VASSAL much but I hadn’t seen anything like this in other modules.

Paul says he is working on a module for The Little War as well, and I am looking forward to that!

Meanwhile, the module for earlier editions of Ukrainian Crisis, by Martin Hogan, is still found at

http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Ukrainian_Crisis

Hollandspiele’s one year old!

Hollandspiele is one year old this week, after releasing SEVENTEEN titles in that time.

And they are having a sale on each and every one of them!

https://hollandspiele.com/collections/all

Tom Russell made a very nice blog post about the process of publishing their first game, The Scheldt Campaign, but it’s more about the design work of Brian Train, the guy who designed it. His games sound like something I’d probably be interested in.

https://hollandspiele.com/blogs/hollandazed-thoughts-ideas-and-miscellany/on-publishing-the-scheldt-campaign-by-tom-russell

I’ve been very happy in my dealings with Tom and Mary Russell, both before and after their founding of Hollandspiele, a little game company that could. And did. And does. They are honest and work hard and communicate and respect the designer’s work; these are all good things. I look forward to meeting them in person one day – they were supposed to come out to the CSW Expo in Tempe this year but poor Tom screwed up his back. Well, next year.

Meanwhile, nine bucks off each of Scheldt Campaign and Ukrainian Crisis!

Kevin Sharp plays Ukrainian Crisis, and likes it

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Which about says it all, I suppose!

Pop over to his bigboardgaming.com site, and see his account of a complete and suspenseful game. Pictures, too!

http://bigboardgaming.com/ukrainian-crisis/

Some time earlier he also made a short video of his initial impressions:

http://bigboardgaming.com/ukraine-crisis-post-play-notes/

Review of Ukrainian Crisis and The Little War at Boardgamegeek!

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Roger Leroux, He of the Hat, has posted a very nice review of the Hollandspiele two-fer edition of these games at Boardgamegeek.com:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1806601/rogers-reviews-orange-crush-and-bag-chips

Some time ago, Roger also published an intelligent review of Guerrilla Checkers as well:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1780174/rogers-reviews-delightful-hybrid-two-great-classic

Thanks Roger, you are very kind!

Ukrainian Crisis and Little War now available!

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YES!

The day is here, the hour is at hand!

GO and order your copy here!

https://hollandspiele.com/products/ukrainian-crisis-the-little-war

And it’s even five bucks off physical copies – $40 instead of $45 – for the next little while!

Digital Print-and-Play version available from Wargame Vault for $12 too!

http://www.wargamevault.com/product/207634/Ukrainian-Crisis–The-Little-War

BUY BUY and BUY again!

Trample Grandpa!

 

Over at Hollandspiele: Designer’s Remarks on Ukrainian Crisis

Over at the Hollandspiele company blog, some more remarks and description by me on Ukrainian Crisis, which is coming out in the next 2-3 weeks:

https://hollandspiele.com/blogs/hollandazed-thoughts-ideas-and-miscellany/designers-remarks-on-ukrainian-crisis-by-brian-train

I’m really looking forward to this game’s first physical publication! Kind of running out of things to say about it, though – people should just play it, already.