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Red Winter - First Playthroughs

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15 Jun 2019 18:22 #298446 by barrowdown
I've played four solo games of Red Winter over the...

I've played four solo games of Red Winter over the past two days. The game covers the Battle of Tolvajärvi during the Winter War.

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15 Jun 2019 20:43 #298447 by Gary Sax
This is very cool... and super helpful for wargames since it's such a commitment to get on board with any given game and there are not that many people out there playing and talking about their wargames.
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15 Jun 2019 21:06 #298448 by DukeofChutney
Sounds ace. Are there a lot of scenarios? and do they feel like cut down learning games, or legit in their own right? I'd read future blog posts.
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15 Jun 2019 22:01 #298450 by barrowdown
There are 17 scenarios in the game: two are the full campaign (historical and hypothetical versions), one true tutorial that is not really a game. Of the rest, probably 2-3 are more learning focused by narrowing the units/win conditions to emphasize a given aspect of the rules. The other scenarios focus on a specific time frame or area of the battle.

Overall, I think it’s a pretty good mix of scenarios and I would definitely play the first day scenario again. The Battle of Hirvasvaara scenario has a fairly open setup and a couple of different approaches that make even the small unit count and narrow map have more options than it first appears. The tutorial is not worth another glance once you have the core concepts down (it isn’t included in the scenario book and is on the backside of the Getting Started/Frequently Forgotten Rules card).
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15 Jun 2019 22:08 #298451 by barrowdown

Gary Sax wrote: This is very cool... and super helpful for wargames since it's such a commitment to get on board with any given game and there are not that many people out there playing and talking about their wargames.


I’ll try and give a write up to most of the wargames I play going forward. I love playing them, do not really have anyone local that is a big fan of board wargaming, and do not enjoy online play. After going through my treatment, I figured I might as well focus on getting a type of game I really enjoy to the table, even if that means playing them solo (which I don’t really mind).

I‘ll do another Red Winter write up after a complete a couple more scenarios. The last couple of days I’ve been trying the Panzers East Solitaire game (World at War #45) and I’ll write that up after I get it’s sister game Strike & Counterstrike played a few times.
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