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Cruel Necessity: The English Civil Wars (A Video Review)

Cruel Necessity

This solitaire game, suitable for group and classroom cooperative game play, tells the story of the English Civil Wars (1640-53) through its key events and decision points. You attempt to stop the advance of four armies bent on destroying Parliament and Puritanism, whom you represent; simply holding on to London is not enough.

Each of the three English Civil Wars are replayed through the use of separate card decks that recreate the historical military and political events that could spell doom to the Parliamentarian forces. There are civil wars going on not just in England, but in Scotland and Ireland too; and each will have varying impact on the play of the game at different times.

The title comes from the purported response to the beheading of King Charles by his implacable foe, Oliver Cromwell, who remarked that this act of regicide was a “cruel necessity.”

Note: Cruel Necessity is our first Gold Banner wargame to exclude a mounted map inside. Because of all the gameplay real estate in Cruel Necessity, mounting the boards using our print-on-demand publishing model would have raised the Retail Price to $55.00 (i.e., a $15 increase), and that just seemed like too much. We hope our vaunted wargame customers can soldier on with our sturdy paper maps as the great wargames of yore have long provided.

What’s in the box:

• One full color 22-page Rulebook (Designer’s Notes included)
• One 22” x 17” paper game map (in two sections)
• One 11” x 17” Battle Display Mat
• 75 cards
• 98 thick, two-sided, multi-shaped game pieces
• One 2-sided player aid
• One blue (Parliamentary) 6-sided die
• One red (Royalist) 6-sided die
• One bright red, 9″ x 11 7/8″ Deluxe cardboard VPG game box
• One beautiful box cover sleeve
• One “Wipes-A-Lot” napkin
• One charcoal desiccant packet

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Old World New World (Video Review)

Old world

A direct conflict boardgame where players take turns placing terrain cards in a grid in an effort to move their units from one side of the map to the other while at the same time preventing their opponents from doing the same.

Weeks on board the ship have taken their toll on me; I haven’t been this light since I was a boy and I can barely stand up even now that we’re on solid land again. Despite that, the view from this beach is amazing; I never imagined anyplace could as wonderful or wild as this new world. Our journey inland begins tomorrow and all of my men are showing their nerves tonight; my hope is good rest will grant us the strength to make our claim and return home someday soon…

In Old World New World, from designer Aaron Smith, you take command of explorers trying to find their destiny in a recently discovered land. The map is revealed as you play against up to three opponents, with each of you trying to shape the land to best benefit your own side. With player controlled events such as Barbarians, Tornados, and Bribery, no plan goes unhindered and anyone could find themselves mapping their own destiny!

Perfect for both new and experienced gamers, Old World New World has a great mix of simple mechanics and a variety of options that will keep you on your toes no matter how many times you play it.

What’s In The Box?:

• One full color 8-page Rules booklet
• 72 cards (58 Terrain card, 14 Action cards)
• 26 laser-cut counters (24 Units, 2 Natives)
• 12 border pieces
• One bright red, 9 1/4″ x 5 7/8″ Standard cardboard VPG game box
• One beautiful box cover sleeve
• One “Wipes-A-Lot” napkin
• One charcoal desiccant packet

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Franco-Prussian War 40



The first entry into the von Clausewitz series, which focuses on examining Clauswitzian  theories in the wars of the era. The series is designed around a small (40) countermix, with cards to represent additional resources. A heavy emphasis on reaction movement and the use of friction to disrupt an enemy’s plans.










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