May 28, 2022

#UnboxingDay! Dien Bien Phu by Legion Wargames

Billy Riley, 17 February 2022 ~ #UnboxingDay

I don’t know much about this campaign other than it was the French against the Vietnamese between March and May 1954 and a last ditch attempt – for both sides – to come out on top. I guess The Final Gamble really applies to both sides.

Box Art

French flag and the Vietnamese flag. I like it very much

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The rear tells you a bit about the battle and what’s in the box along with Game Complexity and Solitaire Suitability.

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Rules of Play Book

The rules book is 24 pages of nice glossy thick stock paper. There’s not much in the way of pictures inside…it’s mostly text.

There are 4 scenarios it seems and you can play as either France or the Viet Minh – with a section for each to let you know how you should play. There’s also a page of Designer Notes and an Extended Game Turn Sequence.

The rules state they are laid out in the order of the game turn. That’s always a good thing, I think. It helps you play as you go through the rules and expedites your journey into the game.

 

Counters

There are only 2 sheets of counters. They are 5/8ths of an inch and decent card stock. There’s a few strong Viet Minh units there!

 

Player Aids

The first player aid is a Viet Minh Trench Map to assist the player

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The next is an Extended Sequence of Play

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The next two are French and Viet Minh Combat Tables

 

The final one is the Scenario Setup Card

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The Map

The map is 22” x 34” and is on thick semi gloss paper. It seems sturdy enough to take a few plays. There’s a lot on there too.

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