November 30, 2022

#UnboxingDay ~ PanzerArmee Afrika by Avalon Hill

Jim Werbaneth, 14 July 2022 ~ #UnboxingDay

Panzerarmee Afrika is a game that was missing from my library, either in the SPI original edition, or the republication by Avalon Hill.  I recently acquired a used player’s copy.  It might date back forty years, but it is still a welcome addition to my game library in general, and to the North Africa section particularly.

Unbox-Panzerarmee-Afrika-Box

It’s a classic Rodger MacGowan design.

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Unbox-Panzerarmee-Afrika-Map

The map is not the most elaborate or detailed, and roughly contemporary games, such as Rommel’s War (Quarterdeck).  Also, showing its roots as a Strategy & Tactics issue game, it fits on a single 22” x 34” sheet. The Avalon Hill reissue map comes in a mounted version, but due to difficulties in making it lay flat, it will probably still need to be under plexiglass.

 

Unbox-Panzerarmee-Afrika-Map-Detail

A closeup of the oft-contested border between Libya and Egypt.

 

Unbox-Panzerarmee-Afrika-Counters

Hardly a surprise, the counters all come packed into one bag.  Unusual for North Africa games, but not so much for mid-seventies SPI games and their Avalon Hill reissues, they are printed on only one side.

 

Unbox-Panzerarmee-Afrika-Terrain-Effects-Chart

It’s all pretty basic, but note that there are different symbols for the different fortresses in Bardia and Tobruk.

(ed note: quintupled defense?!)

Another classic on the shelf!


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