March 4, 2024

#UnboxingDay ~ A Victory Awaits by Multi-Man Publishing

Billy Riley, 20 April 2023 ~ #UnboxingDay

I saw a video of this – and honestly, the 9 page rule book sold it to me.

I’m not a huge fan of the Eastern Front. Something about bland, empty steppes and freezing cold – along with a wall of units. But I have a slight interest in Barbarossa.

There are 3 main reasons this ended up being delivered

    1. It has an 9 page rule book
    2. It has 3 scenarios covering each section of the battle – Army Group North, Army Group Central and Army Group South
    3. The maps – combined – fit onto my table to allow a full campaign scenario – all 3 fronts

Box Art

Very simple – Panzer IV I believe with some supporting infantry in the long grass of the Russian Steppes.

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Standard back of the box showing the map and counters along with details of the content and a Low Complexity level (makes sense with 8 pages of rules) and High Solitaire Suitability

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Errata –  A piece of paper showing map errata

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Content Slip – A welcoming slip showing the contents and dedication to quality

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Dice – A single solitary small, blue die

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The Rule Book

It’s standard semi-gloss paper. Fairly small font, mind – but c’mon…it’s 9 pages! In truth, it’s a total 2-14 (so 16 pages all in, including front and rear cover).

Sequence of play starts on page 5 and the rules up to Optional Rules runs to 11. There’s a few decent sized images in there for examples.

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Counters

There are 3 sheets of counters – 840 counters. They are only ½” mind – so keep that in mind. I think they’re in what I would regard as standard cardboard stock. Not thick. Not thin.

I’m not sure of the black writing on red counters – especially ½” counters. I feel it may be somewhat challenging. Especially when playing the full campaign.

 

Player Aid Cards

There are 4 player aid cards and all double sided. 

There are 2 double sided ones containing the Terrain Effects Chart and Sequence of Play/CRT on the other side.

 

The other 2 are also double sided – but they each have turn tracks for the 4 different scenarios

 

Maps

As mentioned – there’s 3 maps. Army Group North covering Leningrad

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Army Group South covering Kiev

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And Army Group Centre covering Smolensk

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And then the whole area combined – which is around 67” x 34” all told.

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And that’s that. 4 games in one really…and it’s nice to have a game with multiple maps that does actually fit onto my table

 


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With anticipation I wait,
As I open my new games’ crate,
The cardboard will fall,
Revealing it all,
And I’ll marvel at each piece so great.
~
Tanks and soldiers, maps and more,
All laid out on the table before,
I’ll read the rules,
And act like a fool,
As I plan my first winning score.
~
For wargaming’s more than just play,
It’s a hobby, a passion, a way,
To learn about history,
And gain victory,
In a simulated battle’s display.

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