February 21, 2024

#UnboxingDay ~ C3i Magazine Nr. 36 featuring Desert Victory: North Africa, 1940-1942 (RBM Studios, 2023)

RockyMountainNavy, 16 February 2023 ~ #UnboxingDay

For many years C3i Magazine has been published on an annual basis with delivery usually falling in December. This year there was a slight delay meaning my copy did not land until late January 2023. The feature game in this issue of C3i is designer Trevor Bender’s Desert Victory: North Africa, 1940-1942 which is the Vol. II of the C3i Combined Arms series of wargames.

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While Desert Victory is the centerpiece wargame of the magazine, there is actually much other content in the bag.

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C3i Magazine Nr. 36 

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This issue of C3i is over 60 pages in length. That does NOT include the rule book for Desert Victory as that is a stand alone item as you will see shortly.

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Wargame reading


The centerpiece Desert Victory has a rule book, player aids, map and a shared countersheet.

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Desert Victory components


I have to say that for an ‘older’ Grognard like myself who was fortunate enough to ‘upgrade’ my glasses recently the larger hexes and counters of Desert Victory are very welcome.

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‘Grognard’-friendly sizing


If you are an SPQR player there is also a very nice module of rules, charts, and counters in this issue too.

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SPQR variant


For a game that already has many counters (10 sheets ain’t enough?) there are more counters for Pacific War in this issue.

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More Pacific War…


I have seen some calls already for RBM Studios to sell Desert Victory without the magazine. That’s unfortunate because for the price ($45) this entire package is a great bargain. Do you know that there are actually some people out there that read C3i? Don’t need the SPQR module or Pacific War counters? Find a fellow gamer who does and SHARE in our hobby (for a nominal fee, of course).


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