September 23, 2023

#UnboxingDay! Less Than 60 Miles from Thin Red Line Games

Brant Guillory, 15 June 2023 ~ #UnboxingDay

I missed it the first time around.  Wasn’t missing it this time.  “CWGH” game?  One of the most well-respected design teams out there right now?  Jumping on this like a hero on a grenade…

The box!

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Pretty standard box, nothing fancy.  And the usual standard stuff on th… huh, lookee here.

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There nothing on the back?  I mean, I guess since this isn’t one you’ll find on retail shelves, it makes sense that you don’t need that info on the back, huh?


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There’s a lot of countersheets, a woefully inadequate number of baggies, a couple of books & charts, a small deck of cards, and a big-ass map.


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rulebook and scenario book

There’s a lot of detail in these books, from scenario specifics to definite chrome in the rules.  What’s not there are a lot of illustrations, or an index.

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For those of us of a certain vintage, this is hilarious, I promise


The “Battlefield Operations” book, however, gives you a lot of well-illustrated examples of mechanics.


The player aid cards are all one-sided, and have tracking charts for each player, plus a well-diagrammed order of battle.


The 2 books of charts are identical, and have a variety of useful graphics, including a key to the vehicle silhouettes on the counters.

Speaking of…



There’s a LOT of detail on the counters, which include US, West German, Soviet, and Ossie.  There are a bunch of player-specific mission chits, too.


Ah yes, the admin counters.  Lots and lots of admin counters.  So many admin counters you need an admin to count them for you.


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It’s a big map.  BIG


Map detail, including Bad Hersfeld, where some close family friends still live, and the Lahn-Dill Kreis, with the star on top of Herborn-Seelbach, where I lived in the mid-80s for a bit.


Some small decks of event cards.


Looking forward to cranking this one up some time soon!

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With trembling hands and eager zeal,
I unbox a wargame with great appeal.
Countless components I behold,
Strategies yet to unfold,
In this box, a battlefield surreal!

Brant G

Editor-in-chief at Armchair Dragoons

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3 thoughts on “#UnboxingDay! Less Than 60 Miles from Thin Red Line Games

  1. Brant, interesting map (what ARE the dimensions anyway?). We see some games with maps printed out on small sheets of paper that you tape together, then see this, and wonder why are companies still printing out tiny maps that have to be assembled? The technology exists…

    1. Official specs say:
      “98×55 cm matte plasticized map, covering US V Corps area of responsibility”

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