Narrative games...

Discussion around early wars and conflicts including World War 1
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Phil_Gray_260
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Narrative games...

Post by Phil_Gray_260 » 05 May 2019, 21:30

Compass Games (https://www.compassgames.com/) have a couple of solo games set in this period:

Raiders of the Deep: U-boats of the Great War, 1914-18 https://www.compassgames.com/military-s ... -deep.html "Raiders of the Deep: U-boats of the Great War, 1914-18 is a solitaire, tactical level game placing you in command of a German U-boat during WWI (known at the time as The Great War). Your mission is to destroy as much Allied shipping as possible, while advancing your crew quality, increasing your Commander rank, and attempting to survive until the Armistice and the end of the war. Raiders of the Deep is based on the popular Hunters game system by Gregory M. Smith and marks the first dedicated boardgame treatment covering WWI U-Boat warfare."

See BoardGameGeek https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/227 ... ar-1914-18 for in depth reviews and more.

I've tried this one... while the Allies lack ASDIC the chances of coming back alive are pretty good.., and if you can rack up enough tonnage or naval vessels sunk then your U-Boat commander gets some fancy neckwear and pick of new designs.

Zeppelin Raider: Imperial German Naval Airships https://www.compassgames.com/preorders/ ... ships.html "Zeppelin Raider: Imperial German Naval Airships is a solitaire, tactical level game placing you in command of one of several models of WWI Zeppelin dirigibles as part of the Imperial German Navy. Your mission is to destroy as much English war facilities as possible via bombing raids, or to conduct reconnaissance over the North Sea...and still survive and come home. Zeppelin Raider is based on the popular Hunters game system by Gregory M. Smith that delivers a tense and nail-biting narrative throughout the course of play." Confusingly their website says this is on pre-order, but my copy arived last month?

See BoardGameGeek for more info https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/256 ... l-airships

I have this one but have yet to play it... my impression, based on the historical subject, is that there is the 'happy period' akin to the pre-ASDIC era in the U-Boat game, then the British get incendiary bullets and planes that can reach high enough to deliver them, and life gets much harder... but success still lets you transfer into the newer designs, and possibly earn a transfer to the mighty Afrika-Schiff...

They're an evolutionary step along from the old AH Queen of the Skies except that there is no 'tour' of missions to be completed, you just keep pushing your luck till the end of the war.

CarlL
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Re: Narrative games...

Post by CarlL » 12 May 2019, 09:55

Thank you for posting Phil.

Always good to hear about games set in early 20th century and about games which can be played solo for those (like me) who dont "get out much" to game!

CarlL

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Re: Narrative games...

Post by granty101 » 12 May 2019, 17:49

CarlL wrote:
12 May 2019, 09:55

for those (like me) who don't "get out much" to game!

CarlL
If you increased the bl**dy carers allowance, I'd take you out more!!! :evil: .... :lol:

Grant
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