‘Samurai Battles’ Expansion by Zvezda

March 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Zvezda will release Ninja Attack, an expansion for Samurai Battles, in May. The $49.95 expansion includes 12 units of miniatures: two ninja warrior bands, six mounted archer troops, and four samurai archer squads. This expansion introduces the mounted archers for the first time.

The expansion includes the cards needed for playing the new minis with both Samurai Battles games (see "‘Samurai Battles’–Two Games in One Box"), four double-sided game boards, 15 terrain tiles, and a games booklet with five new scenarios, including some that can be played only with the Ninja Attack units.

‘Samurai Battles’ Expansion

‘Samurai Battles’–Two Games in One Box

May 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Zvezda has announced the impending release via its U.S. distributors of Samurai Battles(MSRP $79.95), a new historical board game that comes complete with 122 plastic highly detailed and historically accurate miniatures of feudal Japanese warriors.  Samurai Battles is actually two games in one box. Commands & Colors is a card-driven game system designed by Richard Borg (Abaddon), while Art of Tactic is based on Konstantin Krivlenko’s hidden planning and simultaneous movement system unveiled in his Origins Award-nominated Barbarossa ’41 game and modified to be used in the feudal Samurai conflict context of Samurai Battles.


Everything needed to play both games is contained in Samurai Battles including separate rulebooks and historically-based scenarios.  In addition to the 122 plastic model warriors, the deluxe Samurai Battles game box contains 6 doubled-sided modular game boards with 30 terrain hexes and 13 plastic elevation tiles, which can be used to create an almost unlimited number of battlefields.

In addition to the core game, Zvezda is also releasing four Samurai Battles Model Kits(some assembly required), which players can use to augment their armies.  The first four kits that are available includeSamurai Commanders (MSRP $3.95), which contains six warriors with bases, Mounted Samurai (MSRP $3.95), which comes with 3 mounted warriors with bases, banner, unit stand, and unit card, Ashigaru Archers(MSRP $3.95), which comes with 6 peasant archers, banner, bases, arrows, unit stand and unit card, and Ashigaru with Yari(also $3.95), which contains six peasant warriors with long spears, bases, banner, unit stand, and unit card.


‘Abaddon’ Board Game by Toy Vault and Richard Borg

December 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Toy and game manufacturer Toy Vault will be publishing a new mech-fighting board game designed by Richard Borg (Memoir 44, BattleLore). The new game, entitled Abaddon, is expected to release in 2012.

The game is set on the planet Abaddon, a desolate wasteland that produces “Feronium.” Two factions fight for control of the resource using mechanized suits called “Links.”

Battles take place on a 28” by 19” game board using 32 detailed miniatures and 18 free-standing landscape features. The game system utilizes a deck of 100 cards representing offensive and defensive weapon systems and special battle dice. Unpredictable and random events and malfunctions are resolved through the use of special “Wild Fire” cards. 15 mission scenarios are included.

Abaddon is designed for two to four players.


Avalon Hill’s ‘Battle Cry’ Gets New Release

November 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Avalon Hill and Wizards of the Coast are celebrating the up-coming 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with a new edition of the popular war game Battle Cry. Scheduled to release in November, the new edition features all-new artwork, new graphics, and twice as many scenarios as the previous edition.

Battle Cry was originally released in 2000. Designed by Richard Borg, the game has enjoyed critical and popular success. It is a low-complexity introductory level war game, featuring a modular game board and detailed plastic models. The game is designed to be easy to learn and quick to play.

The new version, described as the “150th Civil War Anniversary Edition” includes 30 scenarios. Thirteen of the scenarios are new to this edition. 122 plastic models, mounted game board, 60 game cards, 54 terrain tiles, and 8 dice are included in the game.


Commands & Colors Napoleonics From GMT Games

November 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Commands & Colors NapoleonicsCommands & Colors Napoleonics has just gone up on GMT’s P500 list.

Commands & Colors: Napoleonics allows you to re-fight epic battles of the Napoleonic era. In this core volume, the focus is on the French and the British, two bitter rivals in the struggle for European preeminence during the time of Napoleon.

As with other games in the Commands & Colors genre, units in both armies can only move and fight when ordered. The command playing cards supply those orders, providing an element of luck that creates a fog of war and presents players with both challenges and opportunities. You must maximize your opportunities by playing your command cards judiciously. How well you handle the diverse units, their weapons, and the terrain, will determine victory.

Core Game Contents:

·1 Mounted Battlefield Gameboard
·4 Sheets containing 56 double-sided Terrain Tiles and 2 Infantry in Square tracks
·70 Command cards
·8 Battle dice
·French, British and Portuguese Blocks and Label sheets
·3 National Unit Reference Cards
·1 Rule Book
·1 Scenario Booklet containing 15 battle scenarios Read more