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Posted on Jun 27, 2007 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

East Front Review

East Front: The War in Russia, 1941-45, is Columbia Games’ massive strategic/operational-level World War II wooden block game. This "second edition" sports a nice set of red (Russians/Allies) and dark grey (Germans/Axis) blocks, and two massive fold-out boards. East Front offers eight scenarios, each of which covers roughly 6 months of the war in the East. We begin with Barbarossa in the summer of 1941 and end with the drive on Berlin in the winter of 1944. Each scenario can be played separately, or can be linked to offer players the full campaign of the eastern front. In addition, there is also a small introductory scenario, Operation Edelweiss, which allows players to acquaint themselves to the rules with a small unit count and simple objectives. The game is played in a series of game turns, which comprise a "production segment," followed by two so-called "fortnights" of play. Within a fortnight, each player takes two alternating player turns, moving and attacking with his or her units. Movement is rather simple....

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