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CATMAN2 Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 8:27 a.m. PST


The Great War by Richard Borg: New French Army Expansion live now Kickstarter!

We are very pleased to announce a French Army expansion for our board game The Great War, Richard Borg's highly popular First World War game.

This is the second expansion for The Great War and it focuses on battles involving the French Army. Although the French Army fought in many battles, the scenarios in this expansion focus on their most famous campaign – Verdun.

The French Army expansion presents 12 scenarios from this famous battle. The box includes a rule and scenario book, 2 special personnel and terrain summary sheets, 3 punchboards of double-sided terrain tiles, tokens and markers, and a complete French force of plastic poilus

The French force consists of 48 French infantry, 3 French bombers, 3 French machine gun teams (each with one machine gun and 4 crew), and 3 French mortar teams (each with one mortar and 4 crew). 


There are also 14 French special personnel figures, such as engineers, flame-throwers, light machine gunners, and spotters. These special personnel figures add new rules to the core game. When a special personnel figure is added to a unit, this allows that unit to modify its normal actions according to the type of special personnel figure you have attached to it.


We have an exciting stretch goal ladder with upgrades and bonus components. As a backer you will also be able to add on other PSC Games and Nuts Publishing games at a discount to rrp

As a stretch goal for the Kickstarter campaign, we are adding 18 special personnel figures for both the British and Germans armies. A deployment sheet will be included, recommending the number of special personnel figures that can be deployed for each side in a scenario. All official scenarios (from The Great War and Tank expansion) and the number of new special personnel figures to deploy in each scenario are listed on the deployment sheet, so players may revisit those earlier scenarios using the new British and German special personnel figures.


We've listened to customer feedback and the French Army figures are made from semi-hard plastic and are supplied off the sprue – these 1:100 scale figures are now ready to play with and require no assembly.


The French Army expansion is not our only exciting news! We have now sold through the first printing of Richard Borg's The Great War board game, so we are reissuing it in 2018 to mark the centenary of the Armistice. 

Check out the pledge levels to order a copy of the new improved version, or if you already own the game you can just order the redesigned figures along with your French Army expansion.

We've also made The Great War's first expansion – Tank – available as part of some pledge levels. This includes six 1:100 scale tanks (two German, four British), two German artillery units, plus plenty more scenarios – although you will need to own a copy of The Great War to play it. French and Spanish language rules are available via the Kickstarter campaign.

You can watch some helpful video reviews of the first printing of the game at However, our new edition includes British and German figures pre-assembled and made from the same semi-hard plastic as their French counterparts. We've also taken the opportunity to make a number of cosmetic improvements to the core game. 

Richard Borg has written the rules and scenarios and the book and graphics are currently being designed. The new miniatures have been designed and are ready for production. The game has been thoroughly playtested. Our manufacturer is in place and ready to begin work. 

Shipping for both The French Army Expansion and the centenary edition of The Great War is currently planned for June 2018.
The Great War Centenary edition and the French Army expansion will be available in English, French, and Spanish. At the end of the campaign you will receive a survey where you will choose your language.
Our language partners are Nuts Publishing (France) and Maldito Games (Spain).


The launch of this Kickstarter campaign is the dawn of a new era for PSC Games. In the past, we have sometimes struggled to keep up with demand for our exciting range of games, and have at times been overwhelmed by the success of our campaigns and the high number of backers and expanded stretch goals for some of our projects.

We have now appointed a dedicated games manager to improve communication about our great products, and to ensure that our games are produced on schedule and to a high standard. Dan is a gamer himself and a prolific Kickstarter backer (don't tell Mrs Dan) but more importantly he has over 20 years of project management in the book publishing industry. After Will's masterclass in "how not to run a Kickstarter" with The Battle of Britain we have taken away his Kickstarter login and locked him in his office.

We are also now using an efficient third-party pledge manager – BackerKit – to smooth out our processes.

Join the campaign here! :-

jefritrout13 Nov 2017 9:08 a.m. PST

I was kinda hoping for the French Tanks to be released as stretch goals in this one as well. Since we have British Army and British Tanks and German Army and German Tanks, but will only have French troops with no armor or artillery.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 10:40 a.m. PST

I like the game but Ill wait for general release. The Tank expansion took to long and part of my order was broken and they couldn't replace them.

Nick Bowler13 Nov 2017 3:15 p.m. PST

I was so excited until I saw the 'figures are made from semi-hard plastic'. I was planning to paint the figures and use them for other games as well -- I do hope the figures are paintable!

Volleyfire16 Nov 2017 6:59 a.m. PST

I wondered cheekily if the French set will contain a 'Mutiny' card, whilst my usual opponent muses as to whether the special German figures might include a Bohemian corporal with a funny moustache! Perhaps not.

kduke4217 Nov 2017 10:57 a.m. PST

Update 7 tells us a couple nice things.

1. They ARE offering French tanks as an 'add on' item, with Stretch Goals for adding up more scenarios that use tanks.

2. They are also offering the upgraded card decks as an Add-On.

For Wackmole9, they say they learned from the tanks and are making the gun barrels less breakable and packing smarter.

For Nick, I think the "semi hard plastic" will still paint okay. They are Plastic Soldier Company, after all, and know their customers love to paint figures.

Volleyfire20 Nov 2017 5:57 a.m. PST

And for the future there will be a Kickstarter for the Doughboys with FT-17 tanks in there.

CATMAN2 Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Nov 2017 7:32 a.m. PST

Our final 24 hours – and stretch goal 14 is now unlocked!

We've just entered the final 24 hours of our campaign, so if you're thinking of coming on board, now is the time to do so!


Within the past couple of hours we've unlocked stretch goal 14 – the extra battle dice – which we think is a helpful bonus for our backers to receive.

We've been very pleasantly surprised by the way the campaign has grown – we've unlocked 14 stretch goals so far, have over 1,000 backers, and the campaign has created a bit of a buzz on boardgaming forums

This is great news, and bodes well for future expansions for this excellent Richard Borg game.

Once again, thanks to all of our backers for helping us to make this a successful Kickstarter campaign!

CATMAN2 Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Nov 2017 3:01 a.m. PST

The Great War French Expansion Kickstarter
We're entering the final few hours of the Kickstarter campaign, so now's the time to come on board if you're not already a backer.
We've just unlocked the second pose for the French officer special personnel figure, and the German and British officer second poses are within our grasp!
15 stretch goals unlocked, some exclusive to this Kickstarter


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