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Viper guy Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2022 1:27 p.m. PST

Please excuse my board game question on the Miniatures page. I had seen a game that was essentially a more updated remake of SPI's the next war. I cannot find the company or name of the game. My thought is to run a campaign on the map and then decide battles with Miniatures.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



daveshoe21 Sep 2022 2:28 p.m. PST

I don't think I've seen The Next War redone, but I have seen the old GDW Third World War series redone by Compass Games.

You can see it at the link below:

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2022 2:30 p.m. PST

Rob, GMT has a whole series, each covering a different area/country…Poland, Taiwan, etc. Is that the one you're thinking of?


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2022 4:17 p.m. PST

You possibly saw Nato cold war gone hot by Compass games. That is a remake of Victory games Nato game.

Personal logo Dal Gavan Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2022 4:18 p.m. PST

Rob, are you thinking of the old VG title NATO – The Next War in Europe?

It's on a higher level than TNW (division level) and there's a review at BGG:


stephen m21 Sep 2022 5:02 p.m. PST


I second Dave's comment. I had the next war back in the day (actually picked it up at Origins '78 when it was released). Only played the Berlin scenario. I was looking to get it again and ran into a well versed wargamer in Toronto. He suggested the GDW titles as being a better game. So I pulled the trigger on the Compass games reissue.

skirmishcampaigns21 Sep 2022 7:38 p.m. PST

Iron Curtain?

Viper guy Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2022 6:27 a.m. PST

I found it. 1985: Under an Iron Sky. It's from Thin Red Line Games. It's out of print but you can find a copy on EBay for $900.00 USD USD……

Guess I'll have to keep modifying my SPI version. Or just fight the war in 1978.

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2022 6:34 a.m. PST

Rob, yes, SPI's Next War was the big WW3 game and very popular until GDW's Third World War series came out. Next War has never been updated, so everything is set at the end of the 70s. Third World War was recently redesigned by Compass and you get a ton of beautiful components in a massive box, plus it covers WW3 from Norway all the way down to the Persian Gulf.

In terms of modern games that are similar to either of those, there simply isn't anything. GMT's Next War series mentioned above is operational level and there isn't a game out that covers a potential war in Europe. The closes thing would be Next War: Poland, which covers the Baltic States and Poland, but that's it.

Personal logo Dal Gavan Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2022 2:52 p.m. PST

Another option is to use the John Tiller computer games for your 1985 orders of battle, Rob. Now released by WDS (John died last year) there's games on the central front, north German plains and the Danube front ( link ). They're set at company and battalion level, which may fit the rules you're using.

Viper guy Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2022 5:06 a.m. PST

Thanks to all.

skirmishcampaigns24 Sep 2022 6:02 a.m. PST

I was a big fan of GDW Third World War series, great mechanics and playable.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2022 6:25 p.m. PST

3rd World War was great. We played a ton of it.

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