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skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2015 1:13 p.m. PST

From this thread-

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How many of us still have them?

Have you done your own variants or simplified the rules?

Have any of us used the maps for strategic/operational movement for miniature gaming?

I have most of the World in Flames series and was thinking of 'trimming' the rules and using the maps for a Alien Invasion background for tactical gaming


Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2015 3:03 p.m. PST

This warned me to never play Third Reich :



Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2015 4:39 p.m. PST

Somewhere I still have the aptly-titled _Wellington's

Played (or attempted to play) ONCE.

OTOH, WIF is a great favorite. A group of us used to get
together on alternate week-ends and play. I think we
actually managed to get in 4 or 5 completions over 2 years

Lou from BSM16 Apr 2015 5:54 p.m. PST

Let's see…

SPI Terrible Swift Sword

Avalon Hill The Longest Day

Command Magazine's Proud Monster

Of the three, I've only completed The Longest Day. I have most of WiF, but haven't played in years (my current gaming group doesn't have the patience).

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian16 Apr 2015 6:30 p.m. PST

GDW Third World War (with all the sister games)

jdginaz17 Apr 2015 2:21 a.m. PST

I still have
The Longest Day
Terrible swift Sword two editions
and biggest of them all
The Campaign for North Africa

Wish I still had Wacht Am Rhine and The Next War

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2015 7:49 a.m. PST

The Next War's combat table/mechanic was broken but a Moves article fixed it. I sold it at Origins '92 for 200$(auction).

The Longest Day-played it for three days. Then the cat decided to walk across it.

Terrible Swift Sword actually worked and I liked the system.

GDW Third World War-the Soviet airlift capability was a tad high, I still have it and want to back date it to '50's/60's.

Proud Monster works, still have it. Like the way the soviets work-unknown rating until combat.

Never liked Third Reich.

Objective Moscow was a real pain to set up but reflected Soviet mobilisation pretty well-Category I, II and III division mix.

SS Amerika(Nazi invasion of US) had some interesting mechanics and OB options.

GDW's Europa series is painfully over-wrought but is a excellent kit for what-ifs.

Le Battaile de la Moskua(Borodino) is the only monster game we played repeatedly(first two editions). I once tried to win the battle on the first day as French. I put Napoleon in a front line stacked with a Grand Battery(also a stack of arty adjacent on both sides of him). This put him in range of Russian arty but when those three stacks of French arty fired with Nappy's bonus whole regiments were shredded. I lost Ney on a direct assault on the Fleches but took the hill.
Russian Uhlans tore a new waste evacuation site into Wurtemburger(?) Dragoons and Fr. Chevaux Legeres.

It was wild.

Private Matter17 Apr 2015 10:21 a.m. PST

I actually enjoyed Third Reich. We used to play it regularly back in the 70's

The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member17 Apr 2015 6:51 p.m. PST


We played 'Persian Gulf' from the TWW series just last year. That game gives some really odd results given the history of the last 25 years. Didn't help that as the US I recognized Kurdistan and drove both Iran and Iraq towards the Soviets.

And we played Advanced Third Reich last month…

…it made my brain hurt. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot going on in that game, but you really have to commit to learning the rules and be prepared for the long haul.

Forager17 Apr 2015 11:48 p.m. PST

I used to have Terrible Swift Sword and Highway to the Reich and played them both, at least in part, a couple times but that was many years ago.

Last Hussar18 Apr 2015 5:06 a.m. PST

I think I've still got "Road to the Rhine" July 44 to May 45 at 11km per hex. I haven't had it out the box in 24 years but I believe some units break down to battalions…

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2015 12:03 p.m. PST

I had TSS and tried it a few times but then thought that someone just converted miniature rules to a flat 2D surface with cardboard counters instead of miniatures but with 5x the work involved to play it out. So time to get out the figures and play it out in a day instead.

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2015 4:30 p.m. PST

I have the following:

Avalon Hill – The Longest Day

Though have picked up GMT's

The Battle for Normandy


Just slightly smaller but with newer rules

I also have:

Hurtgen: Hell's Forest


Note about The Longest Day:

It was in the trunk of my car back in July 1981 when I got T-Boned it survived that fairly well though that and the amount of travelling that it has seen has caused one side of the box to come apart.

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2015 4:33 p.m. PST

As for The Third Reich game it pays for the Italians to not declare war on England.

They just can't afford to do that.

Go after Yugoslavia and then Greece and force England to declare war.

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member08 May 2015 11:33 a.m. PST

We played Empires in Arms quite a lot but never finished the game.

I do own a copy of World in Flames, but I've been looking to sell it since I doubt we'll ever get the time and space to play it.

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