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2001
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2
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14 and up
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360 minutes
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10
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Thirty Years War: Europe in Agony, 1618-1648
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(from GMT website:)

Central Europe, 1618. Germany is a jigsaw puzzle of independent Electorates, Bishoprics, Dukedoms, and Imperial Free Cities nominally under the control of the Holy Roman Emperor in Vienna. An alliance of Protestant leaders rebel against the Emperor, who raises armies to suppress them and regain Catholic property lost during the Reformation; the surrounding kings of Spain, France, Sweden, and Denmark intervene to stake their own claims. Germany is plunged into thirty years of war that will last until 1648, when the exhausted combatants sign a peace establishing the competing spheres of interest that will control Germany for the next two centuries.

Thirty Years War recreates this conflict with the award winning game system used in GMT's Wilderness War, Paths of Glory, and For the People. There are four scenarios provided: the Full Campaign (14 turns), Early War (5 turns), Intervention (3 turns), and Apocalypse (5 turns).

This is a two-player game; one controls the Protestant forces (German Protestants, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, France) while the other runs Catholics (the Empire, Bavaria, Spain, and occasionally Saxony, which can switch sides during play!). The heart of the game is the playing card decks of 55 cards that each player receives. Playing a card gives a player the option to move and attack with an army, to recruit new units, to bank up money to pay ever-hungry troops, or to declare an event.

The Peace of Westphalia made certain that Germany would remain divided for another two centuries. Can the Catholic player defy history by recreating the power of the old Holy Roman Empire? Does Gustavus Adolphus survive to dictate peace to the Emperor in Vienna? Thirty Years War allows the players to determine these and other historical what-ifs, while opening a window onto one of the most influential events in European history.

COUNTERS: 456 full-color die-cut counters.
MAP: One 22"x34" full-color mapsheet
CARDS: 110 Strategy cards
OTHER: Two 10-sided dice, 32-page Rulebook, 2 Player Aid cards

TIME SCALE: 2 years per turn
MAP SCALE: Point-to-point system
UNIT SCALE: 3-5,000 men each
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: One or two

DESIGNER: David Fox
DEVELOPER: Michael Welker
ART DIRECTOR: Rodger B. MacGowan
MAP & CARD ART: Mark Simonitch
COUNTER ART: Mark Simonitch and Rodger B. MacGowan


(BGG user description:)

A direct descendant of Paths of Glory, 30 Years War covers the confusing post-Reformation conflict in central Europe, as the Holy Roman Empire attempts to reassert domination over the protestant states. On the side of Catholicism we have the Holy Roman Empire (Austria and some of Northern Italy at this point) and Spain, opposed by a cast of thousands: the German Protestants, Sweden at the height of her power, France, England, Denmark, and others.

While there are some new mechanics, virtually the entire game is borrowed from elsewhere: Leader activations and movement are as in Hannibal, combat is straight out of Paths of Glory (minus the flanking), and Siege resolves much Hannibal. Your armies have to be paid, with Aid Points that are received just like Paths of Glory's RPs. An interesting twist is that the movement and support of armies results in the landscape getting Pillaged, so as the game goes on the board becomes less and less capable of supporting military operations.

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Year: 2001
Product Code: 0109
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3 VP Summary
These tables list the VP areas and cities and provide a geographical grouping. It should be useful when figuring out where to get your 50VPs.
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2014-01-08
4 Player Reference Card
Custom Player Aid Reference card with tables and charts
English
2013-10-01
4 Thirty Years War Add-Ons
This file contains the graphic add-ons I used in my Full Game Report for this game. There are: combat displays, battle and siege markers, Swedish and Danish Base markers, movement and combat arrows, (red) loss factor markers, fortress and city labels.
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2013-09-30
6 Real War Modification - set of rules
This is a set of new rules, made and collected by few last years in form of Variant of modifications for the game. Below list of most important changes included in variant: *Cancellation of Wallenstein Track; *Earlier Intervention cards; *Bigger weight of aid points and whole 'finance' system; *Harsh penalties for unpaid troops; *Recruiting is now expensive and no longer based on random factor; *Much lower death rate of leaders; *New way of resolving assault on fortress; *Some few other rules in combat, activation, pillage and new ones like regrouping and militia levy or nationalities specifications; You may use complete set of rules (which I of course recommend) from this variant, or use only chosen (by you) parts of it. Enjoy Thirty Years War from brand new perspective !
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2 Karl Laskas Variant Scenario
Scenario file to Cyberboard program.
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2012-06-12
19 GMT’s Thirty Years War: A Strategy Guide.
The purpose of this game analysis is twofold. The first is to enable new players to play the game solitaire and have a viable strategy to test oneself against. The second purpose is to enable experienced players to build on the blog so we can arrive at a publishable strategy guide we can publish in 3Ci or BBG.
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2010-12-23
14 Karl Laskas rules
Modifications to the Thirty Years War rules for more chrome.
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2010-03-23
3 Synopsis du tour de jeu
A game turn synopsis (in french)
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2009-10-18
4 Traduction des cartes (Français)
The cards manisfest translated in french.
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6 Coats of Arms
A graphic analysis of the Coats of Arms of five of the the leading dynasties of Thirty Years War
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