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Red Winter: The Soviet Attack at Tolvajärvi, Finland – 8-12 December 1939
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Red Winter: The Soviet Attack at Tolvajärvi, Finland, December 8-12, 1939

It is the winter of 1939 and the Soviet Union has just declared war on Finland. Bombers unleash a downpour of destruction on the Finnish capital of Helsinki. In the David and Goliath struggle that follows, the Russians
swarm across the border and push back the Finns in victory after victory. The future appears grim for Finnish independence.

Nowhere is the danger greater than in the central sector, where a Russian breakthrough would threaten the strongpoints of the Mannerheim Line. Newly assigned to the sector, the Finnish Colonel Paavo Talvela surveys the terrain and chooses the place to make a stand: a lake called Tolvajärvi. The weary and demoralized Finnish ski troops have mere hours to recover a semblance of order before the Russian juggernaut smashes into them yet again. Over the next five days, the world watches in awe as the Finns manage to halt the Russian advance through sheer heroic determination. Then, miraculously, the Finns launch a successful counterattack...

Red Winter is a two player historical game which simulates the unusual battle at Tolvajärvi at a rarely gamed scale: company sized combat units and 90 minute game turns. Players assume the roles of the Russian and Finnish commanders, controlling the actions of Finnish ski infantry, Russian heavy machine gun companies, mortars, tanks, anti-tank guns, and other combat units. A desperate battle for territory and survival is about to be waged across a bleak and snowy landscape of forests, swamps, and frozen lakes.

The game utilizes many tried-and-true "classic" wargame mechanics in combination with novel and well-integrated systems for ranged attacks, unit recovery, Finnish night raids, attrition losses from sub-zero weather conditions, and more. The design focuses foremost on playability, with low counter density, concise rules, and sleek, simple mechanics that combine to allow each player the luxury of completing his turn in about five minutes. This means the full 40 turn campaign game is playable in a single afternoon. The large 5/8 inch counters and oversized hexes further increase playability. And the illustrated examples make it easy to jump right into the action.

TIME SCALE: 90 Minute Game Turns
MAP SCALE: 425 yards per hex
UNIT SCALE: mostly companies; some sections and platoons
PLAYERS: 1-2
COMPLEXITY: Moderate
Playing Time: 20 minutes to 12 hours, depending on scenario

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For rules questions, see this thread.


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Winner of the 2012 Charles S Roberts award for best WW2-era board wargame.

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Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Charles Kibler, Rodger B. MacGowan, Mark Mahaffey
Year: 2012
Product Code: 1205
Size: 9.30 x 12.30 x 2.20 inches
1.60 pounds
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Release Date: Jun 2012
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27 Flatten the Learning Curve Rules Summary
All the basic rules in play-through order to help newbies learn the game (or as a quick refresher for oldies). Corrections/comments warmly welcomed.
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2013-08-22
24 Red Winter Extended Sequence of Play
Version 1.0 - This 2-page player aid card is a guide and reminder of key rules and procedures for Red Winter. It contains an expanded sequence of play & combat sequence with key rules & rules citations.
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2013-04-15
12 Red Winter Score Card
Score card used to calculate player scores at the end of a Red Winter scenario. The card lists basic enemy loss VP categories and leaves space for scenario-specific VP and victory conditions.
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2013-02-24
21 Red Winter rules summary
Red Winter rules summary that I use to teach the game and to refresh my memory. Incorporates any clarifications from the Errata and Q&A from 27-Jan-2013.
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2013-02-11
19 Red Winter Tactics. Combat 101: Stacking & Support
This short, illustrated article is intended for new players. It examines the bell curve nature of the Ranged Attack system and the relevant modifiers, and how the Ranged Attack die roll required for success translates into a percentage. The article goes on to illustrates one way a player might achieve effective combat support without stacking multiple units per hex, therefore denying the opponent juicy targets for defensive support.
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2013-02-09
6 Red Winter Tactics: Preventing the Finnish "Night Turn Win"
This short article offers a few suggestions for the Soviet player during scenarios which end on a night turn.
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2013-01-04
25 Red Winter Errata + Q&A, update 1-4-2013
This is an updated version of the errata and Q&A file which contains one new item pertaining to AT Guns in Combats and Assaults.
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2013-01-04
6 Red Winter VASSAL Module v1.1b06
Version 1.1b05 and 1.1b06 combined list of enhancements: 1. Increased max map zoom level to 120% 2. Added VPs markers to Info Track 3. Added MPs Remaining marker to the Marker palette 4. Added Soviet Morale Collapse marker to the Marker palette 5. Added Soviet Morale Bonus marker to the Marker palette 6. Added Finnish Morale Bonus marker to the Marker palette 7. Added Notes button to the toolbar 8. Changed toolbar buttons around and added new icons 9. Fixed 3/PPP7 Small Arms Range function 10.Re-did all scenario setups
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2012-09-21
19 Red Winter - Assaults: A Discussion
The text in this PDF was compiled from posts here at BGG. It concerns the Turn Sequence, and the design reasonale for having Assaults occur *before* rather than *after* the Combat Phase.
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2012-09-11
11 Red Winter - Illustrated Example of Off-Map Artillery
Title should be self-explanatory. :-)
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