(from the 4th edition back box and user's description:)
Few games have been kept up to date as much as ANZIO has. Revised and revised again, a good game has gotten better and better. Played on a 44" X 14~ mapboard of Italy, the game recreates the Allied amphibious Invasions and campaigns to secure the peninsula leading to the heart of Europe. The Allies face not only the German and Italian armies, but some of the most varied terrain in the world.
Unit counters represent American, British, Greek, Canadian, Polish, French, Indian, German, and Italian forces. Order of Battles are available for a variety of mini-games and the campaign game, providing a highly versatile game of almost any duration and complexity.
The twenty-four page rule book is divided into a basic game and several advanced versions. Each advanced version adding more and more rules, complicating while making the game more realistic and adding the·feel of the actual problems, decisions, and actions of the campaign.
Game features include unit step reduction, naval bombardment, tactical airpower, paratroopers, limited intelligence, breakthrough combat, supply, stacking values, special terrain effects, and fortifications A gem for the hardcore gamer. Players can select their own combination of playability and realism. Probably the most underpublisized and under appreciated game around. A silent "Classic"
Playing Time- Two hours and Up
AVALON HILL COMPLEXITY RATING
Basic Game: 4
Advanced Games: 7-10
(On a scale of 1-easy, 10-hard)
12.8 km (8 miles) per hex, 1 week per turn. Most units represent divisions.
ANZIO was loaded with innovation and its highly colorful and functional mapboard combined with step reduction combat should have made it an instant hit. Not so. The game was soon discontinued due to disappointing sales. Handicapped by an unattractive box and confusing rules, the game never got the play it deserved. Tom Oleson, a dedicated gamer who fell in love with the game’s good points was responsible for subsequent revisions which greatly improved the play of the game and the clarity of the instructions. Only the rulebook and playing aid set is necessary to update the 1969 version although the counters have undergone slight revision and are also worth updating. The last two editions have included only minor changes to the rulebook. More important, is the new box featuring artwork of Rodger MacGowan which is hoped to improve the games still dismal sales performance.
This self-extracting Zip has the files necessary to play Anzio by mail using the WarGame Processor. Make your move as if you were sitting across from your opponent. Save your move and send it to him, and he can watch it unfold in a visual replay. Get the WarGame Processor at http://wargamesbymail.com/