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Jerry Taylor
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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Jul 2003*
There are dozens of games that cover this most popular of campaigns, but EasFront is easily the best. It focuses on what's important, abstracts what wasn't, and puts players on a gaming thrill-ride with the fog-of-war induced by the block system. Tremendous back-and-forth with lots of strategic options and tough tactical decision-making. Perhaps best, however, is how this game neatly and elegantly puts logistics front-and-center with the HQ units. Playing this game is like experiencing the Hagler-Hearns fight - ferocious, hair-raising, and a once-in-a-lifetime game experience. While the rules may look a bit overwhelming at first to non-wargamers, they work sensibly and are far easier to digest than you'd think. No gamer should pass this one up!
2003-07-03*
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Erik Viggo
Sweden
Uppsala
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Oct 2003*
It's actually sad that the computer version is equally good because when I have friends over we play the games that can't be played at distance...
2003-10-26*
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Andy Swingle
United States
Groveport
Ohio
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Oct 2003*
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German Mike
United States
Hudson
Ohio
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Nov 2003*
If you want to start WWII wargaming on strategic scale - get this game! It simulates the whole conflict on the eastern front from 1941-1945 on corps/army level. Easy to learn with an introductory scanario, difficult to master! High replay value, because every scenario can be set up individually. It perfectly incorporates four basic principles of war: weather, terrain, command ability and supply attrition. Plays in about 5 hours per scenario (each scenario consits of 6 months). Uses wooden blocks instead of counters which stand upright. By this way, enemy unit strength remains hidden!
It`s simplicity (compared to other wargames) makes it shine. GET IT!
2003-11-15*
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Alex Limoges
Canada
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Quebec
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Jun 2004*
Maybe the best wargame on the eastern front, certainly the most dynamic and tense.
2004-06-15*
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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Mar 2007*
In the class of medium-complexity wargames, this game is without peer. You've got truly nail-grinding tension as there is so much hidden information. You've got decision-making at a good, euro-game like level with little micro-management and almost no fiddlyness. You've got clean rules with essentially zero extranneous garbage. You've got scenarios of reasonable length. You've got a wide variety of scenarios, from the desperate ('41 and '45) to the tightly-matched clash of titans ('42). The pace of the game is perfect. You've got critical decisions to make at the tactical (managing hexside limits, techniques of cracking defensive positions), operational (where to spend valuable HQ steps), and strategic (how to spend production). You've got a great, realistic historical feel. Individual scenarios are quite satisfying, or you can link them into much larger games. And you can combine the whole thing with West and MedFront.

All in all, I'm hard-pressed to figure out what more you could ask for in a (war)game. Maybe you'd like some sort of card mechanism to add the variability of political events to add a little more strategic depth, but there are legitimate reasons for not trying this (WWII:Barbarossa to Berlin, despite its many charms, could sometimes seem like a bit of a mish-mash in this respect).
2007-03-01*
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Karl Newmann
Switzerland
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Sep 2004*
A great game with a beautiful map.
2004-09-14*
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Ken Burnside
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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Sep 2004*
EastFront plus VolgaFront is, quite simply, a work of art. Every gamer should own these two titles. (Then expand to own the rest of the series...)
2004-09-23*
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Nicholas Barker
United Kingdom
London
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Nov 2004*
The best-ever WW2 Eastern front strategic wargame, and one of the best wargames ever published. Nail-bitingly tense and very strong historical feel. Nothing else comes close. If you liked this one, take a look at the designer's other classics, 'WestFront' and 'Rommel in the Desert', both published by Columbia.
2004-11-22*
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Philip Wieland
United States
Homewood
Illinois
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Jan 2005*
The premier Eastern Front wargame,there is none better. Ingenious use of blocks for fog-of-war and step reduction. Coupled with innovative HQ rules, it is indeed an 'elegant' system.
2005-01-05*
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Christopher Rosenqvist-Cutlip
Sweden
Stockholm
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Oct 2010
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Rio Chang
United States
Walnut
California
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Apr 2005*
Simple rules, elegant game play. It follows history closely.
2005-04-26*
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bob machala
United States
Waynesboro
Pennsylvania
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Jun 2005*
a roller coaster ride of ups and downs,
exciting throughout, and i`ve only played a solo campaign once. Great game
2005-06-02*
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Frank Hakstege
Netherlands
Aalten
Achterhoek
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Jun 2005*
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Jim Molander
Sweden
Uppsala
Uppsala
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Jul 2005*
Ohh what a game! I really like the theme and all. There are 7 (playable) scenarios and one introduction scenario. The introduction scenario is great for learning new players the game mechanism.
2005-07-21*
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Ola Mikael Hansson
Sweden
Perstorp
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Oct 2011
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Sander Dijst
Netherlands
Amsterdam
Noord Holland
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Aug 2005*
Great ‘block’ game about the German-Russian war (1941-1945). Besides the excellent gameplay, this game gives great insight and understanding about this war (the militairy aspect). Very good game (but maybe just an hour to long). Gameplay: 9.5 / Bits&Board: 10. Recommended!.
2005-08-27*
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Josh Foeller
United States
Auburn Hills
Michigan
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Sep 2005*
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Mike Oberly
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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Sep 2005*
I actually own 2 copies! FOW works well in this one, despite the large number of units, because you never know which of those units are HQ's. I think this is the best game available on the scale and subject, and it's not hard to play, either. Just a great design. A landmark amongst wargames.
2012-08-06
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tim allen
Canada
Winnipeg
Manitoba
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Oct 2005*
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Daniel Harrison
Australia
Sydney
NSW
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Oct 2005*
Captures the feel of the Eastern front very well. Concisely written rules with sufficent detail for depth without unnecessary chrome.
2005-10-09*
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Rusty McFisticuffs
United States
Arcata
California
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Sep 2006*
I'm not at all interested in the conflict being depicted (Hitler vs. Stalin, hooray for the... good guys?) but this is a fun game. Moreso than with other wargames, I find myself thinking a lot between games about how I'll set up next time, which part of the front I'll focus on, etc. Also, I really like the supply rules, which let you damage enemy units just by making good moves. The rules can appear daunting, but they're not that bad (fewer pages of rules than Axis & Allies... and the important ones make sense).
2006-09-29*
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Frank F.
United States
chicago
Illinois
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Oct 2011
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Robert Schelchshorn
Germany
Schlüsselfeld
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Dec 2005*
One of my faves and one of the best wargames ever!
2005-12-10*
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NIKOLAOS PANAGIOTOU
Greece
ATHENS
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Jan 2006*
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Miikka Rytty
Finland
Oulu
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Aug 2008*
Just truly amazing system. Takes some time but it is really worth it. The best and simple system for logistics I have seen. Really forces to think in terms of operations and how to gather enough supplies and troops to make some good of offences. Just truly an amazing game!
2006-01-10*
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Steven Dando
South Korea
Busan
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Mar 2006*
Masterpiece. Also something to behold when set up on the table.....a precious beauty....
2006-03-07*
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Erik
United States
San Marcos
California
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May 2009*
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Michael Pritchard
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Nov 2006*
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Topi Makkonen
United States
NYC
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Nov 2006*
The best wargame I've ever played. The block system is great for FOW, and games are regularly nail-biters. The map is a thing of beauty. A masterpiece.
2006-11-13*
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Ted Kim
United States
Torrance
California
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Nov 2006*
great game with a great system
2006-11-27*
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Stealer of Souls
United States
Orlando
Florida
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A weird, black radiance....
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Dec 2006*
Truly a classic wargame, though the Sovs seem too weak in some of the later scenarios.
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United States
Durango
Colorado
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Dec 2006*
A classic. Also see the computer version from CG and sign up for tournament play at www.eastfront.de
2006-12-20*
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Randy Wilburn
United States
New Alexandria
Pennsylvania
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Jan 2007*
An excellent war game. A lot of fun slugging through russia.
2012-01-04
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Thomas Conrad
Germany
Diedorf
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Jan 2007*
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It's not OCD until you sleeve your UNO cards.
United States
Vancouver
Washington
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Aug 2012
Regarding the 1st edition: Slightly smaller map than EFII, and some minor rule changes. If you aren't planning on hooking up with Eurofront, this might be the way to go.

One of the big advantages is that the map is turned sideways. For EastFront II, you need a table at least 34" wide to fit the board.
2011-07-27
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Paul Kondon
United States
Kalamazoo
Michigan
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Apr 2007*
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Steffan O'Sullivan
United States
Plymouth
NH
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...much that he related belonged more properly to the category of what-might-have-happened-had-I-only-thought-of-it-in-time-instead-of-ten-minutes-afterwards. Those are always the best and raciest adventures...
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... a picked body of Toads, known as the Die-hards, or the Death-or-Glory Toads, will storm the orchard and carry everything before them, yelling for vengeance.
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May 2014
Still one of the best wargames ever made. See my review here on BGG.
2007-05-05*
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Steven Yasulevicz
United States
cheyenne
Wyoming
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Jun 2007*
Excellent game. I like the first one more than EFII because the map is smaller the hexes are bigger, and the placement is on the block. What a great East fron game. Plays pretty quick too once you get going on it. I have two copies not sure if that's enough!
2007-06-14*
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Ray Hosler
United States
Santa Clara
California
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Jun 2007*
As East Front simulations go, you can't ask for a more enjoyable game. There is some crowding in the hexes. The game does a good job simulating the historical campaign and offers some shorter scenarios. Not knowing what you're attacking with the hidden blocks doesn't have a lot of meaning since you have to keep moving forward, no matter what as the German, but it can be used as a bluff.
2007-06-09*
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D Bryant
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Sep 2007*
One of the best military-themed games ever produced. Challenging, exciting, and yet very "playable". Much of this courtesy of the blocks. Put this game into a "counter" format and it becomes just another Eastern Front game. The blocks--and Craig Besinque's innovative use of them--make it a work of gaming art.
2012-08-01
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Joris Dorsman
Australia
Eltham
VIC
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Jan 2008*
EastFront is an excellent choice for starting wargamers. It has the 'Stratego effect' of hidden pieces, some economy, building units, but most of all very simple combat and movement rules. Despite the simple rules, a lot of different strategies are possible. The only negative I have to say about the game is that cities are too strong defensively and that a freak dice-roll can cause a disasterous breakthrough you weren't counting on or prevent a breakthrough that should have been a given.

The continuous blitz strategy for the Germans in S41 is a bit cheesy and outright unrealistic with respect to speed of advance. A houserule of converting railroads like in Russian Front fixes that. However, the beauty of the game is that also that blob strategy is stoppable. The game is sort of a paper-scissors-rock game, any strategy can be countered!

The Barbarossa S41 scenario is the most fun especially if you give the Rusky a chance to have a go by playing W41 as well. I'd say the Russians are the most difficult to master, especially a good defense in S41. An efficient German advance with not too many stragglers is an art too. Plenty in this game for rookies as well as experienced wargamers.
2008-01-13*
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Peter Stubner
United States
Englewood
Colorado
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Jan 2008*
Tough decisions for both sides. The tides of war over a single year (at least until Summer '43-Winter '44 allow both sides to be the primary attacker/defender. The calculated risk taking is exciting.
2008-01-02*
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Roberto Guijarro
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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Apr 2009*
Why do you think this game is so high rated? Just get it, try it and find out why. A must have
2011-06-26
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James Dabrowski
Australia
Mullumbimby
NSW
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Mar 2008*
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Benjie Dayco
Philippines
Manila
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Jun 2008*
Great game, with scenarios that are playable in one long evening. My favorite WW2 east front game that isn't ASL Beyond Valor
2008-06-23*
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Markus Pausch
Germany
Frankfurt
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Dec 2009*
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RedPlanet
Australia
Gold Coast
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Jan 2009*
played the computer EF version pbem alot!
2009-11-19
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Jonas Multing
Sweden
Gothenburg
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Jun 2009*
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Eric Gribkoff
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Aug 2009*
I've owned this game since I was 10 or 11. I haven't had the chance to play it much in all those years - maybe four or five face-to-face games and a half-dozen or so solo plays. But it's a great game, one of my all time favorites.

Box shows signs of age, but everything else is in perfect condition.
2009-08-12
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