An Introductory Wargame, Free for a Tale... [Closed]
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Howdy Folks.

MattDP's GL here and his article over at F:AT on more or less the same topic sparked something in my head about an introductory wargames. While reorganizing [and, in some cases, excavating] my games a while back, I came across an envelope that I hadn't seen in better than 10 years.

The big red GDW logo took me right back to the 1987 GenCon at which I snagged this little "welcome to the world of wargaming" game: Battle for Moscow (first edition).

I was a little surprised to see that I was apparently also a greedly little bastard at 16 as there were 4 copies of the game [wrapped up nicely in a heavy cardstock poster for GDW's EXCITING NEW GAME OF MODERN JET AIR COMBAT Air Superiority ]. 1 copy is woefully incomplete [as in "no counters" incomplete] and I'm keeping 1 copy for myself to play again.

That leaves 2 copies. 1 is unpunched save for the blank counters [which I vaguely recall pulling out for use in Car Wars ], the other is in the same shape, but unfortunately missing 2 counters for each side. I've got 4 blank counters from my other set and can provide a color scan of the missing counters so someone can recreate the 4 missing chits [rather than have me draw them in by hand], but it's not, of course, my first choice to give away.

The game itself is a little game designed to serve as an "introduction to the fascinating hobby of war gaming." Much like The Drive On Metz (second edition) and Target Arnhem: Across 6 Bridges, it's got very low unit-density [~35 counters total] and a tiny [8" x 11"] map. The subject is Operation Typhoon, the 1941 Axis drive on Moscow. The booklet with the game includes a bit of historical background on Operation Typhoon, as well as an intro to GDW and its catalog.

I really loved this little game back in the day. It plays fairly quickly and is tiny in scope/scale, but it still felt like I was playing one of those big, complex, "grown-up" games from SPI, AH, and GDW. In fact, this and SJG's Ogre led directly to my first "real wargame" purchases that same year: Panzer Leader and Squad Leader.

I know there are lots of "introductory wargames" out there, but this is a personal fave. Since this game was free to me, it should be free to you. Since only 2 Geeks claim to want this game, I have no idea if anyone will be interested in this at all, but it's worth a shot. So, if you're interested having in this game, I'd like to know either why you want the game and/or, if you're already a wargamer of some stripe, what game introduced you to this niche of the hobby gaming world. At 12.01AM Sunday, I'll pick 1 or 2 folks [depending on willingness to take the 2nd copy] and drop the game in the mail to you. And, presuming more than 1 person has any interest in receiving the game, please let me know if you're willing to receive the incomplete copy with the 4 blank counters [which you can use to create the missing bits].

Since this will be sent in a standard 9"x12" tyvek mailer and doesn't weight much, I have no problem sending this anywere in the world. So, this "contest," such as it is, is open to all geeks 'round the world


EDIT: Well, since 3 people responded and Justin "Dutch Boy" was kind enough to take the incomplete copy, I'm going to give away all 3 of my copies of this one.

Thanks to those of you who posted or GM'd me kind notes and, to the 3 folks who will receive this one, I hope y'all dig it.

Cheers
Justin/DogM.

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