Gaming "Charley's War" Vol. 4 ("Blue's Story" late February 1917 - early April 1917)
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"Charley's War", about the personal experiences of a working-class Tommy in the Great War, has been described as "the greatest British comic strip ever created" (Andrew Harrison). This list is intended to act as a forum for interested players to explore and relive "Charley's War" on the gameboard, and to especially encourage those not familiar with the comic - or put-off by the medium of comics ("graphic novel" makes some more comfortable) - to discover the remarkable achievement that awaits them:
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1. Board Game: Luftschiff [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:6882]
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Volume 4 opens with Charley desperately seeking to rescue his mother from the munitions factory ahead of the Zeppelin's bombs, while the Zeppelin itself struggles against London's defenses and the elements.
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2. Board Game: The Case of the Elusive Assassin [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
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Military police, lead by a single-minded veteran crippled at the front, and London bobbies search out deserters. Charley is forcibly caught in the middle.
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3. Board Game: French Foreign Legion [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:6506]
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The hunted man is a deserter from the French Foreign Legion - a Brit who goes by the Nom de guerre "Blue".
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4. Board Game: Verdun, A Dagger at the Heart of France [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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With his fate in Charley's hands, "Blue" requests a 'hearing' from Charley: to be judged whether what happened at Verdun warrants Blue's desertion.
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5. Board Game: In the Trenches: The Lost Generation [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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Trucked to the front, the Legionnaires must literally run the gauntlet of German interdiction fire to reach the French trenches. Charley learns the Legion's discipline is 'unsympathetic', as well as their treatment if captured.
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6. Board Game: Verdun: A Generation Lost [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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Blue describes the struggle to defend Fort Vaux despite being surrounded by German besiegers - even from above, cut-off from French relief.

[Here, scenario "3. Operation May Cup" is ideal.]
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7. Board Game: Les Nettoyeurs [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:10393]
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Blue describes the arrival of Senegalese "shock" troops to help throw the Germans back from the gates of Verdun itself.
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8. Board Game: They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Verdun 1916 [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:7488]
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Volume 4 includes a special "in context" article examining the Battle of Verdun.
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