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Scott Butler
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Purchased this game 2 weeks ago. Set up and played our first face to face match this week. Good game I recommend it. We will certainly be playing this one many more times.

Rules are simple and well written. Graphics are very good, counters are clear and easy to read. Designer made great use of colors to identify unit types and formations, which really aids during game play.

The game uses a VP system that rewards the German player for holding towns near the start line and rewards the Soviet player for taking towns deep in the German rear areas. Killing units earns VP's as well but at a low enough rate that killing units only will not win you the game.

Each player is given a set number of activation points per turn (they can be saved up). Units cannot move or attack unless their parent formation is activated. A formation can be activated for either movement or attack or both. Movement and Attack each require an activation point, so you can burn through them pretty quickly. This forces the players to focus on critical sectors only. You don't have enough activation points to move and attack everywhere. This presents some real challenges for the German player who is short on activation points early in the game.

All in all a game that challenges both sides, no cake walk's here. Set up is quick, play is quick without constantly referring to the rules looking for the little exceptions or modifiers that apply in a particular situation.

I highly recommend it.

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Scott Butler
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We took about 6 hours to play the entire nine game turns. This was our first play after reading the rules. We played without setting any player time limits. Will be replaying this week and I expect the time frame to drop to more like 4 hours.

8/30/17 - completed second face to face game, play time dropped to 4.5 hours we gave each player 10 minutes to complete each turns' movement phase.
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