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Sword of the Prophet is a futuristic game of strategy and diplomacy. This medium complexity wargame is played on a large map of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. It is designed to be enjoyed by four players who lead the Coalition Allies, the Islamic nations, the Communist countries, or Russia.

This series of photographs from a recent playtest illustrates an attempt by Russia to seize territory along her frontier in Eastern Europe… a fiasco that turned into a Ukrainian Nightmare.

 


The Russian player begins the game with strong forces along her western border. Ukraine is a member of the Coalition Allies. Already questioning the Allied player’s intestinal fortitude level, Russia is also counting on civil unrest in the European Union to divert the Allies attention.

 


Risking a confrontation with the Allies, Russia decides to “liberate” the Ukraine while crushing a revolt in the Baltic States. Ignoring the Islamic player’s vigorous protests, Russia also moves into the oil-rich Caspian Federation. The Islamic player wanted this region to serve as a buffer zone between the two powers. The aggressive Russian player, claiming that the oil of the Caspian region is needed to prevent Russian families from freezing next winter, conquers this area “for the children.” Russia also gets some good news from Western Europe… civil unrest has caused social collapse in France while both Germany and Italy have fallen under the control of ultra-nationalist groups.

 


The fickle goddess of battle fails to grace the Russian player with good fortune. The Russian offensive in the Baltic States sputters to a halt after the other players vote for an immediate U.N. cease fire. The heroic Ukrainians destroy both attacking Russian units at no loss to their own forces. Russia failed to support either onslaught with bombers; the Russian player sent all of her air units on a fruitless mission to bomb the Allied industrial center in Great Britain. As Russia builds new mechanized infantry units to defend her vulnerable border with the Ukrainians, the Allies launch bomber missions and missile attacks that damage both of the Russian player’s major industrial centers. The Islamic player is massing powerful forces in Iran as a prelude to driving Russia out of the Caspian Federation.

The Russian player should have watched that Seinfeld episode which depicted Kramer and Newman playing RISK… don’t mess with Ukraine!
 
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Since these playtest pictures don't offer much detail I've added this photograph showing some of the components:



These plastic playing pieces are made by Table Tactics and they are of EXCELLENT quality. I highly recommend them to any wargame designer.

Sword of the Prophet uses fighter-bomber, mechanized infantry, armored (or tank), missile launcher, helicopter (or airborne), and futuristic hovercraft units. The 1:72 miniatures represent marines.

The markers are made from 3/4" Axis & Allies tokens. These counters are used to mark area control, to represent U.N. corruption, to show an industrial center has been damaged by missiles or bombs, to indicate growth in resource production, and other elements common to most wargames.
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