Period: World War II, Bulge
-- Turn: 1/2 day
-- Map: 2 miles
-- Unit: primarily regiments, brigades, and divisions
Container: plastic bag (or envelope?*)
Components: 4 page rules folder, 2 order of appearance cards (Allied and German), sheet of paper with artwork for 313 new counters.
Counter Manifest: 122 tan (8 blanks), 105 gray (4 blanks), 24 black (1 blank), 20 red (3 blanks), 20 white forts/fortifications, 10 tan/gray, 12 blue (1 blank).
Don Lowry says: "This is a variant of Avalon Hill's classic Battle of the Bulge game and replaces only the counters, Order of Appearance cards and some specific rules where mentioned. It can be used with various combinations of optional rules, according to the preference of the players. All tournament game rules of the original game apply except as amended herein."
Chester Hendrix says: *See post below!
The reviewers say: ??? (Couldn't find any reviews!)
Comments: This variant was originally designed by Don Lowry (publisher of Panzerfaust) and apparently first released by Guidon Games in 1970. According to the second edition designer's notes by Chester Hendrix, he only made two substantive changes - replacing the original stacking rules with a stacking points system and adding shading to units with ZOC's. In addition, the second edition incorporated clarifications, reorganization of data, and errata corrections.
Collector's Notes: You might not be able to find the second edition without help from Christopher Columbus. Boone's Internet Wargames Catalog only notes the original Guidon edition and a third edition dated 1990. No entry is noted for this 1981 second edition. For the third edition, Boone 4th edition lists the low/high/average auction prices at $12/$12/$12. Boone 3rd edition lists no auction prices, sale listings were $5/$18/$12.
Other wargames by these designers: Hendrix - Bastogne or Bust (Terran Games), First Blood: Guadalcanal (Decision); Lowry - Atlanta (Guidon).
This previously unpublished article was originally written for issue 21 of Simulacrum, July 2004
- Last edited Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:51 am (Total Number of Edits: 5)
- Posted Fri Dec 31, 2004 8:07 am
Re: 1981 second edition comments and manifest
I bought my copy in 2004. It came with oder of appearance charts and a half-page of rules for the 81 edition as well as the afore-mentioned components for the 65 edition (so four OOA charts instead of two).
The units were printed on peel-and-stick paper (which doesn't stick on non-glossy counters very well; I din't try it on glossy counters). In mine, the German Wehrmacht units are blue with black print, not gray with black print -- a lighter shade of blue than the Fallschirmjager units, which have white print. And the tan looks more like puke orange. Yecch.
They also added an indicator in the upper right corner of units that can move into woods hexes.
And the Germans get 5 points of TAC after the weather clears.
Haven't heard from Don Lowry in over 25 years.... but I'm still around, so I thought it might be a good idea to clarify the differences and editions.
In 1981 I was learning to be a printer and wanted to publish a wargame. I found a copy of OPERATION GREIF [published by GUIDON GAMES which was the vehicle of Don Lowry, the guy who published PANZERFAUST and CAMPAIGN magazines as well]. By then, it had been out of print for 8 years. I contacted Don and got permission to redo it and incorporate the errata. As I went forward in the process, I had to get permission to make some changes to the artwork and incorporating a 'stacking limit' mechanic [a'la ANZIO] as well.
What I produced was labeled as the SECOND EDITION. This SECOND EDITION has had three iterations [or 'editions' of its' own, if you will].
The first printing and the second printing are the same except for the countersheet. The countersheet was printed only on regular paper in the first printing, in the second printing I printed the counters on sticky-back paper.
In the late '80s I started getting calls for a BATTLE OF THE BULGE '81 variant using the OP GREIF OOA, so I redid the OOA cards, added a countersheet for the artillery markers used in BotB '81 and added a two-page update for using OP GREIF with BotB '81. This resulted in the 'THIRD EDITION' if you will, or the third iteration of the OPERATION GREIF 2 EDITION.
That's probably about as clear as mud, but I hope it clears up any real confusion. In the past few months, I've had three requests for copies of OP GREIF, but I'm out of copies except for my personal file copy, so I've scanned it and have included all the scans in my personal gallery, and will include them here so if anybody wants a copy, you can now print them out yourself.
Time has pretty much passed this by, but it is an historical milestone in the history of wargame publishing and was my first effort, so it will always hold a special place in my heart.
This was the envelope it all came in. $5.... *sigh*
This is the rulebook.
German OOA for BB '65
ALLIED OOA for BB '65
BB '81 rule insert
GERMAN OOA for BB '81
ALLIED OOA for BB '81
Artillery marker counters for BB '81