Seth Owen
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There's been speculation since it first cane out that the Anniversary Edition of Axis & Allies was a special limited edition run that would not be repeated. The deluxe components and the high price seemed to many to make it unsuitable as the standard A&A game.

We know today that they were right, because Hasbro has just posted on its Web site news of a new "Spring 1942" edition of Axis & Allies: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=ah/prod/spring1942

So far there's not a lot of info. The only illustration is of the box.

It appears that it will be a game more on the scale of the Revised Edition, probably meaning just two mapboards again. A lot of rules from the Anniversary Edition will be ported over. The ad copy specifically mentions the cruisers and the naval rules from A&A:50, although I would also expect the artillery to show up as well as other systemic changes seen in A&A:50.

The cruisers were not an unambiguous success, so it will be interesting to see if there are any adjustments. The consensus of opinion seems to be that they were a bit expensive for what they brought to the table in capability, so perhaps there will be a tweak in that department.

The game is listed for 2-5 players, so we know that Italy is out again. Whether China will be back is harder to say. I think most players liked the way China was handled in A&A:50 so it would be nice to see some version of that, including China-specific infantry, in any new version.

What this means in the short term is that anyone interested in getting a copy of A&A:50 should act now, because it's highly unlikely anything like it will be done again. It's already reported sold out at the distributor level, although copies are still available at MSRP in stores and online retailers.

UPDATE: Now it appears that there may be a reprint, after all!

http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=1204736

From my game blog at http://pawnderings.blogspot.com
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This is old news whistle

The game already has its own entry on BGG:
Axis & Allies: 1942

The first rumors were discussed here:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/392063/page/1

BGG "announcement" that is was a limited edition here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/361962

Fact sheet by Imperious leader here:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/400164


Enjoy
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Imperious leader wrote:
yes this is old news.

just preorder your 5 copies for $25.99 and get in line with the rest of us.


It seems that the name of the game needs to be adjusted, as Hasbro is calling it Axis & Allies: Spring 1942.

The official announcement was just posted, so I guess this falls into the category of confirmation.
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wargamer55 wrote:
The cruisers were not an unambiguous success, so it will be interesting to see if there are any adjustments. The consensus of opinion seems to be that they were a bit expensive for what they brought to the table in capability, so perhaps there will be a tweak in that department.
If cruisers in the game are a little ill defined in their role, that nicely mirrors reality.

I'd rather crusiers show up rarely than have them eclipse BBs or DDs. Let's not forget how far we've come from MB, where there were only CVs, BBs, and subs for warships!

-Greg
 
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wargamer55 wrote:
...although copies are still available at MSRP in stores and online retailers.


Can anyone please direct me to a retailer who still has the game?

Thanks!
 
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Yes, please! I'd really like to get the Anniversary Edition, but it gets to be so expensive on eBay!
 
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