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The Flames of war website has a free downloadable game called Firestorm: Warsaw, see:
There are links to 2 PDFs, one of which is a map representing Warsaw at the time of the 1944 uprising and the other is a 30-page document with a lot of information about the rising, how to game it with table-top miniatures, and rules for how to play a strategic level game similar to the Market Garden boardgame (albeit much smaller - the Warsaw version has only 10 areas, Market Garden around 40-50).
The rules are on pages 27-30 of the PDF, and you will have to provide your own miniatures (14 in total) and few counters. Some of the important rules such as how to set up the game and what miniatures are used are elsewhere in the PDF. I won't tell you where, because the Market Garden rulebook has similar lay-out issues and I wouldn't want to spoil the experience of trying to find them.
Although I haven't played it yet, the Warsaw version doesn't appear to have the supply rules, paratroop drops, terrain types, variable troop types etc. that are present in Market Garden, but hopefully it's a good way to see if the game system works for you.
Edit - game now has its own page on BGG: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/76666/firestorm-warsa...
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- Posted Thu Jul 29, 2010 2:09 pm
Last Fall out Club ran the Bragation Campaign in conjunction with our FLGS. It went really well and was overall pretty smooth. The Tournament we closed with was a bit difficult as sometimes the players were on the wrong side due to points, not faction. It caused some issues there as some people were accused of throwing their games.
This Spring we did the Warsaw Campaign. It went alright, but lacked some of the depth and interest of the Bragation Campaign. In part this was our fault as our Club had participated in a great Market Garden by an old FLGS in town and enjoyed the heck out of it. So we were looking forward towards that.
Right now we are finishing the final week of our Market Garden Campaign. This Sunday we expect a good turnout for the Firestorm Tournament - maybe as many as 20 players, likely a few less as always.
The Key with Firestorm Games - and Tournaments - in my opinion is to be wary on the amount of points used. At 1,000 or fewer it is easy for Firestorm Troops to unbalance the game. At 1,750 points or more the games can drag on beyond a reasonable 90-120 minutes. I like to play in the 1,200-1,500 point range to balance Firestorm Troops and playtime.