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If you pre ordered and have your CC info up to date you probably already received your game. Online sales in early January.
The game will handle the three operations centered on the mainland of Italy, Avalanche, the main invasion a few miles south of Naples, Slapstick, the capture of the large port and Italian naval base, and Baytown, the effort on the "toe" the boot by the British and Canadian divisions of 8th Army.
The Italian surrender of most of its combat units and all of its navy coincides with the Sept. 9th invasion date but pits the German mobile divisions against the efforts of General Mark Clark's 5th Army to establish a beachhead and drive north. Units are Regimental/B
Battalion scale and it uses an updated fog of war system called the Variable Combat Series.
This allows for a lack of complete knowledge on the exact dispositions, strength and makeup of the enemy and even the units under your own command.
Each game will be unlike the last due to a random strength chit held by the main parent units of the force.
Split scale and transit tracks keep large distances under control on two 22 X 24 inch map sheets and bring together the three operations to present a classic offensive as well as a difficult defense and counterattack.
This is done on a unique 6 level terrain map to show the monumental effect that the Italian mountains had on operations.
Three alternate history scenarios, one 4 turn invasion scenario and an 18 turn historical campaign game explore how it was done and what could have been done at the start of the road back to Berlin on the European continent.
There is already a Vassal module created by Greg Blanchett and it works very well with some added fog of war features to help game play feel more like tabletop. It will become available when the official launch is announced.
Salerno is almost complete with shipment to vendors and pre orders. Next week it should go on sale online from MMPs website. Happy reports are coming in. Find out more and download both rule booklets and more here: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/63823/vcs-salerno
This title has been in print over a year and the next volume, VCS Kharkov is waiting your pleasure to ask MMP for the game to enter the next phase toward eventual publication. They aren't going to do much without requests from the customer. http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?14@@.1dd4d844/493