Easily in my Top Five Most Favorite of All Time, Peoples WarGames "Korusn Pocket" is one of the first Monstergames I bought. I got it from Jack Radey himself at Origins 1980 for the huge price of $28.00. (Yes! Very Expensive ! for that time....what was it? Three SPI games? A Battalion -45 minis- of GHQ Micro Armour ?) And since I was still in high school, I managed to get to play it several times with the WarGames Society.
Based on the SPI "Wacht Am Rhein" system of Company/Battallion-level WWII combat, the game has a great feel to it and is magnificently detailed. I and my friends never had any problems with it; we liked the artillery supply rules (even thought about differentiating the calibres of the Artillery Ammo -despite Jack's warnings about how "That Way lies Madness") and the topic and setting of Eastern Front/Great Patriotic War, January to February 1944 was perfect as the two sides were still somewhat equal, the topic obscure enough so that we had No Preconceived notions about it and lent itself extremely well to multi-player games.
Now, I see that it will -Finally- be Re-Printed by Pacific Rim Publishing. I have already sent an e-mail to PRP, informing them of my great interest and Absolute Intent to buy the game when it becomes available. (and, hell! If they need a $100 NOW, well....where'd I put my checkbook?)
I would really, REALLY like to see the reprint with graphics like "New England Simulations"' "The Killing Ground" and "Overlord Expansion". I do like the old "SPI-look" of the original and if the reprint would be just that, I wouldnt complain. But ! Having NES "The Killing ground" shows me what "Is Possible" and I definitely think that such a Great Game as "Korsun Pocket" deserves the Absolute Best>..and I would gladly pay for that!!
I still have not found a copy of Col. Douglas Nash's "Hell's Gate" for under $100.00. I definitely want to own the book but I havent found a convincing reason yet to go ahead and pay the $125.00 ( + Shipping & Handling, of course). And Not while I still remember onetime just idly searching on Amazon and getting a price of $45.00....No, I didnt. Why? Because I thought I would find that price again. Yes, I know. But that's how it usually works, isnt it?
I also am on the look out for some of the other books on the Battle, like "Krim', Karapati I Dnepr" and Niklaus Von Vormann's "Tcherkassy". (When I served in the U.S. Army, I was a 98 G Russian....very fluent in Russian Military since that was my job. And served in Germany, so I have no problem with that either.) It was intruiguing to us back then, trying to find more information on the battle besides "Paul Carrell"....but then that was pretty much the only thing in all the libraries at the time. Yes, I know, we also had Von Manstein and Zhukov, but as far as what we wanted for details, the two marshals had only a few pages and that covered the actions at their level, that is Army Command. I do know we wanted to know more about the 5th Guards Cavalry Corps and the Heavy Panzer Regiment Baeke.
Right now, these days, I dont have room to put up all four maps. I have found , however, that the one single "One-Map Scenario, #4" is a truly outstanding game. Fortunately so ! I can definitely get my "Korsun Pocket" fix with just that one scenario.