Victory in the West series and related games


Victory in the West series and related games

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This began with SPI and an effort to use more fog of war than the Panzer Gruppe Guderian system was offering.
Based on the Wacht Am Rhein system, the thinking evolved into Operation Typhoon, our founding mother/father or whathaveyou and stemed into what is now known as the Victory in the West series that includes Pattons Third Army, Operation Grenade and Sicily: The Race for Messina.
I put the system through a filter and produced Iron Tide: Panzers in the Ardennes, after more than ten years of tinkering and delays in production. It lingered on the top ten at for over 3 years, just to show you that the popularity for the system and its offshoots still exists.
After many years of non-production, more and more offshoots of the original have come down the belt including the fabulous The Killing Ground along with its expansion Overlord, to give the system a complete D-Day simulation.
Numerous reprints by Command Japan, additional award winning games like Red Star Rising and now, on the horizon, another set of offshoot games is slated to appear if the preorder numbers are met.
Don't look for this to go off your radar real soon. I feel that the innovation is not complete in simulating within this system and its relatives. The best part is that it just keeps on coming.

Discussion Forum

The Killing Ground - Cobra scenario

Started by TallBlondJohn Jun 6, 2010.

Replay of Operation Grenade 2 Replies

Started by Ola Palmquist. Last reply by TallBlondJohn Nov 30, 2009.

Replay of Patton´s third army

Started by Ola Palmquist Nov 30, 2009.

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Comment by Nate on June 23, 2008 at 11:59pm
Ken, nice to see you here. In the pipeline is ideas on my side, Greg Blanchette is working on a way too big east front game. While he has adapted the system to a larger scale (regiment/division), I am toying with the idea of going the other way (company/battalion) for some of the smaller battles.
Comment by Frank Cavallaro on June 23, 2008 at 9:27pm
Looking forward to Salerno, I'm guessing that it won't be out this year which is a good thing since I dont have time to play it. I am barely getting in a turn or two a week of RSR solo.

It's amazing how timeless the VITW system is!
It seems to adapt well to variations.
Comment by Jeff Heilner on June 23, 2008 at 1:16pm
Glad to see some love for Op Grenade, Stephen!
I thought I was the only one.
Comment by Ken Dingley on June 23, 2008 at 8:06am
Okay Nate,

I joined because I love you, mate...! I read a lot but comment rarely. The VitW system is a great system and Nate's Salerno is long overdue. We're all rooting for ya, mate.

Is there anything else using the system in the pipeline?

Comment by Stephen G on June 23, 2008 at 6:00am
Grenade was my intro to the system, and I still have a soft can be a tight little contest in running away...long live VitW!
Comment by Nate on June 23, 2008 at 2:26am
I'm torn between Sicily, the more difficult choice, and P3A, the shorter simpler but well balanced game. Sicily, by far, influenced my design work more than the others. I reccomend it for three players especially.
Comment by Greg Blanchett on June 22, 2008 at 11:32pm
In the interest of accuracy, Patton came first (S&T 78). Operation Grenade (S&T 84) and Sicily (S&T 89). Third Army was my first experience with the system. I need to go play Sicily, as I hear it may be the best of the three...
Comment by Walter Clayton on June 22, 2008 at 9:00pm
Do I have to?
Comment by Nate on June 22, 2008 at 4:39pm
Tex, you know this is a labor of love and I get barely compensated enough to make one convention a year. I have lots of wishes and one of those could come true when I get acclimated to the retirement mode of operation.... THIS YEAR!
Comment by Eric Walters on June 22, 2008 at 3:00pm
It's about time this system experiences a resurgence. I loved it ever since I played OPERATION TYPHOON in the bad old days.

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