I just received the second installment of the World At War seires that began with Eisenbach Gap. Now its always a big day when I get a new game now that I'm back into the hobby. But this was different there's something special about this day. What is different about this game?

Well it's like this.... Deep in my heart I miss the Cold War. I don't know why I am so nostalgic, my childhood certainly wasn't idyllic, I was never in the service and I was still in coillege when the Wall fell.

When I was in high school a friend of mine had all of the original Squad Leader games, and I remember being jealous but also desperately wanting a Cold War version of SL. I wanted Soviet versus US, East German versus West German and so on... Then I found Assault - saw it in the GDW catalog - but was never able to buy it, just kept missing out, either bought something else and then moved on from gaming.

So in the past two years I discovered BoardGameGeek and ConsimWorld, and realized those games were still out there. So I bought the lot - every single game in the Assault series - even Reinforcements,,, I remember getting the boxes and seeing the cover and all those feelings came back.... But then I opened up the box and there it was....

I was really disappointed. The counters were dull and uninspired. The rule were thick and at times cryptic. It just wasn't what I thought.... I know a bit of this is me (or all) and the series has a really large following, but something was missing. It just wasn't the same from what I thought it was going to be from when I was a kid. I wondered if I was going to enjoy the hobby again, these older games weren't speaking to me as they once did.

So a little later I come across a small publisher who had released a game set in the same time. I still had the itch and saw how highly rated it was on BGG so I gave it a shot. I've been blessed and since I didn't have any other active hobbies I figured what the hell. I got it and there it was World At War: Eisenbach Gap. When I opened the game up it was "perfect". WAW:EG was what I thought Assault was going to be all those years ago. I'm a bit sentimental about it, but even my wife notices when I grab that box and show people...

Now again that's not to say that the Assault series was bad or anything was wrong with it (GDW was my favorite game maker of all time) but it's my taste - but I really, really love WAW... Thanks to LNL for scratching the itch.. Go ahead and make fun of me for being sentimental but well what can I say...

Now here's to hoping we can get Mark to go the distance... Soviet Naval Infantry, US National Guard.... Swedish, Norwegian, French, Dutch, East German, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish ....

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Comment by Mark H. Walker on February 15, 2009 at 4:54pm
Yeah, and the Commissar in Dark July is named after the Soviet paratroop officer in Sword Point.
Comment by Andy Brown on February 15, 2009 at 3:27pm
Gentlemen - in celebration of the Cold War I decided to reread one of the classics - Clancy's Hunt For The Red October. And guess what... the name of the Political Officer killed by the captain in the first chapter is "Putin"... Conspiracy or what huh?...
Comment by Mark H. Walker on February 15, 2009 at 2:11pm
Oh...yes, Op Garbo will probably be the next WaW series game published. Depends on how fast TUS garners pre-orders.
Comment by Mark H. Walker on February 15, 2009 at 2:09pm
Paris is Burning is will absolutely be a WaW release. The next thing on P500 in the WaW series is World at War: The Untold Stories...it features geomorphic maps and lesser known combatants. Soon after that we will put up our first, professionally-printed, full-color magazine with die-cut counters. The tentative title is The Blood and Bridges Companion or Dentistry in the Third World War ;-)
Comment by Smitty on February 15, 2009 at 1:11pm
I understand all of that ironically enough!
Comment by Bart on February 15, 2009 at 12:59pm
You certainly have nothing to apologize for Andy. Great thoughts.

Mark, great game. I have already pre-ordered operation Garbo. I know you can't get to all of those wish-list forces, but are you still on track for Paris is Burning (I think that was the next title), and are there any thoughts on other future expansions?

Oh and BTW Mark, I can't wait for LnL:FH, I ordered that too, and it will be my first game in the LnL series. Thanks for reprinting that.

Comment by Mark H. Walker on February 14, 2009 at 6:51pm
Red Star-White Star inspired the Soviet color scheme in World at War. Yankee is a good book, but Coyle isn't as good with characters as Peters is.
Comment by Lance Runolfsson on February 14, 2009 at 7:35am
The world was significantly less chaotic during the Cold war. The Soviets for all their nastiness where essentially rational foes. And we always had the drop on them. We didn't always know it but it seems that they did. I still have Red Star White Star, Warsaw Pact and the Modern battles quads of which the US Soviet one in Germany is my fave. Love the Team Yankee book and it's counter part Red Army.

FWIW looks pretty good for Putti getting things back to the way they ought to be;^)
Comment by Mark H. Walker on February 14, 2009 at 4:51am
Yeah, I own several of the Assault series and they never really scratched my itch either. Frank Chadwick is an awesome designer...I loved Phase Line Smash (reviewed it for Fire and Movement back when that magazine actually reviewed the games sent to it) and Sands of War, but never really got into Assault. I can't promise all that stuff, Andy, we can only cover the forces that actually fought. We are chronicling history, not making it up. ;-)

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