I just picked up a copy of this old favourite of mine on ebay for £16. I'm hoping it will be as good as I remember in the 1980s when I last played it. I tried No Retreat! The Russian Front recently and was seriously underwhelmed by it. I don't think I like the card driven aspect of the game. What do others think of TRC and its ancestors?

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Comment by Alan Sutton on March 9, 2012 at 6:07am

The Russian Campaign is very exciting old fashioned fare, when gaming was important and simulation was less so. It actually simulates well and is a very tense and compulsive game. What more could you want? Not dated at all in my opinion.

Comment by Tim Allen on February 27, 2012 at 10:30am

Its not that different.  The biggest changes is to the victory conditions.  In the older version it was likely that between two players of similar abilities you would end in a draw.  In the newest rules, a draw is not possible.

Phisically the game has, IIRC, two more hex rows on the East and West edges.  This would make digging the Germans out of Berlin a bit easier in the end-game.  At least thats the theory.

Comment by Mark Tomlinson on February 27, 2012 at 10:23am

Is the 4th edition much different to the AH version?

Comment by Tim Allen on February 27, 2012 at 10:04am

I have both the Avalon Hill edition and the L2 Design 4th edition of The Russian Campaign, and I still get a kick out of playing it.  I actually liked No Retreat, but I also wanted a bit more from it.  Its a clever game, but I always wanted to manouver around just a few more units.

I also still own and play Fortress Europa, the Western Front game that uses the same basic system as Russian Campaign.  I always liked this one too, although its a pretty tough slog if you are the Germans.

I own but have not played African Campaign, by Jedco Games, that suppossedly also uses the same system.

Comment by Mark Tomlinson on February 27, 2012 at 3:56am

Thanks, Guys. I will check out those other titles.

Comment by Mark Humphries on February 26, 2012 at 8:53pm

> I am wondering whether I am just too old fashioned and behind the times and maybe I should give CDGs a better chance.

The few CDGs I've tried make me feel like I'm playing Go with cards, not what I look for in a wargame.

Comment by Jack McHugh on February 26, 2012 at 8:42pm
the problem with TRC is the lack of any fog of war so it encourages combat accountacncy...i think Columbia Games East Front or even AH's later Russian Front is better.
Comment by Mark Tomlinson on February 26, 2012 at 2:12pm

Yes. I found the sparsity of counters rather ironic for a 'front' game. I also found it annoying that the opponent could play cards that essentially made decisions about what Hitler or Stalin would do and when. I don't mind random events taking place - maybe decided by dice rolls (aka the fog of war), but when my opponent decides when these events occur based on possession of a card I get frustrated. Just my opinion of course YMMV. I am wondering whether I am just too old fashioned and behind the times and maybe I should give CDGs a better chance.

Comment by Sean McNeely on February 26, 2012 at 2:06pm

I picked this up again a couple of years back and thought it held up pretty well. I had hoped No Retreat would be a great replacement for this venerable classic. Unfortunately I too was seriously disappointed by that game. I think the card play combined with the size of the armies was what left me flat. It just didn't convey the vastness of the Russian Front for me.

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