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BLUE WATER NAVY: Modern Wargame

BLUE WATER NAVY: Modern Wargame
by Tonge, Stuart

1-COM1101

Covers the war at sea, air, close-ashore and low-earth orbit from the Kola Peninsula in Northern Russia to the Mediterranean Sea and West over the Atlantic Ocean to the United States and Cuba. The game models the full order of battle that could be expected in 1980's wartime, from multi-regiment Soviet Tu-22 Backfire bombers to multiple US carrier groups.

The game is card driven, with each card providing points to move units or trigger special events such as 'KGB Assassinations' and 'Space Shuttle.' There is also a reaction mechanic where most cards can be used in the other player's turn to perform a spoiling event such as 'Raid Aborts' and 'Friendly Fire.'

The heart of the game is detection. Task Forces can only be attacked once detected. By contrast, land air-bases can always be attacked -- their enemy knows where they are. The race to detect opposing Task Forces begins as soon as they enter potential striking range of units such as the formidable Soviet bomber formations, or perhaps the Soviet's submarine fleet which, whilst it has considerable strength, cannot effectively detect enemy forces without help from its comrades.

NATO must not only deliver convoys, but also protect its allies! Norway will be hard pressed, as will Denmark. Both will require urgent reinforcement. In the Mediterranean Sea, Soviet forces must be halted by naval aviation strikes. In the deeper seas, NATO may enact it's promised attack on the Soviet nuclear deterrent and the Soviets may attempt to respond. Perhaps the Typhoon SSBNs will flee under the Arctic ice to await doomsday or hole-up in the White Sea. Perhaps the Soviets will use nuclear weapons and scatter those NATO forces that are no-doubt determined to bomb the Soviet's Kola Peninsula bases.

The game models Politburo approval (Soviet leadership) through a stability mechanism, and whether the Soviets feel they can reduce New York to cinders through the use of 'First Strike Points' - these allow the use of things like chemical or nuclear weapons. The game has spies, technological theft, satellites, B-52's, special forces, and Soviet spy trawlers.

Complexity: 6 out of 10 (medium)
Solitaire suitability: 6 out of 10 (medium)
Time Scale: Each turn = 1 day
Map Scale: Each area represents 500 nautical miles square
Unit Scale: Each counter represents 10 ships, 3 submarines, one squadron or regiment
Number of Players: 2
Playing Time: 1-3 hours for scenarios and 8-16 hours per campaign game
Designer: Stuart Tonge

Components: 1 map; 4 countersheets: counters are a mix of 1 inch, 5/8-inch and 0.5-inch markers; 2 decks of 55 playing cards; 6 double-sided player aids; 2 single-sided player aids; 1 rules and scenario booklet; 6 ten-sided dice; and 1 box and lid set.

1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 US, COMPASS GAMES
NEW-box, available early September 2019 ......$109.00 rct

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