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SCHNELL BOATS: Scourge of the English Channel (Solo Wargame)

SCHNELL BOATS: Scourge of the English Channel (Solo Wargame)
by Carter, Joe


Solitaire, tactical-level, narrative-driven wargame. You, as Kommandant, will lead a squadron of four German Kriegsmarine torpedo boats or experimental turbojet-powered hydrofoil boats on night missions against Allied forces in the English Channel during 1943-1944.

Your ultimate goal is to survive for up to 12 months, while at the same time destroying as many Allied ships as possible without suffering too many squadron losses yourself. But be careful -- play recklessly and lose too many boats and you may find yourself relieved of command and sent back to Germany, or even court-martialed and sent to fight on the front lines as an infantry soldier! But do well and you will earn medals, Knowing you successfully served the Fatherland.

Schnell Boats was designed to be detailed, yet remain accessible to even new players with no prior wargaming experience. Gameplay has been greatly streamlined by avoiding the need to memorize a bunch of complicated rules, yet it still retains a certain level of content, detail, and unpredictability which add to replayability. Most patrols can be completed within 20-30 minutes, with the occasional 1-hour patrol if multiple enemy convoys are encountered. The option to play quicker Short and Medium campaign games of 4 or 8 months is also included. One thing is certain -- no two missions will ever play the same!

Product Information:
* Complexity: 5 out of 10
* Solitaire Suitability: 10 out of 10 (designed for solitaire play)
* Time Scale: 1 day per mission, 10 missions per month
* Map Scale: Abstract
* Unit Scale: Individual Schnell Boats, ships, aircraft, guns, Schnell Boat crew members, equipment, and torpedoes/mines/depth charges/rockets
* Players: One (with option for two or more)
* Playing Time: 20-60 minutes per mission, 5-15+ hours for full campaign game

* Two Counter Sheets of 5/8-inch counters
* One Strategic Movement Map Board (mounted)
* One Schnell Boat Crewmen Placement Board (Card Stock)
* One Schnell Boat Crewmen Placement Board (Card Stock)
* Two Combat Boards (double-sided) (Card Stock)
* Two Schnell Boat Damage Log Sheets (Laminated Card Stock)

1 vol, 1 pgs 2023 US, COMPASS GAMES
NEW-box, available late January 2023 ......$69.00 rct

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