Death in the Trenches: The Great War, 1914-1918

Compass GamesSKU: CPA1090

Sale price$79.99


Death in the Trenches is a strategic-level World War I game covering the entire war, in all theaters, on an army level with divisional formations handled on an off-map display that minimizes map clutter. The game relies on simple mechanics that eliminate production bean counting and complicated combat results tables. Designed with the narrative gamer in mind, its more than 500 random events draw you into the global nightmare of 1914-1918, while its pulse system of alternating player moves ensures very little down time for the non-phasing player. An exciting combat system, where you choose your own level of aggressiveness, gives you a real feel for World War I, and you’ll find yourself piling in everything but the kitchen sink – more artillery! more planes! more generals! – in order to make “one big push” for that elusive victory. This Charles S. Roberts Award-winning World War One classic is back, in an impressive, brand new, redesigned Second Edition from Compass Games.
•Death in the Trenches is a strategic-level World War I game covering the entire war, from the opening shots in Serbia and Belgium to the final defeat (or victory!) of Germany and its allies in 1918. The map is designed to give you a feel for 1914 by using textures and colors featured in atlases of the time. It stretches from the Pyrenees to Moscow, and from Norway to the Sudan, covering every square inch of territory in Europe and the Near East which saw combat from 1914 to 1918.
•The game also features 456 beautifully-illustrated counters depicting all the national armies that fought in the war – from the Germans, French, British and Russians all the way down to the Persians, Montenegrins, Armenians, South Africans, and a host of specialized units (French Foreign Legion, Gurkhas, Italian “Arditi”, Cossacks, Tyrolean Kaiserjäger, Zionists, Bavarians, “Dunsterforce”… even China may send a small expeditionary force).
•Death in the Trenches includes a simple, short rulebook (with several additional pages of random events) detailing the game’s unique combat system (no CRT!) which portrays the grinding nature of World War I combat in a realistic way that still gives players plenty of options to pursue. The map shows your army-level units, with their divisional components represented off map to prevent map clogging. The production and assignment of divisions has been simplified in this new Second Edition.
•The game’s unique combat system lets you choose how many dice you want to throw, and the risk you’re willing to take: you’ll agonize over every choice of “just enough but not too much”. If you “overroll” your target number, it means you just sent your men “over the top” to get mown down.
•Players command the armed forces of nearly 40 nations, in a game that still manages to be small enough to fit on your table! It sounds like a massive game, but it isn’t. Death in the Trenches is designed to be played – easy to play, hard to master. You’ll learn things about World War I you never knew before, and you’ll have to face the same crises the leaders of the Entente and Central Powers did. Think you can do better than Douglas Haig and Robert Nivelle? Now it’s your turn.

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