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Up Front Banzai Expansion [BUNDLE]

Up Front Banzai Expansion [BUNDLE]


Banzai - Tactical Warfare in the S.W. Pacific

Banzai is an expansion variant for Up Front. Just as Desert War provides a new environment and more nationalities for Up Front players, Banzai provides a new theatre for the skirmishes of existing nationalities as well as intriguing new hand capacities and nationality traits with British and Japanese units.

The Banzai expansion was originally published in 1984 by Avalon Hill.

What do I get?

With permission from Wizards of the Coast / Avalon Hill, Wargame Vault has digitally re-mastered the original components of Banzai. This complete re-creation of the original release includes everything originally published (except the original box!) with several extra features and new accessories.

We have incorporated all known errata into all cards and rules. 

Action Card Deck

The original Banzai expansion did not include Jungle themed Action Cards, so players needed to use European looking terrain cards from the base Up Front set with modfications to serve as the Jungle terrain. This made it odd to be simulating a Jungle battle with terrain that looked like temperate forest and having to memorize some terrain rules to apply to certain cards.

In speaking to the Up Front community, players wanted terrain cards specific to Banzai to better represent the terrain, so we had artist Jeff Holt create new art in the style of the original cards to represent the terrain and created all new terrain cards with stats for the specific Jungle terrain changes from the rule book incorporated onto the new cards.

So what you get with this set of Banzai is a complete, 162 card, poker-size Action Deck printed on premium playing card stock. The deck includes the new terrain cards and all known errata. The artwork on the card back has also been changed to identify them as different from Up Front or Desert War Action Decks. Cards that were not changed by Banzai rules are unchanged here except for the card backs.

Banzai Action Cards

Personnel Cards

Premium printed mini-cards depicting the infantry personalities and heavy weapons for the British and Japanese, and leader cards used with American Up Front squads to depict American Marines. These cards are re-created from high-quality scans of the original cards and have known errata corrected.

Vehicle Cards

Premium printed poker-size Vehicle Cards for the British and Japanese from Banzai. These cards are also re-created from high-quality scans of the original cards and have had known errata corrected.

Counter Sheet

This product is a printed scan of the original counter sheet from Banzai. It is printed on playing card stock and each counter will need to be cut apart.

Also included is a pdf of the counters so that you can make your own custom counters if you wish (some players prefer to mount their own on thicker stock).

Group Cards (new accessory)

Premium printed poker-size Group cards that you can use in place of the Group counters from the original game. (Which are also included in this product) Each double-sided card identifies each group on the table, and includes rule information specific to the nationality being played. They keep easy to read rule playing reminders right on the table with each squad. Also included are Japanese Banzai attack cards with rule reminders for using Banzai attacks. 17 cards total.

Banzai Group Cards

Weapon Cards (new accessory)

Premium printed mini-sized cards that you can use in place of the weapons counters (which are also included in this title) for the British and Japanese for Banzai. These cards have been designed with input from long-time Up Front players, they are easier to read than counters and you only need a few cards to replace all of the counters for the British and Japanese. Each card has four weapons printed on them with their stats. Tuck them under the top of a personality card if they are equiped with that weapon, turn it sideways if it malfunctions. Also included are the Sniper lost cards and two American weapon cards. Using these along with the Group cards, you would not need to use any counters from Banzai at all if you wish. 22 cards total.

Banzai weapon Cards

Compilation Rule Book

This 57 page pdf rule book includes all of the original rules for Avalon Hill's classic games Up Front, Banzai and Desert War. All known errata from the originals have been fixed in this compilation. This rule book is also available in a glossy cover printed version separately here. Since our cards and books are each printed at different locations, you would need to order the rule book in a second order and pay separate shipping from Desert War. 

Up Front Compilation Rulebook

Finally, what is not included in this Banzai set is any re-creation of the original box. The cards will all come to you wrapped in decks. We recommend you add 3 of our large deckboxes to your order (just US$1 each) to store your Banzai cards.

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Leon S May 08, 2019 1:36 am UTC
For the card sleeve issue for these boxes , i used Mayday games Mimi 41mm x 63mm (1 5/8 x 2 1/2) 125% thicker 50 per pack. For the small cards. I used Perfect Fit ,card barrier by KMC. Size 64mm x 89mm 100 per pack. these sleeves where made to fit inside a standard sleeves. They are made in Japan. Now that is said. I am not sure how they will hold up, but i have not seen any problem so far. All cards for Up Front plus the poker size character cards all fit with sleeves in 5 large boxes and 3 small boxes.I hope this is helpful!
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This title was added to our catalog on April 01, 2016.