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 Alfred the Great The Great Heathen Army

commences in January 871AD when King

Aethelred (Alfred’s brother) and Prince Alfred

have to face the might of the Viking Army led by

Kings Halfdan and Bagsecg.

The Viking Army, having previously defeated the

East Anglicans and subdued Saxon Mercia moved

into the Royal Estate of Reading and were now

poised to attack the kingdom of Wessex which at

this time was the Last Kingdom of the Saxons not

under Viking subjection.

The game is as much strategic as tactical, while

there will be pitched battles you will have to make

the decision when and where to fight, and how

best to maximize your strengths whether you are

the Viking or Saxon player.

The Viking strength was in their professional and

aggressive soldiery skills, their weakness was

often in re-supply of fighting men and the fact the

West Saxons were fighting for their home.

Kings are of great importance in the game, when

they are leading the warriors in combat your

moral and thereby fighting ability is increased,

without them weakened.

The Saxons have a number of strengths, fighting

on home soil made easier re-supply and greater

access to troops from the Shires, the flipside was

that the Fyrd as the local militia was called had

their immediate loyalty to their Earl and Shire,

and the defeat of their home Shire would mean a

lessening of their commitment to the Kings


In a time of strong and aggressive Kings there was

no greater leader than the indomitable Alfred (to

be eventually known as the Great), his leadership

with his brother Aethelred in this dark period

made the Saxons of Wessex a formidable foe.

The game commences with the Vikings having

captured the Royal Estate of Readingum and the

Saxon Warriors spread around Western Wessex

being called to service by King Aethelred……..

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Mark H. S October 03, 2016 4:49 am UTC
HI Alister&Colin, thanks for supporting the Alfred games, i have added in a Quick preview on all games and a page link for the 3D game to the web page, i am trying to add in the full PDF page review but am having a few difficulties, i will get onto the WGV support and see if i can get this rectified.
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Colin N September 30, 2016 9:21 am UTC
I agree completely with Alastair M - it would be good to say what it is!!
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Alastair M September 29, 2016 6:28 pm UTC
It might be useful to say what this product actually is, given the "Quick Preview" loads nothing at all, and the current descriptive text doesn't say.

I know it's a print-and-play board wargame with a hex grid and square unit counters, because I'd learnt of it previously, but other folks spotting this, and your second game ("Alfred the Great War in the West Country 876AD"), may not, especially as exactly the same problems are found on that other Wargame Vault product webpage as well. Steep learning curve to designing product pages here, I appreciate, and in the interim, your "Publisher Homepage" link does at least provide a more helpful description for anyone who may be interested.
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This title was added to our catalog on September 27, 2016.
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RedKing Games