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Panzer Digest #12

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Panzer Digest #12 (Summer 2015) is a wargames magzine that contains two complete games in addition to gaming articles, variants, scenarios, and reviews:  MERS-EL-KEBIR 1940, and ASSAULT AT COLD HARBOR.

MERS-EL-KEBIR, 1940 is a solitaire (and two-player) strategy wargame simulating the historical battle of Mers-el-Kebir between British and French warships, off the coast of North Africa, in July, 1940. It is tactical level between individually rated battleships and battlecruisers, using the Advanced Salvo! game system.  It comes with a set of British and French ship counters that took part in the actual engagement, a Sea Display Map (representing the sea area around the harbor), and full rules including options and different scenarios.  Mers-el-Kebir, 1940 is rare among game designs in that may be played equally well by two players and solitaire, and if solitaire, by the player taking either side. 

ASSAULT AT COLD HARBOR is a solitaire game simulating part of the Union assault taking place at the Battle of Cold Harbor in Virginia on June 3, 1864. It is a solitaire design, where the player controls the Union forces, and the game system controls the Confederate forces. The object of the game is for the player to initiate a break-through in Kershaw’s portion of the Confederate defensive line. In game terms, this means controlling one or more victory hexes by the end of the game. Your Union troops stand against long odds in this little game. There are a few tactical considerations to make (it is wise to stack units from the same state together, it is wise to avoid marshland when you can, it is wise to try and focus on a single victory hex rather than several), but most of the circumstances are out of your control. Assault at Cold Harbor comes with rules (including optional rules), set of 70 USA and CSA unit counters, and small hexagon mapsheet.

In addition to the games, this issue is full of articles and game reviews of interest to wargamers.  Game reviews (Robert Smith, Review Editor) cover Operation Whirlwind (One Small Step), Blood & Sand (Worthington), The Great Divide (Victory Point Games), Supreme Commander (GMT), Kill Shot (DVG), Battle for Stalingrad (DVG).  Also included is a new Volkssturm scenario for Combat Leader (VKS-2), a copy of Salvo! River Plate solitaire WW2 naval game, and other boardgame articles. There's a lot of boardgaming content in this digest-sized edition sure to please players, whether veteran gamers or new to the hobby, so even though published in 2015, the content and value of this edition remains strong.

Panzer Digest #12 has been out of print, and we are pleased to make it available once again in PDF format.  Editor and Game Designer: Gary Graber.  Published by Minden Games.

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