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North Cape is a solitaire strategy wargame simulating the Battle of North Cape off the north coast of Norway in 1943, between the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst and British naval forces protecting convoy JW55B. Its rules are those used in Advanced Salvo! European Theater, as modified for this particular engagement. The game uses the Advanced Salvo! system to handle WW2 naval combat.  While designed to be played solo (with the player taking the British side), it can be played by two gamers as well.

The game includes rules, scenarios, a set of ship counters, and Sea Display and Game Table sheet. 

It is late December, 1943.  Germany is assuming the strategic defensive, and stemming the flow of convoy supplies to the Soviets is imperative. With Tirpitz unavailable due to damage, Scharnhorst is sent to attack allied shipping.  All that stands between convoy JW55B and the German battlecruiser are three Royal Navy cruisers.  The weather is stormy and dark, and the situation tense.  Additional British forces--including a battleship--move toward the area to help. Will they arrive in time?  What course will Scharnhorst choose? Will the convoy have to scatter? What will happen?

Several What if? scenarios are provided in North Cape, in addition to the historical standard game, allowing Tirpitz to be used, and/or additional Royal Navy warships.  Like other Minden designs, North Cape emphasizes high playability and historicity... and fun.

This PDF edition is the same as originally published in Panzer Digest #14, but available now as a stand alone game.  Designed by Gary Graber.  Publisher: Minden Games.



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Steven P August 24, 2020 1:22 am UTC
This is an excellent way to discover the "Salvo" solitaire naval games for WW1 and WW2. Four pages of rules, and you are ready to go. I played the standard game in about an hour, with the British sinking the Scharnhorst in a tough fight. The AI for the 'enemy' worked well, and the initiative system keeps you guessing. The addition of a few ships that were not in the real action allows for some fun, like finding out that you have actually caught the "Tirpitz".....or that the British have a different battleship.. Lots of fast replay value here, and it convinced me to buy "Great War Salvo 3rd ed". I will get the WW2 edition next week.
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