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Retro, 5th edition is a tactical, squad-level World War II combat variant rules set contained in an illustrated 56-page book.  Its goal is to provide players,--experienced and inexperienced alike--with simplified rules to enable them to play and enjoy tactical wargames and modules without having to master hundreds of pages of rules and a steep learning curve.  Retro 5th ed. is a variant; you must own the necessary components (counters and mapsheets) of the "host" game to utilize Retro.

The vaiant was orginally written as a variant for Avalon Hill's Squad Leader and its modules and so, by extension subsequent ASL games.  This edition continues that tradition, and presumes this game to be the host system, even though gamers have used Retro over the years with other tactical World War II games from various publishers.

Retro 5th ed. covers the various nationalities and theaters of the war, but using a greatly simplified sequence of play.  This shortened, "I go/You go" sequence using the "Hesitation" rule, and a new Infantry Fire Table that makes morale checks unnecessary, are the biggest modifications to the standard game, although streamlining and simplification has also been applied to a myriad of details, including those for AFV and vehicular combat.

(Check out the Full Size Preview feature and read the Introduction (pages 3-4) to get a good feel for what the variant does.)

In short, Retro is not for gamers who think "more is better" when it comes to chrome and realism and process, but for those who think that "less is acceptable" and even preferable, in the name of straightforward playability.

Retro 5th ed. consists of a 56-page rulebook, containing all standard, advanced, and optional rules, eleven scenarios, game tables, national characteristics information, and instructions for creating design-your-own scenarios, and detailed index.  This PDF version also contained color Reference Cards, and variant countersheet and markers.

The 5th edition adds twenty pages, including more optional rules and scenarios than before.  New rules cover the starting and spreading of FIRE, MINEFIELDS, a new HESITATION option, PARATROOP DROPS, NATIONAL TROOP CHARACTERISTICS, CAPTURED ENEMY SW, new designer notes, and more.

Retro, 5th ed. is now available in PDF format.  Designer:  Gary Graber.  Publisher:  Minden Games.

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October 6th, 2020
As a long time tactical wargamer I have been looking at getting Retro for awhile. I own a number of other Minden titles and they all fall solidly in the "Light" wargame category. That is not a bad thing and most of their games are either desi [...]
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