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BUNDLE: Combat Leader Deluxe Set: Core Rules, Ostkrieg, Poland 1939, Volkssturm, Solitaire Module & Winter War

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COMBAT LEADER DELUXE SET: CORE RULES, OSTKRIEG, POLAND 1939, VOLKSSTURM, SOLITAIRE MODULE & WINTER WAR is a complete set of all Combat Leader games and modules published to date.  You get the Core Rules Rulebook, Solitaire Module allowing you to use the system solo, and four modules covering different historical WW2 campaigns:  Ostkrieg (Operation Barbarossa, 1941), Winter War (Finland Campaign, 1939-40), Poland 1939 (Polish Campaign), and Volkssturm 1945, 2nd ed. (Fall of Germany, 1945). 

DELUXE COMBAT LEADER BUNDLE IS AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, AT TREMENDOUS SALE PRICE.

The game ranks high in both playability and historicity, using an intuitive, interactive sequence of play consisting of just six phases per turn. Rated, individual soldiers from German, Russian, Polish, Finnish, German SS, and German Volkssturm squads are included in this Deluxe set.  OVER 160 PAGES OF WW2 WARGAMING FUN.  Here's what's included in this bundled deluxe set.

COMBAT LEADER: CORE RULES is a 52-page book that contains the rules covering the tactical WW2 Combat Leader game system.  The game ranks high in both playability and historicity, using an intuitive, interactive sequence of play consisting of just six phases per turn.  Combat Leader is a game meant to be played and experienced. Core Rules includes all standard, advanced, and optional rules to play any game/module in the series.

Besides standard rules, advanced rules covering gun jams, desperation rally, weather, fire penetration for automatic weapons, field promotion, etc.) are provided.  In addition, specialized squad characteristics (SS squads, green squads, assault engineers, Russian commissars) and specialized weapons (such as flamethrowers, demo charges, antique rafles, pistols) are covered.  This allows the gamer to inject the level of detail desired.  Game results are generated from a standard deck of playing cards, and a single six-sided die.

Combat Leader: Ostkrieg module contains: German soldier counter sheet A; Russian counter sheet B; German-Russian countersheet C; game marker sheet; six Scenario Cards; Reference Card; four-page module folder; and two game maps (#1 & #2).  Components are compatible with all other games/modules within the system. Enough individually rated solder and leader counters are provided, enabling you to create several unique 10-man German squads and several different 12-man Russian squads.  Game components are from the now out-of-print Combat Leader: East Front & Expansion.  This module covers Operation Barbarossa, 1941.

Combat Leader: Poland 1939 module contains: 12-page instructions allowing you to use Polish squads, Polish weapons, and special Polish soldier characteristics, German SS soldiers; five scenarios based upon the 1939 campaign; German soldier counter sheet J; Polish soldier counter sheet K; game marker sheet; Reference Card; and two game maps (#9 & #10).  Components are compatible with all other games/modules within the system.  This module covers the Polish Campaign of 1939.

Combat Leader: Volkssturm 2nd ed. module contains: eight-page instructions allowing you to use Volkssturm squads, and special Volkssturm soldier characteristics and weapons; three scenarios based upon the 1945 encounters with Russian forces; German Volkssturm counter sheet D (which also contains a 12-man Russian squad); game marker sheet; Reference Card; and three game maps (#3, #4, & #5).  Components are compatible with all other games/modules within the system.  This module covers the dying days of the Reich, Germany 1945.

Combat Leader: Solitaire Module contains rules and scenarios allowing you to play the game system on your own.  It includes: 20-page rule booklet detailing the solo system, along with six solitaire scenarios; Quick Scenario Generator enabling you to create your own scenarios for games in the system; German & Russian counter sheets (sheets E & F); game markers; Reference Card; one game map (#6).  Using the Ostkrieg module included in this set, you will have all components necessary to take full advantage of the Solitaire Module system.

Combat Leader: Winter War contains: 11-page instructions booklet allowing you to use Finnish squads, and includes rules covering special characteristics and weapons for the Finns; four scenarios based upon the 1939-40 Winter War against Russian forces; Finnish counter sheet G; Russian counter sheet H; game marker sheet; Reference Card; and two game maps (#7, #8).  Components are compatible with all other games/modules within the system.

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In Combat Leader, Counters represent individually named soldiers and officers, rated for morale, firing ability, melee ability, and leadership. A hexagon grid is used to regulate movement. A hex represents about 17 yards across.  Each turn represents about a minute of actual time.  National characteristics and weapon characteristics for each nationality are included (you'll see--and feel--the difference between a GewehrK98K Mauser, a MP38 machine pistol, a Russian 1891/30 rifle, and DP 1928 LMG (and so on) in terms of range, reliability, and lethality).  Game results are generated from a standard deck of playing cards, and a single six-sided die.

Combat Leader illustrates two principles of tactical WW2 combat: large groups of men stacked together maximize firepower, but are a magnet for incoming fire. Finding a balance between group size and function (maneuver, or fire groups) will depend on the tactical situation, and what your scenario goal is.  The use of sound historical fire and movement tactics will be rewarded on the tabletop just as they were valuable on the battlefield. The importance of leadership and morale are emphasized by the design, not just weapon characteristics.  Finally, Combat Leader is an infantry wargame; rules do not cover vehicles or tanks. 

Combat Leader has been designed as an introductory World War II tactical firefight game for two players, involving individual soldiers. It uses a “design for effect” system to reflect battlefield realities; it is playable enough for those new to wargaming, but sophisticated enough to hold the interest of veteran gamers.  Several nationalities are currently available in other modules, with more planned.

Combat Leader Deluxe Set: Core Rules, Ostkrieg, Poland 1939, Volkssturm, Solitaire Module & Winter War set is now available in PDF format.  Designed by Gary Graber.  Published by Minden Games.

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Lesley N September 30, 2022 3:05 pm UTC
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Picked up Combat Leader Deluxe. I am sure I'm going to enjoy this design, but I must say, having it pass word locked really pisses me off.

No, I'm not going to cry you a river.
It means I will need to give my print service of choice a fussy detailed list of which pages to print to labels so I can make adequate counters, and which pages to print in colour for the maps to labels for durable maps panels. As well as which pages to ignore, because 'intentionally' left blank just means a wasted page really. The last thing I want is to print out pages I certainly don't require. Why anyone thinks this is a good idea I can't figure out. If the counter reverse is blank, then why print anything?

It WILL curtail my desire to purchase anything in the future though.
I'm glad I got this on sale. It is not worth full price for this level of aggro.
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