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Panzerschiff 3rd ed. is an introductory-level tactical WW2 naval wargame for two players.  Famous battleships and battlecruisers from various nations are maneuvered into combat, and fire their guns to sink enemy ships. 

Panzerschiff 3rd ed. comes with rule rooklet (including standard and optional rules), 41 ship counters, ship logs, map grid, and Reference Card.  This 3rd ed. is similar to the 2nd ed., except it contains more ships, and has a new Tournament scenario ideal for club or convention settings.  The game uses a system based on the system used in Avalon Hill's Bismarck (1st ed.), except with additions and refinments.

Warships are rated in a variety of categories:  bow main guns, stern main guns, port & starboard secondary guns, speed, armor, engineering, fire control, vulnerability to plunging fire, and more.  Players can look at a ship counter and its log sheet, and immediately determine its strengths and weaknesses.  For a list of ships included, see below.

The game is compatible with the Panzerschiff Expansion & Cruiser Module set, available separately. (This adds pocket battleships, heavy cruisers, and light cruisers to the system (96 in all), plus includes ships from the USSR and the Netherlands). 

Panzerschiff 3rd ed. is a low complexity rock 'em sock 'em game that will appeal to novices or younger players, as well as to naval game vets who opt for the advanced rules that emphasize fun as well as authenticity.

This new edition (plus the expansion) is now available in PDF format.  Designer: Gary Graber.  Publisher: Minden Games.


GERMANY (4):  Bismarck, Tirpitz, Scharnhorst, Gneisenau.

GREAT BRITAIN (6):  King George V, Prince of Wales, Rodney, Queen Elizabeth, Hood, Renown.

FRANCE (8):  Dunkerque, Strasbourg, Richelieu, Jean Bart, Provence, Lorraine, Courbet, Paris.

ITALY (5): Littorio, Roma, V.Veneto, Cesare, Cavour.

UNITED STATES (9): Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, California, Idaho, New Mexico, Mississippi, Alaska.

JAPAN (8):  Yamato, Musashi, Nagato, Kongo, Ise, Hyuga, Huso, Yamasiro.

Don't see some of your favorite ships? Check out the Panzerschiff Expansion & Cruiser Module set at Wargame Vault, which includes 96 additional ships (BB, BC, PB, CA, CL) from the original six navies plus Russia and the Netherlands, and new rule options.

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