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U-BOAT CAPTAIN, Advanced Edition is a solitaire, tactical-operational level game covering individual German World War 2 U-Boat patrols and combat encounters, 1939-1942. This edition (44 pages) comes with full rules, optional and advanced rules, eight U-Boat Displays, map, logsheet, 37 counters, and Reference Cards, along with with several historical scenarios and campaign games (of various lengths), extensive examples of play, historically rated U-Boat "aces", and Designer's Notes.   The game has the feel of a miniatures rule set, but with boardgame format.  Utilize  various historical German U-Boat Types (Type VIIA, VIIB, VIIC, IXA, IXB, IXC, IIB, and IID), each rated for fuel capacity and consumption, number of torpedoes carried, deck gun characteristics, and durability/survivability.  Conduct monthly partrols to various locations (North Atlantic, Norway, the Arctic, Spain, West Africa, etc.) from 1939 through 1942 and try and achieve the most tonnage sunk you can, without being sunk yourself.  In each patrol, you wiill sail to your area of operation... conduct daily patrols/searches...if you have an encounter, decide when/if to attack (watch out for escorts)... if you attack, perform the attack sequence and launch torpedoes, or use your deck gun. When fuel starts to run low, or your boat has accumulated too much damage, you can sail back to port for refit and rest, before beginning your next patrol.  Sink at least 100,000 tons of allied shipping in your career and earn for yourself the coveted Kinight's Cross.

This Minden Battlegame book (Volume 11) emphasizes high playability combined with authentic historicity to produce a game that plays quickly but retains a strong historical and authentic narrative. As such, U-Boat Captain aims to be your "go to" game for highly playable WW2 submarine action covering the Battle of the Atlantic. The game system often reflects the "risk versus reward" nature of the theater, as it places you in the role of a U-Boat commander, working with your crew to employ good tactics in an effort to sink allied shipping, while avoiding being sunk yourself. 

This Advanced Edition retains the game system as published in Panzerschreck #19, and is fully compatible with it, but it adds new U-Boat types and additional optional rules, providing players with a comprehensive game that covers the war years from 1939 through 1942, the pivotal period of the Battle of the Atlantic.  Can you be a successful U-Boat Captain?

U-Boat Captain, Advanced Ed. is now available in PDF format.  Designer:  Gary Graber.  Publisher:  Minden Games.

June 30, 2023 ver. 1.3: Original Reference Card pages 39-42 of the pdf book have been replaced with pages that are more printer-friendly and easier to read when printed.  The tables themselves have not been modified, they've just been made easier to read.

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April 08, 2023 7:19 pm UTC
Excellent game with a lot of playabilityas well as replayability.

My only crtisism is that for pnp there is a lot of unnessary colour, generally background for text boxes, which is effectively a waste of ink for home printing. I wonder if the publisher would consider a more printer friendly version? Really speaking only the map and counters need to be in colour as the rest would still be fine in B&W
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Robert K January 07, 2023 2:13 am UTC
Does this new advanced rules set make the ones from Panzerschreck #19 obsolete, or redundant?

It seems these cover the same time period.

Any thoughts or house rules/unofficial mods for 1943 - 1945?
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Robert K January 07, 2023 2:04 am UTC
Has the player aids card issue mentioned below been fixed?

I presume it would be a good idea to have the player aid cards if they are offered with the game, but not being able to read them when printed makes them useless.
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eric B August 29, 2022 6:03 pm UTC
Confused about withdraw rules. Range table talks about withdraw using a card draw at medium and long, but the post-combat resolution chart just says to go to detection table ( no mention of range).
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Gary G August 22, 2022 12:21 am UTC
Replacement Reference Card Set is now included in ver. 1.2. These are identical to those found on pages 39-42 of the rules, but are more printer-friendly. If you bought the original PDF edition, email Minden Games and ask for free PDF replacement set. Thanks for your support!
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Joao C June 30, 2023 3:46 pm UTC
Just bought U-Boat_Captain_Adv_-_ver_1.2.pdf but the reference set card in praticply unreadable. Please tell me where to get a better version.
Thank you.
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Gary G July 01, 2023 1:22 am UTC
Hi. Send an email to Minden Games (minden2 @, request the updated Reference Card set, and we'll send a pdf copy to you. Thanks.
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Xavier M May 23, 2022 7:37 am UTC
Interesting. I'll wait for the printed book release.
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Laimonas P May 08, 2022 9:41 pm UTC
Just bought it, haven't played it yet, but seems to be well written as all the other Minden Games. The only problem is the quality of Player Aid cards. They are so blurry it's unreadable if you try to print it.
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Bruce C February 21, 2022 12:13 am UTC
Greetings. I don't want to sound critical, but 16 dollars for a 44 page .pdf seems a little steep...
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Laimonas P February 26, 2022 11:51 pm UTC
It's a very reasonable price for a wargame.
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Perry T December 02, 2022 4:29 pm UTC
Great game plenty of play
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