EuroFront 2 FAQ revised

Our announcement of the plans for the release of EuroFront 2 (and Eastfront 2/WestFront 2) have people really excited.

But there are still questions being posed so here is a revised FAQ to try and help folks make their decisions…

And for those who have not heard the EuroFront 2 news, visit:

http://www.columbiagames.com/cgi-bin/query/cfg/zoom.cfg?product_id=3407

Frequently Asked Questions (Revised – new questions at the bottom):

What’s in EastFront 2?
The game contains 2 maps and 130 blocks + labels. The extra 10 blocks are additional troops required by the expanded map area. The game rules have not changed, but some scenarios have minor modifications. Exact details about the parts to this game will be released soon.

What’s in WestFront 2?
The game contains 2 maps and 130 blocks + labels. The extra 10 blocks are additional troops required by the expanded map area. The game rules have not changed, but some scenarios have minor modifications.

What’s in EuroFront 2?
Like EuroFront 1, this product is not a game in itself. The maps and units from Eastfront and Westfront are required. EuroFront contains blocks and labels of all the minor powers in BOTH Axis black and Allied Blue. It also contains all units from the original MedFront game and new units for the NorthFront and Mid East areas. There are also full color OB cards and complete system rules that include revised EuroFront scenarios for 1939-44. The Spanish Civil War game from MedFront will also be part of this game.

UPGRADE PATH: I have all the current games – how do I get just the parts I need to upgrade?

The blocks and boxes from the old games are the only components you can reuse. If you reuse them, you’ll need to buy:

EuroFront 2 $80 (provided you preorder)
4 maps $60 (provided you preorder)
20 blocks $4 (blocks can be purchased in any desired quantity from the bits and pieces page – it is the 20mm size used in these games).
EF labels $10
WF labels $10
TOTAL $164

SAVINGS $ 76 (compared to the cost of preordering all three games new)

NOTE: Our supplier of blocks changed in 2000. Upgrading is only suitable if you bought the games after 2000.

It is our intention to release the three games in as short a time as possible. 500 preorders are not required and we will cease taking preorders as each game goes to press. We are absolutely committed to releasing all three parts. They will be released 1-2 months apart: EastFront, then WestFront, then EuroFront, with the first part being ready this March.

The four maps will all be printed at the same time. These maps are suitable for play right away with EuroFront 1 rules except the new areas will simply be out of play. You can, if desired, get the maps as soon as they are printed, and then follow the upgrade path later without getting the maps again.

I just preordered the three new games, but what will happen with my earlier preorders for the mapset and NorthFront block expansion?

To make sure folks don’t get two copies of the same maps, we have cancelled mapset pre-orders for those who have pre-ordered the new games? However, if you really still want the maps (as a second copy) please advise and we will reinstate your preorder.

We also cancelled all the preorders for the block expansion – these blocks are now in the game EuroFront 2.

People who have not cancelled their mapset preorders because they intend to upgrade as described above, should preorder the EuroFront game to save roughly $20.

Can I delay shipping and receive all three games at once – to save money on shipping?

We are not able to combine GamePlan preorders with free shipping (we’d lose our shirts!)

Will there be a bundle for the three games after they are released?

There will likely be a bundle for the three games with a small discount built in of 5-10%. These games will not be eligble for the “Build Your Own Bundle” offer.

What about the rulebooks?

We anticipate releasing the EastFront 2 and WestFront 2 rulebooks free online. The master EuroFront rules set is going to be released in print only.

Dixie Scenarios

DIXIE HISTORICAL SCENARIOS

The excellent historical scenarios for Dixie and Eagles which employ the entire card sets have been reposted online. They were originally released in the Canadian Wargamers Journal and appear on the Columbia Games website with permission from the editor. Thanks to Jeff Myers for re-creating the diagrams and his editing. The Bull Run and Shiloh scenarios are up now. Gettysburg and Eagles will follow soon.

Bull Run

http://www.columbiagames.com/cgi-bin/query/cfg/zoom.cfg?product_id=3705

Shiloh

http://www.columbiagames.com/cgi-bin/query/cfg/zoom.cfg?product_id=3715

Frederick’s War

FREDERICK’S WAR

Frederick’s War is a new GamePlan offering, designed by Ron Draker. This is a well developed game and a lot of fun to play. We’re looking forward to releasing it and urge folks to preorder now to save 20% and help this game come to fruition.

In 1756, Frederick the Great launched a preemptive strike on Saxony and his archenemy Austria, sparking the Seven Years War and pitting the most powerful countries of Europe against the fledgling state of Prussia. Frederick’s gamble nearly destroyed Prussia, but a few stunning victories over numerically superior forces, many delaying actions, British gold, and the timely death of Tsarina Elizabeth of Russia saved Prussia and ensured Frederick’s place in history as a great general.

Frederick’s War recreates the fierce struggle for mastery of Central Europe. Using the well-proven, card-driven action system (Hammer of the Scots, Liberty, Crusader Rex), the game showcases the importance of maneuver, fortresses, sieges, supply, and the potentially costly option of winter campaigning. The countries of Prussia, Austria, France, Russia, and Sweden are represented with units for leaders and artillery, heavy and light infantry, cavalry, Cossacks, and fortresses.

http://www.columbiagames.com/cgi-bin/query/cfg/zoom.cfg?product_id=3241

Crusader Rex review

I just read a nice review of Crusader Rex posted on Strategy Zone online by Johnny Wilson.

http://www.strategyzoneonline.com/articles.php?p=652&page=1&cat=52