1985: Mutual Assured Destruction

1985: Mutual Assured Destruction combines 1985: Under an Iron Sky, 1985: Deadly Northern Lights and 1985: Sacred Oil into a single, die-hard, collateral damage inducing campaign codenamed To Shatter The Old World.

Please note that right now 1985: MAD is not a new physical product, but a downloadable add-on. Three different campaigns are included, all having Central Europe as the most important and decisive war theatre:

  • Campaign 1: UAIS + DNL + SO
  • Campaign 2: UAIS + SO
  • Campaign 3: UAIS + DNL

Mutual Assured Destruction also adds new aspects having a significant impact on the conduct of operations. Some examples are:

  • Operation Volgograd: Warsaw Pact must decide among three different mobilisation time schedules, each with its own pros and cons.
  • Strategic Transport Points: Warsaw Pact railroads and heavy lifters capacity, limiting the strategic movement of the troops.
  • Carrier Battlegroups: NATO CVBGs from 1985:DNL are now represented down to the single vessel.
  • NATO Mobilisation: NATO could react to the growing tension by forward deploying and finally mobilising.

Last but not least, the layout has been changed and several rules reorganized using a (hopefully) better logic.

MAD Rules

1985: Mutual Assured Destruction Rules, v32

1985: Mutual Assured Destruction Campaigns, v14

1985: Mutual Assured Destruction Rules, Japanese version 2.0

1985: Mutual Assured Destruction Campaign, Japanese version 2.0

Additional MAD Counters

A dozen new counters have been added:

1985: Mutual Assured Destruction Countersheet, Front

1985: Mutual Assured Destruction Countersheet, Rear


Combined VASSAL module for 1985:UAIS, 1985:DNL and 1985:SO. It can’t get any worse.

Follow this procedure to equip the Mutual Assured Destruction module:

  1. Ensure you are using a compatible VASSAL version (3.7.9 or higher)
  2. Download the 1985:MAD Base Module, version 2
  3. Download the 1985:SO Maps Extension, version 2
  4. Unzip both files in your VASSAL module directory
  5. Install the 1985:MAD Base Module into VASSAL
  6. Install the 1985:SO Maps Extension in the 1985:MAD Base Module