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1985: Deadly Northern Lights – Second Echelon

At 20220402 2251 ZT, DEFCON 3 has been declared for the Second Echelon of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights. Report for Duty by writing to INFO@TRLGAMES.COM if not yet enlisted.

1985: Deadly Northern Lights covers the Warsaw Pact offensive against the Nordic countries during the dramatic events of World War Three. Norway, Sweden, Finland and insular Denmark are in the cross-hair, facing the full might of Northern Fleet, Baltic Fleet and two Soviet Military Districts.

Basic information about the operation can be found at this link. In addition, this Second Echelon will be equipped with several updates and changes listed below.

Lines of Communication Map

The old LOC Charts have been replaced by the LOC Map used in 1985: Sacred Oil,  covering the whole globe and allowing:

  • A more realistic handling of the reinforcements, both for NATO and Warsaw Pact. 
  • A full integration with the Mutual Assured Destruction combined campaign, using two or more 1985 modules.

Operational Map Revision

The operational maps have been updated and the colours used for some terrains has been changed to make them easier to identify.

NATO Airbase of Bodø and Surrounding Areas

New Counters Layout

The counters have been updated using the layout introduced with 1985: Sacred Oil, with additional changes to cover specific aspects of the Northern Europe war theatre.

Sample Counters
Larger Counters Sample. Everybody loves A-10s.

Additional Counters

Additional counters to fully integrate with the other modules and with the 1985: Mutual Assured Destruction combined campaign:

  • Single ships for USN Carrier Battlegroups
  • USN Algol Class Fast Sealift Ships
  • NATO Atlantic Convoys

Updated Rules and Scenarios

The updated rules include the changes introduced by 1985: Sacred Oil, and the updated scenarios make full use of the new rules and LOC Map.
Last but not least, both booklets have a new layout and have been reorganized using a (hopefully) more logical order.

Rules Layout Sample

52 thoughts on “1985: Deadly Northern Lights – Second Echelon

  1. Will an update kit be available for those with the original?

  2. Updaye kit please

  3. Is there a special price for the owners of the original game .

    1. Sorry, no update kit – With our small print runs and the recent increase of the paper cost the price would be simply ludicrous – probably only a little lower than a new, complete copy.
      We’ll release the key updated components as free, downloadable print-and-play.

      1. Thank you, that will work for me!

  4. Yes I too would be interested in getting the updated materials, if possible without buying the whole game again!

  5. Did the dice change?

    1. Nope, the usual German-made, loaded dice are included 😀

  6. How do I make sure not to miss this?!?!?!

  7. Count me in! Coded message transmitted on secure channel.

    Out.

  8. How to I order one of DNL second echelon?

  9. ETA when we can order?

  10. Kidding aside, Fab, you’ve hinted/joked/mentioned about a mega-combo, three-game set. Is that going to be a real thing or was that a joke?

    1. I always took it as a promise. 🙂

    2. The printed, three-game 1985: Mutual Assured Destruction combo is something I would like to have sooner or later…..but don’t hold your breath, and as I’ve already said an F-35 squadron will be probably cheaper.

  11. Just take my money, already!

  12. Email sent, I can’t wait

  13. Hi Fab,

    Great news!! Any release date decided? I would be interested in the new echelon edition too.

    Mo

    1. Mo, the printing should start next week….I’d say we’ll need at least one month before being combat-ready.

      1. Thanks Fab! Very excited as I missed the first round. Please add me for purchase of the second echelon version. Cheers!

        Mo

  14. Definitely would like to be in the purchase of Deadly Northern lights, somehow missed the boat first time it was published.

  15. Interested!!!

  16. Hi,
    Please also enlist me for a copy of Deadly Northern lights.

  17. Hi,
    Please enlist me for a copy of Deadly Northern lights too.

  18. Fabio, Do I need to send a seperate email to order a copy, or will the email I sent you a couple of years ago when I said “I’ll take one of everything” still get me a seperate copy of 2nd Echelon?

  19. Ok no update kit but a print and play set of new stuff to be released. That is good, and I will look for it!

    Another thought would be just to offer a complete set of the new counters as that seems to be the biggest change and hardest to do (LOC I have, rules I can print, map is fine to me). Would that be doable, or would those alone approach the price if the whole game?

    1. The changes to the counters are not so decisive to justify that, and the cost would be too high anyway.

      1. I thought it might be, but never hurts to ask! The new stuff is what I really want, and as long as I can get that from the download you speak of, it’s all good!

  20. Please add me for purchase of the second echelon version (V2.0).
    Cheers!

  21. Hi,

    I’m new in the “team Red Line” and very interested in the Deadly Northern Lights Second Echelon.
    It seems being to late for Sacred Oil, but can you enlist me for 1 copy of Deadly Northern Lights Second Echelon ? I would be very happy beginning to cross the red line with this game.

  22. I sent an email some time ago. To say it again, I’m in.

    1. Yep Tony, you’re in the Order of Battle…Keep your arctic boots ready 🙂

  23. I have the first edition of UAIS and I just got Sacred Oil. I’m on the list for DNL second echelon. The 3 games even if different editions can still be played together?

    1. Yep! The latest 1985: Mutual Assured Destruction kit is what you need:
      https://trlgames.com/2022/03/10/1985-mutual-assured-destruction-2/

  24. Please reserve a copy for me of Deadly Northern Lights second Echelon. Thanks.

  25. Is it too late to order 2nd echelon of Deadly Northern Lights

  26. Please sign me up for the 2nd echelon of Deadly Norther Lights
    Robert Martin

  27. Please include me, as well, on your list for the 2nd Echelon of Deadly Northern Lights!

  28. Yes good news, I am interested in Deadly Northern lights , second echelon.

    1. I’m afraid we have reached our maximum number of reserved copies, as announced a few days ago on our Facebook page…..
      But do not despair! Reserved copies are kept aside for a limited period, after which any remaining copy can be grabbed by anyone. So, subscribe to the TRLGames site, keep an eye on the DEFCON 1 announcement and act fast 🙂

      1. Please try really
        to put aside one copy for me , I have sacred oil and under an iron sky , I just miss this one
        Thank you

  29. Deadly Northern Lights – 2nd Edition: Reporting for Duty. Any trade in options for my as yet pristine 1st edition copy?

    1. Been following this with great interest.
      I am happy to just print off extra and replacement counters for my original three 1985 series games.
      I am unusual in that I use the games as reference tools rather than wargames. They are of such high quality.
      I would be happy to purchase decent counters to add to the old games but printing off paper copies from your site is a lot cheaper for me if you are happy to keep providing them.

      1. Sure thing! The updated parts will be available on our site after the DEFCON 1 declaration:)

  30. Hi
    Count me in – I also somehow missed this first time round to my great regret.

    1. I’m afraid we have reached our maximum number of reserved copies, as announced a few days ago on our Facebook page…..
      But do not despair! Reserved copies are kept aside for a limited period, after which any remaining copy can be grabbed by anyone. So, subscribe to the TRLGames site, keep an eye on the DEFCON 1 announcement and act fast 🙂

  31. Are we at DEFCON 2.5 yet? The wait is killing me 🙂

    1. Yes, DEFCON 2.5 could be a good approximation 😀

  32. Really wanting to get a copy of DNL (first or second release, first or second hand). Please put me on any appropriate list to receive notifications of them becoming available!

    1. I’m afraid we have reached our maximum number of reserved copies, as announced a few days ago on our Facebook page…..
      But do not despair! Reserved copies are kept aside for a limited period, after which any remaining copy can be grabbed by anyone. So, subscribe to the TRLGames site, keep an eye on the DEFCON 1 announcement and act fast 🙂

  33. Bonjour
    le jeux est il disponible est ce possible de le commander
    Merci de votre réponse

    1. Hi Stephane,
      the module will be available in one – two months, but you may reserve a copy right now by writing to info@TRLGames.com.
      More info on our mobilisation process can be found at this link:
      https://trlgames.com/mobilization-plan-aka-new-products-and-reprints/

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