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1985 Series – Overview Video

Theatre Commander Fredrik Voss prepared an informative report covering several important operational and strategic aspects of the 1985 series!

For this commendable effort, he will be awarded with the Order of Lenin by the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during the forthcoming Victory Parade, date still to be defined.

No matter if you have been fighting for days on the Central Front, you’ve just debarked at Bodø, or you are entrenched at Bandar Abbas, take a look at this video and increase your chance to survive the ordeal!

In case enemy electronic warfare is blocking the direct access to YouTube, use this link.

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The Fate of All – The Anabasis of the First Three Months

Your humble scribe offers you an account of the first three months of Alexandros’ campaign in the lands of the eastern barbarians. I hope my prose will give justice to the heroic deeds and the strange events I’ve witnessed, and will please both the Gods and the King.

This After-Action Report uses standard text for the narrative sections, and black on grey text for historical notes and rules-related comments. In this playtest session I’ve followed as much as possible the historical events, in order to test the rules against actual, documented facts. Therefore, don’t be surprised if some decisions or moves aren’t exactly smart. Also, please note that I will try to keep rules explanation to a bare minimum, in order to leave more space to the narrative.

You may find a detailed description of the upcoming “The Fate of All” at this link… And remember to reserve your spot in Perdiccas’ Phalanx by sending a Votive Tablet to info@TRLGames.com !

April, 334 BCE (Olympiad 111 Year 3)

The Persians, probably alerted by spies about the incoming invasion, have already mobilised forces from the Anatolian Satrapies: Lydia, Hellespontic Phrygia, Greater Phrygia, Paphlagonia, Karia and Kappadokia. The Great King also starts moving from Persepolis to Babylon, but he is confident that his Satraps’ army will be more than enough to stop the young, impudent Macedonian King. After all, they already defeated Parmenion’s advance guard using only a fraction of their available forces.

The Satrapal armies start assembling at Kyzikos, offering plenty of supply from foraging and from requisitions in the city. A fully loaded Baggage Train is also available for any eventuality, and a small infantry force is left at Halikarnassos, to be used both as garrison and as expeditionary force once the assembled fleet will reach the Aegean.

In the spring of 334 BCE, the Anatolian Satraps had been fighting a 10,000 men strong expeditionary force led by Parmenion for almost two years, defeating it in battle at Magnesia with a smaller army and retaking most of the territory initially seized by the Greeks. As a consequence, they were probably quite confident about their chances to stop Alexander quickly.

A donation of 4 Talents is also made to the Spartan King Agis III, to help him seeing the advantages of Persian friendship and support. The Lakedaimons are the last independent military power in Greece, and they could attempt to restore their role in the Hellenic world if they see a chance. The donation is well accepted.

In 332 – 331 BCE, after long consultations with Persian envoys, Agis III finally mobilised the Spartan army and declared war on Macedonia, while at the same time a revolt erupted in the Macedonian province of Thrake. Both were short-lived, as the Macedonian regent Antipater used money received from Alexandros to “make peace” with the Thracian rebels, reinforce his army, and decisively defeat the Spartans at the battle of Megalopolis. Despite this conclusion, the possibility of the Spartan and Thracian revolts are a powerful instrument to keep the Macedonian faction off-balance.

The Opening Persian Moves in the Aegean, April 334 BCE
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Interpreting the Oracle – Part One

Ancient History has always been my other passion, and when I decided that a break was needed after 6 years of NATO vs Warsaw Pact, I had no doubts on the next subject: Alexander the Great, and his legendary campaign against the Achaemenid empire.

To my surprise, I discovered that the more you dig in Alexander’s history, the less certainties you have. This made the research phase even more interesting to me, as collecting and verifying data wasn’t enough: A real interpretation effort was needed.

Let’s see what I mean in practical terms. What follow is the first part of a work-in-progress diary detailing some interesting facts, evaluations, and decisions we encountered during development. As I said, in most cases uncertainty reigns sovereign, and the “most accepted theory” was followed – or in its absence, the most plausible one.

And remember, the Gods observe and judge your deeds. Send a Votive Tablet to info@TRLGames.com to reserve your place in Perdiccas’ Phalanx!

The four maps of The Fate of All, in very low resolution
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Play? I Ain’t Got Time to Play.


BREAK BREAK BREAK

SITREP 20230705 1631ZT:

1. 1985:Under an Iron Sky resisted the enemy assault for 23 minutes, 1985:Sacred Oil heroically stood for 60 minutes. There are no survivors.
2. US POMCUS for Less Than 60 Miles 2nd Echelon has been overran.
3. The remaining copies of  Less Than 60 Miles 2nd Echelon will be shipped from FRANCE.

END


Since Thin Red Line Games started, I’ve had this insane habit to keep some copies in “strategic reserve” for any eventuality: SACEUR asking one to decorate his office, sudden collapse of the frontline, conventions….you never know!

This kind of behaviour has been sometime criticized, as just a few days after you’ve paid 400 bucks for a 1985:Under an Iron Sky copy on the private market, I suddenly announce that there’s “some reserve copies available”…Of course, at 4AM in your time zone.

In short, I’m a pain in the ass…and here’s another chance to prove it beyond any possible doubt! Sorry for that 🙂

I’ve finally realized that the time I can dedicate to conventions is very limited, so there’s no point in keeping several copies aside for similar events. Therefore, I’ve just committed the following to the FEBA:

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The Fate of All – Ares is Watching

For several months we’ve kept Thin Red Line Games next project hidden. The only details shared publicly were the operation codename (HADES EMBRACE) and the secrecy level (NATO COSMIC SECRET, an official NATO term no matter how ridiculous it sounds). 

One month ago, some details have been disclosed on my personal blog. Now, the Auguries have determined that it is time to fully reveal the Will of the Gods.

Touch the mosaic below to know more, or enter this room. And don’t forget to send a Votive Tablet to info@TRLGames.com to reserve your place in the Phalanx!

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NATO WIN23 – Aftermath

As you maybe know, Thin Red Line Games (err, me!) is just back from Rome where I’ve attended the Wargaming Initiative NATO 2023 (WIN23).

This was my first time as part of such a high-level event, so it took me the whole first day to get over the “Shock & Awe” effect, with some precious help from the French and Italian expeditionary forces there….Thank you guys 🙂

In short, it was a blast. During the plenary meetings I’ve learned a lot about NATO ACT (Allied Command Transformation) and its approach to the present and future challenges. Several things, including the position of ACT in NATO’s hierarchy, were quite new to me.

And of course, we had wargames! The schedule was densely packed and the time short, particularly when you have a demo to run and a lot of “networking” activity, so I was able to explore only the tip of the iceberg but I had a lot of fun commanding the Iraqi Special Forces in an urban fight against the Insurgents, well led by a couple of French Officers. In the end, our Iraqi Security Forces lost horribly after a disastrous disengagement and a strike with chemical weapons previously hidden in some kebab shop of the old city (“The best Mustard Kebab in Iraq! Try it, and you’ll never go for anything else!”).

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Charles S. Roberts Awards 2022

Once again, we have a Charles S. Roberts Award Nominee!

Die Festung Hamburg has been nominated in the Best Hypothetical Wargame category, thus joining its brothers in arms in the C3 Series: Less Than 60 Miles (2019 Nominee) and The Dogs of War (2021 Nominee).

A big thank you to the C3 community, who made the series more and more visible and acknowledged, and to the CSR Board of Governors for the honour.

And if you want to taste the bitterness of modern operational warfare, a few copies of Less Than 60 Miles – 2nd Echelon are still available!


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Less Than 60 Miles – DEFCON 1

Less Than 60 Miles, the first C3 module covering the Warsaw Pact offensive in the Fulda Gap, is now at DEFCON 1.

This second echelon is more an update than a simple reprint. Here’s a summary of the main changes:

  • Rules updated with the most recent changes introduced by The Dogs of War and Die Festung Hamburg.
  • Counters with the most used Posture on the back side, minimizing the need for Posture markers.
  • Revised NATO OOB, representing West German III Corps as a separate high-level Command.
  • Revised mobilisation rules for West German Teilaktiv battalions and Heimatschutz brigades.
  • Update of several US battalion designations, more exactly pinning the transition from the Combat Arms Regimental System to the US Army Regimental System.
  • Several changes to the Warsaw Pact OOB, from Soviet Army-level independent tank regiments to East German pure tank regiments.
  • Several small but significant changes to the map and scenarios.
  • An expanded Field Manual 02-002 Battlefield Operations, covering Operational Procedures and Operational Planning. Start reading it immediately, before it’s too late.

CENTAG needs YOU to stop the communist hordes!

Read a more detailed SITREP HERE

Immediately acquire the new Equipment HERE

Watch the latest developments below. Ensure your communication equipment is turned ON.