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1985: Deadly Northern Lights VASSAL

The VASSAL Module for 1985: Deadly Northern Lights is finally here!

Being a monster game, we have a monster module. Due to size and security measures, we had to create zip files containing zip files. Follow these steps to create the module and start your Scandinavian campaigns:

1. Download the two parts of the module:

2. Unzip the two files in the same directory. This will create two files named 1985 DNL.zip and 1985 DNL.z01

3. Unzip the 1985 DNL.zip file. This will create the final 1985 DNL.vmod module by combining the zip and z01 files.

A big thanks to our Combat Engineer John Rainey, to our lead playtester Dominik Häufler and to the others who made this possible!

EDIT 20201113 ZT: Module has been updated to version 1.01, adding a die roll button and squashing a couple of minor bugs. You will need the latest version of VASSAL to use it.

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1985: Deadly Northern Lights VASSAL Playtest

Sweden and NATO – 23 years down the road
  • Do you enjoy cold water and sub-arctic climate?
  • Do you crave for spending whole days inside a converted civilian ferry that could be sunk any time by a Soviet Kilo submarine?
  • Your idea of a wonderful weekend is being stranded on a Norwegian cliff surrounded by 4000 Russian trying to kill you?
  • Do you own 1985: Deadly Northern Lights?

If you’ve answered YES to all of the above, then 1985: Deadly Northern Lights VASSAL playtest is for you!
You will test the Order of Battle and the module functions, and if you are really bold you could also be enlisted for preparing one or more scenario setup.

AFNORTH needs YOU! Enlist by writing to info@TRLGames.com!

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Brezhnev Took Afghanistan, Begin Took Beirut…

….and COVID took the Wargaming Conventions.
As there will be no conventions in the foreseeable future, we decided to send to the front the strategic reserve of copies kept until now for conventions usage. In plain terms, this means:

As a side note, 1985: Under an Iron copies are now moving to the distribution points….Europe shipping should begin next week, US and Canada could take a little longer as they have to traverse the North Atlantic SLOC.

Oh well that’s it….The Convention Is Dead, Long Live to the Convention!

SITREP 20200730 1300 ZT: Following the tradition of the previous offensives, this one too was fast and bloody. 1985:DNL copies are gone, but stay tuned in the next few days for the fifty 1985:UAIS ones!

SITREP 20200804 1836 ZT: The 50 remaining copies of 1985: Under an Iron Sky – Third Echelon are now available on the product page!

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1985: Deadly Northern Lights Players’ Gallery

Here’s a gallery of the Grognards reporting from the AFNORTH Front!
Thanks to everybody for supporting us in what has probably been our biggest endeavor until now.

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1985:DNL Living Rules!

The first version of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights Living Rules is out!

Some interesting additions are Naval Bombardment and a more tricky GIUK External Front, plus other minor fixes – Check out the List of Changes for a complete overview. There’s also a small errata regarding two errors on the map and an omission in the scenario booklet….sorry for that 🙁

You may find the files on the 1985: Deadly Northern Lights page, or download them directly here:

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