12 January 2013

The Hunters

Like you all I have played many games over the years, and one of my old favourites was a solitaire game called B-17 Queen of the Skies. An Avalon Hill classic from the pre Computer game era, it was a bit of a dice rolling fest at times but a great game it was.  Indeed, if I can recall the tense excitement of trying to land a crippled veteran bird with a wounded crew some 25 years later it has to rate pretty well. So I was excited this week to find that GMT Games is about to publish a U-Boat game (*by Consim Press) in the same style: The Hunters.  Yes, I've pre-ordered!

http://www.gmtgames.com/p-374-the-hunters.aspx
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/113873/the-hunters-german-u-boats-at-war-1939-43
http://www.consimpress.com/news/category/the-hunters


The Hunters is a solitaire tactical level game placing you in command of a German U-boat during WWII. Your mission is to destroy as much Allied Shipping and as many Capital ships as possible while advancing your crew quality and increasing your commander rank culminating in special decoration ‒ all while remembering you have to make it home.
The Hunters is purposely designed to deliver a brisk yet intensive gaming experience that forces many decisions upon you as you will take command among the major German U-boat models in service during WWII, and try to complete an entire tour.
Those familiar with the classic Avalon Hill game title, B-17: Queen of the Skies, will come to enjoy the same type of gaming experience of the German U-boat War. All major U-boat models are accounted for with every level of detail including period of service, armaments, crew make-up, damage capacity, and more.
The Hunters is currently available for preorder through GMT Games (official distributor for Consim Press).
Game contents will comprise:
  • One 1/2 inch full-color counter sheet (140 counters)
  • Rules Booklet with Designer Notes
  • Player Aid Cards
  • U-Boat Patrol Logsheet
  • Four U-Boat Display Mats
  • U-Boat Combat Mat
  • Two 6-sided and two 10-sided dice
  • Boxed
Anticipated release date: January 2013

To read more about real U-Boats and the Atlantic War have a quick look here:
http://www.u-boot-zentrale.de/  (Site in German)

8 comments:

  1. Oooh, that does look good. I was blown away when I saw 'Das Boot', this would scratch an itch.

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    1. A classic movie indeed!

      There are some good post game reports at BGG - sounds like a great game

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  2. Too much cool stuff out there... (sigh)

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    1. True, but that means there is so much more to enjoy too :-)
      We need a blog based wargaming 'bank' to help share the love!!!

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  3. Sounds good. I had fond memories of playing a submarine game on my pc when I was kid but the name escapes me at present.

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  4. Have you ever tried the PC game Silent Hunter III or 5? Totally gripping and imersive, and it would be about $5...

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  5. Solitaire Tactical Level game?
    Sounds interestingly "self-sufficient", but that's a completely new gaming concept to me.
    Any idea how this works?

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