I have just been challenged to play this game by an anglophile who will certainly insist on playing Churchill, His Most Quotable Expectancy.
The fun part about playing World War Two games is that everyone secretly wants to be the Germans at squad to division level games, but the guys who really want to win always opt for playing the allies, because it’s like being the good guy in a movie—getting your ass kicked and then inevitably winning.
The fellow that designed this game, Mark Herman, is the best in the field—by far. The average age of simulation tabletop gamers is now over 50, so he will probably also be the last. If you have not played a game of this type, they really help you understand things from the perspective of the antagonists.
Note, that this grand strategic game gives away the fact that WWII was not in any way competitive, or ever in doubt from a global perspective. The only question was who would come out looking better: the Soviets or the Americans? While there are many games depicting close fought battles that could have gone either way, at the level of the major heads of state, the Axis powers were nothing more than the Globalist Thanksgiving roast beast that had been laid upon the table of destiny, with Churchill eying the great smoking carcass with an olive fork, while Uncle Joe Stalin sharpened his butcher knife, and that rich Yankee faggot in the wheelchair had Ford Motors busy adapting a chainsaw that could be handled by the wait staff…
I’m a Joe Stalin fan myself. However, you have to love Churchill, who famously quipped that the Royal Navy was kept together “by rum, buggery and the lash,” and once wrote a poem about shooting Islamic negroes in the head with an automatic pistol from the back of a horse—which he actually did while taking part in the relief of Khartoum!
Note, that in the unit and marker setup phase about 14 minutes in, that the German Navy does not even get a marker—a sure sign that you are not a global force. The thing I like about this game design the most is that it confirms my long-standing suspicion that the War’s outcome being in doubt was something that only existed in the mythological realm, not the geopolitical one. Any member of the German General Staff could have run some industrial production and manpower mobilization calculations in an afternoon and known without a doubt that there cause was doomed back in 1937. Which begs the question: were the Nazis stupid, or insane?
Note: for those of you interested in the Middle East, take note of those two clandestine British influence markers in the Middle East and Persia. I think they represent the college graduates with a pencil, paper, and a bottle of gin that drew the map of that region at the end of WWI.
My pet rule is the Soviet general staff character who get to send other generals to the gulag!
Another thing to love about this hobby, is it is the last place other than boxing where racist assumptions are still tolerated in the public sphere, for, at such a scale, "national characteristics" really matter.