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Today makes this faux variant hurt even more.
We all have cool stories, some of us had relatives who actually served during World War II. Some of us even had those relatives see us play the game, perhaps even bought it for us. Mr Harris writes in every A&A game about how his Father, who served in The War, inspired him to create this historic game that has brought so much joy, competition & arguments to each of our play groups.
Smearing of all things the zombie fad on our beloved game is a weak brand management call. Que the “its acquisition” and “well, see if you have a brand castle you must make a boat extension…” or “the only way to make it grow is to bring in new people” apologists.
This is nonsense. Its hasbrah-wizardz, owners of MtG and they can get eyeballs on a friggin Emoji Axis & Allies variant if they wanted to. Hell, being the Lords of Dungeons & Dragons you’d think they could parouse the MM and do better than this, I mean is Rick even still in walkin dead? How many zombie games are there? And the great Axis & Allies has to perform this weird dance?! Shameful.
The Anniversary Edition, A&A 1942, Pacific 1940, Europe 1940, A&A 1941, A&A 1942 2nd Ed and the 1940 2nd Eds had little to zero marketing & advertising. The outdated website had only scant information in the form of a sell sheet or something akin to that. There was never in store posters or flyers or anything… There was never an official Axis & Allies presence at GenCon let alone the other shows (no slight on the wonderful community & tournament organizers you know who you are BRAVO to all of you)…
Still the Brand was kind of reborn with Anniversary Edition as wotcs first attempt was also a fail - Axis & Allies Revised. To this day the ugliest sku they made amirite? Good Christ Anniversary was a revelation! Still, Revised was the first new updated version of Axis & Allies 1984 (Pacific & Europe being theater games - both awesome, especially Europe) and they undoubtably moved a shit ton of them. Goddamn I hope the digital effort I see isnt using that board look - its fucking awful whats up with the x-ray corn flakes floating around the oceans?
Anyways if that thing sold and if this non-Larry-Harris-kitch-trend-acquisition-device sells reasonably, which it prolly does cuz wotc reasons, then there could have been some other variant created by Harris. How about A&A 1939? Start the godamn game when the Hun rolled into Polska. Maybe go further back to like 1936 and have the Nations be able to begin things in different places than they did. Perhaps A&A 1946 - Stalins USSR is out of control and the Allies must stop them. Or if there must be a row boat brand extension keep it in the moat and do say a “Fortress Allies” where only the US stands and is being invaded - yeah like that Amerika game but better. Anyways they ripped off A&A & Fortress so why not.
I understand if some people love the variant, and certainly understand the designers just trying to offer something new and interesting (although cards in A&A makes me shudder), but they could have done way better and I still can’t accept hasbrah-wizardz turning my Grampas into 2 hit dice D&D undead. Especially today.
RE: I Think Joshua From "War Games" Said It Best….
I think they should have gone for a bigger swing. I mean they control D&D where is the D&D A&A? Even if D&D players dont bite en mass, a well done fantasy area movement game is in order. With the world of D&D at thier disposal they could release a whole string of games! How about this:
A&A Europe 1940 chasis (box, board, internal boxes)
-new dice debut D4, D8, D10, D12, D20 of course
-new sculpts for 6 “nations”
-7 base unit types w special abilities etc
-6 nation specific special units w sa etc
Maybe leverage the wonderful sculpts Wizkids has been doing - print them in smaller scale, use Greyhawk or Forgotten Realms…
You could launch army boxes in waves or maybe just do so with another game depicting a different area I dunno. Make it on the Global board, that would be great.
And dont go all “Axis & Allies is too complicated and loong…” goddamn WotC been sayin that shit for years as they over see game slike D&D and MAGIC LOL…
Let Larry Harris go nuts with the whole D&D universe at his fingertips, it will sell out.
RE: Subjective Complaints about AAZ (Zombies are stupid thread)
How many zombie themed games are out there anyways? Arent they a bit late to the party I mean Walking Dead is in like Seaosn 8!
RE: WAR ROOM - New Larry Harris Game
Here is another option for War Roomery - when playing on this old girl there will be no #Rage_Spins or #Chit_Sprays as she might not be able to take the rage fueled RPMs.
Drawers have plenty of space for all the chits, D12s and pencils. Think there are 6 drawers, wait how many players is War Room anyhoo?
RE: WAR ROOM - New Larry Harris Game
Ya ya - when you War Room Rage Quit its a spin of some nature, we gotta coin a term:
War Room Rage Spin
Rage Quit Spin
War Room Quit Spin
Re the Lazy Susan issue, I may have discovered the answer to all our War Room dreams, its an antique leather top rotating/lazy susan drum table!
RE: Italian Units (Somewhat) Confirmed
This is an old image - in the middle compartment one can clearly see a Carro Armato 13-40 in the upper right hand corner. Right off its nose is the old German Cruiser sculpt with the squared off stern. To the right of the stern of the Cruiser is the old Japanese Artillery sculpt. Didn’t even take a new shot! They won’t lift a finger!
Does anyone know if it will come with clamps to hold the boards in place?
RE: Anniversary edition reprint announced at Origins?
I heard the whole print run is numbered - can anyone confirm? So are they adding a sense of scarcity/limited edition-ness to this item if its true?
And hey weren’t Cruisers in the original Anniversary Edition? If so why does the Amazon description make it sound like they are a new sculpt/thing?
Does any A&A bro know if the Italian tanks are gonna be Carro Armato 13/40s like in the original release? They better not be Pantherz again - just wrong.