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Matrix Games PC Game Commander-Europe at War

Commander-Europe at War Available from Matrix Games at www.matrixgames.com (Originally written and showed on mataka (dot) ORG in February 2009) The successful invasion of Europe by the Allies commenced in October of 1942, seems outlandish? Well in this corps level simulation, it is possible. This game has scenarios for each year of the war starting with 1939. In the 1939 scenario the game begins with the German invasion of Poland, just as in real-life history. The game then progresses to the invasion of France and the Low Countries. If you are playing the Allied side, your hands are basically tied.…

Scale 75 Latest Releases May 2015 – Steam Wars Series, Going West, Smog Riders 35mm, Dr. Morsiarty and Kelly Kraken, and Complements, Paintkiller (Paint Remover)

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Scale 75 Latest Releases May 2015 To view a PDF of all of Scale 75’s New Releases for May 2015 CLICK HERE……. (Please tell them you saw their Press Release on Mataka (dot) ORG. Thank you Steam Wars Series Going West Price Kit: 330 € + IVA Painted kit: 1.500 € + IVA Availability: In Stock Product: SSP-008 Steam War Series Nancy Steelpunch Price Kit: 41.32 € + IVA Painted Kit: 200 € + IVA Availability: In Stock Product: SSP-009 Price Kit: 41.32€ + IVA Painted Kit: 200.00€ + IVA Smog Riders 35mm Dr. Morsiarty Price kit: 12.39 € +…

Slitherine Announces PC Games, Order of Battle Pacific and Sovereignty

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THE THIN RED LINE Order of Battle: Pacific is breath of fresh air for all wargamers. It looks great, it adds a vast array of gameplay innovations and it is set in a beautifully crafted world. It is a game that takes wargaming to a new level by upgrading every single game element and rebooting the genre for a new generation of players. Detailed terrain, cool animations, and a slick interface, all within a traditional setting and with the elements that are familiar to experienced players – Order of Battle: Pacific follows in the footsteps of all time classics, such…

Casemate New Releases for May 2nd 2015

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Greetings! The newest titles available from Casemate Publishers are here! Check out all of the great releases covering subjects including World War II, Aviation, Ancient History, and more below. Casemate Now Available in Paperback Shanghai 1937 Stalingrad on the Yangtze Peter Harmsen In the voluminous literature on World War II, few books treat the Sino-Japanese War, and few of those are accessible to non-specialists. Thankfully, seasoned East Asian correspondent Peter Harmsen has written an engrossing study that goes far to fill the gap in the historiography of a neglected theater of operations and the first large-scale urban battle of the…

Osprey Publishing Hitler’s Elite The SS 1939 – 45

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HITLER’S ELITE The SS 1939-45 Edited by Chris McNab Available from Osprey Publications for $40.00 Please tell them that you read the review at Mataka (dot) ORG. This book presents the reader with the history of the SchutzStaffel. the infamous SS. The SS started as a personal bodyguard for Adolf Hitler. This bodyguard was recruited from hand-picked members of the SA under Ernst Rohem. The original bodyguard evolved into a larger body of troops as the Nazi Party grew in power and notoriety. When Heinrich Himmler was made head of the SS and the Police services, the SS began its…

Decision Games Strategy and Tactics (S&T) Press Briefing Room

WW42 Preview Article Sample Field Marshal von Rundstedt in Normandy By Gilberto Villahermosa Born in 1875 and commissioned into the infantry in 1892, Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstedt came from the Prussian aristocracy and was a model officer. A graduate of the prestigious Kriegsakademie (War Academy), he served as a staff officer on both the eastern and western fronts, and he rose to the rank of chief of staff of a corps during the First World War. He was twice recommended for the Pour Le Mérite, Prussia’s highest decoration. After the war he was retained in the Reichswehr, the armed…

Matrix Games Newsletter Latest News On Brother Against Brother and Sovereignty

THE MOST DETAILED ACW WARGAME Take some of the most popular early ACW battlefields and the most passionate and talented game developer, add a perfect blend of strategic and tactical depth and never-seen-before attention to detail. This is Brother Against Brother, a game that will blow you away for its impressive accuracy and the challenging gameplay.If you call yourself a true wargamer, this is a game that you will love to bits!Check out the product page, press feedback and gameplay videos now! GET IT NOW HELP US REACH THE TOPSovereignty is out on Steam Early Access and we need your…

Modiphius Announces Writers and Artists Join the Team to work on Robert E Howard’s Conan

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 Major Writers & Artists Announced! Hi there, Modiphius has been continuing the quest to assemble one of the greatest ever teams to work on CONAN – Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of! We can now announce that we’ve added legendary Conan artist Ken Kelly (Robert E. Howard covers for Berkley and Tor, Eerie, Creepy and Vampirella for Warren magazines) and Dark Horse regular Tomas Giorello (Conan The Cimmerian, King Conan, 2013 Robert E. Howard Foundation Award for Artistic Achievement) to the team who’ll be creating the stunning covers for the Conan books. They join other greats including Sanjulian, Carl Critchlow, Mark Schultz,…

Collins Epic Wargames – FRONTLINE GENERAL ITALIAN CAMPAIGN INTRODUCTION

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FRONTLINE GENERAL ITALIAN CAMPAIGN INTRODUCTION Designed by Collins Epic Wargames For additional information on Frontline General CLICK HERE (This review was originally published on Mataka (dot) org in June 2008) After the conclusion of the North African Campaign, it was decided to invade Italy. This was done to sooth the irate Russians who demanded the Allies open “the second front” in Europe. The Allies decided to invade the “soft underbelly” of Europe to appease the Russians and in an effort to drive the Italians out of the war. Sicily was invaded on July 10th, 1943 and the last Germans were…

Osprey Publishing’s HITLER’S EAGLES The Luftwaffe 1933-45

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HITLER’S EAGLES The Luftwaffe 1933-45 By Chris McNab For additional information on Hitler’s Eagles CLICK HERE (This review was originally published on mataka (dot) ORG in June 2013) This profusely illustrated volume traces the history of the Luftwaffe from its inception in 1933, until its demise in 1945. The author has divided the book up into eight chapters. The first of these, The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe, traces the history of the German Air service from its inception as a clandestine organization in defiance of the Versailles treaty. The Luftwaffe began its life as the sport gliding clubs…

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Osprey Publishing’s New Vanguard 173 French Tanks of World War I

French Tanks of World War I By Steven J. Zaloga Illustrated by Tony Bryan Review Originally published on January 9, 2011 This 48 page book is number 173 in Osprey’s “New Vanguard” series. The Contents of this Book are; Introduction; The Tactical Challenge; Into Combat; An Elephant on the Legs of a Gazelle; The Light Tank Idea; Bureaucratic Delays; PETAIN’S OR PETAIM’S Reforms; Renault Unit Organization; Facing the Challenge; The Final Offensive; Plan 1919; Further Reading-Unpublished documents, articles and books; Index The author begins by saying how the two original French tanks, the St-Chamond and Schneider CA, were flawed. He…

Matrix Games Legion Arena

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Legion Arena Available from Matrix Games at www.Matrixgames.com First Reviewed on Mataka (dot) ORG on January 24th 2009. This game, designed in cooperation with Slitherine Games places you in the role of the Commanding General of a force of Roman Era troops. Dependent upon your victories you can amass an army ranging from Peasant levies to Roman Praetorians and Legion veterans (Triari). You begin your adventure playing a Princeling of the Latin tribes, this is the Tutorial Campaign. After a couple of battles against the Roman “forces”, you are informed that your Uncle has killed your father and gone over to…

Osprey Publishing’s George S. Patton Command Series Book 3

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George S. Patton Written by Steven J. Zaloga Illustrated by Steve Noon This paperback book is 64 pages in length and is number 3 in Osprey’s ‘Command’ series of books. Steven Zaloga writes about George S. Patton, the most famous US Commander of World War II. He examines this iconic figures’ life from his early years to his life after the war. This 64 page book reads like an analysis of Patton: his training methods, his insistence on traditional military discipline in the ranks, his command and leadership abilities and the controversies that have made him one of the most…

2015 MosquitoCon 24, April 4, 2015

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2015 MosquitoCon 24 April 4, 2015 On April 4th 2015 MosquitoCon 24 was held at the Wayne PAL Center in Wayne, NJ. This was the first hobby show that I was able to attend in about 6 months and it was a pleasure to attend. Being handicapped it was difficult maneuvering through the isles but it was well worth it to view the excellent work that was on display. To see the pictures of the show and all the great model planes, ships, cars and figures: CLICK HERE

GMT Games releases 3 New Boxed Games – Ukraine ‘43 (2nd Edition), Normandy 44 (2nd Edition), 1914 Serbien muß sterbien

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GMT Games releases 3 New Boxed Games First Look Ukraine ‘43 (2nd Edition) – Normandy 44 (2nd Edition) – 1914 Serbien muß sterbien Ukraine ’43 (2nd Edition) (Tanken from the back side of the box.) Less than two weeks after the Kursk Offensive on August 3rd 1943 the Soviets launched a massive offensive near Kharkov that ripped the German line apart. The ensuing battle began their summer offensive that would take them across the Ukraine to the Dnieper River. During August the two sides were equally -matched and a tremendous war of attrition raged from Kharkov to the Sea of…

Matrix Games Press Announcement – Brother against Brother PC Game

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Blue-bellies versus Butternut Brother against Brother is available now! “The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.” (Ulysses S. Grant, Union General) July 21, 1861, northeast of Manassas Junction, Virginia. The Union army aims to march quickly on the Confederate capital of Richmond in order to nip the southern rebellion in the bud. 60,000 inexperienced soldiers and officers are trying to properly execute the battle plans made by their commanders. Communication failures and lack of coordination…

Upper Deck Announces New Boardgame – Bring Out Yer Dead

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Upper Deck Announces New Bring Out Yer Dead™ Board Game Original new board game from Upper Deck introduces new Euro-style game mechanics with French Tarot-sized cards! Upper Deck has announced plans to release Bring Out Yer Dead, a new and original game of morbid family fun. Bring Out Yer Dead is the first non-licensed game offering from Upper Deck, which also introduced the popular Legendary® Deck Building Game, currently on its 3rd reprint and 6th expansion. The new Bring Out Yer Dead game is set in the Victorian era and revolves around families competing for the best grave plots for…

Casemate New Releases for April

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In This Email   The Dakota Hunter Sample Content You Can’t Get Much Closer Than This 24 Hours at Waterloo War’s Nomads First World War 1942: The Second World War in Photographs Roman Wales Life in a Roman Legionary Fortress Great Writers On The Great War Kipling’s War Agent Rose The First Anglo-Sikh War Churchill’s School For Saboteurs Great Writers On The Great War: Buchan’s War Great Writers on The Great War: Fighting France Deus Vult Great Writers On The Great War Conan Doyle’s War Swansea’s Frontline Kids 1939-45 British Airship Bases of the Twentieth Century The Detailed History of…

Against the Odds Latest News for April 2015

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Against the OddsLatest News for April 2015 Spring greetings to all! This is just a quick update on what’s going on here this season at Against the Odds magazine and to alert you to a special offer we’re running throughout the month of April. More on that later. Just mailed out was ATO issue #43 with Islands of the Damned inside. We’re sure most people have theirs by now, but if you didn’t get your subscriber copy yet, wait until April 18th and shoot us an e-mail and we’ll investigate. If you weren’t a subscriber for this issue, and you’ve…

Victory Point Games (VPG) Announces Prussia 20 – Jena 20 2nd Edition and Eylau 20

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Victory Point Games (VPG)AnnouncesPrussia 20 ContainingJena 20 2nd Edition and Eylau 20 Details The Napoleonic 20 Series features games of only modest complexity, each with a focused scope and low unit density (typically fewer than twenty pieces per side). The dramatic, fast-playing turns feature compelling historical narrative told through random event cards and the exciting ebb and flow of military units maneuvering and engaging in battle on the map. Replete with the surges, lulls, and ”friction of war” that gives a great feel for the parry-and-thrust of a Napoleonic grade battle as armies close to bayonet-point to see which will…

Europa Simulazioni – Strafexpedition 1916 and The Valsugana Expansion

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Strafexpedition 1916 and The Valsugana Expansion Designed by Andrea Brusati MSRP €50.00 + Shipping or approximately $65.00 + Shipping Available from http://italianwars.net/ Background information taken from Wikipedia The Austrian commander-in-chief, General Conrad von Hötzendorf, had been proposing the idea of a Strafexpedition that would lethally cripple the Italian ex-ally, claimed to be guilty of having betrayed the Triple Alliance. In previous years he had had the frontier studied in order to formulate plans with regard to a possible invasion. The problem had appeared to be serious, mostly because the frontier ran through high mountains and the limited Italian advances of 1915…

Strategy & Tactics Press Briefing Room Modern War 17 Operation Vulture

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Operation Vulture: Possible US Intervention at Dien Bien Phu By Joseph Miranda The French command responsible for Indochina was the CFEO (French acronym for Far East Expeditionary Corps), and the reports from Dien Bien Phu it was receiving weren’t optimistic. The garrison-actually a multi-ethnic force composed of French metropolitan, colonial and Indochinese units-was cut off, outgunned and steadily losing positions to Viet Minh assaults. On 6 April 1954, top French commanders began calling for an operation they codenamed Vautour (Vulture). It would entail massive US airstrikes to hit the Viet Minh siege positions. American airpower had proved its worth in…