Greetings!

Just in time for the holiday season, we released a new edition of my Vallée de la Mort game and another new game and custom card set. Read on a let the dice fly high!

Also, Ashley Morton has posted a very in-depth and highly laudatory review of Operation Fustian: The Battle for Primosole Bridge. You can read it here: https://abwgb.blogspot.com/2023/11/operation-fustian.html  My sincere thanks to Ashley for his time and consideration with the review!

 

New Games!

 

Vallée de la Mort: The Battles of Na San and Dien Bien Phu

LVDM components

By the beginning of 1954, both the French and Viet Minh realized that the war in Indochina was nearing an end. Ho Chi Minh had requested cease‑fire negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, and the French government was looking for a way out that would give them peace with honor. Both sides felt that a “big win” on the battlefield would finally secure at the peace table what they had been unable to obtain in six and a half years of war.

Vallée de la Mort (“Death Valley”) is a simulation of this epic siege that ended the French colonial presence in Asia and marked the beginning of a 21‑year struggle for national unification. The game is designed for 2 players, one taking the role of the French commander of the fortress complex at Dien Bien Phu, the other of General Giap, commanding the Viet‑Minh forces laying siege. The game and scenarios are small enough to be played solitaire, however.

Vallée de la Mort also includes Dress Rehearsal for Disaster: The Battle of Na San. The French victory at Na San helped convince a larger scale airborne offensive at Dien Bien Phu would be even more successful. Additionally, this new edition of Vallée de la Mort also includes the expansion game Flights of Fancy: Operations Albatross and Condor.

Each copy of Vallée de la Mort is composed of the following:

  • Two 11 by 17 and two 8.5 by 11 inch area map sheets.
  • 352 unmounted, double-sided units.
  • 30 pages of rules.

Vallée de la Mort is designed by Paul Rohrbaugh and features graphics by Tim Allen. Vallée de la Mort sells for $29.95 plus shipping. Mounted counters can be had for an additional $8.00. To learn more about Vallée de la Mort, and to access the order form, visit the game’s web page here: https://www.hfdgames.com/DBP.html

 

Whatever the Cost: The Battle for Corregidor, February, 1945

Corregidor components

Whatever the Cost is an introductory level mini-game on the final US airborne offensive in the Pacific Theater against the Japanese held island fortress of Corregidor. The Japanese took the US fortress in May 1942, completing their conquest of the Philippine Archipelago. When he was ordered earlier to evacuate Corregidor and take command of Allied forces assembling in Australia, General Douglas MacArthur vowed to someday return. The recapture of Corregidor was seen as both necessary to complete the liberation of the Philippines, and for MacArthur, personal redemption for the earlier US defeat and surrender.

Each copy of Whatever the Cost is composed of the following:

  1. One 8.5 by 11 inch map with game tracks, unit and terrain ID.
  2. 35 double-sided, un-mounted units
  3. 3 pages of rules

Players will also need a standard deck of playing cards, with one Joker card, and a six-sided die to play the game. Whatever the Cost is designed by Paul Rohrbaugh and features graphics by Bruce Yearian. You can learn more about Whatever the Cost, and access the order form, from here: https://www.hfdgames.com/WTC.html

A custom card set is also available. The Whatever the Cost custom card set replaces the standard deck of playing cards called for in the rules, has rules reminders on pertinent cards, and features graphics by Bruce Yearian. The Whatever the Cost custom card set is $10.00, or can be had for free with any purchase of 4 games.

Cornered Wolf: The Soviet Raid on Rastenburg Custom Card Set

A custom card set for Cornered Wolf, that was recently published by Against the Odds in the 2021 Annual is also available: https://atomagazine.com/Details.cfm?ProdID=189 The custom card set replaces the standard deck of playing cards, features graphics that compliment the game’s, and has rules reminders on pertinent cards. The Cornered Wolf custom card set is $10.00 or can be had for free with any order of 4 games from High Flying Dice Games.

Please remember we also have these promotions in effect throughout the year:

  1. Any purchase or 4 or more High Flying Dice Games (Professional or DTP) and you get one mini-game for free (your choice of any that sell regularly for $8.95).
  2. Alternative Bonus! Instead of a free mini-game, any purchase of 4 or more games and you can instead get a single-deck card set (any of those that sell regularly for $9.00).
  3. Note: Our newest postcard “Pocket Battle” game, A Rock and a Hard Place can be used for the above bonuses!

Upcoming Games!

  1. Several new games are now Under Development and are undergoing playtesting. Brand new titles that are now being play tested are A Reign of Chaos: The Hamas-Israeli War, 2023 (expansion game for A Reign of Missiles), A Dutiful Fight: The Battle of Chateauquay, October 16, 1813, A Hard Day’s Work: The Battle of Droop Mountain, November 6, 1863, Fighting for Time: The Battle of Averasboro, March 16, 1865, A Sanguine Fight: The Battle of Riachuelo, June 11, 1865, Heaven’s Will: The Raid on Ulithi Atoll, November 1944, Falling Skies: Operation Rolling Thunder, March-April 1965, A Mad Endeavor: The Attack on Stony Point, July 16, 1779, Tempting Fate: The Battle of the Granicus River, May 334 BCE, The Yanks are Here! The St. Mihiel Campaign, September 1918, A Gallant and Efficient Fight: The Battle of Hamel, July 4, 1918, One Small Step: The US/USSR Space Race to the Moon, Depths of Courage vol. 12: The Raid on Valletta, July 25/26, 1941, Dying is Easy: Naval Battles of the Boshin War, May 1869, Heights of Frustration: The Battles for Longstop Hill, December 1942 and April 1943, Late to the Fight: The Battle of Palmetto Ranch, May 13, 1865. 1985, Gimme Shelter: The Siege of Firebase Ripcord, July 1970, A Desperate Fight: The Battle of Wassaw Sound, June 17, 1863, Operation Icarus: The Invasion of Iceland, June 1940..
  • Heading into final development and graphics are Blood and Oil: The Persian Gulf Tanker War, Maneuvering Toward War: The 1941 US Army Maneuvers, Operation Menace: The Attack on Dakar, September 23-25, 1940, A Lamentable and Calamitous Action: The Attack at Mers-el-Kebir, July 3, 1940, So Far From God: The US Punitive Expedition in Mexico, 1916-1917, White Christmas? The Fall of Saigon, April 1975, A Resolute Action: The Battle of Fort Meigs, May 5, 1813, Shadows of Hell: Operation Karbala 6, January 15-17, 1987, Cross vs. Crescent: The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, July 16, 1212, Nothing Then is Done: The Battle of Najera, April 3, 1367, Souls to Waste: The Battle of An Bao, May 5, 1968, Depths of Courage, Volume 13: The Attack on the Tirpitz, September 1943,  In Harm’s Way: Battles of the Dutch East Indies Campaign (Sunda Strait, Badung, Balikpapan, Java Sea) Paint it Black: The Attack on Lang Vei, February 6-7, 1968, A Cruel and Bitter Fight: The Battle of the Thames, October 5, 1813 and A Dreadful Fight: The Battle of Horse Shoe Bend: March 27, 1814, Diggers’ Resolve: The Battle for Milne Bay, August-September 1942.

Look for upcoming release announcements as these games are finished up.

Online Retailers!

High Flying Dice Games are available from this fine online retailer:

  1. Noble Knight Games: http://www.nobleknight.com/ Note: All games carried by Noble Knight Games now have mounted counters!
  2. Agorajeux: https://www.agorajeux.com/en/

Be sure to visit the High Flying Dice Games website for the latest information, view the full range of games, as well as see what is being worked on. You can also place orders and ask questions about all of the games in our catalog and in development. Visit us at: http://www.hfdgames.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Thank you very much for your interest and support. Let the Dice Fly High!

Paul Rohrbaugh
Founder,

High Flying Dice Games
9753 Deltona Drive
New Middletown, OH 44442