We have a new solitaire and two-player game by a designer making his debut with High Flying Dice Games. We also have two games and a custom series card set in a brand new series of games set in Canada during the War of 1812. Read on and let the dice fly high!
Cockleshell Heroes: Operation Frankton,
December 11, 1942.
Cockleshell Heroes is a solitaire play game portraying Operation Frankton. Operation Frankton was a commando raid on ships based in the German occupied French port of Bordeaux during the Second World War. The raid was carried out by a small unit of the Royal Marines know as the “Royal Marines Boom Patrol Detachment” who were part of a combined operations transported by the submarine, HMS Tuna.
The plan was for six canoes, nicknamed “Cockleshells”, to be taken to the area of the Gironde estuary by HMS Tuna. Twelve men would then paddle during the night to Bordeaux harbor. On arrival they would attack the docked cargo ships by attaching limpet mines to the ships’ hulls. The Royal Marines would then escape overland through occupied France to neutral Spain. Men from Number One Section of the Royal Marines were selected for the raid, including the commanding officer, Herbert “Blondie” Hasler. One cockleshell was badly damaged while being deployed from the submarine, and its crew therefore not able to take part in the mission. Only two of the ten other cockleshell crews who paddled away from HMS Tuna in the night survived the raid; Hasler and his companion, Bill Sparks. Of the other eight, six were executed by the Germans as spies in accordance with Hitler’s orders regarding any captured commandoes, and two others died from hypothermia.
Each copy of Cockleshell Heroes is composed of the following:
- Four 11 by 17 inch map sheets.
- 155 single-sided, un-mounted counters and patrol boat view overlay.
- One sheet with Cockleshell crew displays and search overlay.
- 7 pages of rules.
Players will also need a six-sided dice (D6) and an opaque container (small bag, mug, envelope or anything similar) to play the game. Cockleshell Heroes is designed by Amos Burke, developed by Paul Rohrbaugh, and features graphics by Tim Allen. The game is designed for solitaire play, but there are variant rules for two players. Cockleshell Heroes sells for $20.95 plus shipping. Mounted counters can be had for an additional $8.00. You can access the game’s web page, and order form, from here: https://www.hfdgames.com/cockleshell.html
A Brilliant Little Affair: The Battle of Chrysler’s Farm,
November 11, 1813.
The US capture of Canada was assumed in Washington, DC “to be a mere matter of marching”. However, the fight for the British colony was severe and prolonged. The US mounted a double-pronged offensive from New York to take Canadian capital city of Montreal in the fall of 1813 planned by US Secretary of War, John Armstrong, Jr.. However, the two US forces were commanded by Generals James Wilkenson, who had a particularly dubious and corrupt history, and Major General Wade Hampton, who loathed and despised Wilkenson. With little to no cooperation between the US forces, their British and Canadian opponents were able to deal with each US force separately. On October 26th Hampton’s force was defeated at the battle of Chateauguay. British and Canadian forces under the command of Lt. Colonel Joseph Wanton Morrison screened Wilkenson’s force soon after they left Sackett’s harbor on October 7th, falling back and reporting upon the US army as it crossed into Canada on November 7th opposite Ogdensburg. All the while more British, Canadian and First Nation troops arrived to bolster Morrison’s force. On November 11th the combined British, Canadian and First Nation force, despite being outnumbered by almost two-to-one by the Americans, deployed for battle at a large open field crossed by several creeks along the St. Lawrence River where they could be supported by several British gunboats. The fight for Montreal would occur here, near Chrysler’s farm.
Each copy of A Brilliant Little Affair is composed of the following:
- One 11 by 17 inch map with Turn Record Track.
- 100 double-sided counters.
- 8 pages of rules.
Units represent 80 to 100 (regular and militia infantry) or 35 to 50 (First Nation and Dragoon) men. Artillery units represent 1 cannon. Each turn represents 45 minutes of time and a hex is approximately 100 yards across. A Brilliant Little Affair is designed by Paul Rohrbaugh and features graphics by Ilya Kudriashov. The game sells for $15.95 plus shipping. Mounted counters can be had for an additional $8.00. You can access the game’s web page, and order form, from here: https://www.hfdgames.com/cfarm.html
Red Coats, Grey Jackets: The Battle of Chippawa,
July 5, 1814.
The US capture of Canada was assumed in Washington, DC “to be a mere matter of marching”. However, the fight for the British colony was severe and prolonged, especially in Ontario’s Niagara peninsula. By the summer of 1814 fighting had raged throughout the region, with natives on both sides of the border fighting in the armies of both the US and those of Great Britain and Canada, and the cities of York (modern day Toronto) and Buffalo were in ruins. In many ways this was neighbor vs. neighbor with elements of a civil war casting the entire region into near chaos maintained by military occupation.
That summer both sides arrayed their largest armies fielded to date in the war. With the US victory on Lake Erie and the recapture of Detroit to the west, the focus of the war was now turned once again to the Niagara peninsula as the war’s theater of decision. Can you do as well, or better, than your historical counterparts? Learn and enjoy!
Each copy of Red Coats, Grey Jackets is composed of the following:
- One 11 by 17 inch map with Turn Record Track.
- 90 double-sided counters.
- 8 pages of rules.
Each hex is approximately 50 yards across, a regular or militia infantry unit is 250-350 men, First Nation and Dragoon units are 80 to 100 men, and artillery units represent 2 or 3 guns. A turn represents one hour of time. Red Coats, Grey Jackets is designed by Paul Rohrbaugh and features graphics by Ilya Kudriashov. The game sells for $15.95 plus shipping. Mounted counters can be had for an additional $8.00. You can access the game’s web page, and order form, from here: https://www.hfdgames.com/chippewa.html
Battles for Canada Series custom card set! This custom card set replaces the standard deck of playing cards called for in the Battles for Canada Series games’ rules. The custom card set can be used with all six of the games in the series (more games on the battles of Lundy’s Lane, Fort Erie, Cook’s Mills and Queenston Heights are in the works), and features graphics by Ilya Kudriashov. The Battles for Canada Series custom card set is $10.00 plus shipping, or can be had for free with any purchase of 4 games.
Two New Game Series in the works!
Please remember we also have these promotions in effect throughout the year:
- 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).
- 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).
- Note: Our newest postcard “Pocket Battle” game, A Rock and a Hard Place can be used for the above bonuses!
- Several new games are now Under Development and are undergoing playtesting. Brand new titles that are now being play tested are A Hard Day’s Work: The Battle of Droop Mountain, November 6, 1863, One More Killing: The Battle of Bentonville, March 19, 1865, A Sanguine Fight: The Battle of Riachuelo, June 11, 1865, Muerte Desde Arriba: Air Battles of the Spanish Civil War, Heaven’s Will: The Raid on Ulithi Atoll, November 1944, Diggers’ Resolve: The Battle for Milne Bay, August-September 1942, A Resolute Action: The Battle of Fort Meigs, May 5, 1813, Falling Skies: Operation Rolling Thunder, March-April 1965, Operation Menace: The Attack on Dakar, September 23-25, 1940, A Lamentable and Calamitous Action: The Attack at Mers-el-Kebir, July 3, 1940A Mad Endeavor: The Attack on Stony Point, July 16, 1779, Tempting Fate: The Battle of the Granicus River, May 334 BCE, Waters Unvexed: Three Battles of the Mississippi River, 1862 (Island Number 10, Plum Point Bend, Memphis), The Yanks are Here! The St. Mihiel Campaign, September 1918, Operation Musketeer: The Attack on Port Said, November 1956, A Gallant and Efficient Fight: The Battle of Hamel, July 4, 1918, One Small Step: The US/USSR Space Race to the Moon, and 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. Blood and Oil: The Persian Gulf Tanker War, 1985, Gimme Shelter: The Siege of Firebase Ripcord, July 1970, A Desperate Fight: The Battle of Wassaw Sound, June 17, 1863.
- Heading into final development and graphics are Villa’s Vengeance: The Raid on Columbus, New Mexico, March 9, 1916, So Far From God: The US Punitive Expedition in Mexico, 1916-1917, White Christmas? The Fall of Saigon, April 1975, Whatever the Cost: The Battle for Corregidor Island, February 1945, Shadows of Hell: Operation Karbala 6, January 15-17, 1987, Galahad’s Ordeal: The Battle of Myitkyina, A Sea of Fog and Fire: The Battle of Heligoland Bight, Cross vs. Crescent: The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, July 16, 1212, Nothing Then is Done: The Battle of Najera, April 3, 1367, A Steadfast and Violent Affair: The Battle of Lundy’s Lane, July 25, 1814, A Wretched and Costly Fight: The Attack on Fort Erie, August 15, 1814, , A Sharp and Fierce Fight: The Battle of Cook’s Mills, October 19, 1814, A Brilliant Fight: The Battle of Queenston, October 12, 1812, Wheels of Change: The 1950s US Auto Industry, Souls to Waste: The Battle of An Bao, May 5, 1968, Depths of Courage, Volume 13: The Attack on the Tirpitz, September 1943, Kings of the Castle: The Battle of the Imjin River, April 1951, 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, Operation Icarus: The Invasion of Iceland, June 1940.
Look for upcoming release announcements as these games are finished up.
High Flying Dice Games are available from this fine online retailer:
- Noble Knight Games: http://www.nobleknight.com/ Note: All games carried by Noble Knight Games now have mounted counters!
- 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!
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