We’re getting excited! It’s just a little over a week until the Old School Tactical Vol IV Kickstarter kicks off at October 5th at 12 Noon EDT. Don’t forget… we are “giving” away games for 1$ to the first pledgers. Sign up here to be notified.
This Kickstarter campaign promises an opportunity for history buffs and strategy enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the intense battles that defined the Italian campaign from 1943 to 1945.
After the success of the Allied forces in North Africa, strategists turned their attention to what was deemed the ‘soft underbelly’ of Europe — Italy. The campaign was devised to eliminate Italy from the Axis alliance and divert Axis troops from other fronts. Commencing with the invasion of Sicily in July 1943, the Allies embarked on a relentless push against formidable resistance. The drive through Sicily, the landing at Salerno, the harrowing Anzio beachhead, and the continuous push towards Rome were marked by numerous river valleys and fortified defensive lines that posed immense challenges for both sides. Names like the Volturno River, the Rapid River, the Liri Valley, the Gustav Line, and the Caesar Line became synonymous with the grueling battles that unfolded. The campaign exacted a heavy toll on both Allied and Axis forces and concluded on May 2, 1945, with the formal surrender of all Axis troops in Italy.
Old School Tactical Volume IV introduces gamers to this demanding theater of World War II, featuring British forces engaging German and Italian units in treacherous terrain. Players will command Vickers machine guns, Commandos, Bren guns, PIATs, and sticky bombs as part of the British arsenal, alongside an array of vehicles such as Sherman and Churchill tanks. The German and Italian forces, on the other hand, deploy formidable panzers, including the Marder III and Elefant.
A visually stunning map depicting the picturesque Italian countryside has been meticulously designed to provide the backdrop for thrilling scenarios included in the playbook.
Old School Tactical is a two-player wargame that allows players to recreate these historic battles using counters representing soldiers, weapons, and vehicles. The gameplay revolves around the strategic use of Impulse Points to coordinate actions for each player’s forces. At the end of each battle, casualties and victory points are tallied to determine the victor.
Infantry units target other soft units using their Firepower value against the target’s Defense value, with the attack’s effectiveness influenced by Leadership, support weapons, and terrain. Close Combat occurs during intense situations when infantry units move into enemy hexes. Assaults are resolved using the Infantry Combat Table, and the results are implemented. Attacking armored vehicles involves rolling to hit the target, and the attacker’s Firepower is applied against the target’s defense values. Dice rolls for vehicles are made using the Vehicle Combat Table.
Each game includes:
- 3 sheets of unit, weapon, vehicle, and condition counters.
- A large 30″ x 41″ mounted game map with 1″ hexes.
- 18 luck cards with unique effects.
- 36 unit data cards.
- Scenarios such as “Find Those Guns,” “Guards Brigade,” and “Fallen Allies.”
- A player aid card.
- A color rule book.
- A massive box to store all components.
Old School Tactical IV Italian Theater 1943-45 and “For the Empire” expansion offer an immersive and historically accurate gaming experience that will delight both veteran wargamers and newcomers alike. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this Kickstarter campaign and secure exclusive rewards. Sign up at the provided link to be notified when the campaign goes live.
About Old School Tactical:
Old School Tactical is a renowned tabletop wargame series that brings historical battles to life through strategic gameplay. Developed by Mark H. Walker, the series has gained a dedicated following for its authenticity and immersive experience. Old School Tactical Volume IV takes players to the challenging Italian Theater of World War II, introducing British, German, and Italian forces in epic battles. The “For the Empire” expansion adds depth and excitement to the gameplay, offering players a chance to rewrite history through strategic decisions and tactical brilliance.