Shadows Over Europe

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Shadows over Europe is a two or three-player game simulating the diplomatic, economic and military development leading up to and eventually being unfolded in World War II.  Players assume the roles of Germany, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom. Players attempt to outperform each nation’s historical record in the world’s most gigantic struggle. The game starts in 1935 and ends with an automatic victory or in the summer of 1945.
 

Shadows of Europe is played over 11 years, 1935-1945. Each year is represented by three turns; a Between Years turn (diplomacy, resource collection, and research), a Winter turn (land operations), and a Summer turn (land and naval operations). Further each turn is divided into several phases.  A fundamental part of the game design is that actions rather than units are hidden from the enemy. This captures the game’s ambition to reflect a strategic rather than tactical level. In WWII the concentration of larger forces was often known to the enemy, whereas their strategic intent was not.
 

Units are Infantry and Mechanized/Panzer armies, Leaders, Surface raiders, U-boat flotillas, Escort Groups, and Convoys. Air forces are abstracted to a combat modifier for each front.  The game facilitates two kinds of resources: Minerals used for production and Oil for operations.  The 20-page rulebook is clearly written with many examples and designer notes. Also included is a 14-page playbook with extended examples of play, Rulebook, and Playbook and a card index.strategy.

 

Battle On Demand Edition: The Battle On Demand Edition is an entirely printed edition that includes full color printed, manual, player aid cards, maps, laser cut counters (1/8th - 3mm thick) counter sheets.  Also included is the complete PDF Download files so you can get right into the game.  


Print and Play Edition: The Print and Play Edition is also known as our Download PDF edition.  For those who like to print their own game components, this option is for you.  These files were designed for a fast download and can be printed on both US Letter and A4 paper sizes.  Included is everything you need to print on a home printer or a local print shop.  You can select to purchase the PDF Download only at a reduced price under the Available Options on the product page.  If you are not sure if printing your own game is for you learn how with this article here.
 

Requirements: One 2d6 die is required to play this game.  No other products are required to play this game. 

 

 

Shadows over Europe is a two- or three-player game simulating the diplomatic, economic and military development leading up to and eventually being unfolded in World War II.
 

Players assume the roles of Germany, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom. Players attempt to outperform each nation’s historical record in the world’s most gigantic struggle. The game starts in 1935 and ends by an automatic victory or in the summer of 1945.
 

Shadows of Europe is played over 11 years, 1935-1945. Each year is represented by three turns; a Between Years turn (diplomacy, resource collection and research), a Winter turn (land operations), and a Summer turn (land and naval operations). Further each turn is divided into several phases.
 

A fundamental part of the game design is that actions rather than units are hidden from the enemy. This captures the game’s ambition to reflect a strategic rather than tactical level. In WWII the concentration of larger forces was often known to the enemy, whereas their strategic intent was not.
 

Units are Infantry and Mechanized/Panzer armies, Leaders, Surface raiders, U-boat flotillas, Escort Groups and Convoys. Air forces are abstracted to a combat modifier for each front.
 

The game facilitates two kind of resources: Minerals used for production and Oil for operations.  The 20-page rulebook is clearly written with many examples and designer notes. Also included is a 14-page playbook with extended examples of play, Rulebook and Playbook:hints and a card index.strategy.

 

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