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Twilight Struggle

Deluxe Edition
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"Challenging awesome game"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This is on outstanding game of strategy and resourcefulness. Success favours those who can grasp each aspect of the move process and turn defeats into ultimate victory!

"Lot's of fun. Very strategic"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Simple gameplay, easy to pick up the rules, but might take half a dozen games before you feel comfortable with the strategy.

Highly recommended if you want a game for two players with strategic depth and loads of replayability.

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5 stars"
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One of the best board games that I have played.

Description

“Now the trumpet summons us again, not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are – but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle…”

  • John F. Kennedy

In 1945, unlikely allies toppled Hitler's war machine, while humanity's most devastating weapons forced the Japanese Empire to its knees in a storm of fire. Where once there stood many great powers, there then stood only two. The world had scant months to sigh its collective relief before a new conflict threatened. Unlike the titanic struggles of the preceding decades, this conflict would be waged not primarily by soldiers and tanks, but by spies and politicians, scientists and intellectuals, artists and traitors. Twilight Struggle is a two-player game simulating the forty-five year dance of intrigue, prestige, and occasional flares of warfare between the Soviet Union and the United States. The entire world is the stage on which these two titans fight to make the world safe for their own ideologies and ways of life. The game begins amidst the ruins of Europe as the two new “superpowers” scramble over the wreckage of the Second World War and ends in 1989 when only the United States remained standing.

Twilight Struggle inherits its fundamental systems from the card-driven classics We the People and Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage. It is a quick-playing, low-complexity game in that tradition. The game map is a world map of the period, whereon players move units and exert influence in attempts to gain allies and control for their superpower. As with GMT's other card-driven games, decision-making is a challenge; how to best use one's cards and units given consistently limited resources?

Twilight Struggle's Event cards add detail and flavour to the game. They cover a vast array of historical happenings, from the Arab-Israeli conflicts of 1948 and 1967, to Vietnam and the U.S. peace movement, to the Cuban Missile Crisis and other such incidents that brought the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation. Subsystems capture the prestige-laden Space Race as well as nuclear tensions, with the possibility of game-ending nuclear war.

This deluxe edition, first published in 2009, includes the following changes from the basic game:
Mounted map with revised graphics
Two double-thick counter sheets with 260 counters
Deck of 110 event cards (increased from 103)
Revised rules and player aid cards
Revised at start setup and text change for card #98 Aldrich Ames

Components:

  • 260 full-colour counters
  • 22"x34" mounted map with revised graphics
  • 110 event cards
  • 2 six-sided dice
  • 1 24-page rulebook
  • 2 full colour player aid cards

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Re-released on
February 9th, 2016
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Age Groups
Manufacturer
Number of Players
2
Play Time
120-180 minutes
Recommended Age
13 years or over
Theme
  • Historical
Board Game Type
Board Game
Board Game Requirement
Base Game
Box Dimensions (mm)
230x310x50
UPC
817054010004
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
19435417

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