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News from the Front: Artwork

Artwork

We really spent a lot of time on the concept for the artwork. Originally, we went with a more traditional, sharper line style. But as we had more play tests and looked around we realized that all the other cards games had the line drawing look. We really wanted to emphasize the more ambiguous nature of combat, especially in the dark, behind enemy lines. When we found Lon we really liked his style and we hope you d* Pathfinder Laustero too. Since our first printing we have gotten some feedback that some of the cards are difficult to read. We have taken steps to make this print run clearer without distracting from Lon’s work. The images I have been posting also have some bleed around the edges of the cards (different printers have different amount of bleed, which makes it challenging.)

Stretch Goals Revised

We would really like to put Lon to work on some new Images, so we have lowered the card stretch goals. Invite your friends!

Card Naming Honors Sold out!

We are please to announce that all the card naming honors have sold out. We are glad you liked this opportunity.

Reviews

Check out reviews of Airborne Commander at Beast of War and Whose turn is it anyway.

Box Cover Art

The Pathfinder is still leading the way to the box cover. Don’t forget to like your favorite on Facebook!

News from the Front: Suppression

If you are into World War II infantry tactics (and who isn’t?) you will recognize the importanceMortar Tharpe of the machine gun and mortar. We have tried to reflect their importance with the suppression ability and until you master it you will not get far. Standard tactics called for using the machine gun and artillery to keep their heads down while the rest of the squad could flank the enemy. In Airborne Commander this works as well. You may note that the Axis units do not have special abilities like suppression. While they certainly had the same effect, the paratroopers were an all-volunteer, elite force which had been rigorously trained for this battle and frequently advanced when a more cautious force would have remained suppressed. (See Lt. Colonel Robert Cole) On the flip side, of the over 9,000 paratroopers and glider troops involved in Mission Albany; approximately half were killed, wounded, or listed as missing in the Normandy campaign.

News from the Front: One Man

I have been asked if each card represents one man or is representative of a squad, stick, or more. I have come to the conclusion that the answer is yes. While certain objectives were taken by larger groups, on occasion one man made the difference. A good example of that was Sgt Summers. Summers was directed to take 15 soldiers and captu* Sgt Wojcinskire Objective WXYZ, which was a building complex which was used as German Barracks. We had the privilege of seeing this area on our trip. Summers led the charge with his Thompson, but only 2 privates followed him. This group cleared the entire objective building by building and Summers is reported to have personally killed more than 30 German soldiers. For this action he was recommended for the Medal of Honor, but because of the quota system instead received the Distinguished Service Cross. Again, good company if you can’t quite crack that 12 victory point win.

News from the Front: Easy Company

F12 Brecourt Manoror those Band of Brother fans of Lt. Richard Winters you could easily find yourself facing a similar situation. Brecourt Manor, Axis Artillery, and some Axis infantry cards set the scene of his famous action. Destruction of those Artillery would gain you victory points, but they are well dug in. Can you make use of sound tactics and the small patrol you have to take out the guns? If you can Colonel Sink needs you at Holdy Manor. On the plus side the Colonel had a jeep card. Next expansion pack, Medal of Honor winners at D-Day? Ok, technically Winters did not receive the Medal of Honor, but the Distinguished Service Cross for that action. Damn quota system. So if you only get the Distinguished Service Cross for your game, don’t feel too bad. You are in good company.