Afrika: The Northern African Campaign, 1940-1942, is a simulation game covering the North African Campaign from September, 1940 through December, 1942. In late 1940, the Italian Army invaded Egypt beginning the famous North African Campaign of World War II.
Alexander traded for a 1st Edition copy a few months ago and played solo and then shot this video review after doing an AAR.
OH! “AH rulebooks”? Do they drive you nuts? Admittedly, the newer rule books are a vast improvement, both in graphic style and complexity, I’ll give you that.
I cut my teeth on AH rule books, and the eye strain was marketable.
Enjoyed the extended review… certainly a much different game than AH’s Afrika Korps from back “in the day”.
The game looks tactically pretty fun and the map looks pretty good as well.
My friend, YOU NEED to upgrade your Afrika Korp experience… pick up a copy of TOBRUK from AH!!!! Let me say this… when the critics called it a “bucket of dice” game, they weren’t lying about it. IF you like rolling dice… this game is for you!
What TOBRUK DOES, that few North Africa games don’t is drop you into the almost mindless minutia of “rolling to hit” (each tank has it’s own stats), and THEN rolling to see WHERE you hit! You’d be surprised how easy it is to only “scratch” any of these tanks. The artillery varies by style and country, which makes plotting your moves clearly interesting.
IF you like DETAIL this IS the game for you! The production quality (despite the smaller sized units) is very good, and the sectioned boards (AH style… PanzerBlitz) fit together in an interesting fashion.
What AH did right was “program” the scenarios so the player was introduced the many complexities, scenario by scenario. By the time you get to the big tank battles, AH brings you along, holding your hand, so to speak.
Had a chuckle, when you said this was an “old game”… 1990’s. OH LORD! So many of the AH games I bought new in the 1970’s!… when AH introduced the “bookend” boxes, instead of the “Coffin boxes”. I still love playing my old copy of AFRIKA KORPS, from AH, though I would really like an upgraded CRT and some AIR UNITS.
Found that UPTON GAMES makes additional units for PanzerBlitz and Panzer Leader that include the Brits, Italians, and specific German units, even the Americans… so you can actually play bits and pieces of the North Africa campaign with new Panzer Leader desert boards.
Keep up the great work… good review!
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Can’t find this for that low a price, or I would buy it. Noble has a copy of 1st ed for $45. That’s the lowest I have discovered so far.