War by another name ...
Krieg!, or now Totaler Krieg!, is a different kind of strategic
WWII in Europe game. Featuring fairly simple core wargame mechanics,
anyone with The Russian Campaign under their belt can easily
master Totaler Krieg! very quickly. Consequently, this game has
proven highly accessible. But accessibility is one thing, fun
is another. While the good time, rock 'n roll panzer-pusher mechanics
star on center stage, that stage is illuminated by the elegant
surrounding abstractions that keep the focus on fighting and
winning your campaigns. Naval, air, and amphibious operations
are extremely neat, quick, and clean. Politics and economics
are handled by the quarterly selection of the critically acclaimed
Strategic Option cards included in the
game. These cards (Dyle Plan, Baltic Settlement, Festung Europa,
etc.) add a focusing element on the highest levels of policy
and strategy without bogging down the game in a myriad of political
and economic rules.
Included with the game, and what we'll be using here, is a
complete tournament game system. A full day of playing three
qualifying scenarios will see the high score earners play in
the next day's final game. The tournament qualifier "mini-games"
are kitchen tested player puzzles and each is a fascinating scenario
in its own right.
If you'd like to learn more about Totaler Krieg!, there are
two things you can do. The first (and best) way to learn more
about it is to catch someone here who has a copy and ask to see
it. At the back of the Reference Book you'll find an article
called "The Designer's Deepest Secrets." As you look
that over, you'll quickly discover if this is a game for you
or not. The other way is to check out the game's comprehensive
web site at [http://members.aol.com/alanemrich/krieg-hp.htm].
There you will find the El
Dorado of game support for a single game brought to you by an
established following of players who would greatly enjoy enlisting
you into their ranks.
If you can remember the good old days before rules lawyering
became the "state of the art" in the hobby, you'll
enjoy Totaler Krieg! It's like the games we used to play -- fun,
fascinating, and easy to get into. Come by and see us playing
at the show.
- Alan Emrich