Thursday, March 31, 2016

U-Boat (1977)

U-Boat (1977)


6.31818 out of 10 with 11 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked
War Game Rank: Not Ranked


The longer the war lasted, the clearer it became that the Atlantic was the deciding factor, and that if the German U-Boat force could achieve real success in the war against Merchant Shipping, the tables would be turned in Germany's favor. In 1942 the Battle for the Atlantic was moving toward its climax and whole U-Boat packs were fighting bitterly with Allied escort forces. This is a situation in which our convoy, bound from Halifax in Canada to Liverpool, steams into the middle of a U-Boat formation.

One of several titles released by Tabletop Games which were intended to be played directly on the game table (without a map) using rules concepts from traditional miniatures wargaming. The games offered an affordable alternative to the miniatures hobby in that they used un-cut cardstock counters. Other games in the series include Ballistic Missile, MTB, and Galactic War.
There apparently two versions of this game published copyright 1977. Other version had different cover art, identical contents, and was print jointly by Tabletop Games and Heritage Models, Inc. In the back of this edition's rulebook, it lists other games available as Ballistic Missle, Galactic Warfare, Micro-Napoleonics, Micro-Ancients and Colonial Warfare.

  • Designer: (Uncredited)
  • Publisher: Heritage Models, Inc., Tabletop Games
  • Year Published: 1977
  • Number of Players: 2 - 2
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 12
  • Playing Time: 120
  • Subdomain: Wargames
  • Category: Wargame, World War II
  • Family: Underwater War
  • Alternate Names: U-Boat


8.5 out of 10
Great little British tabletop game. Simple, yet tense and very enjoyable. Need to bring it out more often.

6 out of 10
Warwick Club

Haven't played...I also have the following games by tabletop: WW2 game(Russians), Napoleonics, Colonial (Brits & Zulus) and WW2 Warships/Destroyers)

Counters not die-cut, not cut by me

Homemade photocopied version.

7 out of 10
Its really kind of a boardgame without a board, or a set of miniature rules with cardboard cut-out pieces rather than a traditional "board" game. I haven't played this game in years, but I had a lot of fun with it back when I was still in school. I really liked the fact that it was such a simple game, really being more of a miniatures game, but with carboard counters. I think I did start making some miniatures for some of the ships out of wood and wire at one point. Since the floor in my dorm was carpeted, sometimes we had a little trouble keeping everything straight for maneuvers and measuring stuff, but overall it really didn't matter to me whether I won or lost, as I just had fun playing it.

5 out of 10
See comment re Tabletop Games stablemate 'MTB', I think U-Boat was marginally better though.

9 out of 10
Just a fun little game although the Germans seem to have a big advantage since they are hard to hit on the surface.
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