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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Moscow Burning: The Next Russian Civil War (1996)

Moscow Burning: The Next Russian Civil War (1996)

Ratings

5.67949 out of 10 with 39 ratings
Board Game Rank: 11127
War Game Rank: 2314

Description

This is a 'what if' game simulating the first 30 days fighting that could occur in the Russian ethnic heartland if that nation's current experiment with capitalism and "democracy" fails.
Though the game does allow for the accidental or terrorist detonation of individual nuclear weapons, it does not simulate the possiblity of a new Russian Civil War escalating into any kind of strategic nuclear exchange.

The game system contains no ZOC, replacement or supply rules. Hex control and unit loyalties are the primary components to winning. Militia, regular Russian army and Ministry of the Interior units start the game without having any particular identification, indicative of the confusion and fluidity inherent in the opening phases of the conflict, while the Elite units are more crucial to determining the course of any new civil war in Russia and bear the specific I.D.s of their real-world counterparts. A player can bid with VPs to change the loyalties of elite units. Militia is converted by occupation of a city through advance after combat.

There are 240 counters, most of which represent combat units of the Russian army and Ministry of the Interior heavy and airborne divisions, along with their elite air assault, special forces and naval infantry brigades, and ad hoc revolutionary militia formations. The map is scaled to 20 miles per hex side to side. Each game turn represents three days.

  • Designer: Ty Bomba
  • Publisher: XTR Corp
  • Year Published: 1996
  • Number of Players: 2 - 2
  • Suggested Number of Players: 2
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 12
  • Playing Time: 120
  • Subdomain: Wargames
  • Category: Civil War, Wargame
  • Mechanic: Dice Rolling, Hex-and-Counter, Roll / Spin and Move
  • Family: Cities: Moscow, Country: Russia
  • Alternate Names: Moscow Burning: The Next Russian Civil War

Reviews

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Command #40, from Ebay, 8/23/06. 2nd copy with Wahoo!

By
Command 40 - Mint

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UP, game only

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Got this free when I puchased another game on Ebay. Haven't played.

7 out of 10
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599

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COMMAND 40

6 out of 10
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Quirky, chaotic, fun.

By
This alt history almost came to pass.

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#40 (2)

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Command #40 - mint

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Also got this free when I bought another game on eBay. Have not played yet.

6 out of 10
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Even with it's handful of faults, I found this game to be fast, playable, and relatively fun, with good replay value due to all the randomness. As a simulation, it is probably quite laughable, and thus it won't be to the liking of historians or grognards. But taken as a light beer & pretzels distraction from more serious wargames, it works reasonably well (see my complete review here at BGG).

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Sold it before playing it.

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UP

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No Map

5 out of 10
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Standard Fare LOCATION: FileDraw2

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Unpunched Donated to Goodwill

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Included with Command Magazine #40 along with the Battle of Buena Vista game.

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Only the unpunched game is for trade

3 out of 10
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Rules reference to section 11.0 but there is no such rules section. can somebody tell me how to activate the MVD (Heavy) divisions?

7 out of 10
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Great what-if game from Ty "Iron Dream" Bomba. The map is plain and you would have thought the Russian steppe and forests are lands full of grain. The game system is straightforward with a clear objective: take Moscow.

6 out of 10
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played once but didn't finish the game. The start-up mechanic of randomly getting cities under your control was interesting though.

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COMMAND 40

5 out of 10
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1 Campaign. Turn=3 Days.

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For Sale : Mint Ziplock - No Mag

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New.

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hex-and-counter

7 out of 10
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An enjoyable hex and counter wargame with some interesting twists. Low unit density, well written rules. Good into wargame.

6 out of 10
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Solo only. No gamebox?

7 out of 10
By
Decent attempt at the instability in Russia getting totally out of control.

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ebay 06/2007 11u

9 out of 10
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fun...more to this game than initially meets the eye. The random setup is overcome by bidding and REs throughout the game. Highly innovative. Revised upward after more recent playings (Apr 2010). Very original game. Definitely not "standard fare" but I do agree with the rater on the crazy history. This isn't a serious map+oob historical game, it is a Russian Civil Unrest themed game but with very interesting dynamics and mechanics. Not a history buff game.

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Weight of 3 to counterbalance the ridiculous 1 vote.

6 out of 10
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(XTR/Command) wacky idea

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Own but haven't played.

3 out of 10
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Wierd game with some very odd variants. It does play fast, though.

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Post-Cold War Period > Hypothetical Wars (Second Russian Civil War)

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Command XTR

6 out of 10
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Looking less likely
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