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Monday, May 9, 2016

Over the Top! Four Battles from World War One (1997)

Over the Top! Four Battles from World War One (1997)

Ratings

6.56047 out of 10 with 43 ratings
Board Game Rank: 7229
War Game Rank: 1620

Description

A "quad" boxed game from Decision Games that also links its "game system" to two other paired WWI battles published in Strategy & Tactics magazine (Mons/Marne #186 and Lemberg/Verdun #198). The boxed game includes the following four battles:


Brusilov Offensive, 1916
Riga, 1917
St. Mihiel, 1918
Damascus, 1918


These four battles are all unusual in that they were all very unbalanced matchups. Gameplay reflects that - one player is usually trying to back up and just survive. Command and command breakdown is simulated as well as "breakthrough" attacks and two interesting spins on Artillery barrage: suppression of units and 'cratering' of terrain.

Comes with: Rules, 2 34" x 22" Maps, 560 Die cut counters

  • Designer: Joseph Miranda, Joseph Reiser
  • Artist: Beth Queman, Joe Youst
  • Publisher: Decision Games (I)
  • Year Published: 1997
  • Number of Players: 2 - 2
  • Suggested Number of Players: 1
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 12
  • Playing Time: 120
  • Subdomain: Wargames
  • Category: Wargame, World War I
  • Mechanic: Dice Rolling, Hex-and-Counter, Simulation
  • Alternate Names: Over the Top (Quad), Over the Top! Four Battles from World War One, Over the Top! Four Battles from World War One

Reviews

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1-2 pl 120 2.1

5.9 out of 10
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St. Mihiel is a fun scenario, but generally this set of four is much better as a solitaire play than face-to-face due to the imbalanced nature of the four battles. Brusilov Offensive, like the rest of the games in this quad, this is unbalanced. Unlike Riga, still worth playing once. Overall, this quad is a lackluster effort by DG, mostly because of the choice of battles.

7 out of 10
By
Rating is over all for the entirety; four game box set and the two dual mag games. Neat little system, though it fits some battles more than others.

10 out of 10
By
I have played 3 of the games in the DG "quad." Two other pairs were released separately in issues of S&T - these actually sound like battles more appropriately simulated by the game system. In Riga (100% of the time), St. Mihiel (90%) and Damascus (75%) the games turn into routs very quickly. Of course, they WERE routs historically but the games seems mostly to simulate that final outcome with only marginal playability. Victory conditions force "deadpile" counts that are ridiculously high compared to history. More complex victory conditions might fix this. Counter density (including markers and the like) is a bit too high for me on the frontlines - frequent stacks of 3-5 pieces.

6.5 out of 10
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I love the subject matter, but two of the games (St Mihiel and Damascus) are so unbalanced as to be dull. Why not choose situations with more inherent balance??

8.5 out of 10
By
have the st 2 battle verdun game love to get this what a great system...bought it great game

7 out of 10
By
Gorgeous box cover.....a timly addition to the operational WW1 collection.

6 out of 10
By
4 Scenarios. Turn=8-24 Hours.

6 out of 10
By
I only played the St. Mihel and Damascus games. Obviously the designers picked the few mobile battles from WWI.

By
ebay 09/2007 25u

6 out of 10
By
Nice map, counters. Simple and subtle system. Riga isn't worth much as one of the 4 games.

4.5 out of 10
By
Obvious repackage of a magazine game. Rules are complicated and unclear. Not very developed, and the (admittedly) unbalanced scenarios are near-unplayable. If WWI is you fetish, then this game may appeal to you.

By
box also holds two magazines

6.5 out of 10
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Contiene 4 batallas de la 1ª Guerra Mundial (la Ofensiva Brusilov, 1916; Riga, 1917; St. Mihiel, 1918 y Damasco, 1918) que no son habituales ya que los contendientes no están equilibrados y uno de los jugadores normalmente debe retirarse para sobrevivir.

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Brusilov Offensive (1916), Riga (1917), St. Mihiel (1918), Damascus (1918) World War II > Battles

7 out of 10
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A good game with simple rules system covering 8 great battles. Highly playable.

7 out of 10
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Grandpa's 1918 experience, redux.

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