Monday, July 31, 2017

Advanced Tobruk System: Tank Tactics Guide – Includes Complete Armor Basic Game (2004)

Advanced Tobruk System: Tank Tactics Guide – Includes Complete Armor Basic Game (2004)


6.09375 out of 10 with 16 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked
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(from Critical Hit website:)

Our Goal: Here come the TACTICS GUIDES—each aimed at enlightening ATS enthusiasts about a portion of the game system.

ATS TACTICS GUIDES are for you. Perhaps we should clarify. These publications are for you if you are interested in playing the game the way it was meant to be played—and becoming an expert.

We feel confident you will read these TACTICS GUIDES from cover-to-cover the first time you crack one open.

The TOBRUK TANK TACTICS GUIDE covers tank vs tank warfare in the ATS in a brief, readable format. Chock full of examples, it should have you 'getting' the way tanks are to be handled in 15-20 minutes of review.

Cupola ring not included.

A 24-page publication with heavyweight 4-color cover and pages printed on durable 70-lb stock for longevity on your bookshelf;
An Armor Basic Game rulebook;
A sheet of tanks to use with the Armor Basic Game;
An 11x17 4-color Basic Game mapsheet.

(BGG description:)

An analysis of utilizing tank tactics in the Advanced Tobruk (by Critical Hit) - 20 pages and includes mapsheet #2, a counter sheet with German IVF2s and American M4A1s, M4A2s, Valentine IIs, Crusader IIIs, and Deacons - although the rules and charts are more limited.

There is a 4 page insert with the ATS basic rules and player aid card. Could be an interesting tank platoon vs tank platoon wargame, playable on a small 11x17 map and playable very quickly. Might be a good introductory tactical wargame.

  • Designer: (Uncredited)
  • Publisher: Critical Hit, Inc.
  • Year Published: 2004
  • Number of Players: 2 - 2
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 12
  • Playing Time: 0
  • Subdomain: Wargames
  • Category: Wargame, World War II
  • Mechanic: Hex-and-Counter, Simulation
  • Family: Advanced Tobruk System
  • Alternate Names: Advanced Tobruk System: Tank Tactics Guide – Includes Complete Armor Basic Game, ATS: Tank Tactics Guide – includes complete Armor Basic Game


7 out of 10
A moderately useful guide. The basic game is a decent teaching tool for newbies.

8 out of 10
Focado em combates de tanques para a sistema Advanced Tobruk System. Muito bom.

5 out of 10
Not a fully developed guide. Predate on previous ASL articles and adapt them to ATS. Still decent for beginners.

7 out of 10
Really helpful to learn the ATS system. Put in the time (and purchase the Basic Game II) and you'll be glad you did! Lots of modules available and fun and fast play for tactical battles.

6 out of 10
Some very helpful tactics articles, if a bit dated (uses old version of rules). The tactics articles are valid for any tactical scale though, as they are game mechanics free.

7 out of 10
ATS is now my king of the WWII tactical games! Arrived Aug 07.

7 out of 10
The basic rules are fun to play and help ease the learning curve substantially. The tactics guide for advanced players will be useful, but not overly so. It should be fairly easy to use GHQ AFV miniatures instead of the cardboard chits. Though for infantry I would stick with the counters. My edition came with several British and Italian tanks, but only AFV cards for two of them.

6 out of 10
Some helpful discussion of tactics.

4.5 out of 10
All punched, clipped, and in craft/Plano boxes. All ATS titles are being traded together - check my collection for the list of ATS games/expansions. This is a huge collection, so PM me to set up a trade.

World War II > Tactical
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