Twilight Struggle Deluxe Edition - 2011 Reprint
From the Publisher...
On November 9th of 2009, the world will mark the 20th Anniversary of the conclusion of the Cold War. That was the day that the Cold War's most tangible symbol -- the Berlin Wall -- was relegated to the ash heap of history. Unlike the 20th Century's other great conflict, the Cold War did not end in an explosion of neutrons, but rather, an explosion of human freedom and optimism. We had avoided what many thought inevitable -- the destruction of mankind through armed conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. Overnight, the face of Europe had changed. Suddenly, all things were possible.
That was 20 years ago. Sadly, we all learned that the end of the Cold War was not "the end of history." Mankind would find new ways to divide itself. While the threat of nuclear holocaust disappeared, newer and more sinister forms of conflict would take its place. Where once superpowers bestrode the globe, decentralized networks and even individuals now command the world's attention.
This Deluxe Edition of Twilight Struggle seeks to capture the feeling of that earlier era. Twilight Struggle is a two-player game simulating the forty-five year dance of intrigue, prestige, and occasional flares of warfare between the Soviet Union and the United States. Using the card-driven game mechanics pioneered in such award winning games as We the People and Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage, Twilight Struggle recreates the conflict between the most powerful nation states the world has ever known. The scope of the game covers the entire world as it was found in 1945. Players move units and exert influence in attempts to gain allies and control for their superpower. As with GMT's other card-driven games, decision-making is a challenge; how to best use one's cards and units given consistently limited resources? Twilight Struggle's Event cards add cover a vast array of historical happenings, from the Berlin Airlift, to the Vietnam War and the U.S. peace movement, to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
This Deluxe Edition of Twilight Struggle marries world-class components, with the sort of world-class game play for which GMT is already known. We cannot think of a better way to commemorate this vital piece of world history. We invite you to relieve an era with the words uttered by one of its most iconic statesmen:
"Now the trumpet summons us again, not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are - but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle" - John F. Kennedy
Heavy duty 9 x 12 x 2 inch box
Mounted map with revised graphics
Two double-thick counter sheets with 228 counters
Deck of 110 event cards (increased from 104)
Revised rules and player aid cards
Two six-sided dice
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|It's become a popular enough title that people who would normally run in fear from it are still quite interested. I fit this description myself, and I consider Twilight Struggle to be a great afternoon game for two guys (or girls, maybe, nobody I know!) - it's actually fairly light in terms of depth and reliance on skill. There is a moderate luck element to the card aspects of the game. It's very fun, very entertaining, and VERY well made.
|Recently received an advance copy of this game by GMT - rest assured the new 3rd edition is just as beautiful and lovingly crafted as their recent 2nd edition run. Definitely pick this one up, even if its the only game of its genre you own.
|A great crossover game, quick and fun but plenty of Cold War flavor. Don't blow up the world!