Storm Over Stalingrad (live) box opening

Thought I’d do a live walk through as I opened up Storm Over Stalingrad and give my thoughts as I did.  I’ve never had any problems with damage or bad packaging being used by MMP.  This time was no exception.

First thing I see after removing the packing materials is a little card about twice the size of a deck of cards.  It’s a little Pocket Battle Game from Against the Odds magazine.  Showtime Hanoi is it’s name and it looks like it’s fighter combat between a variety of Mig’s and some F4’s and an A4.  Cool idea to promote the magazine.  Doesn’t thrill me too much with as small a print as the rules on back are.  Playing this would involve some prep work on my part (cutting counters, photocopying the rules so you don’t need to flip the board over while playing).  Don’e know if I’ll ever play it, but it’s a neat idea.  I’ll have to check out the magazine, but I don’t know what the quality on magazine games would be.

Next thing is a nice little slip of paper giving me an errata item.  Very nice that they do that.  An MMP August 2008 catalog sheet.  Do people actually order off sheets of paper anymore?  I had no idea Red Start Rising was so expensive.  Final thing before getting to the game box is my paid invoice.

Before tearing off the shrink wrap, I look over the box.  The cover is a picture of young school girls in a “ring around the rosie” type pose.  I’m sure you’ve all seen this clip before.  They’re statues with an alligator in the middle.  In the background are burned out buildings with a smoke filled sky.  I used to know more about this but the age is sapping in.  I’ll have to do some research unless someone can give me some background on it.

The back of the box gives some background narrative along with the standardesque Avalon Hill game specs.  Always reminds me of reading all the boxes back in my youth at the game store in Findlay.  Oh, to have all those games.

In the box:

Deck of playing cards.  A variety of event cards for both sides.  Pictures to get you in the feel.

Two red dice.  It wouldn’t feel like a wargame to me without those.

A small green sheet of paper telling me what should be in the box.

Rulebook.  Nice and small 8 page color rulebook.  Looks like some nice illustrations and examples of play in there.  I’ll give a formal review on the system rules in the future.

Right side map sheet.  Gone are the days of the cardboard map.  Current gamers know this.  That comment is more for those of us who were in the hobby back when Tactics 2 was around but not since.  🙂  If they’ve even read this far.

Countersheet.  Looks like the units will use the standard attack/defense/movement type of numbers.  Looks like the attack numbers are pretty small.  So a massing attack or some assistance from the event cards looks like it will be in order to pry pesky defenders from their areas.

Left map sheet.  The map looks okay.  Standard color poster stock.  Being an area movement game, there are a variety of areas depicting burnt out city areas and countryside. It’s normally 3 areas (a few of 4) deep from the Volga River to the other side of the city.  One thing that I find odd is that you need to overlap the two maps a good two inches for things to line up.  I don’t know if this is what MMP intended or if this is standard for recent games but this is the first one I’ve gotten that was like that.

That’s all for now.

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2 Responses to “Storm Over Stalingrad (live) box opening”

  1. gojim Says:

    The statue was called “Barmaley Fountain”, it was rebuilt after the war and then removed in the 50s or 60s.

    All of my multiple game maps overlay at least a few hexes, sometimes more. You’ll have to let us know what you think of the game once you get to step through it a bit.

    I’ve been soloing “The Edge of the World” Case Blue scenario – It’s got a different feel to it than the Khar’kov one, which was a “line ’em up, and slug it out” scenario. Lot’s of room to move in this one, although it looks tough for the Germans.

  2. FloydWing Says:

    I knew I’ve seen that fountain before.

    I’ll have to check out the maps in A Victory Lost and The Mighty Endeavor once I reshelf my games. Perhaps I’m more forgetful than I thought. 🙂

    I gave a quick read through of the rules. I want to give another more careful read through before giving my thoughts on them. Then hopefully I’ll get some time to play through a few turns to work out the mechanics.

    You need to give us an AAR.

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