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Like Us on Facebook and Win 1989: Dawn of Freedom!

Now through April 30th simply “like” The Gaming Gang on Facebook and have a chance to score a copy of 1989: Dawn of Freedom, coming soon from our friends at GMT. 1989 is a game that is really on Elliott’s and my radar as it’s designed along the lines of our favorite game, Twilight Struggle! It even bears the pedigree of TS co-designer Jason Matthews alongside fellow designer Ted Torgerson.

What’s that you say? You already like us on Facebook? Then you’re already entered in the contest! But everyone has a chance to score even more chances to win: If you recommend TGG to a friend, and they like us, simply have them comment on our special contest post on Facebook “‘Your name’ recommended TGG” and you’ll both get an extra entry for the contest! The more people you recommend to like us, the better the odds you’ll take home a copy of what is sure to be a surefire winner this Spring.

Oh… And no wisenheimers out there… Posting the exact words ‘Your name’ doesn’t count.

Don’t be fooled by the “wargamey” look to 1989 as I’ve taught Twilight Struggle to many of my non-wargaming friends (and even my 67 year old mom) and they love it. No doubt the same should be true of 1989!

The winner will be announced on our first TGG podcast of May so give a listen to see if you win! Obviously we’ll post the winner the day after the podcast airs.

More about the game from GMT:

“History punishes those who come too late.” – Mikhail Gorbachev

1989 is an exciting, fast paced game simulating the end of the Cold War in 1989. During this amazing year, a series of democratic revolutions ended the 40 year Soviet empire in Eastern Europe. 1989 simulates the political, social and economic aspects of these revolutions using a card driven system similar to Twilight Struggle.

“No man is so old he cannot live one more year.” – Leszek Kolakowski

One player plays the Communist. At the start of the game he holds unquestioned power across the six nations of the Warsaw Pact. But there are omnious clouds on the horizon. The new leader in Moscow has declared no more will Soviet tanks prop up tottering Communist governments. The economies, after decades of central planning and stagnation, have reached various stages of crisis. Inside the churches and among the students and their professors there are dissident movements that have been emboldened. From crushing dissent to offering concessions, the Communist player will have to use a variety of strategies in a struggle to hold on to his empire.

“A bad regime is never in so great danger as when it tries to improve.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

The other player plays the Democrat. At the dawn of 1989, behind the iron curtain, no one considers revolution possible. The goal of dissidents is to create a civil society outside the control of the Communist regimes. On their side are students who are fascinated with the style and pop culture of the west, and the Church. Against them is the vast apparatus of the Communist state. Their challenge is to persuade the workers, who are the bulk of society, to join their cause.

1989: Dawn of Freedom is set for a late April release and will retail for $65.00. You can get a sneak peek at the rules here.

Lots of luck everyone and stay tuned as we’ll be launching a Twitter contest in May!

Jeff McAleer

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