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Samurai Battles Should Hit Stores Soon

In what looks to be an interesting wargame release, Zvezda has announced Samurai Battles would arrive at warehouses in the U.S. yesterday so that should mean we’ll be seeing the title on store shelves soon. Samurai Battles incorporates Zvenda’s new 1/72 scale figures with two sets of rules. So the reality is you’ll receive two completely different games – using the same map and terrain tiles – but one being a Commands & Colors card driven design by Richard Borg and the other an Art of Tactic design by Konstantin Krivlenko using his Origin’s Award nominated system of secret planning and simultaneous movement. Seeing I’m a big fan of the C&C releases from GMT and I’ve heard really good things about Operation Barbarossa ’41, which uses the Art of Tactic system, this really looks like a game to watch. The MSRP for Samurai Battles is $79.95.

From Zvezda:

Zvezda is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new historical board game featuring the intense battles of feudal Japan! Samurai Battles puts players in control of their own army of Japanese warriors, facing the same challenges as real battlefield commanders!

Samurai Battles includes everything you need to create exciting battles:

• 122 plastic model warriors—all highly detailed and historically accurate;

• 6 double-sided modular game boards combine with 30 terrain hexes and 13 plastic elevation tiles to produce an almost unlimited variety of battlefields;

For even more excitement, Samurai Battles includes two complete game systems!

• Commands & Colors: Designed by the award-winning Richard Borg, this popular system goes to Japan for the first time! This unique card-driven game system already has a legion of fans who will be eager to experience the new opportunities and challenges of feudal Japan.

• Art of Tactic: Konstantin Krivenko’s hidden planning and simultaneous movement system was recently nominated for an Origins Award with the earlier Barbarossa 1941 game. This robust system has been modified to reflect the challenges of feudal Japanese warfare.

Both systems include a complete rulebook, along with a number of historically-based scenarios for hours of excitement, and all of the components needed to play. Try both games for completely different game play experiences!

Samurai Battles offers the player enormous expansion potential. Players can add any of the models in Zvezda’s constantly growing line of feudal Japanese model kits. Each model comes complete with everything you need to add it to either game system right away.

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Jeff McAleer

Founder/Editor-in-chief of The Gaming Gang website and host of The Gaming Gang Dispatch and other TGG media, Jeff tackles any and all sorts of games but has a special fondness for strategy, conflict sims, and roleplaying games. Plus, he's certainly never at a loss for an opinion...

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