The enemy's battleline is pinpointed by the bright orange blast as his guns return fire. Salvo after salvo is exchanged as your ships battle for victory at sea.
Battlewagon allows players to recreate naval battles in the era of the dreadnought. Scenarios reenacting 10 of the most famous engagements during World War I and II are included. With the wealth of information... [click here for more]
Find out more about Battlewagon’s background!
This is the first in a series of historical articles going back to the original edition of Battlewagon. Published originally in Nexus Magazine no. 1, Rulers of the High Seas discusses the historical background for the game. Focusing on the history of the dreadnoughts, this is a fascinating glimpse of history for anyone... [click here for more]
HISTORICAL NOTES: In 1944, McArthur returned to the Philippines. His return precipitated the greatest sea battle in history: the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The battle consisted of four separate but interrelated sea battles, one of which was the Battle off Samar.
Published in May 1983, this scenario was written for the first edition of Battlewagon, but can be easily adapted for the second... [click here for more]
Historical Notes: On April 1, 1945, allied forces assaulted Okinawa. The assault was not unexpected by the Japanese, hence extensive defensive positions had been prepared on the island and plans for naval and air attacks on allied ships had been developed.
On April 5,1945, the Yamato in company with a light cruiser and eight destroyers — the last functional naval units of... [click here for more]
Historical Notes: On December 31, 1942, a German force consisting of the pocket battleship Lutzow, the heavy cruiser Hipper, and two divisions of destroyers intercepted the British convoy JW51B. The convoy was defended by five destroyers and four corvettes. In addition, two light cruisers were 30 miles away and closing to join the convoy.
The battle began as the HMS Obdurate,... [click here for more]
Historical Background: As part of Operation SHO-I, intended to disrupt the American landings at Leyte Gulf, the Japanese intended to send two groups through Surigao Straits. These ships were to link up with others off of the beaches and destroy the landing forces. The American planes spotted Admiral Nishimura's two battleships on October 23rd, and the Allies moved six old battleships under... [click here for more]
The sixth historical scenario for Battlewagon has been released from the vaults of Nexus!Historical Background: Between August 1942 and the end of 1943, Japanese and Allied naval forces clashed in more than a dozen nighttime surface actions. These battles were generally the result of attempts to land, supply or evacuate troops in the Solomon Islands. Although Guadalcanal... [click here for more]
Actually, there is a kind of magic in a historical game. It’s not the blatant kind: no thundering giants are summoned, no demons appear, and no dragons spit fire. Instead, it’s the subtle magic of being transported across time to stand in another man’s shoes.
It is 1983 and Nexus #5 has just been released. It focuses this time on historical boardgames, starting with... [click here for more]
Return to 1980 when Task Force Games was thriving and releasing all sorts of games. The Vietnam War was in the very recent past. Enter Perry Moore with a concept and design and Stephen Cole to develop the game and the combat system. They consulted with others who had been in the military. The result? Operation Pegasus.
In the spring of 1968 two full North Vietnamese divisions surrounded and blocked... [click here for more]