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Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets

Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets is a strategy title from the award-winning team at Strategic Studies Group. A synthesis of the very best elements of Decisive Battles and Battlefront, and a successor to both, the new Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets brings to life a campaign of epic scale and dynamic battles on the Eastern Front of World War II.

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Game SPECS

Strategic Studies Group
Jul 17, 2008
English
Operational
World War II
Eastern Europe
Intermediate
Turn-Based IGOUGO
1-2
Present
Traditional PBEM
Yes
PDF E-Book, Printed - Black & White
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Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets is a strategy title from the award-winning team at Strategic Studies Group. A synthesis of the very best elements of two critically acclaimed and top-rated game systems, Decisive Battles and Battlefront, and a successor to both, the new Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets brings to life a campaign of epic scale and dynamic battles on the Eastern Front of World War II.


Command the Soviet forces, newly confident after stopping and throwing back the Barbarossa offensive, or try the elite and seasoned German army now reconstituted after Winter losses and ready to regain the initiative. Two separate forces prepared offensives in the same area in the Spring of 1942. When the dust had cleared the Germans had managed a great victory that opened the doors to the drive on Stalingrad. But the outcome was far from certain and in Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets, history is yours to rewrite.

This new system allows both regimental and battalion level combat, while incorporating many innovative features such as off-map reinforcement decisions and on-map historical areas of operation with mystery variants to increase replayability and limit the effect of hindsight. Along with the substantially improved and simplified supply and movement systems, a new bonus and advantage system for headquarters effects, simplified direct fire and better combat tables, an improved strong points system and the ability to create hedgehog defenses make this an advanced and realistic wargame.

Perhaps the most innovative feature of Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets is the on-map area of operation and mystery variant system. This system takes away the advantage of hindsight by restricting mass unit relocation while allowing the areas to change as you achieve your objectives, with mystery variants keeping the opponent from predicting your limits. These rules represent a realistic modeling of historical command restrictions and add a fascinating layer to each side’s decision-making.

 

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