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$143
pledged of $500pledged of $500 goal
7
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, March 8 2016 6:30 PM UTC +00:00

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Two Generals Games publishes historical simulations, aka "war games." Fighting the Islamic State was researched and designed to show why the war in Iraq and Syria is causing so many refugees, who is fighting and why, and what outcomes may occur. The game covers the period 2014-2017, and so projects into the future. In order to accommodate that, we'll update the rules and charts periodically online to reflect what is happening in the field.  

The game counters (playing pieces) include combat units for: the Islamic State ("ISIS," "ISIL," "Daesh"), the Syrian Regime (including Russians), the Syrian Rebels, the Kurds, the Iraqis, the Iranian-backed forces (Shia Militia and Hezbollah), and the US/Coalition forces (USA, France, Britain, Turkey).

The map covers all of Syria and Iraq and the border areas. Depicted are the power plants, dams, oil fields, refineries and archaeological sites that the Islamic State exploits for cash. The map is color-coded to reflect the primary religious sects that divide loyalties there: Shia and Sunni Muslims, plus "Tolerants." Fighting in an area that matches your Faction's religion helps you; fighting in the other areas helps your opponents.

The game is for 2-6 players. "Momentum" is a key concept - the player with Momentum starts and ends each turn. The Islamic State also commits "Acts of Terror" every turn that increase the likelihood for Intervention, mostly from the U.S. See the rules online at www.twogeneralsgames.com for details.

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Risks and challenges

The game is already designed and has been extensively play-tested. I expect more play-tests. The only obstacle now is printing, and I have a printer I've used four times before, so it's unlikely to be a problem. The biggest "problem" (if you want to call it that) is if a very unexpected incident occurs in Syria/Iraq that might be hard to account for in the game rules alone: e.g., Israel invades Syria to defend the Druze, whom they have "guaranteed" or some other very unlikely political event.

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