Next Wave - Tide of Iron starter set & Stalingrad expansion
1A Games launches the NEXT WAVE of Tide of Iron: a new quick-start intro set – and a Stalingrad expansion that covers city fighting.
"I told our men we could not retreat beyond the Volga... I believe that nowhere else in this war was there such bloody hand-to-hand combat. Nowhere else were bayonets and hand grenades used so widely as in Stalingrad... Our soldiers had only one idea. Stalin had ordered us not to retreat."
– Vasily Chuikov, commander of the Soviet 62nd Army during the battle of Stalingrad
The Next Wave for the Tide of Iron Series
1A Games’s Stalingrad expansion for the World War Two tactical board game series Tide of Iron (TOI) introduces players to the unprecedented, vicious street fighting that came to symbolize the brutality of what the Soviet Union called its Great Patriotic War.
You must have the TOI starter set in order to play the Stalingrad expansion. Don't have the starter set yet? You can get the new "Next Wave" edition with special quick-start scenarios and some new, additional items (explained below) as a reward at the REGIMENT or CORPS levels.
Still the Same Great Game
If you already own Tide of Iron, the rules and components for the Stalingrad expansion were designed to work with the existing game system.
1A's "Next Wave" version of Tide of Iron does not change the game system. It introduces new quick-start scenarios and presents the same original core rules, but in a way that is designed to get you playing the game faster. The old TOI and "Next Wave" versions are totally compatible.
What's Inside the Stalingrad Box
The Stalingrad expansion includes a full complement of Soviet infantry, the German StuG III E and Panzer III (German infantry are needed from the TOI core game), the Soviet T-34/76 medium tank, and introduces the Soviet T-70 light tank (larger tank image middle right below not to scale) to the TOI series – 90 plastic figures, bases, and vehicles!
The Stalingrad expansion also includes 12 new double-sided urban terrain map boards that show factories, debris-filled streets, major buildings, and even sewer covers that allow access and movement underneath the city ruins.
Eight new scenarios include small, introductory battles to help players to quickly learn the new Stalingrad rules, and four linked campaign scenarios.
What's Inside the "Next Wave" Tide of Iron starter set
The new TOI Next Wave starter set reprints the same tokens, same reference charts, and same core rules published originally by Fantasy Flight Games. It includes double-sided geomorphic map boards depicting French countryside, the same original plastic pieces representing American and German infantry, and same original German and U.S. tanks and armored half-tracks. Everything you need to fight World War Two tactical battles on a tabletop.
And 1A's Next Wave TOI starter set is totally compatible with the existing FFG TOI expansions as well as 1A's new Stalingrad expansion.
Spectacular Bonus Rewards
BONUS: Stalingrad expansion Kickstarter supporters at the BATTALION level and above get a special limited-edition Operations card called "Patched Up" that enables either player to bring back lightly wounded soldiers into front line service. (This card will never be sold separately.)
REALLY BIG BONUS: 1A Games is now working with Sandboxr, a company that uses new 3D printing technology to create full-color 3D models. Supporters at the DIVISION level and above will receive two copies of the rare German sIG 33 armored self-propelled howitzer that was manufactured specifically for use at Stalingrad (only 12 were made in time for the battle). This is a true collectors item. 1A will never produce a mold or large quantities of the sIG 33.
This is NOT a one-color plastic model like the vehicles made for TOI. The sIG 33 is made from sandstone IN FULL COLOR, with insignia.
BUT WAIT, THAT'S NOT ALL... The supporters who choose the REGIMENT or CORPS level will receive the "Next Wave" edition of the TOI starter set PLUS a special limited-edition Operations card called "Supply Depot" that gives any player 2 command points that may be saved or used immediately to buy strategy cards, initiative, etc. (This card will never be sold separately.)
NEW BONUS REWARD ADDED SEPTEMBER 8:
Starting at the Tide of Iron Starter Set $90 Regiment level, we are offering really nice laser-cut wooden Initiative cards (see sample cut below – more card images will be posted as we get them). The Regiment level will receive an American and German wooden Initiative card (2 cards total). Corps and Army level pledges will also receive the Soviet and British Initiative cards (4 cards total).
Help Us Launch the Next Wave for the Tide of Iron Series
The Stalingrad expansion and "Next Wave" TOI starter set are just the first of many more titles in the Tide of Iron series. Your pledges will be rewarded with some great gifts!
Bill, Craig, Mark, Chris, and Dana
Risks and challenges
The good news is – the Stalingrad expansion is already in final production at the factory!
We are using Kickstarter to help spread the word about our "Next Wave" products for the Tide of Iron series. These pre-orders will help us cover some production costs and the shipping and related fees to get the games to our U.S. warehouse.
The 3D printing should also be completed in November, although this depends upon how many pledges we receive for these incredible models.
Even with unexpected delays, the Stalingrad expansion should ship within 60 to 90 days after our Kickstarter project closes. The new "Next Wave" Tide of Iron starter set is in pre-press production and should be received from the factory in the first quarter of 2014.
We will keep you informed along the way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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