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Re-fight the single most important campaign of World War 2 in this medium complexity wargame, using wooden blocks for "fog of war."
Re-fight the single most important campaign of World War 2 in this medium complexity wargame, using wooden blocks for "fog of war."
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Looking back, we can say with certainty that, for the Germans to win WW2, they had to capture Moscow and they had to do it in 1941. Can you?

Moscow '41 is a new game from VentoNuovo Games.  We are entering our fifth year of operations, proud of the high quality and play value of our current five games but realizing that we need to connect with many more gamers all over the world. So this Kickstarter is as much about seeking a wider audience as it is obtaining funds to make our game better.

World War 2 on the Eastern Front was battle on a massive scale, like some sort of Wagnerian epic, but all too real. There are many games that cover the entire war, including our own "Blocks in the East." Other games focus purely on one battle. But we feel the interesting place to do something new is to focus on a single campaign...and to take the most important campaign of the war.

Moscow '41 aims to give players a small sense of the chaos and balancing acts both sides had to deal with in this ultimate campaign. The Germans have their armies strung back for miles behind where their units start on the edge of the map. They can be very powerful, if they can consolidate and apply the advantages of their artillery and air power.

But they know the Soviets are weak in places and getting stronger every hour. They must push their luck to have a chance to win.

Guderian is attacking with full Luftwaffe support.
Guderian is attacking with full Luftwaffe support.

The Soviet starting forces are a mix of good units and "remnants," bits of broken formations that have little power now but could be rebuilt... if they can be saved. Yet someone has to hold the line, to give time for reinforcements to arrive.  

Remnant or full-strength unit? You may have to fight to find out.
Remnant or full-strength unit? You may have to fight to find out.

The wooden blocks provide easy displays of a unit's strength and abilities, plus the "fog of war" that adds tension and excitement. Our blocks are made in Europe, with solid colors and precision edges, and our PVC stickers really pop with the information you need as you make decisions and balance risk and reward. The play testers speak of triumph and tragedy in every turn. Perfect for two players, Moscow '41 is surprisingly interesting for solo play as well.  

Here is the nearly finished Players Aid Chart. See Update 8 for details.
Here is the nearly finished Players Aid Chart. See Update 8 for details.

We have posted a draft of the rules, plus some demo videos, in the Updates. The art you see is prototype, and the production stickers will fill the faces of the 16mm blocks.  We have more stretch goals and game upgrades to post!

Join us on this quest for fun!

Here are the shipping charges (unless you have a 'free shipping' support level).

SHIPPING (to a single address):

Europe: 1 game €13, 2 games €17

North America: 1 game €13, 2 games €18

South America: 1 game €18, 2 games €23

Asia/Pacific: 1 game €23, 2 games €27

Note that some support levels have discounted shipping, and 

Any combination over $200 gets  FREE SHIPPING!

Here are some items you might like to add to your support level.  This is easy to do, and we will explain it in detail at the bottom of the page. Prices include any additional shipping costs needed, so you do not need to add any shipping to your pledge for Add Ons (and if they take you to 200 euros or more, shipping is free!)

"How do I handle the Add Ons?"  

Probably one of the most common questions on Kickstarters.

 Decide which support level you want and note the price and the shipping charges, if any. Pick the Add Ons you like and note their prices (which already include any additional shipping needed). Change the figure you are paying for your selected Support Level to reflect the additional charges.

After the Kickstarter ends, we will send out a "survey" with a check list, so you can confirm which items you want (or even add more!)

The Leningrad Campaign is handled with an abstract sidebar technique that still matters on the main mapboard.
The Leningrad Campaign is handled with an abstract sidebar technique that still matters on the main mapboard.
Here is the nearly finished map. Find out more about it at Update 8.
Here is the nearly finished map. Find out more about it at Update 8.

Check out our other games at: http://www.ventonuovo.net/

"What can you tell me about other VentoNuovo games?"  Here is a review of our Waterloo 200 game from Marco Arnaudo, who is well known for shooting straight about things that work or don't.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFG7LwWhTu0

You can add any of our games to your kickstarter, including "Waterloo 200" or "1914." Any package over 200 euros gets free shipping! Or buy them direct and enjoy them all summer.
You can add any of our games to your kickstarter, including "Waterloo 200" or "1914." Any package over 200 euros gets free shipping! Or buy them direct and enjoy them all summer.

Thanks to Peter Ceren for our video. https://www.facebook.com/theoldforestphotos

Risks and challenges

VentoNuovo Games has released 5 titles already, with Blocks in the East reprinted. We are very familiar with the game production process and have the major portions of game art and design finished already. Except for one possible stretch goal item, our vendors are all in Europe and we do not expect "ocean delays" or that sort of thing. Our delivery target for September is one we feel very confident about.

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FAQ

  • Our apologies. We dropped a stitch and did not use the 'auto add shipping charges' function that is possible with kickstarter, and we cannot change it now. We did create "new" support levels for the two most common goals, which does automatically add shipping for most places.

    Now, to the meat of your question-- check the shipping charges listed in the text (which we repeat here). You must ADD to whatever your support level is (unless you have a 'free shipping' support level).

    "How do I ADD to my payment?"

    At the home page for the project, you see a green box that says "you're a backer" with a blue button that says "manage your pledge." Press that.

    You go to a page that shows your pledge and the amount you pay, with another blue button that lets you "change your pledge."

    That would let you go to a different support level, or decide you want to add euros for the mounted map..whatever. You can change the number to add the shipping, or hop to a different level, which is the same but adds the shipping automatically.

    While you're doing this, if you decide you want to Add On something (like the mounted map, history set, t-shirt, etc.) you simply increase the level to cover whatever that price is, plus the shipping (the Add Ons have no additional shipping required).

    If your Add Ons carry the price over 200, shipping is free!

    If not, we repeat the shipping amounts here.

    SHIPPING (to a single address):

    Europe: 1 game €13, 2 games €17

    North America: 1 game €13, 2 games €18

    South America: 1 game €18, 2 games €23

    Asia/Pacific: 1 game €23, 2 games €27

    And, to repeat the simple way, we will still ship for free any order over €200.

    Note that the Buddy Bundle has 2 copies of M'41 but only asks for "one game" shipping, and the Club Bundle has FOUR copies of M'41 but only asks for 2 games shipping. (Sorry if that is confusing-- we are trying to give folks a break for multiple copies!).

    We hope this clears things up and we will streamline the system as we go along. Thanks for your patience.

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  • Once players are familiar with the rules and mechanics, we find they can finish the Campaign game in about 2 hours (but we warn you-- the playtesters often wanted to play again...which we captured in the video.) The two shorter scenarios (which we are delighted to add in stretch goals-- thank you!) will each take about 1 hour or less.

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  • First, select the Support level that you want and note the price for Add Ons (in euros). The system will take you into the ordering area, with a starting price that is only what the Support level price was. Increase this amount by whatever your chosen Add On items cost, and (if your total is still below €200), also increase it by the shipping level, as listed in the text.
    So, for example, if you want the basic game (€45) but wanted to add the Mounted Map (€22) and the History Bundle (€27), you end up with a total of €94. If you want the games shipped to Europe or North America, add €13, and your total will be €107.

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  • No and just barely (to answer both your questions).
    The game focuses only on the campaign against Moscow-- what happened when the Germans had their bridgehead over the Dnieper River. There is an mechanic to cover the Kiev Pocket (if the Germans capture certain territory, they gain a powerful armor unit-- but will it be worth it?) and the Road to Leningrad is covered in an abstract way. The focus is really on taking Moscow-- because our position is that this was the most important objective.

    The Axis allies came in after the beginning of Barbarossa but none made it forward in time to be part of Army Group Center in this campaign...with the exception of the Spanish "Blue" Division, which is included in the game.

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  • We will have the rules and all charts in a Spanish downloadable version, but are not planning for other languages at this time. (Why?) The answer is simply that we have a great relationship with a couple people who can turn our rules into Spanish and no such relationship with anyone else in other languages.

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  • We try to be agreeable, especially since we are meeting a lot of new people. Adding lots more support levels is going to make things more confusing, but if you will message us to ask, we will try to work something out, as long as you are getting at least one copy of Moscow '41. (and if you are getting just one copy of M'41 and one other game, please add the "ship two games" figures to your pledge. If your extras take you to 200 euros or passed, your shipping is free.) Of course, doing it this way, you will have to wait until September for all your games, where you could order directly from VNG for the other things and be enjoying them all summer. It's up to you. http://www.ventonuovo.net/

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  • We have released 5 games already. Blocks in the East is about to sell out its second printing.
    But you may have heard of Marco Arnaudo, a game reviewer with a good reputation for telling true stories about what works and what doesn't work in any games. Here is his review of Waterloo 200. Same designer and art team are involved on Moscow 41. https://www.youtube.com/watch…

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