EUROPE DIVIDED

by PHALANX

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      Kyle Reesman 2 days ago

      Just looks amazing and is my area of interest

    2. PHALANX 5-time creator on

      The Kickstarter campaign is now planned for June 10th. Stay tuned in! Jaro & PHALANX

    3. Michael aus B. an der W. on

      Super excited!Kickstarter starts 26.05 I assume? Thx Phalanx for all those great games.

    4. PHALANX 5-time creator on

      @Luca - Artwork shown here isn't final. We will update it closer to the campaign's start. :)

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      Luca Piganzoli on

      Hi! I'm interested. The map seems too dark.. Why this choice? Is it the final artwork?

    6. PHALANX 5-time creator on

      @Michael aus B. an der W. - yes, we are thinking about publishing the German edition on our own. We will know this before the campaign ends. :)

    7. Michael aus B. an der W. on

      What about other language editions? Anything planned?Especially German?

    8. Michael aus B. an der W. on

      What about other language editions? Anything planned?Especially German?

    9. Michael aus B. an der W. on

      What about other language editions? Anything planned?Especially German?

    10. PHALANX 5-time creator on

      @Chris Blackford - yes, all sections of this preview will be expanded. :)
      @Dixon G. Greffey - the European player will find all the difficulties you write about. What is more, the wider you expand, the harder is to coordinate your efforts. The game shows this real life mechanisms perfectly.

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      Dixon G. Greffey
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      I am having trouble with the premise. The premise sort of presumes that Europe has a coherent leadership--that a person or council is deciding the strategy to counter Russia. The real world does not seem to conform to this model. And remember-- NATO's most important member is the United States.

      Back in the 1990s, I initially opposed U.S. intervention in the former Yugoslavia because I believed that Europe had the power and the moral obligation to settle things without U.S. involvement. But having the actual political will and cohesion turned out to be another matter. Only U.S. leadership got NATO to act. Nothing that has happened since 1995 has restored my confidence in the Europe's major powers. And even now, the U.S. President has to rhetorically browbeat NATO to rearm to meet the Russian threat even as Germany's Chancellor cuts new energy deals with Russia.

      Maybe the game design will be good (and have some good counterfactual historical event cards)-- but I just can't maintain a sufficient suspension of belief right now.

    12. Chris Blackford on

      Can't wait for this one! Is there any chance the game overview section will be expanded upon? I would like to see more about the game and how it plays.

    13. Sax is my Axe on

      Another outstanding game guys! After successfully backing Freedom I stand ready to engage in the geopolitical turmoil of Europe Divided!

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The end of the Cold War ushered in a new age of European expansion. Central and Eastern Europe had emerged from dictatorships and wanted to consolidate their democracies. They sought European integration to ensure they would not fall back into the Russian sphere of influence. The EU and NATO offered a guarantee of this, and the EU was also seen as vital to ensuring the economic success of those countries. Russia — a shell of its former power as the Soviet Union — could do nothing to slow the European expansion.

But then things changed. 

Oil prices increased, bolstering Russia's economy. Putin came to power, and despite political discontent in Russia, his popularity remained strong. In 2008, war broke out between Russia and the NATO-aspirant, former Soviet country of Georgia. Russia's resurgence had begun, exemplified by the 2014 annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine.

Europe Divided is a game of an expansionist Europe, a resurgent Russia, and a new Cold War. 

Game Overview

In the game, you control of one of the two powers: Europe (controlling both NATO and the European Union) or Russia. You manage conflicts of political and military influence, vying for control over Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Caucasus. Europe is powerful and rich, but bureaucratic and slow to react. Russia lacks Europe's resources, but can respond rapidly.

Europe Divided takes place over two periods: 1992-2008 (European Expansion) and 2008-2019 (Russian Resurgence). Players score victory points by having dominant influence in contested countries in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Caucasus. They can also score victory points by bringing key historical events to fruition. The player with the most victory points at the end of the two periods wins.

Europe Divided is rich with history and includes today's potential flashpoints, but it features a quick-playing card-driven core mechanism. Players use cards associated with countries they control to establish political and military influence, gain financial resources, and build and deploy their military presence. An elegant deck-manipulation mechanism weakens players' decks as they increase their influence, creating a tension point between seeking to expand and overreaching. Players also compete over key political events throughout the game. Will the Velvet Revolution result in the split of the Czech Republic and Slovakia? How will the Bosnian War end? The players will decide the fate of history throughout this period of Europe Divided.

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Who are We?

Europe Divided is designed and published by people passionate about both the tabletop experience and geopolitics.

PHALANX is an international publisher, known for great  quality products and customer-focused service. We work with the renowned  designers and help publish great classics (Mark Simonitch’s Hannibal & Hamilcar, Martin Wallace’s Nanty Narking).  At the same time we strive to identify and promote new names behind the games and help people live their dreams via publishing their labour of  love projects. We at PHALANX just love games.  

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