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Games: Twilight Struggle Back In Stock

I haven't reviewed many new board games recently because ... well, becauseI haven't played many new board games recently. I have a To Buy list of titles I hope to pick up soon, but I am currently unable to obtain any of them for one reason (Pandemic is out of stock) or another (Agricola is on preorder) or another (Age of Steam keeps getting postponed) or another (Conan isn't slated until late summer?! Throw me a frickin bone, here!!).

In the meantime, I have been playing plenty of Twilight Struggle, and I am ready to declare it as my Favorite Game, usurping the title formerly held by Power Grid.

At the time of my initial review Twilight Struggle was out of print, and has been for some time; I just discovered, however, that a third printing has been released, and the game is again available. So if you considered picking up a copy, now's the time to do so.

Posted on May 08, 2008 to Games


Ha! I have also heard that 50% of Republicans can be untruthful.

Posted by: manager mom on May 13, 2008 6:17 PM

Twilight Struggle over Power Grid, eh? I quite like TS, but it doesn't even approach Power Grid level for me... too much randomness in the former.

Posted by: Matthew F on May 14, 2008 12:19 AM

For those of you who would like to experience a similar game without the doom and gloom of the cold war, check out 1960: Making of a President. It's by the same designer, and offers a similar experience. Plus you might be able to convince your lady friend* to play after she's done laughing at you for buying a boardgame about a presidential race from 50 years ago.

*by lady friend I mean non-gaming spouse or equivalent.

Posted by: bred on May 14, 2008 9:40 AM

And if, on the other hand, you want nothing but the doom and gloom of the Cold War, followed immediately by a hot nuclear war, I recommend the computer game DEFCON, which will let you re-live that scene from the end of "Wargames" where you engage other countries on a big ray-traced map of the globe. Everybody loses-- it's your job to lose the least.


Posted by: LAN3 on May 14, 2008 10:21 AM

After your initial review of Twilight Struggle, my boyfriend at the time and I went out and bought a copy. Wow are those rules complicated...once we got through them, though, I have to admit - it's pretty fun. One criticism though - I know it's based on real events and everything, but I *still* think they should have included some Dr. Strangelove events in there.

Also, if you are ever wanting to look at some new games, I recommend Betrayal at the House on the Hill: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=ah/prod/betrayalhouse
It's been a favorite at our local game nights.

Posted by: Lani on May 14, 2008 9:11 PM

1. No need for 1960, my lady love likes Twilight Struggle just fin. At least for us, it's a great "couples" game.

2. There is a Dr. Strangelove card in the deck.

All in all it's a really great game. Definitely one of my favorites.

Posted by: dan daly on May 15, 2008 8:25 AM

DEFCON -is- a great game LAN3, and plays very much like a boardgame on the PC.

Posted by: bred on May 15, 2008 10:09 PM