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Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« on: February 23, 2015, 10:14:50 AM »
Hello,

this is my first post and I'd like to introduce myself and my recent game project.
I'm the designer of Democracy under Siege and the artist of Rick Heli's Founding Fathers.

My recent game is Secret Weapons of the Third Reich...



It's a semi-cooperative, semi-competitive worker placement strategy game for up to four players, playable also in solitaire, crafted for all fans of science fiction, alternate history and weird stories.

The game is in advanced stage of play-testing. I will finalize all game graphics and rules book in a few months. Then, I will publish the game on TheGameCrafter, as done for Founding Fathers.

This is the BGG page: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/168792/secret-weapons-third-reich

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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2015, 10:27:37 AM »
cool!  O0
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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2015, 10:28:47 AM »
Interesting concept.  I am curious as to how the solo game is played?  Is it score driven or is there an AI opponent?


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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2015, 10:55:03 AM »
Interesting concept.  I am curious as to how the solo game is played?  Is it score driven or is there an AI opponent?


Cheers,
PE

You're welcome. Latest version of rules can be downloaded in game's page:
https://sites.google.com/site/calvinuslab/secret-weapons-of-the-third-reich

Rules are being proof-read, so they are still a work-in-progress.

Solitaire play rules are a mix (score driven / AI): player wins if the "Leading Faction" (if in play) is ahead on VP Track when the game ends. When the "Leading Faction" is put out of play (this happens when the player successfully performs a German Counteroffensive), the player wins if the Weapon Production goal has been fulfilled (that means he successfully produced a critical mass of secret weapons), or when he succeeds to a assemble a giant orbital solar gun to strike New York...  :uglystupid2:  There's also the possibily of a "Turncoat" end game victory (the player secretly works for the enemy).

For the rest the solitaire rules provide some AI procedures to let the player perform key choices during the game. He will manage to get the "Leading Faction" actually assigned to the VP leading faction in the proper time, beware unforseenable outcomes are always behind the corner.
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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2015, 02:55:42 AM »
Hello,

the play-testing of Secret Weapons of the Third Reich game is now close to its completion.

I've recently published in the website the very latest version 0.9.9A of the rules booklet and vassal module.
I added some key changes to the Turncoat entry and victory conditions, and in a few event cards and player actions, with the purpose of making the game more balanced and challenging.

I still need a few play-testing session and then I will make the game purchasable on TheGameCrafter.

Stay tuned.
« Last Edit: April 30, 2015, 02:58:19 AM by calvinus »
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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2015, 05:53:42 AM »
cool!
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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2015, 03:15:24 AM »
 :) :) :) Secret Weapons of the Third Reich is now published on TheGameCrafter and can be purchased here:
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/secret-weapons-of-the-third-reich

Herewith a video of the unboxing of the game...



All game details, photos and other stuff can be found as usual in game page:
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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2015, 09:45:56 AM »
Calvinus, congratulations on successfully publishing your game! This looks quite tempting.

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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2015, 01:39:05 PM »
Very cool!

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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2015, 02:07:11 PM »
Has to be very satisfying to open the final product that went from a concept to a tangible product in your hand.  Congrats and success.


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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2015, 08:39:01 AM »
Has to be very satisfying to open the final product that went from a concept to a tangible product in your hand.  Congrats and success.


PE

Absolutely true, many thanks.

Also, the tangible quality of the final product (game-board, cards, rules book...) is considerably better than my expectations!  8)
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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2015, 07:56:52 AM »
News update: the first two introductory videos of the game are now online, an extended example of play of the first two game turns (1938 and 1939):



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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2016, 01:42:08 PM »
Hi all, I have some interesting news  :)

First, a couple of reviews...

A video review by Stuka Joe:


And a review by Michael Barnes on Fortress Ameritrash:
http://fortressat.com/articles-boardgame-reviews/5567-barnes-on-games-secret-weapons-of-the-third-reich-in-review


Last, the Ahnenerbe mini expansion is now published and can be purchased:
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/secret-weapons-of-the-third-reich:-ahnenerbe-expansion

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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2016, 01:50:00 PM »
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Re: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2016, 01:21:16 PM »
Hi all,

Secret Weapons of the Third Reich will be publised by 4Dados8)



You can find all details here: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1599654/4dados-preorder-secret-weapons-third-reich
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