Soviet Dawn

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A solitaire game of the Russian Civil War, 1918-1921.

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2008 CSR Award NomineeSoviet Dawn brings Darin Leviloff’s novel States of Siege™ game system (introduced in VPG’s Israeli Independence) back for a much larger storytelling adventure covering the Russian Civil War from 1918 to 1921. With several enemy “Fronts” converging on Moscow, the fate of the revolution and the prestige of international communism rests on your ability to manage and resolve every crisis that the “Whites” can assail you with.

As the headlines unfold, you draw upon military and political resources to help you, or try to reorganize the Red Army for special abilities that can greatly enhance your position. Who knows? You might even capture the Imperial Gold Reserve!

Can you deal with the great crises of that time and defend the revolution? Will you withdraw from the Great War (WW1) or exercise the Bukharin Option and fight on? Can you execute the Czar in time, or will the Whites rescue him? Will you fortify Petrograd or press your offensives home? How will you deal with internal and external dissent? Play Soviet Dawn and see!

Game Components:

•    One 8-page, color Game Rules booklet
•    16 color, die-cut 5/8” mounted game pieces
•    12 color, die-cut 3/4” mounted game pieces
•    48 Headline cards
•    One 11” x 17” color game map
•    Detailed example of play plus Designer’s Notes
•    Polybag packaging and component storage


Game Design: Darin A. Leviloff
Documentation & Development: Alan Emrich
Map Art: Tim Allen
Playtesting: Paul Aceto, Dennis Bishop, M. Evan Brooks, Vince DeNardo, Daniel Gray, Tulloch McKinley, Lance McMillan, Kim Meints, Dave Schubert, Andrei Shlepov
Additional Playtesting: Steve Carey, Andy Lewis

Game Data

Number of Players Solitaire
Age 13+
Playing Time Approximately 25 minutes
Difficulty 3
Solitaire Suitability 9
Designer Darin Leviloff
Developer Alan Emrich


Soviet Dawn by Kyle Smith (The Critical Boardgamer)
I've played Soviet Dawn every day since I got it. Mostly twice a day. The most I've played it is 5 times in one day! I'm absolutely in love with it, although it is not without it's shortcomings. It has a very high luck factor, and there can be stretches where the game feels like it plays itself. Especially when you are losing. You may even quickly sour to it after losing 4 games in a row, only 6 cards in. But even taking all that into consideration, I really enjoy this game, and at the moment it's my most enjoyable solitaire game.