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The Chosin Few

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$30.99 $27.99
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Nathan Hansen
Play Time:
60 minutes

On October 25, 1950, with General Douglas MacArthur's United Nations forces closing in on what would have otherwise been a quick victorious end to the Korean War, Communist Chinese forces began pouring across the border. In northeastern Korea, the US X Corps, led by Major General Ned Almond, was strung out with its units unable to support each other. Those units near the Chosin (Changjin) Reservoir included the 1st Marine Division and elements of the 7th Infantry Division.

You lose the game if you are unable to achieve the third Order Objective, or if one or more of your Units is completely destroyed; you win the game if you are able to successfully complete all the Order Objectives.

What's In The Box?:

• One 12-page, full-color, Rules booklet
• One 17" x 22" mounted game map (in four pieces)
• 20 Activity cards
• Three Order cards
• One End of Order card
• One Player Aid card
• One sheet of 11 counters and 2 standees
• 20 cubes (5 each of 4 different colors)
• One six-sided die
• One bright red, 9 1/4" x 5 7/8" Standard cardboard VPG game box
• One beautiful box cover sleeve
• One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
• One charcoal desiccant packet


Game Design: Nathan Hansen
Documentation: Nathan Hansen
Map Art: Ilya Kudriashov
Playtesting: Deon Carrico, Kevin Fortuna, David Hansen, Noelle Le Bienvenu, Tobias Loc, David Kennedy, Brian Powers, Grant Taylor
Proofreading: Hans Korting, Leigh Toms, Karen Wolterman


They Are Forgotten No Longer by Brent Campbell (BGG)
Before this game I would not have thought that you could have told this story this abstractly and this simply and still get the feel of the nature of this battle, but it does this very well. ... I like this game very much and it will remain on my shelf for some time to come or until I wear it out.
Never Tell Me the Odds by Nick South (Gaming Trend)
The Chosin Few does a good job of replicating the onslaught the Americans faced in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. The mechanics are sound, and there’s a tremendous amount of tension.
The Chosin Few by Mike Wall (A Wargamer's Needful Things)
Is it enjoyable? Yes, yes, yes. Every turn of the card is waited with bated breath...[and] it plays quickly. An hour tops for the whole game easily covers it and often 30-40 minutes is more likely. That's fortunate, because it is one of those games where you lose and immediately want to have just one more go.
The Chosin Few by Maurice Fitzgerald (Club Fantasci)
Although fairly abstract, Nathan Hansen has done a fantastic job at keeping the gameplay of The Chosin Few simple while never detracting from the intense pressure of seeing masses of Chinese forces spilling over the mountains after you. The desperation and uncertainty builds with each deployment and movement of those nasty little cubes, conveying quite well the urgency and fear of the situation, along with a growing sense of futility.

The Chosin Few is not a complex game, which makes it accessible to a much wider audience and very easy to get to the table but also doesn’t leave a lot to be explored tactically on successive plays. 

The Chosin Few is a very fun and engaging game that will always dare you to just one more play!
How to Die a Thousand Deaths by Bill Floyd (BGG)
The Chosin Few is a fun, fast playing game. ... I'm enjoying fighting back the communist hordes - and running like hell!

Game Resources

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