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Frank Chadwick's ETO hub


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Welcome to the online information nexus for Frank Chadwick's ETO series of WWII European Theater wargames. Here are the official forums we frequent to answer your questions and post announcements:

Official ETO Facebook Group

Official ETO ConsimWorld Forum

Official Thunder in the East Boardgame Geek Forum

 Thunder in the East Rules book

Thunder in the East Scenario book

Thunder in the East Reference book

Thunder in the East Errata & ETO Retrofit rules (20 November 2018 version)

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Official Thunder in the East Free Vassal Kit

(v1.0 coming soon)



ETO TITE Reference Book cover   Thunder in the East Rules Book cover   TITE Scenario Book cover

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Frank Chadwick's ETO vol. I: Thunder in the East

These links will become active as these articles are published online.

Section I: Designer's Notes and Analysis

Frank Chadwick's ETO Design Philosophy by Frank Chadwick
Modeling the German Army in ETO by Frank Chadwick
Modeling the Soviet Army in ETO by Frank Chadwick
The Death and Birth of the Soviet Mechanized Forces by Frank Chadwick
The Plane Truth by Frank Chadwick
Deconstructing Factional Asymmetry in TitE by Alan Emrich
Pick a Card, Any Card by Alan Emrich
So Much for the Weather by Alan Emrich

Section II: Player's Guide – Land

"L'audace, encore l'audace, et toujour l'audaceby Alan Emrich
How to Lose as the Axis during Barbarossa by Frank Chadwick
A Fistful of Rubles by Kevin Roust
For a Few Rubles More by Kevin Roust
18 Steps to Victory or Defeat by Alan Emrich
Our Chief Weapon is Supplies by Alan Emrich and Lance McMillan
Isn't That Special (Movement)? by John Tiehen
What the Rail? by Alan Emrich
When to Build 'Em Up and Break 'Em Down by Alan Emrich
The Importance of Combat Phase Reactions by Alan Emrich
Nothing up My Sleeve! by Alan Emrich with John Tiehen

Section III: Player's Guide – Air

Working the Air Force Ground Crews by John Tiehen
Red Phoenix: The Fall and Rise of the Soviet Air Force by John Tiehen
Luftwaffe Blues by John Tiehen
Hitting the Silk by Alan Emrich
We're on a Mission by Alan Emrich
The Fighter Commander's Guide to Air Combat by Alan Emrich

Section IV: The Campaign Game Player's Guide

Flagging Morale in the Campaign Game by Frank Chadwick
ETO's Economic Model by Frank Chadwick
Guerrillas in their Midst by Alan Emrich
Strategic Bombing for Fun and Profit by Kevin Roust
Turning Point: Changing the Strategic Initiative by Alan Emrich

Section V: The Big Picture

ETO Volume V: Victory at Any Cost Preview by ??
ETO Victory at Any Cost: The Battle for the North Atlantic by ??
ETO Wilderness Theaters: Big News for Small Units by ??
ETO Theater Regions: Concessions for Logistics by ??
ETO Expansion Packs by ??
ETO Combined Tabletop Footprint by Alan Emrich

Section VI: After-Action Reports & Replays

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Sevastopol a ConsimWorld playtest by Daniel Duldig
When TITE Takes an Interesting Turn: Part I by Alan Emrich with Jeff Nyquist
When TITE Takes an Interesting Turn: Part II by Alan Emrich with Jeff Nyquist
When TITE Takes an Interesting Turn: Part III by Alan Emrich with Jeff Nyquist
When TITE Takes an Interesting Turn: Part IV by Alan Emrich with Jeff Nyquist


Thunder in the East: A First-time Player's Perspective (from ConsimWorld 2018) by Christian Snyder 

Thunder in the East ConsimWorld 2017 Expo(se) by the VPG Staff

Interview with Frank Chadwick: Designer of VPG's Thunder in the East by The Player's Aid

Interview with Frank Chadwick by

Interview with Alan Emrich by

Interview with Lance McMillan by

Wargaming the Russian Front in Braille - At Last a Game with the Right Feel by Jeff Nyquist



Here is VPG's official Thunder in the East video playtest.


Alan Emrich introduces Thunder in the East and the larger ETO series of wargames.


Sample gameplay from Thunder in the East using the free vassal module.


An Air-Land attack with a paradrop by the Soviets on the March II, 1942 Game Turn 



An Aerial Tour de Force of the ETO Air System with an overview of how it works. 



Thunder in the East Components:

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