Paul Koenig's The Bulge: 6th Panzer Army

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Paul Koenig's The Bulge: 6th Panzer Army is a system comprised of two small-format, competitive introductory level wargames covering the first 3½ days of the German 1944 winter offensive known as "The Battle of the Bulge."

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After storming the beaches in his D-Day series, and fresh from air landing in his Market-Garden series, designer Paul Koenig invites you to collect another World War 2 European Tour travel sticker, this time from the first 3½ days of the German 1944 winter offensive known as "The Battle of the Bulge."

In this first game of a new series, 6th Panzer Army takes you to the northern sector of this famous salient where Allied forces grimly confronted a winter onslaught by Hitler's vaunted Panzers in the rugged Ardennes Forest. As a player, you must command your German or Allied forces so as to capture the objectives on the board while keeping your casualties down (and your opponent's casualties high).

Using a fresh take on the venerable wargaming system presented in the D-Day and Market-Garden series, Battle of the Bulge authority and game developer Randy Heller has brought Paul's system up in scale to handle the larger operations in this campaign and provide the great (but manageable!) gaming "chrome" that wargamers so enjoy when exploring history using a "paper time machine" like Paul Koenig's The Bulge: 6th Panzer Army.

What's In The Box?:


•   One 20-page, full-color Rules booklet
•   One 11" x 17" cardstock game map
•   One sheet of 100+, two-sided game pieces
•   One two-sided player aid
•   One 4½" x 11" Turn Record mat
•   One six-sided die
•   One 11" x 17" mounted, jigsaw-cut game map
•   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

Credits:


Game Design: Paul Koenig
System Developer: Randy Heller
Completion: Alan Emrich
Cover Art: Clark Miller
Map Art: Tim Allen
Counter Art: Alan Emrich
Playtesting: Jack Beckman, Phil Dunphy, Randy Heller, Bob Ryan. Richard Allen Seibert II, Mike Serrat, Ray Valentino
Proofreading: Phil Dunphy, Simon King, Noelle Le Bienvenu, Rick Partin, Karen Wolterman

Game Resources

(Rules require a PDF viewer installed in your browser, or right-click to download and open with a PDF reader)

Game Data

Number of Players 2-6
Age 13+
Playing Time Approximately 60 minutes
Difficulty 4
Solitaire Suitability 8
Designer Paul Koenig
Developer Randy Heller

Reviews

Paul Koenig's The Bulge: 6th Panzer Army by Mitch Freedman (The Boardgaming Way)
Kudos to the graphic design. A tip of the hat to the bright red line on the map that shows where the Germans will start picking up victory points. And credit to a really good rules layout that takes a complicated battle resolution and breaks it down, step by step, into something that lets you go through the dense process in a relatively painless way. OK, maybe not painless for the people being attacked. But painless for the people trying to figure out what’s going on in that hex you are battling over.
Paul Koenig's The Bulge: 6th Panzer Army by James (Metagames)
Overall, I enjoyed 6th Panzer Army a lot. It’s amazing how much decision making there is and how many options you have on your turn packed into such a small game, especially for a low price. Plus, the relatively simple rules manage to convey a sense of realism. I like playing a good military game now and again and this delivers the hard to find mix of strategic choices with simple rules. The decisions you make really do change the flow of the battle.
Paul Koenig's The Bulge: 6th Panzer Army by Boardgames in Blighty
Paul Koenig’s The Bulge: 6th Panzer Army is an excellent addition to the series of games based on the same core system. It steps up to a grander scale to match the requirements of the Battle of the Bulge and keeps things at the same level of interesting, elegant simplicity. I recently recommended the D-Day and Market Garden series to a non-war gamer who wanted recommendations of gateway war games. I would likewise add 6th Panzer Army without hesitation.

Kudos to Victory Point Games for not just cranking out identikit rehashes but keeping things fresh and interesting. Bring on the next game!