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1st Alamein
1st Alamein
by (Web published) (1997)
Player Count
2

Player Ages
10+

Playing Time
1 hour, 15 minutes to 2 hours
Categories
  • Wargame
  • World War II
  • Print & Play
  • Designers
  • Lou Coatney
  • Mechanisms
  • Secret Unit Deployment
  • Hex-and-Counter
  • Simulation
  • Dice Rolling
  • Movement Points
  • Artists
  • Robert Scott Coatney
  • Family
  • Country: Egypt
  • Continent: Africa
  • WWII - Africa
  • Rating: 6.85/10 from 25 users

    Description

    1st Alamein is my (Lou Coatney's) 1997-designed free, print-and-play 2-player game about the opening battle for Alamein, in July 1942, which was Rommel's best chance to break through and take naval base Alexandria, Cairo, and the Suez. It is the first part of my Battles for Alamein game set, and it is an ideal introductory game for the hex-and-counter game format.

    It uses archaic (but surprisingly realistic) combat mechanics with "active Zones of Control" requiring combat - except of Allied units already in brigade boxes/fortifications - which can be taken and eliminated.

    The icons/figures on the pieces are by my older son Robert, who was also the playtester to the point of helping me design the game. (We have played it hundreds of times together, even in video telephone conversations.) Graphics guru Patrick Tremoureux has used those to produce professional quality map and units.

    The scale of the game is: 1 day of real time per (10) game-turn(s), approximately 6 miles/10 kilometers per hexagonal space width, and brigade-to-division (8,000-15,000 men) unit scale, which amounts to 12 ground units on each side. It takes a little over an hour to play.

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