Against the Odds magazine investigates military history from a broad perspective. The economic, political, religious and social aspects of warfare are examined in concert with events on the battlefield. Each issue of ATO features: Informative and insightful articles showcasing the history behind events, plus regular columns by noted game designers providing insight on the latest trends and events.
Game included in this issue — Apocalypse in the East: The Rise of the First Caliphate 646-656 A.D. One of the most provocative claims made by ISIS is to "restore the Caliphate". But what was the "caliphate?" The "caliph" was the "successor to the prophet," making him both a political leader and the spiritual head of the early transnational Islamic empire. This game studies the revolutionary rise of the First Caliphate, and its efforts to capture the "last bastion of Christianity" in the east—Constantinople. Can you take the helm of the Syrian army and navy and storm the greatest citadel on earth, or will you instead prevent it and maintain Byzantium’s role as Christendom’s eastern march?A game of Apocalypse in the East include:
- Map — One full color 22" x 34" mapsheet
- Counters — 180 full color 1/2" die-cut pieces
- Rules length — 12 pages
- Charts and tables — 2 pages
Bonus Game Inside!: This issue also features an extra game, Balck Friday. In the winter of 1942, German General Hermann Balck's 11th Panzer Division fought an amazing series of battles along the Chir River in response to the Soviet surprise attacks that surrounded Stalingrad. With 100 die cut counters, a color 8.5" x 11" map and just 4 pages of rules, you'll be able to explore one facet of Balck's remarkable Chir River campaigns.