TRC-THE RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN
- TITLE: The Russian Campaign
- PUBLISHER: The Avalon Hill Game Company (TAHGC); 4th Edition
by L2 Design Group.
- SCOPE: WWII East Front; 1941-45, Strategic Level.
- TAHGC CATALOG VERBAGE: RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN: not
another Stalingrad, the game covers all the action on the eastern front from
start to finish. Initiative changes hands frequently! A double-impulse movement
system realistically recreates the German blitzkrieg., large breakthroughs
and mass armor encirclements with each side capable for launching a crippling
strike from an apparently hopeless position.
- GAME BOX VERBAGE (4th): Corps level game recreating the
entire Russo-German conflict from 1941-1945. Initiative changes hands frequently!
A double-impulse movement system realistically recreates the German blitzkrieg
deep into the Soviet Union, large breakthroughs and mass armor encirclements
with each side capable for launching a crippling strike from an apparently
hopeless position. The game features air strikes, production, partisans, and
a modified weather chart along with stunning new graphics, revised rules,
map and counter art. Map and counters have been enlarged to 5/8" and
included with the game is a ready-to-use ADC2 Limited program and ADC2 module
- YEAR PUBLISHED (EDITIONS): 1st Edition -Jedko
(`1974); 1st Edition -TAHGC (`1976); 2nd edition -TAHGC (1977); 3rd edition-TAHGC
(1977); Jedko's TRC Series II edition (1985); 4th edition L2
Design Group (2003).
- Game Design and Historical Research: John Edwards
- Game Development: Tom Oleson, Donald Greenwood, Richard
- Component Design: John Edwards, Don Greenwood, Jim
- Box Art: Rodger MacGowan
- Playtesting: Eric Marting, Mick Uhl, Paul O'Neill,
Tom Oleson, Dennis Brackman, Jerry Thomas, Oleg Kis, Dean Miller, Mark
- Typesetting: Colonial Composition
- Printing: Monarch Services
- L2Design Group 4th edition
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2
WGA COMPLEXITY SCALE (1-10): 4
TYPICAL PLAYING TIME (HOURS): 2 to 5 hours. Campaign game
and seven scenarios (TAHGC); four scenarios (L2DG). Additional tournament
scenarios are utilized in Boardgamer Player Association (BPA) events.
MAP SCALE: 35 miles per hex
UNIT SCALE: German Corps and Russian Armies
TIME SCALE PER TURN: Two months, broken into two impulse
of movement and combat.
NUMBER OF GAME TURNS: Campaign, 1942, 1943,
1944 (Avaloncon 1941, 1942) What If variations . Several tournament scenarios
is use for BPA PBEM and WBC events.
PARTIAL ARTICLE LISTING: Click here
GAME INVENTORY: TAHGC editions:: 200+ 1/2" unit counters,
22"x28" mounted mapboard, German Order of Battle card, Russian Order
of battle card, rulebook. L2DG edition, there are 384 5/8" counters,
30 x 39" game map (heavy stock), German and Russian Order of Battle cards,
a Scenario card, and Terrain Effects/Weather/Movement Allowance Chart as well
as the 4th edition rule book.
WBC & AVALONCON HISTORY: Continuous event since Avaloncon
1991. TRC4 is now the default tournament version.
- Game Design and Historical Research: John Edwards
- Game Development: Tom Gregorio
- Component Design: Art Lupinacci, Paul Barron
- Box Art: Art Lupinacci
- Playtesting: Tom Gregorio, Pat Flory, Alan Hayes,
Doug James, Dick Jarvinen, George Karahalios, Roy Walker
- Special Contributors: Robert Beyma, George Codero,
Gary Dickson, John Edwards, Jim Eliason, Jerry Geasland, Jeff Handley,
B Jeske, Dana Lombardy, Charles McLellan, Janice Sellers.
- Typesetting: L2 Design Group
PBEM OPPORTUNITES: A Boardgamer Players Association (BPA)
and Prezcon single elimination tournament is held annually. Both typically
use the 5 or 10 turn tournament scenario. PBEM BPA tournament is held regularly;
in addition to an active PBEM ladder currently administrated by George
Karahalios. This title sees significant unorganized
PBEM play primarily due to its simplicity and as TRC3 is one of the top best
selling boardgames of all time; almost every gamer owns on..
WARGAME ACADEMY COMMENTS:
the popular game title as noted the the volume of General articles.
Excellent game with high ease of play and regularly played in tournaments.
This is one of my favorites but I am not good at it. In a campaign played
to conclusion, plan on about 5-8 hours as a function of player speed. Very
popular at Avaloncon/World Boardgame Championships, Prezcon and PBEM due
to simplicity and being a title owned by most gamers. Both sides have offensive
capability; the Russians get to 'play' attacker if they survive the initial
WARGAME ACADEMY GAME TOOLS: TRC3: Two game play copies,
softcopy rulebook, WGA's complete game (editable multilayer map, Order of
Battles, Counter library and charts) in the early 1990s in Claris Draw has
since been replaced with a state of the art TRC3 VASSAL
module. TRC4: An TRC4 Vassal module is tentatively posted; seeking permission
from L2Design group (which holds the copyright).
ACCOLADES: 1976 Charles Roberts Award Best Strategic Game
CHANGES IN 4TH EDITION: Map changes other than physical
hex size: One hexrow added above Archangel; two rows added below Berlin; portion
of Bulgaria & Turkey added but not playable in standard game; half hexes
now unplayable denoted by lack of hex ID; Hex Id scheme numbering altered.
Rules reflect cleanup for years of tournament play. Two sets of counters;
one with standard NATO symbols as in 3rd edition; one with graphical icons.
- VASSAL module
for both TRC3 and TRC4 are complete and posted. I have used both to complete
a dozen remote play games. VASSAL is java based so it is 1: Free; 2: Platform
independent (Macintosh OSX, Windows all flavors, LINIX; and UNIX regardless
of platform you opposition uses); 3: Enables both step review with chat
window of PBEM & inherent server play and 4: Considered by most users
as the superior remote play interface.
- TRC 3rd edition PBEM tool is offered by Hank Burkhalter's Above
the Fields site. (Windows specific).
- TRC 4th edition game is a ready-to-use ADC2 Limited program and ADC2 module
on CD. (Windows).
- Two ADC2
TRC 3rd Edition modules and one TRC TAHGC's 3rd Edition/Jedko's Series II
Edition (with all variants published in AH's General magazine) module The
combined edition module can provide print listing for PBM or for PBEM with
an opponent not equipped with ADC2. (Windows specific)
TRC module (Windows specific).
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