Saturday, January 22, 2011

Axis and Allies

After my last post, one reader asked about Axis and Allies.

Axis and Allies is a popular series of board games involving strategy and based on World War II.  About ten years ago, my older sons started playing Axis and Allies: Europe, which focused on the European theater of World War II, followed by Axis and Allies: Pacific, which was centered around the Pacific theater.  They would play for days!!

Recently, I have seen a renewed interest in these games by my younger set of boys, spurred on by the fact that two updated games were released in 2009 and 2010 -- Axis and Allies: Europe 1940 and Axis and Allies: Pacific 1940.  Chris received Axis and Allies: Europe 1940 for his birthday in October.  Then, he and Luke pooled some Christmas money to order the Pacific version in December.  They have been playing these games separately or together ever since!

According to Wikipedia, "The 11th A&A board game in the series, Axis & Allies: Europe 1940 was released in August, 2010. The game can be combined with Pacific 1940 to form a Global game of World War II on a combined 175x80 cm (70" x 32") map. All nine major powers of World War II, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and the ANZAC forces, are represented in the combined global game with unique units and colors. To streamline the game and correct balance issues, Global 1940 is under revision and a new ruleset will be published in 2011.   Axis & Allies is not a strict historical wargame, due to its streamlining for ease of play and balancing so that both sides have a chance to win. For instance, the economic model is simplistic, with each territory producing a number of Industrial Production Certificates, (IPCs) good toward the purchase of new units. Moreover, the game is supposed to start in the spring of 1942, but Japan is immediately in position to attack Hawaii again, while Germany is pressed well into the Soviet Union with an initially superior force. If the game were truer to history, the Axis empires would be at their apex in 1942, about to be pushed back by the Allies."

Well, this was probably more than you ever wanted to know about Axis and Allies!  However, I will add that these games are a painless way to teach history and geography to your boys.  My guys all know way more about WWII than I do, primarily from playing these games and other war games.  Risk is about as far as I've gone with war games!  :)


This photo shows Luke and his best friend, Jase, playing Axis and Allies in our old house shortly before we moved.

7 comments:

Noel said...

Risk and Stratego I knew about, but this one is new and very interesting. itsn't it amazing how much kids pick up when having fun learning?? :)

Donna G. said...

Thanks for the memories. My guys used to play these games, too.

Rebecca's Refining said...

I always enjoyed playing risk, but I think this game may be out of my league! :)

Samantha said...

Ooh! Thanks for answering my question! Is it a play in one sitting game, or like a long chess game? It looks very brainy!

busymomof10 said...

It is definitely not a play in one sitting game! Of course, the length of each game varies, but one of my sons thinks a typical game might last 12 to 16 hours, which they spread out over the course of a week. That is why it is good if they have a place where they can keep it set up and just play some during their free time each day. What amazes me is how long a single Turn takes!!! It is definitely an involved game!

mommyx12 said...

I was reading the comment you made to Mary on the post where she was sleeping and she goes, "Oh, she loves me? I love her too. Can I say thank you to her?"

I don't think I have any particular post about 'a day in the life' but it gives me some ideas. Maybe I should do that. Sounds fun.

chili pepper said...

My brother and his buddies loved this game when we were growing up. They used to play all the time. I must admit that I never got into it myself, but I bet my kids would.

Just stopping by from Amy's. Was curious how many "all" were.

Happy Thursday,

Kat

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