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Superb Review in Paper Wars #78

Paper Wars #78
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Kampen om Norge Review in Paper Wars #78
Paper Wars #78
Paper Wars #78

The most recent issue of Paper Wars magazine has a very positive and thorough review of Kampen om Norge by Lou Coatney, over two whole spreads. Editor of the magazine, John D. Burtt, also lists the game as his second favorite game of 2013 in his editorial, which is a real honor.

To quote Burtt:

Kampen om Norge – the real surprise of the year. The Norwegian designers […] have put a really neat game together of the 1940 German attack on Norway using cards and plastic soldiers to make the three sides of the conflict – Norwegians, British/French, and Germans – play separate, but interconnected games. Seemingly simple mechanics, but […] gamers get into the battle quickly. gives a video overview of this issue of Paper Wars, and the KoN review, here.

Here is the conclusion of Coatney’s review:

In summary, I give Kampen Om Norge – straight out of the box, even! – my most enthusiastic recommendation to fellow wargamers and look forward to more games from the impressive game design team of Bækholt & Vetlesen.

Capsule Review Rating (1 is the worst, 5 is the best)
Rules: 5 I don’t read Norwegian, but the English translation is available, and they look to be well-organized and as beautifully illustrated and clearly instructive as anything I’ve seen in the hobby.
Graphics: 5 – no question.
Ease of Play: 5, even with the «advanced» game rules, and it is highly interactive and just fun.
Solitaire Play: 5, with all the variability and possibilities of the campaign historically and of this game of it.
Historical Realism: 5 for overall simulation of the campaign. Lower, regarding an unhistorical possibility or two, even if minor.
Game Balance: 4? The game is so variable it is still too early to tell. The Germans may (or may not) have an advantage, but «D-Day»-like game-wrecking solutions have not been found.
Time of Play: 5 A comfortable evening’s game – around 3 hours – with experienced players for the advanced game. The basic game must be much faster, but – except for much younger players – why bother with it?

We are very happy that both Lou and John like our game so much. Following the release of Paper Wars #78 we have had orders for the game from almost all corners of the world (USA, Japan, Hong Kong, France, Italy and Sweden), to our great astonishment. Also another great review on Boardgamegeek was posted from a gamer that bought KoN after seeing the Paper Wars review.

Order your game here (international orders).

Edit: Printed cards and rules booklet in English now available separately from The Game Crafter.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Gratulerer til den nye kongen av sjakk!

Sjakkverdenen har fått en ny ubestridt konge. Vi gratulerer Magnus Carlsen, og bøyer oss i støvet. Vi fikk litt nerver under veis i det siste partiet, men det var ikke helt overraskende at avgjørelsen kom idag – og det er i hvert fall ingen tvil om at det var fortjent, etter en svært imponerende oppvisning gjennom hele sjakk-VM.

En norsk verdensmester i sjakk er historisk sett en sensasjon, og selvfølgelig noe alle norske brettspillinteresserte bør glede seg over.

Foto: Wikimedia Commons, user "Lukas"

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Vinn spill! Tipp på sjakk-VM

Magnus Carlsen briljerer og sjakkfeberen herjer om dagen. Som brettspillentusiaster følger vi selvfølgelig også spent med. I denne anledning holder vi en liten konkurranse der vi gir bort et eksemplar av strategispillet Kampen om Norge i premie.

Svar på spørsmålet nedenfor, og bli med i trekningen dersom du tipper riktig svar. Du kan også sende oss ditt svar på Twitter til @Kampen_om_Norge, eller via vår Facebook-side. For at du skal bli med i trekningen må vi motta ditt svar senest onsdag 20. november.

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Spiel ’13 i Essen

Vi dro til verdens største spillemesse, Spiel i Essen, i forrige uke og tok med oss noen trillekofferter med Kampen om Norge-spill og vår nye prototype. Vi hadde forhåndssolgt en god del KoN-spill, og spillet ble også solgt ved standen til SpielBar (se bildet) på messa. Stor takk til Holger og Nathalie hos SpielBar som var fantastisk hyggelige og hjelpsomme. Vi hadde flere fruktbare møter med folk i bransjen, og resultatet vil vi forhåpentligvis kunne vise dere her på bloggen om ikke så altfor lenge.

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New Game in Development and Excellent Review on UK Blog

Kampen om Norge (Battle of Norway) was recently given an excellent review by Mark Rivera at Boardgames in Blighty. We hope to meet some new KoN gamers at SPIEL in Essen later this month. Hopefully the people who play it there will feel the same way as Mark. We can also reveal that we will bring a fully functional prototype of a brand new game that we are developing to the fair. It is based on the same game engine as KoN, but deals with another WW2 conflict.

People planning to go to SPIEL in Essen can pre-order their copy of KoN here.

Here are a few quotes from the review:

I spotted this game on the Boardgamegeek Essen 2013 list and thought, I’ve got to play!

The first thing that you notice is the production quality of the components of this game. The artwork is very nice indeed. […] The map looks lovely and is clearly marked with the areas for movement.

There are shorter campaigns included with the rules which can be played, and in fact I recommend this so that you can learn how to play. The short campaigns are excellent in themselves and an interesting challenge.

ITS ALL ABOUT THE CARDS – The coolest part of this game is the card system. The cards for all three armies are the engine for getting things done. […] This is a very clever, and user friendly system which gives the players a feel for the options available to the commanders during the Norway campaign. The system is very easy to use and the clarity of the green/red system aids the players and allows you to keep the game flow moving. The cards are used for specific operational actions or can be traded in for reinforcements.

The basic game rules are plenty to get stuck into. They work very well and come together smoothly. There is a similarity to Axis & Allies – type games which if you are familiar with them will make this game a breeze to learn and get into. The card system is the stand-out feature of the game.

Did I enjoy Kampen om Norge?

I can comment for playing Kampen om Norge with the the basic rules and say that I think that it is a brilliant game. The design is clean, and well structured. The rules are clear and its pretty easy to get into. The subject matter is not found in many games at all yet, it is very unusual due to the the mix of military factors involved and the challenges for the combatants. You really get a sense of the risks involved for all sides and that this campaign could have gone either way. It feels very tense with victory on a knife edge. The game looks great and you don’t feel overwhelmed as you might in some of the Axis & Allies games as there are a limited amount of units in play.

The card system is a master stroke and really gives you operational options which are interesting and pushes you to think through how best to use your cards. Having said that, the game turn plays pretty quickly and with a limited amount of units, moves along nicely.

This games avoids the “death by chrome” problem found in far too many war games and gives you just enough historical elements, and most of this is resolved in the cards and when you play them for a specific effect. Really nice. The ability to use card effects during your turn or your opponent’s turn is an interesting and clever mechanic and gives you some interesting choices. The relatively limited amount of spaces and limited movement means the crunch points will be combat led. And yet, its not a static game due to the spread of areas of conflict.

Overall, Kampen om Norge is a lovely game, nicely designed, with nice components. It is a game you can pull off the shelf for a quick game using the scenarios or crack open for a longer game for the main campaign and advanced rules which I suspect don’t add too much complexity and time but do add a deeper coverage of the wider elements in what is a very interesting campaign. I am itching to get this to the table soon and also to read up on the campaign and those two points alone tell me that I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Gratulerer til turneringsvinneren på Arcon!

Vi gratulerer Sven Trygve Haabeth med seieren i Kampen om Norge-turneringen på spillfestivalen Arcon 29. Som vinner av årets turnering fikk han også med seg et Kampen om Norge-spill til odel og eie. Godt kjempet!

Ellers vil vi takke Arcon og Outland for samarbeidet under årets spillfestival. Takk også til de som kom innom standen vår og testet spillet eller snakket med oss, og til alle som kjøpte spillet hos en av festivalbutikkene.

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Arcon-turnering i KoN nå på lørdag

Årets store spillbegivenhet i Oslo står for døren. Arcon 29 begynner imorgen og varer helehelgen.

Det er fortsatt mulig å melde seg på Kampen om Norge-turneringen på Arcon på lørdag (22. juni) ved å sette seg opp på deltagerlista når man ankommer spillfestivalen. Meld deg gjerne på Facebook-arrangementet hvis du har planer om å komme. Det vil være flotte premier til vinneren og finalistene.

Vi demonstrerer også spillet for de som er interessert. Se etter banneret vårt (bildet under) hvis du vil finne oss. Outland vil selge spillet i festivalbutikken sin hele helgen.


Priser i døra på Arcon 29

  • Dagsbillett for lørdag koster kr 200,-
  • Billett for hele helgen koster kr 400,-
  • Billett for hele helgen for ungdom (født 1988 eller senere) koster kr 50,-

Prisene er hentet fra Arcon sine nettsider, her.