Designer Friedemann de Pedro released Duel in the Dark -- which pitted a WWII British bomber against German ground defenses -- through his own Pilot Games in 2007, with Z-Man Games later releasing the game on a wider basis. A dozen expansions for Duel in the Dark have appeared over the past few years, ranging from moderately-sized boxes to individual tiles, but now de Pedro is turning his attention east and focusing on the conflict between Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. Here's a description of Duel of the Giants from Z-Man Games:
1943. The sun rises above the Russian steppe and the war on the Eastern Front pauses for a moment. Everything has been quiet since the latest offensive and your tank crew has had a chance to recover. However, the hopes for another day without a mission vanish as reports from your reconnaissance planes filter in, bringing with them the first photos of the enemy's armor build up. Fortunately, during your refit, you trained your crew well and can fully rely on them.
As the German player, are you prepared to defend your section of the front against the endless Red hordes? Or, as the Soviet player, are you going to be able to break through the Fascist lines and continue the advance towards Berlin?
The Germans program their movement and turret position using cards. They also have the aid of anti-tank guns, mines and a Stuka. The Russians have more tanks to work with but have a lot of obstacles to pass through.
The game comes with the ability to play a summer scenario and a winter scenario. Multi-player rules are provided as well.
Contents: 11 plastic figures (2 Tiger tanks, 8 T-34 tanks, 1 Ju 87 Stuka airplane), 1 game board (double-sided), 40 Landscape tiles, 12 PAK-markers, 8 anti tank mines, 2 tire markers, 5 weapon reference cards, 38 move cards, 16 tank markers, 11 medals,14 frontline elements, 1x victory point bar, 3 markers (wood), rules plus example of play.
Designed by Friedemann de Pedro
No. of players: 2-4
Playing time: 30-45 minutes
- UPC 4260133330023
- Brand Z-Man
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