1940–1943: Mare Nostrum (TSWW)

Published by Andrew on

MARE NOSTRUM is the third game in the TSWW series, and is arguably the largest board game currently available.

Mare Nostrum is the all encompassing operational game covering the campaigns in North Africa, The Western Desert, The Levant, The Near East, and East Africa during 1940-43.

Go to the Mare Nostrum product page

Mare Nostrum includes the following components… and there are more in the box than the box admits to!

MAPS
33 map segments in a variety of sizes covering all or much of Morocco, Algeria, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Tunisia, Eritrea, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, The Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Malta, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Syria, plus a little bit of the USSR for good measure.

Like all our games, the maps split into manageable segments. You can play the Western Desert campaign (the Benghasi Gallops) on a 3′ by 5′ table for example. This means that space is not a constraint for players and permits us to split the campaigns up. The first game to modernise the mapping, the maps are to a very high quality utilising a combination of modern satellite imagery and period images to provide a cohesive and accurate map area for play.

The box will tell you that you are getting 29 maps – the advert here is correct….

COUNTERS
18 countersheets with 5040 high quality counters including the forces that fought in the Mediterranean, East Africa, and the Near East, as well as the Allied invasion of North Africa. The game includes the forces from Italy (including all Italian assets not previously released), Germany, Britain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, British Colonial assets, Spain, Portugal, Vichy and Free French, The US forces in the ETO during this period, including the Atlantic Fleet, Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Trans Jordan.

We have also included additional play aid counters to aid stacking, and to help with the new rules introduced into the series with this exceptional release. These include ground and air stacking counters, as well as special forces and so forth. You can indeed overrun an air base with the SAS or blow up Royal Navy battleships in Mare Nostrum…..

ORDERS OF BATTLE/AT START BOOKLETS
Inside the box are Allied, Axis, Neutral Nations and At Start booklets, providing players with a multitude of actual and hypothetical units, as well as a world class timeline for the major nations, showing the forces as they arrived (or departed) from this critical theatre. Within the various booklets we provide you with 15 modules:
1. The Grand Campaign.
2. Operation Compass (the first Allied offensive, commencing December 1940)
3. Operation Sonnenblumme (enter Rommel… the Afrika Korps offensive, 41)
4. Operation Exporter (the Allied invasion of Vichy Levant)
5. The Iraqi Revolt (the British response to the Iraqi revolt…)
6. Africa Orientale Italiano (the war in East Africa, 1940-41)
7. Operation Crusader (the Allied offensive in the autumn of 1941)
8. Operation Venezia (the Battle of Gazala, 1942)
9. Operation Pedestal (the critical relief of Malta by the Royal Navy in 1942, includes Operation Hercules – the planned Axis air assault on Malta)
10. The Battle of El Alamein (October 1942 – Monty’s pedantic style proves too much for the Axis in Egypt)
11. Operation Torch (the US led invasion of Vichy North Africa in November 1942)
12. Kasserine Pass (the US encounter Rommel… )
13. Operation Anton (for those of you that own Blitzkrieg – this is the Axis occupation of unoccupied Vichy France)
14. Wadi Akarit (the British smash through arguably the toughest defence line in Africa)
15 Operation Vulcan (the final operations to destroy the Axis forces in Africa)

In addition, within the main timeline and at starts, replacement counters for a limited number of units in Balkan Fury are provided due to late breaking research.

RULES AND CHARTS
The usual game rules are provided, whilst we add fog of war for land warfare to the system as an option. We also add Fast Attack Squadrons and mine warfare to the naval system. The core rules for Mare Nostrum are in effect the current gold standard within the system, although Singapore! will eventually modify the system to cope with other challenges!

  • April 2

    1914–1917: The Eagle and the Bear (TFWW)

    1914–1917: The Eagle and the Bear (TFWW)

    April 2, 1914
    The Eagle and the Bear is the TFWW Game dealing with the fierce combat in Eastern Europe from 1914-1917, the demise of Imperial Russia. Players will find in the box at least 6 maps, and Read more…
  • April 2

    1914–1918: Balkan Rage (TFWW)

    1914–1918: Balkan Rage (TFWW)

    April 2, 1914
    A working title, Balkan Rage will deal with the brutal internecine warfare that erupted across South East Europe between 1914 and 18, with the Central Powers crushing Serbia, and finally destroying the Romanian armies in Read more…
  • April 2

    1914–1918: Africa (TFWW)

    1914–1918: Africa (TFWW)

    April 2, 1914
    Postulated as a second zipbox title, the concept is to show the wild pursuits across central Africa as the German garrisons led the Entente’s colonial forces on a merry dance for the entire Great War Read more…
  • April 2

    1914–1918: Arab Dawn (TFWW)

    1914–1918: Arab Dawn (TFWW)

    April 2, 1914
    Postulated as the TFWW game dealing with the Entente campaigns in Palestine, Trans Jordan, Syria and Iraq, plus potentially including the Ottoman war with Imperial Russia, this title is under consideration to fully show the Read more…
  • August 2

    1914–1916: Home by Christmas (TFWW)

    1914–1916: Home by Christmas (TFWW)

    August 2, 1914
    Home by Christmas will be the TFWW ™ game introducing the new “The First World War” game series. Commencing with the August 1914 declarations of war, the game encompasses the initial campaigns on the Western Read more…
  • April 2

    1915: Gallipoli (TFWW)

    1915: Gallipoli (TFWW)

    April 2, 1915
    Gallipoli is the TFWW Game dealing with the Entente efforts to knock the Ottoman Empire out the war, and to then stab into the “soft under belly” of the Central Powers. A brilliant concept, it Read more…
  • April 2

    1915: Italia (TFWW)

    1915: Italia (TFWW)

    April 2, 1915
    Dealing with the bloody combat between the Austro Hungarian Empire and the newly Entente aligned Italian nation, Italia will show the see saw battles on the fringes of the Alps until, with massive German support, Read more…
  • April 2

    1916–1918: Armistice! (TFWW)

    1916–1918: Armistice! (TFWW)

    April 2, 1916
    Armistice! is the TFWW game dealing with the Western front from 1916 to the armistice in 1918. The game will ship with 4-5600 counters, 6-8 maps and fully bound rules and orders of battle, as Read more…
  • April 2

    1936–1939: La Guerra (BTW)

    1936–1939: La Guerra (BTW)

    April 2, 1936
    1936–1939: La Guerra (BTW)
    Available on pre-order, La Guerra is the lead game in the Between the Wars game series.  Currently in development, the game will have at least 4 countersheets (and probably more), 3 map segments, a very Read more…
  • May 21

    1937–1949: The China Incident (TSWW)

    1937–1949: The China Incident (TSWW)

    May 21, 1937
    The China Incident - Box front
    THE CHINA INCIDENT is the title of the fifteenth game in the TSWW game series. Commencing in 1937, the game will deal with the extended, brutal and bloody conflict in China…. The China Incident is Read more…
  • May 21

    1939–1941: Balkan Fury (TSWW)

    1939–1941: Balkan Fury (TSWW)

    May 21, 1939
    1939–1941: Balkan Fury (TSWW)
    BALKAN FURY 2 is the eagerly anticipated revision and expansion of the second game in the TSWW series. Balkan Fury is an exceptionally fun game to play… and now includes an much extended timeline, partisans, Read more…
  • May 21

    1939–1943: Blitzkrieg (TSWW)

    1939–1943: Blitzkrieg (TSWW)

    May 21, 1939
    1939–1943: Blitzkrieg (TSWW)
    BLITZKRIEG is the first game in the TSWW series. Now sold out (other than as a self print version) direct from DE Ltd. Blitzkrieg is the all encompassing operational game covering the campaigns in Poland Read more…
  • May 21

    1939–1941: Hakkaa Päälle (TSWW)

    1939–1941: Hakkaa Päälle (TSWW)

    May 21, 1939
    1939–1941: Hakkaa Päälle (TSWW)
    Hakkaa Päälle is the eleventh game in the TSWW series. It deals with the infamous Winter War of 1939. Hakkaa Päälle will be offered in boxed editions, with a target price not too different to Read more…
  • May 21

    1940–1943: Mare Nostrum (TSWW)

    1940–1943: Mare Nostrum (TSWW)

    May 21, 1940
    1940–1943: Mare Nostrum (TSWW)
    MARE NOSTRUM is the third game in the TSWW series, and is arguably the largest board game currently available. Mare Nostrum is the all encompassing operational game covering the campaigns in North Africa, The Western Read more…
  • May 21

    1941: Operation Merkur (TSWW)

    1941: Operation Merkur (TSWW)

    May 21, 1941
    1941: Operation Merkur (TSWW)
    OPERATION MERKUR is the fifth game in the TSWW Game Series, and is our ideal introductory title for those wanting a “low impact” way into the game series. Operation Merkur is a super detailed handling Read more…
  • May 21

    1941–1945: Singapore (TSWW)

    1941–1945: Singapore (TSWW)

    May 21, 1941
    1941–1945: Singapore (TSWW)
    SINGAPORE! is the sixth title in the immense (in acclaim as well as size) TSWW Game Series.  Singapore is our first Pacific Theatre Title, and is shipping as this is written. Singapore! is the all Read more…
  • May 21

    1941–1943: Day of Infamy (TSWW)

    1941–1943: Day of Infamy (TSWW)

    May 21, 1941
    1941–1943: Day of Infamy (TSWW)
    Day of Infamy (DOI for short) is the PTO theatre TSWW game dealing with the initial battles of the Central Pacific campaigns of WW2. It is a boxed game and will ship in QM, Lt, Read more…
  • May 21

    1941–1945: I Shall Return (TSWW)

    1941–1945: I Shall Return (TSWW)

    May 21, 1941
    1941–1945: I Shall Return (TSWW)
    I SHALL RETURN is the twelfth game planned in the TSWW Game series. Covering the campaigns in the Philippines from 1941 to 1945, the game will include a variety of exciting campaign, module and what Read more…
  • May 21

    1941–1943: Barbarossa (TSWW)

    1941–1943: Barbarossa (TSWW)

    May 21, 1941
    LIMITED EDITION Barbarossa box front
    BARBAROSSA is the TSWW game that handles the largest land battle of the Second World War from June 22nd, 1941 into the middle of 1943. Named for Red Beard, the game simulates the Axis invasion Read more…
  • May 21

    1941: Operation Battleaxe (TSWW)

    1941: Operation Battleaxe (TSWW)

    May 21, 1941
    1941: Operation Battleaxe (TSWW)
    OPERATION BATTLEAXE is our new ZIPLOCK game for those of you who want, need and can never have enough TSWW. As well as being an add on for Mare Nostrum (it brings in What If Read more…
  • May 21

    1941–1945: Operation Watchtower (TSWW)

    1941–1945: Operation Watchtower (TSWW)

    May 21, 1941
    WATCHTOWER BOX FRONT
    OPERATION WATCHTOWER is the tenth game in the TSWW series. It will cover the South West Pacific theatre, dealing with the Japanese thrust towards New Zealand and Australia, and the first major Allied counter offensive Read more…
  • May 21

    1942: Madagascar (TSWW)

    1942: Madagascar (TSWW)

    May 21, 1942
    1942: Madagascar (TSWW)
    MADAGASCAR is the only commercially published standalone game that covers Operation Ironclad, the Allied invasion of Vichy Madagascar in 1942. It is the fourth release in the acclaimed TSWW game series. Go to the Madagascar Read more…
  • May 21

    1943–1945: Liberation (TSWW)

    1943–1945: Liberation (TSWW)

    May 21, 1943
    1943–1945: Liberation (TSWW)
    LIBERATION is the TSWW Game Series title that concludes the main element of WW2 is Europe. With large map areas, many counters, and the largest US military force deployed overseas in the long history of Read more…
  • May 21

    1943–1945: Vengeance (TSWW)

    1943–1945: Vengeance (TSWW)

    May 21, 1943
    1943–1945: Vengeance (TSWW)
    VENGEANCE is the TSWW game that draws the war in Europe to a close on the Soviet/German front. Commencing with the climactic battles around the Kursk Salient, the game moves through 1943, 44, and 1945 Read more…
  • May 21

    1943–1945: Kamikaze (TSWW)

    1943–1945: Kamikaze (TSWW)

    May 21, 1943
    Kamikaze box art
    KAMIKAZE is the tentative title for the fourteenth game in the TSWW game series. Commencing with the American counter attack in the Central Pacific, and ending with the Divine Wind being blown away by the Read more…
  • May 21

    1944: Utah Beach (Foxhole)

    1944: Utah Beach (Foxhole)

    May 21, 1944
    1944: Utah Beach (Foxhole)
    Two maps representing a 15 mile wide region of France behind Utah Beach with 500m hexes on 4 lovely Euro Game style hexes, Foxhole: Utah Beach is Glenn Davis designed, with ease of play and Read more…
  • April 2

    1950–1953: The Korean War – A Police Action (BTW)

    1950–1953: The Korean War – A Police Action (BTW)

    April 2, 1950
    “The Korean War – A Police Action” is the BTW game dealing with the Korean War from 1950-53. Coming as it did directly after WW2, and caused by foolish decision making in the immediate post Read more…
  • April 2

    1982: Las Malvinas, The Falklands Conflict (BTW)

    1982: Las Malvinas, The Falklands Conflict (BTW)

    April 2, 1982
    Las Malvinas, The Falklands Conflict is the second game in the BTW game series. Dealing with the conflict between the Argentines and the UK in 1982, the game provides an operational examination of one of Read more…