Moe's Game Table: Stalingrad - Inferno on the Volga Unboxing
Stalingrad: Inferno on the Volga recreates one of the most bloody and epic battles of World War II. Four different game modes are provided, including a complete solitaire system that challenges the player to overcome a tenacious Soviet (AI) defense. The battle became a clash of wills between Hitler and Stalin, who each threw vast amounts of men and material into a deadly struggle the outcome of which helped bring about the defeat of the Third Reich.
Inferno’s map has been created from an assortment of contemporary air reconnaissance photographs. It depicts in vivid detail both the city itself as well as its outlying regions. This is Stalin’s eponymous city as it was on August 23, 1942 – just before the full fury of the German assault was about to be unleashed. From Latoshinka to Kuporosnoye, the map follows some 30km of the Volga, and extends to the west as far as Gumrak Airfield, Orlovka, and Aleksandrovka. The map scale is 1:33000, with hexes that represent 1.1 kilometers per each side.
Moe’s Initial Take: After shooting this unboxing I did a quick playthrough of Stalingrad: Inferno on the Volga this weekend using the included solitaire system and was pleasantly surprised by how well it works. It’s deceptively simple to use, which belies its effectiveness and challenge. Blending card play with the inherent fog of war in block games, it produces an addictive game that keeps you coming back for more. The map is gorgeous and the components are top notch, a very worthy purchase and an elegant block wargame design that will definitely be seeing more table time!