AEF artillery piece in Russia, 1919 (from Perry Moore's Military History Site.


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By Walter O'Hara

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This game is a wonderful alt.history title in a micro format. Freikorps examines the big "what-if" of the Soviet invasion of Germany during the 1920s.  Like a lot of Brian Train designs, Freikorps is very political.  It plays a lot quicker than Arriba Espana and is a good deal more bloody.  I strongly recommend it.

I utilized the same artwork and map artwork that came with the game, simply downloading and converting the map image from the Co-op site and scanning and touching up the counter art.  This box is pretty faithful to the game.  I did add some charts and reinforcement tables to this gamebox for utilities' sake.  In the game rules, there is a lot of references to picking up counters from an opaque cup.  Cyberboard doesn't have a "random draw" method so I made some random charts in Powerpoint and pasted their images into the set as Reinforcement charts.  They also track how many RPs you have left in the different categories.

NOTICE: This Gamebox is created using Dale Larson's excellent Play By Email utility, Cyberboard (the poor man's Aide De Camp!)

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FREIKORPS is copyright, Brian Train, 1999.

Designer: Brian Train

Editing/Development: Kerry Anderson and the Staff of the Microgame Co-op

The Action

The Freikorps map

The graphic above illustrates some of the features of this gamebox. The Freikorps (dark green counters) have halted the initial Soviet (red-brown counters) thrust at the border.   A French Entente unit is maneuvering to find a place to attack.  The PNA (blue counters) are lining up to strike the Soviet offensive in the flank.  A city has gone into rebellion and generated a Spartacist (yellow counter) militia unit.  Meanwhile, International voluteers (tan) move to reinforce from Berlin. A konarmiya unit (Soviet Cavalry) advaces along the coast.

Charts I threw in

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This is the Replacement Chart (one for the Reds, one for the Whites).   Basically, this takes the place of the "opaque cup" mentioned in the rules.  You roll a dice (via the die roller) corresponding to the numbers in the colored boxes and the results determine what unit comes into play.  If you want to use cards instead, I substituted aces for ones, Jacks for 11s, etc. 

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This is a basic consolidation of some of the administrative information needed to play the game-- morale, game turn and air units.

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