Secret Weapons of the Third Reich






















Allies are marching to Berlin, will you complete the secret weapons to turn the tide of war?

The date: March 1938. The vast majority of Austrians cheer the Anschluss of their country by the German Reich. Central Europe is falling into Nazi hands and all the best European scientists will soon compete under the aegis of Heinrich Himmler, for whom no scheme is too wild or too improbable. But which team has the imagination, the courage and the drive to most successfully accomplish their goals?

Secret Weapons of the Third Reich is a game for one to four players simulating the arms race of World War II from the German perspective. From secret submarine bases in Greenland to the mysterious Base 211 in Neuschwabenland, Antarctica, this game recreates the incredible tales of Nazi technology, from the famous V-1 buzz bombs and V-2 rockets to the unlikely flying saucers derived from the work of Nikola Tesla. Will players be able to deliver the Haunebu project to completion? Will Hans Kammler escape with his last battalion of flying saucers to the dark side of the moon? Will the secret submarine fleet sail to Antarctica to pursue the war after the war? Or could German scientists produce an atomic bomb to be dropped on New York by an electro-gravitational flying saucer or within the warhead of a futuristic intercontinental V-3? Would it even be possible to build a huge solar satellite gun to strike America?

Discover the answers to all these questions in Secret Weapons of the Third Reich, the weirdly addictive semi-cooperative, semi-competitive worker placement game for all fans of science fiction and alternate history.

Components:
  • 1 mounted gameboard
  • 85 game cards*
  • 5 player aid cards*
  • 40 colored wooden cylinders
  • 104 colored wooden cubes*
  • 41 colored disks with stickers
  • 1 six-sided die
  • 1 rules booklet
*: the old TheGameCrafter edition contains only 68 game cards, 4 player aid cards and 101 cubes; the 4 Dados edition contains 1 more large black cube and the 17 game cards, the player aid card and the 2 white cubes of the Ahnenerbe expansion (see below), so totalling 85 game cards, 5 player aid cards and 104 cubes.

Game overview:
  • Complexity: 5 / 10
  • Game length: 2+ hours
  • # of players: 1-4
  • Time scale: 1 year per turn
  • Solitaire suitability: high
Some photos (of the old TheGameCrafter edition):
some photos of the 4 Dados edition coming soon!


Videos:

Video review by Stuka Joe (TheGameCrafter edition)

Unboxing the new edition published by 4 Dados

Unboxing the old edition published by The Game Crafter

4Dados Edition announced in DAU fair, Barcelona (Spain)

Extended example of play - Turn 1
(TheGameCrafter edition)

Extended example of play - Turn 2
(TheGameCrafter edition)

Extended example of play - Turn 3
(TheGameCrafter edition)

Expansion:

The Ahnenerbe mini expansion adds 17 new cards, making the game more challenging and intriguing. Players will discover some unbelievable weapon projects developed or simply thought by the German scientists, such as the Silbervogel (a sort of shuttle), the Himmelsturmer flight-pack (yes, exactly like in Rocketeer movie!), the famous Messerchmitt Me-262 and the Me-163 "Komet", the enormous flying-wing bomber of the Horten brothers and more and more!
This expansion consists of an instruction card, 6 new project cards, 3 new technology cards, 8 new event cards and 2 white cube.
Important disclaimer: this expansion is included in the 4 Dados edition. The owners of the old TheGameCrafter edition can purchase the expansion to upgrade the game, click here.

Links:

BGG page: click here
Yahoo group: click here
Italian forum thread on Tana dei Goblins: click here

Downloads:

Vassal module (TheGameCrafter edition, June 2015): click here
Rules v1.0 (TheGameCrafter edition, June 2015): click here

Reviews:

Comments on BGG: click here
Review by Michael Barnes on Fortress Ameritrash: click here
A short but exciting presentation of the game by Gordon J.: click here
A short review by Jason: click here

Session reports:

Four kameraden in Milano: click here (Italian language) or click here (English language)

How to Purchase:

The game can be purchased on 4Dados:
Cost €54.00 (shipping costs not included)