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Pavlov’s House 2nd Edition
1 – 3 Players, 60 – 75 Minutes playing time, Ages 12 and up. Pavlov’s House scores in the 8’s on Board Game Geek and is extremely popular with solo board game players. It’s not exceedingly complicated but has plenty of depth. The switch of focus from strategic and tactical levels is well orchestrated with three separate viewpoints of the battle. Gameplay is tense and every loss counts – losses from actual historical names. Some do not like the dice rolling aspect of this game, but it is one of the very few ways to introduce Murphy’s Law into the game – which, just like in actual war, is seemingly unfair. Like any wargame, prior planning and strategy go a long way to securing victory – regardless of a slew of bad dice rolls. Manufacturer: Dan Verssen Games (DVG). Categories: Wargame and World War II. Game Mechanics: Action Points, Campaign / Battle Card Driven, Cooperative Game, Dice Rolling, Simulation, and Solo / Solitaire Game.
Pavlov’s House was a fortified apartment building used as a strongpoint by the Soviet 62nd Army during the pivotal Battle of Stalingrad in WW2. Soviet defenders held out for almost two months from a constant German assault. The building’s name was drawn from Yakov Pavlov, a sergeant who led the initial storm group assault that resulted in the capture of the building from the Germans. The story of Pavlov’s House was a key piece of Soviet propaganda and was used as a symbol of the incredible resistance of Soviet forces during the Battle of Stalingrad.
In Pavlov’s House, you take control of the valiant defenders of the strongpoint. You also control the key leaders throughout the Soviet 62nd Army that made the defense of Pavlov’s House possible. The goal of Pavlov’s House is to last until the defenders of Pavlov’s House are tasked with storming a key German strongpoint during the Battle of Stalingrad. In the game, this is depicted by playing through a deck of cards representing elements of the German 6th Army.
Solitaire: In the solitaire version of the game, you take control of the defenders of Pavlov’s House. You also control the key leaders throughout the Soviet 62nd Army.
Two Player, Cooperative: In the cooperative version of the game, one player takes the role of the defenders of Pavlov’s House, while the other player takes the role of the leaders of the 62nd Army.
Competitive: In the competitive mode, a player takes the role of the German attackers. They can player against one or two players controlling the Soviet side.
• 3 different play modes
• Easy to learn rules
• Great mix of strategic and tactical combat
• Each game takes one hour
• 3 perspectives of the battle on the board
• 140 Cards
• 33”x17” Mounted Tactical Map
• 2 Counter Sheets
• 100 Wooden Blocks
• 5 Dice
• 3 Reference Sheets
• Full Color Rulebook
|Dimensions||12 × 9 × 2 in|