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GMT Games: Gathering Storm, prequel to A World at War

$ 105.00
SKU: GMT1502
Description
Gathering Storm, both a game in its own right and a prequel to GMT's A World at War, covers the period from 1935 to the outbreak of World War II, whenever that might be. Like A World at War, Gathering Storm, simulates the military, economic, political, diplomatic, research and production preparations for the Second World War, allowing the players to explore what might have happened if:
  • Admiral Doenitz had convinced his superiors of the importance of submarine warfare in the impending war with Britain.
  • Germany had pursued the Z Plan earlier and more consistently.
  • The development of the "Ural bomber" had been pursued.
  • Poland had become a German satellite, rather than resisting German aggression.
  • War had broken out over the Sudetenland, or even the remilitarization of the Rhineland.
  • Mussolini had given a lower priority to naval armaments, to the benefit of the Italian armor and air forces.
  • France had extended the Maginot Line.
  • de Gaulle's arguments to expand and strengthen France's armor units had been accepted.
  • Britain had rearmed sooner.
  • Russia had deferred the Great Purges. Or accelerated them.
  • The Spanish civil war had been won by the Loyalists.
  • A civil war had broken out in Yugoslavia. Or Greece.
  • Atomic fission had been discovered earlier.
  • The Second World War had begun with a Franco-Italian conflict. Or a French pre-emptive attack on Germany. Or a Russo-German war, with Italy and the Western Allies neutral.
  • War comes early. Or later, in 1940 or even 1941.
  • YOU had been in command. Gathering Storm,can be played as a separate game in a single session, with its own victory conditions, but A World at War players will want to press on and see how the war they have created plays out. While using different mechanics, Gathering Storm's structure is consistent with A World at War and allows for a seamless transition to whatever alternate war the players planned - or stumbled into.