Up Front

Up Front

"Up Front" is a World War II card-based wargame. It was designed by Courtney F. Allen and published by Avalon Hill in 1983. Hasbro now owns the franchise which is currently (as of 2003) licensed to Multi-Man Publishing.

Subtitled "The Squad Leader Card Game", "Up Front" was intended as a card version of their successful "Squad Leader" series of games, but it represented a radical change in approach. Traditional wargames are based on maps representing terrain and game pieces representing units, which attack on their players' turns. "Up Front" has terrain, attack opportunities, and other factors determined by cards dealt to the players.

Fans of the game claim this type of play gives the player a more realistic feel for man-to-man combat where most terrain will be unfamiliar. With traditional map-based wargames, players have an overhead view of the entire battlefield. In "Up Front", locations are revealed as the game is played, emulating how real soldiers might encounter and explore terrain.

The game contains two different kinds of cards, Personality and Action. A Personality card depicts a single soldier and several statistics about him including his name, rank, and the weapon he is carrying. These are assigned by the scenario selected (scenarios lettered A-L were included in the base game) and arranged in groups by the players. The Action Deck contains different types of cards including terrain, movement, heroes, and many other game factors. These are shuffled and dealt to the players.

The original game included German, U.S., and Russian units along with their equipment. Expansions added to the nationalities available for play. Each nationality was given different capabilities including variations in hand size and discard ability which imposes different tactics for the players by limiting the options available to them.

Expansions

Two official expansions were released for "Up Front":
* "Banzai" (1984), which included Japanese, British, and USMC forces along with rules for Jungle Terrain, Random Reinforcements, and Scenarios M-X.
* "Desert War" (1985), which included French, and Italian forces as well as rules for Desert Terrain.

Legacy

Like many Avalon Hill games, "Up Front" continues to be popular among loyal fans. There are active groups dedicated to the game on the Internet.

Multi-Man Publishing plans to re-release the game through their license of the title. ["Operations: The Wargaming Journal" Number 46, Fall 2004.]

There is also a VASSAL Engine module for this game.

References

External links

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* Andrew R. Maly's [http://mywebpages.comcast.net/upfront2000/ "Up Front" site]
* Hunter Johnson's [http://www.hunterandlori.com/UpFront.html "Up Front" site]
* Halisp [http://mailman.halisp.net/mailman/listinfo/upfront "Up Front" mailing list]
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UpFrontWW2/ "Up Front" Yahoo! group]


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