Brave Little Belgium
Game design: Ryan Heilman & Dave Shaw
Map artist: Ania B. Ziolkowska
Hex number: 39
Duration: 90 minutes
Solitaire Suitability: High
Theme: World War I
2019 Charles S. Roberts Award nominee for "Best Post-Napoleonic to Pre-WW2 Era Board Wargame"
In the wake of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, a complex web of interlocking treaties led to powers both great and small taking sides in the Great War. Belgium, however, declared its neutrality. German war plans against France called for an invasion through Belgium, and they demanded free passage. When the Belgians refused, the Germans invaded...
Brave Little Belgium recreates this dramatic early campaign of the First World War in a lightning-quick introductory wargame with plenty of challenges for both sides. As the German Player, you must smash through the enemy’s defenses as quickly as possible, relentlessly advancing. But push your men too hard, and they might commit atrocities that will rally world opinion against you. As the Entente Player, you must stage a desperate defense against overwhelming odds. When and where to fall back, and where to take a stand, are decisions of vital importance.
Combat is fast and streamlined, while a clever take on chit-pull activations creates moments of tension and uncertainty. The result is an engaging wargame for new recruits and grognards alike from first-time designers and longtime friends Ryan Heilman and Dave Shaw.
- (1) 22" x 17" map
- (88) 5/8" counters
- 8-page rulebook
- 8 six-sided dice