Hi All

With the exception of a very special deal we will be putting up at the end of the week Mare Nostrum is now sold out.  Thank you all for your incredible support – I REALLY appreciate it…

 

Regards

Hi All,

 

We wanted to update everyone on the status of I Shall Return. We are deep into the research phase of this very intriguing game and making very good progress toward wrapping things up. At this time the 1941/1942 scenario research covering the Japanese capture of the Philippines is complete and the only thing that remains is to build the actual scenario. This scenario will include optional Allied units delivered by the USS Pensacola convoy as well as early war weapons like the B-17C/D and the A6M2-11. The Japanese will have a lot to do in this scenario and will be under severe time constraints to finish things up so that their army and navy can be released for use elsewhere.

 

For the September 1944-September 1945 time period, the research for the Axis and Allied air orders of battle as well as the US Army, US Marine Corps and US Navy ground orders of battle has been completed. We are now deep into the Japanese ground order of battle research for this period and expect this to be completed over the next several months. The naval orders of battle for 1944/45 have been started and are approximately 50% complete. What that then leaves is the May, 1942 through September, 1944 Japanese order of battle (which will consist mainly of occupation and anti-partisan ground units) and the Philippine Army, Philippine Constabulary and guerilla forces order of battle. Late war weapons will include the B-29, the B-32 (one squadron equipped with this aircraft during the summer of 1945), Iowa and Yamamoto class battleships and US Navy aircraft carriers equipped for night fighting. Some interesting units that will appear in the game include the IJA 2nd Tank Division, the Alamo Scouts, the Takasago Volunteers and the Chinese Anti-Japanese Guerrilla Force. Depending on where we are counter wise, we may also cover the Love II operations which involved landing an Australian corps consisting of 3 infantry divisions and a reduced tank division in northern Luzon (despite MacArthur’s objections!).

 

We still need to build a final scenario list but the current thinking is as follows:

 

  • The 1941/42 campaign scenario
  • A December, 1941 one turn scenario covering the destruction of the Far East Air Force
  • The 1944/45 campaign scenario
  • A 1944 scenario covering ground/air operations on Leyte
  • A 1945 scenario covering ground/air operations on Luzon
  • A 1944 scenario covering the Battle of Leyte Gulf
  • A 1945 scenario covering the capture of the Visayas and Mindanao
  • A “what-if” scenario covering an assault on Formosa in early 1945

 

The Formosa scenario is based on a 1944 study conducted by Nimitz’s staff and assumes that Luzon was bypassed in favor of obtaining a strategic bomber base closer to Japan and to influence the ground war in China. We are looking forward to getting this game into your hands as soon as possible!

 

Dennis and John

SINGAPORE THUMB (Duplicate)Day of Infamy Box FrontHakka PalleSMALL Art (Duplicate) (Duplicate)

 

Hi All

We have VERY limited quanities of these games with scratched or dented boxes.  Internals are 100% spot on.  If you want a copy of one of these games, they are 20% discounted.  If you want all 3 I will negotiate a discount on shipping as well.

To purchase them, use the “contact us” and I will be delighted to work out what you are looking for and to sell you the games….

Clumping Loudly....

Clumping Loudly….

 

Hi All

 

I am now well on the way to having the LW air units in the formal OB.  Most optional assets are in the game – as are the special rules for the Germans, as well as the previously announced Corps and Army HQs.  Minor Nations are done OB wise.  Soviets are on the down hill slope as well… so time to get excited!

 

Cheers

 

John

HI All

Well what a few months it has been here.

 

I took a dig about – I have 3 or 4 Mare Nostrum Ziplocks left.  If you order one you will get a something thrown in (and not a bigger bill)!

 

Balkan Fury I think is about sold out.  Not much left so grab that now!

 

Hakkaa Paalle – low stock but not too bad.  I will do a deal for anyone ordering one from this email – so reply to me on John-Bannerman@live.co.uk for a special offer. I may have 2 Scratch and Dent ones as well – 20% of on them!

 

Singapore and Day of Infamy are fine. HOWEVER I do have a few (not many) scratched or dented boxes so… one time only deal – get 20% off the Singapore or DOI of your choice as long as you do not mind a marked or dented box (contents are perfect) – again reply to me on john-bannerman@live.co.uk if you want one.

 

Madagascar and Operation Merkur are all good.

 

Operation Battlaxe is low stock but not too bad.

 

So – if you want a wee spring bargain LET ME KNOW.

 

Cheers

 

 

John Bannerman

Hi All

For those of you impatiently waiting I have made a lot of progress.  So, base research on the Germans is now done.  I have commenced OB built (transcribing from spreadsheet to word processor) and that will take a wee while.  Army and Corps HQs for example (with even basic data on re-assignments) plus special OB rules take 20 pages… 11 point type, 2 columns… So it will like MN end up on 3 columns…
Fun it is not, but it IS exciting…
Cheers

 

John

Hi All

I am getting quite sick of doing these – so the sooner I get this monster out the better!
Well, I completed the GERMAN ARMY research last night.  I probably need a few ratings but that is “small beer”.  Next up (and just started ) are SS non divisional combat units.  Not many of them but they are uniformly obscure in the references.  Something to do I think with their less than heroic or savoury behaviour.  I will update on that as soon as possible.
Regards

 

John

Hi All

I am within touching distance of completing LW AA.  That WILL be done by the end of this week.  Then I will quickly review the AT and Stug/independent Panzer forces.  As soon as that it complete OB creation for the Axis will commence which will signal the commencement of final pre-press work on Barbarossa. Counter art starts immediately this is completed.
As soon as that is done, we will work on the Soviet OB and then counter art.  Once that is done the game will go to the printers. Pre-Sale will close the day that the game is submitted for press.  At this time Barbarossa Colone’s Edition will be £400 plus VAT if in the EU (so £480 in the EU).

After Barbarossa is shipped we will commence final work on Watchtower. This will involve all mapping and the USN being looked at in depth – probably 2 months work at the minimum.  Counter art etc will commence as soon as possible for this very exciting game.

Following Watchtower will be La Guerra.  It may even come out on the same day (this depends on a number of factors – mostly counter sheet volume in Watchtower.  The idea is to alternate released between the ETO and PTO (even if BTW games are not quite TSWW!).  5 maps will be in this box, along with 4-6 countersheets.  Thanks to Lee Johnston for his help in formulating basic OB works here.

As soon as Dennis can get I Shall Return OB data organised, I will then put that title into the production run as contracted, BUT we want to release Vengeance as soon as possible – it will be a race between those two titles….  Watch this space for more information!!!

Again, thank you all for your support….

Regards

 

John Bannerman

Hi All

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT.  Mare Nostrum boxed edition is down to ONE, REPEAT ONE boxed game left.  Amazing.  That last game will ship with a wee special something… so watch out for that when it arrives. It is I am afraid available on a first come, first served basis – so get in NOW to avoid disappointment.

 

We do however have a few zip lock editions – the same brilliant maps and counters, orders of battle, rules etc as the boxed game (with a sleeve that is a tad too small – so much in the game its hard to judge these things).  These are available in 2 formats:

1. Colonel’s Edition £350 Plus VAT if in the EU (£420) – the usual colonel’s edition with printed rules, charts and OBs.
2. Lieutenant’s Edtion £300 Plus VAT if in the EU (£360) – the usual lieutenant’s edtion with rules, charts and OBs on a DVD or CD ROM.

 

Both ziplock editions include courier shipping world wide.

 

STOCK IS EXTREMELY LIMITED.  BUY NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

 

Thanks again for all the support…
John Bannerman

Director

DE Ltd.

Hi All

As you may have heard I got Flu – the real deal I am afraid.  I am now about to catch up with shipping so my deepest apologies for being late with the games.  Thank you for all the kind words on Facebook…. I really appreciate all the support.

 

Cheers (or more like sniffle)

 

John