Brief Border Wars
Brief Border Wars is a quadrigame or set of four mini-games on short border conflicts of the 20th and 21st century, using a card-driven system that models the chaotic, stop-and-start nature of these impromptu wars.
The four conflicts include:
- El Salvador vs. Honduras, 1969 (also known as “The Football War”)
- The Turkish invasion of Cyprus, 1974
- China vs. Vietnam, 1979
- Israel vs. Hezbollah, southern Lebanon, 2006
The Turkish player in the Cyprus game must establish and exploit from a beachhead; the Chinese player in the Vietnam game must contend with determined guerrillas and a fatal division of effort between two non-communicating fronts; and the Israeli player in the Lebanon game must seek out and destroy the Hezbollah rocket and missile units raining destruction on the homeland.
Here is more background on each border war portrayed.
Each game is small (40 to 50 counters each) and short (one to two hours), using a common set of basic system rules and a deck of special cards to control movement and combat. Each game also features rules additions and variations to reflect the nature of each conflict.
These games are ideal short matches to finish off an evening of gaming, or fill a lunch hour. Either way your sense of improvisation will be challenged, and you'll explore four of the interesting yet obscure small wars of the last 50 years.
- Complexity: 4 out of 10
- Solitaire Suitability: 5 out of 10
- Time Scale: variable (days to weeks per turn)
- Map Scale: variable (area movement maps)
- Unit Scale: variable (battalion to division)
- Players: 1-2
- Playing Time: 1-2 hours each
- Designer: Brian Train
- Four maps at 17” by 22”
- One countersheet of 176 9/16” counters
- Four Player Aid Cards
- One set of 54 cards
- One rulebook
- Two 6-sided dice
- 1 Box and Lid set