Axis & Allies 1942

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Spring 1942, The World is at War!

Axis & Allies celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary in August of 2009 with a new and updated edition of it’s original classic game. Axis & Allies 1942, designed and developed by Larry Harris, will utilize the updated rules established in A&A Anniversary Edition. Cruiser class ships will make their debut in A&A 1942, forever changing the naval line-up. Newly sculpted playing pieces and all new ...
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Spring 1942, The World is at War!

Axis & Allies celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary in August of 2009 with a new and updated edition of it’s original classic game. Axis & Allies 1942, designed and developed by Larry Harris, will utilize the updated rules established in A&A Anniversary Edition. Cruiser class ships will make their debut in A&A 1942, forever changing the naval line-up. Newly sculpted playing pieces and all new packaging will position this game as the cornerstone of the Axis & Allies game line for years to come. Decide the fate of a nation in a few short hours!

Axis & Allies 1942 details:

* Rulebook updated by Larry Harris, creator of the Axis & Allies game system
* Packaging, play components, and game board map feature updated art
* 370 game pieces featuring refreshed sculpts plus new models for cruisers
* Updated naval unit rules as debuted in Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition


For ages 12 and up.

For 2 - 6 Players.
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  • UPC: 653569416005
  • Manufacturer: Avalon Hill
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Awesome Game

    I have been playing Axis and Allies since about 1984. This current 1942 version is far superior in balance and gameplay to the original. If you love strategy and WWII or wargaming in general, then this is the game for you. If you like Risk, but feel like you dont have enough depth or enough options, then this is the game for you. It takes a little bit to get onto the rules and gameplay, but it is WELL worth the effort to learn. The only cons to this version really mainly apply to players that have been playing for years. (The didn't include paper money, some charts, etc...) My opinion of this is: Veteran players will already have this and can use old money and charts. New players will never miss it. Overall the rulebook is well written. My advice is to acquire this game and add something to your board game collection that is not the same old same old.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

    Great Game!!

    This game, the current flagship of Axis and Allies, is the absolute perfect game for casual gamers and war gamers alike. For those who just like to play board games from time to time as a way to spend time with friends or family, Axis and Allies 1942 offers a fairly simple and extremely fun game, pitting Germany and Japan against the "Big Three". The ultimate objective is to take a certain amount of "Victory Cities", such as Leningrad, Rome, Shanghai, Berlin, Tokyo and London. There are many different units to buy and strategies to play out, as you are fighting the war on many different fronts. It is the perfect game to get into the Axis and Allies series (smallest board and simplest rules), and once you get in, it's hard to get out.

    For war gamers, if you haven't gotten your hands on an Axis and Allies game, do it NOW. This is the perfect one to start with, for reasons listed above, and it's also the gateway to a wonderful war gaming series. Once you get the hang of this, you can move onto bigger and better Axis and Allies games, which can keep you and your gaming buddies playing for hours on end, and week after week after week.

    As for the components of the game, the board is VERY high quality, and the pieces are the best in the series yet! The map provides so many different strategies and pathways to Victory Cities, that each time you play you can be playing an entirely different game. Germany has to decide whether to go all out for Russia, Africa and the Middle East or Britain at the beginning, Japan must decide whether to go for India, China or Siberia at first, and the US must decide whether to concentrate on Germany or Japan. The decisions made as far as the first turns can change the game so much that re-playability will never run out!

    Get this game. Honestly, once you do you'll regret every day you didn't have it. It's THAT much fun.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

    Great family game!

    Our family used to play most of the typical family games, but once we started this it was something we played almost every time. Its a very simplistic game of the second world war like RISK, except it has alot of little plastic pieces that you move about and roll out for attacks. I have no idea how they can make a game like this for so cheap because the thing is full of little tanks, planes, and infantry!

    Usually the result is not decided until a few hours latter, and it can go either way. Its really balanced and though we figured this was a bit more complicated than say monopoly, it took only 15 minutes to explain the rules and get going. Defiantly buy this wonderful game!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

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    Time to upgrade your board game experience.

    When I was much younger I played Axis and Allies a few times and enjoyed it. This game helped me learn a lot about WWII history that I simply wasn't able to comprehend fully through reading or a movie. ForChristmas I received the new version of A&A and have been blown away. I play this game weekly with friends and family now. We get so emersed in the strategy that it usually brings up a discussion about WWII history as well. I also get a lot of feed back from friends who see the board set up in my room. It for sure catches your eye when its set up with all the pieces and it's somewhat large game board. If you want to take your board games to the next level, get this game. You will not regret it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

    Spring 1942 Axis and Allies - no other game like it!

    This is the most recent and current version of Axis and Allies. The rules have been updated from Classic and Revised, with cost changes and new units (artillery wasn't in Classic; cruiser wasn't in Revised). I think the new changes, along with the updated map, make this version MUCH more interesting to play for veterans.

    All in all, I'm quite pleased with my copy. There's no other game like Axis and Allies, and in my opinion Spring 1942 is the best version yet! (Note: I do NOT own the 50th anniversary edition)

    The Spring 1942 version doesn't have the paper money that previous editions had, nor does it have the styrofoam unit trays that the Classic version had. But Spring 1942 is also about half the price of previous versions; I consider that more than a fair tradeoff, considering all you really need to play the game besides the box is a pen or pencil and a bit of paper (to keep track of income).

    For those that want extra chips, I recommend using coins for extra "chips" and a small fishing tackle box to organize the pieces. Ziploc / Glad quart bags work too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2010

    Axis and Allies is better than ever!

    I purchased this game as a gift for my 12yr old son who wanted to play the game with me. Rather than risk him tearing up my game I bought him his own and as it turns out I was very happy with my choice. The game rules are essentially identical to the revised addition however, the stratigic bombing rules have been rewritten, and the navel warfare rules have been drastically updated. Research and Development options have been dropped all togeather. The new navel rules are dynamic, fun and have added depth to the war at sea not seen before.
    What is dissapointing is the shortcuts that were taken by the makers in the actual physical componants. The 'money' was not included in this game so we resorted to keeping track of our cash with pen and paper. The chips were in short supply Also the gam board was smaller and slightly cramped. Overall the new rules and pieces were worth the purchase.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Great update

    Axis and Allies Spring 1942 is a great update. I've played the original version years ago and this one seems to be just a little more in-depth (great rulebook included) and the ambiguous rules are clarified.

    The only thing I have heartache with is the size of the gameboard. A lot of the countries are too small to fit all the little pieces into (even using the chips to designate multiple units). But I did some searching online and several people had put together large-scale, print your own PDF files of the gameboard so I printed off a 4 sheet long x 3 sheet wide map on 8x10 picture paper, taped them together and got it laminated and now it's plenty big enough!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    Small and Cheaply made

    While the balance and mechanics of this version are better than the original game this version leaves a lot to be desired.

    Pros:
    The mechanics and balance of game play is superior to the original version. The board has good visual appeal. Game is quite inexpensive compared to what you might find the original game selling for.

    Cons:
    First the board, while very nicely done as far as graphics, is way too small which becomes obvious when you do the initial set up. Speaking of the initial set up, there are not actually enough infantry and other game pieces to set up the game without using the plastic poker chips as additional infantry. You almost inevitably have to supplement with additional plastic poker chips if you play very lengthy games. There is also no paper money to keep track of how much currency each player has, currency must be supplemented with monopoly money or some other paper currency.

    Overall having played the original, the quality I encountered here was disappointing. I would not recommend this game. Avalon Hill is obviously cutting corners and putting out bad, cheap product.

    As far as Barnes and Noble, the back of the receipt says nothing about not accepting returns on opened board games. Was treated to some rather unhelpful and uncaring service at the store. Refusing a $30 return is a shameful way to treat customer that regularly spends several thousand at that retailer annually.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2011

    fantastic game- a must to buy

    I have been playing for six weeks and it has to be one of the best board games ever created. someone said it was chess with five players! but it is so much more, Axis & allies gives players a chance to change history on the table top. A must for wargaming fans everywhere!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2010

    So many changes, same game

    Axis & Allies and Risk are my two favorite board games. I was a bit disappointed with AA42 compared to Revised, however. The board is smaller (mainly affects Germany and Russia), another extra unit to remember, no more technologies, and no more paper IPCs!

    However, most of this can be changed by house rules, and the board is very detailed with a hint of ownership color instead of only ownership color. Each piece is unique to it's faction for the most part, and there is a better buffer zone for Russia against Germany.

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    Posted January 9, 2010

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