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Soviet Dawn

The Russian Civil War: 1918-1921

2008 CSR Award Nominee

Soviet Dawn brings Darin Leviloff’s novel States of Siege™ game system (introduced in VPG’s Israeli Independence) back for a much larger storytelling adventure covering the Russian Civil War from 1918 to 1921. With several enemy “Fronts” converging on Moscow, the fate of the revolution and the prestige of international communism rests on your ability to manage and resolve every crisis that the “Whites” can assail you with.

As the headlines unfold, you draw upon military and political resources to help you, or try to reorganize the Red Army for special abilities that can greatly enhance your position. Who knows? You might even capture the Imperial Gold Reserve!

Can you deal with the great crises of that time and defend the revolution? Will you withdraw from the Great War (WW1) or exercise the Bukharin Option and fight on? Can you execute the Czar in time, or will the Whites rescue him? Will you fortify Petrograd or press your offensives home? How will you deal with internal and external dissent? Play Soviet Dawn and see!

Game Data:

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Number of Players: 1
Ages: 13 and up
Playing Time: Approximately 25 minutes
Complexity: 2.5 on a 9 scale
Solitaire Suitability: 9 on a 9 scale
Scale: Each unit is one anti-communist Front, and each turn is a few weeks of real time

Game Components:

•    One 8-page, color Game Rules booklet
•    16 color, die-cut 5/8” mounted game pieces
•    12 color, die-cut 3/4” mounted game pieces
•    48 Headline cards
•    One 11” x 17” color game map
•    Detailed example of play plus Designer’s Notes
•    Polybag packaging and component storage

Video Review:

What They're Saying:

- "This solitaire game is engaging from beginning to end and successfully engrosses the player in the events of the Russian Revolution. Because there are various ways to lose and win, the game is extraordinarily replayable." - Mark Delesdernier (Board Game Geek)

- "For a small compact game with a handful of pages of rules, there is a lot of depth to the game. It plays fast, but offers many challenges. As stated previously the ‘system’ that drives the game has been cleverly designed. Even after many plays, you will find new things to discover in terms of optimising your game play and dealing with a plethora of headaches leading to tough choices. Replayability is close to the best aspect of the game for me. There is a system here that is VERY hard to beat. It keeps you coming back for more. Your first win will be quite a celebration. Then you will want to play some more to see if it was just luck... I have played maybe 20-30 games and plan many more. Not many games have me so drawn in." - John Clocherty (Board Game Geek)

- "Soviet Dawn is probably the only solitaire game I want to play again immediately after finishing. It's not stressful at all. The game doesn't tax you. It's hard, don't get me wrong. But it's not that oppressive sort of difficulty. It's great when you win, but not devastating when you lose." - Kyle Smith (The Critical Boardgamer)


Game Design: Darin A. Leviloff
Documentation & Development: Alan Emrich
Map Art: Tim Allen
Playtesting: Paul Aceto, Dennis Bishop, M. Evan Brooks, Vince DeNardo, Daniel Gray, Tulloch McKinley, Lance McMillan, Kim Meints, Dave Schubert, Andrei Shlepov
Additional Playtesting: Steve Carey, Andy Lewis


Regular Price: $27.95

VPG Sale Price: $23.95

Product Prices
SKU Type Price Qty.
SDPolybag Edition$23.95

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