Totally immoral

From the back of the box description of the newly released La Bataille de France 1940, designed by Juan Carlos Cebrian and Nicolas Eskubi, and produced by Compass Games:

“…Officers can activate units, coordinate with other officers and their units, call for artillery support, air support, smoke screens, influence moral checks…”

I can just see it now:

Officer! I demand you check those men’s morals. Are they good enough to fight?

There’s no editor credited so as to be able to take the blame. I’m guessing the proofreaders were never asked to check the box. Quality control is not what it should be in the hobby.

He’s the daddy

GMT did make one slipup in their 1914 production.

You will recall the designer is Ted S. Raicer.

The game includes this (touching) dedication:

“To my father, Theodore Racier, whose birth in 1914 started it all.”

Oh dear. The son is Raicer, and the father is Racier? I don’t think so. Shame, because Ted’s suffered more than most from people getting his name wrong. I bet he’s not happy about them getting his dad’s name wrong.

Color blind

Newly arrived, a game with a flair for color. Strange color:

“Examples are highlighted in lavendar-shaded boxes.”

Short of a brand new color being invented, that’s not going to happen, guys. Where was your spell checker?

From the Unconditional Surrender! rulebook, page 2. GMT Games, Salvatore Vasta, 2014.

Tricky things, numbers

The following sentence is the concluding part of an explanation of how to roll two six sided dice, reading one as the ‘tens’ and one as the ‘units.’

“Rolling two dice on these tables will generate 35 possible numbers from “11” to “66”. “


From the B-29 Superfortress rulebook, page 2. Legion Wargames, Steve Dixon & Shawn Rife, 2012.

I see what they mean

Taking the fog of war too far:

“The dummies have a national flag on the rear of the counter to permit the game to be played blind.”

From the Jours de Gloire Campaigne – Allemagne 1813 – de Lutzen a Leipzig rulebook, page 3. Hexasim, Fredederic Bey, 2011.

New one

The first of a new category. You’ll know it when you read it:

“Naseby is perhaps the most famous battle of the English Civil War. It bears little resemblance to its portrayal in the film “Cromwell.” Unlike the movie, the New Modal Army outnumbered the King in every way, but nearly lost the day.”

From This Accursed Civil War Play Book, page 12. GMT Games, Ben Hull, 2002.