Why are there so many different versions of Axis & Allies?

August 12, 2012

Why are there so many different versions of Axis & Allies?

What’s up with all these new versions of Axis & Allies? We’ve got two new versions of the game which arrived a couple weeks ago, and two additional new versions coming next month. What’s the difference between them all?  Here are the results of our investigation:

The Basic Version
Axis & Allies 1941
Release date: July 27, 2012

Quick and Convenient: Axis & Allies 1941 is designed to be set up and played more quickly than any previous A&A game. In essence, this is a simplified A&A experience that will introduce players to the A&A mechanics and play style. Play time runs between 1.5 to 2 hours.

Familiar Mechanics: This game utilizes the A&A game mechanics present in A&A 1942 2nd Edition, as designed by Larry Harris (the creator of the original game).

New Units: A key feature for experienced players is an entirely new set of unit sculpts. There are 16 all-new designs such as the P-40 Warhawk, Tiger Tank, AVRO Lancaster, FW-190, IS-2 tank, HMS Hood, He-111, and the Akagi Aircraft Carrier. These playing pieces can be used in any other A&A game, and will be desirable to players who seek to expand their A&A collections.

Game Overview: Designed for 2-5 players, the game is set in 1941: The Axis has great momentum and is expanding its conquests in both Europe and Asia. Controlling one of the Axis or Allied powers, you will command both your country’s military forces and its war-time economy. Show that you are a brilliant military strategist by planning your attacks, marshaling your forces into embattled territories, and resolving the conflicts. Victory goes to the side that conquers its opponents on the field of battle and liberates or occupies the greatest cities of the world.

Game Components:
• Game Board
• Battle Strip
• Casualty Strip
• 160 plastic miniatures
• 84 die-cut pieces
• Four dice
• Rulebook

The Bigger, More Awesome Version
Axis & Allies 1942 2nd Edition
Release date: July 27, 2012

Awesome Axis & Allies Experience: This new edition builds upon the success of the first edition of 1942 and makes several improvements for an even more enjoyable multi-player game. The game board has been expanded to 40″ x 26″ in order to facilitate an enhanced play experience. Also, there are 5 new miniature sculpts in the game including UK artillery, submarine & destroyer units; German artillery; and a Russian submarine. There’s even an all-new combat unit: the Anti-aircraft Artillery!

Game Overview: This version is huge compared to the basic “1941” version.  The board is almost double the size, and you get way more miniatures.  There are 2 more dice (for stronger attacks), the control markers are plastic instead of cardboard, and this version has setup cards.  Designed for 2-5 players, the game is set in 1942 – the historical high-water mark of Axis expansion. Controlling one of the Axis or Allied powers, players will command both their country’s military forces and its war-time economy, with the chance to plan attacks, marshal forces into embattled territories, and resolve conflicts.

Game Components:
• Game Board
• 24-Page Rulebook
• 6 Dice
• 410 Military Unit Pieces
• 80 Plastic Chips
• Two Part Sheets

The Super Mega Deluxe Versions (Theater-specific maps)

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 Second Edition

Release date: September 18, 2012

China will field more forces than ever before, but will need all the help they can get from their allies the United States, ANZAC, and the UK to withstand the might of Imperial Japan.

Rules for neutral nations, naval & air bases, kamikaze attacks, and convoy disruption will add even more depth and historical accuracy to this giant game. With over 450 pieces, deluxe game components, and local storage boxes, this game raises the standard established by the A&A Anniversary Edition.

• Same great game as the last version of Pacific 1940, including the extra large 35 ̋ x 32 ̋ game board for a greater play experience.
• Includes new ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand) miniatures as well as new mechanized infantry, and anti-aircraft artillery.
• Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 can be combined with Axis & Allies Europe 1940 to create the greatest Axis & Allies experience to date! Both game boards unite to create a massive 70″ x 32″ playing field that will let you experience the full scale of World War II global conflict.

Game Components:
• 2 Game Boards
• 1 Battle Strip
• 1 Casualty Strip
• 100 National Control markers
• 16 Industrial Complex markers
• 16 Naval Base markers
• 16 Air Base markers
• 5 National Storage Boxes
• 80 chips
• 10 dice

Axis & Allies Europe 1940 Second Edition
Release date: September 18, 2012

With the invasion of the Low Countries and the allied evacuation from Dunkirk, the German army is poised to march on Paris.

Rules for neutral nations, naval & air bases, and convoy disruption will add even more depth and historical accuracy to this giant game.  This gameincludes neutral countries which can be invaded – there are true neutrals as well as pro-axis and pro-allied neutrals. Mechanized infantry and tactical bombers are included (Mechanized infantry is represented by half-tracks). France (blue) and Italy (brown) have national tokens and dedicated units of their own.

• Same great game as the last version of Europe 1940, including the extra large 35 ̋ x 32 ̋ game board for a greater play experience.
• France is a playable ally, and Italy is included as an Axis power.
• Includes new Italian miniatures as well as new mechanized infantry, transport, and anti-aircraft artillery pieces.
• Axis & Allies Europe 1940 can be combined with Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 to create the greatest Axis & Allies experience to date! Both game boards unite to create a massive 70″ x 32″ playing field that will let you experience the full scale of World War II global conflict.

Game Components:
• 1 Rulebook
• 1 Game Board
• 5 National Storage Boxes
• 1 Research & Development Chart
• 1 Battle and Casualty Strip
• 100 National Control Markers
• 16 Naval Base Markers
• 14 Air Base Markers
• 22 Industrial Complex Markers
• 80 Chips
• 6 Dice
• 610 Plastic Miniatures

-Elizabeth

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  • Can the Axis and Allies miniatures from the miniature game be used, meaning are they of the same size as what is in the box?

  • Mike,

    No, the scale for A&A Minis is much larger than that of the pieces in the board game, and is meant to be played in a much larger area.