Let’s see….is this post about Megan Fox, Current Flavor of the Moment?….no….but, we know how the Internet gets hits, eh?
So is it maybe about 20th Century Fox? (no, chickelit, not The Doors song either!) Nope…
Well, Ron writes about baseball…maybe it’s about Jimmie Foxx, great player of the ’30’s? Nope, again….
Ah, it’s about THIS fox, the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel! Almost! It’s about his most famous campaign, the 3 year long war between Rommel’s Germans and their Italian allies versus, mainly, the British and their Commonwealth forces, and the subject of my most absurd game example of Board Game Gargantuaness, Campaign For North Africa. The Map!
5 connected maps, each 2×3 feet….The rules are 48 pages long….for The Land Game. You add the Air and Logistics Rules and that’s another 44 pages. Each side has about 24 pages of charts just for them, not to mention the 16 pages of Common Charts & Tables. But, hey, let’s look at that one shall we? “41.39 Mining Harbor by Plane Table” “58.5 Abstract Truck Loss Chart” “52.8 Poisoning and Sweetening Wells Table” Eyeball it yourself!
You keep track of the ammo, gas and water usage of every unit in the entire theater! You role for maintenance for every aircraft in North Africa! Needless to say, I can’t say this game gets “played.” But as a monument to folly, it’s hard to beat in boardgame history.
Let’s close by going back to foxes and let Bogey take us out!