Against the Odds magazine investigates military history from a broad
perspective. The economic, political, religious
and social aspects of warfare are examined
in concert with events on the battlefield.
Each issue of ATO features:
Informative and insightful articles showcasing the history
behind events, plus regular columns by noted game
designers providing insight on the latest trends
A challenging, fun wargame that drops the players
into truly desperate situations but gives them
multiple options to alter history.
Professionally printed graphics, complete with large playing map
and 200 to 360 die cut playing pieces.
And much more!
Look for Against the Odds to cover simulation design issues,
order of battle research, rule writing, play
testing and graphic techniques as it evolves.
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Want more? We've got some great issues in the pipeline.
Journey with us as our next issue takes us to Middle East but far back in time. Inside ATO #48 you'll find Apocalypse in the East, by Jason Juneau. From the highlands of Armenia to the shores of Crete, the elite Syrian Muslim army and navy seek to overwhelm the last stronghold of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople. Unfortunately for them, the new emperor, a callous youth named Constans, is equally determined to stop them. Coming to the throne in the wake of murder and revolt, the young sovereign commands only the battered remnants of the Byzantine army, but it is now fighting on its home ground.
Apocalypse in the East - The Muslim Assault on Byzantium (A.D. 646 – 656) features yearly turns, regimental sized units, special rules on the Empress Fausta, and random events including the Monothelete Controversy, earthquakes, nepotism by Caliph Uthmãn, purges in the Byzantine high command and the introduction of Greek Fire. Can you take the helm of the Syrian army and navy and storm the greatest citadel on earth, or will you instead prevent it and maintain Byzantium’s role as Christendom’s eastern march?
After that comes ATO #49 with A Gate of Hell inside. During the summer of 1863, in the aftermath of the Gettysburg and Vicksburg campaigns, battles on land and sea were fought over control of the birthplace of the Confederacy, Charleston, South Carolina. A Union victory here would send an unmistakable signal to the states in rebellion as well as the rest of the world that the Confederacy’s cause was lost and further fighting a waste of lives and effort.
A Confederate victory in the face of the tremendous Union host, that included every Union Ironclad on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, as well as some of the most seasoned regiments that numbered among them the first formations of all Black soldiers (free US citizens as well as former slaves), would signify the war would go on and that two nations, not one, could be the result of this “second” American Revolution.
Then on to our 50th issue with Building the Bomb. This "explosive" game looks at the German effort to build an atomic bomb during WW2, a truly daunting goal given their deteriorating economy, the very press of the war itself, and their own infighting.
First serious thoughts about a bomb started in late 1941 with senior officials across Germany becoming increasingly aware that Operation Barbarossa would fail somewhere short of Moscow.
Many worriedly began looking for an “out.” Some, like Ernst Udet, head of Luftwaffe Development, shot themselves over the shock of the failure.
Others, like General Fromm, in charge of the Army Weapons Office, turned their attention to an extraordinary proposal by Germany’s leading physicists to unlock the secrets of the atom and provide limitless power, and a possible war winning explosive device, the atomic bomb. Don't miss this issue!