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on June 28, 2013
We've played this a few times since the purchase and we love it.

Gameplay Overview
Each player starts out by building an Army up to 100 points. Each unit has a different point value, and with the expansion packs there is nearly an endless combination of possibilities. The starter set contains mostly German and U.S. units, but the expansion packs contain nearly every nationality that participated in WWII.

After creating an army, players place their units on the fold out game map. From there, players roll dice to see who has the initiative for the turn. Based on that, one player moves first followed by the second player. After both players have moved, the assault phase begins and players attack each other based on their units attributes. Finally the results of the assault phase are dealt out in the casualty phase. That concludes one turn, the game last for 7 turns and the player who holds the objective is the winner. So far games last about an hour and a half for us, but will probably move more quickly once we can remember most of the rules and don't need to consult the rule book as often.

The rules aren't as complex as some other miniature games, so its pretty quick to learn and keeps the game from bogging down. But it has enough detail in the rules to keep everything interesting and does a fairly accurate job of simulating WWII tactical combat, as compared to other games.

The game is a lot of fun. I enjoy miniature games and this is one of the better ones I've played. The miniatures are very detailed and exciting. The variety of units is nice, because every game is different. There many types of units available with booster packs that make the for lots of Army combinations.

The fold out game maps tend to scrunch up a bit, and they don't want to lay completely flat.
The game only included 8 dice. Some units need to roll more than that.
Its unbalanced, the starter set comes with 4 Axis units (31 points total) and 6 Allied units (86 points total). Since the game rules recommend to play with armies of 100 points, it's a good idea to get two or three expansion packs right away to help balance the game and make things more interesting.
For the realist, the infantry are 15mm scale and the vehicles are 20mm scale. In the later expansion packs the vehicles were reduced to 15mm scale to match the infantry. Not a big deal, but it looks weird when the starter pack M4A1 Sherman is the same size as much larger tanks.

Overall, its a very fun and exciting game. I highly recommend it, though adding more expansion packs makes it even more fun.
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on August 6, 2014
The axis and allies miniatures game, while discontinued, is still an excellent game for any World War II history buffs or people wanting a relatively easy, quick and somewhat customizable game. This starter set isn't as good as the "version 1" as it only comes with 2 maps and a small amount of markers used in the game. It is also very unequal as far as units go pitting 3 rather good allied tanks against 1 lower ranking medium tank. For what it is, a basic starter, it certainly is good and if you get a couple will allow you to get a very good start on your collection. As it comes with at least 2 tanks, the T-34 and Sherman, that you will likely want quite a few of and aren't to easy to get ahold of these days. Overall a good starter for one of my favorite games.
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on May 15, 2010
I bought this just for fun to see what it's like. I've played the A&A board games and thought this would be similar. Despite the major difference in playing style, I quite enjoyed the miniatures. This particular set was like a teaser, it got me interested in buying more. However, it's not a very balanced set. First off it comes with 4 tanks, 3 of which are allied tanks and 1 is axis. It comes with 6 infantry soldiers, three on each side. The allies have a commander so the M1 Garand troop gets bonuses and the allied side gets an initiative bonus. On the other side the Germans have an MG 42 unit with the double shot ability and a high kill ratio vs. infantry, so the infantry is balanced. However, each allied tank could overpower the axis tank individually. The axis tank is a Panzer III Ausf. F which has lower armor and a low cost. All of the allied tanks are almost twice the Panzer's cost and have more armor/fire power. Out of all the scenarios I have run with this set the Germans have only won once due to a lucky roll by the axis Panzerfaust 30 unit taking out the American Sherman early on in the match. Overall, the set is rather nice. It's a good way to add some troops and armor into your ranks. It's also a good way to obtain the rare British Cromwell tank and the uncommon Russian T-34/76 tank. Of course it's not enough for a good match, if you have the time and extra money then go ahead and buy more.
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on December 26, 2014
I bought these for use in a tabletop rpg, but they are just a wee bit small for that use. I was hoping that the vehicles were larger. I guess if you actually play this game they would work great. I use the maps provided more than anything.
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on November 7, 2010
first of all this starter set was worth the money. at first it was hard to learn how to play, but after a couple of you tube tutorials i figured it out. the soldier miniatures are made of a rubbery material and the tanks are made of plastic which are pretty durable i would recommend this product to anyone that is into military or ww2.
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on September 17, 2012
Im teaching my sons to play Axis & Allies with this little set. Will get the board game for xmas. Id actually like to get a lot more pieces though so battle could last a lot longer. I just modify the rules for reinforcements to arrive a few rounds later. ;)
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on November 5, 2010
The starter pack will provide you with the rulebook and maps you will need to play A&A minis. What you may not be able to tell at first look is that 3 of the 4 tanks included here are Allied units. This means it is not very balanced between the opposing forces. You will need to get some booster packs to try to bulk up your Axis units. But the collecting is half the fun!
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on August 3, 2015
too expensive for plastic toys
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on March 25, 2014
Thank you this game is so much fun to play! I would recommend it highly. Purchasing the game was easy and pain free.
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on November 12, 2014
Good I was to get
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