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Gustav Adolf the Great - With God and Victorious Arms

By: GMT Games

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Musket & Pike Series

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Gustav Adolf the Great - With God and Victorious Arms
Product Line
Ben Hull
Publish Year
NKG Part #
MFG. Part #
Boxed Game
Age Range
12 Years and Up
# Players
2 Players
Game Length
300 Minutes


Part of Ben Hull's award-winning Musket & Pike Battles series.

The fourth and newest installment in this series is a tactical battle game featuring four battles from the career of one of the Great Captains of History, King Gustav II Adolf the Great of Sweden. In his brief career, he catapulted Sweden to the forefront of European power politics. This volume sets it focus on the rise and climax of Gustav Adolf's military system.

The series began with the English Civil War in This Accursed Civil War, then covered the Swedish army after Gustav Adolf in Sweden Fights On, then looked at the rise of the French in the Thirty Years War in Under the Lily Banners. In this volume the Swedish face the tough Polish cavalry, lance equipped winged Husars and Cossacks. The Swedish-style brigades also take on the unbeaten Tilly at the head of the allied Catholic League and Imperial armies. Finally, Wallenstein, with a resurgent Imperial army, mastered the art of drawing out the Swedes to attack on ground of his choosing.

In each battle included in Gustav Adolf the Great: With God and Victorious Arms, armies are divided into several wings. Each has a commander and an order that limits the types of actions that units of that wing may perform. Victory goes to the player who can coordinate the actions of his wings in the heat of battle. Units are infantry battalions or brigades, cavalry regiments and artillery batteries. Rules include Cavalry Charges, Cavalry Pistols for skirmishing or for close combat, and artillery grazing fire. Play is highly interactive and most battles can be played through in one sitting. The battles included in Gustav Adolf the Great: With God and Victorious Arms are:

Dirschau 1627 - The Prussian campaign that started in 1626, Gustav Adolf had finally brought the Poles to the field and defeated them in battle at Gniew a month before, skillfully using terrain to offset the powerful Polish Hussars. Again the King faced the Polish General Koniecpolski and sought to the same again.

Breitenfeld 1631 - The most famous battle of the Thirty Years War

Alte Veste 1632 - The late summer saw the Swedish besieged by Wallenstein at Nürnberg.

Lützen 1632 - Southeast of Leipzig the Swedes caught up to the Imperial main body. Wallenstein's army had detached two corps and was serious danger. He fortified a position at Lützen.

• 3 Full-color countersheets
• Two 22"x34" back-printed maps
• Rulebook
• Scenario/Playbook
• 2 11x17" Player Aid Cards

Game Scale:
• Time - A turn = 20-30 minutes
• Map - A hex = 100 yards (90m)
• Unit - Strength Point = 80-100 men, Cavalry Rgt./Squadron = 300-500 men, Infantry Rgt./Bde. = 500-2000 men, Light Infantry Unit = 100-200 men, Artillery Unit = 3-4 guns or a double battery of 7-8 guns.
• Complexity - 5 out of 9
• Solitaire Suitability = 6 out of 9

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