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Black Swan

By: Vento Nuovo Games

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Black Swan

MSRP $126.95

Product Info

Black Swan
Product Line
Emanuele Santandrea
Publish Year
NKG Part #
Boxed Game
Age Range
14 Years and Up
# Players
2 - 5 Players
Game Length
60 - 3000 Minutes


BLACK SWAN is the new block wargame covering WWII in Europe from 1939 to 1945.

BLACK SWAN is a game for 2-5 players with great solitaire suitability.

As in all other block games, both the Fog of War and Unit strength reduction/increase by rotation drive gameplay in BLACK SWAN, as a player cannot know the identity or the strength of an enemy block until it is revealed in combat.
BLACK SWAN is a historical game with some fixed starting points, but the outcome is completely unpredictable, and despite the historical result, the Axis Side (Germany and Italy) can defeat the Allied Side (France, Great Britain, US and the Soviet Union).

Developed with a system of wooden blocks and cubes and played out over an astonishing 125x87 cm (49"x34") full laminated multicolor mapboard, the only paper component in the box is the rules manual. In total, more than 500 wooden/sticker components have been created by the best Italian artisinal industry. Wooden parts are painted "A buratto", a technique usually adopted for painting car parts and accessories.


With over 220 unit counters, players can enjoy hours of fun by playing the "Black Swan Campaign" from 1939 to 1945, the shorter 1941-1945 Campaign, or by playing one of the five scenarios. Each one has a different difficulty level, rated in brackets from 1 (Very Easy) to 10 (Very Hard):


  • Warsaw or Nothing, Summer - Fall 1939 (2)
  • Operation Barbarossa, Spring - Fall 1941 (5)
  • The Giant's Awake, Spring - Fall 1942 (5)
  • Totaler Krieg, Spring - Fall 1943 (4)
  • Overlord, Spring - Fall 1944 (5)


  • The Black Swan, Summer 1939 - Fall 1945 (10)
  • Lebensraum, Spring 1941 - Fall 1945 (8)

    Every scenario has different victory conditions and length, with a different playing time of 1 to 3 hours. The two Campaigns are much longer, up to 50 hours of fun.
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