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  Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest by Mighty Boards  Once again, wargaming is increasing my knowledge. I knew that the Hungarian Uprising...

Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest by Mighty Boards Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest by Mighty Boards

Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest by Mighty Boards

Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest by Mighty Boards

 Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest


Mighty Boards

 Once again, wargaming is increasing my knowledge. I knew that the Hungarian Uprising took place, but I did not know any of the actual history of it. On October 23rd a student protest against the government started the Hungarian Uprising. Originally the Soviets started to remove their troops. However, Imre Nagy, the head of the new government, in a speech declared that Hungary was going to leave the Warsaw Pact and become neutral. This is seen by many as the turning point that made the Soviets decide to invade Hungary and remove the new government. On November 4th the Soviets invaded Budapest. The uprising was crushed, and 2,500 Hungarians and 700 Soviets were dead. This number does not include any Hungarians that were murdered during the crackdown after the uprising. Imre Nagy was grabbed by the Soviets and later was brought back to Hungary for a closed trial that ended with his execution. The Western powers were involved with the Suez Crisis at exactly the same time. Egypt's Nasser had nationalized the Suez Canal. In retaliation Britain, France, and Israel invaded Egypt. Most historians believe that there was not a chance that the Western Powers would intervene on Hungary's behalf. Mighty Boards has a game that is about the beginning of the Hungarian Uprising; it is called Days of Ire. This game is about the Soviet invasion and crushing of the uprising in Budapest. Let us see what comes in the game box:

Mounted Game Board


83 Cards (57mm x 89mm)

30 Wooden Blocks


59 Cardboard Tokens (counters etc.)

4 Glass Bead Markers

1 Six-Sided die

 The game is one of the new breed of a cross between a Euro game and a Wargame. In its design you can see the influence of both. The board is separated into areas and not hexes. As you can see, the turn record track is done in a novel way in the lower right corner. There are both blocks and cardboard counters used in the game; this is another testament to its DNA. The blocks are done well, along with the stickers. The cardboard counters are very large and all of these pieces are easy to read. The card decks are extremely well produced. There are two double-sided Player Aids. Two are the 'Soviet Rules Reference', one is the 'Konev Revolutionary Rules Reference', and the last is the 'Revolutionary Rules Reference'. The Rulebook is done in vibrant colors and is easy to read with tons of illustrations. The rules are twenty pages long. This is followed by both a Historical Essay, and Designer's Notes. The Historical Essay gives the player all he needs for background on the Soviet invasion. The Designer Notes are very interesting and go through how this hybrid Euro/Wargame came about. 

 One thing about the game that you should know up front is that there is no way for the Hungarians to actually 'win'. You can win the game playing as the Hungarian by victory points (helping civilians flee etc.), but you will not defeat the Soviets. Your job, as the Hungarian player, is to slow the Soviets down and make the invasion as costly as possible for them. The game is set up for one, two, or three players. In solitaire or two player mode, the player faces Konev, the Soviet Marshal in charge of the operation, Mighty Boards name for their bot. In two player there can also be a Soviet and a Hungarian player. In three player there are two Hungarian players and one Soviet. The Rulebook states that you can pick who will play each side, or a player can demand to be the Soviets by banging his shoe on the table. The Rulebook is set up different than most. The rules for the multiplayer and solitaire are listed one after the other in each separate phase. The game comes with both Basic and Advanced rules. These are also listed in each phase, and not as usual in its own listing after the basic game. Both the Basic rules and the Advanced are shown on the Player Aid cards.

  The game is a card driven one. There are four decks: Soviet Tactic Cards, Konev Cards, Revolutionary Cards, and Headline Cards. When one player is playing against the Soviet, either a Soviet player or the Konev bot, the player draws 12 cards as long as the Revolutionaries morale is over 19. The Konev, Soviet bot, deals out 5 cards from the deck and shows 1,3, and 5. The other two cards are turned over. All the directions on the cards are easy to follow and pretty self-explanatory. As the Revolutionary, your job is to stall the Soviets and to help civilians flee. The more you stall the Soviets the lower their prestige falls. As the Soviet, you must capture Budapest with as much speed as possible. The Soviet player must attempt to capture as many civilians as possible. 

 This is the sequence of play:

1. Draw Phase

2. Tactics Phase

3. Reinforcement Phase

4. Operations Phase

5. Adjustment Phase

6. Clean-up Phase

 What is the Red Army Pack?

Days & Nights: Red Army Pack is an add-on pack that contains 28 miniatures compatible with both Days of Ire and Nights of Fire. It also contains a small deck expansion to Nights of Fire, and an additional deck allowing campaign play. 

In Campaign mode you can play a game of Days of Ire followed by a game of Nights of Fire (solo, cooperative, or conflict mode up to 1v2 supported), and have the winner decided only at the end!

 The game, as mentioned, has a Basic and Advanced rule set. Once you become used to the basic game, you can turn it up a notch. The game is easy to learn. The actual mechanics of the game are fairly simple. One or two playthroughs and you should not need the Rulebook again. The Player Aids should walk you through the game. The rules are simple, but like many games with easy rules there is still a lot to learn and do. The fact that setup is random means that the game is always fresh and you cannot work out a strategy that will work every time. Games are here for us to have fun. Wargames and historical ones have an extra onus. They should be fun and teach the player something. Nights of Fire is both fun and a learning experience, and that is all you can ask from a game like this. Thank you Mighty Boards for allowing me to review this great game.


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