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Offline Captain Darling

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Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« on: January 22, 2020, 11:26:18 PM »
Last Monday we played ĎEscape from Colditz' (original version) and enjoyed a rollicking night featuring a total of ten escape attempts, a dead British Lieutenant, four successful 'home runs' (escapes) and the transfer of several German Guards to the Eastern Front. We decided this game is so much fun we'll play it twice a year instead of the one time we currently plan for!

Lieutenant Carothers meets a sticky end!


Captain Smithers escapes, you can hear the champagne corks pop (in Switzerland!)


A detailed AAR for the game is here
https://toysoldiersforoldgits.blogspot.com/2020/01/tsogers-escape-from-colditz-again.html

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Offline gamer Mac

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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2020, 12:08:55 AM »
Great fun game
my favorite game apart from Risk?

Offline jambo1

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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2020, 05:27:35 AM »
That brings back a lot of memories, played it soooo many years ago at my mates, always a super game to play. :)

Offline Mad Lord Snapcase

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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2020, 06:52:02 AM »
Much nostalgia there! I need to get my set out of the roof and play it again.


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Offline Ockman

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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2020, 09:26:19 AM »
I've only played the amiga game, but I loved that (even if I was too young to fully understand it)

Offline Captain Blood

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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2020, 11:07:54 AM »
Indeed. Great fun and takes me back about 40 years lol

Iíve played the recently re-released version (which I think is pretty much an exact facsimile of the original, although maybe slightly shinier) a few times with chums recently.
Itís a great game, tactical and engrossing, although can be very frustrating.
There are also one or two slight ambiguities in the rules - or at least thatís what we found.
But overall, a very good game and a real shot of nostalgia :)


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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2020, 11:10:58 AM »
So very cool.
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Offline Captain Blood

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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2020, 11:17:42 AM »
Weirdly, it is quite cool.
(Especially when you play the theme tune from the classic 70s TV series to start the game lol)

Yeah, just looking again at my pics against Captain Darlingís original board, the new version has clearly had rather more graphic design and Stalag flavour lavished on the board and cards. In all other respects it seems to mimic the 1970s original.

Offline Munindk

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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2020, 01:43:40 PM »
It looks fun :)

A thought, would replacing the wooden game pieces with 15mm WWII models be worthwhile?

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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2020, 02:04:39 PM »
Paint the pieces, like little peg soldiers!

Offline Captain Darling

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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2020, 10:45:31 AM »
Hi All!

Thanks for the replies!

The new version certainly has improved graphics and from looking on Boardgamegeek an updated set of rules. The original rules have issues but we play for fun so if something comes up we Ďwing ití  :) ...

Re replacing pawns thatís definitely possible and if your budget stretches to it Iíve been advised Foundry have a set just for the game...
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/world-war-ii-pewter/products/world-war-2

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Offline 6milPhil

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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2020, 02:58:56 PM »
A great game, still have an original copy, although the board is a little warped.


A thought, would replacing the wooden game pieces with 15mm WWII models be worthwhile?

There was a 28mm game of this at Salute one year, and there's been other brilliant efforts: http://miniaturasjm.com/wargame-historico/terreno-de-juego-escape-from-colditz-escala-28mm/


Offline dartfrog

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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2020, 10:21:37 PM »
Wow that looks amazing fun. Well done to the builders of that  o_o

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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2020, 03:50:36 PM »
Our club plays this the last meet before Christmas every year.  Always a good laugh and lots of fun.  Glad to see that other folks are having fun with it too. 
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Re: Escape from Colditz - Revisited a Classic Board Game!
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2020, 05:53:39 PM »
Learned today that Colditz was previously also a psychiatric clinic where amongst others the composer Schumann resided. Makes you think.