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Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Colombia
Colombia: Nation at the Edge of Abyss
Colombia in the 1990's hosted one of the world's last Marxist guerrilla armies, brutal drug lords and right-wing death squads. A decade later, its Marxists had lost their top leaders and rural sanctuary, its drug bosses were dead or in prison, and its paramilitaries were demobilizing. An immensely popular Government had extended its writ to the countryside and improved the economy and human rights.
Andean Abyss takes 1-to-4 players into this multifaceted struggle for Colombia: guerillas and police, kidnapping and drug war, military sweeps and terror. Each faction employs its own tactics to influence Colombian affairs and achieve its distinct goals. Players maneuver wooden pieces across a colourful map and exploit event cards that cannot be fully predicted. Accessible mechanics put the emphasis on game play, but Andean Abyss also provides an engrossing model of insurgency - smoothly accounting for population control, lines of communication, terrain, intelligence, foreign aid, sanctuaries, and other political, military, and economic factors. An extensive playbook makes learning the game easy and explains the history behind each event card.
From the award-winning designer of Labyrinth: The War on Terror and Wilderness War, Andean Abyss features a new way to relate events and operations that guarantees tough decisions with every card flip. Most of the game's 72 events represent two alternative historical paths: players can choose either version of the event or from an array of operations and special activities. Every choice has implications for the next player's actions. There is no hand management - the focus is on the map and on planning for the unforeseeable. The key to victory is not luck, but the ability to organize the most effective campaign.
Andean Abyss provides up to 4 players with overlapping victory conditions for rich diplomatic interaction. For two or three player games, players can represent alliances of factions, or the game system can control non-player factions. Or a single player as the Colombian Government can take on the leftist FARC, the right-wing AUC, and the narco-trafficking Cartels. The non-player insurgents will fight one another as well as the player, giving an extraordinary multi-party feel to the solitaire game.
Andean Abyss presents an easy-to-learn game system on modern counterinsurgency (COIN) that future volumes will apply to other conflicts A rich and under-represented history of guerrilla warfare beckons!
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12 to adult
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