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The Desert War, 1940 - 43

 

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Date published: 6/1/1979

Designed by: Richard Berg

Developed by: Martin Goldberger

Data: An intensive battalion/company level simulation focusing on logistics, command coordination and all the complex aspects of this unique theatre of war. Five full maps. Extensive background information.

Comments:

What can one say about CNA that others haven't already? More than any other monster, this game pushes players to understand the needs for logistics in battle.  Every unit, every rule, every detail is in this game. There are over 70 charts in this game! Unlike many of the monsters, this one means it.

More than any other monster, it also requires a true time commitment from the players. People joke that the playtesters are almost finished with the first try at the game. Example: The Operation Crusader scenario is estimated to take 250 game hours to complete. Meaning, if this was your full time 'job' it would take almost 2 months.

The 'knock' against Campaign for North Africa is it required far too much bookkeeping. It was designed to require bookkeeping. The battle for North Africa, set in one of the most inhospitable areas on Earth, made supplies and logistics the most vital resources.

Years later, the Designer, along with the head of SPI during the time of the game's development, and one of the original playtesters would have the following exchange:

Richard Berg: "CNA was a goldmine for game systems and mechanics at every level . . .and it played fast and furious . ...when you weren't spending hours doing logistics. CNA was Wretched Excess. . . but it was designed specifically as such."

Brad Hessel: "On the other hand, it must be pointed out that in CNA you—or, at least, Matisse Enzer—could drown POWs by leaving them in a wadi until there was a flash flood, an effect unrivaled so far as I know before or since. Ergo sometimes excessive chrome pays off."

Matisse Enzer: "You go to war with the wadis (and truck supply) you have. I was merely misinformed about the weather. It was tragic. (And we needed trucks to carry ammunition, not food and water for the POWs)"

Details:

5 Maps, and it requires all of them to play the game. 1 hex = 8 kilometers
There are 1800 Counters, and all but a few are combat counters. Only a few hundred are informational.
Each unit can be from company (100 men) to a division (15,000 men).

Each turn is 1 week of 'realtime.'

Formats and Pricing:

CNA was offered in the 4" box (2140), and in zpack plastic bag, (2141).
The advanced offer was for $33, it was published at $44, and zpack was $39.


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Important note: in the photos below, I stole the maps shot from Pete Phillipps, a fellow ComsimWorld gamer. But it is TOO valuable a shot NOT to showcase! Many many thanks for making all these shots available Pete!!

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Magazine Issue # Date Yr Article Type Article Name Author Author2 PageNumber
Moves 30 Dec/Jan 1976 Works in Progress Designer's Notes
 

 
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Moves 33 Jun/Jul 1977 Works in Progress Designer's Notes
 

 
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Moves 34 Aug/Sep 1977 Works in Progress Designer's Notes
 

 
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Moves 36 Dec/Jan 1978 Works in Progress Designer's Notes
 

 
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Moves 37 Feb/Mar 1978 Works in Progress Designer's Notes
 

 
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Moves 38 Apl/May 1978 Works in Progress Designer's Notes
 

 
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Moves 39 Jun/Jul 1978 Works in Progress Designer's Notes
 

 
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Moves 40 Aug/Sep 1978 Works in Progress Designer's Notes
 

 
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Moves 41 Oct/Nov 1978 Works in Progress Designer's Notes
 

 
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Moves 42 Dec/Jan 1979 Works in Progress Designer's Notes
 

 
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Moves 49 Feb/Mar 1980 Game Profile The Endless Sand: Campaign for North Africa Surveyed Thomas G. Pratuch
 
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Moves 49 Feb/Mar 1980 Review FO Eric Goldberg
 
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Moves 59 Oct/Nov 1981 Advertisements Advertisement: SPI's Great Game Lineup
 

 
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Strategy & Tactics 62 May/Jun 1977 Works in Progress Work in Progress
 

 
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Strategy & Tactics 63 Jul/Aug 1977 Works in Progress Outgoing Mail - Works in Progress Brad Hessel
 
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Strategy & Tactics 64 Sep/Oct 1977 Works in Progress Outgoing Mail SPI Staff
 
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Strategy & Tactics 65 Nov/Dec 1977 Works in Progress Works in Progress - Status of Games
 

 
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Strategy & Tactics 65 Nov/Dec 1977 Works in Progress Works in Progress SPI Staff
 
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Strategy & Tactics 66 Jan/Feb 1978 Works in Progress Works in Progress - Update Brad Hessel
 
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Strategy & Tactics 66 Jan/Feb 1978 Works in Progress Works in Progress - Paragraphs SPI Staff
 
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Strategy & Tactics 67 Mar/Apl 1978 Works in Progress OUTGOING MAIL: Work in Progress SPI Staff
 
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Strategy & Tactics 68 May/Jun 1978 Works in Progress Outgoing Mail: Works in Progress SPI Staff
 
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Strategy & Tactics 69 Jul/Aug 1978 Works in Progress Work in Progress SPI Editors
 
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Strategy & Tactics 70 Sep/Oct 1978 Works in Progress Works in Progress SPI Staff
 
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Strategy & Tactics 70 Sep/Oct 1978 Advertisements Campaign for North Africa (Advertisement)
 

 
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Strategy & Tactics 71 Nov/Dec 1978 Works in Progress Works in Progress SPI Staff
 
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Strategy & Tactics 72 Jan/Feb 1979 Feature Article SPI Bestseller List Sep/Oct 1978
 

 
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Strategy & Tactics 74 May/Jun 1979 Advertisements AD: Campaign for North Africa
 

 
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Strategy & Tactics 75 Jul/Aug 1979 Works in Progress Works in Progress SPI Staff
 
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Strategy & Tactics 75 Jul/Aug 1979 Advertisements Campaign for North Africa (Advertisement)
 

 
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Strategy & Tactics 78 Jan/Feb 1980 Feature Article Outgoing Mail Brad Hessel
 
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Strategy & Tactics 78 Jan/Feb 1980 Errata Errata / Addenda Available Updates Eric Goldberg
 
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Strategy & Tactics 82 Sep/Oct 1980 Advertisements Military Game Titles from SPI (Advertisement)
 

 
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Strategy & Tactics 83 Nov/Dec 1980 Advertisements FP Ad for Various SPI Games
 

 
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