Description: ''Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need, not as a call to battle, though embattled we are - but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle...''
- John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Speech, January 1961
Twilight Struggle is a two-player game simulating the forty-five year dance of intrigue, prestige, and occasional flares of warfare between the Soviet Union and the United States. The entire world is the stage on which these two titans fight to make the world safe for their own ideologies and ways of life. The game begins amidst the ruins of Europe as the two new "superpowers" scramble over the wreckage of the Second World War, and ends in 1989, when only the United States remained standing.
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What's in the Box?
Over 300 High-Quality components!
1 22"x34" Map Board
1 Rule Book
2 Player Aid Cards
228 Full Color Counters
2 Six-Sided Dice
The Struggle is Real!
The year is 1945, and two super powers remain standing in the wake of World War II. The covert conflict between the USA and USSR would shape the next 45 years in what would become known as the Cold War.
Are you ready to step into a conflict defined by culture, political intrigue, and international influence? Prepare to become embroiled in the struggle for supremacy that would shape the future of the world. This is Twilight Struggle!
Spread Your Influence!
Twilight Struggle is a game of intrigue and influence. Players will play out events and operations over the course of ten rounds, representing the progression of the war from the early war, to the mid war, to the late war.
Players will fight for control over battleground countries, perform military operations, compete in the space race, and try to balance the tensions of two competing super powers before nuclear war breaks out!
History Unfolds Before You!
Each card in Twilight Struggle represents a historical event or movement that helped shape the trajectory of the conflict between the USA and USSR. The game immerses players in the history of the Cold War as they play, incorporating the events that unfolded into the mechanics of the game.
Play Events and Operations
The event cards comprise the core of the interaction between players in Twilight Struggle. Players take turns playing out cards to perform the actions written on them, or gain the operation points listed on the card and give the event to their opponent. Through these cards, players will spread their influence and score victory points when a scoring card is played.
Perform a Coup
Operations points are used by players to gain influence in countries, but they have other uses as well. Players can use their points to reduce their opponent's influence in other countries as well as attempt coups and gain control of the country themselves. Be warned. Performing coups in important battleground countries will raise the DEFCON level, bringing the world closer to nuclear war and making it more difficult to secure your influence in certain regions.
Compete on a Global Scale
As the game proceeds, the players will perform an intricate dance, switching between spreading their own influence and crippling the influence of their opponent. Players want to control regions and gain Victory Points, but increasing tensions to the point of nuclear war will forfeit their victory. Balance your ambition and keep your opponent in check, and you may come out of the Twilight Struggle victorious!
Critical Praise for Twilight Struggle!
'It's got a real good back and forth. There's a real balance.'
'This is almost a perfect game.'
'If you ever get a chance to try this one out, I highly recommend it.'
-Tom Vasel and Jason Levine
'Excellent game. I highly recommend getting it!'
-Joel Eddy, Drive Thru Review
Twilight Struggle has won several awards!
2005 James F. Dunnigan Award Winner
2005 Charles S. Roberts Best Modern Era Boardgame Winner
2006 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Winner
2006 Golden Geek Best Wargame Winner
2006 International Gamers Awards - General Strategy; Two-players Winner
2006 International Gamers Awards - Historical Simulation Winner
2011 Lucca Games Best Boardgame for Experts
2012 Gra Roku Game of the Year Nominee
2012 Ludoteca Ideale Winner
One Country Will Be Left Standing
History unfolds before you in a battle of influence and intrigue! Will you come out on top? Pick up your copy of Twilight Struggle today and find out!