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The Decision Games Pledge Program is an online preorder system for gamers to "pledge” their support to purchase future games, directing our efforts to the games customers have the most interest in seeing published. Pledge orders will receive a minimum 25% discount from the final retail price. We provide estimated pricing based on the latest information we have about components and print pricing, however the final price is subject to change.

For your convenience, the pledge projects are divided into three lists:

  • A List Games: Close to completion. listed roughly in the order we expect to publish over the next three years.
  • B List Games: In progress. Some are finished and simply waiting for a publication slot in the A List.
  • D List Games: Deluxe Edition (out of print games that will receive a deluxe update and reprint).

We continue to add games to the Pledge Program through the surveys we conduct as well as showcasing game submissions that we believe would interest our audience

To pledge for additional games, check your list, make changes or updates to your list or customer information, and visit the pledge area of the Decision Games Shop. Pledges are a commitment to purchase a game when published and current payment information is required in order to make pledges, however cards are not charged until a game is ready to ship. Credit card information must be kept current in order to maintain a pledge order. Accounts not kept current will have their pledge orders cancelled in order to keep an accurate count of pledge orders.


(1 OCT 21)

Big Changes

We have decided to add a new category, D for Deluxe Editions. We’ll continue an annual survey of our out-of-print games to see which games should get the Deluxe treatment, but now we’ll add the winners to the Pledge Program. We’ll then move those games from the D category to the A-list when they reach at least 200 pledge orders.

In order to make room for the Deluxe category, we are dropping the C category. Games from that list have either been moved to the B-list (euro-style group) or may return once the design updates are completed.

Here’s where we stand currently on series and individual projects.

Axis Empires Ultimate Edition

This is the capstone edition of the Krieg series. Despite the Covid delays, the play testing continued on Cyberboard and Vassal, so the base game and Schiffskrieg naval expansion have been thoroughly tested. The artwork is complete and includes new, thicker counters, rounded cards (500 of them), and five fully illustrated color rules booklets along with updated maps, charts and tables including the Dice of Decision addition. A complete prototype of the game was at CSW Expo in August for play testing and review. It is now out to one of our elite play test teams for further testing and review before we begin the printing process with an eye to release in Summer 2022.

D-Day Series

D-Day at Saipan is expected to release in 2022 with an updated system rules booklet. The system rules and an updated exclusive for Iwo Jima will be added to the E-rules section when Saipan is released.

Deluxe Editions

Deluxe Editions are magazine games that sold out and have been selected for an upgraded boxed reprint. They receive a mounted game board with potentially enlarged map, counters that may be enlarged and include new variant counters, a possibly expanded rules booklet, and play aids. Red Dragon Rising will include all of the variant counters previously published as well as some additional variants, a rules update, and play aids. We’re currently waiting on the developer to complete the updated variant counters and rules, then it proceed to printing. Sealion joined the A-list and we expect to publish it in 2023.


Market Garden is the next GOSS game. We expect to have playtesting started by December. We’re expecting to complete play testing rapidly, with release in 2023. Play testing should then move on to the North Africa group of GOSS games: Alamein, Tobruk, and Tunisia, then on to Sicily. Depending on the reception of the Hannut game in World at War #80, we may run some more proposals for GOSS-lite battle games in the next surveys for World at War and Strategy & Tactics.

Other Monster Games

North African Campaign will be proceeding into play test in summer 2022. After North African Campaign , we will move on to War in Europe.

By the way, Campaigns in Europe was selected by our magazine customers to appear in World at War #97–100 (that’s in 2024–2025 for those wanting to subscribe for that series). Campaigns in Europe utilizes an updated set of the four central maps from War in Europe and a historically based division (German/Western Allies) and corps (Soviets/Axis Allies) level counter set to simulate major ETO campaigns. It will not have the strategic elements of WIE (i.e. production spirals, U-Boats & convoys, strategic bombing, political tracks, etc.), however it will have accurate OOBs with historical variation in unit capabilities for many of the major campaigns. The series issue games currently planned are: Barbarossa North , Case Blue to Operation Uranus, Sicily to Rome, and D-Day to the Rhine . One or more kits with additional counter sheets and scenario booklets are planned.

Other Series Games

Battles in the East. This new series is an update of the SPI Army Group South series. The game mechanics are similar to the classic SPI Panzer Group Guderian game, and the new design standardizes the game scales and allows comparison of organizational and doctrinal developments and unit capabilities over the course of World War II in Russia. HQ units are utilized to deliver higher level combat support and logistics. The scenario selection is focused on a balance of lesser known battles along with better known. The first three volumes continue in development and include the following pairs: Sandomierz Offensive and Bagration Stopped (1944), Uman Pocket and Guderian’s Final Blitzkrieg (1941) , and Sonnenwende/Pomerania and Drive to the Sea/West Prussia (1945) . The first two pairs will proceed into production when development is complete.

Napoleon 20. This series was acquired from Victory Point Games. Lance McMillan, the series developer, is working on the first volume ( Imperial Sunrise, four games from the 1806 campaigns) of a 13-volume quad game series mixing previously published games with new game designs. Waiting on an update about development.

Euro-Style History Games

Dr. Livingston, I Presume. This exploration game for 2–4 players has similarities to AH Source of the Nile but features Euro-style components and streamlined mechanics. Each player controls a group of historical 19 th century explorers as they prepare and carry out expeditions into the uncharted interior of Africa. Players face numerous obstacles to completing their expeditions and gain fame and victory points through reporting and defending their discoveries. The game has just been accepted for development.

Middle East Struggle. The designers are continuing their play testing and researching additions.

Pax Britannica. What we have of the updated game looks great, with streamlined rules and play. We have ideas about giving the game a graphic and component upgrade. What we don’t have is communication from designer Greg Costikyan so we can move forward. This is looking less and less likely to proceed into development and has been withdrawn from the pledge program until we hear from Greg.

Expected Release Schedule
For Up-to-date information check out the What's New page!

Early 2022

  • Midway Solitaire Deluxe Edition
  • Corrupt Bargain: The 1824 Presidential Election

Mid 2022

  • Axis Empires Ultimate Edition
  • D-Day at Saipan

Late 2022

  • Red Dragon Rising Deluxe Edition
  • Battles in the East #1: Sodomierz Offensive and Bagration Stopped (1944)
  • Battles in the East #2: Uman Pocket and Guderian’s Final Blitzkrieg (1941)
  • Market-Garden (GOSS)
  • Battles in the East #3: Pomerania/Operation Sonnenwende and West Prussia/Drive to the Sea (1945)
  • Battles in the East #4: Mius River and Vitebsk (1943)
  • Sealion Deluxe Edition

Please do not mix pledge orders with other game products. You can add a pledge for any game by viewing the item, selecting its check box, and clicking the "Add to Cart" button on that page, or by clicking the "Add to Cart" button from the game details page. In effect, a pledge is made like any regular order. When you view your cart you will see the pledge program notice that the item is on order. View your pledge orders at any time by logging into your account and reviewing your order history, where you can delete any pledge game order if you so desire. To add a new pledge game, simply place a new pledge order for that game.

Pledges are a commitment to purchase a game when published and current payment information is required in order to make pledges— credit card information must be kept current in order to maintain a pledge order. Accounts that are not kept current will have their pledge orders cancelled so that we are able to keep accurate count of pledge orders.

Pledge FAQ

Q) I don’t see my pledges that entered previously.
A) You must place a full order with only Pledge game items in the cart and check out. We will switch the status to pending and you are then able to modify the order and your account at any time.

Q) Will I have a “pending” charge on my card?
A) No, the website is not set up to automatically complete the order. No charge will appear until a game is processing for shipping.

Q) I don’t see a game I pledged for previously on the listing now.
A) Game proposals that are not making sufficient progress are dropped to make way for new game proposals .

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