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The Decision Games Pledge Program is an online preorder system for gamers to "pledge” their support to purchase future games thereby 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. Games in the A list are close to completion and are generally in the order we expect to publish over the next three years. Games in the B list are in some stage of design with several finished and simply waiting for a slot in the A list. Games in the C list are not standard wargame designs; some have a more Euro-style presentation, some are science-fiction or have a non-military historical theme. We continue to add games to the Pledge Program through the surveys we conduct as well as showcasing games submitted to us we believe our audience would be interested in.

To pledge for additional games, check your list, make changes or updates to your list or customer information, 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.


(22 MAY 20)

With changes afoot, we’re going to take a look at all the Pledge program games so lets dig right in.


We were intending to work on Alamein first and then Market-Garden because there was an individual who was going to co-design Market-Garden with Joe Youst. That did not proceed as planned, so the discussion shifted to completing Market-Garden first and then proceeding to North Africa with games on Alamein, then Tobruk, Tunisia, and on to Sicily. As this sequence effectively lays out the next ten years for GOSS, we’ll add Market-Garden to the A-list, leave Alamein in the A-list and place the other three in the B-list (Sicily already there). 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 World at War.

D-Day Series

D-Day at Saipan is expected to enter play test in July. Depending on how the play test goes, it could be released in 2021. However, part of the plan is a reorganization of the rules so there will be a system rules booklet and separate exclusive rules with a retro fit to Iwo Jima. The Stalingrad proposal has been discussed in detail and now looks more like a three-map game to bring the unit scale down to companies. We’ll update the details in the Stalingrad proposal. Kakazu Ridge is trailing Stalingrad in the pledge numbers but made the cut to continue in the program.

Deluxe Editions

Deluxe Editions are magazine games that sold out and are selected for an upgraded 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 with background story, and play aids. Battle for Germany Deluxe will be published in August. Midway Solitaire Deluxe will then join the A-list and be published next year. It will include all of the variant counters previously published as well as some additional variants, a rules update, and play aids. We’ll be running an online survey over the summer to determine the next game to get the Deluxe treatment. It will join the pledge program with publication likely in 2022.

Axis Empires

We want this to be the capstone edition of the Krieg series. This means putting it through a rigorous series of testing and proofing to insure all the components are errata-free, the base game with updates works well, and the additional modules, especially Schiffskrieg (the expanded naval system) enhance the base game and work well in their own right. While we want the game released as soon as possible, we will take the time to perform the due diligence. To do the proper testing may take more time than originally expected due to the need to bring together teams of at least three players to work closely together on a regular basis for several months. The current health and safety concerns have limited our usual OTH play test methodology and adjustments will take time to implement. Axis Empires will continue on the A-list, but we anticipate delays in finishing this all-important step and moving on to printing and publication.

Other Monster Games

North African Campaign has been on hold while Lucky Forward was completed. Now it may continue on hold while Axis Empires is completed (Doug can only manage one monster game project while keeping up with the magazine game schedule). Once North African Campaign and Axis Empires are released, we will move on to First World War and War in Europe.

By the way, Ty Bomba’s Campaigns in Europe was selected by our magazine customers to appear in World at War #96-100 (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 corps/army level counter set to simulate the major ETO campaigns. It will not have the strategic elements of WIE (i.e. production spirals, convoy and bombing tracks, political, etc.) and will not simulate more than about six months of campaigning, however it will have accurate OOBs with historical variation in unit capabilities for all of the major campaigns (over 20 scenarios in all).

Other Series Games

Battles in the East. This is an update of Army Group South (that was based on Panzer Group Guderian) with a standardized scale and a focus on battles not previously seen. HQ units are utilized to deliver higher level combat support and logistics. The first three volumes are in play test currently and include the following pairs: North Ukraine and Warsaw (1944), Uman and Tula (1941), and Pomerania and West Prussia (1945). The first pair is scheduled to be published in 2021 and is moving to the A-list.

Napoleon 20. This series was acquired from Victory Point Games. We are assembling a new team with many of the VPG team continuing. Joseph Miranda, the system designer, will be rejoining the team. Lance McMillan, the series developer, submitted a proposal to publish the games in 13 chronological quads (e.g. the first volume is Imperial Sunrise, four games from the 1806 campaigns) mixing previously published games with new game designs. We will be conducting a feedback survey about the series. Depending on the feedback, the first quad of the series may be published in 2022.

Power Politics Games

Following on our success with Bleeding Kansas and Banana Wars (S&T#322), we were working on another power politics game, Corrupt Bargain: The 1824 Election when the shutdown upended the completion of the game. We’re waiting on the designer to review the cards and complete two bonus scenarios for the game.

Middle East Struggle. The designers are working on a new mechanic for the game where influence is accumulated in their home country and then spent either domestically or in other areas. Cards are being adjusted as needed. Could follow 1824 into the A-list.

Pax Britannica. We are reaching out to the designer again to complete his turn-in kit so we can proceed with development. What we have of the updated game looks great, with stream-lined rules and play. We have ideas about giving the game a graphic and component upgrade. Could follow 1824 into the A-list.

All of the following games need pledge support to move them into active completion.

East India Company. This 2-6 player game has similarities to the SPI Ares game Star Trader in terms of its economic system. Players represent global corporations of the 1600 and 1700’s attempting to acquire resources and set up trade networks. They contend with pirates, natives, stakeholders, storms and other events as well as each other as they seek to become the wealthiest company in the world.

Westward Ho! This is a 2-4 player game of the expansion into and settlement of the American West. Some similarities to Lords of the Sierra Madre in terms of cards representing economic opportunities.

Rails to Victory. A co-opetition game in which 2-4 players represent transportation conglomerates moving equipment, troops, and supplies to fulfill the requirements for major operations of WWII (e.g. the D-Day invasion). Players compete to earn the most victory points while avoiding collective penalties for delays or failures of operations that were not fully sourced.

Star Force: Alpha Centauri. Designer is working on modifying the original system to accommodate up to 4 players and allow for development. Two solo mini-games will be published in 2022: a Star Soldier mini-game featuring a variety of planetary systems and a tactical StarForce module in which the player leads a Tele-Ship force against a variety of defenders and situations.

Free Mars. The main game has dropped the tactical combat resolution module for a card-driven command and control system. A prequel Asteroid Wars game where players compete to mine near-earth asteroids is in design.

All of the remaining games have been dropped from the pledge program. We’re also going through the pledge orders to remove pledges for games no longer in the program. This includes Pox and Cultures of Man. There will also be a round of getting purchase and shipping information updated, first for the 2020 games and then for the 2021 games to insure everything is current.

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

Q1 2020

  • Lucky Forward: The Lorraine Campaign (GOSS)

Q2 2020

  • Battle for Germany Deluxe Edition
  • Battles in the East: Fortress Battles (Apr 1944) and Bagration Stopped (Aug 1944)
  • Corrupt Bargain: The 1824 Presidential Election
  • D-Day at Saipan
  • Midway Solitaire Deluxe Edition


  • Axis Empires Expanded Edition
  • Battles in the East #2
  • Imperial Sunrise (Napoleon 20 series)
  • North African Campaign
  • Battles in the East #3
  • Napoleon 20 series #2

INSTRUCTIONS: 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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