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is the name of a board wargame
A wargame is a strategy game that deals with military operations of various types, real or fictional. Wargaming is the hobby dedicated to the play of such games, which can also be called conflict simulations, or consims for short. When used professionally to study warfare, it is generally known as...
released by Victory Games
Avalon Hill was a game company that specialized in wargames and strategic board games. Its logo contained its initials "AH", and it was often referred to by this abbreviation. It also published the occasional miniature wargaming rules, role-playing game, and had a popular line of sports simulations...
in 1984. The game is a tactical level game depicting armoured operations south of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942-43.
The game was designed by Eric Lee Smith to be played by two players. The game was a standard hex map
A hex map, hex board or hex grid is a gameboard design commonly used in wargames of all scales. The map is subdivided into small regular hexagons of identical size.-Advantages and disadvantages:...
Boardgame counters are usually small cardboard squares moved around on the map of a wargame to represent armies, military units or individual military personnel. The first modern mass-market wargame, based on cardboard counters and hex-board maps, was Tactics, invented by Charles S. Roberts in 1952...
The box copy reads in part:
Panzer Command is a tactical level simulation of armored combat, recreating the battles that raged across the steppes of the Soviet Union during the middle years of World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...
. Each of two players commands the 40 to 60 company-sized units of a German armored division or Soviet tank corps, maneuvering forces across treacherous terrain to engage the enemy in a life or death struggle. The challenge of battlefield command is yours in the thought-provoking, exciting game experience of Panzer Command.
The game introduced a chit-draw initiative system whereby each player could activate one formation (regiment / brigade) at a time. This led to an unpredictable order to each game turn. This mechanic is widely used in wargames today.
- Matrix Games
Matrix Games is a publisher of computer games, specifically strategy games and wargames. They are based out of Staten Island, New York.Their focus is primarily but not exclusively on war games and turn-based strategy...
released a tactical wargame for the PC called Panzer Command
Panzer Command is a 3-D PC Tactical wargames series developed by Koiosworks and published by Matrix Games.-Game features:The ability to edit unit data easily is not a feature usually associated with 3D tactical games.-First Title:...
in June 2006, which also depicts armoured combat south of Stalingrad in 1942-43.