It was June 28th, 1914, and Lojka was driving Archduke Franz Ferdinand through the streets of
Sarajevo. Because of threats on his life, the Archduke had decided to leave the city. Ironically, his
would-be assassin, Gavrilo Princip, having failed in an attempt on the Archduke’s life earlier that day,
stopped in that very sandwich stop to eat lunch. When the astonished Princip saw the Archduke’s
car stop in front of the restaurant, he immediately strode out, fired two shots, killing the Archduke,
and mortally wounding his wife. Those shots ignited the First World War, a conflict that resulted in
the death of 16 million people and the disastrous Treaty of Versailles. That treaty, in turn, provided
fertile ground for the rise of Hitler and the spawning of the Second World War that killed another 60
million people around the globe. All ignited by a wrong turn in the wrong part of town.
Historical Board Gaming is proud to present Balkan Wars: The Great War, a game that recreates the
early days of World War I as it played out in the Balkans, a peninsula in south-eastern Europe.
Sandwiched between the Mediterranean, the Adriatic, the Aegean, the Black Sea, and located at the
crossroads of the Ottoman, Russian, and Austro-Hungarian empires, the Balkans were of immense
strategic value to the powers that struggled in the First World War. Balkan Wars allows you to recreate
Designed by Jonathan Galvez, this game allows for 2-7 players and plays for approximately 2-3 hours; units sold separately.
- 1 Balkan Wars map (18-in x 34-in)