Contents: Map, Rules, play aids. Mini's will be extra.
Global War 1928 is based on an alternative history –
one possible, but never realized. This
alternative history gives war gamers a new map and a new scenario for World War
II that we know will be different
than anything you have experienced before.
One great advantage alternative history brings to the game is balance. In Global War 1928, there are no juggernaut
nations like the USA or USSR to unbalance the game with their military and economic
might. All nations are well balanced and
playable. You may find yourself playing
Spain, China, or France in ways you could never do in your traditional World
War II game. There are no alliances in
Global War 1928 – so in many ways you are forced to evaluate the situations and
do what is best for your nation. You may
have different allies and different enemies in every game, creating a new and
unique experience each time you play.
Brief History of the World
1863: The Union blockade of Confederate ports
resulted in an intolerable disruption of cotton supplies to Britain and
France. The impact on French &
British textile mills moved French industrialists to support action against the
Union. Napoleon III’s expansionist plans
in Central America, and his involvement in the Franco-Mexican war made this
plan doubly appealing. Britain,
unwilling to be cut out of the textile profit went along.
1868: After a long and bloody civil war the USA and
CSA fought to a standstill. The British
and French fleets were able to free southern ports allowing the South to trade
cotton for arms. The war divides the
United States, which lacking the money does not purchase Alaska from Russia in
1867. Texas succeeds from the CSA to
form its own republic in 1870. The
French install a puppet emperor, Maximillian I in Mexico. Slavery persists in the Confederate States
1884: The CSA expands into Central America, securing
Nicaragua and completing by 1890 the Nicaraguan Grand Canal to challenge the USA’s
Panama canal, giving them easy access to the Pacific.
1898: The CSA, reluctant to challenge the powerful
Spanish in the Carribean do nothing when the CSS Texas mysteriously explodes in Havana harbor. Spain never loses control of the Spanish
East Indies, Philippines, Cuba, Hawaii or her other possessions.
1905: The Russo-Japanese war ends in defeat for the
Russians. The Japanese claim most of Alaska and the Aleutian chain as a war
prize, leaving the Russians in control of S.E. Alaska. Japan continues to expand its influence in
1911: The Qing Dynasty does not fall, in part due to
Japanese expansion in the region.
Bolstered by Western powers, China stays unified, and 2,000 years of
Imperial rule continue. Competition is
fierce among Japan, Britain and France for their share of China. The West continues to have unequal trade
agreements that weaken China and anti-foreign sentiment is high.
1914: World War I goes differently for the Central
Powers. Without the help of the United States, a bloody four-year conflict
results in Germany keeping control of its African colonies and Pacific
possessions, even expanding its influence in China. The Ottoman Empire stays alive, although it
is ailing and sick.
1917: The Bolshevik revolution fails to take
shape. Western powers are able to mount
considerable pressure to support Imperial Russia.
1928: Global tensions are rising as nations seek to
expand their influence. The instability
of many nations, and internal strife and conflict stir age-old tensions. Powers vie for resources and colonies.
Global tensions are rising as nations seek to expand
their influence, quell internal instability and clamber for raw materials to
fuel their factories and economies. The
coming war is about resources, and age-old grudges to be settled….
British Empire – The British are the most powerful naval
power in the game. With an empire that spans the globe, the British player must
form alliances that help him maintain his hegemony. The British face intense competition for
their overseas colonies from all quarters.
Every nation would like to take
a slice of Britain’s vast empire.
The French, like the British, control vast wealth around the globe and will
need to defend it against threats from other power hungry nations. They are in competition with the CSA and USA
to hold on to their American possessions.
United States, still divided is powerful, faces competition for overseas
colonies and markets. Powerful European
nations continue to colonize the Americas and usurp America’s influence in
China and the Pacific.
Confederate States of America, still ideologically divided from the North,
seeks to expand its reach and influence in the Caribbean and abroad. The CSA, backwards and agrarian and racially
stratified did not abolish slavery until 1903.
The CSA is always leery of the US’s objective to unify the two
countries…something the land owning elite will never allow.
retained many of its overseas possessions and preserved its empire, the Spanish
are a viable power. Their navy is good
and they own rich territories including the Philippines, Hawaii and Cuba. The Spanish have an age old score to settle
with the French and British for snatching up the Colonies in Africa and with
the USA and CSA who have long excluded them from using their canals to access
their Pacific holdings.
Empire – The Ottomans have survived the First World War and
solidified their grasp on their states.
They threaten the Suez and British possessions in the Mediterranean.
Ottoman forces can cut the Suez and cause a major blow to the British
economy. Their control over the Turkish
Straits puts them in competition with Russia, who yearns for an outlet to the
Russia - The defeat of the Bolsheviks by the combined armies
of the West empowered Russia to expand her power but delayed significant land
and industrial reforms. Russia is
backwards and behind the west but immerging with a taste for western style expansion. Lacking an industrial base, and a modern
army, Imperial Russia is set to grow.
She faces competition from Japan in the East, the Ottomans to the South
and the European powers to the West.
Qing Dynasty is alive but ailing plagued with a crisis of confidence from the
people. Qing China provides a check on
Japanese and Russian power. The unequal
trade agreements are a sore spot and they have a score to settle with the West.
has expanded its dominance over the Asia, winning the Russo Japanese war and
acquiring Russian territories and Alaska it is poised to threaten German,
Spanish, Chinese, British, Dutch and American possessions.
War Series: Our Global War series consists of
interconnected games spanning the time period of 1850-2025. Players can play any Global War game
individually, or connect them together in one monster game where victory in one
affects the starting point of the next.
These games consist of both large scale wars (World War I, World War II,
and hypothetical wars in 1985 and 2025), and interwar periods where players
fight limited conflicts. As players
transition from one game to the next, they upgrade units to new models, and
make decisions about how their nation will enter the coming era.