Twilight Struggle – Deluxe


In 1945, unlikely allies toppled Hitler’s war machine, while humanity’s most devastating weapons forced the Japanese Empire to its knees in a storm of fire. Where once there stood many great powers, there then stood only two. The world had scant months to sigh its collective relief before a new conflict threatened. Unlike the titanic struggles of the preceding decades, this conflict would be waged not primarily by soldiers and tanks, but by spies and politicians, scientists and intellectuals, artists and traitors.


Twilight Struggle is a two-player game simulating the forty-five-year dance of intrigue, prestige, and occasional flares of warfare between the Soviet Union and the United States. The entire world is the stage on which these two titans fight to make the world safe for their own ideologies and ways of life. The game begins amidst the ruins of Europe as the two new “superpowers” scramble over the wreckage of the Second World War, and ends in 1989 when only the United States remained standing.

This Deluxe Edition of Twilight Struggle seeks to capture the feeling of that earlier era.  The scope of the game covers the entire world as it was found in 1945.  Players move units and exert influence in attempts to gain allies and control for their superpower. As with GMT’s other card-driven games, decision-making is a challenge; how to best use one’s cards and units are given consistently limited resources? Twilight Struggle’s Event cards cover a vast array of historical happenings, from the Berlin Airlift, to the Vietnam War and the U.S. peace movement, to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

This Deluxe Edition of Twilight Struggle marries world-class components, with the sort of world-class gameplay for which GMT is already known.  We cannot think of a better way to commemorate this vital piece of world history. We invite you to relive an era with the words uttered by one of  its most iconic statesmen:

“Now the trumpet summons us again, not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are – but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle” – John F. Kennedy

Designer: Ananada Gupta, Jason Matthews
Publisher: GMT Games
Player numbers: 2 Players
Recommended Age: 13+
Game Time: 120-180 minutes

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Awards & Honours:

2012 Ludoteca Ideale Winner
2012 Gra Roku Game of the Year Nominee
2011 Lucca Games Best Boardgame for Experts
2006 International Gamers Awards – Historical Simulation
2006 International Gamers Awards – General Strategy; Two-players
2006 Golden Geek Best Wargame Winner
2006 Golden Geek Best Wargame Nominee
2006 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Winner
2006 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee
2005 James F. Dunnigan Award Winner
2005 James F. Dunnigan Award Nominee
2005 Charles S. Roberts Best Modern Era Boardgame Winner
2005 Charles S. Roberts Best Modern Era Boardgame Nominee


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