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Title: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Leon on 01 April 2017, 03:43:58 PM
It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here!  

Blitzkrieg Commander is one of the most popular WWII rulesets of the past decade with over 5000 copies sold and we're delighted to announce that the highly anticipated 3rd Edition is now available for pre-order!  We'll officially be launching BKC-III at the Salute show on 22nd April, but you can pre-order your copy in advance, ready to ship out on Monday 24th.  And as an added bonus, we've got a special discounted launch price of £20! (RRP £25)  This launch offer will only be available until Sat 29th April, so head over and grab your copy now: http://www.pendraken.co.uk/Rules-c37/Blitzkrieg-Commander-III-sc362/ (http://www.pendraken.co.uk/Rules-c37/Blitzkrieg-Commander-III-sc362/)

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Blitzkrieg Commander III
- Suitable for any scale miniatures, from 2mm right up to 28mm.
- Simple command system that emphasises the fog of war.
- Effective mechanism for casualty resolution.
- Flexible figure ratio meaning one base represents a platoon.
- Minimal setup time, simply assemble your forces and play.
- Contains 49 army lists covering all nations and theatres.
- Includes 15 scenarios.
- Suitable for solo, two player or multi-player games.
- No supplements, everything you need to play WWII games in one book.
- Quick Reference Sheet included.



For the existing BKC gamers, you'll probably want to know what's changed in BKC-III?

Generally, this 3rd Edition remains true to the BKC you're familiar with, but with a bit of a refresh on the text.  All of the core elements remain in the game and everything should run much the way it always has.  Things that you may find work slightly differently include:

Scale - Established at '1 base = 1 platoon'
Terrain (movement, visibility and cover) - Revamped and simplified in places.
Basic Actions - Now set out in defined actions list.
Unit Abilities (including profiles) - Revamped.
Command Units - Revamped and can now fight and be knocked out like other units.
Close Assault - Streamlined.
Off-table Support - Streamlined.
Engineering - Streamlined and moved to command phase.
Recce Actions - Streamlined.
Exceptions & Special Rules - Extracted into formal 'special abilities' for units.
Army Lists - Revamped and increased.

If you know and love Blitzkrieg Commander already then BKC-III should hopefully feel familiar but fresh to you.  For those new to these rules, grab yourself a copy and see what everyone is talking about!

To pre-order yourself a copy, you can either buy directly through our website here: BKC-III (http://www.pendraken.co.uk/Rules-c37/Blitzkrieg-Commander-III-sc362/) or by contacting us using the Contact form on our website: http://www.pendraken.co.uk/Contact.aspx (http://www.pendraken.co.uk/Contact.aspx).  For anyone attending Salute, you can also pre-order a copy to collect on the day by contacting us through that same Contact Us method.

For those who prefer their rules in a digital format, BKC-III will also be launched as a pdf download on Wargame Vault on the same day as Salute, so Sat 22nd April.  We'll also have a range of 1000pt Starter armies ready for the launch, more details on those coming soon.


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: petercooman on 01 April 2017, 04:11:58 PM
Leon, is shipping for the book just like regular shipping of anything else? (would have liked to order right away ,but will wait untill i have seen my gaming buddies, might order more than one copy)


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Shedman on 01 April 2017, 04:16:05 PM
Ordered  - yaaaaaah!


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Leon on 01 April 2017, 04:25:51 PM
Leon, is shipping for the book just like regular shipping of anything else?

Yep, so it'll be £3.50 shipping to Europe (plus VAT on the shipping!)


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: petercooman on 01 April 2017, 04:26:41 PM
Yep, so it'll be £3.50 shipping to Europe (plus VAT on the shipping!)

Ok thanks!


Wait..... it's not an april fools joke is it?


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Leon on 01 April 2017, 04:40:17 PM
Wait..... it's not an april fools joke is it?

Definitely not, I think the pitchforks would be out if it was!


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: old smokie on 01 April 2017, 04:41:38 PM
Ordered  =D> :-bd


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: petercooman on 01 April 2017, 04:56:18 PM
Definitely not, I think the pitchforks would be out if it was!

You'd be in for tar and feathers if it was  ;D


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Luddite on 01 April 2017, 05:04:32 PM
Wait..... it's not an april fools joke is it?

(http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/000/029/398/Iareseriouscat.jpg)


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: ianrs54 on 01 April 2017, 05:40:27 PM
Not for long


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: paulr on 01 April 2017, 08:02:05 PM
I think Leon might be a little excited, he triple posted this :o ;D

Congratulations Pendraken, I hope this sells really well


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Kiwidave on 01 April 2017, 08:53:04 PM
Ordered :) Maybe the first Anitpodean to do so?


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Leon on 01 April 2017, 10:27:03 PM
Thanks for all the orders so far!

Maybe the first Anitpodean to do so?

Yep, first set heading to the southern hemisphere!


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: rct75001 on 02 April 2017, 02:32:26 AM
Can I ask how well this is suited for infantry focused games as opposed to armour ones?

Anyone's experience with BKCII that could help me? 

Thanks
Richard


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: ianrs54 on 02 April 2017, 07:58:56 AM
Works fine, just use a smaller sized table, and be aware that artillery will be even more effective !


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: AJ at the Bank on 02 April 2017, 09:12:31 AM
Ordered
Yippee!!!
 :D


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Chieftain on 02 April 2017, 10:52:52 AM
Can I ask how well this is suited for infantry focused games as opposed to armour ones?

Anyone's experience with BKCII that could help me?  

Thanks
Richard

BkCII is an infantry-focused game.  You'll struggle in any battle without a solid core of infantry.

BkCIII enhances that.

This never happened:
(http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g183/Anatoli_2006/15mm%20battle%20reports/SAM_4076.jpg)

 ;D


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: mad lemmey on 02 April 2017, 11:38:48 AM
I remember that game! Tanks won!


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: rct75001 on 02 April 2017, 01:44:19 PM
Thanks averyone


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: ronan on 02 April 2017, 01:46:03 PM
Ordered
Yippee!!!
 :D

The same goes for me !


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Nick the Lemming on 02 April 2017, 01:59:23 PM
Are there any plans to release them as a pdf?


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Leon on 02 April 2017, 03:28:26 PM
Are there any plans to release them as a pdf?

Also released on the 22nd...  ;)

For those who prefer their rules in a digital format, BKC-III will also be launched as a pdf download on Wargame Vault on the same day as Salute, so Sat 22nd April.  We'll also have a range of 1000pt Starter armies ready for the launch, more details on those coming soon.


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Womble67 on 03 April 2017, 10:11:30 AM
Ordered

Take care

Andy


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Monsieur Miniatures on 03 April 2017, 06:35:04 PM
Hi,

Do you plan to do a french version ?



Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: acctingman on 03 April 2017, 06:56:27 PM
I know it's just release, but how well does this game play solo?

The only game I have right now is Chain of Command and while it lends itself nicely to solo play, it's a skirmish game. I'm looking for a nice game that is solo friendly and lends itself to larger battles.

Also, any suggestions as to what I can do for some quick, cheap and easy terrain? All my stuff is 15mm and I'm NOT going to make more terrain for a 6mm game (the scale I'd want for larger battles)

Thanks


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: mad lemmey on 03 April 2017, 07:29:43 PM
Print Google maps, cut out woods and hills


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: ronan on 03 April 2017, 08:12:12 PM
Hi,
Do you plan to do a french version ?

Hello and welcome, monsieur miniatures !

Leon wrote somewhere, he was thinking about it.. I guess he will decide after knowing how good are the sales..
( Leon a écrit quelquepart qu'il y pensait. Je suppose que ça dépendra des ventes ..)

I know it's just release, but how well does this game play solo?
(...)

I also play solo with Chain of Command... and with BKC II !  ;)
It goes well (for my needs) as we're not always sure of the activation ... ( as usual, I tend to play with "standard" units, no "uber-elite-veterans" )


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Leon on 03 April 2017, 08:27:29 PM
Do you plan to do a french version?

We would like to offer one, as well as German and Spanish, but it will depend on finding people willing to do the work.  We spoke with a French gentleman last year, who had translated the previous version, so I will be talking with him again.  The problem is that translation work can be expensive and I do not know if there would be enough sales.  Any translated versions would likely only be in pdf format as well.


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: fred. on 03 April 2017, 08:27:52 PM
I know it's just release, but how well does this game play solo?


The command rolls make it very suitable for solo play, as often units will not do what you want them to.


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Monsieur Miniatures on 04 April 2017, 06:20:31 PM
Thanks for your welcome ronan, and thanks to you and Leon for your reply.

I understand the difficulties to make a translation. For me this is essential because I play only with my young kids and it would be really difficult with English rules...

I will follow this topic and make a wish  :)

Perhaps if it's possible in pdf, it would be possible to have it with print on demand...

Thanks again and best wishes for this 3rd edition !


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Techno on 04 April 2017, 06:41:34 PM
And welcome from me, as well, MM.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Monsieur Miniatures on 04 April 2017, 07:11:18 PM
And thanks to you Phil ! :)

Cheers,
Yann


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: mad lemmey on 04 April 2017, 07:25:48 PM
Hello and welcome Yann


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Monsieur Miniatures on 05 April 2017, 01:14:12 PM
Hello and thank you mad lemmey !


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: petercooman on 05 April 2017, 07:11:15 PM
Welcome Monsieur!


Posted the OP on the bgg forum, there is a BKC page there:

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/25548690#25548690


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: petercooman on 05 April 2017, 08:02:16 PM
Decided to make a page for the new version while i was tehre ayway, awaiting revision right now.


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Leon on 20 April 2017, 01:07:42 AM
And they've arrived, just in time for Salute!

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Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: petercooman on 20 April 2017, 06:18:38 AM
Right on time! Hope they do well!


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: paulr on 20 April 2017, 06:34:23 AM
So is there still room in the van for Dave ;)

I hope they sell really well


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Orcs on 20 April 2017, 06:47:58 AM
To actually play the game you only need a QRF sheet and the information on the battle group listing giving the stats for the units you are playing with. See below

 No      Troops                                 Arm         Move      AT          AP          CA     Hits     Save     Cost
1   HQ (CV8)                                CMD           40        -            2/30    -     4        6     90
9   Panzer Unit (Pzkpfw 38(t))        ARM           20     2/40     1/60    2     3           6     70
5   Panzer Unit (Pzkpfw II)             ARM           20     1/30     1/60    2     3           6     60
2   Panzer Unit (Pzkpfw I)                 ARM           20        -             2/40    2     3           6     40




Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: old smokie on 20 April 2017, 04:12:22 PM
 :) :) 8) 8)

so, when are they going to be mailed to the masses  ???


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Leon on 20 April 2017, 06:01:50 PM
Monday morning, as originally planned!   ;)


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Tarty on 23 April 2017, 02:59:52 AM
Just ordered a copy. Think I've played my last game of FoW .....life is too short. BKC all the way here on in


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: mad lemmey on 23 April 2017, 07:09:42 AM
Good man!


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: AndyT on 27 April 2017, 07:29:10 AM
Arrived in the post yesterday - looking good !


Title: Re: BKC-III available for pre-order!
Post by: Womble67 on 27 April 2017, 12:02:55 PM
I received my copy the other day. And I must say I'm extremely impressed with what I've seen so far. A few friends from the Grimsby Wargames Society are going to play a few games in a couple of weeks, when everybody has a copy of the rules.

Take care

Andy