Awakening the Bear! - 2nd Edition

  • The year is 1941. Germany has defeated Poland, Denmark, Norway, and France with ease and turns its gaze further eastward to the USSR. In the morning hours of June 22, over 3 million German soldiers attack Soviet forces along a 1600 kilometer front, heralding the beginning of Operation Barbarossa. With this clever maneuver, the Germans have come by complete surprise, striking deep into Soviet territory. The German high command thinks the Soviets will fold like a house of cards; Stalin has massacred the Soviet officer cadre, training is poor, and their troop morale is low. Bolstering this perception, the Soviets proceed to lose an astonishing 1.75 million men during the first two months of engagement.

    The Germans are unstoppable, their Panzers push to the very gates of Moscow. Then, winter hits, and the bitter cold saps the Germans of their resources, strength, and morale. Seeing opportunity, the Soviets strike back and the momentum of the war begins to shift. The Soviet bear has awakened!

    Awakening the Bear! is the first game in the Conflict of Heroes series. This series is a squad level combined arms training game used by history fans, universities, and military personnel throughout the world.

    Awakening the Bear! - Russia 1941-42 takes you to the eastern front during Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Russia. Many consider this time period to be the birth of modern warfare tactics that continue to be used and perfected by today's modern armies.

    You command German or Soviet forces comprised of infantry squads, crewed support weapons, individual tanks, armored cars, artillery, and more.

    Much effort went into distinguishing the units in the game by highlighting their historical strengths and weaknesses. For example, each tank's defense rating takes into account relative armor thickness, armor slope deflection percentage, speed, size, targeting mechanics, and crew training. All these factors are represented in an easy to learn target number system. You do not have to worry about the details; they are all built into the system! As the commander, you concentrate on tactics to execute your mission and firefight objectives.

    Each firefight can be played dozens of times, exploring different tactics and use of available forces with every play-through. In Awakening the Bear, the Soviets have superior tank armor and firepower, which the Germans counter with integrated combined arms and communication nets.

    The Programmatic Instruction Rule Book is only 11 pages long and is taught in sections. You read a few pages, and then play two firefights. The next few pages add more advanced unit control and arms to the game and instruct you on how to play the next few firefights. As you progress through the game, you will face more challenging tactical situations. The rules do not become more difficult, but the decisions you must make do!

    "For those who haven't gotten on board with Conflict of Heroes, the second edition of Awakening the Bear is the perfect jumping on point and ranks up there with titles which need to be on your gaming shelf." ~Jeff, The Gaming Gang

    Expansions for Awakening the Bear!

    Eastern Front Solo Expansion (Link to product page for Solo Expansion)

    The Eastern Front Solo Expansion is the highly anticipated rule set that has been in development for over 3 years! A player will be able to play Awakening the Bear against a highly reactive game AI. This AI is based on the most modern Emergent Behavior and Agent Based Logic programming systems. AI units are not individually programmed like in past solo games. Instead, each situation is evaluated and the best course of action using available AI resources and unit assets is implemented. This is a radical and groundbreaking implementation of advanced computer programming by Academy Games for their Conflict of Heroes series. Players will be surprised by the AI strategy and actions that emerge as a result of the player's own battle tactics. This may force even veteran players to hone and adapt their own playing styles in order to overcome the AI.

    Awakening the Bear Firefight Generator (Link to product page for Firefight Generator)

    The Awakening the Bear Firefight Generator expands the capabilities of Awakening the Bear by allowing players to generate their own custom Firefights which they can then play! Players alternate playing Generator Cards to choose units, Victory Point Conditions, weapons, weather conditions, and more. Players make use of strategy and cunning to outwit their opponents, creating Firefights with favorable conditions for themselves and putting their opponents at a disadvantage. The Firefight Generator allows players to create everything from small 2-player Firefights to massive, multi-map 4-Player battles!

    The Awakening the Bear Firefight Generator integrates fully with the Eastern Front Solo Expansion. This allows players to create new Solo Firefights as well!

    Monster Tanks of the Eastern Front

    Monster Tanks of the Eastern Front includes descriptions and counters for the Monster Tanks of WWII. Included are experimental tanks, like the German Maus and others, that never saw battle. These tanks are required for specific Monster Tank firefights available for download. Add these unusual tanks to your Conflict of Heroes games today!

    Wrecks and Destruction on the Eastern Front

    This expansion includes rules and counters for adding Wrecks to your game. Also includes destroyed buildings, spreading fires, and drifting artillery barrages. You may use these with any published Conflict of Heroes firefight!

    Each wreck marker has a different symbol on it indicating how the wreck will affect the battle around it. Some are usable for cover, some are too hot to be near, others still block line of sight.

    Counters are reversible, one side for the Germans, one for the Soviets. Add a new layer of depth to your Conflict of Heroes games today!

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  • Expansions + Accessories

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  • Living Rulebooks and Firefight Books

    Awakening the Bear 2nd Ed Rulebook v27

    English Language, PDF Format.

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    Awakening the Bear 2nd Ed Firefight Book v09

    English Language, PDF Format. -Updated 3/16/18

    Download Firefight Book

    Awakening the Bear 2nd Ed Summary Sheet v11

    English Language, PDF Format. -Updated 3/16/18

    Download Summary Sheet

    Monster Tanks Expansion Firefights

    Monster Tanks Firefight 01 - Goeringstrasse! (The Battle of Berlin - April 26th, 1945)

    English Language, PDF Format. Awakening the Bear 2nd Ed, Wrecks & Destruction, and Monster Tanks recommended for play of this Firefight.

    Download Firefight 1

    Monster Tanks Firefight 02 - Sandomierez Counter Attack (Poland - August 1944)

    English Language, PDF Format. Awakening the Bear 2nd Ed, Storms of Steel, and Monster Tanks recommended for play of this Firefight.

    Download Firefight 2

    Monster Tanks Firefight 03 - X Oktybra (Don Steppe - 27 July, 1942)

    English Language, PDF Format. Awakening the Bear 2nd Ed, Storms of Steel, and Monster Tanks recommended for play of this Firefight.

    Download Firefight 3

    Awakening the Bear Bonus Firefights

    AtB & SoS Bonus Firefight - All Soul's Day (For Halloween!)

    English Language, PDF Format. Awakening the Bear (1st or 2nd Ed) and Storms of Steel (1st or 2nd Ed) recommended for play of this Firefight.

    Download Firefight 4

    The Marsh Expansion Firefights

    The Marsh Firefight 01 - Swamps of Bryansk

    English Language, PDF Format. Awakening the Bear (1st or 2nd Ed) and The Marsh Expansion recommended for play of this Firefight.

    Download Firefight 5

    The Marsh Firefight 02 - Dry Ground

    English Language, PDF Format. Awakening the Bear (1st or 2nd Ed) and The Marsh Expansion recommended for play of this Firefight.

    Download Firefight 6

    Planning Maps

    Planning Maps for Awakening the Bear.

    JPG Format. For planning hidden movement, artillery barrages, overall Firefight strategies, etc. -Updated 3/16/18

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    Forums

    Board Game Geek Forum

    Question and Answer Forum on Board Game Geek

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    Firefight & Solo Expansion Resources

    Solo Expansion Resources

    Link to Resources for the Eastern Front Solo Expansion

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    Firefight Generator Resources

    Link to Resources for the Awakening the Bear! Firefiight Generator

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  • Reviews

    Shut up and Sit Down

    Matt Thrower tells us why we should play wargames in his amazing review of Awakening the Bear 2nd Edition!

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    Armchair General

    Rick takes a look at Awakening the Bear 2nd Edition over at Armchair General

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    Gaming Gang

    Jeff with The Gaming Gang follows up their unboxing with a review of Awakening the Bear 2nd Edition!

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    Balena Ludens

    Balena gives an overview of Awakening the Bear 2nd Edition with Wrecks and Destruction expansions.

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    GamerDad

    Dr. Matt gives an overview of the Conflict of Heroes series

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    Balena Ludens

    Balena updates his 2013 review of Awakening the Bear 2nd Edition to include the Solo Expansion and Firefight Generator!

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    Awards

    • Charles S. Roberts Best Graphic Design Winner
    • Charles S. Roberts Best World War 2 era Board Game Winner
    • Golden Geek Best Wargame Nominee
    • Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee
    • Golden Geek Best Wargame Nominee
    • Origins Awards Best Historical Board Game Winner
    • International Gamers Award - General Strategy: Two-players
    • JoTa Best 2-Player Board Game Critic Award
    • JoTa Best Wargame Nominee
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For those who haven't gotten on board with Conflict of Heroes, the second edition of Awakening the Bear is the perfect jumping on point and ranks up there with titles which need to be on your gaming shelf.

Jeff, The Gaming Gang

It is easy to see why Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear was an Origins Award Winner for Best Historical Game and this new edition makes a great game nearly perfect!

Rick, Armchair General

Conflict of Heroes just became a permanent fixture of my gaming arsenal. The game is easy to learn [and] fun to play!

Christopher H.

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