Apocalypse (board game)

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Apocalypse is a board game released by Games Workshop in 1980. The game is a simplified re-release of the earlier publication, The Warlord.

The game is conceptually similar to Risk but played on a map of Western Europe (the original covered Eastern Europe as well), and unlike Risk allows simulation of nuclear weapons. A novel concept in the game is that rather than rolling dice to resolve combat, the attacking player conceals a die beneath a cup and the defender must attempt to guess the number which is displayed. The attacker is constrained from selecting certain numbers depending on the circumstances of the combat. This system brings a psychological element to the game: selecting a large number (up to the size of the attacking army) will enable a successful attack to move more units into the area, possibly able to continue to attack another area, but will increase the attacker's losses should the defender guess correctly.

A computer game version was published by Red Shift under license from Games Workshop. It was released in 1983 for the ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro.[1]

Apocalypse went out of print during the 1980s, but The Warlord was re-released in 2012.

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