Tank Leader simulates a variety of tactical situations focing a battalion commander of armored forces on the Eastern Front. It is not restricted to any single battle, area of Russia, or time period, but presents the players with a host of differing situations. Command, control, and communication is the pivotal foctor in the game and is simulated through the use of formation cards which rate units’ abilities. The card play portion of the game is critical, for it determines tactical initiative, who will move first, and how quickly a formation responds to changing situations.
These rules are divided into a Standard and an Advanced Game, and players new to simulation games are particularly encouraged to begin with the Stand ard Game first, partly to familiarize themselves with the unusual mechanics and also to discover the tactics required by a command-oriented game. While the game is not complex in play, foere are strikingly original concepts which require a modest investment of time to grasp; this can best be accomplished via the Standard Game, which uses only tanks. The Advanced Game adds rules for the complete combined-arms force including infantry, artillery, trucks, and forward observers.
Games and Expansions:
1. Tank Leader: Eastern Front (1986)
2. Tank Leader: Western Front (1987)
3. Tank Leader: Desert Steel (1989)
4. Tank Leader - 2023 New Compass Games Edition