Storming the Gap - World At War 85

A project in Pueblo, CO by Lock 'n Load Publishing

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Storming the Gap is an exhilarating, easy to play, yet quick to learn game on World War III Platoon-level combat.
Backers: 1431
Average Pledge Per Backer: $81

Funded: $116,316 of $18,000
Dates: Feb 5th -> Mar 7th (30 days)
Project By: Lock 'n Load Publishing
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Latest News

Thank You and Thank You Again.

March 7th - via:
We are over the finish line and what can we say but WOW,  This has been an amazing experience. We had a great time over the last thirty days and we hope you did too.  As one of our backers commented,  "Considering that y'all hit all stretch goals,... (Read More)

15 Minutes Left On Storming the Gap Kickstarter

March 7th - via:
Down to the Last 15 Minutes There is ONLY 15 Minutes left on our World At War 85 Storming the Gap Kickstarter.  (Read More)

Final Stretch Goal 15 Solo Assistant Card Set UNLOCKED

March 6th - via:
You guys are the BEST and thank you once again.  The World At War 85 system is solo friendly right out of the box, since we use a random draw from the Formation deck to activate both friendly and enemy formations.  The World At War 85 Solo... (Read More)


March 5th - via:
14 Stretch Goals UNLOCKED, 1 Stretch Goal Left We are down to the last 48 Hours and we wanted to get the word out so we can get the final Stretch Goal #15 the Solo Assistant unlocked.  Thank you all for your support and making this possible.   (Read More)

Crowdox is our Pledge Manager

March 4th - via:
We wanted to let you all know that we are using Crowdox as our pledge manager. That means you’ll be able to manage your pledge amount for all the add-ons that you want after the Kickstarter project closes.  We will post an update to notify... (Read More)

Stretch Goal 14 UNLOCKED

March 3rd - via:
You guys have just UNLOCKED Stretch Goal 14 Data Cards for Storm and Steel Second Wave has an enlarged combat unit counter, and also lists any special functions of that unit, with rules references for them as well.  We also show the movement and... (Read More)

Stretch Goal 13 UNLOCKED

March 2nd - via:
Another Stretch Goal 13 UNLOCKED Stretch Goal 13 Unlocked - Storm and Steel Second Wave - The Final Line is the second expansion module based on Brad Smith exciting novel Storm and Steel.  The Final Line expands Storming the Gap to include more... (Read More)

Over 1000 Backers Support Storming the Gap

March 2nd - via:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT We are amazed and really do not know what to say besides THANK YOU.  We have already UNLOCKED 13 Stretch Goals and are very close to unlocking Stretch Goal 14.  (Read More)

World At War 85 - Storming the Gap - 1000+ Backers - Thank you!

March 2nd - via:
Something about a Millenium's worth of backers... ;-) A hearty and grateful Thank you to all of our faithful backers, YOU made this happen. On to the next stretch goal! :-D  (Read More)

Storm and Steel Czech Units

March 2nd - via:
Here Comes the Czech Here is the first look at the Czech units on the maps from Storm and Steel Second Wave Expansion Module.  (Read More)

Sneak Peek At Storm and Steel Second Wave Map

March 1st - via:
New Maps to Review Here is a new maps for everyone to look at.  This new map comes right out of the Storm and Steel Second Wave book.  (Read More)

Fulda Gap Maps Pictures

February 28th - via:
Fulda Gap Maps Images Here are some pictures of Jeff Schulte playtesting the Fulda Gap Summer maps.  Here is how the forces ended on turn 8.   Fulda Gap Map Image 2 Fulda Gap Map Image 3  (Read More)

Storming the Gap Livestream Replay Now Available

February 27th - via:
Livestream Event Reply If you like to see a little more under the hood of our World At War 85 - Storming the Gap here a great way.      You may want to advance to 12:00 on the time track to skip Keith and David setting up.  We like to once... (Read More)

Drive To Glissen Campaign Map

February 26th - via:
Drive To Glissen Campaign Map Sample This is only part of the map but it gives everyone a good look.  (Read More)

Stretch Goals 10, 11, and 12 UNLOCKED

February 23rd - via:
Well, everyone thank you three times over.  We just realized we missed posting the last three Stretch Goals have been Unlocked. Stretch Goal 10 Unlocked - Storm and Steel Second Wave Expansion Modules has been Unlocked.   Releasing two new... (Read More)

Data Cards Official Design Layout

February 21st - via:
Data Card for Storming the Gap One of our still locked Stretch Goals for Storming the Gap is for our new Data Cards for World At War 85 - Storming the Gap. These Data Cards can be used as a reference for the counters but they also have the gun and... (Read More)

Lessons from Sandhurst: Solo Assistant beats Designer...three times!

February 20th - via:
Though I am not at liberty right now to give you details of the content of the Solo Assistant deck and its mechanics, l can testify that it is an admirable opponent so far. Not quite an AI - you do need to give it some input, thus its nom-de-guerre,... (Read More)

Fulda Map in All It's Glory

February 17th - via:
Here is a picture of Jeff Schulte working with his copy of the MONSTER Fulda Gap map and his Gravity dice. Fulda Gap MONSTER MAP Unlocked from Stretched Goal 5  (Read More)

New Stretch Goals POSTED

February 17th - via:
Something For Everyone Ok Everyone, this is the we can offer and hope to meet our time frame.  We hope you are as excited about these Stretch Goals as we are. Let's have a look what been added. Stretch Goal 11: $60,000 Additional Admin/Utility... (Read More)

Designer Notes #3A - ADDENDUM to #3 - How we made the Maps

February 16th - via:
A few Map enthusiasts (like me) have chimed in asking for more maps. I have a comment on that. I based most of the maps on the maps from the old series, once they were repaired. I may not have mentioned in passing in the Designer Notes #3 here in the... (Read More)

You only need these rules sections for the Starter Kit Scenario

February 16th - via:
A few people have asked, so here is the answer for everybody. :-) Rules you need for the starter kit: First off: Section 1 is simply to assist familiarity with the new components (up to page 30). Want to figure out the values on your own? Just jump... (Read More)

National Unit Table Player Aid Card Adjustment

February 15th - via:
You Asked, We Listened. Hey, here is a little update for you.  Some of you said this Player Aid Card was hard to read if you were color blind.  We found a simple way to update the Player Aid Card to make it easier to read.   Original Color Table... (Read More)

Designer Notes #3 - How We Made the Maps

February 13th - via:
Designer Notes #3 - How We Made the Maps 1.  I wanted to address questions that had come up about the maps. As far as Winter maps being on the flip side of the summer maps, or being printed separately, we simply do not know yet. One camp prefers... (Read More)

Designer Notes #2 - Planned Volumes for the World At War 85 Series

February 12th - via:
DESIGNER NOTES - by Keith Tracton  Hi everybody, I want to address the many posts asking which nationality is in which game. This is not a strictly Storming the Gap designer note entry but since it is the first game in the series, if you will allow... (Read More)

Stretch Goal 9: Fulda Gap Winter Maps UNLOCKED

February 12th - via:
Once again we are humbled, thank you The eight maps listed in Stretch Goal 5 Fulda Gap Maps now be added with a Winter effect.  These eight-piece game-map of the actual Fulda Gap. This historical map is a specific 2 map-piece wide by 4 map-piece... (Read More)

Gravity Dice - More then Just Pretty Dice

February 12th - via:
Are the Pledge Dice Different from Add-On Dice We have two sets of Gravity dice available on our Kickstarter In the Deluxe Pledge we offer six gravity dice three red and three blue 1d6, 16mm dice but does not come with a case.  Listed in the Add-on... (Read More)

New Videos Available in WaW85 Bookcamp

February 11th - via:
World At War 85 Bootcamp Videos If you been reading through the WaW85 Core Rules you may have noticed our video bootcamp section.  The WaW85 Bootcamp is designed to show you videos base on the Core Rules to make it easier and to confirm the basic... (Read More)

Designer Notes #1 - Counter Design

February 11th - via:
DESIGNER NOTES - by Keith Tracton  We can't give you the entire story of the background research and reasoning to all 61 listed changes, but these are the end results of the path of redeveloping the rules, not the path itself. Those 61 listed... (Read More)

Read the Story behind Steel and Storm Second Wave Expansion.

February 11th - via:
Stretch Goal 10 is our Storm and Steel Second Wave expansion.  This expansion is base off of the excellent book by Brad Smith's Storm and Steel novel.  Many of you have asked for a link to Brad Smith Storm and Steel book.  You can click on the... (Read More)

Two New Stretch Goals Added and Maybe a Third

February 10th - via:
We have added two more Stretch goals that should not extend our estimated delivery date.  Stretch Goal 9 are eight winter maps for the Fulda Maps and Stretch Goal 10 is Storm and Steel Second Wave expansion module based on Brad Smith exciting Storm... (Read More)

Stretch Goal 8: Core Game Expanded UNLOCKED

February 10th - via:
You guys keep rolling through our Stretch Goals and we can't thank you enough.  Core Game Expanded will add one new GEOMORPHIC 19.25 x 13.25 city style map and a new exciting scenario.   (Read More)

Stretch Goal 7 - Hold the Damn Line Monster Scenario UNLOCKED

February 9th - via:
A new monster scenario used in conjunction with Stretch goals 5 and 6.  Using the eight Fulda Gap maps in their historical configuration and the Defense of Frankfurt expansion . “Hold the Damn Line!” – NATO Strikes Back A dream team of US and... (Read More)

Stretch Goal 6 - Defense of Frankfurt Expansion Module UNLOCKED

February 8th - via:
Well that is three Stretch Goals unlocked in one day.  (Read More)

Stretch Goal 5 - Fulda Gap MONSTER Map UNLOCKED

February 8th - via:
You did it, the Fulda Gap Monster Map is unlocked.  (Read More)

Stretch Goal 4 UNLOCKED - Storming the Gap: First Strike Novel

February 8th - via:
Well, you guys did it again.  The Storming the Gap - First Strike Novel has been UNLOCKED.   If you like to hear a sample of the Audiobook click on the link below.  (Read More)

Storming the Gap - Campaign System Overview

February 8th - via:
Thanks to everyone's support we just unlocked Stretch Goal 3 Storming the Gap Campaign System.  So we figured this was a good point to give everyone an overview of how the Campaign System works. For those who want to generate a mini-campaign of... (Read More)

Stretch Goal 3 Campaign System UNLOCKED

February 7th - via:
You guys are AWESOME - 48 Hours into the Kickstarter campaign and we now have three Stretch Goals completed.    (Read More)

Stretch Goal 2 UNLOCKED

February 6th - via:
Neoprene Game Mat UNLOCKED to all gamers.  Two Stretch Goals released in one day.  (Read More)

Stretch Goal 1 UNLOCKED

February 6th - via:
Winter Maps for All, Stretch Goal One.  What can we say but thank you.    (Read More)

Funded in 24 Hours

February 6th - via:
Storming the Gap Funding on Kickstarter in 24 Hours.    THANK YOU ALL. (Read More)

Incredible start! We're well on our way to meeting our goal

February 6th - via:
An Incredible First Twelve Hours! Wow, what an incredible first twelve hours! We are so grateful and very humbled by the overwhelming positive response and support you have all given to World At War 85 - Storming the Gap.  We have spent years... (Read More)

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