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Bloody Ridge (ziplock)
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 Bloody Ridge is a small, low counter density addition to the award winning Tactical Combat Series (TCS) by The Gamers and designed by noted Guadalcanal historian Michael S. Smith.

Bloody Ridge portrays the fighting that occurred around “Bloody Ridge” on the island of Guadalcanal from 12-14 September 1942 between US and Imperial Japanese forces. The Japanese are attempting to recapture Henderson Field, the airstrip they abandoned when the Marines first landed on 7 August. The Marines are trying to hold the perimeter south of Henderson Field to prevent the Japanese from recapturing the airstrip.

Game Scale:
Game Turn: 20 minutes
Hex: 125 yards / 114 meters
Units: Infantry sections & platoons

Game Inventory:
One 17 x 22" full color maps
One dual-side printed countersheet (280 1/2" counters)
One 28-page TCS v3.1 specific rulebook
One 16-page Bloody Ridge specific rulebook
One 4-page TCS v3.1 Charts & Tables booklet
Two 6-sided dice

Solitaire Playability: Medium
Complexity Level: Medium
Players: 1 or more
Playing Time: 4 hours or more


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The Tactical Combat Series (TCS) contains realistic, playable games of specific World War II actions. The game system was designed to handle two roughly regiment-sized forces, in battles lasting a day or two.

The system’s emphasis is on command and combined-arms effects, with a relatively simple set of combat and movement systems. The combat command rules impose realistic limits on the player’s ability to rapidly change missions, without burdening a player with cumbersome detail.

TCS was about to be retired, but we believe there may be demand to support smaller print runs, in a ziplock format. We intend to print one game to evaluate demand for TCS. The series may continue if sales show it to be economically viable.