Days of Ire: Budapest 1956 - Game of the Month March 2017

By Emily_Quinn, 2017-02-28 11:56

Days of Ire: Budapest 1956 is a game for 1-4 players inspired by the real life history of the 1956 October Hungarian Revolution. The game begins as the revolution first sparks to life on the evening of October 23rd...

You're playing through the first seven days of the Revolution. As Revoluntionaries, you must resolve notable events from the Revolution on the map and fight the tanks of the Soviet Army and the State Protection Authority of Hungary. How do you fight successfully with low ammunition, stolen weapons and only words of encouragement? You have no choice but to fight back and show the opposition what you're capable of!

The game is a historically inspired, card-driven game which can be played both cooperatively or as a 'one verses many' type setting. The Revoluntionary players collect cards and the fighters in order to resolve certain events and challenges brought onto them by their Soviet opponent. In order to win the game, you must stay alive! Stay standing after the 7 days of fighting and make sure the city is still in one piece, and you've got it in the bag. 

Even before the game is set up and played, the board is definitely worth a glance over. The game board is a map of Budapest, the captial of Hungary and holds a number of photos, which represent 11 locations of great importance during the revolution. The calendar in the upper right shows the 7 days in October 1956 where the actual firefights took place. The sides agreed to a ceasefire on the 30th which also signifies the end of the game which is rather impressive.

There are a huge variety of cards used within the game which include:

  • Revolutionary
  • Events and starting events
  • Headlines
  • General Zhukov 
  • State Protection Authority Cards

There are also an array of tokens and markers which are used when fighting, taking an injury and building barricades.

There are also two very different rulesets which you can play as the game is set up;

  • Conflict ruleset - 1 versus the others; will you lead them or crush them?
  • Zhukov ruleset - play alone or co-operate to stand strong against General Zhukov.

The Conflict ruleset is a one verus many game for 2-4 players. One player takes the role of the Soviet Commander who coordinates the moves of the Red Army and the rest of the players play as the boys and girls of Budapest; the Revolutionary ringleaders organising protests.

The Zhukov ruleset is for co-operate or solo games for 1-3 players. It is similiar to a Conflict game but instead replaces the Soviet Commander with an artificial player. 

If a ringleader falls, the fighters' morale plummets or the city is left in the rubble by the time the fighting is finished, history takes a darker turn and the game is lost. Be sure to keep it together throughout the 7 days to seal a victory!

Days of Ire: Budapest 1956 is the best of both worlds; a historial wargame and a thematic cooperative boardgame combined into one. The game is perfect for a wargamer to play against non-wargamer friends and also for a co-operative gamer to play with a historical twist. The theme is exciting for history enthusiasts and deeply integrated into gameplay.


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