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The Hunters - 2nd Printing

The Hunters Official Product Page at Consim Press


  • (2nd Edition) Rules booklet w/ Designer notes
  • (Updated) One full-color, 2-sided countersheet (more counters added)
  • (Updated) Four Player Aid Cards, 2-sided
  • (Updated) U-Boat Combat Mat
  • Four U-Boat Display Mats, 2-sided
  • U-Boat Patrol Log Sheet
  • Three 6-sided, two 10-sided, and (new to 2nd Printing) one 20-sided dice

PUBLISHED: 2013, 2014
DESIGNER: Gregory M. Smith
ART DIRECTOR: Rodger B. MacGowan
PRODUCER: John Kranz

Price: $45.00 

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1. Max on 3/9/2015, said:

Its basically B-17 QotS, but now you're fighting for the Axis in a submarine. The big difference is that there are more decisions to make in this game, but at the cost of added complexity chart look-up. For those of you who haven't played or heard of B-17, you resolve your turns via rolling dice & consulting charts. The game lends itself to thematic play over strategic though. You'll grow attached to your crew & your ship as you fight to survive the Battle of the Atlantic. If you've played B-17, love it and want more, I think its here, you'll just have to invest more time into learning the game than you did in B-17. Overall its a winner for me! One negative, as of this writing there doesn't seem to be a vibrant Play by Forum group (pbf) for this game like B-17 has. It is my favorite way to play that game & keeps it on the table week after week. I can't help but feel like I'd get this to the table more often if there was an active campaign to participate in.
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2. Ingo on 2/17/2015, said:

Based on the 2nd printing. Rules: 5 stars. Clearly written, easy to learn. -- Gameplay - original: 2 - 3 stars, for my opinion to much dice roll. -- Gameplay - modified: 3 - 4 stars. I have created a set of cards for target drawing and using one of the mission track boards from BGG. -- Play equipment: 3 stars. It´s ok. -- Summery: It is a game for in between if I would not spend a lot of time for gameplay. And for a price of $45.00 (incl. shipping to Germany) it is ok.
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3. Ronald on 2/11/2015, said:

Finally! B-17 under water!
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4. Robert on 2/8/2015, said:

Great game! The rules are well written and easy to learn during your first play through.
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5. Tom on 1/9/2015, said:

I have the 1st edition, I can't believe they ran out of upgrade kits before I could get one. I have no intention of spending that amount of money for a 2nd edition given James comments from 1/7/15.
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6. James on 1/7/2015, said:

I waited 4 months for this game. The Second printing ( the first printing was sold out). First impression: The Box it was great nice and sturdy construction, good artwork, but upon opening the box , that is where my personal disappointment came in, I immediately said this was 45 dollars? The card stock is nice quality and the counters are typical counter size with a clear coat for protection but the box seemed just so empty. The rules are on a semi gloss paper, but not the heaviest of weight paper for durability. Also,this is an American company and they can't go to an American printer?. How much more would it have cost? as how many potential sales they lost waiting for the boat to arrive.(I almost gave up) Is there 45.00 worth of rules, not from what I have read so far. Is the art worth 45.00 no it is not. This game is basically B17 in the Atlantic, and the B17 game at least had the airplane mounted on a nice thick playing board. To me for my 45.00 and supposedly all the savings they get from over seas printing, my box should be bursting with all kinds of heavy mounted card stock, big thick counters maybe a fold up U boat plans, convoy escort pictures, heck maybe even a replicate Iron Cross.(where's the beef here?) I will be doing 2 things next, going to a bulk American printer and ask him how much he would have charged for what I received (just curious) and next read over the rules and play the game, but unless the 10+ pages of rules also include how to turn lead into gold I just cant see the rules and about $5.00(maybe) worth of cardboard warranting my $45.00 spent. I also understand the R&D cost, cost of running a business etc, and want to support and American based gaming company but, the customer has to be kept in mind too.
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7. John on 12/30/2014, said:

With the second printing and its accumulated errata and clarifications--this game now occupies a high seat in the pantheon of the best solitaire game designs. Hats off to the team for bringing the game to fruition and for following through with this full realization of the game.
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8. Adam on 11/17/2014, said:

Simply the best solitaire wargame I’ve ever played. Your decisions are many, the outcomes sweated over. You can play The Hunters on the smallest of table spaces too. This game is both educational and fun. You’ll feel a strong urge to record your play sessions - it’s that engrossing. Buy!
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9. Lawrence M. on 5/2/2014, said:

I have the first printing. There were many detailed reviews on the first printing page, and now that the second printing page is up, it's no longer possible to get to them. Seems like a bad business decision (or an unfortunate oversight) to keep potential buyers away from previous reviews like this.
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10. Stefano on 1/24/2014, said:

Rating referred to my 1st Printing copy of the game
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German U-Boats at War, 1939-43

"Hostilities with England effective immediately."
the time is: 1256 hours, 3 September 1939

The Hunters is a solitaire tactical level game placing you in command of a German U-boat during WWII. Your mission is to destroy as much Allied Shipping and as many Capital ships as possible while advancing your crew quality and increasing your commander rank culminating in special decoration ‒ all while remembering you have to make it home.

The Hunters is purposely designed to deliver a brisk yet intensive gaming experience that forces many decisions upon you as you will take command among the major German U-boat models in service during WWII, and try to complete an entire tour. If you ultimately survive all patrols from 1939 to 1943, you will be transferred to the U-boat Training Command for the remainder of the war, having successfully carried out your service for the Fatherland.

Those familiar with the classic Avalon Hill game title, B-17: Queen of the Skies, will come to enjoy the same type of gaming experience of the German U-boat War. All major U-boat models are accounted for with every level of detail including period of service, armaments, crew make-up, damage capacity, and more.

As U-Boat commander, you will be confronting many decisions during your patrol. To begin with, eight German U-Boat models are profiled and available for you to choose from. Patrol zones reflect the time period during the war at sea and will shift as the war progresses. All stages of the U-Boat campaign are represented as missions become increasingly more difficult as your adversary makes advances in anti-submarine warfare.

Conducting patrols is the heart of the system as you will be resolving encounters against individual ships, convoys, or even enemy aircraft. Situations you face and decisions you make suddenly come in quick succession:

  • How will you engage a convoy once spotted?
  • Do you close the initial target range at increased risk of detection for a more lethal attack?
  • If your engagement is at night, will you conduct a surface attack?
  • Do you launch one or two fire salvos, and how many torpedoes do you fire?
  • Will you try to follow a convoy or ship to engage in additional rounds of combat?
  • How will you slip away from escorts to avoid or minimize damage?
  • What evasive maneuvers do you undertake?

The major German U-Boat models are represented and accurately profiled for the patrols you will undertake:

  • Type VII A
  • Type VII B
  • Type VII C
  • Type VII D
  • Type VII FlaK
  • Type IX A
  • Type IX B
  • Type IX C

Patrol Assignments include:

  • Atlantic
  • British Isles
  • Spanish Coast
  • Mediterranean
  • Norway
  • West African Coast
  • North America
  • Arctic
  • Caribbean 

The game delivers an historical narrative as 350+ ship targets are uniquely identified (including tonnage) with their historical counterparts that were sunk during the war, including freighters, tankers, and American ships.

Game System Highlights:

  • 8 German U-Boat types represented
  • 9 Patrol Assignments
  • 350+ named shipping targets
  • Special Missions for Abwehr Agent Delivery and Minelaying
  • Combat encounters with individual ships, ships with escort, convoys, and aircraft
  • Daytime and Night Engagement including wolfpack patrols
  • U-Boat Damage includes flooding, hull, torpedo doors, periscope, fuel tanks, crew injury (by crew type), engines, hydrophones, flak gun(s), deck gun, batteries, radio
  • Crew Advancement, Commander Promotion including special decoration up to The Knight's Cross
  • Multi-player and Tournament Rule options (including Wolfpack Tournament)
  • Evasive Maneuvers, Patrol Abort, Variable Escort Quality, Resupply at Sea, Gibraltar Passage, Reassignment to Newer U-Boat, Torpedo Duds, Random "Historical" Events, and much, much more!

You are the Hunter -- but also the Hunted. Will you successfully carry out your patrols, advance your crew status, and ultimately be promoted and retire following a successful tour of duty?

Complexity: Low to Moderate
Average Playing Time: Two-Three Hours
Players: One (with options for more players)
Solitaire Suitability: Very High
Replayability: Very High


THE HUNTERS, German U-Boats at War, 1939-43 is to be published by Consim Press. Consim Press is a division of ConsimWorld LLC.