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WWII Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer

 

Before Amarillo Design Bureau...
Before Task Force Games...

Steve Cole ran a game company called JagdPanther Publications. Named for the "hunting panther" tank destroyer on the box of his favorite wargame (PanzerBlitz), this magazine produced 15 issues between 1973 and 1976, along with a dozen independent games. These ancient magazines have been out of print for decades, and old copies change hands on Ebay for $100 or more.

Now, the archive boxes for this company have been located, and we are scanning the products into PDFs and uploading them to e23 so they will be available to collectors and game historians. Hard copies of the scanned issues are available on our shopping cart.

This was an ancient age, just one step up from carving game rules on clay tablets. The year 1973 was at the very dawn of the independent wargame publishing companies. Typesetting was done with a manual typewriter, print-on-demand meant the photocopier at the library, counters were printed on paper (and drawn by hand), page layout was done with scissors and cellophane tape, and two guys in a garage could turn out a wargame magazine that won two Origins Awards. The point was creativity, new ideas, and imagination. Production values would have to come later.
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Jagdpanther Issue 2

Issue #2: This is a PDF scan of a copy of the magazine from Steve Cole's personal archives. It includes cover art he drew by hand, ACAV (a PanzerBlitz variant for Vietnam, basically a complete major game), Fliegenkampf (close air support rules for PanzerBlitz created by Al Hall, an Air Force pilot who flew F-4s over Vietnam), variants for several games (US troops in Stalingrad and Barbarossa, Japanese and Germans in Korean War, replacements in Anzio, Laos in Year of the Rat, Americans in France 1940, Diplomacy, night raids in Luftwaffe, naval bombardment in Guadalcanal), an article on land warfare, Principles of Wargaming (article), a Dogger Bank scenario for Jutland (with a hand-drawn counter for the Blucher), an article on naval miniatures, an article on armor miniatures, a review of Up Against the Wall, an article on private armies, a filksong to the tune of Hawaii-5-0, a review of S&T back issues, a tiny game (Crazy Horse) about hunting buffalo from horseback with a bow and arrow, and a one-page game called Eban Emael about the famous airborne attack in WWII.

Because Steve Cole (against the advice of everyone) did this magazine on 14-inch paper, this scan breaks each of the 19 original pages into two modern 11-inch pages, plus the maps and countersheets. (This is a scan of the second printing, which had eliminated some obsolete advertisements.) Buy on e23.

Jagdpanther Issue 1 Issue #1: This is a PDF scan of a copy of the magazine from Steve Cole's personal archives. It includes cover art he created on an old-style drafting board, the squad-level WWII game MP44, a football game called Scrimmage IV, and Cowpens (a little tactical game from the American Revolution; this copy lacks the Cowpens map which has not yet been found in the archive but will be added later). Also included is an article on mechanized combat, a variant for Borodino, and a review of Strategy 1.

At the time, Steve Cole's passion was the Avalon Hill game PanzerBlitz, and he launched a project he called PanzerBlitz Unlimited, which meant a lot of scenarios and new units for that game. This issue included units for the Korean War and a lot more WWII units (for Germany, Hungary, Romania, Norway, Finland, Poland, Italy, France, Britain, Holland, the USA, Japan, Belgium, and Russia).

Because Steve Cole (against the advice of everyone) did this magazine on 14-inch paper, this scan breaks each of the 22 original pages into two modern 11-inch pages, plus the maps and countersheets. Buy on e23. Buy hard copy.

Issues #3-#15, and the various independent games (Poland 1939, Airborne, and others) will be uploaded over the rest of 2012.

 

 

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