Summit - The Top Level Game of Global Strategy

Summit

Summit - The Top Level Game of Global Strategy

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Summit is an early "war game" of the Cold War era. There is no outright conflict involved, the players try to influence their opponents through economic strength and military threat.

Each player represents one of the major powers of the world (of 1961); the United States, the Soviet Union, China, Europe, South America and India. There are three basic units; "mills", "factories" and "bases". Mills produce "I-Beams" which are used to build more mills, factories and bases as well as providing "Economic Pressure" chips. Factories produce consumer goods which produce "Popular Support" chips and bases protect mills and factories and produce "Military Threat" chips.

What drives the game is that mills and factories in "foreign" countries produce more than those in a player's home country. A player can build in any foreign country in which no other player has a base. If a player builds a base in a country, all mills and factories belonging to other players in that country must be removed. So, a player must build bases in the foreign country to protect their mills and factories there.

To force another player to remove a base from a foreign country a player must play one of their chips (either Economic, Social or Military). The second player must either remove the base or counter with a chip of the same type. If they counter, the first player may play a second chip. This continues until one player or the other decides to stop playing chips. A player must be careful, because spending too many chips can leave them very vulnerable in one of the three areas.

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This game is surprisingly simple yet surprisingly deep at the same time. Players can ally with each other and can use their allies chips (with their allies permission) in a challenge. The game forces the player to try to maintain a balance of economic, social and military development. A very good game and one that stands up surprisingly well even after over 40 years.

I find this actual quote from the rules book amusing... Compare some of the plays you are making with the international news of the day. Quite often it will coincide with the play of the game.



3 comments on Summit:

Fre20741 at June 21, 2011 07:02 said:
It is on e-bay fairly regular
Hawk Norton at January 31, 2011 14:27 said:
Is this game still available to buy?
Wayne at January 25, 2011 16:29 said:
Do you know a site I can play this game free online ? Thanks


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