VaeVictis 172 - Game issue


VaeVictis Issue #172 - January - February 2024

Special Game issue including the wargame with die-cut counters: La guerre de l'Ogaden (The Ogaden War) 1977

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16,50 €

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Number of pages 80
Publisher Cérigo éditions
Language(s) French

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  • Sniper Elite
  • John Company
  • Mr President
  • On to Richmond
  • Seas of Thunder
  • Nothing left to bomb
  • Que choisir : les jeux de civilisation
  • Border Reivers
  • Downfall
  • People Power
  • The King in the North


  • Des étudiants s’invitent au combat 5e partie
  • Ecrire des règles pour le jeu avec figurines


  • Team Yankee – les forces de l’OTAN
  • Supplément Silver Bayonet et scénarios
  • Force of Virtue
  • Coulez le Yamato ! pour Victory at Sea
  • Les nouveautés Warlord – Blood Red Skies et Pike & Shotte Epic


  • ASL
  • M44


  • La guerre de l’Ogaden 1977-1978
  • Les débuts de la guerre de succession d’Espagne

WARGAME with die-cut counters: The Ogaden War

The Ogaden War pitted Ethiopia and Somalia against each other for control of a desert plateau, populated by nomadic shepherds, on the border between the two states. Taking advantage of the revolution which has just ousted Haïlié Selassie from power in Ethiopia, Somalia launched two liberation movements supported by it to conquer this territory. Faced with their failure, the government then committed its conventional forces from July 1977 to recover this province. This conflict took place in three phases: an insurrectional phase between May and July 1977, a conventional phase from July 1977 to January 1978, then from this date, an Ethiopian counter-offensive which will recover the ground lost until March 1978 .
This conflict doubles as a ballet opposing the Soviet bloc to the Western powers. But it also pits two Soviet allied countries against each other. The USSR will choose Ethiopia against Somalia, which will allow the reversal of the military situation on the ground.
This simulation uses modified and simplified rules from the game Angola 1987-1988 (VaeVictis 154). The game is won on diplomatic terrain. Tipping international organizations (UN, OAU, Arab League) to one’s side has a direct impact on victory but the Somali player can achieve military victory before Soviet and Cuban aid tilts the victory to the Ethiopian side.
Better than President Siad Barré, will you be able to conquer this irredentist land that constitutes the Ogaden? Or like Colonel Mengistu will you be able to maintain the integrity of the Ethiopian Empire.

  • Difficulty: 6 /10
  • Solitaire: 4 / 10
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours.
  • One turn: 1 month.
  • scale:  connection between two zones between 200 and 400 km.
  • Units: 1 counter = 1 brigade or 1 battalion ranging from 250 to 2500 men