Super Tank I
Super Tank I
was an expansion of SPI's Tank and Expanded Tank
rules. It was produced in 1976 by Strategic and Tactical Studies.
The rules list the following credits:
Hamilton - Design & Rules
Bruce Hasselle - Design & Graphics
Chris Hasselle - Playtest & Production
Chris Gonzales - Production
Julie Hasselle - Paste up & Photography
Mike Markowitz - Historic Research & Development
Strategist War Game Club - Brookhurst Hobbies - Playtesting
Art Line Steel Rule - Die cut & Counter printing
Di-Line Corp. - Printing1
Viewed in the context
of a game that predated Squad Leader by a year, the
components and subject material are most impressive. The map
contains a variety of terrain that would characterize the Squad
Leader maps a year later, and even included terrain that wouldn't
see use in the SL series until Crescendo of Doom, such as
rivers and fords. The map itself was scaled for use with 1:285
miniatures and was almost 5 feet long. According to the rulebook:
Tank is the first real cross between
miniatures and board games having the best systems of both worlds
including the most realistic hills and terrain of any tactical
board game made.
The game differed
from Tank in focusing exclusively on the 1939-45 time period,
but introduced additional rules and a large number of unit types,
including AFVs from Germany, Italy, Japan, France, USSR, Britain and
the United States. There were infantry orders of battle for
all those nationalities, with the addition of Poland.
What the game lacked
was either a point-purchase system for creating scenarios, or even
ready-made scenarios. The rulebook stated:
We have left the development of historic or larger scenarios up to
the individual gamer's enthusiasm...It is possible that at some
future date (at your insistence) we can create maps and units for
special historical battles.
Super Tank I rulebook. The "Strategist War Club"
was listed as CLub, presumably inadvertently.