Sunday, 2 May 2021

Merry Xmas Mr Sankara Out Now

The excellent campaign system for the Agacher Strip War by Nick Jones is now available on Wargame Vault for the exorbitant sum of $4....bit of a bargain if you ask me! 

Merry Christmas, Mr Sankara - Bozkashi Games | Wargame Vault

It's a very clever and well thought out system for use with the Thud Ridge mechanics but it can easily be adapted to other rules. The production values are also top notch. I think it's great but why not find out for yourself? To help you dust off your wallets, here's the blurb:

On Christmas Day, 1985, Mali invaded Burkina Faso over a dispute in the contested Agacher Strip. In what became known as the Agacher Strip War, two of the poorest nations on earth fought over a strip of the southern Sahara. Air operations featured prominently, but there were no air-to-air combats. By the time of the Agacher Strip War, Burkina Faso had just one MiG-17, but until a few months before the Force Aérienne de Burkina Faso (FABF) had a force of eight Libyan supplied and manned MiG-21s. Merry Christmas, Mr Sankara imagines if these had still be available during the conflict.

Merry Christmas, Mr Sankara has a background of the war and the forces involved, a full campaign system, maps and a painting guide. Players have to balance offensive and defensive operations, keep an eye on public and world opinion and avoid attrition that they can ill afford.

In a short war players will use Soviet Cold War era jets – MiG-17s and MiG-21s – for air strikes, ground attack, escort and fighter missions and Mi-4 helicopters to transport troops. In the vastness of the Sahara players will need to form a strategy to seize key road junctions. For the Burkinabe player it will be a tough proposition; the Malian forces are more numerous but the Libyan pilots are more experienced.

The campaign should provide between 5 and 8 tactical games. Though designed with Wings at War: Thud Ridge in mind, it can be used with your favourite jet-age rules.


  1. Oh great! Very original, it can make a nice game project that doesn't require too many hours of preparation!

  2. It's a good deal for $4 too.



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