A classic boardgame from my childhood, Escape From Colditz, is being revived by Osprey next year to mark the 75th anniversary of the game's creator's escape from the infamous Nazi prison camp.
Designed by Pat Reid, a British officer who escaped from the Colditz prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, and Brian Degas, writer of the iconic TV series based on Pat’s escape, it is often named as one of the greatest boardgames in British history.
This edition, published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Pat Reid’s escape, will feature completely new artwork painted by fan-favourite historical artist, Peter Dennis. Along with a complete set of wooden pieces, the box will include replicas of prisoner-of-war artefacts from Mr. Degas’ extensive collection.
Escape from Colditz, 75th Anniversary Edition, will be published October 2016 and retail for £49.99/$65.
I loved this game as a kid, it was the only 'wargame' I can remember playing with my dad. The other thing I remember about Escape From Colditz is that games went on and on and on as it was actually really difficult for the prisoners to avoid the Nazi guards and escape from the castle.
I'm hoping that even if I can't afford this when it comes out that Nick might pick it up to play with Alec, so I can join them at the table sometimes.
- A massive thank you to Gordon Richards at the amazing wargames' blog I Have Wrought My Simple Plan for drawing this release to my attention.
|The original Escape From Colditz game|