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Twenty Decisive Battles of the World, an expansion of Sir Edward Creasy's most famous work from a hundred years past, updating it into the 20th Century.


Turning Point Simulations (TPS), a division of LPS Inc, examines these 20 battles with a new series of boxed wargames. These games emphasize accessibility and playability, and come with hard-mounted maps and mounted, die-cut counters. Each battle is presented in a design of low complexity, but high challenge, from some of the industry's top designers.


And be sure to check out our sister publication Against the Odds!

While TPS games focus on the decisive battles across time, Against the Odds magazine investigates all of military history from a broad perspective. The economic, political, religious and social aspects of warfare are examined in concert with events on the battlefield. Get yourself truly "connected" with games and gaming by subscribing to Against the Odds! Learn more...

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The Battle of Tours

The Battle of Tours

How Charles Got His Hammer...

At one time, it looked like the expansion of Islam was an unstoppable force.

By 725 A.D., Muslims owned virtually all of the Iberian peninsula and had crossed the Pyrenees, taking key towns in SW France and forming a new province called al-Andalus.And then, politics began to trump religion. With a power struggle going on in Andalus proper, the local leaders in al-Andalus starting making accommodations with their powerful Christian neighbor to the north, Aquitaine.

This arrangement upset powerful people on both sides of the religious divide and they responded in basically the same way—they both invaded Aquitaine!



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Hastings: 1066 AD

Hastings: 1066 AD

Trial by Bloody Combat!

While exactly where the line is on whether a battle merits the title “Decisive” may be uncertain, there is no doubt that the Battle of Hastings deserves such treatment.

Common perception is that a kingdom changed hands after a single day of battle. (The truth is somewhat more complex.)



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Joan of Arc's Victory

Joan of Arc's Victory

Render to The Maid!

Even in full armor, she still looked very much like a young girl.

Among men who had done nothing but war all their lives, she maintained a soldierly bearing... and something else.  She led that army to victory, confidently sending the English commander her demand,

"Render to the Maid, sent by God, the King of Heaven, all the good towns you have taken and violated in France."

History would call her Joan of Arc, with a subtitle "The Maid of Orleans." The French would call her, "St. Joan." The English would call her, "witch." And you can call her the center of an intriguing game.



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The Invincible Armada

The Invincible Armada

"God Blew and They Were Scattered."

It is hard to imagine what the world would look like today had the Armada succeeded.

And yet, looking at the planning and logistics, it is also hard to imagine that the project could ever have succeeded....



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The Battle of Blenheim

The Battle of Blenheim

“But ‘twas a famous victory!”

"The decisive blow struck at Blenheim resounded through every part of Europe. It at once destroyed the vast fabric of power which it had taken Louis XIV, aided by the talents of Turenne and the genius of Vauban, so long to construct."

-- Alison



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Poltava’s Dread Day

Poltava’s Dread Day

The Great Northern War

"Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it."

George Santayana’s famous quote has often been cited when failed plans are analyzed... when something—like Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union—seems to have had a precedent that people should have "learned from," like Napoleon’s disasters in the same locale. Should Napoleon have "known better" before invading Russia?

The Swedes would say, "Yes." When they invaded Russia, they lost an army, a monarch, and their place as one of the leading nations of Europe.



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