The big day is getting near!
The plans are set and Jim is working out the results for the first
day(s). Last game materials are being copied and you should have
received briefings, handbooks, player role / how to get there sheet, or
you should receive them by Saturday. If you haven't received anything
by Monday night, give firstname.lastname@example.org
a note and we'll provide them by email.
To those few that registered for the battlefield tour, we're sorry to
say it has been cancelled due to lack of interest. We couldn't get
suitable transport for the small group.
Saturday 25th we will welcome you from 9.15 am at the Liefland College
in Utrecht for check in. Those of you who haven't paid yet, please do
so now (unless you are in the UK where IBAN doesn't work. We'll take
your money at registration).
Parking in the vicinity of the Liefland College is a bit of a problem,
as it is a paid service and the neighbourhood is crowded with the
inhabitants' cars. We recommend coming by train, as it is only 5
minutes walking from Overvecht Station.
That is also easier to get back to the centre of Utrecht, where we will
reconvene for the after game drinks at the 'Winkel van Sinkel'. The
address is Oudegracht 158. It is 10 minutes walk from Utrecht Central
here for a map showing the route from the station.
Again, we hope to see you Saturday 25th!
The past month has been a busy and fruitful one. Registrations are at
the point where we have been able to do our casting, but there's still
a good few interesting roles available for the late joiners. If you
have already registered, you may receive an invitation to one of the
various "planning games" that prepare the different sides for the war
We have held two training sessions for the umpires, and have been
positively impressed by the enthusiasm and skill that they showed.
Additionally, this gave the game designer (Jim Wallman) a good
opportunity to test and tweak some of the game mechanisms.
Also, you will find below more detail on the battlefield tour, the
t-shirt deal and things-to-do-in-Utrecht. If you are interested in the
battlefield tour please make sure you register as soon as possible, as
we will need to make transport arrangements etc.
You can order a T-shirt by puting in a note with your subscription by email to Marc Seutter, email@example.com.
Or send an separate email to Marc Seutter with your name, together with
the following necessary data:
- Full name
- E-mail address
- Size(s) (S, M, L, XL or XXL)
- Quantit(y)(ies) (1 by default, more on request)
This priceless and one-off T-shirt will cost you only 10
The T-shirt will be given to you at your arival and registration for
There will be a limited supply of extra T-shirts available
during the event.
When it is sold out it is sold out. No chances for back orders. Order
Things to do in Utrecht
So what if you have a few days to spend
in and around Utrecht?
First of all Utrecht is one of the oldest towns in the
Netherlands and the religious centre from the early Middle Ages until
the Dutch Revolt. The archbishop administered all Northern lands but
was also a powerful worldly leader, often slogging it out with the
neighbouring counts of Holland or Gelre/Guelders.
After the Dutch Revolt the town remained the hub of the
provincial government, but slowly its importance diminished as other
towns became more economically successful. It was briefly occupied by
the French army in 1672/3 as it rolled up the southeastern parts of the
Dutch Republic and at the same time it was hit by a freak thunderstorm,
destroying the cathedral,
except for its tower, still the dominating
feature of the town centre. In 1713 the treaty to end the War of
Spanish Succession was signed in the city.
A lot of the medieval and early
modern atmosphere has been preserved around the Oude Gracht (Old
Canal), with its peculiar low cays and storage cellars. These are now
used for bars and restaurants and if the weather is fine, they are
excellent places to sit outside and enjoy the sun.
For rainy days there are numerous
cafe Belgie at Oude Gracht 196, Springhaver
at Springweg 50-52, De Winkel van Sinkel
at Oudegracht 158, and more.
Under the Dutch Republic Catholic
worship in public was forbidden and the formal organisations of the
clergy dissolved. But in the mid-19th century the
restrictions were lifted. Utrecht again became an influential
bishopric. If you're interested in the life of Catholics in the
Netherlands, first as unchallenged religion and later as suppressed
minority, you should have a look at the Catherijnenconvent
Utrecht revived in the 19th century partially due
to its central position in the Netherlands, becoming the hub of the
railway network and seat of the Dutch railways. Not surprisingly it
also hosts the railway
museum. The university of
Utrecht is one of the older in the Netherlands and it might be worth to
visit the university
museum or the botanical
gardens. Furthermore there
is the museum of Miffy and the Central
Museum for (modern) art. For
more information, go here.
For those interested in
architecture, a visit to the Rietveld-Schroederhouse is recommended, as
well as to the central post
office at the Neude, especially the inside.
Utrecht harbours two gameshops
that miraculously lie only 50 meters apart. That's choice! See the
Joker or Neverneverland on the Oude Gracht nrs 202 and 230 respectively.
Out of town
Other cities such as Amsterdam,
Rotterdam, The Hague are all easily within an hour from Utrecht by
train or car. But you might prefer the smaller towns like Gouda,
Oudewater, Amersfoort and Woerden,
preserved largely as in their heyday in the 17th
and 18th centuries. Perfect for a lazy stroll on a sunny day.
To the west of the town is the
polder landscape, some of
which was flooded after the peat had been dug away, creating some
intersting lakes, which are ideal for water sports, walks and biking.
The polder landscape was
historically a great military asset, and to the west is the Old
Waterline, constructed in the 17th century and based largely
on inundations, while to the east is the New
Waterline, built in the
second half of the 19th century. Some of its forts are open
To the east the soil is more sandy
and the ground more elevated. National
Park de Hoge Veluwe has an interesting mix of sand dunes and
landscape, but also hosts the Kroeller-Muller museum, with a great
collection of modern painters and
sculptors, like Van Gogh, Mondriaan, Seurat and Giacometti.
With the number of players steadily increasing, we are now working on
getting players ready for the game. Training will be provided for
prospective umpires, and by the end of March the casting process will
be set into motion. That will be followed by a planning game for the
major headquarters and political teams.
For those who like to get into the right for the mood for the game, we
are preparing a battlefield tour and the commemorative t-shirts. Make
sure you book for these!
Here's your chance.
- Are your curious what it takes to be a good megagame umpire?
- Do you wonder if you have what it takes?
- Do you want to improve your existing umpiring skills?
To improve the overall game experience for all involved, we will be
hosting two training sessions for our liaison umpires. We'd like to
invite both our veteran umpires as well as those newer to the art of
umpiring a megagame to take part in these sessions.
On both days we will be running a smaller scenario from a megagame,
with participants taking the role of both umpire and player, with
experienced umpires providing feedback and suggestions.
As an additional bonus, the designer of the Breakthrough 1940 game, Jim
Wallman, will be present at the first session on the 21st of February
to provide background information and answer your
When assigning umpire roles for the Breakthrough 1940 megagame, we will
give preference to people who have taken part in at least one of the
umpire training sessions.
Please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
if you want to participate on either date.
- Dates: 21 February and 14 March, 10:30 - 17:00
- Location: Biljartpaleis, Bloemerstraat 23, Nijmegen, the
Transfers from the U.K:
After some discussion with our
bank and its business center, it has
become clear that we cannot solve the problem for IBAN payments for
players from the U.K. There is only one real solution (and our bank
agrees) namely pay your fee in cash upon entrance.
As a necessary exception, we will be accepting cash payments from our
U.K. players. For all other players, our policy is still for payment
per (electronic) transfer. If you are not from the U.K. but are having
problems with the IBAN transfer nonetheless, please contact us so we
can help resolve them.
We will be
organizing a guided tour of the 1940
battlefields in the Netherlands on Friday the 24th of April. This tour
will include a walk across the Grebbenberg, one of the most heavily
fought and still mostly unspoilt areas of the Netherlands. A visit will
also be paid to one of the Dutch "waterlinie" fortresses near Utrecht.
Transport by coach will be
provided. Costs are expected to be 10 - 15
euro. Please register early so we can make appropriate transport
arrangements. Starting and finishing point will be Utrecht Central
Station. Further details to follow.
sign up for the guided tour,
please send a mail to email@example.com.
First of all we have had U.K. residents worrying about the
IBAN-payments. Due to obstruction by U.K. banks it is not user
friendly. We will come up with an alternative as soon as possible. All
other participants from abroad should be fine, but let us know if you
are experiencing problems paying. Rest assured that we are highly
motivated to solve them!
We are planning to hold an umpire training on 21st February and
14th of March (dates preliminary) to get prospective umpires some extra
allows you to get a feel for the game system, but more importantly,
will give you the opportunity to see how best to translate what happens
on the umpire map to an engaging narrative for the players. Also, we
hope to have Jim Wallman, the game designer, around. See here for more
details once we have the date and venue confirmed.
We have put up some pointers how to reach Utrecht and the venue. For
directions look here. We have also added two new options for
accomodation in old forts in the late 19th Century Dutch Water Line
(the fall back position for the Dutch field army in May 1940). However,
note that the space in these forts is limited.
This month’s update further includes a list of literature and links to
websites to wet your appetite for the game. By no means exhaustive and
final, so feel free to send any suggestions (preferably with your
arguments why it should be included).
On February 28th we will be at the Ducosim game show in Amersfoort to
promote Breakthrough 1940, and on March 7th in London at the megagame
Long Live Death, about the Spanish Civil War. If you feel you can do
with a warming up to the campaign of 1940, this is your best bet.
If there are any other events in the coming months that you think it
are worthwhile for us to promote Breakthrough 1940, let us know.
Contact us through Marcs@cs.ru.nl