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Up Front is a card-based wargame designed by Courtney F. Allen and orignally published by Avalon Hill in 1983.

This award winning game, referred to as the Squad Leader card game, provides an innovative game design for simulating squad level skirmishes. Its use of terrain cards in lieu of a board; its effective simulation of the Fog of War and of troop responsiveness (or lack thereof) to orders amid combat are all often cited innovative features. It is a non-CCG design.

Up Front is quite well known in wargame circles, but for those looking for more information and reviews of this game, we recommed these sites:

What Am I Getting?

With permission from rights-holder Hasbro (owner of Wizards of the Coast and Avalon Hill), Wargame Vault has digitally re-mastered the second edition of Up Front and is offering it again through our card printing program. We've done our best to capture high-quality images of each card and the components reproduce nicely with minimal blurriness on text or images.

Each component of the game is listed here on Wargame Vault as a separate title to make it convenient for players who may wish to replace lost or worn-out components of a copy of Up Front they already own. For those who wish to get the entire game, we have bundled all of the components together into one bundle title for convenient purchase (and a bit of savings over buying each component separately).

The Complete Game Bundle (link opens in a new window/tab)

Components, with links to each, include:

1. The original rulebook as a free PDF download. Also included is the original Avalon Hill catalog/pricelist that came with the game.

2. The 123 card Personality (infantry) deck. Printed on premium playing card stock, these come at mini-card size just as they did in the original second edition game.

3. The 40 card AFV (vehicle) deck including the Relative Range Chart card. These are standard poker-size cards and come on premium playing card stock.

4. Two sheets of counters. Around 300 counters. We are not able to offer true punch-out chits, so these come on doulbe-sided cardstock and will need to be cut apart. The counters are also offered as a digital download version for DIY print-and-play.

5.  The 162 card Action deck. These are standard poker-size cards printed on our premium playing card stock.The Action cards have the only layout element that was changed when we re-mastered these cards. The original teal text used on these cards did not reproduce clearly from the original card images, so we replaced it with darker blue text for crisper readability.

Up Front Cards Original vs Redone

We are unable to provide a reproduction of the original game box, but all of the components store nicely in our stacking, plastic deckboxes. If you are buying complete game, then we recommend 3 large deckboxes and 1 standard deckbox to hold all of the cards and have room to spare for the cut-up counters.

Large Deckbox (link opens in a new window/tab)

Standard Deckbox (link opens in a new window/tab) 

See the short video below to get a full idea of how the game components come to you.

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Peter M September 23, 2022 5:26 pm UTC
Hello - I ordered this about 10 days ago. The status states its confirmed by the printer. How long does it take from the printer to shipping? I opted for 10 day ground shipping.
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For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
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File Last Updated:
May 06, 2015
This title was added to our catalog on February 19, 2015.