||  

  ||  

Back to News Listing Lock n Load: Band of Heroes Available for Pre-Order!

Posted: Saturday, June 04, 2005 by Matrix Support

Type: News

New Tactical World War II Board Game Nears Release

Matrix Games and Mark H. Walker (www.locknloadgame.com) are very pleased to announce that Lock n Load: Band of Heroes is now available for a special pre-order price of $64.99 via the Matrix Games online store.

Printing is also about to begin on the first board war game to be published by Matrix Games, which with six mounted geomorphic mapboards and over 520 counters will be available online and through retail stores.

Mark Walkers Lock n Load: Band of Heroes is a squad level board game that is easy to learn, fast to play and loaded with exciting scenarios. The game features the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions in multiple scenarios across Normandy in June of 1944. If you dont have a handy opponent, solitaire suitability is high with random scenario events and unfolding storylines. In addition, Lock n Load supports online play through free virtual board game utilities such as VASSAL, which allow you to play an opponent across the world without having to set up a single board or game piece, except online.

As with the first Lock n Load in the series, each hex is 50 meters, turns are a few moments, counters represent squads, leaders, heroes, medics and even the occasional chaplain or scout. In addition to their own firepower, squads employ machine guns and squad automatic weapons, including for the Americans the .30 Cal, the Browning Automatic Rifle and the bazooka; for the Germans the MG-34, MG-43, Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck. Both sides are supported by tanks and assault guns, including Stuarts, StuGs, Shermans and an array of Panzers.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games said, We have greatly enjoyed working with Mark Walker to bring Matrix's first board game to print. We hope to have printed copies ready at Origins and look forward to all the fans that can meet us there at the end of June to play a few games and join in the excitement of this release.


Lock n Load: Band of Heroes
includes sixteen scenarios which play to the games strong suit... story telling. We have the Medal of Honor battle (XYZ Complex)... where two paratroopers (later supported by a platoon) took down an entire German artillery battalion. The Alamo depicts the final battle in Saving Private Ryan, Flash... Thunder demonstrates the chaotic struggle of the first scattered paratroopers as Germans and Americans randomly appear, and still another (The Call of Duty) dishes up some tough choices for the commander of the 327th Glider Regiment.


New Game Features Include:

  • Enhanced armor rules

  • Simplified artillery rules

  • Streamlined spotting routine

  • Straightforward Assault Movement rules


The Game Box Includes:

  • Six MOUNTED geomorphic maps

  • 480+ beautiful four-color counters

  • 16 Scenarios printed on quality card stock

  • Rule and example of play book

  • Players Aid charts

  • 16 Colorful Skill Cards

  • Two six-sided die.


Lock n Load: Band of Heroe
s is scheduled for a Summer release at the Origins 2005 Gaming Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Mark H. Walker is scheduled to personally attend Origins and demo Lock n Load: Band of Heroes to interested gamers. For more information on Origins please visit www.originsgames.com.

www.matrixgames.com and www.locknloadgame.com.


For more information about Lock n Load: Band of Heroes and other Matrix Games titles, or to pre-order Lock n Load: Band of Heroes, please visit


Distributors or retailers wishing to discuss ordering Lock n Load: Band of Heroes should contact dealers@matrixgames.com.


More Info

Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes

  ( Views : 9424 )


In Other News..

To End All Wars: Video, AAR and Interview!

Friday, August 22, 2014

With To End All Wars releasing in less than a week, it is time to show you some more of this grand strategy title. We have made for you a short video, a more in-depth After Action Report and today, the Wargamer published an interview with the development team. 

Read more...

Battle Academy 2: Eastern Front - End of Early Access

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

After months of intense testing and playing sessions by the Battle Academy 2 early adopters, we are happy to announce that the successful Early Access program is coming to an end, as we will be taking down the Early Access package from our stores next Monday. This will be your last chance to get the Early Access version of Battle Academy 2!

Read more...

Space Program Manager unveils its multiplayer modes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Space Program Manager unveils its multiplayer modes         

Last week the Early Access program for Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager closed its doors. The game is now on the launch pad and the countdown has started. The official launch is scheduled for October 31st and engineers from Polar Motion are working hard to offer a safe and exotic flight to the players.

Read more...

Another update for Commander: The Great War!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We are very pleased to announce, along with The Lordz Games Studio, the release of the 1.52 update for the iPad and PC versions of Commander: The Great War! This patch comes with loads of fixes and improvements for an enhanced gameplay experience.

Read more...

Distant Worlds: Universe gets a new update

Monday, August 18, 2014

The six major updates since release, including the newest 1.9.5.7 released last week, have included fixes for most of the issues reported since release (over 100 in total)! Additionally, more than 100 improvements to game balance, AI and user interface have been made, as well as some additional tutorial tweaks and the addition of an "Introductory Game" mode to get new players started more easily. 

Read more...

Deal of the Week: Eagle Day to Bombing the Reich

Monday, August 18, 2014

This week we present to you a wargaming classic that covers the Allied bombing campaigns of World War 2. Gary Grigsby’s Eagle Day to Bombing the Reich is loved among fans for its detail and historical accuracy and now this excellent and unique strategy game is available for just $ 29,99! The sale will last for the entire week. 

Read more...

Advanced Tactics Gold is coming to Steam

Friday, August 15, 2014

Often praised for the versatility of its engine and its incredible replayability potential, Advanced Tactics Gold is now writing another chapter of its successful story with a release on Steam. The game - currently displayed in the coming soon section of Steam – will be available there in a few hours! Advanced Tactics: Gold is a unique game that combines the deep gameplay experience of more traditional wargames, with an open setting, allowing you to recreate and simulate lots of different battles and engagements.

Read more...