The Great War allow players to portray important engagements throughout WWI history. The battles focus on the historical deployment of forces and important terrain features of trench fighting in scale with the game system.
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Jan 19, 2017
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June 14

v1.9.3 Released

We have just released version 1.9.3! This update includes the following fixes:

  • Fix to unit selection presented when playing supply shortage via combat card intelligence
  • Fix to game hang where the turn would keep waiting for action to complete after a unit was destroyed
  • Block trench raid from being played where command card blocks all unit movement
  • Fix to tactician default flank being highlighted after a different card is played

~The HexWar Team
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May 11

Patch 1.9

We have just released version 1.9! This update includes the following fixes:

  • Fix to cards not prompting correctly in local pass and play matches
  • Fixed issue where multiple retreat events during artillery fire could cause game to hang
  • Improved AI targeting for artillery firing
  • Improved retreat unit highlighting
  • Added tutorial for crossfire attacks
  • Fix to big show auto ending turn and skipping movement
  • Fix to big show combined with some combat cards not applying the correct bonus per unit
  • Fix to loading save files created in some previous versions
  • Fix to in game briefing where this would lock up after consulting the in game manual
  • Fix to replacements where player could be blocked from allocating all possible replacements
  • Improved visuals for selecting cards to discard or keep
  • Some visual improvements

~ The HexWar Games Team
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About This Game


HexWar Games has partnered with Plastic Soldier Company to bring you a digital version of Commands & Colors: The Great War board game. The game allow players to portray important engagements throughout WWI history. The battles focus on the historical deployment of forces and important terrain features of trench fighting in scale with the game system.

The scale of the game is flexible and varies from battle to battle. For some scenarios, a few infantry units may represent an entire wing of a larger battle, while in other scenarios a unit may represent just a few brave soldiers going over the top. The Command card system drives movement, creates a “fog of war” and presents players with many interesting opportunities; while the battle dice resolve combat quickly and efficiently.

The Combat cards add an element of suspense and will challenge players to coordinate their use in a timely manner. Overall, the battlefield tactics players will need to execute to gain victory conform remarkably well to the strengths and limitations of the various types of WWI units, their weapons, battlefield terrain, and written history.



  • 15 scenarios set during the most infamous battles on the western front
  • Over 50 unique combat and command cards to simulate tactical and strategic choices
  • Make strategic choices faithful to the era with machine guns, trenches, riflemen and bombers
  • Lay waste to the World War 1 era battlefield with artillery strikes
  • Play as German, British or Canadian combatants



  • Commands and Colours - Opening Action 1
  • Commands and Colours - Opening Action 2
  • Loos (2nd Division Diversionary Attack) - 25 September 1915
  • Loos (Hohenzollern Redoubt) - 25 September 1915
  • Loos (German Counter-Attack) - 27 September 1915
  • Loos (Fight for The Trenches) - 29 September To 3 October 1915
  • Loos (Renewed British Offensive) - 13-14 October 1915
  • Somme (Hawthorn Ridge Mine Explosion) - 1 July 1916
  • Somme (Mash Valley & La Boisselle ) - 1 July 1916
  • Somme (Sausage Valley & La Boisselle) - 1 July 1916
  • Somme (Mametz) - 1 July 1916
  • Somme (Mametz Wood) - 7-10 July 1916
  • Vimy Ridge (1st & 2nd Canadian Infantry Divisions) - 9 April 1917
  • Vimy Ridge (Hill 145) - 9-10 April 1917
  • Vimy Ridge (The Pimple) - 12 April 1917
  • Vimy Ridge (Bois-En-Hache) - 12 April 1917

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 800 MB available space

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