1918: Brother Against Brother - The Finnish Civil War

Created by Linden Lake Games - LudiBooster

Division. Conflict. A nation at war with itself. A battle for the soul of Finland. A wargame about a little-known moment in history.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

The Fate of Finland (and our new game) is in your hands!
24 days ago – Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 11:09:04 PM


It has been a while since we last had news, and a year since the fulfillment of the 1918 campaign. We remain ever grateful for your help in making this very, very specifically themed wargame.

The campaign, but then also the continued and steady interest in the game has surprised us. It has been very heartwarming to see so many people in so many countries around the world enjoying it.

We also hope you will join us in feeling some measure of pride in that 1918: Brother Against Brother has been admitted to the Finnish Museum of Games, in Tampere, Finland. If you find yourself in that part of the world, do visit that great institution, truly a modern temple to games of all kinds:


In addition to the game, there are also prototypes of 1918 there, which show how the game came into existence. It is a joy to see that at least someone has deemed it a significant enough cultural product of our times!

However, as the title of this update suggests, this is not all the news we have to share! Since it seemed to work out well last time, we are at it again!

Although we work with LudiCreations, making board games is not a full-time occupation for us, and no other game was expected to happen. That said, there is another anniversary coming up - the beginning of the Winter War, the conflict between Finland and the Soviet Union on November 30th, 1939.

After some discussions with historians and some encouragement from local boardgamers and wargamers, it was decided to try designing an accessible and quick game that would do the subject matter justice.

And so here we are! Again. We are very happy to announce that the campaign for Freezing Death - Winter War is now live:


As with 1918: Brother Against Brother, it is a card-driven wargame for two players. However, it is more specific in its scope, and offers a different experience. Instead of point to point movement, there are three fronts where units move and fight.

The players must balance attack and defense on each front with managing the political situation and the potential for foreign intervention, which looms as the conflict continues.

Even though the game starts with two turns of peacetime preparations for the war, the actual playing time is shorter than 1918's, and the rules have fewer exceptions, all leading into a game that is very enjoyable, challenging - and yet accessible.

We would love your support as we create yet another game about war in the far north, with all the challenges in theme and mechanisms that it involves. We hope that you were satisfied with 1918, and would love to see you again as we attempt to gather the resources we need to make it happen!

Here is that link again:


If you do have any questions, comments or concerns about your 1918 pledge and/or the game itself, please do contact us via a Kickstarter message. We would be happy to provide any support that you need! Just click here to send us a message.

Also, keep in mind the 1918: Brother Against Brother official FAQ here:


Thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see you again on Kickstarter and beyond!

Awards & FAQs!
8 months ago – Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 12:18:17 AM


We hope that you have been enjoying 1918 – Brother against Brother and all the work that the team has put in making it! From opening the first copy off the presses to winning awards (see below), we have been fortunate to have had a hand in creating something enjoyed by players worldwide - even without any proper retail distribution.

The quality of the components was a highlight for us, since this is the first game we have published. It is fascinating to see something only before seen through a screen, or earlier in just a homemade prototype, come to be produced. In this update we wanted to follow up with some post-campaign news and a useful document for you.


We have received feedback on gameplay and replied to some rules questions and threads on BoardGameGeek. We have collected those questions and their answers in a "living document" that contains some clarifications that are frequently necessary in a card-driven game with so many different possible situations when they are combined.

You will find this FAQ document on our website: http://www.lindenlakegames.com/english/

Like the game, the document is also bilingual. As mentioned above, it is a living document so any updates can be found from the same place. Please note the version and date on it.

The Gamers' Choice

In a completely unexpected turn of events (really - this is not the most popular topic for a game, even in Finland), 1918 – Brother against Brother was selected by Finnish game bloggers as Gamers' Choice game for 2018.

Of course there is a limited amount of Finnish non-family games published every year, but still, it was nice to have our efforts (and your support) validated. Thank you for making this possible!

More info can be found here, but unfortunately only in Finnish:


With that, we wish you happy holidays! We hope you enjoy some good games!



1918 worldwide!
12 months ago – Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 10:25:43 PM


We hope you are well, and we are very glad to announce that we have shipped 1918 – Brother against Brother to backers outside of Finland as well!

We are aware of the unfortunate additional delay for the international shipping, it seems that we were slightly over optimistic when planning the shipping schedule and even small issues took quite a while to sort out during the summer holidays.

[LudiCreations] That is on us - we apologize for any inconvenience and hope you don't hold this against Antti. [/LudiCreations]

All rewards have been shipped by Deutsche Post / DHL, and depending on your location, they may be delivered by your national postal service or DHL - apparently it varies even within a country, e.g. within the USA. Also, please note that, as mentioned on the campaign page, there is no tracking available.

A note out delivery times: Please remember that we have no control over how quickly a package is delivered. That is in the control of your local delivery service. Deutsche Post / DHL is very, very efficient in getting the games out of Germany (they do not want to store them any more than they have to), and those are then handed off to your local authorities.

Sometimes it may take inexplicably long for a package to be delivered, even when others in your area have received rewards that we shipped at the same time as yours. So please do not worry about non-delivery for least four weeks from now - until the end of September. We routinely receive returned packages (usually due to an incorrect address or non-pickup at the destination post office).

Sending a replacement to you prematurely usually results in both packages eventually getting delivered. So, please give the package a chance to arrive - given how small Linden Lake Games (and LudiCreations) is, re-sending needlessly costs us a lot and diminishes our ability to make more cool games.

As we have mentioned earlier in backer updates, let us remind you to contact us directly, with a message via the KS messaging system, if you have any issues with your pledge. Unfortunately we can not solve or track any issues via the comments, and you can't (well, shouldn't) post your personal information there. So, please message us to get our attention directly and promptly.

With that said, here are a few pictures of your games as they were being labelled and right before they were picked up!



Wrapped up and picked up!


Antti Lehmusjärvi

We have a game!
about 1 year ago – Sun, Jun 24, 2018 at 02:08:49 AM

Greetings from Finland!

Hopefully you had a great Juhannus! For the uninitiated, this is what that means for a lot of Finns:

So, besides that, great news!

We have a game!

The fist copy off the line was sent to Finland so we could take a look:

We are very pleased to say that the quality of the game is indeed very good. The game came out as we hoped it to be - and the map is especially a piece of art!

All copies of the game have now been moved to our warehouse, and are getting packed.

Keep in mind, the survey is still open. Now would be the time to check your address, and to answer the survey, if you have not already done so! You can do that by simply checking your email for the invitation from Backerkit, or by visiting here and entering your email address:


We will lock your answers about the address where to send the game at the end of June. If you have any changes please make them before that.

After this we can proceed with shipping your copy. We will be posting another backer update when that process has started.

Thank you again for your patience! It has been an enlightening experience to create this, and very soon you will be enjoying playing it as much as I have getting the first copy!



Final dispatches!
about 1 year ago – Sun, May 27, 2018 at 12:14:59 PM

Greetings from an unusually warm Finland!

We have great news. Production is rolling along, and we are ready to start receiving your address information.

We have been working with Backerkit to get ready for asking for your addresses. Today we are pressing the button to send the surveys!

Please read the instructions at the beginning quite carefully before you type "yes". Even though this is our first campaign and we need to be very thorough, we are working with LudiCreations at each step.

You do not need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey, just click on the link and complete the survey! You will there be able to provide your address, sign up for our newsletter, and add another copy if you like.

Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive by Tuesday 29 May. If it is not there, you can always access your information here: https://1918.backerkit.com/.

NOTE: If you are located in Finland, please do not add another copy to your pledge through Backerkit. Just complete the survey as normal, and then use this link to get any *additional copies*: https://holvi.com/shop/Lindenlakegames/

If you have any questions or if there is any trouble with your survey, please contact support at https://1918.backerkit.com/faq, click "Contact Us", and the nice Backerkit people will help you out!

Thank you again for your continued support and especially for your patience in this slight delay. We are learning from the process, and we are so very excited to hear your stories of 1918 and the civil strife in a new nation!

As ever, if you ever have any questions or issues about your pledge, please send us a message via the KS system.

Thank you once more,