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:

Pre-orders & Surveys!
about 1 year ago – Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 11:46:32 PM


We hope to receive the campaign funds from KS this week, and after that we can pay for the production to the manufacturer. We have now corrected what we believe to be the last typos in the material (thank you all of you who have commented!).

The booklet of the short introduction to the civil war now has its layout finalized, and we are making sure that all our photos are properly credited.

In other news, if you or anyone you know would like to have more copies of the game, the preorder service is now available through BackerKit:


For those of you in Finland, please use this link:


Besides all that, we are preparing for fulfillment as well. We will be asking for your address once we are getting closer to shipping the games.

This is to ensure that we have most current information from you, and no games will be travelling around the globe to wrong addresses. There will be a separate update about that later!

Until then, thank you again for your support! It means a lot to me, Todd, and everyone else who is working on the game.



Thank you!
about 1 year ago – Thu, Mar 01, 2018 at 06:27:10 AM

Thank you all!

The campaign was way more successful than I thought could be possible. As a small indie game firm, seeing how that the last stretch goal was met literally a few hours before the end of the campaign was both exciting and exhilarating. I must say that I am very proud of you all who have put your trust on us with this and we will do our utmost to be worth of it. To me this is crowdfunding at its best.

In this update we briefly discuss the next steps and how to pre-order the game, if you missed the campaign.

Before we discuss the next steps, a reminder about getting your address:

We will not ask for your address until we are closer to shipping the game. There will be a separate update about that, so for now just sit tight and enjoy the warm fuzzy thought of paper being milled, cardboard being set out to dry and other such exciting processes that can be seen here:

We have already contacted the printer, NSF in the Netherlands, and as soon as we receive the funds from Kickstarter (about 2 weeks from now) we can make the order. The final layout of the historical booklet will be done by then (the text is ready), so this will not delay the manufacturing process.

If you live outside Finland and missed the campaign or would like to preorder additional copies of the game, game contact us through a KS message. We will have a better process for that soon, but if you want to be notified when that happens, just send us a message through here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/llg-ludibooster/1918-brother-against-brother/creator_bio

If you love salmiakki, carefully step out of your apartment to avoid unnecessary conversations with neighbours, and speak a language with 14 cases and no word for "please", you probably live in Finland. If you do, you can pre-order the game through a store (in finnish) here: https://holvi.com/shop/Lindenlakegames/

Once again, I thank you for your contribution. Besides getting a game that I have been working on for years, you might also get some satisfaction from knowing that you are funding the rarest type of game to be funded via Kickstarter. If you think about it, this is a niche (crowdfunding) of a niche (wargames), of a niche (board games) hobby. I am glad to be able to share a part of this process with you, and I am glad to have your support!



The beginning of the end...
about 1 year ago – Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 02:08:11 PM

... came when in a cold February, 100 years ago, the Reds' general offensive was unsuccessful, even with weapons from Soviet Russia.

For us, it comes in just a few hours, and the support that the campaign has received is phenomenal, especially in the last few hours. Thank you!

The new edited rules are now available. Thank you all for comments and corrections! You can find them here: http://www.lindenlakegames.com/english

The rules are now available also in Finnish, and they can be downloaded here: http://www.lindenlakegames.com/  

Also in the news: The Vassal module of the game is now available, and you can find it here: http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:1918:_Brother_against_Brother

Now you can now decide the fate of Finland not just face to face but also online!

Thank you again for sticking with us as we conclude the funding portion of this campaign. Next will be preparing for printing! We need the funds from Kickstarter before we can print, so we expect that to start about 2 weeks after the campaign.

All the best,


about 1 year ago – Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 05:00:41 AM


Or [ˈjyʋæsˌkylæ], if you prefer the phonetic alphabet.

A lot of non-Finns have had trouble pronouncing the names of cities in Finland depicted in the game, quite understandably so. With that in mind, here's Antti, who will attempt to teach you how to pronounce some of the more challenging ones:

(prototype board shown)

In other news, we have been working on the layout of the historical variant, and we are close to releasing the final rulebook - also in Finnish.

More on that and more in a future update!

All on board!
about 1 year ago – Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 12:20:56 PM

Greetings from a snowy Finland!

The campaign is well funded, and we are very happy with the support the game has been receiving. However, we are not resting on our laurels, and we have not been idle during this time.

Based on the various comments and feedback that we have received, we have been working on the various components, starting with the board. None of the changes affect the rules, but they do make gameplay a bit smoother.

Combat notes

The combat notes were a bit difficult to read. We rearranged the map so that they are now above the battle tables where there is more room. They were also slightly reworded. This enabled us to also increase the font size. 

Strategic towns

The strategic towns now have their names on more visible font, which helps to spot them even with units on them, which was somewhat difficult before.

Starting units

The one thing that we got quite a lot of responses about was that setup was time consuming. Apparently not everyone is as familiar with the geography of Finland… so we added small markings on the town spaces with units placed on them during Setup.

The legend

The legend on the side of the map has been updated with movemement costs for roads and railroads.

Thanks again for your support! We will also be posting an update with the improved rulebook and we are now working on improving the cards as well.