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:

Production update!
about 1 year ago – Sun, May 20, 2018 at 12:50:41 AM


The Civil War in Finland ended 100 years ago. The parade of victorious Whites in Helsinki was held on the 16th of May 1918. Our project is soon coming to the end but unfortunately not quite as quickly as we have hoped.

We had to adjust our graphics specifications quite a bit. Unfortunately we did not receive comments until after paying the advance fee (which we could do after Kickstarter funds were released to us). This did not have any effect on the quality of the game, but unfortunately it took enough time so that in according to the latest information our production slot was pushed to June. We will then start sending games without delay once we have them.

We are indeed not happy with this state of affairs. However it is our view that one month delay is much preferred to the games being of unsatisfactory quality.

We aim to send you a survey for your shipping details by end of the May.


Pre-orders & Surveys!
over 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!
over 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...
over 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,


over 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!