Reviewed by James Davis

VERSAILLES 1919 (GMT Games, 1 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 60-120 minutes; $89)


On June 28th, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian heir, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated in Sarajevo by a member of a revolutionary Yugoslavist group called Mlada Bosna, supplied with arms by a secret military society called the Black Hand. An assassination attempt was made earlier in the day, with a grenade thrown at the Archduke’s car, missing it and injuring spectators. However, about an hour later on the way back from the hospital, where Ferdinand had visited those who were injured, his convoy took a wrong turn onto a street right past where Cavrilo Princip, one of the assassins who had failed earlier, was sitting at a café. His assassination of the Archduke turned the decades-long buildup of tense relationships between the European nations into a horrific four-year conflagration.

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