Spotlight Articles

Outstanding articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game, but may have broad appeal to gamers.

An Invitation to Play: What Gets Gamers to “Open the Box” and Keep Playing

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Paul Comben takes on the elusive topic of what makes a great game. An entertaining and thought-provoking read...

Perspective in Wargames: Who Exactly Are You?

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Derek Croxton ruminates on the wide spectrum of methods wargames have used to insert players into the historical challenge being simulated. "After all, if players were only interested in games for the competitiveness or mental challenge they provide, they would all be playing chess."

Austerlitz at 'Duel in the Desert VI' Convention - June 2016

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La Bataille d’Austerlitz will be the featured game at Duel in the Desert VI at the CONSIM WorldExpo 2016 in Tempe, Arizona late this June. Marshal Enterprises (ME) has arranged to play the new and improved version of the game, first designed and released in the 1980’s by ME, at the Tempe Fest...

One Battle, Two Tanks, Three Systems: Design, Complexity and Outcomes

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Hexsides and Hand Grenades' Brad sets out to make an apples-to-apples comparison of three tactical combat systems. His goal is to see if differences in rule complexity result in a more realistic "feel" or a "more meaningful or interesting impact on the game..."

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Grognard News

Decision Games Errata

A treasure trove (i.e. "backlog") of old Decision Games errata has been entrusted to me for publication. Please check back often over the next few weeks for new items on your favorite Decision Games titles.

New Search Features

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2013 Charles S. Roberts Awards

Grognard.com presents the list of potential nominees for the 2013 Charles S. Roberts Awards, posted here for public comments, corrections, etc.

Grognard Originals

In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more Grognard.com "originals" in the future.

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 3

The 3rd and final session in the replay series, covering game turns 6 through 8, Summer and Fall of 1862. Harvey Mossman plays the Union and Mark D. the Confederates. Written by Mark D. for Grognard.com.

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 2

Continuing with the full campaign game of "The U.S. Civil War". We have completed 5 full turns, i.e. through the Spring 1862 turn, and the Confederates are still hanging in there. This is the second installment, penned by Mark D. for Grognard.com, which covers game turns 3, 4 and 5.

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 1

We started a new campaign game of "The U.S. Civil War" last Sunday and I'm going to attempt to submit a brief replay summary each week. This first installment, penned by Mark D. for Grognard.com, covers the first two turns of the game (Summer 1861)

Grognard.com: No Safe Harbor Review

Mark D. pens a review of Paul Rohrbaugh's "No Safe Harbor: The Raid on Darwin", published by Against the Odds/LPS.

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Game: Red Storm Rising

Publisher: TSR
Date: 5/25/2016 9:36:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Red Storm Rising: An Overdue Review

Brad writes up a long overdue review and partial play-through of "Red Storm Rising". Haven't thought about this game in a long time and now I want to play it! But, is the review better than the game?
Game: Solitaire Caesar: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

Publisher: David Kershaw
Date: 5/25/2016 9:15:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
To Byzantium: A Review of Solitaire Caesar

Prufrock, writing for the "Here's No Great Matter" blog, reviews Solitaire Caesar: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. And wraps it up with a little Yeats...
Game: Habit of Victory

Series: Campaigns of Napoleon Series
Publisher: Operational Studies Group
Date: 5/25/2016 8:46:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Habit of Victory: Enrico Video Review/Replay

Full review/replay video by Enrico Viglino. The large pipe and pirate shirt set the tone appropriately for a review of a Napoleonic war game. I don't know why, but they just do...
Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 5/22/2016 7:38:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
D-Day at Omaha Beach: Video Review - Marco Arnaudo

I guess Marco Arnaudo is on a D-Day kick. Hot on the heels of his fine review of "Breakout Normandy", he produces this excellent review of "D-Day at Omaha Beach"...
Game: Breakout: Normandy

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 5/22/2016 7:29:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Breakout Normandy: Video Review - Marco Arnaudo

Nice video review of "Breakout Normandy", which hails from the declining days of the Avalon Hill game company. Marco Arnaudo does a great job covering all the bits you'd want to know about before buying/playing a game...
Game: Dawn of the Zeds (3rd Edition)

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 5/22/2016 7:20:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Dawn of the Zeds: Stuka Joe's Playthrough (Part 1)

Awesome production (as usual) from Stuka Joe. If you want to learn more about this super popular title (designed by Hermann Luttmann, this is the video for you. This link is to Part 1 of Joe's review/playthrough...
Game: Pacific Fury: Guadalcanal, 1942

Publisher: Revolution Games
Date: 5/22/2016 7:03:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Pacific Fury: New Game Announcement!

Pacific Fury: Guadalcanal, 1942 is a fast playing simulation covering the Solomons campaign in the South Pacific from August to November 1942. The game system features an abstract semi-hidden area movement system where both players must determine the timing and size of task forces during an operation. The American player starts with control of Guadalcanal, and the Japanese must take it to win!
Game: Democracy Under Siege

Publisher: Luca Cammisa
Date: 5/22/2016 6:46:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Democracy Under Siege: New Game Now Available

Democracy Under Siege is finally published and can be purchased on The Game Crafter.
Democracy under Siege is an interactive card-driven strategy game for 2 or 3 players that reproduces the geopolitical conflicts and political struggles that led to the Second World War. The main concepts in the game are the ideological struggles among the major powers, the race for armaments ahead of World War II, and the buildup of a network of diplomatic links with minor nations. All of these elements combine to determine victory...
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 5/22/2016
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new (05/22/2016) Challenge and the winners for the last Challenge.
Game: Jackson & Sheridan: The Valley Campaign

Publisher: Worthington Games
Date: 5/20/2016 11:27:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Jackson & Sheridan: A Marco Review

Marco Arnaudo has produced a video reviewing "Jackson & Sheridan: The Valley Campaign", published by Worthington Publishing.
Game: Bad Moon Rising: The Fight for Firebase Illingworth, April 1, 1970

Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Date: 5/20/2016 11:08:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Bad Moon Rising: New From HFDG

"Bad Moon Rising: The Battle for Firebase Illingworth" is now available from High Flying Dice Games. Recreate the battle for Firebase Illingworth in South Vietnam in April of 1970...
Game: Border War: Angola Raiders

Series: Commando
Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 5/19/2016 8:51:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Packer Big Lunch - Border War: Angola Raiders

"... the military encounter design is as brisk and lethal as you'd expect..." Alex Connolly plays a "whirlwind entry-level lunge across the north Namibian border" in Decision Games' Border War: Angola Raiders. Does Castro have his day?
Game: Empires at Sea

Publisher:
Date: 5/18/2016 10:08:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Empires at Sea: Review

Tony Mastrangeli, writing for the Board Game Quest web site, pens an excellent review of this self-published, Kickstarter-funded game produced by Zach and Amy Silverzweig.
Game: Silver Bayonet: The First Team in Vietnam, 1965

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 5/17/2016 11:13:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Tea Time: Scenario #6 After Action Review from Silver Bayonet

ASSAULT!! Mitchell Land demonstrates the "shortest scenario" in GMT Games' Silver Bayonet, as a quick flavor sample of the game. Can you save the Brigade HQ!?!
Game: I Will Fight No More Forever

Publisher:
Date: 5/14/2016 1:49:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
I Will Fight No More Forever: Gilbert Collins Review

Gilbert Collins produces an excellent video review of this game from Compass Games.
Game: The Jena Campaign

Publisher: Pennine Megagames
Date: 5/13/2016 2:07:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Jena Campaign Huddersfield (UK) 25th June

What's a megagame!?! Simon Lestrade enthuses about his upcoming play of ​Pennine Megagames' The Jena Campaign. "In my view these are the best megagames."
Game: Soldiers

Publisher: SPI
Date: 5/11/2016 9:07:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
World War 1 action with 'Soldiers'

Prufrock relates a holiday spent on replays of SPI's Soldiers, with several nice photos. "...we were both left thinking about different strategies to employ, which is surely one mark of a successful wargame."
Game: Web and Starship

Publisher: West End Games
Date: 5/10/2016 9:13:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Web and Starship: Video Review

Review and abbreviated DAR for "Web and Starship", produced by Enrico Viglino for the "Games on Tables" site.
Game: Alfred the Great: War in the West Country 876AD

Series: Warrior Kings Campaign Series
Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Date: 5/9/2016 11:01:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Alfred the Great: War in the West Country - New Release

The second game in the "Warrior Kings Campaign Series", new from High Flying Dice Games. Saxons and Vikings, head to head... it doesn't get any better than that.
Game: Iron Cross (miniatures)

Publisher: Great Escape Games
Date: 5/9/2016 10:49:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Iron Cross Miniatures Rules - Review

Norm Smith, writing for his Battlefields & Warriors blog, provides a great introduction to the "Iron Cross" miniatures rules set, published by Great Escape Games...
Game: Battle of Midway Minigame

Publisher: Lou Coatney
Date: 5/9/2016 10:39:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Free Print & Play Game - Battle of Midway

Battle of Midway minigame, designed and published by Lou Coatney. Designed at the Air Group, as opposed to Squadron, level. Enterprise and Yorktown Air Groups are Dauntless, while Hornet's is Devastator, which works out nicely, since there were 2 Dauntless and 1 Devastator squadrons per carrier. Give it a whirl and let Lou know what you think of it...
Game: The Next War

Publisher: SPI
Date: 5/5/2016 9:10:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
War Without KIA: Replay (The Next War, Operation Attila - D+14, Air Phase)

Air war at D+14 followed the same pattern of the previous 6 days, with both sides committed to execute or prevent Operation Hand of God - NATO attempt to utterly destroy Warsaw Pact's supply infrastructure. Here's the latest from Fabrizio Vianello of the War Without KIA blog. Outstanding...
Game: Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars

Series: Great Politicians Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 5/5/2016 11:27:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Delian League Diaries #4

What grief will Alcibiades cause next...? Mark Herman is back with more playtest "historical back and forth", which is what he seeks to achieve with his GMT Games Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars. Or, as his playtesters put it, “insanely fun”.
Game: Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars

Series: Great Politicians Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 5/2/2016 12:14:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Delian League Diaries #3

This is not "RAM"! Mark Herman returns with a fascinating progress report on his GMT Games Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars, with insights on his innovative player country leadership system, as well as its results in a playtest!
Game: 1776

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 5/1/2016 8:31:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
1776: Game Review

Simon takes us on a brief tour of "1776", an true 1970's classic from Avalon Hill. Brief, but informative, review...