Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

Another new feature for Grognard.com, the Gaming Convention calendar will make it a snap to keep up with all the latest gaming conventions in your area. But we need your gaming convention information, so please contribute.



Gaming Clubs/Organizations

Gaming Clubs and Organizations

Please check out our new (and growing) database of gaming clubs and organizations world-wide. Please let us know of your gaming club, or any other clubs that you know about so we can make this a truly useful resource.



Spotlight Articles

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

Interview with John Poniske Designer of Flanks of Gettysburg from Compass Games

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John Poniske is a prolific designer and we have enjoyed several of his games including Revolution Road from Compass Games, Plains Indian Wars from GMT Games (as yet unreleased but nearing completion), Bleeding Kansas from Decision Games, Hearts and Minds from Worthington Games and Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars 1845-1872 from Legion Wargames. The Players Aid talk to him about his design philosophy and his upcoming game, Flanks of Gettysburg to be published by Compass Games.

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 1/6/2021


Warlord Epic ACW - painting and comparing

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"...this post is going to look at what it might mean to my wargames table...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, checks out a sample of the new Epic Battles: American Civil War miniatures from Warlord Games. Check out why Norm feels he can give the product "…a big thumbs up, another area of choice for the customer and in our relatively small hobby…".

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/6/2021


A Brief History of Naval Wargames

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Kyle Mizokami gives a brief history behind the US Navy’s use of war games on the US Naval Institute’s News page. These games have played an important role in US Navy strategy and tactics. “After the war, Admiral Nimitz was to remark, “The war with Japan had been reenacted in the game rooms at the Naval War College by so many people and in so many different ways, that nothing that happened during the war was a surprise . . . absolutely nothing except the kamikaze tactics toward the end of the war; we had not visualized these.”…”

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 1/4/2021


Marengo 1800

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"...Marengo, the putative victory that cemented Napoleon's hold on power." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another one of his exquisite battle illuminations. This time, an engagement with a role on the path of power: "Bonaparte realized that if he were to retain his dictatorial powers, he had to deliver victory and a satisfactory end to the war."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/1/2021


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Grognard Game Plan

New Grognard Game Plan application is a free tool provided to registered Grognard.com site visitors to help organize convention play and other gaming sessions.

Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

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Gaming Clubs/Organziations

New Gaming Clubs/Organizations listing. You can search for existing gaming clubs worldwide.

If you belong to a gaming club, or know of one, please drop us a line and let us know so we can get it listed on Grognard.com!

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Now you can search for specific games (or games by publisher) using the new Game Search feature, located at the top right corner of the this page. In addition you can now harness the power of Google to search the entire Grognard.com site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of Grognard.com" and click magnifying glass button. Search features will continue to be improved and enhanced going forward so check back often to see the latest stuff.

Grognard Originals

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

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman

Is there such a thing as a "Perfect Opening Move" in any of GMT's COIN Series games? Mark D. shares his idea of a "perfect" opening turn for the Romans in Falling Sky. Enjoy.

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

I'm finally getting to play this game, and am looking forward to it. There are a decent amount of "special rules" and restrictions that apply to either the Axis or Soviet player, depending on which turn it is. Rather than flipping back and forth in the rule book, I made a quick & dirty cheat sheet for myself which I have been using, and thought I'd share it. If anyone sees anything that's incorrect, please let me know via email at mark at grognard dot com. (updated 4/11/2020 to include rules for ignoring Rivers - Axis only on Turn 1; both sides on Turn 2)

French "Low Density" Blues in Ici c'est la France!

Brief strategy article written by Mark D. that explains the concept of "Troop Density" and examines how that level can have a big impact on French and FLN play in the early stages of the game. Ici c'est la France! was designed by Kim Kanger and published by Legion Wargames in 2009. Outstanding game!

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Game: The Dogs of War

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/15/2021 8:38:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Dogs of War: New from Thin Red Line Games

"At 0400 Zulu Time, July 24 1985, Warsaw Pact forces cross the Inner German Border and assault NATO positions in West Germany. The main thrust, formed by 10 Soviet Category I Divisions, is in the BAOR sector and points directly to the Ruhr area." Thus begins the latest installment in the hypothetical WWIII series by Thin Red Line Games
Game: Next War: Vietnam

Series: Next War Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/15/2021 4:55:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
China’s Red River Dance — Playing Next War: Vietnam (Part 5)

"The Allies had the initiative, and had a big decision to make." Ian Sullivan concludes his intense replay of GMT Games' Next War: Vietnam. It's a surprise finale when China goes with "…regime survival over principle."
Game: Mukden: Sino-Soviet Combat in the '70's

Series: Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/14/2021 2:03:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Profile Modern Battles: Mukden, Wurzburg, Golan, and Chinese Farm

Here’s a detailed profile for SPI’s Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series: Chinese Farm, Golan, Mukden, and Wurzburg presented by Phil Kosnett, Frederick Georgian, Jay Nelson, and Ed Curran from SPI’s Moves magazine #24.
Game: The Shores of Tripoli

Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/13/2021 5:00:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Shores of Tripoli Review

"...it is a legitimate wargame, and the history it conveys is really pretty darn good, not to mention a lot of fun." Bill Gray reviews Fort Circle Games' The Shores of Tripoli, which looks a bit like a kid's game, but clearly punches above its weight. Bill enjoys the game, to include an extra treat that leaves him commenting "Very classy addition to the game and certainly gave me an historical chuckle."
Game: Mukden: Sino-Soviet Combat in the '70's

Series: Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/12/2021 10:10:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
SPI, Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts(1975)

Map and Counters, a long time war gamer’s blog from Joseph C. Beard III, presents a detailed description of SPI’s Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts series including the games Chinese Farm, Golan, Mukden, and Wurzburg, published in 1975. Beard also includes an account of his first playing of Chinese Farm, a massive defeat against a weaker opponent. “About two turns into the scenario, I realized that the game system, despite its simple mechanics, had a lot more depth than I had expected. So much so, that I promptly went home and ordered my own copy.”
Game: Battles of the Ancient World Volume III

Series: Battles of the Ancient World Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/11/2021 7:15:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Correction Counters

Correction counters shared by Decision Games.
Game: Chancellorsville 1863

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/11/2021 6:15:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Hooker’s Brilliant Maneuver or Lee’s Masterpiece? “Chancellorsville 1863” Board Game Review

"Fantastic introductory level game that will also appeal to seasoned gamers." Ray Garbee reviews Worthington Games' Chancellorsville 1863, giving it a 96% rating. Check out why Ray feels the "...game excels at conveying the elements of uncertainty and surprise without needing a horde of special rules or double-sided counters."
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 1/10/2021 4:25:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#1003) for 10-Jan-2021 and the winners for the last Challenge (#1002).
Game: Mukden: Sino-Soviet Combat in the '70's

Series: Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/10/2021 10:26:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Standard Rules for SPI's Modern Battles Series (pdf)

Standard rules for Chinese Farm, Golan, Mukden, and Wurzburg, published by SPI in 1975 for their Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts series.
Game: Tamburlaine the Great: The Battle of Angorra 1402

Series: Great Medieval Battles Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 1/10/2021 10:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Combat Results Tables (S&T #197)

Includes Fire and Melee Combat Results Tables for Tamburlaine and the Great Medieval Battles Quadrigame from SPI by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Flying Circus

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 1/10/2021 9:26:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Consolidated Errata & Addenda (as of 31 May 73)

Includes errata for Flying Circus, Borodino, and Winter War by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Guadalajara 1937

Publisher: Markham Designs
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/9/2021 11:11:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
War Game Web Site

Marcus Designs offers several desktop publishing (DTP) games including this battle that occurred north of Madrid during the Spanish Civil War.
Game: Caesar's War

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/9/2021 6:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Caesar’s War The Conquest of Gaul, 58-52 BC Review

Caesar’s War The Conquest of Gaul, 58-52 BC published by Decision Games is another one of their folio mini games and is reviewed by the Centurion's Review.
Game: By Stealth and Sea

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/9/2021 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
By Stealth and Sea: Turn Sequence

Seek Out and Play discusses the turn sequence for DVG's By Stealth and Sea. A solitaire game designed by David Thompson. This short video covers the basic turn sequence, so you can visualize how the game is played turn by turn for each mission
Game: Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest

Publisher: Mighty Boards
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/8/2021 5:05:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest by Mighty Boards

On October 23rd a student protest against the government started the Hungarian Uprising. Originally the Soviets started to remove their troops. However, Imre Nagy, the head of the new government, in a speech declared that Hungary was going to leave the Warsaw Pact and become neutral. This is seen by many as the turning point that made the Soviets decide to invade Hungary and remove the new government. Nights of Fire:the Battle for Budapest published by Mighty Boards covers the Soviet invasion and the battle to crush the rebellion. A War Gamers Needful Things reviews this design.
Game: PanzerLeader

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/8/2021 5:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Improved Panzer Leader

This is a variant rule set rule set for Panzer Leader from Avalon Hill. The variant has been developed in Italy and played regularly in Modena, Roma, Torino in friend's group and gaming club. The variant is based on the Arab Israeli War game from Avalon Hill a variant of the original Panzer Blitz/Panzer Leader series itself. A large number of scenarios have been developed for this variant: Italy 1943-1945, desert 1943, North Europe 1944-1945, Eastern front, Indo-Pakistani wars. More are under development. Next addition will be Arnhem campaign, still under development.
Game: Next War: Vietnam

Series: Next War Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/8/2021 5:00:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
China’s Red River Dance — Playing Next War: Vietnam (Part 4)

"...it was the Allies who had the initiative, and they certainly made it count." Ian Sullivan continues with turns 10 through 12 in his replay of GMT Games' Next War: Vietnam. In this increasingly intense conflict, a critical juncture is reached: "…the nuclear genie was let out of the bottle."
Game: Golan: Egyptian-Israeli Combat in the '73 War

Series: Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/7/2021 2:03:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Profile Modern Battles: Mukden, Wurzburg, Golan, and Chinese Farm

Here’s a detailed profile for SPI’s Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series: Chinese Farm, Golan, Mukden, and Wurzburg presented by Phil Kosnett, Frederick Georgian, Jay Nelson, and Ed Curran from SPI’s Moves magazine #24.
Game: Black Swan

Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/7/2021 1:03:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants - A Review

Outstanding and well-illustrated review of the new VentoNuovo Games title Black Swan. Review created and shared by Cleitus the Black for BGG.
Game: Caesar: Rome vs. Gaul

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/6/2021 9:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Caesar: Rome vs. Gaul – playing as Gauls

The Boardgames Chronicle gives us their 2nd strategy article, this time how to play the Gauls ,in GMT's design, Caesar: Rome vs. Gaul.They also conclude that, "This is another asymmetric jewel and masterpiece of Mark Simonitch."
Game: Belisarius’s War The Roman Reconquest of Africa, AD 533-534

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/6/2021 9:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Belisarius’s War The Roman Reconquest of Africa, AD 533-534 Review

In AD 533, Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian began the attempted reconquest of the territories of the fallen Western Empire from the barbarians who overran it the prior century. Leading the first of those campaigns was the great general, Flavius Belisarius. Belisarius’s War The Roman Reconquest of Africa, AD 533-534 published by Decision Games is a point-to-point, card driven game of the Vandal War, in which the Eastern Romans reconquered North Africa. The Centurion's Review takes an in-depth look at this title.
Game: Golan: Egyptian-Israeli Combat in the '73 War

Series: Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/5/2021 10:10:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
SPI, Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts(1975)

Map and Counters, a long time war gamer’s blog from Joseph C. Beard III, presents a detailed description of SPI’s Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts series including the games Chinese Farm, Golan, Mukden, and Wurzburg, published in 1975. Beard also includes an account of his first playing of Chinese Farm, a massive defeat against a weaker opponent. “About two turns into the scenario, I realized that the game system, despite its simple mechanics, had a lot more depth than I had expected. So much so, that I promptly went home and ordered my own copy.”
Game: Battles of the Ancient World Volume II

Series: Battles of the Ancient World Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/4/2021 7:15:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Correction Counters

Correction counters shared by Decision Games.
Game: Fletcher Pratt's Naval War Game

Publisher: Harrison-Hilton Books
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 1/4/2021 9:04:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
The World’s Most Complicated Game

It’s not every day that you see a war game mentioned in Sports Illustrated! Paul Mandel discusses a war game fad from 1929 to 1946 where ball rooms full of people crouched on the floor to decide massive naval battles. Written for a non-war gaming Sports Illustrated audience in 1963, today’s wargamer might consider Fletcher Pratt’s Naval War Game as a game of medium complexity and certainly not the most complicated game published. We thank Archive.org for preserving this article.
Game: Fletcher Pratt's Naval War Game

Publisher: Harrison-Hilton Books
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 1/4/2021 9:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Fletcher Pratt, Military & Naval Historian

Henry Wessels summarizes the life of Fletcher Pratt, author, historian, and, along with von Reisswitz and H. G. Wells, one of the fathers of modern war gaming.
Game: Old School Tactical

Series: Old School Tactical
Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/4/2021 5:00:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Old School Tactical - Noville, Belgium ‘44

"...the scene is set and from the outset we get a sense of drama, which this tactical WWII boardgame system is good at delivering." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has some rule insights and a fun replay of the "The Bigger They Come" scenario from Flying Pig Games' Old School Tactical. In a hot slice of Battle of the Bulge action, the Germans and Americans have desperate moments: "Ouch - that desperate gamble failed."
Game: Golan: Egyptian-Israeli Combat in the '73 War

Series: Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/3/2021 10:26:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Standard Rules for SPI's Modern Battles Series (pdf)

Standard rules for Chinese Farm, Golan, Mukden, and Wurzburg, published by SPI in 1975 for their Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts series.
Game: Battle of Churubusco

Series: Great Battles of the American Civil War Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/2/2021 9:16:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Free Game

GMT Games offered this free mini-game, Battle of Churubusco for their Mexican War game Gringo!. We thank Archive.org for preserving this free game. The site also includes a Cyberboard Gamebox and a Vassal Module.
Game: Chippawa: The Birth of the United States Army

Publisher: Markham Designs
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/2/2021 8:03:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
War Game Web Site

Marcus Designs offers several desktop publishing (DTP) games including this battle that occurred during the War of 1812.
Game: Kiev & Rostov: Battles of Army Group South, 1941

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 1/1/2021 11:52:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Player Aid Card

Includes the Combat Results Table, German Unit Organization, Disengagement Table, Weather Table, and Errata for counters courtesy of Decision Games.
Game: Chinese Farm: Egyptian-Israeli Combat in the '73 War

Series: Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/31/2020 1:02:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Profile Modern Battles: Mukden, Wurzburg, Golan, and Chinese Farm

Here’s a detailed profile for SPI’s Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series: Chinese Farm, Golan, Mukden, and Wurzburg presented by Phil Kosnett, Frederick Georgian, Jay Nelson, and Ed Curran from SPI’s Moves magazine #24.
Game: Wurzburg: Soviet-American Combat in the '70's

Series: Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/31/2020 12:36:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Wurzburg Stacking the Odds for the Novice (pdf)

In this Operational Analysis from SPI’s Moves magazine #34, Jack Bludis suggests a way to introduce a novice to a moderately complex operational level war game. By taking the stronger side, taking advantage of strategies laid out by the author, and perhaps altering the rules, a novice should be able to give the experienced gamer a hard fought battle while learning the game’s mechanics.
Game: Waterloo: Napoleon’s Last Battle

Publisher: Companion Wargames
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/31/2020 4:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
TDG: Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle

The Discriminating Gamer provides a nice video overview of Waterloo: Napoleon’s Last Battle published by Companion Wargames. Will you sing La Marseillaise? Or will you walk away feeling like you just charged a square?
Game: Antietam: The Bloodiest Day, 17 September 1862

Series: Blue and Gray Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/31/2020 4:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Antietam: Play Variant

Seek Out and Play discusses a variant move mechanic for Union forces in an old legacy game from the SPI's Blue and Gray Quad, Antietam: The Bloodiest Day, 17 September 1862 With some folksy music and the computer-generated wargame questioner, it is still a fairly cogent discussion.
Game: Dead Shot

Publisher: The Game Crafter
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/30/2020 8:34:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Dead Shot Game Review

"...therein lies what I like most about this game: the risk versus reward questions you ask yourself." Father Geek reviews The Game Crafter's Dead Shot, an entry-level sniper game that won full parent and child geek approval. Perhaps it was the graphics: "The illustrations in this game are wonderful. Cool, colorful, and stylized. I want them on a t-shirt."
Game: 1918/1919: Storm in the West

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/30/2020 4:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
One Last Big Push to Victory. “1918/1919: Storm in the West” Board Game Review

1918/1919:Storm in the West published by GMT Games covers the last year of the World War One detailing the conflict across the breadth of the Western Front from the North Sea almost to the Swiss frontier. The Armchair General reviews this latest iteration of the Ted Racier design concluding, "It’s a good, classic two player wargame. The updated presentation takes a solid design and cloth it in the flashy dress uniform of upgraded rules, maps and counters. This edition of Storm in the West feels like an homage to the classic hex and counter wargame."
Game: Across the Pacific

Publisher: Pacific Rim Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/30/2020 2:20:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Wojennik TV # 503: Across the Pacific - review

Across the Pacific by Pacific Rim Publishing is reviewed in this video by Wojenniik TV. They conclude that the game is an excellent design with unique and interesting mechanics that makes it a playable monster game.
Game: Peloponnesian War

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/30/2020 2:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Learning to Play Peloponnesian War (GMT Games) - Diagonal Move

The Peloponnesian War published by GMT Games and designed by Mark Herman is a remake of the same title published by Victory games In 1991. A true classic with unique features of role switching when played solitaire, it's a game definitely worth having in your library. Diagonal Move teaches you how to play in this instructional video.
Game: Chinese Farm: Egyptian-Israeli Combat in the '73 War

Series: Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/29/2020 9:07:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
SPI, Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts(1975)

Map and Counters, a long time war gamer’s blog from Joseph C. Beard III, presents a detailed description of SPI’s Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts series including the games Chinese Farm, Golan, Mukden, and Wurzburg, published in 1975. Beard also includes an account of his first playing of Chinese Farm, a massive defeat against a weaker opponent. “About two turns into the scenario, I realized that the game system, despite its simple mechanics, had a lot more depth than I had expected. So much so, that I promptly went home and ordered my own copy.”
Game: 878 - Vikings: Invasions of England

Publisher: Academy Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/29/2020 4:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
VILLAGE PILLAGE: VIKINGS 878 ATTACK

Russ Lockwood from The Board Gaming Life reports on a game of 878 - Vikings: Invasions of England published by Academy Games. Russ was impressed by the advantages of the Viking leaders. "The Viking leaders offer a distinct advantage in that they can pick up and drop troops off as they move and can perform something akin to an overrun if they can whack all the defending locals in one round of combat."
Game: Caesar: Rome vs. Gaul

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/29/2020 4:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Caesar: Rome vs. Gaul – playing as Romans

The Boardgames Chronicle takes a look from the Roman point of view in Caesar: Rome vs. Gaul published by GMT Games. They conclude, "I really like the asymmetry of the game – each side should use completely different approach and tactics. The game is beautiful, tense and interesting. I am seriously intrigued and already wondering what next game in series could be."
Game: Cataphract

Series: Great Battles of History Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/29/2020 4:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
GBoH – Cataphract – Casilinum (554 AD)

"During the later stages of the Gothic War, the Ostrogoth king Teia called upon the Franks for help against the Byzantines under Narses. Although king Theodebald refused to send aid, he allowed two of his subjects, the Alamanni chieftains Leutharis (Lothar) and Butilinus (Buccelin), to cross into Italy. The two brothers gathered a host of 75,000 Franks and Alamanni, and in early 553 crossed the Alps, confident that they could overwhelm Narses, for whose military talents, eunuch and chamberlain as he was, they professed supreme contempt." So sets the stage for The Boardgames Chronicle's Session report of the Casilinum Scenario from Cataphract published by GMT Games.
Game: Battles of the Ancient World I

Publisher: HexWar Games
Game Type: Computer
Date: 12/28/2020 7:15:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Correction Counters

Correction counters shared by Decision Games.
Game: Next War: Vietnam

Series: Next War Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/28/2020 12:44:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
China’s Red River Dance — Playing Next War: Vietnam (Part 3)

"The Allies are getting stronger, but the Chinese have almost pounded Vietnam into submission." Ian Sullivan covers turns 7 through 9 in his replay of GMT Games' Next War: Vietnam. The action takes some interesting twists, with the indication that the "…battle is still up for grabs, but clearly will intensify in the next few turns."
Game: White Death

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/27/2020 2:54:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Comparative Review with Korsun Pocket (PDF)

Comparative review of White Death with Korsun Pocket.
Game: Yeoman

Series: PRESTAGS Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/27/2020 12:40:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Variant Rules for Original SPI Games

Russ Gifford hosts a web page devoted to SPI Games including this page of game variants. Scroll down to see a variant variable Panic rule for the entire PRESTAGS series of games for this game. The variant appears at the bottom of page two in the target link.
Game: Chinese Farm: Egyptian-Israeli Combat in the '73 War

Series: Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/27/2020 9:25:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Standard Rules for SPI's Modern Battles Series (pdf)

Standard rules for Chinese Farm, Golan, Mukden, and Wurzburg, published by SPI in 1975 for their Modern Battles: Four Contemporary Conflicts series.
Game: The Grand Naval Game of Tactics

Publisher: Metal-Wood Reptitions Co
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/26/2020 10:50:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
The Grand Naval Game of Tactics (Museum Exhibit)

The Grand Naval Game of Tactics is an Australian version of the popular abstract war game Battleship from 1938. We thank Australia’s Museums Victoria Collections for posting this exhibit.
Game: The French and Indian War Game

Publisher: The Historical Game Company
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/25/2020 7:23:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Review of "The French and Indian War Game"

Reviewed by A.T. Selvaggio for BGG. A strategic game on the French & Indian War in North America. One player commands the French forces and the other player commands the British forces. Showcased and sold via the French Colonial America web site.
Game: We Stand Alone: The Battles of Easy Company

Series: Lock 'n Load Tactical: Heroes of Normandy
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/24/2020 12:46:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Dramatized Replay of Easy Company Fighting North of Bastogne on Christmas Eve

Big Board Gaming presents the novelization of WWII combat action as Easy Company takes on the enemy north of Bastogne on Christmas Eve 1944. Well illustrated as usual. Good fun from the mind of Kev Sharp... Merry Christmas, all.