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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..."

Participants Sought for WWII Gameplay Study

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PAXsims is posting the following announcement on behalf of Desiree Bruce, a PhD student at Capella University who is undertaking a study of educational gaming.

Pharsalus Battle Day - In Miniatures

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Prufrock, writing for his "Here's No Great Matter" blog, reports on his version of the Society of Ancients' battle day in Japan! The object of this year's study was of Pharsalus, and they used custom rules to try to explore the battle and some of the possible outcomes. Awesome stuff for you mini's fans...

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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

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, 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, covers the first two turns of the game (Summer 1861) No Safe Harbor Review

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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...
Game: Airfix Battles

Publisher: Modiphious Entertainment
Date: 5/1/2016 8:19:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Airfix Battles: Inside the Box

Comprehensive illustrated look at the components of this new introductory wargame release from Modiphius Entertainment...
Game: Quatre Batailles en Espagne

Publisher: Legion Wagames
Date: 5/1/2016 8:06:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Quatre Batailles: A Quick Look

Although he hasn't played the game enough to call it a full review, Simon Lestrade presents the first of a series of "Quick Looks", this time covering "Quatre Batailles en Espagne" from Legion Wargames.
Game: Soldiers

Publisher: SPI
Date: 5/1/2016 7:58:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Soldiers - Revisited... with Sangria

Excellent, but brief, review/replay. Made me want to try to locate a copy of this game and play it. And also made me want to break out the Sangria.... Thanks to Prufrock, writing for his Here's No Great Matter blog.
Game: Napoleon at Bay: The Campaign in France 1814

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 5/1/2016 1:25:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Napoleon at Bay: In-Depth Review (video)

In depth coverage (review, play mechanics, opinion, etc.) for "Napoleon at Bay" originally published by Avalon Hill. Produced by Enrico Viglino for "The Game Table" web site.
Grognard Challenge Time!

Date: 5/1/2016
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new (05/01/2016) Challenge and the winners for the last Challenge.
Game: Struggle of Nations

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 4/30/2016 7:31:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Year 1813 and The Struggle of Nations

Comments on the campaign and a Kevin Zucker design. Written by Paul Comben for The Boardgaming Life.
Game: Ironclads

Publisher: Yaquinto
Date: 4/30/2016 7:22:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Naval Conflict between USN and RN circa 1865 (Ironclads)

After-action report of a homebrewed scenario using Yaquinto's "Ironclads" rules. It pits the Royal Navy's ironclads against an assembled American fleet of ironclads and wooden ships, circa 1865. Extremely detailed and informative, as usual for Dav Vandenbroucke. Fans of the game will just love this...
Game: Kido Butai: Japan's Carriers at Midway

Publisher: Dr. Richter Konfliktsimulationen
Date: 4/27/2016 8:47:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Kido Butai: Video Review

Enrico Viglino produces a small set of videos covering this recent release from Benjamin Richter.
Game: Colonial Twilight

Series: COIN
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 4/26/2016 12:41:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Introducing Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62

What's the France Track? Designer Brian Train offers first insights into his new GMT Games Colonial Twilight, which examines the revolt across Algeria against the French government. More than any other colony, "this territory meant a great deal more to French prestige."
Game: Wings of Glory

Series: Wings of Glory
Publisher: Ares Games
Date: 4/24/2016 10:51:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Wings of Glory: Giants of the Sky. World War I Aircraft Booster Packs - Game Review

"...a must have!" Rick Martin reviews Ares Games Wings of Glory, Giants of the Sky, giving it an Armchair General rating of 100%. Rick points out some interesting details, like rules for "moving crews around bombers to man different positions"!
Game: Moscow '41

Publisher: Vento Nuovo Games
Date: 4/23/2016 10:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Moscow '41: 8 More Days on Kickstarter!

Re-fight the single most important campaign of World War 2 in this medium complexity wargame, using wooden blocks for "fog of war"! There's 8 days left on Kickstarter, so there's still plenty of time to get your copy...
Game: Pacific War

Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 4/23/2016 9:57:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Pacific War: Battle Cycle Pictorial

A few nice pics of a "Pacific War" battle about to start. But we're left hanging! What are the steps in the Battle Cycle? How did the battle turn out? Thanks to Kevin Sharp, of the Big Board Gaming blog, for paying some attention to this classic game, and we look forward to his promised "full report"...
Game: Glory III

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 4/23/2016 9:47:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Glory III: A Boardgaming Life Replay

A detailed recounting of a few turns of "Glory III", written by Tom Thornsen for The Boardgaming Life. Gives a great feel for how the game plays, and Tom promises to provide a follow-up articles when the game is completed...
Game: The Civil War

Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 4/22/2016 12:38:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Civil War: A Brief Recounting

The Confederates take Washington, DC! Brad blogs about an introductory play of Victory Games' The Civil War to see why folks like the game so well. Another convert made, apparently, as he concludes "...I can easily see a game like this becoming a favorite."
Game: Six Days of Glory

Series: Six Days of Glory Series
Publisher: Clash of Arms
Date: 4/21/2016 8:53:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Enrico Viglino: Video Review/Replay

Want to watch Enrico Viglino struggle with a game, and be unhappy about it? Then this is the video set for your. He gets a A+ for stick-to-it-tiveness. And, on the 2nd DAR video, due to the afternoon sun, we get to watch his shadow curse the game. And with some justification...
Game: Memoir'44

Publisher: Days of Wonder
Date: 4/20/2016 9:10:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Memoir '44 - Shut Up & Sit Down Review

Hugely entertaining and informative review by the good folk at Shut Up & Sit Down web site.
Game: Silent Victory: U.S. Submarines in the Pacific, 1941-45

Publisher: Consim Press
Date: 4/20/2016 9:02:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Silent Victory: Armchair General Review

Another outstanding Armchair General review, written by Rick Martin. Rick provides just the right amount of information to help you make an informed decision about whether or not the game is for you...
Game: Battles of 1866: Frontier Battles

Series: Wars of the States and Empires
Publisher: Avalanche Press
Date: 4/17/2016 10:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Frontier Battles: Errata and Comments (RTF)

Errata and comments for the game "Battles of 1866: Frontier Battles" from Avalanche Press. Shared by Chris Salander.
Game: The Last Spike

Publisher: Columbia Games
Date: 4/17/2016 10:12:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
A Boardgaming Life Review

Harvey Mossman, writing for The Boardgaming Life, writes a detailed review of this recent effort by Columbia Games.
Game: 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis

Publisher: Jolly Roger Games
Date: 4/16/2016 1:16:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Enrico Viglino Reviews "13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis"

Only about an hour and a half of video for this game (which is a mere *sound bite* for Enrico), but he manages to say everything that needs to be said about the game.
Game: Hitler’s Reich

Series: Card Conquest System
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 4/13/2016 8:55:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
WWII in Two (and a half) Hours and then 58 Minutes: Hitler’s Reich AAR’s with a New Player (Part 1)

Leningrad falls in 1943! Fred Schachter recounts an epic game of GMT Games' Hitler's Reich with his friend Max, who is a veteran wargamer, but who unfortunately "... seemed snake bit with his dice rolling."
Game: The Greatest Day: Sword, Juno and Gold Beaches

Series: Grand Tactical Series
Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Date: 4/12/2016 10:48:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Getting off Gold

"What a fantastic activation!" Ty Snouffer continues his replay of Multi-Man Publishing's The Greatest Day: Sword, Juno and Gold Beaches. Making headway despite "a tight squeeze"!
Game: Tank Battle: 1944

Publisher: HexWar Games
Date: 4/12/2016 10:29:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Tank Battle: 1944

"...fear not intrepid strategy gamer, this isn't your typical translation of a mobile game to the desktop." Zac Belado checks out HexWar Games' Tank Battle: 1944 a tactical Germans vs. Americans match based on their well known game engine. See why Zac concludes that the title "provides gamers with a series of interesting set-piece battles that look 'light' but do have real depth."