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

Easy Roller Dice

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Do you need "Legendary Copper Metal"? Chris Heatherly reviews the Easy Roller Dice company, and reminds us why dice matter! More than a few of us can identify with this recollection: "The last time I bought my own dice from the local hobby shop I had to color in the numbers by hand..."

Russia's Pearl Harbor: The Battle of Port Arthur

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Michael Peck, writing for the National Interest web site, claims that December 7, 1941 wasn't Japan's first big surprise attack, recounting their 1905 attack on Port Arthur and the Russian Empire...

Interview with Zvezda Game Designer Konstantin Krivenko

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Rick Martin interviews Zvezda Game Designer Konstantin Krivenko for Armchair General.

COIN Down: Games about Counterinsurgency

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Simon Lestrade provides a run down of his experiences playing games from GMT's COIN series (and another from Cole Wehrle)...

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Decision Games Errata

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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

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: Next War: India-Pakistan

Series: GMT Next War Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 8/24/2016 9:05:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Next War: India-Pakistan – Pakistani Strategic Choices, part 2

Maybe you should go for the “Kargil Gambit”? Doug Bush weighs more Pakistani options in GMT Games' Next War: India-Pakistan. The choices involve some trade-offs: "Don’t expect a blitzkrieg, but with a few good rolls you can grind down the Indian defenders."
Game: Final Act

Publisher: Tyto Games
Date: 8/23/2016 10:14:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Final Act: Last week on Kickstarter!

Designer Sharon Katz was a tank commander—for real! One of his army buddies (who also liked games), challenged him to create a game that captured the spirit of maneuver and fire that make up a tank battle. Looks like an interesting game. Please support their Kickstarter campaign...
Game: The Far Seas

Publisher: 3W
Date: 8/22/2016 10:55:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Gilbert Collins: Game Review and Tutorial

Gilbert Collins shares an detailed video that's part review and part "how-to". Good stuff from Gilbert, as always.
Game: Central America

Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 8/22/2016 9:25:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Central America: Bloody March

"If you blow this one, poor Ollie North is gonna have to sell way more TOW missiles to Iran." Brad goes for some bloody Contra vs. Sandinista action with Victory Games' Central America. It hangs on the insurgents, of which Brad comments "...I have never seen a game that handles these types of units with such simple but appropriate rules."
Grognard Challenge Time!

Date: 8/21/2016 12:41:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new (08/21/2016) Challenge and the winners for the last Challenge.
Game: Next War: Poland

Series: Next War
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 8/19/2016 8:49:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Next War: Poland Progress Update

Want in on a game with"...two modern armies chock full of high tech equipment"? Mitchell Land describes some of the enticing features of GMT Games' Next War: Poland, currently in P500 availability, and for which a VASSAL module will soon be ready. Check out the "Lighter Fluid Rule"!
Game: Moral Conflict 1940

Series: Moral Conflict Series
Publisher: Playford Games
Date: 8/18/2016 11:01:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Moral Conflict 1940 WWII Strategy Game: Who can live together in all five dimensions?

Introductory video about this realistic and deep strategy WWII war game for two to six players. Take the role of a world power in leading military war, economic crisis, technology race, diplomatic pressure and moral conflict. "Moral Conflict: 1940", published by Playford Games.
Game: Hitler’s Reich

Series: Card Conquest System
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 8/17/2016 9:07:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Hitler’s Reich — The Reasons Why, and What the Cards Represent

Can you play your cards "in combinations to resolve conflicts quickly, simply and decisively"? Designer Mark McLaughlin offers some fascinating insights into the selection of event cards for his GMT Games' Hitler’s Reich. There's clearly a lot of fun for players as they meet the design goal of "WW2 in Europe for two players in two hours".
Game: Budapest '45

Publisher: XTR
Date: 8/16/2016 11:11:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Budapest 45: Quick Playthrough

Nice, illustrated playthrough by Prufrock of "Budapest '45", published in Command Magazine...
Game: Central America

Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 8/16/2016 10:51:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Central America: Bloody March

Brad Smith, writing for his "Hexsides and Hand Grenades" blog, pens a detailed playthrough of the introductory scenario for this Victory Games title from 1987. Outstanding intro for those looking to understand this game better...
Game: The Hunt for Red October

Publisher: TSR
Date: 8/15/2016 8:36:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Hunt for Red October - North Atlantic Convoy

"The Soviets need to go for the throat early on..."! That's Brad's conclusion about the third scenario from TSR's Hunt for Red October, which he continues to mine with great enjoyment. He's played the scenario several times, and finds it "...pretty straightforward but I really like it."
Exclusive Interview with Game Designer Frank Chadwick

Date: 8/14/2016 2:38:00 PM
Exclusive Interview with Game Designer Frank Chadwick

Game Designer Frank Chadwick discusses his game design processes as well as his personal wargaming preferences. He focuses on his upcoming title, "Thunder in the East", and gives us a glimpse of future designs planned for the ETO series, to be published by Victory Point Games...
Game: Moscow '41

Publisher: Vento Nuovo Games
Date: 8/14/2016 11:27:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Moscow 41: A Boardgaming Life Review

Paul Comben, writing for The Boardgaming Life, presents a keen analysis of the game and its mechanics, and summarizes in the "4 Things to Watch For"...
Game: Battle of Crete 1941

Publisher: World at War Magazine
Date: 8/11/2016 10:16:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Stuka Joe: Battle of Crete 1941 Playthrough!

First video of a multipart series that takes you through the ups and downs of playing Battle of Crete 1941, recently published in World at War magazine issue #47. Outstanding video series produced by Stuka Joe.
Game: Night of Man

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Date: 8/11/2016 10:02:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Night of Man: Video Review

Thorough video review of "Night of Man" on the Single Handed Warfare blog...
Game: Shenandoah: Jackson's Valley Campaign

Publisher: Columbia Games
Date: 8/11/2016 9:46:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Hex, Dice, Fire! Review of the Day: Shenandoah: Jackson’s Valley Campaign

Hex, Dice, Fire's review of the day is an American Civil War themed light wargame from Columbia Games, the well known wargame company which made blocks system famous. The war game is "Shenandoah: Jackson’s Valley Campaign", which depicts the epic campaign of Stonewall Jackson’s CSA army pitted against three Union armies in 1862 during the American Civil War...
Game: Panzer Corps - Wehrmacht

Publisher: Matrix Games
Date: 8/10/2016 9:09:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Panzer Corps - Soviet Corps DLC

Thumbs up... thumbs down...? Jeff Renaud confesses to "trying to like" the Soviet Corps DLC to Panzer Corps: Wehrmacht. While he finds the combat elements a "commendable entry" for the system, the atmosphere aspects are "...just silly and immersion-breaking." And then a rough conclusion: "None of the prior entries in the Panzer Corps family left me feeling this… cold."
Game: The Lamps Are Going Out

Publisher: Compass Games
Date: 8/9/2016 9:21:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Lamps Are Going Out: World War I Pre-Orders

"The Lamps Are Going Out" is a game simulating World War I at the grand strategic level. Many of the economic and military factors have been simplified to make game play as easy as possible, while still accurately portraying the balance of forces, strategies, constraints and ultimately the grand decision-making involved...
Game: War in Europe

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 8/9/2016 9:13:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
War in Europe: Computer Game Demo v1.1.00 (EXE)

Demo for the "War in Europe" computer game (updated link).
Game: Next War: India-Pakistan

Series: GMT Next War Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 8/8/2016 9:15:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Next War: India-Pakistan – Pakistani Strategic Choices, part 1

"...the choices confronting a player taking the Pakistani side on the attack are the most interesting, and involve the highest risk..." Doug Bush looks at the trade offs facing a Packistani player on the offense in GMT Games' Next War: India-Pakistan. Go it alone, or seek an ally? Or, to put it another way, " all that cool Chinese stuff worth giving the Indian side 18 or 25 victory points?"
Exclusive Interview with Game Developer Lance McMillan

Date: 8/5/2016 10:00:00 PM
Exclusive Interview with Game Developer Lance McMillan

Game Developer Lance McMillan discusses game development, play testing and gaming in general, focusing on his latest efforts for Frank Chadwick's upcoming title "Thunder in the East"
Game: Ranger

Publisher: Omega
Date: 8/5/2016 9:00:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Ranger - Blackhawk Down

"It's a simple game but manages to weave a tense narrative for the player..." Blogger Brad serves up a nicely illustrated replay of Omega Games' Ranger, a game that packs the intensely focused flavor of real patrolling ops. " is simply too risky to go to a file formation, which, although faster, would be a deathtrap..."
Game: Order of Battle: World War II

Series: Order of Battle
Publisher: Slitherine
Date: 8/3/2016 8:58:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Order of Battle: World War II - Winter War DLC

"I hear all the grognards scolding me about ‘knowing thy forces’..." Jeff Renaud reviews the recent addition of a Winter War scenario covering the Soviet/Finnish conflict to Slitherine's Order of Battle: World War II. Make sure your Commanders complete their Secondary Objectives!
Game: Space Vermin from Beyond

Series: Invaders from Dimension X
Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
Date: 8/1/2016 9:06:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Space Vermin from Beyond! New Release.

Space Vermin from Beyond is a new release from Tiny Battles Publishing. This debut design from Fred Manzo is a solitaire game (with two player option) depicting the battles between the crack 124th Galactic Marine Raider Battalion (known as the “Old Reprobates”) and a swarm of alien parasites called Vermites (derogatively referred to as “Space Vermin” by the Marines). Space Vermin From Beyond! takes place on Beyond III, a planet known for its frogs, bogs and fogs...
Game: Reluctant Enemies

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Date: 8/1/2016 12:21:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Enrico: OCS Tutorial, Game Review, DAR

Full coverage (intro, review, replay) from Enrico Viglino, including a more in depth OCS tutorial.