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

Ukraine & Gaming Modern War - US board game designer Joseph Miranda

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A prescient design? Tony Gosling and dialectradio.co.uk provide us an insightful chat with longtime game designer Joseph Miranda. Enjoy the perspective!

Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming

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Marco Arnaudo shares his opinion of the book "Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming", a new release from author Pat Harrigan, that provides a diverse set of perspectives on wargaming's past, present, and future, including articles and commentary from the hobby's top publishers and designers...

Philosophy of Boardgaming | Part. 1

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"THAT's a boardgame!" Hex Dice Fire! goes on record about why we like boardgames - and there are lots of "whys". Are you an "Enthusiast" or a "One-Shot"?

Russia Says It Never Invaded Poland in 1939

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Did you know that Hitler invaded China in 1956? Or that America dropped the first atomic bomb on Paris in 1924? You didn't? Well, that's because these are taradiddles. Historical events that never actually happened. Michael Peck, writing for The National Interest, fills us in on this fascinating re-writing of history...

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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.

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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 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: Atlantic Fleet

Publisher: Killerfish Games
Date: 12/7/2017 1:14:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Atlantic Fleet

"Gunnery is hands down my favourite part of the game." Sean Couture reviews Killerfish Games' Atlantic Fleet, which he considers "...a good entry in a sparsely populated genre." Despite a quibble here and there, he feels that "...learning the nuances of Atlantic Fleet’s individual systems is highly rewarding."
Game: Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 12/25/2016 8:55:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Pendragon Chronicles – Vol. 4 – Battles & Assaults

How to choose: Field Battles, Assaults and Strikes? Marc Gouyon-Rety covers the nitty gritty of combat in his GMT Games' Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain. Just keep in mind that, "... fully defended, Towns are extremely tough nuts to crack."
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 12/4/2016 10:26:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Assault Page: French 1st Army Complete

The final piece of the French 1st Army is available. The French I Corps is now up! Shared by Chris Selman.
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 12/4/2016 2:30:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#789) for 4-Dec-2016 and the winners for the last Challenge (#788)
Game: Wehrschach: Army Chess

Publisher: Patrick Kelley
Date: 12/3/2016 7:48:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Wehrschach: Army Chess - Kickstarter Campaign

Wehrschach (Army Chess), is an updated version of a classic German board game from 1937. The new edition will feature 22 all new play options, problems, and ways for up to 6 to play. It will be Earth- friendly, and made in the USA. Published by Patrick Kelley...
Game Club: Refugees from Reality

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK
Date: 12/2/2016 10:35:00 PM
Refugees from Reality Gaming Club

Roleplaying and Board Gaming in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. We enjoy a wide variety of games, from indie to the big names. We welcome new players and are always open to trying something different...
Game: Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 12/2/2016 8:40:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Tank Tales #1: A First Look at Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs

"...a Battle Card adds or subtracts its penetration modifier to the shot, simulating the unpredictability of the field of battle." Jason Carr looks at design considerations for Victory Point Games' Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs. They didn't forget the fun -- one of their goals is that "...players will experience very little downtime compared to other games in this genre."
Game: Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team

Series: Warhammer 40,000
Publisher: Games Workshop
Date: 11/30/2016 9:07:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Kill Team

"In many ways Kill Team is reminiscent of old-fashioned Western duels." Paul Devlin reviews Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, a miniatures system promising "Brutal close-quarters combat in the 41st Millennium". Despite some rules intimidation, Paul recommends a game he considers "...a deliberately light skirmish experience that appears tailor made for newbies." And check out his cool game-table photos!
Game: Waterloo 1815: Napoleon's Last Battle

Publisher: Tower Games
Date: 11/28/2016 9:16:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Waterloo 1815: Napoleons Last Battle - A Boardgaming Life Review

Paul Comben, writing for The Boardgaming Life, takes a look at the inaugural design of a new company, Trafalgar Editions, and their simulation of the Battle of Waterloo which combines elements of miniatures with traditional historical board war game mechanics...
Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear - Solo Expansion

Publisher: Academy Games
Date: 11/28/2016 8:42:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Conflict of Heroes Eastern Front Solo Expansion and Awakening the Bear Fire Fight Generator Game Review

"The heart of the solo expansion is the Order Card..." Rick Martin checks out expansions for Academy Games' Conflict of Heroes. Rick finds much he likes in the additions to a game system he considers "...one of the best I’ve ever reviewed." He still has a couple of quibbles, however, like the fact that as "...it stands now, the AI units fight to the death far too much."
Game: Lion of Judah: The War for Ethiopia, 1935-1941

Publisher: Compass Games
Date: 11/27/2016 12:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Lion of Judah: New from Compass Games

A new design by Javier Romero, "Lion of Judah" is a two-player wargame simulating three campaigns located in the Horn of Africa - two historical campaigns (Italy vs. Ethiopia in 1935-1936, and the British Commonwealth and Ethiopia vs. Italy in 1940-1941) and a "what-if" scenario for 1942-1943 (Western Allies and Ethiopia vs. Italy and Germany). Available for pre-order now...
Game: Siege of Jerusalem

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 11/27/2016 12:25:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Introduction, Variants, Short Campaign and Designer Responses (PDF)

Article by Keith Martens for the "Canadian Wargamers Journal" back in 1992. Includes a brief intro to the game, some variants and a short campaign scenario. In addition, it includes designer Fred Schachter's feedback on these changes. As an added bonus, Keith Martens provides "General Strategy", Ken Hole contributes a "Judaean Strategy" section, and Keith concludes with a "Roman Strategy" section. This is a must-read 17 page article for fans of the game. Editor's note: This article was originally posted on Grognard as 14 separate graphic files (missing pages 6 and 7) and I wanted to combine it into a single PDF. During the process, I took some time to review the article and thought so highly of it that I wanted to draw some attention to it again. Enjoy.
Game: Leningrad '41

Publisher: Vento Nuovo Games
Date: 11/22/2016 11:55:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Leningrad '41 - Now on Kickstarter!

VentoNuovo Game's latest is Leningrad '41, now on Kickstarter! Using the same engine as last summer's Moscow '41, this game presents players with very different challenges. Funded the first day. Lots of stretch goals available. Kickstarter campaign ends December 18th, so get your order in today...
Game: Kriegsspiel Dice

Publisher: Command Post Games
Date: 11/22/2016 5:31:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Inner Workings of Kriegsspiel Dice

Interesting historical article on Kriegsspiel Dice and how they worked...
Game: Next War: India-Pakistan

Series: GMT Next War Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/21/2016 11:33:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Next War: India-Pakistan – Strategic Choices, part 4 (and final)

"In 'Loose Nukes' the Indian/US/Russian side has to go all out on all sectors right from the start." Doug Bush offers a final round of strategic advice for GMT Games' Next War: India-Pakistan. Choices are tough for India, for while it is the larger and more powerful nation, "...the Indian Army is not built for “blitzkrieg”..."
Game: Black Powder: Glory, Hallelujah!

Series: Black Powder Series
Publisher: Wargame Shop
Date: 11/19/2016 2:45:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Black Powder: Glory, Hallelujah! Black Powder on a Small Table

Getting Black Powder onto a (very) small gaming space. Article contains links to an AAR with examples of game mechanics demonstrated. The videos were uploaded daily as a serialised project. From the desk of Norm Smith of the "Battlefields & Warriors" blog...
Game: The Great War

Publisher: PSC Games
Date: 11/19/2016 2:36:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
TANKSgiving! – The Great War “Tanks” expansion

Go back to the trenches for the earliest days of tank warfare with a look at the “Tanks” expansion for "The Great War". Article by Jim Owczarski of the Grogheads blog...
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 11/19/2016 2:18:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: French II Corps counters

New to Assault! The never before published French II Corps. Created and shared by Chris Selman, Assault's biggest fan...
Game: Strategic Command WWII: War in Europe

Publisher: Matrix Games
Date: 11/18/2016 9:05:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Strategic Command WW2 - War in Europe

"I have found – am still finding – Strategic Command very engaging." JR Renaud finds a lot to like in Matrix Games' Strategic Command WWII: War in Europe. You might be curious why he "...thought I heard squeals of pain from my computer!"
Game: Skies Above the Reich

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/16/2016 8:30:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Altitude in Skies Above the Reich

Break Away by CLIMBING, or Break Away by DIVING? Jerry White opens the three-dimensional thinking needed when playing his GMT Games' Skies Above the Reich. How do you handle all the trade offs? Or, as Jerry puts it, "Weighing the advantage to do harm to the B-17 with the threat of harm from that same B-17 and its neighbors, is central to the play of this game."
Game: A Lost Occasion: Irish Bend/Nerson's Woods

Publisher: Lumaca Games
Date: 11/14/2016 9:13:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
A Lost Occasion: New ACW Scenario for the Ascari System

A Lost Occasion implements the ASCARI system (from publisher Acies Edizioni) in the American Civil War! It depicts the struggle between the Union and Confederacy in Louisiana during the American Civil war in 1863, with special rules and units! Find the rules, the map and the counters at the Lumaca Games website. From Ascari designer Marco Campari...
Game: Ascari

Publisher: Acies
Date: 11/14/2016 8:20:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
A Lost Occasion - New Game using Ascari System

A Lost Occasion moves the "Ascari" system to the American Civil War! Designed for Lumaca Games by Ascari designer Marco Campari.
Game: Hot War: Battle for Oil

Publisher: Zvezda Games
Date: 11/14/2016 9:15:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Hot War: Battle for Oil Game Review

Nostalgic for the Cold War? Ray Garbee reviews Zvezda Games' Hot War: Battle for Oil, a fictional superpower clash in the Middle East. See why Ray is in a thumbs-up/thumbs-down stance, giving the game an Armchair General 85% rating...
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 11/11/2016 8:28:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: Upgraded French Army variant counters

The upgraded French Army retakes the field and moves forward into the FRG!! New units in the Advanced section of Chris Selman's Assault fan site...
Game: Next War: India-Pakistan

Series: GMT Next War Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/11/2016 8:24:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Next War: India-Pakistan – Strategic Choices, part 3

"...there are some critical early decisions to make for the Indian player." Doug Bush flips the perspective coin to India's options in GMT Games' Next War: India-Pakistan. The choice of allies is crucial, as well as your general posture, since "The Next War CRT is extremely bloody, even for a defender fighting at decent odds,"