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Thiele: Marines ought to play more games!

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Needed: "a hostile, independent will." Blogger Rex Brynen comments on a Marine Corps Gazette article by LtCol Gregory A. Thiele. It seems the Marines are seeing the value of wargames for enhancing combat readiness. Thiele emphasizes that "Wargaming is a simple, low-cost method of introducing an opposing will into training. Ideally, wargaming complements a training regime that consists largely of free-play force-on-force exercises." An excellent reminder of the old military axiom that "no plan survives contact with the enemy". And no billion dollar budgets required. Also, as any wargamer might add, don't forget the fun!

Combat Odds Computation Tool - By Lou Coatney

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Designer Lou Coatney has completed a manual/paper combat odds computation aid which he thinks is the fastest, simplest, and easiest to envision yet, and it is here for individuals to download for recreational use. Government and educational agencies may also download and use if Lou is credited...

I Will Never Grow Up: Game Designer Advice

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Designer Blog – Into the Black - Staying Focused and Productive. Advice for game designers (and any one else who needs to stay on track...) provided by James J. Campbell lead game designer at "I Will Never Grow Up Gaming".

Big Board: Contemporary Wargame Magazine Reviews

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Just last week, I was thumbing through an old "General" magazine, and I thought "they just don't make magazines like this anymore". Then I thought about it and realized that maybe they *do* make magazines like this and I'm just not aware of them! Coincidentally, Kevin Sharp has produced an excellent video review of all the current crop of mags for his Big Board Gaming blog, which was right on time...

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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.

Comparison of Two Civil War Games

Brief comparison of some of the features of Victory Games classic "Civil War: 1861-65" and GMT's new release "The U.S. Civil War". Penned by Mark D. for

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Game: Reign of Man

Publisher: Wicked Grin Games
Date: 2/3/2016 11:11:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Reign of Man Game Review (prepublished version)

Grooming the next generation of wargamers in your household? Cyrus Kirby, aka FatherGeek, reviews Wicked Grin Games' Reign of Man, a grand strategy game of empire building. He finds the game appealing for kids and parents, though some experienced adult gamers "felt that something was missing or wanted more". Nonetheless, he concludes "I, for one, am very pleased with it."
Game: Sixth Fleet

Series: Fleet Series
Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 2/3/2016 10:18:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Sixth Fleet - Libyan - American War

"I ...managed in both games to sink the USS Ramsy." Blogger Brad has tips for playing Scenario 7 from Victory Games' Sixth Fleet, which he calls a "gem of a game." How to be lucky Libyans!
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 2/1/2016 10:06:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: Assault Moves East - WW2

The Assault moves east as the 11th Panzer Divison and the 15th Mechanized Corps clash near Brody, June 23-24, 1941. Scenario maps, instructions, units and charts; all provided by Chris Selman for his Assault fan site...
Game: The Greatest Day: Sword, Juno and Gold Beaches

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Date: 2/1/2016 10:02:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Greatest Day: Review and Strategy Guide (Video)

A Storming Gold strategy guide and Landing SOP teaching video produced by Ty Snouffer. Storming Gold is the first Introductory Scenario, and first beach landing scenario, from the excellent The Greatest Day: Sword, Juno, Gold Beaches. Check it out and provide some feedback to let Ty know how he's doing...
Game: Invasion 1066: Stamford Bridge

Series: Invasion 1066 Series
Publisher: Revolution Games
Date: 2/1/2016 9:55:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Invasion 1066: Stamford Bridge - Now shipping!

Invasion 1066: Stamford Bridge, published by Revolution Games, is the second game in the Invasion 1066 series designed by Norm Smith. Originally published as Orri's Storm by Saxon Games, we have enhanced this great design by developing the rule set even further and providing new artwork by industry veteran Charles Kibler.
Grognard Challenge Time!

Date: 1/31/2016
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new (01/31/2016) Challenge and the winners for the last Challenge.
Game: Decisive Campaigns-Barbarossa

Series: Decisive Campaigns
Publisher: Slitherine
Date: 1/30/2016 8:38:00 PM
Review: Decisive Campaigns-Barbarossa

Can it truly claim to be a "never-seen-before wargaming experience"? James Cobb reviews Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa, offered by Slitherine teamed up with VR Designs, and labels it "No Sizzle, Tons of Steak". The article offers excellent visuals and plenty of insight into the game's gorgefest of detail. The "never-seen-before" presumably refers to the eye-opening command-politics features (primarily for the Germans), in which "players are not put in the role of a warrior god, pushing millions of men about and concerned primarily with winning". It's still a wargame, but effectiveness is also based on "relationships with superiors and underlings". Tick off the Fuhrer, and your options narrow! Cobb concludes that, despite some rough edges, "Operation Barbarossa in its present state represents a highlight in the progress of serious computer war gaming".
Game: Carrier

Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 1/28/2016 2:04:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Carrier - Scenario 4: Air Search Officer

"... knowing that somewhere out there, someone was trying to find you and kill you and the only thing that you could do to avoid that was to find them and kill them first." Blogger Brad continues his exploration of Victory Games' Carrier, switching from combat scenarios to the suspense of a search challenge. The game's fog-of-war aspects create real hit and miss possibilities, so that a player "might end up sending a strike force out to bomb a coral reef. Life is like that." Brad's recap lets you "see the elegance of [the game's] core design shine through"!
Game: Nemo's War: 2nd Edition

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 1/26/2016 10:40:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Nemo's War 2nd Edition - Kickstarter Winding Down!

It's the final days of our Nemo's War 2nd Edition Kickstarter campaign! With all the stretch goals unlocked, an early bird price for all backers, and backer-exclusive counter bags, this won't be something you'll want to miss! Set sail in your amazing submarine, the Nautilus, and prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime!
Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001-?

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/25/2016 9:28:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Labyrinth – Jihadists for the Win!

Blogger Ty Snouffer puzzles over his recent replay of GMT Games' Labyrinth. "It was an excellent game as usual..." but "My games tend to be short." Perhaps he's too good of a Jihadist?
Game: Hex Mechs

Publisher: HEXWAR
Date: 1/25/2016 8:50:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Hex Mechs

"This isn’t just a reskinning of an old title" says reviewer Zac Belado of HexWar's Hex Mechs science-fiction release. HexWar extends their tactical game engine to offer air and hover units as the player commands Earth and Martian forces facing the alien Insectron race. Belado considers the terrain graphics passable and finds the game's challenge to be "using the terrain to block enemy attacks while flanking to apply the maximum amount of damage." Find out why he concludes "There is a good game with some challenging scenarios contained in Hex Mechs but it is all let down by some fundamental problems."
Game: Triumph and Tragedy

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/24/2016 7:17:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Triumph & Tragedy: The Boardgaming Life Reviews

The Neville Chamberlain Triumph and Tragedy - Russ Lockwood pens a detailed review for The Boardgaming Life.
Game: Normandy '44

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/23/2016 8:32:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Normandy '44: Video Review

Video review by Marco Arnaudo...
Game: Healthy Heart Hospital

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 1/23/2016 8:19:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Healthy Heart Hospital: PaxSims Review

An unlikley candidate for a PaxSims review, "Healthy Heart Hospital", published by Victory Point Games, is received very positively by Rex Brynen in this brief review...
Game: Pub Battles: Brandywine

Series: Pub Battles Series
Publisher: Command Post Games
Date: 1/23/2016 6:44:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Pub Battles: Brandywine - Coming to Kickstarter Soon!

Pub Battles: Brandywine is a new board game where 2-4 players battle for control of the Colonial capital in the American Revolution at Brandywine Creek. Coming soon to Kickstarter!
Game: Pea Ridge

Series: Great Battles of the American Civil War
Publisher: HexWar Games
Date: 1/20/2016 3:42:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Pea Ridge – Mac Game Review

Jim Cobb asks "Can a simple engine capture the essence of such an important battle?" as he checks out collaborators HexWar and Decision Games computerized Pea Ridge (originally of SPI vintage). He gives the app good marks for graphics, acceptable AI and a simple interface. See why he gives the game an Armchair General rating of 87%, and concludes "This game is a fascinating and enjoyable introduction to the battle."
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 1/19/2016 10:12:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: The Battle of Arras - World War II Assault

Turning back the clock to the early days of Blitzkrieg, Chris Selman shares counters for the Battle of Arras (for WW2 Assault). Frankforce versus Rommel's 7th Panzer.
Game: Berthier Campaign Manager

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Date: 1/19/2016 10:07:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Berthier Campaign Manager v9.5.2 (Free Software)

Updated version 9.5.2 of Tony De Lyall's "Berthier Campaign Manager" software, a Windows program that manages war game campaigns for miniatures.
Game: Ironclads

Publisher: Yaquinto
Date: 1/19/2016 9:36:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Control Sheets for Hypothetical Naval Conflict between USN and RN circa 1865 (Excel)

An Excel workbook containing the control sheets for a hypothetical clash between the USN and the Royal Navy circa 1865 that can be used for Ironclads and Shot & Shell games. It uses ships from Ironclads, Ironclads Expansion, and Shot & Shell, although most of the ships are from the expansion kit. The first worksheet ("Vessel Log") is a template for creating additional control sheets. Created and graciously shared by Dav Vandenbroucke.
Game: Next War: India-Pakistan

Series: GMT Next War Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/18/2016 10:08:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Joel Toppen: AAR of Next War: India-Pakistan

Joel Toppen takes us on a tour of a recent play of GMT's most recent release in the "Next War" series.
Game: Pandemic Legacy

Publisher: Z-Man Games
Date: 1/18/2016 10:06:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Pandemic: Legacy - Video Review

The good folks at the Shut Up and Sit Down site review this recent release from designer Matt Leacock and Z-Man Games.
Game: Heroes of Normandie

Publisher: Slitherine
Date: 1/18/2016 1:51:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Heroes of Normandy – PC Game Review

Pass the beer and pretzels! Rick Martin reviews Slitherine's Heroes of Normandie, a PC (and iPad) adaptation of the popular board game. Comments like "Great conversion from board game; easy to learn; excellent graphics and sound; Heroes of Normandy is a hoot..." explain why he gives it an Armchair General Rating of 91%. Even rough line-of-site function doesn't undermine the “Positive Waves”!
Game: The U.S. Civil War

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/17/2016 2:45:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
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.
Game: The Next War

Publisher: SPI
Date: 1/16/2016
Poster: Mark D.
War Without KIA: Replay (D+11 NATO Land Phase)

Fabrizio Vianello's long running replay continues, and is available for viewing on his War Without KIA blog. In this installment, "The big news is that NATO is now operating at division level wherever possible. This change of strategy will make WP attacks very costly, but reduces NATO reserves to an almost absolute zero; should WP be able to achieve a breakthrough somewhere, there will be nothing to stop its ride..."
Game: Gallipoli, 1915: Churchill's Greatest Gamble

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/12/2016 10:46:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
An Informal Introduction to “Gallipoli 1915: Churchill’s Greatest Gamble”

What's a Brigiment? Designer Geoffrey Phipps provides a rules overview for GMT Games' Gallipoli, 1915 intended to "get you pushing counters and giving you the bones on which to hang the details". Resolve an "Us vs. Them"!