Spotlight Articles

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

The Potomac Foundation: Gaming the South China Sea

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The PaxSims blog discusses gaming the South China Sea. The Potomac Foundation is an independent nonprofit research organization dedicated to improving the quality of public discourse and national policy formulation - in part, through the use of wargames and crisis simulations. One of their most recent games examines geopolitical tensions and rivalries in the South China Sea... Master archive of all S&T issues from #1 through current issue.

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George Michaels has put together a searchable checklist of all S&T magazine issues from #1 to the present. Want to find out all the game for which David McElhannon was the artist? You can do that here. I love a good searchable database. Visit George's site and support his work...

The History of the Zeds: An Interview with "Dawn of the Zeds" Designer Hermann Luttmann.

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Morten Pedersen, writing for BGG, conducts a text-based interview with game designer Hermann Luttmann, focusing on the history of the "Dawn of the Zeds" franchise…

FC's ETO at ConsimWorld Expo 2015, part 2

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Frank Chadwick’s ETO: Dispatches from the Front - When ConsimWorld Expo began, the core team for Frank Chadwick's ETO arrived over the course of the day: designer Frank Chadwick, developer Lance McMillan, and publisher Alan Emrich.

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Grognard News

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.

New Search Features

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 site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of" 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.

2013 Charles S. Roberts Awards presents the list of potential nominees for the 2013 Charles S. Roberts Awards, posted here for public comments, corrections, etc.

Grognard Originals

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

Video with a few quick strategy tips for new players of "Tarleton's Quarter", a game designed by Mike Joselyn and published by Against the Odds.

Paul Comben: A Very Near Run Thing - Modern Interpretations of the Battle of Waterloo

Great background piece (with "modern interpretations"), by Paul Comben, for those looking for some of the history behind the cardboard pieces in Waterloo 200.

Mark D: First Peek at September's Eagles

Mark D. takes a very brief look at his newly purchased copy of September's Eagles designed by Paul Rohrbaugh and published by High Flying Dice Games. More detailed article to follow...

Mark D: How to do Fire Combat in "Combat Leader"

Mark D. shows us how to do "Fire Combat" in Combat Leader, designed by Gary Graber and published by Minden Games.

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Game: Churchill

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 9/1/2015 10:52:00 PM
Stuka Joe: Extended Example of Play (Video)

Extended example of play, impeccably done (as usual) by Stuka Joe. Great video. I played this game for the first time last week and enjoyed it a lot. Wish I had watched this video first...
Game: Blocks in the East

Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Date: 9/1/2015
Lestrades Gaming Blog: Review

Brief and cursory review of "Blocks in the East" from publisher VentoNuovo Games. Written by Simon Lestrade.
Game: La Bataille d'Aspern-Essling 1809

Series: La Bataille Series
Publisher: Marshal Enterprises
Date: 8/31/2015
La Bataille d''Aspern-Essling 1809

Marshal Enterprises is proud to announce that its 2015 release, La Bataille d''Aspern-Essling 1809 is now for sale on its website The game has 5 maps, over 1000 counters, and 13 scenarios on a collector''s CD. It also includes a bonus game, La Bataille de Neumarkt 1809 which recreates the battle between the Bavarians and Hiller''s Austrians shortly before the battle of Aspern-Essling. Only 400 are going to be published and they are going fast!
Game: The Siege of Orgun: Afghanistan 1983

Publisher: Revolution Games
Date: 8/30/2015 12:57:00 PM
The Siege of Orgun: Afghanistan 1983 - Shipping in October!

Orgun, Afghanistan 1983 - a strategic valley in the Paktika Province close to the Pakistan border. A large group of Mujahideen (800 strong) assaults fortified positions, including an airfield and a 19th century fortress, protected by a regiment of the Afghan Army reinforced by Soviet forces. Available for purchase now from Revolution Games, and set to start shipping in October!
Game: Last Battle: Ie Shima, 1945

Publisher: Revolution Games
Date: 8/30/2015
Last Battle: Ie Shima, 1945 - Shipping in October!

LAST BATTLE: IE SHIMA, 1945 is a two-player game that simulates Operation Indispensable, the American invasion of the Japanese island of Ie Shima (Iejima or 家 島), April 16 to 22, 1945. Available for purchase now from Revolution Games, and set to start shipping in October!
Grognard Challenge Time!

Date: 8/30/2015
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new (08/30/2015) Challenge and the winners for the last Challenge.
Game: Tigers at Minsk

Publisher: Battlefields and Warriors
Date: 8/26/2015
Battlefields & Warriors: Free Hex & Counter version

Norm Smith has graciously provided free files to allow gamers to test this miniatures game and rules using board and counters. Free print & play downloads!
Game: World in Flames

Publisher: Australian Design Group
Date: 8/26/2015
Enrico Viglino: Video Intro, Review, etc.

World in Flames gets the full Enrico video treatment (with a World in Flames/Days of Decision combo bonus!).
Game: Harpoon: Captain's Edition

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 8/23/2015 3:14:00 PM
Hexsides and Hand Grenades: Replay/AAR

Excellent replay/AAR of Scenario #1 of "Harpoon: Captain''s Edition", penned by Brad Smith. He also takes a very interesting detour to play a comparable scenario using Victory Games "2nd Fleet", just to see how the results might be affected by the different game systems...
Game: Fire in the East

Series: Europa Series
Publisher: GDW/GR/D
Date: 8/23/2015 3:04:00 PM
The General Staff Archives: Fire in the East AAR

This particular link points to a brief AAR for "Fire in the East", but there is so much more on this site. Please take some time to wander Wolf Broszies fantastic "The General Staff Archives" site which covers all of the Europa Series games, plus general military history and much more. Enjoy!
Game: Fox's Gambit: The Battle of Gazala, May-June 1942

Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Date: 8/23/2015 2:44:00 PM
Dav Vandenbroucke: After Action Report (PDF)

An incredibly detailed and illustrated AAR by Dav Vandenbroucke. He takes us through a complete (solitaire) game of this fine title from High Flying Dice Games.
Game: God of Mini Wars

Publisher: Mark Ainsworth
Date: 8/23/2015 2:39:00 PM
Mark Ainsworth: Free Computer Game

Another freebie from Mark Ainsworth. The latest version of his "God of Mini Wars" program. (version 100799)
Game: Yorktown

Publisher: International Team
Date: 8/18/2015 10:32:00 PM
Dav Vandenbroucke: Review (fixed link)

Brief review of the International Team game about the siege of Yorktown in the American War of Independence, shared by Dav Vandenbroucke. A interesting game created by a puzzle-making company... but I''''ll let Dav tell the story.
Game: Campaigns of Frederick the Great

Publisher: 3W
Date: 8/17/2015 9:00:00 PM
Wm. Thomas Sherman: Compendium of Game Variants

Suggested rules modifications and variants for 3Ws "Campaigns of Frederick the Great". Shared by Wm. Thomas Sherman.
Game: Churchill

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 8/16/2015 11:37:00 PM
The Game Box: Detailed Replay

An amazingly detailed log of a full campaign game with him against two bots (Stalin-bot and Churchill-bot). Thanks to rstites for sharing this link.
Game: Empire of the Sun

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 8/16/2015 4:30:00 PM
Championship Game at WBC 2015: Photo

Snapshot of the Empire of the Sun finalists at WBC 2015. Photo by David E, published on the C3i Ops Center web site.
Academic Gaming Review - 2014 Edition Published!

Date: 8/16/2015 4:21:32 PM
Academic Gaming Review - 2014 Edition Published!

Academic Gaming Review (AGR) publishes freeware educational simulations, articles on using classroom games, course materials, and web site and game reviews. Of particular interest are the new scenarios created for existing wargames, to be used as educational tools. Publisher Pete L. de Rosa has finally completed the 2014 edition!
Game: Churchill

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 8/15/2015 2:55:00 PM
Mark Herman: Post Production Musings

Mark Herman''s shares "Post-Publication Musings on Churchill" on the InsideGMT blog.
Game: Age of Chivalry

Publisher: 3W
Date: 8/15/2015 2:29:00 PM
The War Room Diary: Review

Roger Morley writes up a detailed and well illustrated review for "The War Room Diary.
Game: Axis & Allies WWI 1914

Publisher: Hasbro
Date: 8/15/2015 1:30:00 PM
Steve Chilcote: Player Aid Card (JPG)

Player Aid Card. Shared by Steve Chilcote.
Game: Axis & Allies WWI 1914

Publisher: Hasbro
Date: 8/15/2015 1:22:00 PM
Steve Chilcote: Rules Variants (Word)

Variants for "Neutral Italy", "Destroyers" and "Open Sea Lanes". Share by Steve Chilcote.
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 8/15/2015 1:18:00 PM
Assault: Fan Site - Prochorovka scenario

First installment is a scenario for Prochorovka. More scenarios, maps, units and nations to come.
Game: Axis & Allies WWI 1914

Publisher: Hasbro
Date: 8/15/2015
Axis & Allies: World War I - FAQ

FAQ dated 19-Oct-2014; Shared by Steve Chilcote.
Game: Axis & Allies WWI 1914

Publisher: Hasbro
Date: 8/13/2015
A Compendium of Tactics and Principal Operations

"A Compendium of Tactics and Principal Operations" - Game rules, strategy guide and designer''''s notes from designer Larry Harris. Linked shared by Steve Chilcote. And more stuff coming soon...
Game: The Civil War

Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 8/12/2015 10:35:00 PM
Stuka Joe: Video Playthrough

Stuka Joe is right on time with this one. Just last night, I dusted off my copy of "The Civil War" and resolved to get it on the table in the near future. Joe leads us through a replay of turns 1 through 3 in this latest video.