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

Marco Arnaudo: Top 10 WWII Games

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Marco continues his "Top 10" series videos, this time listing his top 10 World War II wargames...

The Madness Behind a CDG Solo Method

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An end to the solo CDG blues? Jose Ruiz (aka Stuka Joe) offers a method of keeping the fun in card driven games (CDGs) played solo: namely overcoming the classic difficulty of a "most awkward and unrewarding gaming experience as you play each side hoping not to remember the other side’s hand..".

An Invitation to Play: What Gets Gamers to “Open the Box” and Keep Playing

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Paul Comben takes on the elusive topic of what makes a great game. An entertaining and thought-provoking read...

Perspective in Wargames: Who Exactly Are You?

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Derek Croxton ruminates on the wide spectrum of methods wargames have used to insert players into the historical challenge being simulated. "After all, if players were only interested in games for the competitiveness or mental challenge they provide, they would all be playing chess."

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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

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2013 Charles S. Roberts Awards

Grognard.com 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 Grognard.com "originals" in the future.

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: Tank on Tank - Westfront

Series: Tank on Tank
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 6/28/2016 10:41:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Tank on Tank: Westfront - Review

I've been curious about this game and series and therefore was happy to see this review produced by Single Handed Warfare. It's informative, just about the right length (15 minutes) and gives you enough detail to determine if the game is right for you...
Game: Great Battles of Alexander

Series: Great Battles of History Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/28/2016 10:27:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
GBOA Erigon Valley: Bardylis Saves the Illyrian Right

Gamer Hudson has produced an excellent video replay of "Great Battles of Alexander", the Battle of Erigon Valley. He demonstrates how a single leader can make a real difference in a battle.
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 6/28/2016 10:09:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: OST-Schnitzel, Bratwurst and Bier!!

The revamped East German Army has mobilized 4 new reserve divisions and upgraded the active army! New units and weapons for Advanced Assault!! Just when you think Chris Selman can't possibly create any more stuff for Assault... he does it again...
Game: Poland Strikes!

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Date: 6/28/2016 11:12:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Poland Strikes! Scenario 3: The Hammer

A tough one for the Hungarians! Brad is back playing the third scenario from Flying Pig Games' Poland Strikes!. The Hungarians gain an early advantage by playing a Chemical Warfare card, but then things get sour... Brad recommends Poland Strikes!, in part because the system keeps "a lot of tension in the game".
Game: Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/26/2016 12:38:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Drive Thru Review: Liberty or Death

Joel Eddy has produced a thorough overview and video review for his "Drive Thru Review" site. Covers many aspects of the game, as well as his opinions...
Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/26/2016 12:22:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Players Aid: Falling Sky Preview

Grant, writing for "The Players Aid" web site, provides an excellent overview of this latest COIN series effort by GMT Games, including many of the new features and differences from previous COIN series games...
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 6/26/2016 11:35:00 AM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new (06/26/2016) Challenge and the winners for the last Challenge.
Game: The Last Spike

Publisher: Columbia Games
Date: 6/25/2016 8:19:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Bearded Meeple Reviews: The Last Spike

Detailed video review of "The Last Spike" produced by Bearded Meeple. This train themed game is published by Columbia Games, who have extended their free shipping worldwide offer until June 30th, so this is a perfect opportunity to grab "The Last Spike", or any other fine game from Columbia...
Game: The Seven Years War: Frederick's Gamble

Series: The Napoleonic Wars
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/24/2016 9:54:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Seven Years War: Frederick’s Gamble – A Newbie British Player’s Experience

“Eyre Coote to India”! Jeffro Johnson regales us with an awesome and brutal play-test of GMT Games' The Seven Years War: Frederick’s Gamble. Lots of map photos and blow-by-blow results! Jeffro concludes "It’s just a richer abstraction than what you find in most board wargames."
Game: La Bataille d'Aspern-Essling 1809

Series: La Bataille Series
Publisher: Marshal Enterprises
Date: 6/23/2016 10:11:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Aspern-Essling: Deep Dive Historical Article

Jeff Berry has produced another phenomenal historical backgrounder, this time about the battle of Aspern-Essling. History, awesome maps, statistics... it's got it all. Fans of La Bataille's Aspern-Essling game will really enjoy this one.
Game: Wilderness War

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/23/2016 10:04:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Wilderness War is Probably the Best CDG

"One attribute of a good war game is that it opens up rather than narrows down the more you play it..." Thus begins this excellent review by Simon Lestrade, where he pays homage to this fine GMT game...
Game: Next War: Taiwan

Series: GMT Next War Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/23/2016 9:59:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Hudson's Hideout - A Little Simple Combat

Gamer Hudson gives a synopsis of the combat process in GMT's "Next War: Taiwan".
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 6/23/2016 9:43:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: Soviet 2nd Guards Tank Army Counters

The Soviet 2nd Guards Tank Army is in the field with new equipment. The BMP-3s and T-90 series tanks are rolling into the FRG. The Rapiras are now armed with the ATGM rounds. Thanks again to Chris Selman for sharing his passion for this game...
Game: La Bataille d'Austerlitz 1805

Series: La Bataille Series
Publisher: Marshal Enterprises
Date: 6/23/2016 9:35:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
La Bataille d'Austerlitz 1805 - New Release

Marshal Enterprises announces La Bataille d’Austerlitz 1805 as its Fall release, shipping October 1, 2016. The huge 6-map game goes on sale starting on Monday, August 1, 2016...
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 6/23/2016 9:20:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: US VII Corps Counters

The new look US VII Corps is holding the line! 3rd Brigade (Forward) 1st Infantry Division is moving up to relieve the hard-pressed 2nd ACR!! The Advanced Assault expands! http://www.myassaultpage.com/aa-us-vii-corps2.html.
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 6/23/2016 9:13:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: Variant Canadian Army Counters

The Advance continues! The new look Canadian Army joins the fray! Updated Rules, Fire Charts and Units are now available. Thanks to Chris Selman for sharing.
Game: Dawn of the Zeds (3rd Edition)

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 6/23/2016 8:36:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Dawn of the Zeds, 3rd Edition - Now Available!

Save Farmingdale with your group of heroes as the Zeds swarm through the suburbs and up the freeway passes! Dawn of the Zeds, 3rd Edition is now available from Victory Point Games...
Game: Illusions of Glory: The Great War on the Eastern Front

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/23/2016 10:46:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Illusions of Glory: Developing GMT’s Latest WW1 Card-Driven Game

National Will, or National Demoralization? Perry Silverman provides an update on changes and enhancements to his GMT Games' Illusions of Glory: The Great War on the Eastern Front, making the "game a better simulation—more realistic and challenging."
Game: Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars

Series: Great Politicians Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/22/2016 10:25:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Delian League Diaries #6

"Phormio will hold your hand and walk you through its logic..." Mark Herman lays out a fascinating play of his GMT Games' Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars using decision flowchart 'Bots he has developed as a new and/or solitaire player aid. Lots of twists and turnings-of-the-table ensue, leading Mark to conclude "You can’t make stuff like this up..."
Game: Merrill's Marauders: Commandos in Burma 1943-1944

Series: Commando Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 6/17/2016 10:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Merrill's Marauders - BGG Review

Swamp Hamster writes up an interesting and detailed review of this solitaire game from Decision Games.
Game: Poland Strikes!

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Date: 6/17/2016 9:21:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Poland Strikes! Scenario 2: A Slower War

"I am getting better at using the system and I find it very smooth." Brad returns with more replay fun in Flying Pig Games' Poland Strikes!. He must be feeling a little Magyar, with comments like: the Hungarians "...start using their tanks to great effect", and "...a T-55 puts the final Polish unit out of its misery and the rest of the Hungarian army pours through the town, having won a Decisive Victory."
Game: Bloodiest Day: Antietam

Publisher: Spearhead Games
Date: 6/15/2016 10:20:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Bloodiest Day - Errata (PDF)

Errata for Bloodiest Day: The Battle of Antietam (Spearhead Games). Shared by M. Spetz.
Game: A Bold Stroke

Publisher: Spearhead Games
Date: 6/15/2016 10:15:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
A Bold Stroke - Errata

Errata for A Bold Stroke (Spearhead Games), shared by M. Spetz.
Game: Normandy '44

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/15/2016 8:37:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Normandy '44 - Game Snapshot

A snapshot of a moment in time while playing "Normandy '44". Thanks to Ty Snouffer for providing the pic on his "Games from the Front" web site...
Game: The Seven Years War: Frederick's Gamble

Series: The Napoleonic Wars
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/15/2016 10:34:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The 7 Years War: Frederick’s Gamble: Remodeling a 19th Century Field Battle and Siege System for the 18th Century

"...was causing the design to fail as a simulation." Fred Schachter describes the effort to improve historical accuracy in GMT Games' The Seven Years War: Frederick’s Gamble, while keeping the game's fun and playability. Hats off to dedicated designers!