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

Saudi Arabia – The Strategy, The Kingdom, and You

John Antal, noted book author, discusses some of the background and current hard realities of the U.S. relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...

From 1962's "Stalingrad" to 2011's "No Retreat", a retrospective of WWII Eastern Front games, written by Paul Comben for The Boardgaming Life

"My Forty Years on the Front: A Boardgaming Life Survey" - For those of us who wonder "have we been doing this for 40+ years?", Paul Comben confirms that we have indeed. Here's a look at some of those Eastern Front games, with a smattering of comical dialog for good measure...

Boardgame Blog/Site Wrap-ups for 2014

A list of 2014 wrap-ups, retrospectives, and lists from some of my favorite sites and blogs… just in case you missed any of them.

Ripping Off Reiner: The bdpatterns Project

The new bdpatterns blog's mission is to analyze a game designer's design patterns and then create a new game using those same design patterns. The first endeavor begins with legendary game designer Reiner Knizia (hence the name of the post). Seems like an interesting project...

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Grognard News

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New Search Features

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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.

InsideGMT: Perfect Openings - First Turn VC Strategy

I've been enjoying the InsideGMT blog, and wanted to contribute something. I now have the honor of authoring the very first Strategy article on the site. Please take a look at my article "Perfect Openings: First Turn VC Strategy"… and maybe contribute one of your own "Perfect" moves... - Mark D.

Player Aid: Expenditures Record Sheet (Excel)

Player aid/worksheet that contains (1) improved MF Allocations for weapons systems, Crisis Areas and R&D. Second worksheet also contains new Bomber usage chart and MIRV'd missiles chart. Created by Mark D. for

Grognard Original: First Look

Mark D. provides first impressions of the game and offers a player aid to help with the stickers.

Grognard Original: Review

Review of Legion Wargames title "Dien Bien Phu: The Final Gamble", written by Mark D. for

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Game: Chad: the Toyota Wars

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 1/30/2015 10:31:00 PM
Jamie Shanks: Rules, Errata, Clarifications (Word)

Created by Jamie Shanks, this file contains consolidated e-rules for "Chad: The Toyota Wars", incorporating all existing rules errata and clarifications in a single Word document for ease of reference.
Game: Washington's Crossing

Publisher: Revolution Games
Date: 1/30/2015 9:58:00 PM
Big Board Gaming: Video How-To

A little "how-to" video about Washington's Crossing by Kevin Sharp at his Big Board Gaming blog. This is an outstanding game and I never miss an opportunity to promote it. And Kevin gives my Washington's Crossing utility a plug, so…
Game: Empires at War 1805

Publisher: Oplon Games
Date: 1/29/2015 10:59:00 AM
Oplon Games: New Open Source Project!

EMPIRES AT WAR 1805 GOES OPEN SOURCE! The Empires at War 1805 source code, engine, user interface and website are now available to everyone through It is the first turn-based historical strategy game to go open source and developers are free to examine its code, help with known issues, and make improvements. Please contact us if you're interested in helping!
Game: Fief: France 1429

Publisher: Academy Games
Date: 1/26/2015 5:02:00 PM
English Rules Updates - v1.05

Upgrades to Fief 1429 rules, in English, with minor corrections and some clarifications. Submitted by Kevin Duke.
Game: The Great War: 1914-1918

Publisher: Rand Game Associates
Date: 1/26/2015 4:44:00 PM
Enrico Viglino: Video Review/AAR

Enrico Viglino does the video intro, review and DAR for this old World War I game that is being reprinted by One Small Step Games.
Game: Commands and Colors: Napoleonics

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/26/2015 1:16:00 PM
Armchair General: Prussian Army Expansion Review

Review of the Prussian Army Expansion for GMT's successful "Commands and Colors: Napoleonics" game system. Excellent review written by Sean Stevenson for Armchair General.
Game: Rise of Empires

Publisher: Mayfair Games
Date: 1/25/2015 10:55:00 PM
Yet Another Friggin' Gaming Blog: Replay/Review

The guys from "Yet Another Friggin' Gaming Blog" treat us to a replay of their game, followed by a mini-review (pro's and con's list). Good stuff…
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 1/25/2015 1:09:00 PM
Assault Page: Czechoslovakian Peoples Army Unit Counters

The next installment of new counters for Assault is the Czechoslovakian Peoples Army Unit Counters. Provided by Chris Selman on his "Assault" fan page.
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 1/25/2015 1:09:00 PM
Assault Page: Greek Army Counters

Chris Selman has now added new Greek Army counters for the Assault series.
Grognard Challenge Time!

Date: 1/25/2015
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new (25-Jan-2015) Challenge and the winners for the last Challenge.
Game: The Devil's Horsemen

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/24/2015 6:32:00 PM
Stuka Joe: Unboxing Video

For those who were curious about the contents of this fine GMT Game, Stuka Joe give us a video guided tour.
Game: Silver Bayonet: The First Team in Vietnam, 1965

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/24/2015 6:27:00 PM
Silver Bayonet - 25th Anniversary Reprinting

GMT is planning to release a totally revised ("complete remake") of this 25 year old senior citizen to be released later this year. Very much looking forward to it…
Game: 1714: Case of the Catalans

Publisher: Devir
Date: 1/23/2015 6:38:00 PM
Enrico Viglino: Video Review

Full spectrum intro/review/AAR by Enrico Viglino.
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 1/23/2015 1:10:00 PM
Assault Page: Variant Hungarian Counters

Chris Selman has also created variant Hungarian Army counters for the Assault series. Find them on his Assault fan site…
Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/23/2015 10:50:00 AM
Ian Hamilton: Graphic Novel

Ian Hamilton is back with another graphic novel, this one following the trials and tribulations of fictional German Army private Heinrich Mauthner. Ian uses GMT's version of "1914: Glory's End" game as the graphical background for his story.
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 1/22/2015 1:10:00 PM
Assault Page: Variant Swedish Counters

Chris Selman has created variant Swedish Army counters for the Assault series. Check out his Assault fan site…
Publisher: Rankade

Date: 1/22/2015 8:05:00 AM
Rankade - Skill Based Ranking System - New!

New skill based ranking system for sports, games and more! Check out the Rankade site to get more information, and sign up to begin tracking your gaming success!
Game: Toulon 1793

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Date: 1/21/2015 11:14:00 PM
Enrico Viglino: Video Review

Legion Wargames' title Toulon 1793 gets the full treatment; hours and hours of video including introduction, review, and replay produced and performed by Enrico Viglino.
Game: Aegean Strike

Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 1/21/2015 7:02:00 PM
Big Board Gaming: Pictorial

Kevin over at the Big Board Gaming blog, sparked some interest with a few simple photos of Aegean Strike fresh out of the box. Check the comments; got at least one player wanting to play this game (and Gulf Strike) badly… Any Vassal opponents out there?
Game: Dien Bien Phu: The Final Gamble

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Date: 1/20/2015 10:17:00 PM
Jim F: Review

Jim F. writes a brief review for BGG. I share his enthusiasm for this game and encourage others to buy it. One of the best games of 2014 in my opinion…
Game: Baton Rouge: Street Fighting in the Louisiana Capital

Publisher: 3W
Date: 1/18/2015 2:29:00 PM
Jonathan Townsend: Video Replay

Jonathan Townsend now tries his hand at a solo replay of Richard Berg's "Baton Rouge" game. Note that this is a very detailed, step by step playthrough of Baton Rouge. About 56 minutes long and, according to Jonathan, will be continued…
Game: Blocks in Afrika

Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Date: 1/18/2015 2:15:00 PM
Big Board Gaming: First Look

Kevin Sharp takes a first look at "Blocks in Afrika", the latest installment of the "Blocks In…" series designed and published by VentoNuovo Games.
Game: Washington's War

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/18/2015 1:34:00 PM
Vassal: New Module

A new Vassal module for Washington's War has been published.
Game: Battlewagon

Publisher: Task Force Games
Date: 1/18/2015 1:22:00 PM
Kevin Canada: French WWII Ship System Display (SSD) - Updated (ZIP)

Updated SSDs for the WWII French Navy. The zip file includes both a 9-page PDF file with all the SSDs and a zip file which contains the PDF and 9 high resolution PNG files for those who need to see greater detail. If you prefer a smaller download, download just the PDF file here. Created and shared by Kevin Canada. Contact Kevin directly with any questions or comments.
Game: Baton Rouge: Street Fighting in the Louisiana Capital

Publisher: 3W
Date: 1/17/2015 8:50:00 PM
Jonathan Townsend: Video Review

Freshman video review from Jonathan Townsend for Richard Berg's "Baton Rouge" game. A little constructive feedback would likely be welcomed. Nice first effort Jonathan.