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

The Best of WWII Grand Strategic Games

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Ruminations about the various WWII grand strategic games that have been published over the years. An Enrico Viglino video...

Obscure Battles: Omdurman 1898

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Fantastic in-depth story and brilliant graphics covering the battle of Omdurman 1898. The Obscure Battles blog created by Jeff Berry, is well known to Grognards. Each article that Jeff produces is a history lesson with visuals that bring the battle to life. Please support Jeff in his work by visiting his site and leaving a comment!

Top 10 Health Benefits of Board Gaming!

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Those old board games collecting dust on the top of your closet could be key to keeping your mind active and healthy. Board games entertain and bring people together through competitive and cooperative game play. Tell your friends...

Meeting Triumph and Disaster: The gaming ups and downs of famous battles

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Thanks to Paul Comben for sharing this interesting and detailed look about how game designs, sometimes more than actual game opponents, may have more to do with the game's eventual outcome... or maybe not. In any event, it's a thought provoking read.

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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. Unit Status Chart (PDF)

This is an awesome game published by Against the Odds, but trying to determine the effects on units due to a combination of Supply, Command and Disruption status by flipping back and forth through the rulebook just got to be too tedious. Mark D. has created a player aid that makes it a snap...

Mark D: Player Aid (PDF)

Although it''s a really enjoyable game, I found myself flipping back and forth through the rule book quite a bit to find the rules I was looking for, so I created a summary sheet covering all the basics: Drawing New Cards, Playing Cards, Movement, Pack Movement, Endurance Checks and Fatigue Checks. It''s nothing fancy, but I find that it speeds up play considerably, allowing me to concentrate on the tactics of the race. 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.

More Grognard Originals...

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Game: The U.S. Civil War

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/25/2015 10:28:00 PM
Poster: esummers
Gilbert Collins: Video Review

Gilbert Collins does a nice job of showcasing the game, but it's really more of an "unboxing" video (and he says as much in the video). He discusses some of the mechanics of the game in the second half of the video, but I'm hoping that, in a future video, he really drills down into the details that help gamers decide if they want to buy it or not.
Game: Lock 'n Load: Heroes of the Pacific

Series: Lock 'n Load Tactical Series
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 11/25/2015 10:03:00 PM
Poster: esummers
Battlefields and Warriors: Review

An excellent drill down on the mechanics of the game and commentary on what gives the game its uniquely "Pacific War" flavor. Good stuff as usual from Norm at the "Battlefields & Warriors" blog.
Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/25/2015 4:50:00 PM
Poster: dholt
Unconditional Surrender! The Main Event - Part 4

Blogger Brad makes a concluding playthrough report on his latest Unconditional Surrender! game. Lodes of Reich angst as a turbocharged Red Army wreaks a surprisingly early conclusion! Nice map visuals too!
Game: Tomorrow the World

Publisher: XTR
Date: 11/25/2015
Poster: esummers
Email Exchange Re: Strategy

Email exchange discussing the game, play balance, strategy, etc.
Game: The U.S. Civil War

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/22/2015 3:20:00 PM
Poster: Admin
Games On Tables : Unboxing Video

First look at a brand new civil war published by GMT Games.
Game: Modern Land Battles - Target Acquired

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Date: 11/22/2015 3:05:00 PM
Poster: dholt
TANKSgiving! GrogHeads Reviews DVG’s Modern Land Battles

Jim Owczarski explains how DVG successfully makes a game system both surf and turf! A cool look at card game "TANKSgiving".
Publisher: Argonauts Interactive

Date: 11/22/2015 12:58:00 AM
Wars Across the World on Kickstarter!

Wars Across the World (WAW), developed by STRATEGIAE, is a unique game concept which aims at simulating in one single system ALL conflicts throughout the world (and beyond) from Prehistoric times to nowadays, from grand massive wars to asymmetrical conflicts. It's down to the last 21 days of the Kickstarter campaign...
Grognard Challenge Time!

Date: 11/22/2015
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new (11/22/2015) Challenge and the winners for the last Challenge.
Game: 1776

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 11/21/2015 11:10:00 PM
Poster: Admin
Enrico Viglino: Full Set of Videos for Avalon Hill's "1776"

Full set of videos (intro, review, play through or, in Enrico's words, "the full boat") for Avalon Hill's 1776. Two weeks ago, featured 1776 as the "Grognard Challenge" game of the week, and I'm glad to see it still getting attention...
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 11/21/2015 10:56:00 PM
Poster: Admin
Assault Page: Variant US First Army Counters

The U.S. V Corps and U.S. 1st Army hit the battlefield in the Battle of the Bulge. More good stuff from Chris Selman's Assault fan site…
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 11/21/2015 10:52:00 PM
Poster: Admin
Assault Page: Variant 6th Panzer Armee Counters

The Battle of the Bulge is beginning at The first installment is available as the opening salvo of the 6th Panzer Armee hits the U.S. V Corps/1st U.S. Army. Check out Chris Selman's Assault fan site…
Game: Waterloo 200

Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Date: 11/21/2015 10:43:00 PM
Poster: Admin
Big Board Gaming: Now for the Real Playthrough...

Now for the real playthrough, sans monkey and alchohol (well, sans monkey anyway). Provides a good sense of the tempo of the game.
Game: Waterloo 200

Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Date: 11/21/2015 10:20:00 PM
Poster: Admin
Big Board Gaming: Nothing Good Can Come from This

You gotta love Kev Sharp. Undeterred by fatigue, the late hour, a monkey-distracted opponent, and possibly excessive alcohol consumption (an assumption on my part)... he forges ahead with a game of Waterloo 200, published by Vento Nuovo Games. Bravo!
Game: Position Magnifique: The Battle of Mars-la-Tour: 1870

Publisher: Compass Games
Date: 11/19/2015 10:28:00 PM
Poster: Admin
Position Magnifique: Coming Nov 23rd!

Position Magnifique: Mars-la-Tour 1870 is a medium-sized, brigade-scale game for two players, although it is solitaire-friendly. It is due to be published in Paper Wars Issue #81 on Nov 23rd. This is the latest incarnation of the original "Duel of Eagles", designed by Hermann Luttmann.
Game: The Cossacks are Coming

Publisher: People's War Games
Date: 11/16/2015 5:42:00 PM
Poster: Admin
Official Game Errata - July 1983 (PDF)

Official game errata published in July 1983. Submitted by Ken Newall.
Game: The Cossacks are Coming

Publisher: People's War Games
Date: 11/16/2015 5:38:00 PM
Poster: Admin
Official Game Errata - November 1982 (PDF)

Official game errata published in Nov 1982. Submitted by Ken Newall.
Game: Triumph and Tragedy

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/16/2015 10:50:00 AM
Poster: Admin
Enrico Viglino: Intro, Review & Replay

Enrico Viglino does a "deep dive" into Triumph and Tragedy, with hours and hours of video coverage, including an intro, review and play-through. In the Review video, he asserts that the game is fun, but wonders if there's "a fair amount of history" in the game as well.
Game: The Next War

Publisher: SPI
Date: 11/16/2015 10:35:00 AM
Poster: Admin
War Without KIA: Replay (cont'd) - The "Hand of God" Hits Again!

In this on-going series, Fabrizio Vianello continues his marathon game of "The Next War" and shares it with us on his War Without KIA blog. This installment covers "Operation Attila - D+10, WP Land Phase", and the war continues with Warsaw Pact momentarily slowed down by critical supply problems. Meanwhile, second echelon Warsaw Pact Divisions start entering the battlefield, and there's A LOT of them... Great maps make it easy to follow the action...
Game: Gallipoli, 1915: Churchill's Greatest Gamble

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/15/2015 7:10:00 PM
Poster: dholt
Gallipoli, 1915 Example of Play: Moving, Firing, Assaulting, Hiding

Kemal Atatürk knew the threat he faced in Churchill's gamble when he ordered, “Men, I am not ordering you to attack. I am ordering you to die." Geoffrey Phipps gives us an in depth taste of Gallipoli, 1915, which he designed for GMT games. Gorge on the details!
Game: 1914: Germany at War

Publisher: Vento Nuovo Games
Date: 11/15/2015 1:01:00 AM
Poster: Admin
The Boardgaming Life: Review and Initial Analysis

Paul Comben, writing for The Boardgaming Life, presents a review and initial analysis of Vento Nuovo’s new World War I game.
Game: A World at War

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/15/2015 12:34:00 AM
Poster: Admin
Enrico Viglino: Video Review

The full treatment (Intro, Review, and very extensive play-through). Enrico Viglino also touches on "Gathering Storm", another title from publisher GMT Games.
Game: The Greatest Day: Sword, Juno and Gold Beaches

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Date: 11/12/2015 11:52:00 AM
Poster: dholt
The Greatest Day: LE#1 The Black Baron Definitive Play Guide

Can the Brits hold off the counterattack? Ty Snouffer presents a detailed run through of a learning scenario in The Greatest Day (Multiman Publishing), and is looking for your feedback on tactics!
Game: FAB: Golan '73

Series: Fast Action Battles
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/12/2015 9:49:00 AM
Poster: dholt
Illustrated Example of Play #1: Anti-Tank Ditch Crossings and More

Get it straight from the source! Michael Gustavsson walks us through some good nuts-and-bolts assault examples in Golan '73, which he designed for GMT Games. Plenty of illustrations, with a nice feel for the game. And look Ma, no hexes!
Game: Triumph and Tragedy

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/11/2015 10:04:00 PM
Poster: Admin
Stuka Joe: Extended Example of Play (Part 2)

Part 2 of an Extended Example of Play video of Triumph and Tragedy, a game published by GMT Games in 2015. Awesome video produced by Stuka Joe.
Game: Nemo's War

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 11/10/2015 10:10:00 PM
Poster: Admin
Nemo's War: Second Edition Preview

VPG provides a peek at the upcoming 2nd edition including the new graphics, info on expected rules changes, and a promise to kick off the Kickstarter campaign (to fund the professional boxing and printing) by the end of the year. Looks pretty good...