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

Winter of Wargaming 2017 Wrapup - Podcast

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Three Moves Ahead, Episode #389 - Rob and Bruce wrap up this year's winter of wargaming by looking back at some of the games they played and some of the trends they've seen in the wargame space. From boutique games to the pros and cons of computer wargaming, they cover a wide array of topics on their favorite hobby. Does a narrow scope limit a game's design or does it open up new possibilities? How well can you really simulate a given scenario?

Notes on Games with Sequential Moves

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Paul Owen, writing for his Man Overboard blog, pens a fairly deep analysis of strategic games involving sequential moves (i.e. those in which each player's decision happens in the context of knowing opponents' previous decisions). This is actually the second post in a series exploring games of strategy, begun last month, that is co-authored by designers Aaron Honsowetz and Austin Smokowicz...

1066 Project (leading to the Battle of Hastings).

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William the Conqueror is coming! Norm, of Battlefields and Warriors, is designing using the accretive process, with the goal being a battle of Hastings game later this year. Follow his thoughts on figures, terrain and rules: "Oh Dear! To be both blessed and cursed by choice!"

Reflections on (another) McGill megagame

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This year's rules "...facilitated the sort of creative, emergent gameplay that is at the heart of a successful megagame." Rex Brynen of Paxsims gives an AAR on the War in Binni Megagame, held at McGill University on February 11th . Apparently the event was a great success, and had a strange twist: "Little did the players know that, hidden among the participants were a small group of secret cultists."

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Grognard News

Decision Games Errata

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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: Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: Great Politicians Series

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Article ID: 7
Date: 4/17/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Pericles: Strategy in the Archidamian War

"Since this is all preplanned and secret, some really cool situations arise." Designer Mark Herman offers strategy tidbits in his GMT Games' Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars. Of course, while most strategy is dependent upon game mechanics, there are always event cards to keep things from being cut and dried. As Mark says of "Will of Assembly" cards: "In Pericles, the respective assemblies do not supply free lunches."
Article ID: 6
Date: 6/22/2016
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..."
Article ID: 5
Date: 5/26/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Delian League Diaries #5

Ah, the exquisite frustrations of asymmetric warfare! Mark Herman offers a strategy guide for his GMT Games' Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars. See why "...play testers with little to no knowledge of this period organically repeated the exact mistake made by Athens in the real war..."!
Article ID: 4
Date: 5/5/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Delian League Diaries #4

What grief will Alcibiades cause next...? Mark Herman is back with more playtest "historical back and forth", which is what he seeks to achieve with his GMT Games Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars. Or, as his playtesters put it, “insanely fun”.
Article ID: 3
Date: 5/2/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Delian League Diaries #3

This is not "RAM"! Mark Herman returns with a fascinating progress report on his GMT Games Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars, with insights on his innovative player country leadership system, as well as its results in a playtest!
Article ID: 2
Date: 2/16/2016
Poster: Pres Gabrillo
Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars

Dave Neumann follows up on designer Mark Herman's latest, Pericles.
Article ID: 1
Date: 2/9/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Delian League Diaries #1

"Aristophanes (the playwright) in a wargame?" Designer Mark Herman begins a discussion of his GMT Games' Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars project, which casts each player as either Athenian or Spartan, with both political and military objectives. Can you resolve the Peloponnesian War with victory over the other city state, and as ruler of your own?