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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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Decision Games Errata

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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. 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.

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Note - if you have problems unpacking any of the following files try using Fetch (version 2.1.1 or later) to get them using anonymous FTP from Unpack them with Stuffit Expander version 3.0.7 or later. Sit files are in MacBinary format.

  • 1863 - 1863.sit (28160 bytes) A game about the civil war. You play against the computer, or against someone else connected by a cable in the modem ports of both computers, or connected via modem. Will you rewrite history or repeat it?

  • Achtung Spitfire! (Big Time Software) - ASP_Demo_Mac.hqx Demo.

  • After the Holocaust (SPI) - Ath12stack.sit (358K, Stuffit compressed Hypercard stack) This is a HyperCard stack for Macintosh OS 9. Should run fine on Mac OS X. Requires HyperCard Player or HyperCard 2.0. Ath12.sit (2206K, Stuffit compressed) This is a standalone version for Macintosh OS 9 and Mac OS X. Does not require HyperCard. The stack fairly closely follows the SPI game. It is single player, for solitaire use. For multiple play on the same computer make a copy of the stack or application and rename it. As a challenge, try playing it solitaire with just the original 6 or 7 areas and see how many turns you can get through before your economy collapses. For this I highly recommend selecting the options on the opening screen and adding in Research & Development, Fertiliser and No trade. Questions can be sent to Allan Bell at

  • American Civil War - Acw-v16.sit(104576 bytes) A HyperCard stack that simulates a fictional battle in the War Between the States. Requires HyperCard 2.0 or greater.

  • American Civil War Soldier (By Design) - demo.

  • Assault - Assault2.sit (185728 bytes) A wargame of the WWII variety. Your mission as a unit commander is to assault the German defensive position and destroy the vital HQ. You get to command and attack with Sherman and Stuart tanks, and the 82nd Airborne, all backed up by air support!

  • Broadside - Brdsde20.sit (37504 bytes). This challenging game is adapted from an original board game from the Milton Bradley Company. Each player choses a navy then procedes to blast the other navy's ships from the water. Includes instructions and sampled sounds. Requires HyperCard 2.0.

  • Imperialism - demo.

  • Joy of Hex - Demo of a strategy board game based on hexes representing regions about one kilometer square. The game uses a planning-execution engine, where the basic unit size is of a battalion, but where company sized units can also be used. There are three possible opponents: a local human, a human via email, and the computer. Included is detailed documentation, a scenario editor and 50 complete scenarios.

  • Medieval Empires - Medemp31.sit (533492 bytes) is a simulation of the rise and fall of empires in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in the years from 770 to 1470. The game contains one of 6 scenarios and is shareware.

  • Midway - Midway.sit (66816 bytes). Refight World War II's Battle of Midway in this strategy simulation. Midway is a single player simulation of the famous naval battle. It runs on any mac with System 6.0 or greater, in color where available. It is a port from UNIX and looks like it, but it is still fun!

  • Onslaught (Frontal Assaultware) - OnslaughtDemo.hqx Demo.

  • Operation Crusader (AH/Atomic Games) - Crusader.sit (472960 bytes) This demo contains one fully playable scenario. The sound and some of the pictures have been removed (to save space) and the save/restore & PBEM features have been disabled. The scenario included is "To the Rescue" it simulates the early battles to relieve Tobruk (British 7th AD & 22nd Guards Brigade vs. Italian Ariete & Bologna Divs. & the German 15th Panzer). Requires a color Mac & 5mb of RAM.

  • Over the Reich! (Big Time Software) - OTR_Demo_Mac.hqx Demo.

  • Panzer Battles (SSG) - Pnzrbttl.sit (235136 bytes) includes an 8 turn version of the Moscow scenario, with the resources for either color or B&W Macs.

  • SimpleStrat - Simplest.sit (724K) SimpleStrat 1.0.0 is an undemanding turn-based strategy game that allows you to play on a map made of tiles and hexes.You have three choices for the opponent: the computer, a local human, or somebody over the internet. There are four unit types: infantry, engineers, armor, and artillery. Requirements: System 7.0 or greater, 256 colours, 10 MB RAM (can comfortably use as little as 2 MB).With the unregistered version you can only play the smallest sized maps. Registering allows you to play with larger maps. Author is

  • Strike Jets - Strkjets.sit (285184 bytes) is a simulation of modern jet air and air-to-ground combat. Players control squadrons of fighters and fighter-bombers. It is a strategic/tactical game, NOT an arcade shoot-em-up. The two scenarios that are provided with this demo include the U.S. F-16A Fighting Falcon and the Soviet-built MiG 23G Flogger interceptor (flown by Iraq in the provided scenarios), plus the AIM-9L Sidewinder, AA-7 Apex, and AA-8 Aphid air-to-air missiles.

  • TacOps (Battlefront) - demo

  • V4V Utah Beach battle set (360/Atomic) - V4v_demo.sit (394240 bytes).

  • Waterloo Campaign (By Design) - demo.

  • Xconq - website

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Computer Wargames: UNIX Software

Computer wargames: Windows 3.1 games

  • Achtung Spitfire! (Big Time Software) - Demo.

  • Age of Sail (Talonsoft) - demo

  • Dragoon (Art of War) - Demo.

  • History of the World (AH/CCC) - demo.

  • Napoleon the Emperor - (148222 bytes) simulates the battle of Waterloo. Units are brigade sized organized into divisions and corps. The map displays at both full screen strategic level and a zoomed in tactical level. Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, and Commander type units with strengths given in men are available for orders issued every 20 minutes in simulated game time. There are 9 different speeds of resolution that can be selected. In the registered version of the program the battles of Ligny and of Quatre Bras, which led up to the climatic clash at Waterloo are also simulated.

  • Over the Reich! (Big Time Software) - Demo.

  • Qwxyz (JW Associates) - demo.

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Computer Wargames: Windows 95/98/ME/XP/7 Games

Tablet/iPad Wargames

  • Davinci's Art of War (Matrix Games) - Publisher Website Promo - Haven't completed warmed up to tablet/iPad-based war games yet (although companies like Shenandoah Studio make pretty compelling iPad simulations), but Davinci's Art of War is really a clever concept. If the game plays as advertised, it should be tremendously entertaining. Looking for some unbiased reviews...

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