Spotlight Articles

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

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."

War Gaming Must Get Red Right

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"An expert in-house adversary is a powerful tool for the fleet." Captain Dale Rielage, U.S. Navy, sheds light on how the Navy is acting on the renewed U.S. military interest in wargaming, "If war gaming is to realize its potential, we must get Red right."

Yaah! 8 - A Look Inside

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Brad, of "Hexsides and Hand Grenades" fame, had the opportunity to fill in as guest editor of Yaah! magazine. He shares the experience with us in his latest article...

Stuka Joe - The Case for Sequence of Play Cards

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First video in a series that discusses the use of Sequence of Play cards in board wargames. Sequence of play cards can ease the learning curve of complex, multi-phased wargames. In addition, they can contain relevant charts and tables on them, saving the player a trip to the player aid card...

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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 Grognard.com site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of Grognard.com" 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.

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: Combat Mission: Final Blitzkrieg

Series: Combat Mission
Publisher: Battlefront.com
Date: 2/24/2017 12:26:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Combat Mission Final Blitzkrieg PC Game Review

"...units behave so realistically that the player often feels like he is controlling real soldiers and not just digital simulations." Rick Martin gives a most rousing review of Battlefront's Combat Mission: Final Blitzkrieg. Rick likes the "...incredible immersive graphics...", and that "... the player doesn’t have to have the dexterity of a teenager in order to play the game." See why he gives the game an Armchair General 94% rating!
Game: Under the Southern Cross: Flying Colors Vol. IV

Series: Flying Colors
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 2/22/2017 3:11:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
New Features in Under the Southern Cross, Part I

Bring on the Ship’s Boats! Designer Steven Paul provides some insights into his GMT Games' Under the Southern Cross, expansion IV of Flying Colors. The expansion's focus on South American river combat requires some unique adjustments since "...interaction between ships and the shoals figure prominently..."
Game: Warfighter: The World War II Tactical Combat Card Game

Series: Warfighter Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Date: 2/20/2017 5:52:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Warfighter WWII - After Action Report

Well written and awesomely illustrated replay of Warfighter: WWII, written by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Club Fantasci web site...
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 2/20/2017 5:48:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: Soviet Unit Data Cards

Soviet Unit Data Cards are now available! Shared by Chris Selman.
Game: Leningrad

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 2/20/2017 5:42:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Leningrad - Battlefields & Warriors Review

A re-release of the old SPI title, this update has improved graphics, a larger hex grid on a larger map and larger counters... Read this review by Norm Smith on his Battlefields & Warriors blog...
Game: Imperator

Publisher: Histoire et Collections
Date: 2/20/2017 4:28:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Jours de Gloire web site

Website dedicated to Frédéric Bey wargames and articles. (Shared by Rob Appleyard).
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 2/19/2017 9:59:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#800) for 19-Feb-2017 and the winners for the last Challenge (#799)
Game: Red Storm

Series: Downtown
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 2/17/2017 8:33:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Red Storm AAR Playtest, Part 2

"Time for the SAM crews to earn their pay." Doug Bush and his friend Chris Baer continue their AAR of GMT Games' Red Storm. They've finished planning, and the intense game is on. "I almost felt sorry for Doug and his cardboard crews as they advanced further into my SAM fire zones. Almost ..."
Game: Pub Battles: Sharpsburg

Series: Pub Battles Series
Publisher: Command Post Games
Date: 2/16/2017 10:29:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Chaos to Order: A Pub Battles Strategy Guide

The traditional turn format of I-GO-YOU-GO is very neat and orderly. The turn sequence actually helps organize your thinking. Handy but that is not the way the real world works. Pub Battles forces you to think like a real commander...
Game: Battle of the Scheldt: The Devil's Moat

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 2/15/2017 10:56:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Battle of the Scheldt - A Vandenbroucke AAR

Some people got candy or flowers for Valentine's Day but, lucky us, we got something much better: one of Dav Vandenbroucke's outstanding After Action Reports. This one covers "Battle of the Scheldt" published by Decision Games. It's incredibly detailed, so you really get a feel for how the game plays. It's well illustrated so it's easy to follow. And it wraps up with some final thoughts from Dav which are quite helpful when deciding whether or not to buy/play the game...
Game: The First War

Publisher: Up and Away Games
Date: 2/15/2017 10:38:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The First War: Enrico's Review

The First War is an empire-building game for 2 players using discovered terrain, four types of pieces and a technology tree. Designed by Rick Heli, this game employs board discovery and significant technological developments to make every turn a different problem to figure out. The player who can best read and forecast the trends and play most efficiently will triumph. This link also contains an extended review/replay/analysis video by Enrico Viglino. (This game was previously only available as a Print 'n Play)
Game: Tank on Tank: Digital

Series: Tank on Tank
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 2/15/2017 10:29:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
GrogHeads Reviews Tank on Tank, Digital Edition

“Fight! ...jumps you into a randomly generated quick battle." Chris Paquette checks out Lock ‘n Load Publishing's Tank on Tank:Digital, which he finds to be a very enjoyable “bread and butter” electronic rendering of the board game. But just remember, "As a lighter style game, it’s easy to underestimate the AI..."
Game: Ships of the Line: Trafalgar 1805

Publisher: Trafalgar Editions
Date: 2/13/2017 10:55:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
A Review of Trafalgar Editions’ Game of Nelson’s Epic Battle

Paul Comben, writing for "The Boardgaming Life" site, says "There is always a certain challenge facing designers looking to create games relating to the things men make to fight in – be it ships, be it tanks, be it aircraft, the challenge remains the same: just how much detail should be included?" Paul follows up with an excellent analysis of the game...
Game: The Last Hundred Yards

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 2/13/2017 2:18:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Last Hundred Yards: Narrative of Mission 1.0 – Prayer Meeting

"From the start, the Germans maintained the initiative..." Bob Green recounts a tense replay of GMT Games' The Last Hundred Yards, with Germans trying to capture an American outpost. Not all goes as planned when they are "..unable to stop a single section from the German 1st Platoon from charging down the hill..."!
Game: Supremacy 2020

Publisher: Command Post Games
Date: 2/11/2017 9:15:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Speed Supremacy - Variant

These new variant rules dramatically speed up the game. All the economics are cut out and streamlined. It’s all boiled down to just attack and build! Shared by Marshall Barrington of Command Post Games...
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 2/11/2017 9:12:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: U.S. Army Unit Data Cards

US Army Unit Data Cards are now available! Shared by Chris Selman.
Game: Tigers on the Hunt

Publisher: Matrix Games
Date: 2/10/2017 8:26:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Tigers on the Hunt: Kursk

"I found it a little disappointing not to see air power introduced..." Jeff Renaud reviews the new Kursk DLC for Matrix Games' Tigers on the Hunt. See why Jeff offers an equivocal "'Is it worth it, then?' to which I can answer a resounding 'Maybe'."
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 2/8/2017 9:35:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“It’s a Cruel, Cruel World!” – A Replay of a Three-Player Game of Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

"Pharaoh held on, if barely." Designer Mark McLaughlin recounts a rollicking game of his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Rather than take a "nice guy" tack, the players chose to "...unleash hell on each other"!
Game: Grant Takes Command

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Date: 2/6/2017 8:25:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Board game frustration

"One always lives in hope that next time it will be different..." Prufrock bemoans a board wargame solitaire syndrome. Or maybe this is just an insightful way of posting his collection!
Game: Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 2/3/2017 9:45:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Tank Tales #2: Ready, Aim, Fire!

"Mike saw an opportunity to put my tank at a disadvantage..." Jason Carr takes on designer Mike Bertucelli for an example of play in GMT Games' Tank Duel. Jason may be in trouble, but "...Tank Duel never leaves a crafty Commander without options."
Game: Red Storm

Series: Downtown
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 2/1/2017 9:15:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Red Storm Playtest AAR, Part 1

"I’m relying on the sheer quantity of missiles I can put in the sky every turn to overwhelm his forces." Doug Bush and his friend Chris Baer begin a playtest of Doug's GMT Games' Red Storm. Raid Planning is crucial, aided by a bit of psychology: "A few long-range SAMs on the map could encourage him to plot his raids exactly where I want them to go."
Game: Victory in Europe

Publisher: Columbia Games
Date: 1/31/2017 9:33:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Victory in Europe - For Discriminating Gamers...

Great review of "Victory in Europe", published by Columbia Games. Outstanding video narrated by Cody, for the "Discriminating Gamer" web site. Covers all the salient points of the game and gives a good feel for game play. And he does it with a British accent that I don't believe is genuine. Nice touch, though...
Game: Panzer Battles Normandy

Publisher: John Tiller Software
Date: 1/30/2017 9:50:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Panzer Battles Normandy

Try a game that's "...at its best when you advance into ambush." Sean Couture reviews John Tiller Software's Panzer Battles Normandy, which has "...a huge plethora of scenarios...". Just don't play the AI with fog of war off, which "...is pointless and laughably easy".
Game: Napoleon 1806

Publisher: Dennis Sauvage
Date: 1/29/2017 6:05:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Designers of Napoleon 1806 (Interview)

Jim Owczarski puts on his "inteviewer" hat for the Grogheads blog and interviews the designer (Denis Sauvage) and developer (Julien Busson) of "Napoleon 1806", a new title from Shakos...
Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/29/2017 6:00:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Falling Sky - Pure Wargaming Goodness (Armchair General)

The intrepid Rick Martin, writing for the "Armchair General" site, has high praise for "Falling Sky" a recent addition to GMT's COIN series...