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

The History of the Zeds: An Interview with "Dawn of the Zeds" Designer Hermann Luttmann.

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Morten Pedersen, writing for BGG, conducts a text-based interview with game designer Hermann Luttmann, focusing on the history of the "Dawn of the Zeds" franchise…

FC's ETO at ConsimWorld Expo 2015, part 2

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Frank Chadwick’s ETO: Dispatches from the Front - When ConsimWorld Expo began, the core team for Frank Chadwick's ETO arrived over the course of the day: designer Frank Chadwick, developer Lance McMillan, and publisher Alan Emrich.

Obscure Battles: Zorndorf 1758

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The battle of Zorndorf 1758 will no longer be "obscure" to you once you get done reading Jeff Berry's masterpiece on the subject. The background, history, fantastic graphical aids, and modern photos of the battle area all make for a great article.

Enrico Viglino: Live from ConSimWorld Expo 2015

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Enrico Live! Does it get any better than that? Enrico Viglino takes us on a surreptitious tour of the early morning action at ConSimWorld Expo 2015. Well it starts off surreptitiously anyway. Lots of game footage but mostly faceless, unidentified people, except for Ted Raicer and a brief Harvey Mossman (The Boardgaming Life) sighting at about 54:03...

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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.

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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. 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.

Mark D: First Peek at September's Eagles

Mark D. takes a very brief look at his newly purchased copy of September's Eagles designed by Paul Rohrbaugh and published by High Flying Dice Games. More detailed article to follow...

Mark D: How to do Fire Combat in "Combat Leader"

Mark D. shows us how to do "Fire Combat" in Combat Leader, designed by Gary Graber and published by Minden Games.

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Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 7/27/2015 10:18:00 PM
Assault Page: Upgrades to 2nd Marine Division

Chris Selman expands his "everything Assault" collection with upgrades to the 2nd Marine Division.
Game: Hell's Highway

Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 7/27/2015 10:13:00 PM
Scan of Terrain Effects Chart

Scan of the Hell's Highway Terrain Effects chart, shared by Joe Gochinski.
Game: Hawks Over Malta

Publisher: Lumaca Games
Date: 7/26/2015 7:50:00 PM
EmmeKappa: Hawks Over Malta - Bombing Tutorial (Video)

From Lumaca Games, an instructional video on Hawks over Malta, the first Volume of "The propeller rotates and the engine roars..", the new aerial combat system dedicated to the Italian Regia Aeronautica in WWII. (there is also another video that explains dogfighting. Note: The sound quality is not great, but you can follow the visuals pretty well.
Publisher: Rombo Games

Date: 7/26/2015 7:27:00 PM
Publish or Perish! Hybrid Game for Young Scientists

The guys from Rombo Games totally hooked me on their new concept game, Publish or Perish. Anyone who has a child, grandchild, neice, nephew, whatever, that they are trying to introduce to the world of board gaming (with a unique twist), should really take a look at what they've got cooking over at Rombo Games!
Grognard Challenge Time!

Date: 7/26/2015
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new (07/26/2015) Challenge and the winners for the last Challenge.
Game: NW Europe 1944

Publisher: Lou Coatney
Date: 7/25/2015 10:34:00 PM
NW Europe 1944: Free Print & Play Game

New free print & play game, NW Europe 1944, from prolific game designer Lou Coatney. Download components, print and play!
Game: Hundred Days 20

Series: Napoleonic 20 Series
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 7/24/2015 10:01:00 PM
Hundred Days 20: Now Available!

Hundred Days 20 features two complete games: Tolentino 20 and Waterloo 20, 3rd Edition! Jack Gill's Tolentino 20 focuses on battle of 2 and 3 May 1815 which occurred in central Italy during the period of the "Hundred Days" of Napoleon’s brief restoration to the French throne. Waterloo 20, 3rd Edition from Joseph Miranda is a game based on the Waterloo campaign of 15-18 June 1815.
Game: Russian Front

Publisher: Hunted Cow Studios
Date: 7/24/2015 9:47:00 PM
Russian Front: 5 Free Promo Codes for the first 5 Responders!

We have 5 free Promo Codes for Russian Front that can be redeemed for the PC or Mac edition of the game on Steam. Send an email to Send us an email and put 'Free Russian Front Code' in the Subject line.
Game: Diplomacy

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 7/19/2015 10:10:00 PM
Grogheads: Why I Love Diplomacy

Brant Guillory explains why the venerable classic game timelessly soldiers on…
Game: Aftershock: A Humanitarian Crisis

Publisher: PaxSims
Date: 7/19/2015 10:01:00 PM
Aftershock: Humanitarian Crisis - Board Game

This new game explores the interagency cooperation needed to address a complex humanitarian crisis. Although designed for four players, it can be played with fewer (even solitaire) or more (with players grouped into four teams). Designed by Thomas Fisher with developer Rex Brynen of the PaxSims blog. Available for sale now at The Game Crafter web site.
Game: War in the West Country 876AD

Series: Alfred the Great Series
Publisher: Red King Games
Date: 7/19/2015 9:48:00 PM
War in the West Country 876AD: Print & Play Game from Red King Games!

Print & Play board game that can be downloaded (PDF) and played, or a set of miniatures rules that can be used with your own miniatures. This is the 2nd game in the "Alfred the Great" series. An inexpensive alternative to boxed games, from Red King Games.
Game: Congo Merc

Publisher: HexWar Games
Date: 7/17/2015 11:46:00 PM
Congo Merc: New PC/Mac/iPad/iPhone Game

During the 1960s the newly independent Congo was the scene of constant warfare. Congo Merc puts you in the middle of that fighting with a task force of elite commandos. You conduct breakneck advances into the heart of enemy territory, seize critical objectives and, just as important, return to home base.
Based on the board game by Decision Games, Congo Merc includes everything from hostage rescue to tracking down Cuban cadre.
Game: 1775: Rebellion

Publisher: Academy Games
Date: 7/17/2015 11:40:00 PM
Hex, Dice, Fire: Review

A good "Pros" and "Cons" review from the "Hex, Dice, Fire" blog.
Game: Dawn of the Zeds (3rd Edition)

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 7/17/2015 11:35:00 PM
Board Game Quest: 3rd Edition Review

Quality review of "Dawn of the Zeds", in the pipeline for publisher Victory Point Games. Article author Jeff Patino does an outstanding job with the review and his "Game Experience" section is a really nice feature. As an added bonus, VPG honcho Alan Emrich also responds to some of the review points.
Publisher: Marshal Enterprises

Date: 7/17/2015 10:55:00 PM
The Next Game in the Legendary La Bataille Series: "La Bataille d'Aspern-Essling"

The next game in the legendary La Bataille series---La Bataille d”Aspern-Essling—will be released and shipped on October 1, 2015! Get more information here from the publisher's press release. Game publisher Marshal Enterprises has confirmed the title and release date.
Game: Icarus

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 7/15/2015 11:01:00 PM
Victory Point Games Now Taking Pre-Orders for "Icarus"

New from Reiner KniziaIcarus is a game for three to seven players who must don their wax-fastened wings to see who can soar the highest without being caught flying too close to the sun. Published by Victory Point Games.
Game: ETO

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 7/15/2015 10:09:00 PM
The Navies of WWII in Frank Chadwick's ETO

This is an update by designer Frank Chadwick for his big WWII game in development at Victory Point Games. In this article, he takes a look at the naval units themselves and discusses their division into the games' component counters...
Game: The First Battle of the Marne 1914 AD

Publisher: Turning Point Simulations
Date: 7/12/2015 9:10:00 PM
The Boardgaming Life: Review

Russ Lockwood, writing for The Boardgaming Life, pens a decent review of the game and includes a brief play-through. Good stuff…
Game: Thunder at the Crossroads 2nd Ed.

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Date: 7/9/2015 10:24:00 PM
Gilbert Collins: Video Review and Play Through

An introduction, and brief play through, of the board wargame "Thunder at the Crossroads" the Battle of Gettysburg. This is a look at the second edition by "The Gamers" in 1993. Produced by Gilbert Collins.
Game: Darkest Night: In Tales of Old - Expansion #4

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 7/7/2015 9:11:00 PM
Darkest Knight: In Tales of Old - Expansion #4

In Tales of Old, the fourth expansion to Jeremy Lennert'sDarkest Night, sends your heroes racing across the kingdom to unravel the mysteries of the holy relics' resting places.
Game: Hawks Over Malta

Publisher: Lumaca Games
Date: 7/7/2015 9:04:00 PM
Hawks Over Malta: Free Print & Play Game from Lumaca Games!

Hawks Over Malta is the fist Volume dedicated to the first air stuggles over the sky of Malta between the Italian Regia Aeronautica with its CR42 Falco and BR20 Cicogna against the RAF Gloster Gladiators and Hurricanes. The system named "The propeller rotates and the engine roars" (Gira l'elica e romba il motor, an old Italian song on Air Force) will be developed into other volumes, with Armèe de l'Air and Luftwaffe amongst others, being centered on the Italian Royal Air Force (La Regia)
Game: Invasion 1066: The Battle of Hastings

Publisher: Revolution Games
Date: 7/4/2015 8:30:00 PM
Battlefields & Warriors: After Action Report

Norman Smith, designer and player of "Invasion 1066", produced this brief AAR of a recent game. There is a link to a more extensive AAR at the bottom of the article. Good quality article, as is most of Norm's stuff...
Game: Terrible Swift Sword

Series: Great Battles of the American Civil War Series
Publisher: SPI
Date: 7/3/2015 11:29:00 AM
Gilbert Collins: Video Review

Gilbert Collins favors us with another fine video review of this SPI classic game. Very appropriate for a July 3rd review…
Game: Blood on the Tigris

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 7/1/2015 11:09:00 PM
Bill McGuinness: Player Aid

Extended Turn Record Chart for "Blood on the Tigris". Includes Reinforcements, rule cues,victory points, etc. Generously shared by Bill McGuinness.
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 7/1/2015 10:48:00 PM
Assault Fan Page: New Maps

New maps for expanded fields of conflict. Scandinavia 1 Map is now available. More areas to come, including fjords, Baltic Coast and Urban Maps. Shared by Chris Selman.