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

Interview with Legendary Game Designer Richard Berg

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Rick Martin checks in with 'The Pope of Wargaming', Richard Berg, designer of over 160 published games, for an Armchair General interview. Maybe part of Richard's secret in becoming a wargame master is that he understands the importance of "...doing stuff with friends..."!

Exploring US engagement in the Middle East: A Crisis Simulation

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Some weeks ago, Rex Brynen posted a report on the game methodology that he, Bilal Saab and John Watts developed for a crisis simulation held at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC. The report from that game has now been released, and this PaxSims article is a brief recap...

Gioco & Storia Board Gaming Convention - Italy

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Gioco & Storia is a board game convention taking place on the 8th and the 9th of October at Piana delle Orme Museum - Latina - ITALY. The convention will be focused on board wargames with tournaments ("Twilight Struggle", "Commands & Colors", "Combat Commander"), auctions and a game lottery. Visit the stands, play games and see demos. Completely free! Check us out on www.giocoestoria.com...

Wargame Magazines

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"It seems that the endless magazine games are beginning to swallow a larger share of wallet, the least play time, as well as more and more storage. Is this a problem?", says Kevin Sharp, writing for his Big Board Gaming blog, as he puts forth some opinions on the current crop of wargaming magazines.

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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.

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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: The Seven Years War: Frederick's Gamble

Series: The Napoleonic Wars
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 9/28/2016 8:53:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Seven Years War: Frederick’s Gamble: Game Development Progress Report and Updated Overview Presentation

"...hold onto any 'Hand of God' Event for as long as possible..." Fred Schachter provides a fun update on progress with GMT Games' The Seven Years War: Frederick's Gamble, to include some entertaining playtester's notes! "It’s acceptable if Austria 'Scrapes the Bottom of the Barrel' as long as Prussia is also compelled to do so."
Game: First Saratoga: Burgoyne's Gambit

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 9/27/2016 8:41:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
First Saratoga: AAR

AAR, including observational notes, about "First Saratoga" by Decision Games. Good to see Norm Smith contributing again, as he's put out some quality content over the years for both miniatures and board games. Welcome back, Norm!
Game: Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines

Series: Order of Battle Pacific
Publisher: Slitherine
Date: 9/26/2016 8:48:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines – AAR, Scenario 3 Part 3

The final installment of Avery Abernethy's replay in Slitherine Games' Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines. A victory? Yes, but "...caution caused me to fail most secondary objectives."
Game: Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines

Series: Order of Battle Pacific
Publisher: Slitherine
Date: 9/26/2016 8:43:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines – AAR, Scenario 3 Part 2

Phase 2 of Avery Abernethy's replay in Slitherine Games' Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines. Is it a full breakout!?!
Game: Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines

Series: Order of Battle Pacific
Publisher: Slitherine
Date: 9/26/2016 8:35:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines – AAR, Scenario 3 Part 1

Avery Abernethy sets out on a visual romp through a scenario replay in Slitherine Games' Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines. Photos give you a nice feel for the game!
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 9/24/2016 3:08:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Assault Page: UK 1st Infantry Brigade variant counters

Alfred the Great lives on as the 1st Bn, The Wessex Regiment along with the rest of the 1st Infantry Brigade UK Mobile Force readies to deploy to Denmark. Please check out Chris Selman's Assault site "Assembly Area" for more UK Updates...
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 9/24/2016 3:06:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Assault Page: Soviet 8 Guards Combined Arms Army

More Soviet units pour across the border as the 8 Guards Combined Arms Army strikes hard in Advanced Assault. Variant counters by Chris Selman.
Game: Olustee

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 9/24/2016 2:54:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Olustee Consolidated Rules and Errata (PDF)

Consolidation of Rules and Errata for Strategy and Tactics Issue #166 Game "Olustee" (with some additional errata). Shared by Hale Cullom.
Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 9/23/2016 10:08:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Why Ariovistus?

"Lock shields and advance!" Volko Ruhnke lays out the challenges for players offered in the Ariovistus expansion to GMT Games' Falling Sky. The period of Caesar's first entry into Gaul presents another fascinating balance of forces/factions, when the "...great, restless Germanic Suebi tribe under Ariovistus posed a realistic possibility of Germanic dominion within eastern Gaul."
Game: The Next War

Publisher: SPI
Date: 9/22/2016 10:05:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
War Without KIA: Replay (Final Chapter!)

Wow! Fabrizio Vianello's epic replay of "The Next War" on his War Without KIA blog has finally reached an end. And what an exciting and unexpected end it is! Please visit War Without KIA and leave a note of thanks to Fabrizio for all the time and effort he has put into sharing this game replay with all of us...
Game: Decisive Campaigns-Barbarossa

Series: Decisive Campaigns
Publisher: Slitherine
Date: 9/21/2016 8:46:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Impedimenta: Decisive Campaigns: Operation Barbarossa

"... If their victory at Koeniggraetz in 1866 had been less complete, the Prussians would have started eating their horses." James Cobb considers the importance of logistics in both reality and wargames, followed by a dive into the impressive supply model in Matrix Games' Decisive Campaigns: Barbarossa. In that game, be ready to juggle, as "Any choice could cost Political Points and sour relationships with REMF officers."
Game: MBT

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 9/20/2016 11:08:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
James Day’s MBT – MAIN BATTLE TANK Game Review

Concise review by Rick Martin for the Armchair General site. Well written review, as we've come to expect from Rick...
Game: Invaders from Dimension X

Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
Date: 9/20/2016 9:42:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Running the Gauntlet: Heads Up!

Jonan Jello, writing for BGG, shares a heavily illustrated play-through of the "Running the Gauntlet" scenario...
Game Club: Prague Wargames Club

Location: Prague, CZ
Date: 9/19/2016 10:01:00 PM
Prague Wargames Club

Also known as Prague Wargamers, they have been active since 2003 and have over 30 members. They are based near the center of Prague, Czech Republic. Find out more details about the club at their blog…
Game: The Next War

Publisher: SPI
Date: 9/19/2016 11:14:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
War Without KIA: Replay (The Next War, Operation Attila, D+15 NATO Land Phase)

The latest update to the never-ending "The Next War - Operation Attila AAR" from Fabrizio Vianello of the War Without KIA blog. Take a look at the "Strategic Situation Map", as it really paints the picture of the current status of the game...
Game: Next War: India-Pakistan

Series: GMT Next War Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 9/19/2016 9:08:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Next War: Games on Tables Review

Detailed video review of GMT's "Next War" series, focusing on Next War: India-Pakistan. Video produced for "Games on Tables" blog.
Game: Pandemic: Iberia

Series: Pandemic Series
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Date: 9/19/2016 8:52:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
I Will Never Grow Up - New Pandemic Game Preview

Set in the mid-19th century, Pandemic Iberia, puts you in the roles of members of The Second Royal Philanthropic Expedition. You are embarking on a mission to discover the origins of diseases that are devastating the countryside of the Iberian Peninsula, but the modern technologies that have inspired Pandemic’s original mechanics in 2008 are nowhere to be found, obviously. So… how can you save the world this time around?
Game: Central America

Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 9/16/2016 12:11:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Central America - The SS-20 Incident (Redux)

"This is not an easy place for our Spec Ops guys to get into..." Blogger Brad is back enjoying his favorite scenario from Victory Games' Central America. The Nicaraguans have an SS-20 loaned by kindly Comrade Bear: the US must go all out! Relief reigns when the "...2/75 Rangers take the airfield, secure the missile, and destroy the launcher. That's pretty ninja."
Game: Cataclysm

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 9/14/2016 9:49:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
History Never Repeats Itself When Playing Cataclysm

Are you prepared for “Stability checks” and “maximum outrage”? Designer William Terdoslavich explains how his GMT Games' Cataclysm can create wild, yet historically plausible swings that will test any gamer's skills! That's because "Cataclysm is not your typical WWII game."
Game: Berthier Campaign Manager

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Date: 9/13/2016 9:39:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Berthier Campaign Manager v9.7 (Free Software)

Updated version 9.7 of Tony De Lyall's "Berthier Campaign Manager" software, a Windows program that manages war game campaigns for miniatures. See the "ReadMe" file in the download for details of changes in the new release...
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 9/12/2016 10:08:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: 2nd Infantry Division

The reinforcements are arriving from England. The 2nd Infantry Division and support units head to the BAOR! Variant units now available on Chris Selman's phenomenal tribute to GDW's "Assault"...
Game: Car Wars

Publisher: Steve Jackson Games
Date: 9/12/2016 9:39:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Car Wars – A Trip Down The Memory Fast Lane, Part 1

The first of a series, Michael Eckenfels looks back at the wasted years of burning rubber through the blacktop battlefields of yesterday. What a blast from the past! thanks to Grogheads for providing...
Game: MBT

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 9/12/2016 8:59:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
MBT: First Clash

"It's all shockingly simple and it works really well." Brad of Hexsides and Hand Grenades starts learning his way into GMT Games' MBT, playing a 1987 Soviets vs. Americans tank scenario -- with dramatic results! After little more than a handful of game turns, someone is in the unhappy spot where "It looks like this turn will be yet another bloodbath...", and "There are too many guns focused on too few tanks."
Game: Heroes of Normandie (iOS)

Publisher: Slitherine
Date: 9/10/2016 10:57:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Heroes of Normandie (for iOS) - Review

Recently, developer Slitherine has brought this fantastic war game to our mobile gaming devices. Heroes of Normandie for iOS is intended to be a digital translation of the board game, with some added bells and whistles. Review written by Tony Mastrangeli for the "Board Game Quest" site...
Game: Battles for the Galactic Empire

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 9/10/2016 10:46:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Armchair General Review

Review written by Greg Johnson for the Armchair General blog.