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Interview with Zvezda Game Designer Konstantin Krivenko

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Rick Martin interviews Zvezda Game Designer Konstantin Krivenko for Armchair General.

COIN Down: Games about Counterinsurgency

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Simon Lestrade provides a run down of his experiences playing games from GMT's COIN series (and another from Cole Wehrle)...

Marco Arnaudo: Top 10 WWII Games

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Marco continues his "Top 10" series videos, this time listing his top 10 World War II wargames...

The Madness Behind a CDG Solo Method

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An end to the solo CDG blues? Jose Ruiz (aka Stuka Joe) offers a method of keeping the fun in card driven games (CDGs) played solo: namely overcoming the classic difficulty of a "most awkward and unrewarding gaming experience as you play each side hoping not to remember the other side’s hand..".

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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

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, 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, covers the first two turns of the game (Summer 1861) 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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Exclusive Interview with Game Developer Lance McMillan

Date: 7/27/2016 10:17:00 PM
Exclusive Interview with Game Developer Lance McMillan

Game Developer Lance McMillan discusses game development, play testing and gaming in general, focusing on his latest efforts for Frank Chadwick's upcoming title "Thunder in the East"
Game: Campaign Series Middle East: 1948-1985

Series: Campaign Series
Publisher: Matrix Games
Date: 7/27/2016 2:48:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Campaign Series Middle East 1948 - 1985

"I thought turn-based games were calm. I was Wrong!" James Cobb checks out the updated Campaign Series Middle East: 1948-1985 PC game, which now includes over 130 historical and hypothetical scenarios! "The light dawned on me that speed was my friend and time was my enemy."
Grognard Challenge Time!

Date: 7/24/2016 1:58:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new (07/24/2016) Challenge and the winners for the last Challenge.
Game: Flying Colors

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 7/23/2016 2:57:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Relative Range: Designer's Web Site

Visit Relative Range, game designer Mike Nagel's official web site for "Flying Colors" as well as all his other game designs. You'll find general info, game history info, awards and nominations lists, info on game expansions, and more...
Game: Flying Colors

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 7/23/2016 2:49:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Gilbert Collins Reviews Flying Colors

A brief look at the board game "Flying Colors" designed by Mike Nagel and published by GMT Games in 2005. Video review produced by Gilbert Collins.
Game: España 20: Volume 2

Series: Napoleonic 20
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 7/23/2016 2:40:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Boardgames in Blighty announces new release by VPG

Boardgames in Blighty blog news: Espana 20 now available, published by Victory Point Games.
Game: Albert Nofi's The Great War: 1914 - 1918

Publisher: One Small Step
Date: 7/22/2016 3:03:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
What we think of Al Nofi’s The Great War - A Night at “Casus Belli”Club

"Our faces speak for us." The guys at Hex, Dice, Fire! have some stern thoughts about One Small Step's Albert Nofi's The Great War: 1914 - 1918 re-release. "Have you ever seen a Red Italian counter?"
Game: Silver Bayonet: The First Team in Vietnam, 1965

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 7/20/2016 4:05:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Silver Bayonet Example of Play

Attack Partially Coordinated? Mitchell Land gives some detailed examples of play in GMT Games' Silver Bayonet. "The decisions which are made and the actions which are taken are not, necessarily, the best ones..."
Game: The Hunt for Red October

Publisher: TSR
Date: 7/18/2016 1:19:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Hunt for Red October - Arctic Patrol

"The Tango will not survive the first round of attacks." Brad continues his exploration of TSR's The Hunt for Red October with a nicely photo-documented scenario replay. "This was a really fun first scenario and well-aimed at teaching the basics of movement, detection, and combat."
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 7/17/2016 4:49:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: WWIII - 3rd Shock Army Combined Arms

The Soviets respond to the FRG mobilization and the 3rd (Shock) Combined Arms Army drives west... Thanks to Chris Selman for contributing...
Game: Blitz! A World in Conflict

Publisher: Compass Games
Date: 7/17/2016 4:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Blitz! Clever Design on a WW II Global Scale

"To create a global WWII wargame like Blitz! A World in Conflict means you have to think big — really big. That requires some compromises in terms of physical components and mechanics." Russ Lockwood, writing for The Boardgaming Life, informs us about the scale of the game, some of the features, highlights of the scenarios, and compares the size of the game to other notable and well known giants...
Game: Hitler’s Reich

Series: Card Conquest System
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 7/15/2016 11:47:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
70 Minutes to Victory: A Hitler’s Reich Replay with The REAL Game Components

"This was a critical and for me most dangerous development..." Designer Mark McLaughlin describes a fantastic first play of his GMT Games' Hitler's Reich with production components. The game ends on a resounding crescendo when his friend and opponent Max makes a Hitler's rapture attack, “….and a mighty resounding shout of victory was heard throughout the house.”
Game: Healthy Heart Hospital

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 7/13/2016 10:45:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Hex, Dice, Fire's Review of the Day: Healthy Heart Hospital

"Healthy Heart Hospital", published by Victory Point Games is reviewed by the good folks at the Hex, Dice, Fire! blog...
Game: Twilight Struggle

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 7/13/2016 10:37:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Twilight Struggle on iOS: Review by Hiew

"It is not easy to transfer such a complex boardgame onto the small iPad screen. I must admit I took some malignant pleasure in thinking about how Playdek was going to do it. Now that they have done it, I must say..." Hiew Chok Sien takes the plunge and gives the iOS version of Twilight Struggle a whirl. Read on to find out what he thinks...
Game: Hearts of Iron

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Date: 7/13/2016 3:45:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Hearts of Iron IV Review Part Two: Age of Destruction

"What has the Reich been doing all this time?" James Cobb continues his review of Paradox Development Studio's Hearts of Iron IV. "In its present state, Hearts of Iron IV teeters on the edge of greatness", but...
Game: Night of Man

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Date: 7/12/2016 10:20:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Night of Man: Video Review by Enrico

Full set of videos (Intro, Review and DARs), produced by Enrico Viglino for The Game Box web site...
Game: The Hunt for Red October

Publisher: TSR
Date: 7/11/2016 9:14:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Hunt for Red October - First Impressions

Does it sully the name of the master? Brad blogs on an interesting find from the late 1980's: TSR's game adaptation of Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October". "It's deceptively simple but somehow it ends up being more than just the sum of its parts."
Game: Dien Bien Phu: The Final Gamble

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Date: 7/10/2016 3:07:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Lessons on Operational Planning in a 1950's Siege

Stuart McAninch, writing for The Boardgaming Life, suggests a Viet Minh operational plan and tactics for the siege. An outstanding article for an outstanding game...
Game: Democracy Under Siege

Publisher: Luca Cammisa
Date: 7/10/2016 3:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Democracy Under Siege: Pre-Order for Essen

Democracy under Siege, a strategy game designed by Calvinus Games in 2010-2016, is now published by 4Dados (Spain) and is available in pre-order for Essen as announced here:
Game: Murmansk Run: Arctic Convoys to Russia

Publisher: Lou Coatney
Date: 7/10/2016 2:55:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Murmansk Run: Free Print & Play Game!

Free Print & Play game from Lou Coatney. Print all game components (map, battle board, counters, markers and rules) and start playing!
Game: The Italian Campaign: Med War

Series: The Italian Campaign Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 7/10/2016 2:20:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Med War: Counters for Entire Italian Army + OOB (ZIP)

Frustrated by the limits of the counter sheets for these games? Print your own counters for the entire Italian Army for Med War: The Italian Campaign (published by Decision Games). These counters cover all of Italy, south of France, Yugoslavia and returns from Russia. Also, many missing assets, Coastal Brigades, Port Defenses, etc, are included. Created and shared by Perry Rowe. ZIP file contains 3 full counter sheets and 1 Excel workbook with comprehensive Orders of Battle. (Note: Corps stripe for Nembo 184 Regt should be removed, and one other regt (PAdO?) has an incorrect stripe).
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 7/10/2016 2:16:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: New WWII Scenario

New scenario for WW2 Assault, "Ambush at Unna: 9 April 1945"...
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 7/10/2016 2:12:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: II German Korps

The Bundeswehr has rolled out the II Korps ahead of schedule. Panzers in the Mountains with the 1 Gebirgsdivision. The LARS multiple rocket system is now in the inventory. Available on Chris Selman's "My Assault Page" blog...
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 7/10/2016 2:09:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: III German Korps

The Bundeswehr Battles Back!!! The III German Korps is in the field and driving east. New German units, organic UAVs, updated German Fire Data Charts and more! Yet another variant by Chris Selman.
Game: Invaders from Dimension X

Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
Date: 7/10/2016 2:03:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Marco Arnaudo Reviews "Invaders from Dimension X"

No game analysis would be complete without a video review by Marco Arnaudo. This is one of Marco's "whispering" videos (baby's asleep, apparently). Lots of good information. Gives a great sense of how the game plays...