Spotlight Articles

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

CanGames 2015 - Ontario Gaming Convention May 15-17

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Gilbert Collins shares some personal observations of CanGames 2015. It's not an overview of the whole convention, but rather a brief look at specific games/events like "Spaghetti Western" and "Dawn of the Dead".

Alpha Testing? Beta Testing? What Does That Mean?

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Alpha/Beta testing. These terms apply to software development as well. And any other process that attempts to produce quality products. Ever wonder what they mean? The good folks at Victory Point Games explain...

Gaming Air Operations with the US Air Force ROTC

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William Van Horn of the US Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFROTC) at Montana State University has contributed the following piece on how they have integrated wargaming into the program…

Taliban Resurgent: Threats to Afghanistan's Security (PDF)

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Special report by Lauren McNally and Paul Bucala, writing for the Institute for the Study of War web site. Download the PDF for a full 39-page report.

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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 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.

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.

Mark D.: It's Tough Down South

"It's Tough Down South" - An in-depth review of Tarleton's Quarter!, Against the Odds game of the American Revolution in the southern colonies. Penned by Mark D. for

InsideGMT: Perfect Openings - First Turn VC Strategy

I've been enjoying the InsideGMT blog, and wanted to contribute something. I now have the honor of authoring the very first Strategy article on the site. Please take a look at my article "Perfect Openings: First Turn VC Strategy"… and maybe contribute one of your own "Perfect" moves... - Mark D.

Player Aid: Expenditures Record Sheet (Excel)

Player aid/worksheet that contains (1) improved MF Allocations for weapons systems, Crisis Areas and R&D. Second worksheet also contains new Bomber usage chart and MIRV'd missiles chart. Created by Mark D. for

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Game: Thirty Years War Quad

Series: Thirty Years War Quad
Publisher: SPI
Date: 5/22/2015 12:11:00 AM
Official Errata

Official rules, scenario, Events Table and countersheet errata from Decision Games (replaces dead link on DG's web site). Scanned and published with permission of Decision Games.
Game: Grand Siecle

Publisher: Azure Wish Enterprise (AWE)
Date: 5/21/2015 10:22:00 PM
Grand Siècle: New Map

A newly redesigned map is now available for purchase on for Grand Siècle game published by Azure Wish in 1993. The look & feel has been greatly improved. The map is now much more readable and intuitive, having at the same time a gorgeous graphic quality. It contains some key additional informations and is a bit larger. Some errors in the original map layout have been corrected and the map now contains a diplomacy track for minor nations and, last but not least, a useful legend. The map is available in 36x24" poster format.
Game: Comancherìa: The Comanche Empire 1700-1875

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 5/20/2015 10:58:00 PM
Joel Toppen: Designing for Feel

Joel Toppen takes us inside the design process of his solitaire game Comancheria.
Game: Crimean Shield

Publisher: 3W
Date: 5/20/2015 10:53:00 PM
Stuka Joe: "Unboxing" Video

An "unboxing" video, produced by Stuka Joe, for "Crimean Shield". Joe received the game unexpectedly and decided to… well, I'll let him tell the story…
Game: Wipers Salient

Publisher: Felbrigg Herriot (Self Published)
Date: 5/20/2015 10:46:00 PM
Single Handed Warfare: Video Review

Really good review of this self-published war-themed card game. Nice to see these self-published games getting some attention. Take a look…
Game: Blue Cross, White Ensign: The Imperial Russian Navy During the Age of Sail

Series: Flying Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 5/20/2015 10:25:00 PM
Armchair General: Review

In depth review by Sean Stevenson for Armchair General. Sean describes the game well, is clear about what he likes and does not like. Spoiler alert: The likes outweigh the dislikes (e.g. "John Paul Jones would have played this game, and so should you").
Game: Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm

Publisher: Matrix Games
Date: 5/17/2015 3:18:00 PM Computer Game AAR

Excellent, well illustrated, After Action Report produced by Michael Capobianco for the web site.
Game: Keep up the Fire

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 5/17/2015 1:00:00 AM
Stuka Joe: Video Playthrough

Stuka Joe produces a full paythrough video. Top quality content, as usual. Check it out…
Game: For the Crown

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 5/17/2015 12:30:00 AM
Expansion #3 - Between Heaven and Earth

The third expansion to "For the Crown", Between Heaven and Earth introduces 12 new kinds of variable cards and 10 new types of units that can be trained using the new cards, in addition to an alternate starting card, the Merchant.
Grognard Challenge Time!

Date: 5/17/2015
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new (05/17/2015) Challenge and the winners for the last Challenge.
Game: Stonewall's Sword: The Battle of Cedar Mountain

Publisher: Revolution Games
Date: 5/16/2015 12:48:00 AM
Enrico Viglino: Video Intro, Review, Replay

Enrico Viglino gives "Stonewall's Sword" the full treatment: Intro, Review and Replay. New game from designer Hermann Luttmann.
Game: Gulf Strike

Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 5/13/2015 10:44:00 PM
Hexsides and Hand Grenades: Scenario 6 Redux

I think we've collectively shamed Brad, of Hexsides and Hand Grenades fame, into completing the replay of Scenario 6 that he started some time ago but never finished. Mission accomplished… And he even gave a plug for one of my old articles on The Boardgaming Life. Thanks Brad!
Game: Heroes of Normandie

Publisher: Devil Pig Games
Date: 5/13/2015 10:35:00 PM
Grogheads: First Look

Decent pictorial review by Jim Owczarski for the Grogheads site.
Game: España 20: Volume 1

Series: Napoleonic 20
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 5/12/2015 10:19:00 PM
Stuka Joe: Video Review of España 20

Stuka Joe goes really deep with a set of videos (review/replay) for "Bailen", one of the games included in the Espana 20 box set. Published by Victory Point Games.
Game: Advanced Squad Leader

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 5/12/2015 10:06:00 PM
Hong Kong Wargamer: What do you like about ASL?

Game designer Carl Nogueira was asked "What do you like about ASL?". Hong Kong Wargamer posts the response…
Game: The Hunters - German U-Boats at War, 1939-43

Publisher: Consim Press
Date: 5/12/2015 10:00:00 PM
Games from the Front: The Hunters

Ty Snoufer, writing for the "Games from the Front" blog, is taking another crack at this outstanding solitaire game from ConSim Press.
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 5/12/2015 9:40:00 PM
Assault Page: Austrian Army Counters

The Austrian Army for "Assault" has mobilized! Chris Selman has added new Austrian Army counters for the Assault series.
Game: Assault

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 5/12/2015 9:38:00 PM
Assault Page: Finnish Army Counters

Chris Selman has added new Finnish Army counters for the Assault series.
Game: Quartermaster General

Publisher: Griggling Games
Date: 5/10/2015 9:49:00 PM
Quarter to Three: Review

Brief review titled "Quartermaster General and the unbearable lightness of gameplay", authored by Tom Chick.
Game: Gettysburg 1863

Series: War of the States Series
Publisher: Avalanche Press
Date: 5/10/2015 9:46:00 PM
Gilbert Collins: Video Review

Gilbert Collins has produced an excellent overview of "Gettysburg 1863", part of the "War of the States" series.
Game: Commands and Colors: Napoleonics

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 5/10/2015 9:37:00 PM
Battlefields & Warriors: Miniatures Playtesting

Norm, from the Battlefields & Warriors blog, uses components and scenarios from GMT's "Commands and Colors: Napoleonics" to test a new set of miniatures rules he's working on.
Game: Up Front

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 5/6/2015 10:50:00 PM
Homefront Wargame Center

The Homefront Wargame Center is reporting the new that this classic game may be in line for a reprint. See their article for details…
Game: The Civil War in the Far West: the New Mexico Campaign 1862

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 5/6/2015 10:43:00 PM
Gilbert Collins: Video Review

Gilbert Collins takes on a tour of this old S&T game with the rather wordy title of "The Civil War in the Far West: The New Mexico Campaign 1862". Excellent video from Gilbert, as usual.
Game: Battles of the Ancient World I

Publisher: HexWar Games
Date: 5/6/2015 10:35:00 PM
Battles of the Ancient World I: Available Midnight Tonight!

The ‘Battles of the Ancient World’ game system for Mac/iPad, new from HexWar Games is a tactical simulation of the some of the greatest and most important battles from 331 B.C. to 9 A.D.. Each, of the 4 scenarios available, features one of these great battles and players may play as either side. Available tonight at midnight...
Game: Founding Fathers

Publisher: Rick Heli
Date: 5/6/2015 9:35:00 PM
Founding Fathers: Upgrade Kit

Spotlight on Games have just released the Founding Fathers Upgrade Kit that brings the game up to date with the one that is currently shipping. It includes 36 updated cards, plus revised rules and player mats.