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

Winter of Wargaming 2017 Wrapup - Podcast

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Three Moves Ahead, Episode #389 - Rob and Bruce wrap up this year's winter of wargaming by looking back at some of the games they played and some of the trends they've seen in the wargame space. From boutique games to the pros and cons of computer wargaming, they cover a wide array of topics on their favorite hobby. Does a narrow scope limit a game's design or does it open up new possibilities? How well can you really simulate a given scenario?

Notes on Games with Sequential Moves

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Paul Owen, writing for his Man Overboard blog, pens a fairly deep analysis of strategic games involving sequential moves (i.e. those in which each player's decision happens in the context of knowing opponents' previous decisions). This is actually the second post in a series exploring games of strategy, begun last month, that is co-authored by designers Aaron Honsowetz and Austin Smokowicz...

1066 Project (leading to the Battle of Hastings).

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William the Conqueror is coming! Norm, of Battlefields and Warriors, is designing using the accretive process, with the goal being a battle of Hastings game later this year. Follow his thoughts on figures, terrain and rules: "Oh Dear! To be both blessed and cursed by choice!"

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."

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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: Zama Hannibal vs Scipio 19 October 202 BC

Series: Battle of The Ancient World
Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 4/30/2017 6:37:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Robert Peterson reviews Zama Hannibal vs Scipio 19 October 202 BC

Pitting Hannibal vs Scipio, “…one of the few times that military masters have met on the field of battle..." Robert Peterson from the blog “A Wargamers Needful Things” reviews the folio game from Decision Games' Zama Hannibal vs Scipio 19 October 202 BC , noting that the “…game play is quick and tight...highly recommended…” and “perfect in complexity, price, and size to attract new players to our hobby.”
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 4/30/2017 2:00:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#810) for 30-Apr-2017 and the winners for the last Challenge (#809)
Game: Gettysburg '77

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 4/29/2017 1:12:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Gettysburg '77 - Advanced or Unplayable?

A brief look at the advanced game of Avalon Hill's "Gettysburg" designed in 1977. A game that never seems to have taken off in the wargaming community. Why? Perhaps this video, produced by Gilbert Collins, can give us a hint...
Game: Steel Division: Normandy '44

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Date: 4/28/2017 8:46:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Preview: Steel Division Normandy '44

"Given the beta, the full release can’t come fast enough!" James Cobb is more gung ho than we've ever seen him, previewing Paradox Interactive's Steel Division: Normandy '44. Apparently the designers have succeeded at "…tempting the cattiness of Grognards."
Publisher: Maine Historical Wargamers Association (MHWA)

Date: 4/26/2017 11:39:00 PM
Huzzah! Wargaming Convention - May 19 - 21, 2017

The Huzzah! Wargaming Convention (May 19-21 2017) held in South Portland, ME, is the annual historical wargaming convention organized by the Maine Historical Wargamers Association (MHWA). Started in 2010, Huzzah! brings together wargamers and wargaming clubs from throughout New England. Approx. 350+ attendees visit the show, along with game masters, vendors, guests and casual passersby. Huzzah! consists of over 100 events spread across the three days, including tournaments (Impetus, Flames of War, Bolt Action), how-to painting sessions, presentations by authors and guests, and lots of terrific games. Our game masters, who hail from across the region, bring some of the most beautiful miniatures and terrain to the convention, and really well crafted scenarios. Visit the convention web site for more information...
Publisher: Gian Carlo Ceccoli

Date: 4/26/2017 10:00:00 PM
San Marino Gaming Convention - May 5 - 7, 2017

The San Marino Game Convention (May 5-7 2017) is a gathering of board game and war game players. It is open to anyone who wants to participate: experienced players, families, children, schools, etc. Free game demos for everyone! This convention is organized by the Association of San Marino Historical Games (ASGS) and will be held on May 5th, 6th and 7th of 2017 in the Palace Hotel in beautiful San Marino. Visit the convention web site for more information...
Game: Under the Southern Cross: Flying Colors Vol. IV

Series: Flying Colors
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 4/26/2017 9:02:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
New Features in Under the Southern Cross Part II

"…simple displacement drift caused more problems than it solved." Steven Paul offers more design insights from the development of his GMT Games' Under the Southern Cross expansion of Flying Colors. So, how does experience as an airplane pilot help solve this difficulty?
Game: Napoleon's Quagmire

Series: The Library of Napoleonic Battles
Publisher: Operational Studies Group
Date: 4/25/2017 9:37:00 PM
Poster: Yannick Stoneage
WITB Napoleon's Quagmire from OSG

Great preview of the Napoleon's series. Great presentation!
Game: Doctor Who Exterminate

Series: Doctor Who
Publisher: Warlord
Date: 4/25/2017 9:05:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Unboxing of the new game of Doctor Who

Unboxing of a new original game with miniatures and interesting upgrades. Video produced for the Box to Board YouTube channel.
Game: RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 4/24/2017 1:02:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Left Hand Reviews Video Review: Decision Games RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940

Detailed video review by clawlan from 2d6.org for this Decision Games reworked version of RAF by West End Games. Includes what's in the box and a review of RAF Lion, a solitaire game, one of 3 games included. "..intense...tactical...yet strategic...awesome..."
Game: Order of Battle WWII: Kriegsmarine

Series: Order of Battle
Publisher: Slitherine
Date: 4/24/2017 8:26:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Order of Battle WWII: Kriegsmarine DLC Review

"… there should be plenty of challenging fights for your money." Jeffrey Renaud takes Matrix/Slitherine Games' Order of Battle WWII: Kriegsmarine DLC out for a shakedown cruise. He reports a smooth experience, and likes the variety of big and small new features, such as "…a ‘what-if’ attack on Scapa Flow."
Game: Kaiser's War in the East

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 4/22/2017 10:29:00 AM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Kaiser's War in the East: Review

After giving the game a fair number of play-throughs, John Setear opines on this recent effort published by Decision Games in their iconic "Strategy & Tactics" magazine issue #301. His review is based on actual hands-on experience with the game and is well thought out and reasoned... a rarity these days...
Game: Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 4/21/2017 8:27:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Pendragon Chronicles – Vol. 8 – Imperium (Part 1)

Roman Rule, Autonomy, Fragmentation?!? Marc Gouyon-Rety explains why and how the broad historical scope of GMT Games' Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain requires evolution of the rules and victory conditions as the game progresses. So: Fragmentation means "…only naked land grab remains as a victory condition for the Saxons…"
Game: Musket and Pike: The Renaissance

Series: Musket and Pike
Publisher: HPS Simulations
Date: 4/20/2017 5:28:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
The Wargaming Society scenario descriptions for The Renaissance

The Wargaming Society provides this list of scenarios and descriptions for John Tiller's war game, Musket and Pike: The Renaissance.
Game: Musket and Pike: The Renaissance

Series: Musket and Pike
Publisher: HPS Simulations
Date: 4/20/2017 5:20:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Scott Parrino's Review of Renaissance

2009 review by Scott Parrino for "The Wargamer" blog. John Tiller's game ranges from the close of the Medieval era to the eve of the Thirty Years War. "What marks The Renaissance as different from Napoleonic games are different formations, units, and clever mechanics embedded in parameters that give it an extremely unique flavor...a ground-breaking game". Compare to Slitherine’s Field of Glory and Jeff Lapkoff's Vengeance.
Game: Vengeance

Publisher: HPS Simulations
Date: 4/20/2017
Poster: Pat L.
Jim Cobb's Review of Vengeance

Illustrated review by Jim Cobb for "The Wargamer" blog. Jeff Lapkoff's take on a millennia of battles covering the Dark Ages through the Renaissance. "Vengeance is an innovative and entertaining game that captures the essence of a period". Compare to Slitherine’s Field of Glory and John Tiller’s The Renaissance.
Game: Lock 'n Load Tactical: Solo

Series: Lock 'n Load Tactical Series
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 4/19/2017 10:30:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Kevin Kitchen - Game Play Brief

Kevin Kitchen produces a solid video that highlights the finer points of playing "Lock n Load Tactical: Solo"... well... solo. It's a 3 part video production, created for his Ones Upon a Game blog.
Game: Squad Leader

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 4/19/2017 9:30:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Joy of ... Nostalgia, Basic Squad leader.

"One of the Russian SMG teams becomes berserk." Norm, of Battlefields & Warriors, enjoys some nostalgic Squad Leader action with a recently acquired fourth edition copy of the game. "The pleasure of returning to this game is not just a case of looking through rose tinted spectacles…"
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 4/18/2017 9:10:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: Northern Group of Forces

The Northern Group of Forces is now mobilized for the assault on the North German Plain. The latest in a series of "Assault" variants shared by Chris Selman.
Game: Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars

Series: Great Politicians Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 4/17/2017 8:48:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Pericles: Strategy in the Archidamian War

"Since this is all preplanned and secret, some really cool situations arise." Designer Mark Herman offers strategy tidbits in his GMT Games' Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars. Of course, while most strategy is dependent upon game mechanics, there are always event cards to keep things from being cut and dried. As Mark says of "Will of Assembly" cards: "In Pericles, the respective assemblies do not supply free lunches."
Game: Bloody Monday: Napoleon at the Gates of Moscow

Publisher: Vento Nuovo Games
Date: 4/16/2017 10:29:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Bloody Monday: Kickstarter Campaign Wrapping up...

VentoNuovo's upcoming game on the Battle of Borodino, now live on Kickstarter! Using the game engine from Moscow '41 (and not VNG's "Waterloo 200") the game provides action and challenges, plus the joy of die rolling. Unlike other VNG products, Bloody Monday uses large 20mm blocks, and includes over 110, to provide enough detail and different unit types but still keep the game playable in one sitting. Colorful PVC stickers and "fog of war" give players everything they need in an easy mechanic. Kickstarter campaign is wrapping up, so reserve your copy now!
Game: 878 - Vikings: Invasions of England

Publisher: Academy Games
Date: 4/16/2017 10:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
878 - Vikings: Invasions of England - Kickstarter wrapping up!

Gain fame, riches and a new home as the Vikings voyaging to England, or defend your Kingdom and Christendom from the pagan hordes! The Kickstarter campaign for "878 - Vikings", to be published by Academy Games, is down to the last few days! Reserve your copy now!
Game: Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal - The Pacific 1942

Series: Conflict of Heroes Series
Publisher: Academy Games
Date: 4/16/2017 8:09:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal - Review

Maurice Fitzgerald pens an outstanding review of "Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal", published by Academy Games...
Game: Hammer of the Scots

Publisher: Columbia Games
Date: 4/16/2017 2:35:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Cody Carlson: Video Review: TDG Hammer of the Scots

Short video Review by Cody Carlson for his "Discriminating Gamer" Blog. Includes a comparison to 2 other games that use blocks for units: Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign 1815; and Athens & Sparta.
Game: Persian Gulf: Battle for the Middle East

Series: The Third World War Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 4/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Third World War – Persian Gulf: Quick Replay

Well illustrated replay of the game by Ty Snouffer, for his "Games from the Front" blog.