Spotlight Articles

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

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."

War Gaming Must Get Red Right

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"An expert in-house adversary is a powerful tool for the fleet." Captain Dale Rielage, U.S. Navy, sheds light on how the Navy is acting on the renewed U.S. military interest in wargaming, "If war gaming is to realize its potential, we must get Red right."

Yaah! 8 - A Look Inside

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Brad, of "Hexsides and Hand Grenades" fame, had the opportunity to fill in as guest editor of Yaah! magazine. He shares the experience with us in his latest article...

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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

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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.

More Grognard Originals...


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Game: TribeNet

Publisher: Peter Rzechorzek
Date: 3/24/2017 10:07:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
TribeNet: A Play by Email Build-campaign Strategy Game

TribeNet, by Peter Rzechorzek, is a Play by Email (PBEM) build-campaign strategy game. It appeals to gamers who like their games big and immersive, and who like games that require diplomacy and negotiation. The vast multi-player TribeNet world is rich in geography, resources, and dangers, making the open-ended game fantastically diverse and intriguing. The mood is Medieval with a blend of European and Asiatic flavours. Looking for a few new players...
Game: Pacific War Naval Chess

Publisher: Lou Coatney
Date: 3/24/2017 9:53:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Pacific War Naval Chess - Print & Play Game

New from the mind of Lou Coatney, a World War II naval & air historical board game. Pacific War Naval Chess game is a full-featured but quick playing game of the ferocious battles that raged across the Pacific Ocean during WWII. Just print out the game's components and rules, and you're ready to play...
Game: Afghanistan '11

Publisher: Every Single Soldier
Date: 3/24/2017 8:32:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Afghanistan '11

"…the highways and dirt roads can be nail-bitingly lethal to traverse." Ian Boudreau reviews Every Single Soldier's Afghanistan '11, a COIN doctrine-based strategy game. Ian offers some interesting insights, and concludes "This isn't isn’t going to scratch the old school grognard’s command itch, but it’s a surprisingly deep and satisfying strategy title."
Game: Fortunate Sons: The Anonymous Battle, March 26, 1971

Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Date: 3/22/2017 8:27:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Fortunate Sons - New from High Flying Dice Games!

"The NVA laid a clever trap for their nemesis, the 1st Air Cavalry Division, in the remote northern region of Tay Ninh Province, not far from the border with Cambodia. Charlie Company of the 8th Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry was dispatched to inspect suspicious activity by the NVA north of Fire Base Illingworth. On March 26th they were ambushed by the 1st Battalion of the NVA's 272 Regiment, 9th Infantry Division..."

Fortunate Sons is the companion game to Bad Moon Rising: The Battle for Firebase Illingworth, published by High Flying Dice Games. The two games use the same design and scale. Players use a standard deck of playing cards to activate units and resolve some game events, as well as a six-sided die.
Game: Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 3/22/2017 9:32:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Tank Tales #3: Advanced Command Pt. 1

"… there are many different options available to Commanders who wish to outwit the enemy." Jason Carr provides a couple of one on one duals showing the tricky, intriguing decision-making necessary in GMT Games' Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs. Just because you can say "I can see Ivan but he can’t see me.", doesn't guarantee the upper hand!
Game: Lock 'n Load Tactical: Heroes of Normandy

Series: Lock 'n Load Tactical Series
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 3/21/2017 9:43:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
LnL Tactical: Heroes of Normandy - New Vassal Module! (ZIP)

Thanks to David Heath for sharing the Official Heroes of Normandy v2.0 Vassal Module. This Vassal edition shows off the new custom UI buttons on the toolbar (Thank You Gabor Venczel), which use graphics directly from the LnLT games in some cases, and they are all bigger and flashier than the stock Vassal graphics. Additional things to look for is our new counter look, now with rounded corners and light shading. The maps and counters are all larger hi-res digital images designed to match the boardgame contents, which makes them all easier to see and read. Thanks to Vance, Gabor, and Trent for all of their efforts in making this new Heroes of Normandy Vassal module.
Game: Bloody Monday: Napoleon at the Gates of Moscow

Publisher: Vento Nuovo Games
Date: 3/20/2017 10:29:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Bloody Monday: New from VentoNuovo!

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. Visit Kickstarter to reserve your copy of the game...
Game: Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients

Publisher: Longbow Games
Date: 3/20/2017 8:59:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Hegemony III: The Eagle King DLC

"… scripted events give a rather thrilling narrative to a campaign that coined the phrase 'Pyrrhic Victory'." Joe Robinson checks out a new DLC for Longbow Games' Hegemony III, The Eagle King. Joe apparently likes the challenge: when starting out, "…you have no friends, no free resource nodes AND an army that’s probably a bit too large for your economy to support. Have fun!"
Game: D-Day at Tarawa (PC)

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 3/19/2017 4:11:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
D-Day at Tarawa (PC) - Review

CodexOfRome, writing for the Wicked Rabbit Games web site, shares an excellent and honest review of the PC version of "D-Day at Tarawa", published by Decision Games...
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 3/19/2017 8:00:00 AM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#804) for 19-Mar-2017 and the winners for the last Challenge (#803)
Game Club: Portage Indiana War Gaming Club

Location: Portage, IN, US
Date: 3/18/2017 4:45:00 PM
Portage Indiana War Gaming Club

We meet once a week on Tuesday nights, typically starting between 6:30 p.m. and 7p.m. In the 20+ years we have done this at my house, the kinds of games we've played have remained fairly consistant. Topping the list is Conventional Wargaming...
Game: Gulf Strike

Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 3/17/2017 8:20:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Gulf Strike: Scenario 1 - The Bear and The Eagle

"We are waiting for the hammer to fall on Riyadh." Brad's epic replay of Victory Game's Gulf Strike is approaching a climax. Can the Saudi's hang in there? Then suddenly the "…Qataris come from out of nowhere with their Mirage planes..."!
Game: Pax Romana: Defense of the Empire

Publisher: Vae Victis
Date: 3/15/2017 10:37:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Pax Romana - English Rules Translation (PDF)

Many thanks to Rob Tromp for taking the time to translate the Pax Romana (Vae Victis #91) rules to English...
Game: Strategic Command WWII: War in Europe

Publisher: Matrix Games
Date: 3/15/2017 8:40:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Strategic Command WWII: War In Europe – “Barbarossa and Beyond” [Part 1]

"Beware of Soviet Partisans"! Jeff Renaud continues his tongue-in-cheek insights on Fury Software’s Strategic Command WWII: War in Europe. He romps through thoughts on research, purchases, diplomacy, and events/decisions; and then the AI: "While I’ve mentioned that the AI is competent, it still does some things I would not…"
Game: Napoleon Saga

Publisher: ?
Date: 3/14/2017 9:52:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Napoleon Saga: Waterloo - New Game by Frederico Romero

Napoleon Saga: Waterloo is a boardgame which is a mix between a card and a miniature game. In Napoleon Saga two Players take the role of either the French army lead by the Emperor Napoleon or the Coalition army lead by the British Field Marshal Wellington. Read more at the Napoleon Saga web site...
Game: Dawn of the Zeds (3rd Edition)

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 3/13/2017 11:45:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Dawn of the Zeds (3rd Edition) - Review

Alexander, writing for the Players' Aid blog, pens a nice review of this Hermann Luttmann design. He gives an overview, a summary of game play, and rates the game for Components, Replayability, Mechanisms and Strategy...
Game: Budapest '45

Publisher: XTR
Date: 3/12/2017 12:53:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
BoardTactical - Budapest '45 Review

Quick but effective review of Budapest '45, a magazine game that shipped with Command Magazine Issue #31. Written for the "BoardTactical" blog...
Game: The Guns of Gettysburg

Publisher: Mercury Games
Date: 3/12/2017 12:43:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
The Guns of Gettysburg – A Boardgaming Life Review

"... If you want to replay history using scripted movements and positions, playing across a hexagonal grid, you will not likely enjoy Guns of Gettysburg, designed by Bowen Simmons and published by Mercury Games. But if you are looking for a unique design that takes you into the action of those three days, this is a candidate well deserving of your time..." Thus begins this well written and informative review by Michael Stultz for The Boardgaming Life web site.
Game: Churchill

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 3/12/2017 12:12:00 AM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Three Moves Ahead: Churchill AAR (podcast)

The star of this episode is Mark Herman's Churchill (previously covered in 3MA #330), a game in which players assume the role of Churchill, Stalin, or Roosevelt over the course of ten critical conferences. (stream or download MP3)...
Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001-?

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 3/12/2017 12:04:00 AM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Strategy Advice on Playing as the US in Labyrinth

Grant, writing for The Players Aid blog, shares a comprehensive (and long overdue) article on U.S. strategy in GMT's "Labyrinth: The Global War on Terror"...
Game: Successors: The Battles for Alexander's Empire

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 3/11/2017 5:26:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Lonesome Gamer Reviews "Successors"

Good video review of GMT's "Successors: The Battle for Alexander's Empire". Vid produced by Johannes for his "Lonesome Gamer" channel...
Game: Red Storm

Series: Downtown
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 3/10/2017 9:01:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Red Storm – Scenario Design and Testing

"NATO air forces launch massed strike raids into 'kill boxes' where Soviet tanks are running wild." Doug Bush runs an intense playtest of his wild “Breakthrough” scenario for GMT Games' Red Storm: The Air War Over Central Germany, 1987. "The air-to-air combat was, as usual with Red Storm testing so far, deadly."
Publisher: Gian Carlo Ceccoli

Date: 3/8/2017 10:00:00 AM
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...
Grognard Challenge Extra - Mystery Game?

 
Date: 3/8/2017 9:30:00 AM
Grognard Challenge Extra - Mystery Game?

Can you guess the game that the pictured counters belong to? It's not technically a Grognard Challenge, because the answer is not known! It's more of a Grognard Mystery Game. Please take a look at the linked document and image and let us know if you have any idea at all where these game counters come from... (Mystery counters shared by Robert Dickerson)
Game: Congo Merc

Publisher: HexWar Games
Date: 3/8/2017 8:59:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Congo Merc

"What isn’t good are some poorly-ported features..." Jeff Renaud has a somewhat sour take on Hex Wars' Congo Merc. See why he feels the game might be challenging for "casual gamers", but nonetheless concludes "Myself, I just wanted this particular civil war to end."