Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

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Gaming Clubs/Organizations

Gaming Clubs and Organizations

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Spotlight Articles

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

Interview with John Poniske Designer of Flanks of Gettysburg from Compass Games

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John Poniske is a prolific designer and we have enjoyed several of his games including Revolution Road from Compass Games, Plains Indian Wars from GMT Games (as yet unreleased but nearing completion), Bleeding Kansas from Decision Games, Hearts and Minds from Worthington Games and Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars 1845-1872 from Legion Wargames. The Players Aid talk to him about his design philosophy and his upcoming game, Flanks of Gettysburg to be published by Compass Games.

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 1/6/2021

Warlord Epic ACW - painting and comparing

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"...this post is going to look at what it might mean to my wargames table...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, checks out a sample of the new Epic Battles: American Civil War miniatures from Warlord Games. Check out why Norm feels he can give the product "…a big thumbs up, another area of choice for the customer and in our relatively small hobby…".

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/6/2021

A Brief History of Naval Wargames

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Kyle Mizokami gives a brief history behind the US Navy’s use of war games on the US Naval Institute’s News page. These games have played an important role in US Navy strategy and tactics. “After the war, Admiral Nimitz was to remark, “The war with Japan had been reenacted in the game rooms at the Naval War College by so many people and in so many different ways, that nothing that happened during the war was a surprise . . . absolutely nothing except the kamikaze tactics toward the end of the war; we had not visualized these.”…”

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 1/4/2021

Marengo 1800

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"...Marengo, the putative victory that cemented Napoleon's hold on power." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another one of his exquisite battle illuminations. This time, an engagement with a role on the path of power: "Bonaparte realized that if he were to retain his dictatorial powers, he had to deliver victory and a satisfactory end to the war."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/1/2021

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Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman

Is there such a thing as a "Perfect Opening Move" in any of GMT's COIN Series games? Mark D. shares his idea of a "perfect" opening turn for the Romans in Falling Sky. Enjoy.

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

I'm finally getting to play this game, and am looking forward to it. There are a decent amount of "special rules" and restrictions that apply to either the Axis or Soviet player, depending on which turn it is. Rather than flipping back and forth in the rule book, I made a quick & dirty cheat sheet for myself which I have been using, and thought I'd share it. If anyone sees anything that's incorrect, please let me know via email at mark at grognard dot com. (updated 4/11/2020 to include rules for ignoring Rivers - Axis only on Turn 1; both sides on Turn 2)

French "Low Density" Blues in Ici c'est la France!

Brief strategy article written by Mark D. that explains the concept of "Troop Density" and examines how that level can have a big impact on French and FLN play in the early stages of the game. Ici c'est la France! was designed by Kim Kanger and published by Legion Wargames in 2009. Outstanding game!

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

Date Title Article Summary
1/6/2021 Interview with John Poniske Designer of Flanks of Gettysburg from Compass Games
Poster: Harvey M.
- John Poniske is a prolific designer and we have enjoyed several of his games including Revolution Road from Compass Games, Plains Indian Wars from GMT Games (as yet unreleased but nearing completion), Bleeding Kansas from Decision Games, Hearts and Minds from Worthington Games and Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars 1845-1872 from Legion Wargames. The Players Aid talk to him about his design philosophy and his upcoming game, Flanks of Gettysburg to be published by Compass Games.
1/6/2021 Warlord Epic ACW - painting and comparing
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...this post is going to look at what it might mean to my wargames table...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, checks out a sample of the new Epic Battles: American Civil War miniatures from Warlord Games. Check out why Norm feels he can give the product "…a big thumbs up, another area of choice for the customer and in our relatively small hobby…".
1/4/2021 A Brief History of Naval Wargames
Poster: Pat L.
- Kyle Mizokami gives a brief history behind the US Navy’s use of war games on the US Naval Institute’s News page. These games have played an important role in US Navy strategy and tactics. “After the war, Admiral Nimitz was to remark, “The war with Japan had been reenacted in the game rooms at the Naval War College by so many people and in so many different ways, that nothing that happened during the war was a surprise . . . absolutely nothing except the kamikaze tactics toward the end of the war; we had not visualized these.”…”
1/1/2021 Marengo 1800
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...Marengo, the putative victory that cemented Napoleon's hold on power." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another one of his exquisite battle illuminations. This time, an engagement with a role on the path of power: "Bonaparte realized that if he were to retain his dictatorial powers, he had to deliver victory and a satisfactory end to the war."
12/23/2020 Interview with Wolfgang Klein Designer of Assault – Red Horizon 41 from Assault! Games Currently on Kickstarter
Poster: Harvey M.
- The Players Aid interviews new designer Wolfgang Klein (no relation to Alexander Klein) and discusses his upcoming Kickstarter for a tactical level wargame focused on Operation Barbarossa during World War II from June through December 1941, Assault – Red Horizon 41.
12/18/2020 Opening action at Henry Hill 1861
Poster: Doug Holt
- "It is a wargamers delight." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, draws from the book 'We Shall Meet Again’ The first battle of Manassas, by JoANNA M. McDonald to create a tabletop scenario. Join Norm as he gives us a first play AAR, and check out why he concludes that "…the game did feel like an early 1861 engagement and passed a pleasant hour."
12/14/2020 Interview with Mark Holt Walker Designer of The Long Road from Flying Pig Games Currently on Kickstarter
Poster: Harvey M.
- Mark Walker from Flying Pigs Games and, designer of the upcoming game,The Long RoadThe Players Aid about his design.
12/13/2020 Top 3 wargames suggestions for Christmas 2020 – Part 2 – all time classics
Poster: Harvey M.
- The Boardgames Chronicle wishes everyone happy holidays with their suggestions for wargame gifts that should be under everyone's Christmas tree.
12/13/2020 An Interview with Dana Lombardy
Poster: Harvey M.
- Dana Lombardy spends some time with Harold discussing his career and his latest project: MacGowan & Lombardy's THE GREAT WAR fast-playing card game. Available on Kickstarter:
12/11/2020 Best 3 Games with…Blocks!
Poster: Harvey M.
- The Boardgames Chronicle states, "The allure to me of this genre of wargames is the Fog of War aspect that you get from not knowing exactly what you are attacking or are being attacked by until that moment when you reveal the units. This creates some really tough decisions about how to attack and where and will lead to some gaffs form time to time as you end up going full bore realizing after the fact that you overcommitted because they only had smaller value blocks and now you are out of position to follow this move up on the battlefield.". They present the 3 games they love best with blocks!
11/25/2020 1471 - Stand firm, save the Treasury!
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Lord Darcy is hoping that his archers will do most of the work this day...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, gets to the action with his latest Dungborough encounter. Whose hands will the collected tax prize fall into, the Lancastrians or the Yorkists? As Norm puts it, "The situation is tightly balanced, with several points of crisis and no certainty of which way it will go - I like that about this system."
11/22/2020 Strategy Talk - Dunnigan Deals With Monsters And Politics
Poster: Mark D.
- Strategy Talk speaks to Jim Dunnigan about reader feedback in Strategy and Tactics. The discussion moves on to the monster games of SPI. We round things off with a discussion of several of Jim’s early political games including ‘Up against the Wall Mother F!#&@%’ and ‘Chicago, Chicago’.
11/18/2020 Preparing for war! Dungborough 1471
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...indecent haste suggests that the Yorkists are quite close." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, sets the stage for an upcoming engagement in his fictitious Dungborough battle site! Enjoy all the photos of Norm's excellent miniatures work, and get ready to hang on to your seat, as the defenders "...will fight to the last, rather than see their hard earned taxes stolen by the rebels."
11/1/2020 Recent Board Games Submitted to the National Library of Finland
Poster: Pat L.
- The National Library of Finland has been cataloguing and maintaining a repository of Finnish games including Finnish War Games. Click these additional links to see: Maps of War Games at the National Library posted by Kari Hintsala(wait for the page to fully load to so you can translate it to English); and a short conversation posted by Board Game
10/23/2020 A battlefield to fight over .... often!
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Dungborough... has frequently borne the brunt of the rivalry and machinations of others." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, is fleshing out his fictitious battleground area of Dungborough, and getting ready for more action: "…the parish must assemble an array of their finest archers and be ready to join their Lordship in defence of the parish!"
10/19/2020 Quarterdeck Int'l - Newsletter #8 - St. Lo, and Other Specials
Poster: Mark D.
- The first thing to announce is a reprint of St. Lo, designed by Joe Balkoski and originally published by West End Games. We have a special offer going on right now (started today 19-Oct) offering the first 24 copies at $55.00 instead of the normal $70.

Additionally, from today until November 8th we have a special running on multiple games to help make room for new games arriving (a lot more are coming in!).

Check out the details at Quarterdeck International's web site!
10/13/2020 Dunnigan’s and SPI’s Friday Night Follies, A Play Tester Heaven
Poster: Harvey M.
- It's always nice to reminisce about the old days of wargaming and here's a very special interview with legendary designer and head of Simulations Publications Inc., Jim Dunnigan, as he talks about the play testing done on Friday nights in New York city.
9/23/2020 Basing thoughts for Bosworth
Poster: Doug Holt
- "I tried hand painting the pavises. It was a brave attempt, I wept, swore, gave up wargaming forever..."! Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, talks basing and painting work with his miniatures. Lots of photos of some excellent work, and comments about the occasional frustration: "Perhaps my friend ‘The Dremel’ can correct that!"
9/14/2020 Battle at Dungborough 1471 with Billhooks!
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Events unfold quickly at the hill." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, plays out a battle in the fictional county of Dungborough, using the Never Mind the Billhooks rules he's been having fun with of late. Playing a fairly balanced scenario always makes for an interesting test of a rule set, and then "Suddenly, a gift presents itself!"
9/4/2020 4th Kingdom of Heaven ACTS Tournament
Poster: Mark D.
- Call to Arms for the IV Kingdom of Heaven Tournament!

Join us for the IV Kingdom of Heaven Tournament! Whether you are an expert or novice, you are guaranteed at least three games, since round 1 is the (introductory) First Crusade played twice.

The games will be played on the Advanced Card Tracking System ACTS.

Please send your pledge to participate in this tournament, including your ACTS e-mail and ACTS nickname, to the GrandMasters of the Tournament:

Aleksandar Pesic

Trevor Sturmy

Start enlisting and soon we will announce the starting date!
9/4/2020 Giving the WotR Billhooks rules a first outing.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...a better appreciation follows play, where I think the rules can be seen to be punching above their weight." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, grows his appreciation for the Never Mind the Billhooks rules he's been trying out. To include a nuance that leads Norm to conclude that "As this game clearly demonstrated, leader loss is a nightmare and one has to give thought to where leaders are placed…"!
8/31/2020 Never Mind the Billhooks - free WotR rules
Poster: Doug Holt
- "It seems to me that these rules cleverly walk the tightrope of being easy rules, but not simplistic...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, checks out the Wars of the Roses large skirmish/small battle rules by Andy Callan, contained in Wargames Illustrated issue 393. Norm is definitely enthused, since this new acquisition "…has already caused me to further boost my [Wars of the Roses] stash with an order for some Perry plastic foot knights and their lead Lancastrian command on foot."
8/28/2020 Angry Bunny Blog - Games, e-Pubs and Kickstarters
Poster: Mark D.
- Discussions of GMT's "Beneath the Med", High Flying Dice Games "Desert Eagles", a couple of Dan Verssen Games titles including a current Kickstarter item "Zero Leader", 2 e-Pubs: "Combat at Close Quarters" (Vietnam River Boat combat) and "Naval Air War" (Rolling Thunder). Lots of info courtesy of Ashley, i.e. "Angry Bunny"...
8/24/2020 Risky Business
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Risk can be mitigated – but never eliminated." Brad Smith, in his Hex Sides & Hand Grenades blog, discusses how he is handling a conceptual difficulty encountered in designing his upcoming game, That Others May Live. See why he's coming to the conclusion that "…I had an obligation to show that things could go sideways even though everything had been done according to the book."
8/16/2020 WW2 Global Conflict - Moderated Game
Poster: Mark D.
- You are invited! WW2 Global Conflict is a moderated game of unlimited scale. No fee to play! You play your favorite board games, report your results every two weeks, and I plot those results on my master maps. Your games mean something, in a BIG PICTURE war game. Visit our site to get our free manual and JOIN!
8/16/2020 Favorite 3 CDGs - Boardgames Chronicle
Poster: Mark D.
- Another article in the series of my favorite wargames. Today the focus is on Card Driven Games (CDGs). Enjoy! Shared by the good folks at The Boardgames Chronicle site.
8/5/2020 Stamford Bridge
Poster: Doug Holt
- "What a fun year this must have been! Comet included!" Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, offers another one of his exquisite looks at a not so well known battle. Including some perspective as to "…why it was strategically important to events that ultimately shaped English history, and even the evolution of the English language itself, i.e. why it's mostly French."
8/3/2020 Simple Battles No.1 - Fight for the Bridge.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "So, in the spirit of pursuing the simple game, I have put a game on using just 6 units per side...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, chips in to help evaluate the concept of a "…‘simple game’ and what that actually means." Norm creates a fast-moving ACW meeting engagement, and the fun starts: "The Union are the first to get all of their brigade onto the table (they are the fastest with the mostest!)." Do they retain their advantage?
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Well color me tartan, because I just took the plunge and my sage ruminations follow." Bill Gray explains the why and the how of his miniatures "downsizing" effort, along with some nice pictures of the results! And a bit of the sagacity he mentioned: "…remember, if you have but one pack of unpainted lead in your closet, you can’t die…"
7/13/2020 509th (H) B-17 Virtual Bomber Group
Poster: Mark D.
- If you are interested in playing a Play By Forum that is playable with either "B-17 Queen of the Skies" or with "Target for Today", we would love to have you join us. We are an open ended campaign, so people can come and go as they need to. We fly one mission every 2 weeks. Crews will carry over from one campaign to the next so lost crew can be replaced, and so that people can join as we go. The crews that are currently in our campaign (which is flying with the 9th USAAF) will simply transfer over to the 12th. Any thing not in the base games that is needed we can help you with, so that you are able to play along. The 509th has been functioning as a play by forum game since 2012, and has had 10 wonderful campaigns. The way that the 509th works, is when you register for a crew (B-17 or B-24) you will be placed into a squadron. Please see the site for more information...
6/22/2020 Mongol Logistics
Poster: Doug Holt
- "There is a conspiracy website that oddly asks a lot of good questions." Len Krol, writing in the Centurion's Review, has questions about the Mongols, whether inspired by a conspiracy site or not. He makes some interesting points in examining the idea that "There is more to the Mongols than meets the eye."
6/15/2020 Not the Phalanx Wargame Show
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...this is one that is always on my ‘must attend’ list and so will be particularly missed...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, is set on honoring, in his own way, the Phalanx wargame show, which will not take place this year. See what Norm is up to in his effort to remind us of why "…the relevance of wargame shows and their ability to motivate and enthuse is something precious that we need to make sure we never let slip away."
6/10/2020 Wars of the Roses Artillery.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Painting projects seldom grace the pages of this blog, but this base has a slightly different emphasis." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, relates why he's made a head start on a War of the Roses armies project, focused on a Front Rank 28mm medieval gun piece with crew. Norm has his reasons, and then discovers that he also "...had never appreciated the clever but simple mechanism for adjusting gun elevation that these things had."
6/5/2020 My Passion for History - Ancient Greece
Poster: Mark D.
- "In this write-up I am continuing with the series of articles regarding my passion for history, this time focusing on Ancient Greece – especially times of Pelopponesian Wars. A very noticeable period and with long-lasting effects on the whole Hellenistic world. One which was always drawing my attention." The Boardgames Chronicle discusses various board games that cover this period...
6/3/2020 Size Matters: the Evolution of Scales & Figures in Miniature War Games
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The scale actually, physically did grow up. Seriously, not joking here. As in the figures actually got bigger and taller." Bill Gray reflects on trends in the miniatures figures market, some good, some annoying. Like his conclusion that "…all of us true 15 mil aficionados are simply going to have to adjust, become REAL good at figure placement and generally suck it up."
5/25/2020 The Last Dice
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...the new series documenting part of the career of a man who was so good he is almost a myth." Prufrock is up to something…! Perhaps a directorial debut? Who is the mysterious "Ear Bevan"?
5/22/2020 The Wargamer's Guide to Heraldry, Uniforms & Flags in Tabletop Wargaming
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...pageantry is one of the reasons I do historical miniature wargaming." Bill Gray brings us a fascinating look at the how and why of the way armies looked before things became nationalized and regularized in the past couple of centuries. Which is why Bill particularly likes games where "…you need to stop thinking like a 21st Century humanoid, at least understand why generals long ago thought the way they did, and then do likewise."
5/20/2020 Empire of the Sun: Full Campaign PBEM Tournament
Poster: Mark D.
- Now registering for the "Empire of the Sun: Full Campaign PBEM Tournament". Check the site for details of tournament rules and requirements. Registration will be limited to 16 participants or no later than August 31, 2020.
5/18/2020 Book buying spree
Poster: Doug Holt
- "It was only right, meet and good to go there and splurge in votive thanks as soon as I was able." Prufrock brings us his first post-full-lockdown thoughts, centered on the pleasure that his local secondhand bookshop has reopened. And he didn't leave empty-handed: "Fortunately, there were three cracking coffee-table hardcovers with Prufrock written all over them…"!
5/13/2020 The Granicus
Poster: Doug Holt
- " was a political as well as a vainglorious motive to invade Darius III's realm." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another one of his fascinating, in-depth battle examinations. Jeff's approach with this one, given the available history (or lack thereof?), is to keep in mind the adage that "…most accepted truths are the fossilized remains of self-serving propaganda."
5/8/2020 Virtual paradox: how digital war has reinvigorated analogue wargaming
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...analogue methods have often proven to be more flexible, creative, and responsive than their digital counterparts in addressing emerging modes of warfare." Rex Brynen discusses what he sees as an emerging, and fascinating, juxtaposition in why the modern growth of digital warfare may be better analyzed using good old-fashioned hands-on wargaming. As Rex puts it, "…advances in digital wargaming could result, as Caffrey (2019) notes, in obtaining 'the wrong answer faster and with more persuasive graphics'."
5/1/2020 The little Hetzer and the grizzled Sherman!
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The German Hetzer is just one of those strange looking little vehicles that can easily become a wargaming favourite." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, checks out how a World War II tactical encounter is handled in a board game (Old School Tactical Vol II by Flying Pig) versus a tabletop system (Battlegroup rules from Iron Fist Publishing). Along with some interesting analysis, Norm is looking for when "That emotional connection with a game pulls you in and shows that something is being done right."
4/24/2020 Fighting with Featherstone ...... again!
Poster: Doug Holt
- Norm Smith sets out "…to see what 5 decades has done to the way that introductory rules are presented." Norm, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, plays a scenario using the classic Don Featherstone’s ‘Battles with model Soldiers' rules, and then with the Perry Brother’s Firepower rules. Check out why he concludes that, "…for what it’s worth, my older school credentials have me preferring the intricacies and exactness of the Featherstone method."
4/20/2020 Battle of Mathilda’s Field - A video participation game
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...I can already feel a sense of command tension / anticipation from the unknown and wanting a plan to work...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, is taking part in a video miniatures encounter being featured on the Check Your Leader TV YouTube channel. The game is already underway, and in Norm's initial report, he is "…mightily encouraged by the bravery on my right flank and am in hope that by the end of the day, we will prevail…"!
4/18/2020 Miniature Wargaming
Poster: Pat L.
- Here’s a quick overview of the miniature wargaming hobby from the Fandom Card and Game Database web site. The site includes many resources of interest to the miniatures wargamer.
4/11/2020 Little Wars and Floor Games
Poster: Mark D.
- Angry Bunny shares links to Project Gutenberg (and other places) that contain rules and discussions for very old wargames, some going back to the early 1900's.
3/27/2020 A Comprehensive List of Things to do While in Isolation.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Sadly, as much as we would like to, we can't spend all that time painting, gaming, and reading up on armies and battles old and new. It would get boring." Prufrock comes to the rescue! Acknowledging that at least some of us may have limits with unlimited wargaming time, he offers some tongue-in-cheek possibilities to balance things out. That includes expanding the hobby: "…smuggly extol the virtues of a hobby that has already accustomed you to long periods of time alone and exacerbated anti-social tendencies that some are only now coming to comprehend."
3/23/2020 A tale of two tank platoons.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...the new recruits must quickly learn their craft if they are to survive the initiation of battle." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, is "mixing it up" by rerunning a German/Soviet armor clash with different governing rules, and then again with some additional mods. As always, good storytelling and insights: "The mods made the second game much more interesting than the first…".
3/20/2020 “Flattening the Curve” COVID-19 matrix game
Poster: Doug Holt
- "From deep in his secret social distancing bunker at an undisclosed but secure location…". Rex Brynen, in PAXsims, discusses a matrix game focused on the pandemic, Flattening the Curve. A sign of our unfortunate times…
3/17/2020 Moe's Game Table Interviews John Kranz
Poster: Mark D.
- Continuing his quest to interview every game designer of any note, Moe, of Moe's Game Table fame, had a chance to sit and chat with John Kranz at the first Consimworld Expo Dallas Convention that he began this year. John shares some insight into both the Dallas and Tempe conventions as well as the multiple hats he wears with all of his responsibilities with Consimworld and Compass Games. Including a discussion about numerous titles that are headed our way from Compass Games...
3/14/2020 Centurion's Review - Top 10 Reasons for Game Review Choices
Poster: Mark D.
- "A friend of mine asked why I choose to concentrate on games off the beaten path when I could instead concentrate on popular games and get many more views... here are the top 10 reasons I choose to concentrate on games off the beaten path in no particular order..." Excellent video/written article from Centurion's Review enumerating reasons to review less popular games.
3/13/2020 Yahoo Groups Is Dead - Now What???
Poster: Mark D.
- Bad News: Yahoo Groups closed in October 2019.

Good News: Here's a guide to Yahoo Groups alternatives, which should make an "easy fix" to send your readers that is more useful than a "closed for business" page!
3/9/2020 Alumwell Show (WMMS) 2020
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...for a medium sized show, it is punching above its weight." Norm Smith, writing in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, gives us a field recon report on the Alumwell or West Midlands Military Show. Norm has lots of pictures of the excellent table displays in the show. "Don't you just want to own this!"
3/8/2020 Best Games Reviewed in 2019
Poster: Pat L.
- Here are the top 20 games reviewed by the Armchair General wargaming blog. High Flying Eagles from High Flying Dice Games scored a perfect 100% with its tactical World War I aerial combat game.
3/6/2020 Interview with Iván Cáceres Wargame Graphic Design Artist
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The best part is getting the cover finished and making it express the correct feeling for the theme and battle involved." Grant Kleinhenz interviews graphic design artist (and long time wargamer) Iván Cáceres about his work in the field and how he approaches it. Hats off to Iván for his professionalism! "I know how harsh the fandom can get about historical accuracy, so I take it seriously."
3/4/2020 Unboxing figures
Poster: Doug Holt
- "For the Big Move™ down south I was quite worried about how the figures were going to manage the journey." Prufrock relates how he prepared his wargaming treasures for his New Zealand excursion! "And it's not too bad…"
3/2/2020 Pocket Armies- Terrain integration
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...I do not want to use the smaller scale to simply give me bigger armies." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, continues gearing up his Pocket Armies project. See how this craftsman navigates to where he can say "…my table is well on the way to fulfilling it’s part of the deal in me getting the look and feel that I want for these games."
2/24/2020 Players' Aid - Best 3 Games with Chit-Pull Activation!
Poster: Mark D.
- It's about time that someone compiled a Top 3 List for Chit-Pull activation games. Thanks to The Players' Aid for providing such a list for our review, and agreement... or not...
2/24/2020 The Best Free Miniature Wargame Rules
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Admittedly, sometimes these offers are fleeting...". Bill Gray offers an intriguing list of free, or near free, miniatures rules, along with his often entertaining tips and insights: "…this is a game covering the age of Louis XIV using a sequence of play so unique it had me saying, 'Damn, I wish I’d have thought of that!'”
2/22/2020 The Great War – Mini-Tournament #4
Poster: Mark D.
- It was already 4th Mini Tournament (on Vassal) played with Richard's Borg The Great War. We focused on Tanks expansion and Cambrai battle. A lot of good games, exciting scenarios and close results. Enjoy this short session report shared by The Boardgames Chronicle blog...
2/16/2020 The North African Games
Poster: Pat L.
- ConsimWorld, a forum where wargamers gather, presents a group of wargamers weighing in on their favorite WWII North African based war games. Kim Meints kicks off the discussion with Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps and lists his other favorites. Jonathan Arnold includes his BoardGameGeek list of North African/Mediterranean games, 36 games and counting. What’s your favorite?
2/14/2020 Interview with Mike Willner Designer of Prelude to Revolution: Russia’s Descent into Anarchy, 1905-1917 from Compass Games
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...they should feel a sense of acceleration towards calamity...". Mike Willner, interviewed by Grant Kleinhenz, offers some fascinating perspective on designing his upcoming Prelude to Revolution: Russia’s Descent into Anarchy, 1905-1917 by Compass Games. Mike has clearly put a lot of thought to context and momentum, and he want players to feel that the "…forces of history (the game, that is) will impose priorities on them that they would rather not deal with."
2/12/2020 12 Most Anticipated Wargames of 2020!
Poster: Doug Holt
- "… I kept it to 12 but that was a very difficult undertaking as there are just so many great looking games on tap." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, offers his annual survey of upcoming titles that have him salivating! He offers something for just about everyone, including monster game aficionados: "With no less than 5 maps (that’s right, I said 5!) and 12 sheets with over 1,600 counters, this game is big."
2/10/2020 How much is your wargame collection worth?
Poster: Mark D.
- Have you ever thought about how much effort you have put into getting your wargame figures ready for battle? Or the value of the figures, units, armies and collections you own?
2/8/2020 C3i Magazine Issue #33 Preview
Poster: Mark D.
- Preview of C3i Magazine Issue #33 from RBM Studio. Video produced and shared by Moe's Game Table
2/1/2020 Top 3 Anticipated Games of 2020
Poster: Mark D.
- Michael, writing for the The Boardgames Chronicle site, tells us, "As 2020 begins, there are some specific titles/wargames I am anticipating and hoping to be able to play during the year. My short, subjective list of the top 3 follows. Included among them, of course, is Samurai Battles!. And what are your top 3?"
1/27/2020 Smash the Iron Brigade! - Pocket Armies 1863
Poster: Doug Holt
- "This is the second Confederate unit lost and game tension increases." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, continues his Pocket Armies project with a clash near the "…reverse slope of Seminary Ridge." Things are not swell for the Union commander, however, as "…his right just stood there and got mauled."
1/24/2020 Personal effects
Poster: Doug Holt
- "It certainly was a sign: it is brilliant." Prufrock, after a bit of a hiatus, is back, with a reference to some excellent reading in V.M Yeates's Winged Victory. He offers the highest praise: "A book to come back to again and again, I think."
1/20/2020 Pocket Armies - the fight below Seminary Ridge 1863
Poster: Doug Holt
- "This is an uneven action and will be a risky venture for the Confederates right from the start...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, is back working on his Pocket Armies project. As always, Norm offers us lots of insights and fun, like where "The Union have been given a chance to respond and they do so with some fancy footwork!"
1/10/2020 Pocket Armies and 4’ x 3’ project going into 2020.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "I like a throw down scenario, but also like the scenario to be formalised and recorded so that the better ones improve over time...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, ruminates on his Pocket Armies Project for 2020. Looks like lots of fun ahead, including the item where Norm comments that "…looking at this next is rather defeating my ‘ignore the latest shiny thing’ resolve…"!
12/27/2019 Interview with Matthias Cramer Designer of Weimar: The Fight for Democracy from Compass Games
Poster: Doug Holt
- "I cannot image a Weimar game without CDG mechanics." Grant Kleinhenz interviews designer Matthias Cramer about his upcoming Weimar: The Fight for Democracy. Matthias offers some interesting insights about the game and his design philosophy: "A game is never finished, but at a certain point it is good enough to be finished."
12/12/2019 10 Wargames to Buy Your Wargamer for Christmas 2019!
Poster: Mark D.
- A must-read for everyone who knows and loves a wargamer, but has absolutely *no* idea what game to buy for them. Shared by Grant at The Players Aid blog...
12/4/2019 Invicta: How Did Wargaming Shape the War in the Pacific?
Poster: Doug Holt
- Rex Brynen, in the PAXsims blog, picks up on some interesting videos concerning the impact of wargaming on "…battles like Pearl Harbor, Midway, and the Island Hopping campaign…". They include some first-class material, featuring folks like U.S. Naval War College Museum Curator Rob Doane and wargame designer Pete Pellegrino!
11/30/2019 Interview with Mark Herman (Video)
Poster: Mark D.
- Moe Fitzgerald checks in with legendary game designer, Mark Herman, for a discussion of Mark's latest efforts "Gettysburg", "Waterloo 1815", "Fall of Saigon" and "Versailles 1919", among other topics.
11/30/2019 Interview with Gene Billingsley (Video)
Poster: Mark D.
- Moe Fitzgerald interviews publisher/designer Gene Billingsley, of GMT Fame, for a discussion that includes information about "Mr President", the new GMT Facebook group, and the hobby space overall...
11/30/2019 Interview with Designer Volko Ruhnke (Video)
Poster: Mark D.
- Moe Fitzgerald interviews game designer Volko Ruhnke at the San Diehgo Historical Games Convention. They talk about his latest designs "The Hunt for Blackbeard" and "Nevsky". He also gives some insight into the future of gaming and the fusion of euros and wargames.
11/20/2019 These Eight (and more) Classic free War Games have been preserved by the Internet Archive
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The Archive now includes a rather astonishing number of classic wargames...". Ian Boudreau takes a look at dated, but in some cases classic, wargame programs in the Internet Archive. Check it out, and you will "…appreciate having access to as monuments to wargaming's storied and sometimes inconvenient past."
11/11/2019 Pocket battle Games, so far....
Poster: Doug Holt
- Looking for small games "...complicated enough not to be able to figure out the ultimate 'win all the time' game plan strategy within a few plays..."? Angry Bunny offers some thoughts on the pocket battle games offered by LPS and High Flying Dice Games over the years. Small perhaps, yet, in the view of designer Paul Rohrbaugh, "…it is harder to design these pocket games to be as true to history and fun, than it is to design a larger game."
11/11/2019 Finnish Civil War Ludography
Poster: Pat L.
- Freelance writer and game designer Brian Train provides a cursory list of games devoted to the Finnish Civil War of 1918. Train designed the game Finnish Civil War in 2009, later published in Paper Wars magazine in 2017.
11/10/2019 Early look at COIN game based on Northern Ireland troubles
Poster: Mark D.
- Guest Blog Post: The Troubles Part 1 – An Early Look at a COIN Series Inspired Multi-Faction Treatment of the Northern Ireland Conflict by Hugh O’Donnell. Shared by The Players' Aid site.
11/4/2019 Bits and pieces, and a wargame.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "It was a fine contest with plenty of blood and thunder, and even a crossroads." Prufrock returns, after a hiatus in posting, with some splendid pictures of an ACW miniatures engagement! "The fighting on the Union right was grim right from the beginning."
10/28/2019 Anti-Submarine Warfare: A Review
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The book shows that ASW is as much an art form as it is a matter of technology." Brad, in his Hexsides & Hand Grenades blog, offers a review of the 1984 Anti-Submarine Warfare by Rear Admiral J.R. Hill. Sounds like a must read, given Brad's comment that "I learned more about ASW in this short volume than from all the books about Cold War naval equipment I had ever browsed."
10/19/2019 Interview with Ty Bomba
Poster: Mark D.
- Grant Kleinhenz, writing for the Players Aid blog, interviews Ty Bomba, designer of "Operation Ichi-Go", a game in development to be published in Against the Odds Magazine #52.
10/18/2019 Bucket List – Q3 Summary (Boardgames Chronicle)
Poster: Mark D.
- Bucket List – Quarter #3 summary Games: Various (Time of Crisis, C&C Medieval, Paths of Glory, Root, Altiplano) Description: Q3 just passed and it is time to update / check progress on my Bucket List! What follows is short review of games played and progress made to the ultimate goal! Enjoy! (Shared by the Boardgames Chronicle blog.
10/13/2019 Wargame Watch – What’s New & Upcoming – October 2019
Poster: Mark D.
- "When I started writing the Wargame Watch feature in 2017, I couldn’t have imagined how well the series would do. It has grown every month since the first edition and is now garnering around 3,200 views per month. It has actually become our largest regular monthly post and I really have enjoyed doing them each month as it is really a good time hunting down all the new titles for inclusion..." Shared by Grant at The Players Aid blog...
10/7/2019 Essen Spiel 2019 - Top 5 Anticipated Wargames
Poster: Mark D.
- Essen Spiel, the largest board game convention in Europe, is not generally known for wargames. But Fred Serval of the Homo Ludens site, has rooted out the "Top 5 Anticipated Wargames" that are featured at Essen this year...
10/4/2019 Tiger 224 gets orders (1/72 scene)
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…an interesting read, full of the sort of detail that the gamer and scenario designer will find useful…". Norm Smith in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, does a little wargamer art imitating reality after enjoying a read of Panzer Ace, the Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander, by Richard Freiherr von Rosen. Norm is clearly an ace at modeling: check out his results after some "…Vallejo Putty tinted with paint came to the rescue."
9/25/2019 Best WWII Museums and Historical Sites
Poster: Mark D.
- 19 of the World’s Best World War II Museums and Historical Sites - Compiled by Axel Hernborg, editor at
9/8/2019 The Wargamer's Guide to... WW1 Naval Wargames
Poster: Pat L.
- James Cobb continues his Wargamer’s Guide series on “The Wargamer” web site. Cobb limits his list to seven computer based games from the DOS based Dreadnaught to 2015’s World of Warships.
8/31/2019 Wargaming Miscellany - Another Colonial Imaginations Battle
Poster: Mark D.
- As a follow on to his recent battle report about the The Battle of Hak-al-Kumara (see From the Chronicles of Rajistan..., From the Chronicles of Rajistan (2), and From the Chronicles of Rajistan (3) - The Battle of Hak-al-Kumara for further details), Archduke Piccolo has just written a battle report about the next battle in the campaign, the Battle of of Cpistupon. Thanks for the Wargaming Miscellany blog for this article.
8/21/2019 “We wargamed the last days of Brexit. Here’s what we found out”
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Softer members of the Tory Brexit Delivery Group then split away from the party leadership...". In a link provided courtesy of PAXsims, Luke Cooper discusses an interesting attempt to wargame out Brexit. Will it predict the outcome? Who knows, but "…the game offers an insight into the interests that will shape this and the core contradiction underpinning the process…".
8/19/2019 Top 10 Requests for Wargame Designers and Developers
Poster: Mark D.
- The "Top 10 Requests for Wargame Designers and Developers" as compiled by Captain Dave for the Centurion's Review blog. Editor's note: A pretty sensible list, if you ask me...
8/12/2019 Snodgrass Hill, 1863
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Snodgrass Hill was where my great-great grandfather, John Fletcher Hill, fought in a near-suicidal rear-guard action against the onslaught by a victorious Confederate army." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, offers another splendid battle review, this time with a personal connection. And plenty of insights: "It would not be the first time that a commander in the field dismissed intelligence (said the former intel officer)."
8/7/2019 Slitherine has contracted to work with the UK's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory
Poster: Doug Holt
- Wargames "…tend to be easier to use than analytical software produced by the laboratory itself." Ian Boudreau picks up on an interesting turn for a well-known computer wargame firm. And passes on a fascinating job posting!
8/4/2019 Start Your Wargame Collection - Homo Ludens
Poster: Mark D.
- This is the 3rd part of a video series to introduce new players to wargames. In this episode, host Fred Labeste and guest designer Brian Asklev will provide you with a top 5 list of wargames to start your wargaming collection. This should be the perfect starting point to get to know this amazing hobby...
8/2/2019 Historicon 2019 & The Rise of the Cigar Box Battle Mat
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Seems to me we might not have a trend here, but a full scale revolution." Bill Gray examines a growing miniatures phenomenon, Cigar Box Battle Mats. Is Bill just being a detached observer? "In fact I was so pleased, when I got home I ordered two more maps…"!
7/31/2019 Legendary War Game Designer Richard H. Berg has Passed Away. Armchair General Presents a Personal Tribute by Tim Williams and Rodger MacGowan.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Another One Gone…" Tim Williams offers some thoughts on prolific designer Richard H. Berg. "...his recent passing leaves a big hole in Wargaming..."
6/28/2019 Oh Simple things, where have you gone?
Poster: Doug Holt
- "One might suppose from this blog title that rose tinted glasses have transported me back to a ‘better’ wargaming time...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, takes some mildly whimsical inspiration from rereading a couple of classic miniatures titles from the 70s. As always, Norm has some interesting insights: "…modern authors have not felt tied to copying actual military manoeuvres to get the same result."
6/19/2019 2019 Phalanx Wargame Show
Poster: Doug Holt
- " is nice to see some of the traders who were fledgling game companies back in the day, who are still out there, doing it and supporting this wonderful, but niche hobby." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, has a thoughtful report on a recent wargame show, including a bunch of photos of the offerings!
6/10/2019 75th Anniversary D-Day A Millennials Guide – Book Review
Poster: Doug Holt
- "I would make this book required reading in every high school and college history course." Rick Martin reviews 75th Anniversary D-Day A Millennials Guide, a book that is a badly needed effort to reach the generation that knows "…less about history than any other generation for the last 100 years…".