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

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...

Stuka Joe - The Case for Sequence of Play Cards

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First video in a series that discusses the use of Sequence of Play cards in board wargames. Sequence of play cards can ease the learning curve of complex, multi-phased wargames. In addition, they can contain relevant charts and tables on them, saving the player a trip to the player aid card...

The Tuesday Interview – Bob Smith of Oriental Empires

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"...being up at 3am trying to find 3 bytes of memory..." Grogheads interviews computer historical gaming legend Bob Smith, who has some fascinating insights on his games.

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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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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: PanzerGruppe Guderian

Publisher: SPI
Date: 1/18/2017 10:04:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
The Roads from Smolensk: SPI, Dunnigan, and the PanzerGruppe Guderian Legacy

Wow. A treatise on "Panzergruppe Guderian", and it's influence on war game design, morphs into a short history of SPI and American war boardgaming. Read it from top to bottom and recommend it highly. Even the "comments" section is interesting...
Game: Thunder Alley

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/18/2017 9:50:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Thunder Alley - Time-lapse Replay

Interesting (and different) replay of GMT's "Thunder Alley", time-lapse style. Brought to you by the good folks at the Strawpixel site. Not sure that I'm really following the action all that well, but not to worry, because there's a "Let me teach you how to play" video on the site as well...
Game: Hitler’s Reich

Series: Card Conquest System
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/18/2017 9:11:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Hitler’s Reich: AAR Using a New Solitaire System “Bot”

Are you ready to take on the solitaire Axis “Bot”? V.P.J. Arponen recounts a dramatic solitaire play of GMT Games' Hitler's Reich, fighting the "Bot" system he has created for the game. Turn 1 sets the pace, when he observes "It looks like my Axis opponent is trying a little bit of a gamble here..."
Game: The Seven Years War (1756-1763)

Publisher: Oliver Keppelmüller
Date: 1/16/2017 10:22:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: The Seven Years War (1756-1763) [Part II]

Maybe you'll want to check out the "custom battle creator"! James Cobb completes his review of Oliver Keppelmüller's The Seven Years War (1756-1763), this time focusing on the combat elements. While he notes a slight lack of polish, James enthusiastically concludes that the game has "...the vibrancy and intensity a dedicated man can give it.'
Game: 1812: The Campaign of Napoleon in Russia

Publisher: SPI
Date: 1/15/2017 6:45:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
1812 Napoleon in Russia - hex grid version 1972

A brief play through (too brief because the Russian Army got destroyed!) of the SPI game '1812'. Video composed by Gilbert Collins.
Game: Arnhem 44

Publisher: MDVC Games
Date: 1/15/2017 2:28:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Bridges Close and Far: Arnhem 44

Russ Lockwood pens an outstanding review of "Arnhem '44" for The Boardgaming Life site...
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 1/15/2017 12:00:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#795) for 15-Jan-2017 and the winners for the last Challenge (#794)
Game: Arabian Nightmare: The Kuwait War

Publisher: 3W
Date: 1/14/2017 8:12:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Arabian Nightmare - Game Replay

Outstanding replay posted on BGG by E.R. Bickford in October 2016. Set to the mellifluous sounds of Metallica, the political segment of the game is presented in text, and then the military action begins and the action is graphically displayed. Really is quite an interesting political/military game. Makes you want to dust it off and play it again...
Game: The Seven Years War (1756-1763)

Publisher: Oliver Keppelmüller
Date: 1/13/2017 8:58:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: The Seven Years War (1756-1763) [Part I]

"The key to successful campaigning is not moving troops around but finance." James Cobb checks out the strategic campaign mode of Oliver Keppelmüller's The Seven Years War (1756-1763). Despite a few quibbles, mainly on graphics, James likes the richness of detail, which will please "...hard-core nation builders...". Others can take the "...military focus option [which] turns all of the civilian functions over to the AI."
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 1/12/2017 10:06:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: Bundeswehr I Korps

The Bundeswehr I Korps is moving up as NORTHAG heats up!! Yet another comprehensive "Assault" counter set shared by Chris Selman. Fans of the game should take some time to visit Chris's site and thank him for his contributions...
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 1/12/2017 10:04:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: Czechoslovakian Peoples Army

The Czechoslovakian border heats up in the world of Assault as the Czechoslovakian Peoples Army takes the field. Shared by Chris Selman.
Game: The Saxon Shore is Burning

Publisher: Society of Ancients
Date: 1/12/2017 9:40:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Saxon Shore is Burning - BGG Listing

The gamer mysteriously known only as RHGD, wanted to see a link to this game published by Society of Ancients, so here it is. It would be nice to see some actual reviews or other content from people who have actually played the game..
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 1/12/2017 9:26:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: Czechoslovakian Peoples Army

The Czechoslovakian border heats up in the world of Assault as the Czechoslovakian Peoples Army takes the field. Shared by Chris Selman.
Game: Five minute Punic War

Publisher: Prufrock
Date: 1/11/2017 8:48:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Five minute Punic War rules.

Let's have some "Elephant terror and rampage"! Prufrock whips up some short-order Romans vs. Carthaginians rules, to great effect. See the results, and try the rules out yourself. And just remember, "A dead general counts as a victory star for the enemy."
Game: Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal - The Pacific 1942

Series: Conflict of Heroes Series
Publisher: Academy Games
Date: 1/9/2017 10:01:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal - Armchair General Review

"Academy Games has followed up their Poland and Eastern Front Conflict of Heroes World War II tactical games with their first foray in to the Pacific. Guadalcanal covers operations between United States Marines and Japanese Imperial Naval Troops in 1942." Read the rest of Rick Martin's excellent review on Armchair General...
Game: Enemy Coast Ahead: The Dambuster Raid

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/9/2017 8:58:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Enemy Coast Ahead: The Dambuster Raid - The Campaign

"...it was tense, exciting, and full of decisions with consequences that rippled their way through the entire affair." Brad is bombing again, playing GMT Games' Enemy Coast Ahead: The Dambuster Raids. Does he take out any dams, given that "I have a bad feeling about this and it's not just that Jinx marker that's causing it."?
Game: The Scheldt Campaign

Publisher: Microgame Design Group
Date: 1/7/2017 11:24:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Replay/AAR by Dav Vandenbroucke

Another legendary AAR written up by Dav Vandenbroucke. Recounts a solitaire play-through of The Scheldt Campaign, designed by Brian Train and published by Microgame Design Group in 2012. Dav even threw in some Excel formulas to help calculate combat results...
Game: Renaissance

Publisher:
Date: 1/7/2017 10:59:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Renaissance - Network Game

RENAISSANCE is a real-time, menu-driven, text-based, multi-player historical simulation game of strategy set in the year 1493. Visit the web site to get a free login...
Game: Heroes of Limanova

Publisher: Gladiator Games
Date: 1/7/2017 10:44:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Heroes of Limanova - New from Gladiator Games

Heroes of Limanova is a World War I strategy board game for 2 to 4 players. The gameboard – the battlefield – covers the region surrounding Limanowa, Gorlice and Bártfa, where the clashes, in reality, took place in December 1914 unfold during the game. Read more about this new game from Gladiator Games...
Game: Red Storm

Series: Downtown
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/6/2017 9:53:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Break Right!—SAMs and AAA in Red Storm

Are you ready to command an air campaign against "...the greatest density of SAMs anywhere in the world"? Doug Bush rolls out the challenges designed into his GMT Games' Red Storm: The Air War Over Central Germany, 1987. Be prepared for "...threats at all altitudes..." when facing the time-honored quandry, "go low” or “go high”.
Game: The Grizzled

Publisher: Cool Mini or Not
Date: 1/2/2017 4:12:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
The Grizzled - An Armchair General Review

According to Greg Johnson, writing for the Armchair General site, "The Grizzled" is top notch card game representing the human experience of World War I. Read more...
Math Worksheets Land - Free Downloadable Graph Images!

 
Date: 1/2/2017 3:47:00 PM
Math Worksheets Land - The Largest Selection of Math Worksheets on the Internet!

This site contains printable graphics that have been designed for academic use, but that wargamers may find extremely useful. Limited to "personal use" purposes, you may freely download Cartesian Graph paper patterns in various formats and cell sizes, hex grids, horizontal and vertical number lines, balanced format graphs, geometric graph paper, trigonometric graph paper, polar graphs, logarithmic graph paper, probability graph paper, and isometric graph paper.
Game: Tank on Tank - East Front

Series: Tank on Tank Series
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 1/2/2017 2:54:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Tank on Tank: East Front - Battlefields & Warriors Review

This article looks at the system and components as presented in the recent second edition re-issue, which split the game into two modules, one covering the West Front late war and the other covering the East Front with a late '43 to '44 order of battle. Shared by Norm Smith from his Battlefields & Warriors blog...
Game: Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 1/2/2017 10:15:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Pendragon Chronicles – Vol. 5 – Foederati

Will you risk "Adventus Saxonum"...? Marc Gouyon-Rety reveals the up and downsides of recruiting barbarians (Foederati) in his GMT Games' Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain. Sometimes it can save your bacon, but "...what is often a short-term fix can turn into a long-term nightmare…"
Game: PanzerBlitz

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 1/1/2017 11:37:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Panzer Blitz/Panzer Leader Rules Consolidation

Set of rules consolidating the PanzerBlitz and Panzer Leader rules into one rule set, but keeping, as much as possible, the original feel of the games. Incorporates Optional Rules by Byron Henderson, and some new rules by Fred Schwarz. Developed by Byron Henderson and Keith Plymale. Consolidated and shared by Fred Schwarz.