Spotlight Articles

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

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...

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...

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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 Grognard.com site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of Grognard.com" 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.

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: Fall of Rome

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 1/21/2017 9:47:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Fall of Rome: Gilbert Collins Review/Replay

Video review and partial replay by Gilbert Collins. Actually a 1 turn replay that covers all the highlights of this old war game originally published by SPI in the 1970s.
Game: On to Paris: The Franco-Prussian War

Publisher: Compass Games
Date: 1/21/2017 9:33:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
On to Paris! An Enrico Review

Full video coverage (over 10 hours!) of this game, published by Compass Games. This massive video archive is produced by Enrico Viglino and hosted on "The Game Box" web site.
Game: Tanks: The WWII Tank Skirmish Game

Publisher: Gale Force Nine
Date: 1/21/2017 9:21:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
TANKS - A Battlefields & Warriors Review

"TANKS - produced by Gale Force Nine, is a themed tactical WWII game played on a small table area with some quite interesting mechanics. It uses fast self assembly 15mm plastic tanks (Battlefront models) and the base set seems very good value." Read the rest of Norm Smith's review of this miniatures/board game...
Game: Tanks: The WWII Tank Skirmish Game

Publisher: Gale Force Nine
Date: 1/21/2017 9:15:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
TANKS - Opinionated Gamers Review

Mixed review by Matt Carlson of the "Opinionated Gamers" web site. He likes the rules, but has a problem with the "assembly required" aspect...
Game: Pacific Fury: Guadalcanal, 1942

Publisher: Revolution Games
Date: 1/21/2017 9:09:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Pacific Fury: Guadalcanal, 1942 - Stuka Joe Review

Excellent video review of "Pacific Fury: Guadalcanal, 1942" by Revolution Games. Stuka Joe does his usual bang-up job; everything you need to know about this game is covered here...
Game: End of Empire: 1744-1782

Publisher: Compass Games
Date: 1/21/2017 8:36:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
End of Empire: 1744-1782 - Boardgaming Life Review/Replay

Tom Thornsen, writing for The Boardgaming Life, covers the basics of the game, followed by a pretty detailed replay of the "King George's War" scenario between Tom and Jim Lawler. Both of these guys are huge fans and AH 1776 mavens, so it should be interesting...
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...
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: Surrender Unto Caesar: The Siege of Alesia

Publisher: LPS Inc
Date: 1/10/2017 11:14:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Counter Scans

Counter scans from Decision Games.
Game: Napoleon's First Battles

Series: Napoleon's First Battles Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 1/10/2017 10:48:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Counters

Counters for Napoleon's Fist Battles, Empires at War, and 7 Days Battles.
Game: Advanced European Theatre of Operations

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 1/10/2017 10:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
AETO - Correction Counters

Correction counters from Decision Games.
Game: Emperor's First Battles

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 1/10/2017 10:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Emperor's First Battles - Counters

Counter scans from Decision Games.
Game: Four Battles of the Ancient World

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 1/10/2017 10:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Four Battles of the Ancient World - Counter Scans

Counter scans from Decision Games
Game: Italian Campaign series

Series: The Italian Campaign Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 1/10/2017 10:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Counters

Counters from Decision Games