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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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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

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, 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, covers the first two turns of the game (Summer 1861) 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: 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."
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."
Game: Gandhi: : The Decolonization of British India, 1917–1947

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 3/6/2017 9:19:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Imperialism and Protest in GANDHI: How to Shift Support (or Build Opposition)

New "...types of factions make playing Gandhi a new COIN experience with unique challenges and gameplay." Designer Bruce Mansfield explains some interesting trade-offs for players in his GMT Games' Gandhi: The Decolonization of British India, 1917–1947. Revolutionaries can upset the apple cart, as "…a rash of terrorism across India will make it all the more difficult to advance the nonviolent cause"!
Game: Great Battles of Alexander Deluxe Edition

Series: Great Battles of History Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 3/5/2017 1:36:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Review/Replay/Analysis - Enrico Viglino

Extensive coverage of Great Battles of Alexander. Videos produced by Enrico Viglino for "The Game Box" web site...
Game: High Treason: The Trial of Louis Riel

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 3/5/2017 12:17:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Review: High Treason! The Trial of Louis Riel by VPG

"High Treason is one of the latest titles put out by Victory Point Games, and will hopefully be the first of many in a series. I’ve never played a courtroom or trial type game before so I really had no idea what to expect, but after opening the box it was readily apparent that the game was very well produced and also well thought out..." Review by Alexander for "The Players' Aid" web site...
Game: The Course of Honor

Publisher: Up and Away Games
Date: 3/4/2017 9:14:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Course of Honor: New from Rick Heli

In Ancient Rome attract clients, secure funds and employ specialists to promote your team of candidates up through the historical course of honor. One of them may even become First Man in Rome! New "print on demand" design by Rick Heli...
Game: Lightning and Steel: The Battle of Piotrków Trybunalski

Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Date: 3/4/2017 7:40:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Lightning and Steel: New from High Flying Dice Games!

Lightning and Steel is a war game simulation of the climatic battle fought near the town of Piotrków Trybunalski during the 1939 invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany. Taking the crossroads town was crucial to the German’s XVI Corps offensive. The Poles ordered their 1st and 2nd Tank Battalions, along with elements of two infantry and one cavalry divisions, to counter attack and cut off the Germans. The result was the war’s first major tank battle, and one that nearly thwarted the German’s plans. Can you do as well or better than you historical counterpart?
Game: Gulf Strike

Publisher: Victory Games
Date: 3/3/2017 8:50:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Gulf Strike: Scenario 1: Cataclysm

"Can the Americans and their allies manage to fend off the Iranians for another turn?" Brad of Hexsides and Hand Grenades continues his surprise-packed replay of Victory Game's Gulf Strike! Can the Iranians take Riyadh? Well, don't count out the Rangers! As Brad opines "I think the special forces options are my favorite part of the game because it adds so much unpredictability."
Game: Founding Fathers

Publisher: Rick Heli
Date: 3/2/2017 10:06:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Ladies & Orators: A Founding Fathers Expansion

This expansion kit translates an early date for suffrage for women into the possibility of ladies participating in the government. In addition several Statesmen like Daniel Webster now have a new Orator ability. Others like Andrew Jackson have improved Ability when they act as General. And as always there are more opportunities for subterfuge...
Game: Afghanistan '11

Publisher: Every Single Soldier
Date: 3/1/2017 9:14:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
(P)review: Afghanistan '11

"In Afghanistan '11, we get to peek inside the machine of keeping boots on the ground." Alex Connolly checks out the clearly intense Every Single Soldier's Afghanistan '11, which is not just a wargame, but "…a management and logistics sim." Alex finds the game a powerful exposure to the "…frustrating realities of a military giant being harassed and undermined by liquid belligerents and internecine upheaval."
Game: RAF: The Battle of Britain 1940

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 2/28/2017 9:47:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Stuka Joe's "Mechanics at Play" for RAF

Stuka Joe's videos are just fantastic. They are truly a media event or war gamers, and I thoroughly enjoy them. If you really want to know what "RAF: The Battle of Britain" is like before plunking down cash to buy it, I highly recommend Joe's videos...
Marshall Enterprises News Update!

Date: 2/28/2017 9:40:45 PM
Marshall Enterprises News Update!

Marshall Enterprises (ME) announces several updates in the world of La Bataille, and other initiatives for 2017. Please view the attached PDF for details, and contact Jim Soto at jgsoto9 @ for more info...
Game: The Seven Years War: Frederick's Gamble

Series: The Napoleonic Wars
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 2/27/2017 8:28:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Seven Years War: Frederick’s Gamble “Goes Electric” (with a New VASSAL Module!)

"Michael’s VASSAL accomplishments seem like wizardry… and maybe in a way it is." Fred Schachter describes the work of Michael Arrighi to convert GMT Games' The Seven Years War: Frederick's Gamble to VASSAL form. Including links for getting in on the fun yourself!
Game: Warfighter: The World War II Tactical Combat Card Game

Series: Warfighter Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Date: 2/26/2017 5:12:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Warfighter WWII - Game Review

"It may come as a bit of a shock for those unfamiliar with the series, that all of the action in "Warfighter WWII" takes place across a simple tableau of cards. At first this may seem a bit odd, leaving you to wonder how this can be considered a tactical game. Can you have true tactical play across a row of cards? Believe it or not, it works quite well..." Thus begins a review by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Club Fantasci site...
Game: Combat Mission: Final Blitzkrieg

Series: Combat Mission
Date: 2/24/2017 12:26:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Combat Mission Final Blitzkrieg PC Game Review

"...units behave so realistically that the player often feels like he is controlling real soldiers and not just digital simulations." Rick Martin gives a most rousing review of Battlefront's Combat Mission: Final Blitzkrieg. Rick likes the "...incredible immersive graphics...", and that "... the player doesn’t have to have the dexterity of a teenager in order to play the game." See why he gives the game an Armchair General 94% rating!
Game: Under the Southern Cross: Flying Colors Vol. IV

Series: Flying Colors
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 2/22/2017 3:11:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
New Features in Under the Southern Cross, Part I

Bring on the Ship’s Boats! Designer Steven Paul provides some insights into his GMT Games' Under the Southern Cross, expansion IV of Flying Colors. The expansion's focus on South American river combat requires some unique adjustments since "...interaction between ships and the shoals figure prominently..."
Game: Warfighter: The World War II Tactical Combat Card Game

Series: Warfighter Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Date: 2/20/2017 5:52:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Warfighter WWII - After Action Report

Well written and awesomely illustrated replay of Warfighter: WWII, written by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Club Fantasci web site...
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 2/20/2017 5:48:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: Soviet Unit Data Cards

Soviet Unit Data Cards are now available! Shared by Chris Selman.
Game: Leningrad

Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 2/20/2017 5:42:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Leningrad - Battlefields & Warriors Review

A re-release of the old SPI title, this update has improved graphics, a larger hex grid on a larger map and larger counters... Read this review by Norm Smith on his Battlefields & Warriors blog...
Game: Imperator

Publisher: Histoire et Collections
Date: 2/20/2017 4:28:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Jours de Gloire web site

Website dedicated to Frédéric Bey wargames and articles. (Shared by Rob Appleyard).
Game: Red Storm

Series: Downtown
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 2/17/2017 8:33:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Red Storm AAR Playtest, Part 2

"Time for the SAM crews to earn their pay." Doug Bush and his friend Chris Baer continue their AAR of GMT Games' Red Storm. They've finished planning, and the intense game is on. "I almost felt sorry for Doug and his cardboard crews as they advanced further into my SAM fire zones. Almost ..."
Game: Pub Battles: Sharpsburg

Series: Pub Battles Series
Publisher: Command Post Games
Date: 2/16/2017 10:29:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Chaos to Order: A Pub Battles Strategy Guide

The traditional turn format of I-GO-YOU-GO is very neat and orderly. The turn sequence actually helps organize your thinking. Handy but that is not the way the real world works. Pub Battles forces you to think like a real commander...