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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.

My top anticipated wargames of 2022

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"...how could I resist such a title?" Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, is enthusing about games he hopes to lay hands on this year. See if you agree with his six selections, like the one of which he says "…the core mechanics seem so innovative that I will need to check [out] this game."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/26/2022


The Straight Shooter of Savo Island – The Life of Vice Admiral Willis Lee Jr. Book Review.

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"His career reflects the transitional period between the big gun battlewagons of the First World War and the rise of carrier aviation." Ray Garbee reviews Battleship Commander: The Life of Vice Admiral Willis A. Lee Jr., by Paul Stillwell. Check out why Ray finds the book to be "…a good study in leadership…", and why, while ostensibly a guns and battleships guy, Lee refused to wear blinders: "Much as [with] William Halsey recognizing the airplane as the future, Lee recognized the potential for radar to transform his profession."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/24/2022


Wargamer - What Tribe Are You? (PDF)

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Wargamer -- What Tribe are You? A question for us all. Wouldn't life be easier if we really understood what designers, developers, raters, reviewers and potential opponents really want? The attached PDF is an attempt to sort through the various 'tribes' to which we subscribe. Please have a look and tell us: which tribe are you?

This article written and shared by Tim Smith.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 1/23/2022


Falkirk Muir 1746

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"Note that this battle is not to be confused with the other Battle of Falkirk 448 years earlier; the one Mel Gibson lost." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, takes a look at the battle of Falkirk Muir. Jeff brings us his customary tongue-in-cheek insights on the historical origins and the battle itself, to include why "It may have been 57 years since James II (Charles's grandfather) had been chased out of Britain, but like that Scot I met years ago in The Duke of Kent, they weren't going to let it go."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/17/2022


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Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

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Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

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Gaming Clubs/Organziations

New Gaming Clubs/Organizations listing. You can search for existing gaming clubs worldwide.

If you belong to a gaming club, or know of one, please drop us a line and let us know so we can get it listed on Grognard.com!

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.

A Close Look at a Neglected Gem

Long overdue review of Victory Games' "Central America: America's Backyard War", written by Mark D.. In depth review covering rules, game features, and scenarios (one of the highlights of the game). Editor's note: I've been playing this game again after a long, long time, so I felt this article was worth re-publishing to maybe spark interest in the game...

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman (updated)

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.

Editor's note added on 5/15/2021.

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

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

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)

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Game: Ultimate General: Civil War GL

Series: Ultimate General
Publisher: Game Labs
Game Type: Computer
Date: 1/26/2022 12:24:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
The Invasion of the North: Opening Moves

Starting with a book discussion, Magnacetaria seques into a discussion of several games based on the battle of Gettysburg. Games discussed include: Avalon Hill’s Gettysburg (1958 edition),(1977 edition), and Roads to Gettysburg; AgeOD’s American Civil War; Ultimate General and Ultimate General Civil War from Game-Labs LLC; The Guns of Gettysburg from Mercury Games; Battleground 2: Gettysburg from TalonSoft; Civil War Generals 2 from Sierra; and Civil War Campaign Gettysburg from HPS Simulations. Quite a list for Gettysburg war game enthusiasts to try.
Game: Undaunted: Reinforcements

Series: Undaunted Series
Publisher: Osprey Games
Game Type: Card
Date: 1/23/2022 3:24:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Undaunted: Reinforcements - Four Player Rules

A short video that describes the four player rules as per the Undaunted Reinforcements rulebook. In the video, the four player rules are laid out step by step so that you and three other players can play any of the scenarios found in Undaunted Normandy, Undaunted North Africa, and Undaunted Reinforcements. Created and shared by Ken McElhaney for his Seek Out & Play YouTube channel.
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 1/23/2022 2:36:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#1055) for 23-Jan-2022 and the winners for the last Challenge (#1054).
Game: The Russian Campaign

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/23/2022 1:25:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
STALINGRAD, THE CLASSIC: A REVISIONIST'S REVIEW

Back in 1996, Lou Coatney, long time war gamer and war game designer, offered his review of this early and highly regarded and studied Avalon Hill classic. Citing several problems with the game, Coatney acknowledges what made the game so popular (playablity) while being highly inaccurate historically. The review includes a list of Stalingrad successor games and Coatney’s own set of revised rules to increase historic accuracy.
Game: Caldiero 1796

Publisher: ValGame Club
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/23/2022 8:32:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Caldiero 1796 Review (2nd Edition)(video)

A rare defeat for Napoleon, an innovative system for initiative and activation, and battle-halting weather are features discussed in this review by veteran reviewer Marco Arnaudo. The review includes a thorough discussion of game play and features along with an interesting discussion of the value of magazine games in the war gaming hobby. The game’s 2nd Edition was published by Acies in Para Bellum magazine issue #2.
Game: St-Lô: Normandy 1944 – The Breakout Begins

Publisher: War Drum Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/23/2022 7:14:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
St-Lo - A tribute to the wargame designed by Joe Balkoski

Here is a quick video description for the Quarterdeck version of St-Lô: Normandy 1944 – The Breakout Begins from Mauro Faina.
Game: Stalingrad

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/22/2022 11:55:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
THE 'STALINGRAD' NOTEBOOK: DEFENDING THE MOTHERLAND

Map and Counters, a long-time war gamer’s blog from Joseph C. Beard III, reviews the history of the strategies employed by the Russians in Avalon Hill’s Stalingrad. Although the game has problems with historical accuracy, Beard finds the game fascinating and worthy of play. Are you a Finnish first or a race to Warsaw advocate?
Game: Tank on Tank: Digital

Series: Tank on Tank
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Game Type: Computer
Date: 1/22/2022 8:21:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
St Lo Video

Here is a video replay of the St-Lo scenario from Lock ‘N Load’s digital version on Steam.
Game: St-Lô: Normandy 1944 – The Breakout Begins

Publisher: West End Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/21/2022 8:50:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
St.Lo (video review)

Mark Anderson posts a positive review for this game from 1986. The video covers components and illustrates the unusual and interesting game system employed that features activation, the assignment of assets, and morale management.
Game: Tarawa 1943

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/21/2022 4:17:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Tarawa 1943 – First Impressions

"The game is quick, easy to learn and… addictive." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, checks out Worthington Publishing's Tarawa 1943. He offers the opinion that a "…game featuring Japanese forces without [a] 'Banzai!' order would not be complete...", then see what happens!
Game: Last Full Measure: The Battle of Gettysburg

Series: Last Full Measure Series
Publisher: Uhlan Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/20/2022 4:42:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Last Full Measure - Free Print & Play Board Game - 2nd Edition

Last Full Measure is a brigade scale game of the Battle of Gettysburg. The game is offered as "Print and Play" and is free of charge. Everything needed is downloadable. The 2nd edition of "Gettysburg" for the Last Full Measure print and play game system is available now. This new version features a map covering more area than the previous one with data provided by Rick Barber; improved map art and colors; a new counter set, and new off-board organization charts.
Game: Enemies of Rome

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/19/2022 4:30:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Who would be the Caesar – Enemies of Rome on Sunday afternoon

"One thing which that game taught us is that you should not be too much attached to your provinces...". Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us an AAR with Worthington Publishing's Enemies of Rome. Check out the fast-moving action, and why he has to conclude that "Well, this game can be brutal…"
Game: Castle Itter: The Strangest Battle of WWII

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/16/2022 3:12:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Recensione Castle Itter - Review from "La Via del Grognard"

Detailed review of "Castle Itter", written and shared on the La Via del Grognard web site.
Game: Antietam

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/16/2022 2:59:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Antietam - Review and AAR Highlights

Review and AAR highlights of the new "Antietam" game from White Dog Games. Review shared by Norm Smith on his Battlefields and Warriors blog.
Game: Warfighter: The World War II Tactical Combat Card Game

Series: Warfighter Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Card
Date: 1/16/2022 1:12:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
New to Solo Wargaming? - Try Warfighter WWII by DVG - Brits v Germans Playthrough (video)

If you enjoy solitaire war games you should check out the Rough Swordsman Wargamer videos on Youtube.com. You can follow every step in this 2 part video as RSW tries to get a convoy escorted by UK troops past the German defenders.
Game: Barbarossa: The Russo-German War, 1941-1945

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/16/2022 12:22:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
STALINGRAD, THE CLASSIC: A REVISIONIST'S REVIEW

Back in 1996, Lou Coatney, long time war gamer and war game designer, offered his review of this early and highly regarded and studied Avalon Hill classic. Citing several problems with the game, Coatney acknowledges what made the game so popular (playablity) while being highly inaccurate historically. The review includes a list of Stalingrad successor games and Coatney’s own set of revised rules to increase historic accuracy.
Game: Central America

Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/15/2022 1:41:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Central America: Review by Enrico

Last year's cursory review by Enrico Viglino, who is not a big fan of the game, for very specific reasons, which he explains.
Game: Combat Commander: Pacific

Series: Combat Commander
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/14/2022 4:31:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Combat Commander Pacific – Scenario #C Ichiki Attacks

"...a psychological rollercoaster...". Michal and his buddy Dave, in The Boardgames Chronicle, have a go at the Ichiki Attacks scenario in GMT Games' Combat Commander: Pacific. It's some tough slugging, and then things get more interesting: "…we both lost radios – no artillery in this scenario!"
Game: Breakout & Pursuit: The Battle for France, 1944

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/9/2022 12:38:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Corrected Errata

Updated "Breakout & Pursuit" errata, originally from 1974, with update notes by Donald Johnson.
Game: Midway

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/9/2022 12:32:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
C64 Midway Campaing (sp) [1980, Avalon Hill] - full gameplay, with US win.

In this video play through from Poland, Syntax Error plays this computer version of Avalon Hill’s Midway and wins decisively. The Commodore 64 was an 8 bit microcomputer popular in the early 1980’s. The computer could generate 16 colors, limited graphics, and somewhat sophisticated sounds and music. Avalon Hill published several games for the Commodore 64 including Midway Campaign based on their Midway board war game. The game was nominated for the Charles Roberts Award for Best Computer Game of 1980. War game sounds and graphics have come a long way from 1980!
Game: Midway

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/9/2022 12:29:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
VIC-20 - Midway Campaign (1983)(Avalon Hill)[16k] (Video)

Here is a short video showing the screen display for Avalon Hill’s Midway Campaign for the Commodore Vic-20 computer. The Commodore Vic-20 was an 8 bit microcomputer with 5 KB of internal memory that was popular in the early 1980’s. The computer could display 22 characters per line in color and could generate rudimentary sounds.
Game: Time of Crisis

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/9/2022 12:29:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Review by "La Via Del Grognard"

Excellent review from the Italian blog "la Via del Grognard" (The Grognard Way).
Game: Legion

Publisher: Society of Ancients
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/9/2022 12:07:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Legion - Expanded Set of Fast Play Rules

Professor Philip Sabin has posted an expanded set of fast play rules for his ancient battle game Legion, allowing revised versions of all 35 scenarios from his Lost Battles book to be played using a simpler but much higher resolution hex-based system than in Lost Battles itself. He has also posted a detailed YouTube video of a complete game.
Game: Battle of the Bulge: Platoon Level Combat in World War II

Series: Panzer Grenadier Series
Publisher: Avalanche Press
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/9/2022 11:22:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Panzer Grenadier Battle of the Bulge Review and Evaluation (video)

Prolific Youtube poster Blastpop covers the components and game play for this game, the 5th in the Panzer Grenadier series, from Avalanche Press Ltd using the 3rd Edition of the rules (version 4 is available at the Avalanche web site). Most of the reviewer’s quibbles concern the components themselves, especially the maps, counters, and tables. He notes that some of these shortcomings are addressed by enhanced versions created by enthusiasts and posted on the BoardGameGeek web site. Calling the game “less than a stellar version” of the battle, he nevertheless recommends the game for Battle of the Bulge game players and fans of the Panzer Grenadier series.
Game: Balkan Front

Publisher: GR/D
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/9/2022
Poster: Mark D.
Balkan Front 2nd Edition Rules (PDF)

Balkan Front, 2nd Edition - Europa III. Downloaded from the HMS/GRD web site.
Game: Central America

Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/8/2022 10:09:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
A Close Look at a Neglected Gem

Long overdue review of Victory Games' "Central America: America's Backyard War", written by Mark D.. In depth review covering rules, game features, and scenarios (one of the highlights of the game). Editor's note: I've been playing this game again after a long, long time, so I felt this article was worth re-publishing to maybe spark interest in the game...
Game: Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/7/2022 4:18:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Tank Duel takes to the Desert – Tank Duel Expansion 1 North Africa and Tank Pack 1 – Board Game Review

"If you are a World War 2 tank head as I am, you must give Tank Duel a test drive. I guarantee you won’t regret it!" Rick Martin reviews GMT Games' Tank Duel Expansion #1: North Africa, giving it a 100% rating! Check out why Rick feels compelled to conclude "…I’m loving it."
Game: Sword and Spear

Publisher: Great Escape Games
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 1/5/2022 4:35:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Battle of Longton Fields - 1471 Piggy Longton

"Darcy, aware he was outnumbered, joined his own Men-at-Arms and moved them forwards, ready for the inevitable clash of heavy armour on heavy armour." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us more spectacular Pocket Armies action, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. Join Norm for a gripping narrative: "In the Centre, Darcy was coming under extreme pressure, he had lost many archers and his Men-at-Arms were now engaged by both Salisbury’s Men-at-arms and William Stanley’s levy billmen. This centre could become broken…"!
Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/3/2022 4:59:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky – Playing The Reconquest of Gaul (53 BC) scenario

"Incredibly close & with such twists of fortunes [as] I have rarely seen." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us an exciting replay of GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. He gives us plenty of illustrations of the action, to include one of which he exclaims: "What a tremendous change of fate!"
Game: Skies Above the Reich

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/2/2022 9:46:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
GMT's Skies above The Reich 1942 Campaign Intro & Mission 1 (video)

Prolific war game poster The Blue Tweezers played all 6 missions of the 1942 Campaign for Skies Above the Reich from GMT games. Watch these videos to see how he fared (a long, hard campaign that almost leads to overall victory). Click the following links to see: 1942 Campaign Intro & Mission 1; 1942 Campaign Mission 2; 1942 Campaign Mission 3; 1942 Campaign Mission 4; 1942 Campaign Mission 5; and 1942 Campaign Mission 6 & Campaign End.
Game: Nguyen Hue '72: The 1972 Easter Offensive in Vietnam

Publisher: Cadet Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/1/2022 11:52:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Nguyen Hue '72 - Interview with Developer Kevin Talley

Interview with Kevin Talley, Developer for "Nguyen Hue ’72: The 1972 Easter Offensive in Vietnam" from Cadet Games. The game is currently on Kickstarter and there's still time to get your order in!
Game: Empire of the Sun

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/29/2021 8:37:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Empire of the Sun – Playtesting Burma Scenario

"...an endeavor worth taking by the Axis and potential unmeasurable catastrophe for Allies should Japan succeed." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, takes a look at the upcoming Burma Scenario for GMT Games' Empire of the Sun. Check out why he concludes that the scenario is quick "…to play but still deep in strategy and options."
Game: American Civil War

Publisher: Ageod
Game Type: Computer
Date: 12/26/2021 12:24:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
The Invasion of the North: Opening Moves

Starting with a book discussion, Magnacetaria seques into a discussion of several games based on the battle of Gettysburg. Games discussed include: Avalon Hill’s Gettysburg (1958 edition),(1977 edition), and Roads to Gettysburg; AgeOD’s American Civil War; Ultimate General and Ultimate General Civil War from Game-Labs LLC; The Guns of Gettysburg from Mercury Games; Battleground 2: Gettysburg from TalonSoft; Civil War Generals 2 from Sierra; and Civil War Campaign Gettysburg from HPS Simulations. Quite a list for Gettysburg war game enthusiasts to try.
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/24/2021 8:09:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Commands & Colors Ancients 2021 Open Tournament Results

"Open Tournament is definitely the largest, longest, most session-intense organized play for CCA created." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us his results from the Open Tournament for GMT Games' Commands & Colors. Did he have a good run? "The scenarios with elephants are unpredictable and after first game I was pretty upset due to completely unbelievable and improbable turn of events."
Game: Musket & Pike: Tactical Combat, 1550-1680

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/22/2021 10:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Musket & Pike Errata as of April 1973 (pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Total War: ROME – The Board Game

Publisher: PSC Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/22/2021 6:44:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Total War: ROME: The Board Game – release date, map, expansions, combat, and more

The "...stated aim is to translate all the most important features of the PC strategy game into tabletop form." Checkout some pre-release info on Total War: ROME – The Board Game, by PSC Games. See if you think the game will be grognard friendly: "...a ‘BattlePlay’ expansion...allows for more intricate combat scenarios...".
Game: Bear Trap

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/20/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Gameplay Overview—How to Play Bear Trap

"Bear Trap does not use dice in any way." Designer Paul Daniels provides an introduction to his GMT Games' Bear Trap, which covers the Soviet-Afghan war. This is a very interesting title that tries various innovations. For example, "…it’s worth emphasizing that Bear Trap is an asymmetric game—While there’s a common ruleset for both sides, each side has some things they do better than the other side and things only they can do."
Game: Bayonets & Tomahawks: The French & Indian War

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/19/2021 4:28:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Bayonets & Tomahawks - First Impressions

The good folks from The Boardgames Chronicle playing the 1755 scenario and providing first impressions. Finally had chance to discover fantastic world of Bayonets & Tomahawks from Marc Rodrigue. Playing solo Scenario 1 - 1755. Enjoy the review!
Game: Swords Around the Throne

Publisher: The Game Crafter
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/19/2021 4:21:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Swords Around the Throne - Available to fund on 1/5/2022

Game Crafter page for new game "Swords Around the Throne", which will begin funding on January 5, 2022. Please view this page for more info about the game.
Game: Berthier Campaign Manager

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Game Type: Computer
Date: 12/19/2021 4:15:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Berthier Campaign Manager v10.6.1 (Free Software)

There is a new update to the free Berthier Campaign Manager software (Version 10.6.1). This release modifies some of the functionality in Berthier and adds a new feature to GridMap. See the README file in the download for the full details.

Shared by designer/developer Tony De Lyall.
Game: Lanzerath Ridge

Series: Valiant Defense Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/17/2021 8:19:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Lanzerath Ridge – game overview

"Under your command the defenders must fend off relentless attacks from German paratroopers and fusiliers." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, gives a preview of Lanzerath Ridge by David Thompson from Dan Verssen Games, after an advance playtest. Check out why he concludes: "…if you had a chance to bring to the table any of the previous Volumes in series you would not be disappointed – this title will keep you on the ropes, fighting for survival in every turn."
Game: Moscow 1941: The Enemy at the Gates

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/15/2021 10:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Moscow 1941: The Enemy at the Gates Game Errata (pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: The Moscow Campaign: Strike and Counterstrike Russia

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/15/2021 10:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
The Moscow Campaign (Errata, pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Postcard Civil War East

Publisher: Lou Coatney
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/11/2021 12:54:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Postcard Civil War East (Lou Coatney)

Free, but copyrighted, postcard-sized game of the American Civil War in the East. Just Lou Coatney's way of saying Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Game: PanzerLeader

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/10/2021 1:03:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
War and Pieces with Rob Oren - October 17, 2018 (video)

If the wargaming hobby is to survive it will need a new generation of players. Rob Oren recommends finding older, easier war games, like Afrika Korps and Panzer Leader, and using them to introduce new players to the hobby.
Game: Field Commander: Alexander

Series: Field Commander Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/10/2021 8:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Field Commander Alexander – Granicus and Issus campaigns

Solitaire gaming has become more important to the hobby since the onset of the recent pandemic. The Boardgames Chronicle gives you a replay session of Field Commander: Alexander published by Dan Verssen Games. They present the first two campaigns in the game – Granicus and Issus.
Game: Rome, Inc.

Publisher: Against the Odds
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/10/2021 8:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Against The Odds: A Journal of History and Simulation, Rome, Inc. Issue 53

A Wargamers Needful Things reviews Rome, Inc. in Against the Odds Magazine #53. "This is a solitaire game that places the player as the CEO of the Roman Empire. Your job is to see the Empire through all of the tumults that can possibly happen during those years. The game is very deep, and dare I say, excellent. It shows you in an extremely small footprint the history of Rome in the first three centuries. Naturally, after the beginning setups in each scenario it becomes the history of your Rome. You will, however, feel all of the pressures that were put on the empire at different times."
Game: Congress of Vienna

Series: Great Statesmen Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/10/2021 6:54:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Congress of Vienna’s Tactical Battle Matrix Option Part 2 of 2 – An Example of Battle

"...players will regret not having withdrawn, not using a military card which was held back for another battle, a bad tactical chit choice, and of course, the inevitable final dice rolls! Oh the pain hindsight can bring!" Frank Esparrago and Fred Schachter continue discussing the tactical expansion for GMT Games' Congress of Vienna, this time with an example of play. They demonstrate the richness the expansion brings with a well laid out example, and then point out that "…readers should be reassured that the game time this takes in actual play is very fast."
Game: Ogre

Publisher: Steve Jackson Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/9/2021 6:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Ogre Pocket Edition Review

In this brief video review of Ogre Pocket Edition published by Steve Jackson Games, the Centurion's Review gives us their opinion of this legacy game.
Game: Napoleon Returns

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/9/2021 6:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
How to Play Napoleon Returns 1815: Turn Sequence

Seek Out and Play demonstrates the sequence of play from the game Napoleon Returns from war game publisher Worthington Publishing. It's a very nice introduction to the game system.