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Spotlight Articles

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

Saturday Night Fights! ~ The 1815 Campaign (Yes, All of it) for “Snappy Nappy”

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"If you’re going to play out a grand campaign, play it on a grand scale. We’ve got a crowd tonight, in 6 different chats on all different “tables” as the campaign plays out on the 207th anniversary of the battles." states the gentleman from Armchair Dragons as they use the Snappy Napoleon wargame miniatures rule set on Tabletop Simulator in their Saturday Night Fights Event.

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 6/22/2022


Partizan Wargame Show 2022

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"...a bridge filled with troops is just visually tops." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, brings us pictures and observations from the Partizan Wargame Show 2022. Check out why Norm can conclude "…that every game table was inspiring in one way or another and there was plenty of scale and subject diversity here, which is nice to see."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/27/2022


My Top 3 Wargames designed by… Mark Herman!

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"Of course Mark Herman!" Michal, in the The Boardgames Chronicle, tells us why these three titles are his all-time favorites. Check out which one rates the comment "…believe me, the space for bluffing is really vast here!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/24/2022


Seeing the Elephant at Kasserine Pass. “Patton’s Payback: The Battle of El Guettar and Patton’s Rise to Glory”. Book Review

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"...explores a chapter of the US Army’s history that rarely gets much attention...". Ray Garbee reviews Patton's Payback The Battle of El Guettar and General Patton's Rise to Glory by Stephen L. Moore. While Ray has some quibbles about a couple aspects of the book, he nonetheless find an enjoyable read that is "…a good narrative into how combat is a test that separates true warrior leaders from the merely competent administrators."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/4/2022


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Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

Another new feature for Grognard.com, the Gaming Convention calendar will make it a snap to keep up with all the latest gaming conventions in your area. But we need your gaming convention information, so please contribute.



Grognard News

Grognard Opponents Wanted (10/15/2021)

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Gaming Conventions

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

If you are sponsoring a board gaming convention of some type, or know of one that is not listed on Grognard.com, then please contact us and let us know!

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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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Grognard.com is now under new management. Well, sort of. While Mark is no longer the main site administrator, "the new team" is the other guys of "the old team". Our goal is to keep Grognard going as the same great wargamer site that Mark made it to be!

The transition is mostly done, but we ask your continued patience if we manage anymore "hiccups".

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Game: Battle Hymn Vol. 1: Gettysburg and Pea Ridge

Series: Battle Hymn
Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/30/2022 3:30:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
My Own Worst Enemy ~ Battle Hymn Volume One – Pea Ridge Part 6

The Armchair Dragoons provides part 6 of an after-action report of Battle Hymn Vol. 1: Gettysburg and Pea Ridge playing the Pea Ridge game teaching the game system and providing some advice on tactics in this first Compass Games Civil War system.
Game: Assault: Red Horizon 41

Publisher: Assault Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/29/2022 4:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
My Own Worst Enemy ~ Assault- Red Horizon 41

The Armchair Dragoons starts a replay of Assault- Red Horizon 41 published by Assault Publishing. Can the Soviets blow up a bridge on the Dniepr before the Germans can cross? In this first video they go through the set-up of the scenario Raiding Patrol.
Game: The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/27/2022 5:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944 – First Impressions

The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944, published by GMT Games, uses a chit-pull activation system that determines both the order and type of each sides’ actions during the game’s ten turns, covering June 6 to August 21, 1944. The Boardgames Chronicle gives their first impressions this game.
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 6/26/2022 7:14:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#1076) for 26-June-2022 and the winners for the last Challenge (#1075).
Game: Frontline: The Longest Day

Publisher: Slitherine
Game Type: Computer
Date: 6/26/2022 12:51:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Frontline: The Longest Day - First Impressions (video)

War games came to the computer scene in the early 1980’s and have since migrated to tablets and smart phones. This sequel to Frontline: Road to Moscow is typical of war games suitable for small screened devices. Graphics are rudimentary and game play is simple, yet engaging. In this video, prolific blogger, thehistoricalgamer, demonstrates game play and the user interface through several turns.
Game: Frontline: Road to Moscow

Publisher: Slitherine
Game Type: Computer
Date: 6/26/2022 12:01:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Frontline: Road to Moscow First Look

AgrippaMaxentius demonstrates game play taking the Kaunas and Brest Fortress objectives in this introductory war game.
Game: The Jaws of Victory: Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket – January/February 1944

Publisher: New England Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/25/2022 9:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Jaws of Victory: BTac’s Notes and Considerations

The Jaws of Victory, the battle of the Korsun-Cherkassy pocket: January/February 1944. Designed by Milt Janosky, and published by New England Simulations is a historical simulation of the Soviet’s winter offensive in the Ukraine in the early months of 1944 that trapped the better part of two German corps with a classic pincer movement by two Soviet Armies – and the German Army’s desperate response to relieve their beleaguered comrades in the pocket. BoardTactical Tom provides tactical notes and considerations to think about before you start playing.
Game: 414 BC Siege of Syracuse

Series: Great Sieges game series
Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/24/2022 5:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
414 BC Siege of Syracuse from Worthington Publishing – Action Point 2

The Peloponnesian war is still studied in most military academies because it provides many lessons in warfare, diplomacy and geopolitics that are still applicable to this day. 414 BC Siege of Syracuse from Worthington Publishing, covers the apocalyptic event that, in many ways, caused the defeat of the Athenian Empire. The Players Aid provides a short tutorial on the mechanics of giving orders to your troops in their Action Point 2 post.
Game: Conquest & Consequence

Series: Triumph & Tragedy system
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/24/2022 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
[REVIEW] Conquest & Consequence

Conquest & Consequence brings GMT Games' Triumph & Tragedy system to the Pacific War. The Boardgames Chronicle reviews states, "Like its predecessor, it is designed for three players, maintaining the three-sided dynamic that adds so much variety and intrigue to the system. And as you know, a dedicated, balanced and tense game for a 3 players is a rarity!
Game: The Grass Crown

Series: Shields & Swords Ancients series
Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/22/2022 1:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Grass Crown by Hollandspiele

The Grass Crown was the Roman Republic's highest honor. It was given for actions that saved a legion or the entire army. Hollandspiele applies their Shields & Swords Ancients System to 10 battles standing 300 years of the Roman Republic. "There is way more to this game than meets the eye. When you first open the box, you might be thinking that this is a beer & pretzels game. In no way, shape, or form, is this one of those.", says A Wargamers Needful Things "One of the best things about the scenarios and the rules is that you can see the progression of Roman battlefield tactics, and their actual formations.
Game: Blood & Roses

Series: Men of Iron
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/20/2022 2:17:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
1471 - The Battle of Barnet - mixing boardgame and figure game storylines

"...for this ongoing saga, we will turn to a boardgame to decide the outcome of Edwards attempt to take the crown in that far, far away place …… Barnet!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, finds that his Piggy Longton fictional narrative is trending close enough to history that it's time to resolve a crucial step with GMT Games' Blood and Roses. Join Norm for the tense action, where late in the battle "Both sides knew that the fighting was closely contested and that whoever could get the edge, might turn the battle irreversibly in their favour."
Game: Operation Theseus: Gazala 1942

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/20/2022 6:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Operation Theseus: Gazala 1942 - Overview, System Comparison & First Thoughts - Diagonal Move

Neil from Diagonal Move provides a video overview of Operation Theseus: Gazala 1942 published by VUCA Simulations. He finds it to be an interesting and challenging games, though more intricate than the other titles from the same company.
Game: The Shores of Tripoli

Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/19/2022 8:38:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

Game enthusiast Wayne Hansen discusses 6 solitaire games published in 2019-2020 that he enjoyed playing. His video includes components, game play, and his concise reviews. War game players who enjoy solitaire games will want to check out this list including: Ostkrieg: WWII Eastern Front, Space Infantry Resurgence, The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750, Stilicho: Last of the Romans (an update and improvement of The Wars of Marcus Aurelius), Chancellorsville 1863, and The Shores of Tripoli plus others mentioned as runners up. In short, a nice summary of the state of the art of solitaire war games as of 2020.
Game: Fleet Commander: Nimitz

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/18/2022
Poster: Harvey M.
TDG: Fleet Commander: Nimitz

The Discriminating Gamer Channel reviews Fleet Commander Nimitz by Dan Verssen Games except for the " tedious set up" and length of time it takes to play. He still highly recommends the game.
Game: Tolling of the Bell

Series: WWII Battle Series
Publisher: Three Crowns
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/17/2022 3:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Tolling of the Bell by Three Crowns Games

Tolling of the Bell by Three Crowns Games is the fifth game the Swedish company has produced in their WWII Battle Series and this one covers the 'last' German offensive in World War II. The Tolling of the Bell is a very well-done wargame, according to A Wargamers Needful Things. For Grognards, the game is easy to learn and with the relatively small number of counters you should be playing in no time.
Game: Irish Freedom

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/17/2022 2:20:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Irish Civil War & Independence: Irish Freedom

"Help the Irish escape the British stranglehold in Irish Freedom!" Noble Knight Games spotlights White Dog Games' Irish Freedom, a solitaire game in which you can play the Irish independence fight, as well as the Irish Civil War, or both back-to-back. "Victory is achieved by a combination of how quickly you can win the War of Independence and how quickly/completely you can win the Civil War."
Game: A Most Fearful Sacrifice

Series: Black Swan
Publisher: (Web Published)
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/17/2022
Poster: Harvey M.
AAR THE SLAUGHTER PEN

"Can the Union still snatch a pyrrhic victory by regaining full control of Little Round Top? As 6p.m. arrived, Union artillery fire at last came into play and the strongest Confederate unit of Law’s brigade becomes battle worn. This seems small consolation as in swift succession the remaining Union unit defending the peak of Little Round Top is first depleted and then shaken and forced to retreat. Little Round Top is totally in Confederate hands." A Wargamers Needful Things describes the action of a play through of the opening scenario of the recently published A Most Fearful Sacrifice, the latest development in Herman Luttmann's Blind Sword system for fighting ACW battles. Though billed as a learning scenario, it gives a dramatic first outing with this superlative game published by Flying Pig Games.
Game: Legion

Publisher: Society of Ancients
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/15/2022 8:17:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Legion: Chaeronea with Phil Sabin

"As I hope readers can see, the VASSAL module makes Legion easily playable, even for people on opposite sides of the globe." Prufrock tries out the new fast play expansion Legion II for Phil Sabin's Legion. Check out why he has to conclude that author "…Phil won the battle convincingly, and a rather rueful Prufrock was left to absorb the lessons of the day!"; yet "…a great experience…".
Game: The Lost Battalion: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, 1918

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 6/14/2022
Poster: Pat L.
official rules (zipped file)

Rules for Lost Battalions courtesy of Decision Games. We extend our thanks to the folks at Archive.org and their Wayback machine, for preserving this information.
Game: The Lost Battalion: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, 1918

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 6/14/2022
Poster: Pat L.
FAQ/errata (PDF file)

Errata for Lost Battalions from Strategy & Tactics Magazine #217. We extend our thanks to the folks at Archive.org and their Wayback machine, for preserving this information.
Game: Old School Tactical Stalingrad Eastern Front Expansion

Series: Old School Tactical
Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/13/2022 4:15:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Crowbar-Stalingrad Update (video)

A behind the scenes look at Mark Walker’s update to his Kickstarter supporters back in 2019. File this under “the best laid plans” and “a commitment to excellence”.
Game: Command & Colors: Samurai Battles

Series: Command & Colors
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/13/2022 1:50:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Samurai Battles session reports – Second Kondonai 1564 AD

"In essence, Richard Borg at his best!" Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us a replay of the Second Kondonai 1564 AD scenario in GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles. Check in on the action: "What a bloody turn it was! First, the deadly Mounted Charge by Lukasz but then also my Ambush!"
Game: Chancellorsville 1863

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/12/2022 8:38:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

Game enthusiast Wayne Hansen discusses 6 solitaire games published in 2019-2020 that he enjoyed playing. His video includes components, game play, and his concise reviews. War game players who enjoy solitaire games will want to check out this list including: Ostkrieg: WWII Eastern Front, Space Infantry Resurgence, The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750, Stilicho: Last of the Romans (an update and improvement of The Wars of Marcus Aurelius), Chancellorsville 1863, and The Shores of Tripoli plus others mentioned as runners up. In short, a nice summary of the state of the art of solitaire war games as of 2020.
Game: Waterloo

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/12/2022 7:13:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Waterloo

Here is a module at the VASSAL web site for Avalon Hill’s Waterloo. There are 3 versions, each with different artwork. VASSAL is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games and card games. A growing list of game Modules is available at the web site and at web sites for some game publishers. Players can play solitaire off-line, play live on the Internet or play by email. Vassal runs on all platforms, and is free, open-source software.
Game: Tactics II

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/12/2022 6:39:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
War and Pieces Live Rob Plays Tactics II (video

Rob Oren posts videos and live streams on YouTube.com with his War in Pieces series. In this video, Rob tries an overly aggressive strategy (with disastrous results) for the red team in this vintage war game. Viewers chime in with comments and Rob hosts his live stream meeting at the end of the video.
Game: Tolling of the Bell

Series: WWII Battle Series
Publisher: Three Crowns
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/10/2022 10:45:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Tolling of the Bell – The Last German Offensive

"The Germans gathered 80% of their available Panzer forces for this battle, thereby risking all with the last roll of the dice." Noble Knight Games highlights Three Crowns Games' Tolling of the Bell, which covers the last German offensive during World War II. The engagements covered are "…'Operation Spring Awakening' (and its sub-operations ‘Icebreaker’ and ‘Forest Devil’) and the start of the Soviet Vienna offensive in Hungary…".
Game: Zheng He: Admiral of the Ming Voyages

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/8/2022 3:12:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Who Was Zheng He?

"Ma He distinguished himself as a junior officer, skilled in war and diplomacy, and soon became one of the prince’s closest confidants." Designers David Thompson and Geoff Engelstein set out some historical background behind their GMT Games' Zheng He: Admiral of the Ming Voyages P500 project. Check out why they maintain that "The mystery and uncertainty surrounding the actions of the Ming Treasure Fleet makes it a perfect topic for exploration in a historical board game."
Game: Crowbar! The Rangers at Pointe du Hoc - Vorwarts!

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/6/2022 4:15:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Crowbar-Stalingrad Update (video)

A behind the scenes look at Mark Walker’s update to his Kickstarter supporters back in 2019. File this under “the best laid plans” and “a commitment to excellence”.
Game: Undaunted: Normandy

Series: Undaunted Series
Publisher: Osprey Games
Game Type: Card
Date: 6/6/2022 8:33:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Short reviews: Undaunted Normandy

"It certainly has something." Prufrock reports on a first couple of play throughs with Osprey Games' Undaunted: Normandy. Check out why he finds himself interested in the expansions, but first wants to get more experience with rule features that, as he puts it, may be "…a potential negative (but may turn out to be a strength)."
Game: The Day Was Ours: First Bull Run (July 21, 1861)

Series: Blind Swords Series
Publisher: Revolution Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/5/2022 9:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Day Was Ours: The Unboxing

Kevin Kitchen unboxes this game concerning the first Battle of Bull Run. This is the 6th game in the Blind Swords System from Revolution Games. The system adds chaos to the battle as troops might not follow orders properly or will not activate at all.
Game: Stilicho: Last of the Romans

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/5/2022 8:38:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

Game enthusiast Wayne Hansen discusses 6 solitaire games published in 2019-2020 that he enjoyed playing. His video includes components, game play, and his concise reviews. War game players who enjoy solitaire games will want to check out this list including: Ostkrieg: WWII Eastern Front, Space Infantry Resurgence, The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750, Stilicho: Last of the Romans (an update and improvement of The Wars of Marcus Aurelius), Chancellorsville 1863, and The Shores of Tripoli plus others mentioned as runners up. In short, a nice summary of the state of the art of solitaire war games as of 2020.
Game: Waterloo

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/5/2022 7:30:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Waterloo (Avalon Hill)

Steam has added Avalon Hill’s venerable Waterloo to its Tabletop Simulator library. Tabletop Simulator allows you to play games online or solitaire electronically.
Game: Scream, Aim, Fire!

Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/5/2022 7:16:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
SCREAM AIM FIRE Tiny battle publishing scenario 1 let’s play!!

JK Wargames plays scenario 1 from this solitaire, tactical level, card assisted game from Tiny Battles. A tense but fun battle ensues.
Game: Sword and Spear

Publisher: Great Escape Games
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 6/3/2022 1:35:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
1471 - The defence of Crown Hill, Piggy Longton.

"Even as Somerset and Darcy were breaking camp and readying their troops for the attack on the hamlet, Lord Trebian’s men were already marching!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us more intense Pocket Armies action, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. Join Norm for the fun and great miniatures photos, then find out why he exclaims "Well that was a surprise!", and concludes "1471 is proving to be the year of decision!"
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/3/2022 5:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Alexander Successors Wars – as depicted by C&C Ancients

The Boardgames Chronicle provides 2 session reports on Commands & Colors: Ancients scenarios depicting some of the Successors battles after Alexander the Great's death, Paraitacene (318 BC) – first of the grand clashes between Antigonus and Eumenes, a battle to be long remembered. Gabiene – (317 BC) – a battle which almost ended the the War of Diadochi – after which Antigonus became a true Lord of Asia and most powerful pretender to inherit the Alexander’s legacy.
Game: Orange Swan: Pacific 1941-1945

Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/1/2022 11:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Orange Swan: Pacific 1941 - 1945 by VentoNuovo Games

Orange Swan: Pacific 1941 - 1945 by VentoNuovo Games. is reviewed by A Wargamers Needful Things. The game is similar to VentoNuovo's World War II block game in the European theater, Black Swan. The moniker 'Orange Swan' relates to the above, and Plan Orange, the United States' name for the war plan against Japan. As the US, you have to try and blunt Japan's sword in the early, so that you do not have to win the entire Pacific back from them. You need to hang on and wait until the US starts flooding the Pacific Ocean with material, men, and ships. So, you have to choose your early fights with Japan with care. As the Allied player you cannot afford to lose China and or India. Japan is not only able to attack you on the seas but also in Asia proper. The Japanese player will never be as strong as he is at the start (unless by some miracle he never loses a battle up to 1943). The player has to decide how much is too much and will he also suffer from 'Victory Disease'? Does he try to conquer China, India, or concentrate on the Pacific? The one thing that the Japanese player has on his side is that at the beginning the Allied player has to dance to his tune. He always has to keep at the back of his mind that the Allied player can also Island, or in this case Area, hop. This would leave the Japanese forces hanging on the vine.
Game: A Most Fearful Sacrifice

Series: Black Swan
Publisher: (Web Published)
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/1/2022 11:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Rob Looks at A Most Fearful Sacrifice and why this is a Must Have!

Rob, at Rob's Tabletop World, reviews "A Most Fearful Sacrifice" by Hermann Luttmann and published by Flying Pigs Games. In this game, Herman Luttmann tailors the Blind Swords system to enable play of larger Civil War battles. The system emphasizes difficult decisions and leadership . I think Rob's title says it all!
Game: Caesar: Rome vs. Gaul

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/1/2022 10:53:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
[REVIEW] Caesar: Rome vs. Gaul

"...asymmetry is very, very well presented here, with both sides having completely different tools for victory but equal chances to achieve one." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us a review of GMT Games' Caesar: Rome vs. Gaul, a card driven title. Check out why he concludes that the game "…plays easily, quickly and thematically."
Game: Sonar Sub Hunt

Publisher: Mattel
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/30/2022 9:51:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Sonar Sub Hunt 1960s - Vintage Toy / Boardgame Unboxing & Review (video)

Game enthusiast, Neeelco, acquired the 1963 edition of this vintage game from 1961 and shows us what he found. This marvelous video includes an unboxing and complete assembly of the game as well as a review of the rules interspersed with clips from the original TV ad for the game. The game is an electronic version of the venerable Battleship game. Battleship started as a paper and pencil game (creation date unknown) and several versions were published prior to the 1960’s.
Game: Berthier Campaign Manager

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Game Type: Computer
Date: 5/30/2022 9:40:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Berthier Campaign Manager v10.7.2 (Free Software)

There is a new update to the free Berthier Campaign Manager software (Version 10.7.2). This release adds new functions to Berthier and adds a new feature to the GridMap utility. See the README file in the download for the full details. Shared by designer/developer Tony De Lyall.
Game: Crowbar! The Rangers at Pointe du Hoc

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/30/2022 9:14:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Crowbar-Stalingrad Update (video)

A behind the scenes look at Mark Walker’s update to his Kickstarter supporters back in 2019. File this under “the best laid plans” and “a commitment to excellence”.
Game: The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/29/2022 8:38:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

Game enthusiast Wayne Hansen discusses 6 solitaire games published in 2019-2020 that he enjoyed playing. His video includes components, game play, and his concise reviews. War game players who enjoy solitaire games will want to check out this list including: Ostkrieg: WWII Eastern Front, Space Infantry Resurgence, The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750, Stilicho: Last of the Romans (an update and improvement of The Wars of Marcus Aurelius), Chancellorsville 1863, and The Shores of Tripoli plus others mentioned as runners up. In short, a nice summary of the state of the art of solitaire war games as of 2020.
Game: The Ardennes Offensive: The Battle of the Bulge, December 1944

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/29/2022 8:02:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
SPI Ardennes Offensive Brief Look (video)

Internet poster usapatriot4163 describes the game components and gives a brief rules overview for this vintage Battle of the Bulge game from 1973.
Game: Lost Battles

Publisher: Fifth Column Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/25/2022 7:31:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Pharsalus - the return match

"...a succession of successful attacks against Pompey's wing and centre caused nervous flutters on the other side of the table." Prufrock brings us another tight replay of Pharsalus using Fifth Column Games' Lost Battles. Is all the upset with Pompey? Not when "...Antony lost a unit shattered and was only saved for further embarrassment by a determined attack on the part of the veteran cavalry..."
Game: Space Infantry: Resurgence

Publisher: LNL Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/22/2022 8:38:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

Game enthusiast Wayne Hansen discusses 6 solitaire games published in 2019-2020 that he enjoyed playing. His video includes components, game play, and his concise reviews. War game players who enjoy solitaire games will want to check out this list including: Ostkrieg: WWII Eastern Front, Space Infantry Resurgence, The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750, Stilicho: Last of the Romans (an update and improvement of The Wars of Marcus Aurelius), Chancellorsville 1863, and The Shores of Tripoli plus others mentioned as runners up. In short, a nice summary of the state of the art of solitaire war games as of 2020.
Game: Lost Battles

Publisher: Fifth Column Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/18/2022 4:15:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Pharsalus with SP

"Pompey began with a powerful cavalry attack." Prufrock brings us an action packed replay of Pharsalus using Fifth Column Games' Lost Battles. Check out a "…close-fought, nerve-wracking fight, just as Pharsalus should be."
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/16/2022 4:12:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Strategy Article – Breaking The Line, Holding The Line in C&C: Ancients by BrentS; Part 3

"Why one army might become the defender in the clash of arms is dependent on many things." BrentS, in The Boardgames Chronicle, concludes his series on player strategy with GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients. Check out the game element that is "...yet another example of how Ancients effortlessly models history without labouring it in detail."
Game: HoldFast: Russia 1941-1942

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/15/2022 10:47:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Holdfast: Russia 1941-42 - Game variant

This variant allows a shorter contest ending in February 1942, and adds some judicious rules tweaks to create an even better model of this classic campaign. Created and shared by Philip Sabin.
Game: Ostkrieg: WWII Eastern Front

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/15/2022 8:36:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

Game enthusiast Wayne Hansen discusses 6 solitaire games published in 2019-2020 that he enjoyed playing. His video includes components, game play, and his concise reviews. War game players who enjoy solitaire games will want to check out this list including: Ostkrieg: WWII Eastern Front, Space Infantry Resurgence, The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750, Stilicho: Last of the Romans (an update and improvement of The Wars of Marcus Aurelius), Chancellorsville 1863, and The Shores of Tripoli plus others mentioned as runners up. In short, a nice summary of the state of the art of solitaire war games as of 2020.
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/13/2022 4:16:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Strategy Article – Breaking The Line, Holding The Line in C&C: Ancients by BrentS; Part 2

"A key concept in discussion of the clash of lines is the engagement frontage." BrentS, in The Boardgames Chronicle, continues his series on player strategy with GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients. Playing "...not for certainty but for best probability...", when do you decide that "...moving into this whites-of-their-eyes range may be the right decision given cards held and the stage of the battle."?