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.



Gaming Clubs/Organizations

Gaming Clubs and Organizations

Please check out our new (and growing) database of gaming clubs and organizations world-wide. Please let us know of your gaming club, or any other clubs that you know about so we can make this a truly useful resource.



Spotlight Articles

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

Stamford Bridge

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"What a fun year this must have been! Comet included!" Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, offers another one of his exquisite looks at a not so well known battle. Including some perspective as to "…why it was strategically important to events that ultimately shaped English history, and even the evolution of the English language itself, i.e. why it's mostly French."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/5/2020


Simple Battles No.1 - Fight for the Bridge.

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"So, in the spirit of pursuing the simple game, I have put a game on using just 6 units per side...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, chips in to help evaluate the concept of a "…‘simple game’ and what that actually means." Norm creates a fast-moving ACW meeting engagement, and the fun starts: "The Union are the first to get all of their brigade onto the table (they are the fastest with the mostest!)." Do they retain their advantage?

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/3/2020


DOWNSIZING: A WARGAMER'S GUIDE TO CONVERTING 15/18MM MINIATURES TO 10MM

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"Well color me tartan, because I just took the plunge and my sage ruminations follow." Bill Gray explains the why and the how of his miniatures "downsizing" effort, along with some nice pictures of the results! And a bit of the sagacity he mentioned: "…remember, if you have but one pack of unpainted lead in your closet, you can’t die…"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/31/2020


509th (H) B-17 Virtual Bomber Group

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If you are interested in playing a Play By Forum that is playable with either "B-17 Queen of the Skies" or with "Target for Today", we would love to have you join us. We are an open ended campaign, so people can come and go as they need to. We fly one mission every 2 weeks. Crews will carry over from one campaign to the next so lost crew can be replaced, and so that people can join as we go. The crews that are currently in our campaign (which is flying with the 9th USAAF) will simply transfer over to the 12th. Any thing not in the base games that is needed we can help you with, so that you are able to play along. The 509th has been functioning as a play by forum game since 2012, and has had 10 wonderful campaigns. The way that the 509th works, is when you register for a crew (B-17 or B-24) you will be placed into a squadron. Please see the site for more information...

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 7/13/2020


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Grognard Game Plan

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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

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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!

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Grognard Originals

In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more Grognard.com "originals" in the future.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman

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.

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)

French "Low Density" Blues in Ici c'est la France!

Brief strategy article written by Mark D. that explains the concept of "Troop Density" and examines how that level can have a big impact on French and FLN play in the early stages of the game. Ici c'est la France! was designed by Kim Kanger and published by Legion Wargames in 2009. Outstanding game!

Alone Against the Soviets

Brief review of VentoNuovo's title "Stalingrad: Inferno on the Volga" shared by Mark D. for Grognard.com. Discusses the game mechanics that provide the game with the Stalingrad "feel"...

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Game: Lost Battles

Publisher: Fifth Column Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/10/2020 6:00:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Pydna, 168 BC.

"Convinced at last that Perseus was a boil needing lancing, Rome acted...". Prufrock gives us a nice AAR playing the battle of Pydna using Fifth Column Games' Lost Battles. Lots of great shots of the miniatures, and a mid-game question mark: "The phalanx proves irresistable in the centre, but on both wings the strength of the Roman challenge is obvious."
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 8/9/2020 5:45:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#981) for 9-Aug-2020 and the winners for the last Challenge (#980).
Game: Carrier Strike: South Pacific 1942-44

Publisher: SSI
Game Type: Computer
Date: 8/9/2020 9:09:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Carrier Strike: South Pacific

Here’s a short review posted by “Underdogs” on the Home of the Underdogs web site. This web site “is a museum of PC game underdogs-- games that were underrated and/or undersold when they were released. We believe that only by paying tribute to them (and distributing them if they were discontinued by their publishers) can the memories of these overlooked titles be preserved in the gaming community.“ The site rates this game with it’s highest TOP DOG honor and user reviews came in at 7.09 out of 10 (169 votes).
Game: Carrier Strike: South Pacific 1942-44

Publisher: SSI
Game Type: Computer
Date: 8/9/2020 8:45:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Carrier Strike: South Pacific gameplay (PC Game, 1992)

Here’s a short video posted by Squakenet that shows the state of computer war game graphics circa 1992. Carrier Strike was typical of the early PC games with primitive sounds and graphics while providing some very interesting game play.
Game: Flintlock: Black Powder, Cold Steel – Volume I: Carolina Rebels

Publisher: LNL Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/9/2020 8:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Flintlock: Black Powder, Cold Steel, Volume 1: Carolina Rebels

MadSeason has created a module at the VASSAL web site for Flintlock: Black Powder, Cold Steel, Volume 1: Carolina Rebels from Lock ‘N Load Games. This game was originally published in desk top publishing format as Carolina Rebels from BSO Games. VASSAL is an engine for building and playing Internet-capable versions of turn-based, human-vs-human games. Hundreds of games are available for internet play at the web site.
Game: Pavlov's House

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/8/2020 7:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Pavlov’s House – discovering game variants!

"My first sessions of Pavlov’s House made such a great impression on me, that I decided to play even more of that fantastic game.", The Bardgames Chronicle writes. " I appreciate the DVG (DanVerssen Games) creation so much that I would love to share it with my other, fellow wargamers. But how to do it with solitaire game? Well, Pavlov’s House has an answer for it – it allows for a session with up to 3 players!"
Game: With It Or On It

Series: Shields & Swords Ancients Series
Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/8/2020 7:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Shields & Swords Ancients: With It or On It from Hollandspiele – Action Point 1

From Hollandspiele we get a smart little game, With It or On It, the first game in a new Shields & Swords Ancients Series. The Players Aid gives us their first look while initiating another one of their fine action point series that will cover the basics of the system and take a look at the different types of units available to the commander, discuss how best to use their limited double sided Command Chits, evaluates Movement of units across the battlefield and how this changes when entering Skirmish Zones and explore the Combat Phase, and dissects the Unit Type Modifier Matrix and how it works with the Combat Results Table.
Game: Waterloo Campaign 1815

Publisher: RBM Studios
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/7/2020 7:16:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Waterloo 1815 C3i Turns 1 & 2

Waterloo in the Napoleonic era, like Gettysburg in the Civil War, has been repeatedly analyzed, gamed and simulated but designer Mark Herman has taken somewhat of an innovative approach in the C-3 I magazine game Waterloo Campaign 1815. The Big Board brings us all the action of the first two turns in this game replay.
Game: Tunisia II

Series: Operational Combat Series
Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/7/2020 7:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Kasserine Campaign /1

The Big Board brings us a replay of MultiMan Publishing's Tunisia II, a reprint of the original Gamers product, but with some new rules and an expanded order of battle. "In the North after building hedgehogs, and repulsing two encirclements the Germans are looking hard at how to hold back the British and Commonwealth forces from over running them! We had to spend a lot of supply to conduct counter attacks. It was not pretty."
Game: With It Or On It

Series: Shields & Swords Ancients Series
Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/7/2020 6:48:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Shields & Swords Ancients: With It or On It from Hollandspiele – Action Point 1

"With It or On It was simply a revelation and an utter joy to play." Grant Kleinhenz begins a series of pieces about Hollandspiele's With It Or On It, the first game taking the Shields & Swords system from medieval to ancient battles. Check out why Grant comments that "The game is light, fast playing and the rules overhead is low but the game has some really interesting decisions regarding how to go about defeating your opponent."
Game: Don’t Tread on Me

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/7/2020 6:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Don’t Tread on Me: The American Revolution Solitaire Board Game from White Dog Games – Action Point 3

The rebels keep rebelling as The Players Aid brings us their third action point for Don't Tread on Me published by White Dog Games. In this action point point they a deeper look at the various phases of the Sequence of Play beginning with the Smugglers Phase and the Naval Phase.
Game: Invasions: Volume 1 – 350-650 AD

Publisher: Wisdom Owl
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/5/2020 4:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
INVASIONS VOL. I

A War Gamers Needful Things reviews Invasions Volume 1 350-650 A.D. published by Wisdom Owl Games. They conclude, "All in all, there is just too much information to comfortably handle. So many rules, so much detail, so many exceptions, so many differing presentations of the information through differing play aids and on top of that too many inaccuracies and contradictions. Many of the latter are fairly minor, but they all add to the problem of getting to grips with this game."
Game: Don’t Tread on Me

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/5/2020 4:01:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Don’t Tread on Me: The American Revolution Solitaire Board Game from White Dog Games – Action Point 2

The Players Aid continues its action points series on White Dog Games' simulation of the American Revolution, Don’t Tread on Me: The American Revolution Solitaire Board Game. In this Action Point they focus on the differing units and their abilities as well as the anatomy and meaning of the values on the counters.
Game: Imperial Struggle

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/3/2020 7:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle AAR – a crushing French victory

The Boardgames Chronicle shares one of their play sessions of Imperial Struggle published by GMT Games which surprisingly ended pretty quickly in a crushing French victory!. What chain of events lead to it? Take a look at this photo-session report.
Game: Return to the Rock: Corregidor, 1945

Publisher: Revolution Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/3/2020 7:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Playthrough Video: Return to the Rock: Corregidor, 1945 from Revolution Games

Return to the Rock: Corregidor, 1945, published by Revolution Games is a two-player game simulating Operation Topside, the American invasion of the Japanese-held island of Corregidor in the Philippines between February 16 and February 22, 1945. One player commands the attacking American forces and the other player commands the defending Japanese forces. Alexander from The Players Aid plays through the game solitaire..
Game: Desert Fox Deluxe

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/3/2020 7:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Opening Moves – Fox Killed [Desert Fox Deluxe]

The Big Board presents a very short article on the opening moves of the Mersa Matruh scenario of Desert Fox Deluxe published by Decision Games. The game is a combination of two previously published games covering parts of the North African campaign–Desert Fox and Trail of the Fox–expanded with additional rules, units, and maps to cover the entire war in the North African desert from the Italian invasion of Egypt in 1940 to the final Allied clearance of Africa in 1943
Game: War for America

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/1/2020 2:00:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Interview with Gilbert Collins Designer of War for America from Compass Games

The Players Aid interviews designer Gilbert Collins about his upcoming game, War for America, to be published by Compass Games.
Game: Arabian Nightmare: The Kuwait War

Publisher: 3W
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 8/1/2020 2:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Arabian Nightmare AAR: Turns 1-3

Coinciding with the 30 year anniversary of the Invasion of Kuwait, Phil from Retro Conflict has an AAR of turns 1-3 of Arabain Nightmare from Strategy & Tactics 139, by designer Austin Bay. This replay uses the Political and Introductory Wargame rules in an attempt to explore events both on and off the battlefield.
Game: 1914: Twilight in the East

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/31/2020 7:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Tweezer Tuesday@ 1914 Twilight in the East LublinScenarion Livestream playthrough 2

The Blue Tweezers continues their Tuesday night replays, this time utilizing 1914: Twilight in the East, the Lublin scenario published by GMT Games. Join Alan and Jordan to see how the Battle of Krasnik develops.
Game: Korea: The Forgotten War

Series: Operational Combat Series
Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/31/2020 7:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
OCS Korea Wrap Up

The Big Board wraps up its replay of Multi-Man Publishing's Korea: The Forgotten War in the Operational Combat Series and gives their final thoughts on scenario and the system.
Game: Imperial Struggle

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/31/2020 6:30:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
[Jawa Reviews] - Imperial Struggle

Much like its predecessor, Twilight Struggle, the sequel, Imperial Struggle by GMT Games centers around spreading your control across the map with victory points being awarded for dominance in different regions of the board during the 18th-century rivalry between France and Britain. . Nick Rice writes a review and gives his thoughts on this much-anticipated game.
Game: Agricola, Master of Britain

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/31/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Agricola, Master of Britain from Hollandspiele – Action Point 6

Agricola, Master of Britain, a solitaire wargame by Hollandespiele, simulates the struggle of the Roman Legions led by Gnaeus Julius Agricola the Roman Proconsul of Britain from 77 to 85 AD to pacify Britain. The Players Aid presents their final Action Point on the game focusing on some points of strategy and lessons learned from numerous plays of the game.
Game: Old School Tactical Vol III

Series: Old School Tactical
Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/30/2020 10:15:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Old School Tactical Volume 3 – Pacific 1942/1945 from Flying Pig Games – Action Point 4

Old School Tactical from Flying Pig Games is a tactical combat system that focuses on small unit combined arms engagements in the Pacific Theater. The Players Aid continues its series of Action Points on this game, this time covering the Hell Bent Expansion and the different scenarios offered.
Game: Stellar Horizons

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/30/2020 10:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Stellar Horizons by Compass Games

Stellar Horizons by Compass Games is a massive, well produced, high-quality game package that arrived at my doorstep the other day. Designed by a real-life space engineer with a PhD in long-duration spaceflight from MIT, Stellar Horizons is intended to be a plausible representation of the first steps of humanity towards the stars between 2030 and 2169, with each turn representing a year of time. It seems especially apropos to cover A Wargame's Needful Thing's review of the game since NASA successfully launched the Perseverance rover mission to Mars today.
Game: Melee

Publisher: Steve Jackson Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/30/2020 10:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Melee: Play Example

Seek Out and Play brings us another one of their replay videos which gives a good example of the Legacy game Melee from The Fantasy Trip.
Game: Battle in a Box - American Civil War

Series: Battle in a Box
Publisher: Perry Miniatures
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 7/29/2020 6:50:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Party like it’s .... 1862

"..to mark the occasion of completing the box set, I thought a Perry box centric battle was just the job." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us a rousing engagement with his recently completed Perry ACW Battle in a Box miniatures. "On the Union side are the Zouaves, my last unit to get painted and a bit fiddly ..... so I hope they give a good account of themselves!"
Game: Canope 1801

Series: Jours de Gloire Series
Publisher: Canons en Carton
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/28/2020 6:29:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Jours de Gloire Empire - English Series Rules Translations (WORD)

Jours de Gloire Empire is the new version, complete and reorganized, of the rules for the series Jours de Gloire (Days of Glory). It is intended to replace the preceding versions, with additions and changes incorporated into the body of the rules. Jours de Gloire Empire can be used with all the games of the series (Vae Victis or Canons en Carton). This version is the one published in Vae Victis #71. Translated by Stephen Neuville and updated by Roger Deal.

You can also find links to Word documents with other language translations:
* Original Rules in French (Word)
* Original Charts in French (Word)
* English Rules Translation (Word)
* English Charts Translation (Word)
* Italian Rules Translation (Word)
* Italan Charts Translation (Word)
* Spanish Rules Translation (Word)
* Spanish Charts Translation (Word)
* English Translation of Simplified Rules (Word)

Game: Congress of Vienna

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/27/2020 11:42:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Congress of Vienna July 2020 Development Update

"...the effort to edit and 'professionalize' Congress of Vienna‘s Rulebook is well underway...". Frank Esparrago and Fred Schachter relate the progress being made on GMT Games' Congress of Vienna, now that it has made the P500 "cut". Updates include changes to the map board, combat balancing, the card deck and the solitaire game system. Looking good!
Game: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! - Kursk 1943

Series: Conflict of Heroes Series
Publisher: Academy Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/27/2020 8:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Conflict of Heroes Storm of Steel Third edition

Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel is the second stand-alone title in the best selling Conflict of Heroes series from Academy Games. It is a tactical war game of platoon-sized engagements, with each counter representing a squad of infantry, a crewed gun, or a vehicle. The Boardgames Chronicle takes a look at the third edition and concludes "In essence, for everybody from entry wargamer to veteran grognards, the game is a great example how to bring more players to our hobby as it gradually introduces rules and is very aesthetic."
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/27/2020 8:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Review: Command & Colors Ancients

The Boardgames Chronicle gives us a brief review of Command & Colors Ancients published by GMT Games.
Game: Crowbar! The Rangers at Pointe du Hoc

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/27/2020 8:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Video Review: Crowbar! The Rangers at Pointe Du Hoc from Flying Pig Games

Crowbar! The Rangers at Pointe Du Hoc from Flying Pig Games depicts the courageous assault by the Rangers up a sheer bluff to try to take out large artillery pieces that turned out were not actually there. The Players Aid gives this Hermann Luttmann design high marks for fun and replayability.
Game: Churchill

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/26/2020 12:05:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Playing Churchill on the Potsdam conference anniversary

At this time 75 years ago, the "Big Three" were meeting during the Potsdam conference deciding how to cooperate during World War II and what the postwar world might look like. The Boardgames Chronicle decided to break out Mark Herman's design, Churchill, published by GMT Games in order to re-create this great event..
Game: Battle for Moscow

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/26/2020 12:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Introduction to Battle for Moscow

Battle for Moscow was a game designed by Frank Chadwick in order to introduce people to the hobby of wargaming. Ober Labs has developed a computer-based application that allows play of the Victory Point Games version online and the accompanying video shows you how to do it.
Game: Canadian Civil War: La Guerre de la Sécession du Canada

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/26/2020 9:36:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Canadian Civil War…Writing from the Country in Question

Norman S. Howe compares game features with the reality of Canada’s political climate in this different take on game reviews. Howe calls the game “…very realistic..” as he describes the various factions and game mechanics used in this novel game design. Unfortunately, the subject matter is too specific to a particular time and place, largely unknown by people outside of Canada. He closes with “From my Canadian viewpoint, Canadian "Civil War" is an extremely interesting game, though one with a very limited popular appeal. Unless one is able to identify with the issues involved, the game is essentially meaningless.”
Game: Old School Tactical Vol III

Series: Old School Tactical
Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/25/2020 8:33:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Old School Tactical Volume 3 – Pacific 1942/1945 from Flying Pig Games – Action Point 3

Old School Tactical from Flying Pig Games is a tactical combat system that focuses on World War II, specifically the Pacific war in this volume. This is the 3rd in the series of "Action Points" shared by Grant.
Game: Sixth Fleet

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 7/25/2020 1:30:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Sixth Fleet (2019) AAR: Turn 3 and Final Thoughts

Retro Conflict wraps up its replay of Sixth Fleet published by Decision Games in their Modern War magazine.. He shares his final thoughts and concludes "The game does a great job at showing just how much NATO “hulked up” in the 80’s. In my 1970’s solo game I had much better luck with the Soviet turns, and even established a few bases on NATO islands. Better aircraft, more carriers and access to cruise missiles in the 80’s give the NATO player a definite leg up compared to the earlier scenario."
Game: Zulus on the Ramparts

Series: States of Siege Series
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/25/2020 1:26:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Zulus at the Ramparts: Overview

Zulus at the Ramparts by Victory Point Games is a solitaire game depicting the Battle of Roark's Drift. This video, from Seek Out and Play, covers the components, sequence of play, and victory conditions. The game itself can be played in 30 minutes
Game: Brief Border Wars

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/25/2020 1:15:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Brief Border Wars from Compass Games Review

After giving an initial positive preview of Compass' Games Brief Border Wars,Moe's Game Table does a full-blown review of the game and the various scenarios. His conclusion is that designer Brian Train brought an interesting system to smaller conflicts around the world.
Game: Commands & Colors Tricorne: The American Revolution

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/25/2020 1:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
C&C Tricorne – continuing with Base Game campaigns

The Boardgames Chronicle, using Compass Games' Command & Colors Tricorne: the American Revolution, re-fights the Saratoga campaign which ended in the surrender of John Burgoyne's British Army in 1777 and triggered French intervention in the war. The two main scenarios are Freeman's Farm and Bemis Heights..
Game: Table Battles

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/24/2020 6:32:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Quick Review: Table Battles, by Hollandspiele

"...interplay is dynamic and there is a nice range of options in how to approach each battle." Prufrock spells out why he loves Hollandspiele's Table Battles. He finds a fun, flexible system, owing to the fact that the "…rules are very succinct - just four pages - but they are flexible enough for all kinds of situations and eras to be gamed."
Game: Phantom Fury

Publisher: Nuts! Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/22/2020 7:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Phantom Fury – Review

This solitaire game simulates, at tactical scale, the combat waged by US forces during the month of November 2004 to secure the city of Fallujah and crush insurgent resistance. The game particularly focuses on the fighting of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division in the Jolan District in the north-west part of the city in the morning of November 9th. The Big Board shares a review of this Nuts! Publishing game penned by Timothy Smith. He concludes "It’s a masterpiece in integrity to its subject and how it models it but also for being a simply great game. If you have a copy you should put it on the table and play it again."
Game: The Weimar Republic

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/22/2020 7:06:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Interview with Gunnar Holmbäck Designer of The Weimar Republic from GMT Games

"This situation sets itself up perfectly for a game to explore the various parties involved." Grant Kleinhenz interviews designer Gunnar Holmbäck about his GMT Games' The Weimar Republic, a CDG which covers the interwar political struggle in Germany. Gunnar brings us a challenge based on an historical conundrum: "…an interesting thing about the Weimar Republic – it’s easy to say that it was an experiment in democracy that was bound to fail, but then you haven’t taken into account how resilient it actually was to both right-wing and left-wing attacks."
Game: DAK2: The Campaign in North Africa, 1940-1942

Series: Operational Combat System
Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/22/2020 6:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
DAK2 Crusader Campaign Note [NOV 41]

Operation Crusader (18 November – 30 December 1941) was a military operation of the Western Desert Campaign during the Second World War by the British Eighth Army (comprising British, Commonwealth, Indian and Allied contingents), against the Axis forces (German and Italian) in North Africa commanded by Generalleutnant Erwin Rommel. The operation was intended to by-pass Axis defences on the Egyptian–Libyan frontier, defeat the Axis armoured forces and relieve the 1941 Siege of Tobruk. The Big Board starts its replay series of Multi-Man Publishing's Operational Combat Series game, DAK 2.It's 1941 and the Operation Crusader Scenario is about to begin!.
Game: Rattenkrieg

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/22/2020 5:30:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Yaah! Issue #14 - Rattenkrieg! Preview

Moe's Game Table previews Rattenkrieg, a man-to-man solitaire combat simulation in Stalingrad published by Flying Pigs Games in Yaah magazine issue 14.
Game: The Struggle for Europe

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/21/2020 5:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Struggle for Europe 1939-1945 from Worthington Publishing – Action Point 4

The Players Aid continues their Action point series on Struggle for Europe 1939-1945 published by Worthington Publishing. In this Action Point, which is the conclusion to this series, they examine a few examples of combat and the very interesting system of loss from battles that makes players think twice about attacking impulsively.
Game: Chalons 451 AD

Publisher: Turning Point Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/21/2020 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Chalons 451 AD Board Game Review.

Chalons 451 AD was designed by the late Richard H. Berg and is a part of Turning Point Simulations’ Decisive Battles of the World series. The Armchair General reviews this game and concludes, "I really enjoyed this game and if wanting to play it over and over again is any indication, this game is a winner. Richard H. Berg may be gone but he has left us with a wonderful legacy of gaming and Chalons is no exception."
Game: Stargate

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/20/2020 10:15:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Centurion's Review of Stargate

General overview of the rules, then short review of this old game from SPI in 1979. Video produced by The Centurion's Review site.
Game: W1815

Publisher: U&P Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/20/2020 6:38:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Waterloo Revisited

"The urge struck last night for a wargame." Prufrock relates a Napoleonic itch scratching session, with U&P Games' W1815. Join him for the fun: "Napoleon begins with a boom! - the Grand Battery roars its delight at battle commencing."
Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/20/2020 4:45:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Battle of Bailen for Commands and Colours: Napoleonics

Every Saturday night The Armchair Dragons host a Saturday Night Fight utilizing Tabletop Simulator. Using GMT's Command & Colors: Napoleonic's, they re-fight the Battle of Bailen 1808, where the Spanish Army of Andalusia, led by Generals Francisco Castaños and Theodor von Reding, faced off against the Imperial French Army's II corps d'observation de la Gironde under General Pierre Dupont de l'Étangresulting resulting in the first open-field defeat of a Napoleonic army.
Game: A Frozen Hell

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/20/2020 4:35:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
A Frozen Hell – Live Stream repost

The Big Board continues its replay of MultiMan Publishing's Tactical Combat Series game, A Frozen Hell. He talks to the approachability of the game system and discusses upcoming tactics as the game unfolds.