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.

1471 - Stand firm, save the Treasury!

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"Lord Darcy is hoping that his archers will do most of the work this day...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, gets to the action with his latest Dungborough encounter. Whose hands will the collected tax prize fall into, the Lancastrians or the Yorkists? As Norm puts it, "The situation is tightly balanced, with several points of crisis and no certainty of which way it will go - I like that about this system."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/25/2020


Strategy Talk - Dunnigan Deals With Monsters And Politics

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Strategy Talk speaks to Jim Dunnigan about reader feedback in Strategy and Tactics. The discussion moves on to the monster games of SPI. We round things off with a discussion of several of Jim’s early political games including ‘Up against the Wall Mother F!#&@%’ and ‘Chicago, Chicago’.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 11/22/2020


Preparing for war! Dungborough 1471

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"...indecent haste suggests that the Yorkists are quite close." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, sets the stage for an upcoming engagement in his fictitious Dungborough battle site! Enjoy all the photos of Norm's excellent miniatures work, and get ready to hang on to your seat, as the defenders "...will fight to the last, rather than see their hard earned taxes stolen by the rebels."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/18/2020


Recent Board Games Submitted to the National Library of Finland

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The National Library of Finland has been cataloguing and maintaining a repository of Finnish games including Finnish War Games. Click these additional links to see: Maps of War Games at the National Library posted by Kari Hintsala(wait for the page to fully load to so you can translate it to English); and a short conversation posted by Board Game Barrage.com.

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 11/1/2020


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Grognard News

Grognard Game Plan

New Grognard Game Plan application is a free tool provided to registered Grognard.com site visitors to help organize convention play and other gaming sessions.

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!

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.

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

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

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!

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Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/24/2020 12:16:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
C&C Net - Commands & Colors Enthusiast Site

C&C Net is a central repository for all things "Commands & Colors". News, articles, maps, downloads, etc. Hosted and powered by Alessandro Crespi.
Game: Hoth

Publisher: Tsukuda Hobby
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/23/2020 6:39:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Hoth (1982)

"It certainly ticks most of the boxes in terms of capturing the feel of the movie." Brad Smith, in his Hexsides & Hand Grenades blog, offers us a retro review of Hoth by Tsukuda Hobby, a 1982 vintage hex-based game of the battle on that planet in The Empire Strikes Back. Check out why Brad concludes "…if you are a die-hard Star Wars fan and a wargame collector, then this is not a bad choice at all."
Game: DAK2: The Campaign in North Africa, 1940-1942

Series: Operational Combat System
Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/23/2020 1:30:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Operation Crusader Scenario – DAKII

The Big Board reports on their recent game of DAK2: The Campaign in North Africa, 1940-1942 published by MultiMan Publishing. They are playing the Operation Crusader scenario and report on turn 1 using Vassal.
Game: 4CMBG: MBT Expansion #3

Series: MBT
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/23/2020 1:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Leopards vs T55s – Who Will Survive? Main Battle Tanks ‘4CMBG Expansion Board Game Review

4CMBG is the 3rd expansion to the Main Battle Tank tactical combat game system from GMT Games and finally the Canadians have been given their due. The 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (4CMBG) features tanks, IFVs, troops, weapon systems and aircrafts used by this famous group during its time serving in Nato in the mid 1980s as well as units of the opposition . Each unit is a squad or half squad, a special weapons team or 1 vehicle. The Armchair General Magazine reviews this game expansion and concludes, "All in all, this is a solid but somewhat thin expansion to the excellent MBT game system."
Game: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! - Kursk 1943

Series: Conflict of Heroes Series
Publisher: Academy Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/23/2020 1:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Video Review: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel – Kursk 1943 3rd Edition from Academy Games

Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! - Kursk 1943 published by Academy Games, is a tactical war game of platoon-sized engagements, with each counter representing a squad of infantry, a crewed gun, or a vehicle. The Players Aid reviews the 3rd edition which has a few significant rule changes from prior additions.
Game: Helltank

Publisher: Metagaming
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/22/2020 8:47:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Game review by Centurion's Review

"Helltank is a microgame about armored conflict in the 21st century. It was made in 1981, so the 21st century was the future back then." The Centurion's Review blog has created a brief written review followed by two short videos (one review; one un-boxing).
How to apply "Age of Rifles" Patches?

 
Date: 11/22/2020 5:35:00 PM
How to Install Age of Rifles Scenarios?

Q: Does anyone know how to install "Age of Rifles" scenarios? There are many shared scenarios on Grognard at the link, above, but it is not clear exactly how they are incorporated into the game. Please respond to mark at grognard.com. Any help would be appreciated.

A: To install the scenarios all you need to do is moving the relevant files into the correct folders. For .sce or .sci files -- move them into the SCENARIO folder. Text files go into the GAZETTE folder. If you then start the program the scenario should up in the list.

Thanks to Pat L. and Nils Stieglitz for the solution!
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 11/22/2020 1:56:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#996) for 22-Nov-2020 and the winners for the last Challenge (#995).
Game: Desert Storm: the Unfinished Victory

Publisher: Pacific Rim Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/22/2020 1:15:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Thoughts on Desert Storm: Unfinished Victory

Retro Conflict takes a look at Just Plain Wargames publication covering the Gulf War, Desert Storm: Unfinished Victory. " It’s a small footprint game that manages to capture both the military and political struggles of the Gulf War". Sometimes great things come in small packages!
Game: Commands & Colors: Medieval

Series: Commands & Colors
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/22/2020 1:05:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Commands Colors Medieval EPIC – Catalaunian Fields (451 AD)

"I really like one of the newest installments in the Commands & Colors world – Medieval. And with the recent announcement from GMT that expansions (!) are underway, I am ever more excited! In the meantime, also due to the forced lockdown, I play mainly online. Recently, and idea struck me – if you look at the 2nd and 3rd scenario in Rule-book, it is obvious that you can combine them in one battle!", states The Boardgames Chronicle in their recent article on how to combine Scenario 002 Catalaunian Fields (451 AD) Roman and 003 Catalaunian Fields (451 AD) Into one large epic battle. They conclude, "The EPIC Catalaunian Plains definitely will be one of the more interesting and exciting games of medieval period using this system."
Game: SPQR

Series: Great Battles of History Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/22/2020 1:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Great Battles of History (GBoH) – my 3 favorite

The Great Battles of History series designed by Richard Berg and Mark Herman for GMT Games is a system to refight battles at the tactical level spanning almost 3000 years starting with Sumer (ca 2320 BC) to Thirty Years War battles in Europe, Africa, the Middle east and Japan. The Boardgames Chronicle tells which are the favorite three games of the series and explains why.
Game: Nightmare Island: The Battle for Biak Island, May-August, 1944

Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/20/2020 5:42:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Interview with Paul Rohrbaugh Designer of Nightmare Island: The Battle for Biak Island, May-August, 1944 from High Flying Dice Games

"For both players there are decisions with many implications to make and then live with, but then that is the privilege of command…" Grant Kleinhenz interviews designer Paul Rohrbaugh about his High Flying Dice Games' Nightmare Island: The Battle for Biak Island, May-August, 1944, set in the Pacific theater. Check out how Paul presents a challenge that "…was not anywhere close to one of [MacArthur 's] 'shining hours' and he forbade any mention of the battle in his presence for the rest of his life."
Game: White Eagle Defiant: Poland 1939

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/19/2020 8:16:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
White Eagle Defiant: First Impressions (Boardgames Chronicle)

"After recent unboxing, I had a chance to finally play White Eagle Defiant from Hollandspiele. This is such engrossing and interesting small game, with really great replayability factor. My initial impressions and sessions in below article. Enjoy!" Review shared by The Boardgames Chronicle.
Game: Sherman Leader

Series: Tank Leader
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/18/2020 5:20:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Sherman Leader: Play Example Part 1

Seek Out and Play brings us a video replay of the example found in the rulebook for Sherman Leader by Dan Verssen Games. So climb into the turret of a Sherman tank and close the hatch behind you. Let's Hunt Some Tigers!
Game: Stilicho: Last of the Romans

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/18/2020 5:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Stilicho: Last of the Romans from Hollandspiele – Action Point 3

The Players Aid brings us Action Point 3 in their series on Stilicho: Last of the Romans fromHollandspiele. In this Action Point, they cover the Roman Phase and examine how cards are discarded to take one of nine different actions.
Game: Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah

Series: Great Battles of the American Civil War
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/18/2020 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
GMT's Death Valley GBACW Fisher's Hill Battle solo playthrough 1600 Turn

The Blue Tweezers takes us through a turn of Death Valley from GMT Games' Great Battles of the American Civil War series in this video replay of the Fisher's Hill scenario Turn1600.
Game: Race to the Sea 1914

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/17/2020 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Tweezer Tuesday: Replacement Race to the Sea Solo Playthrough 1

The Blue Tweezers takes us through a play of Race to the Sea 1914 a design from my good buddy Hermann Luttmann and published by Flying Pig Games. Race to the Sea 1914 was the feature magazine game included in Yaah! #8.
Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/17/2020 12:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Epic Battle of Moeckern for "Commands and Colours: Napoleonics"

A Tabletop Simulator replay of The Epic Battle of Moeckern using Commands and Colours: Napoleonics published by GMT Games. Visually stunning with miniatures instead of blocks, Tabletop Simulator provides a whole new dimension playing games online.
Game: A Time for Trumpets: The Battle of the Bulge, December 1944

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/17/2020 12:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
A Time For Trumpets - Victory Conditions & rulebook approach options

A Time for Trumpets is a new battalion level wargame of the Battle of the Bulge by GMT Games. The game system incorporates a number of concepts from two of the highly playable games on the same subject: Bitter Woods by The Avalon Hill Game Company and the iconic battalion level Wacht am Rhein from SPI in 1977. The Big Board takes an initial look discussing the victory conditions, which is always a delicate issue in Bulge games in regards to providing proper balance.
Game: Strategy: The Game of Armies

Publisher: Corey Game Company
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/16/2020 7:47:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Strategy: The Game of Armies’ Review

Martin Smith posts a nice description and a positive review for this abstract land battle circa 1938. The game takes its place in the evolution of war games as something less abstract than games like Chess but not as asymmetrical as the war games of the 1970’s onward.
Game: Dawn Of Empire

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/16/2020 5:52:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
‘Remember the Maine!’. Compass Games ‘Dawn of Empire: The Spanish American Atlantic Naval War, 1898’. Board Game Review

"It’s a game that allows you to experience the high-level strategic decisions faced by both sides." Ray Garbee reviews Compass Games' Dawn of Empire: The Spanish American Atlantic Naval War, 1898, giving the game a 93% rating. Ray finds an enjoyable game on a topic that hasn't received a lot of attention, and offers a number of player insights, like the caution that "You may not be a fool to attack the fortress defending Havana, but you better count on breaking a few eggs when you make that particular omelet."
Game: Prelude to Rebellion: Mobilization & Unrest in Lower Canada 1834-1837

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/16/2020 5:30:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Video Review: Prelude to Rebellion: Mobilization & Unrest in Lower Canada, 1834-1837 from Compass Games

Prelude to Rebellion: Mobilization & Unrest in Lower Canada, 1834-1837, by Compass Games, depicts two ideologies fighting for control of Canada. The Players Aid reviews this design showing the conflict of ideas as a CDG using key events from 1834 to 1837 as the Patriotes and Loyalists fight for control of the electorate.
Game: Rescue from the Hive

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 11/16/2020 5:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Rescue from the Hive Overview and Review

Centurion's Review digs out an old SPI game from Aries magazine #7, Rescue from the Hive, and tells us what they think of this legacy science fiction game. So let's go rescue the ambassadors daughter!
Game: Imperial Struggle

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/16/2020 4:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle – initial strategic considerations

"I would like to use the opportunity to share some strategy considerations. By no means below list is a full and complete set of defined strategies. Imperial Struggle is too good game to have one path to victory – it is deep, immerse, multi-layer with some small element of luck – mainly in awards and commodities drawing (see example here). However, there are some things and ideas you should be aware of and which become obvious with more games and experience.", The Boardgames Chronicle provides us with their strategy analysis of Imperial Struggle by GMT Games.
Game: By Stealth and Sea

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/15/2020 1:15:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
By Stealth and Sea from DVG Preview

By Stealth and Sea, the latest design from Dan Verssen Games, is previewed by Moe's Game Table. The game covers the Italian torpedo attacks during World War II and and, as far as I can tell, no other game covers this topic.
Game: The Shores of Tripoli

Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/15/2020 1:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 4

The Shores of Tripoli published by Fort Circle Games is an intriguing look at the war against the Barbary pirates in the early days of our nation. The Players Aid continues their excellent action point series on this game with Action Point 4 which covers the Sequence of Play, Victory Conditions and different actions players can take by discarding the cards.
Game: The Last Stand : The Battle for Moscow 1941-42

Publisher: Multi-Man Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/15/2020 1:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Last Stand, Initial Impressions

The Big Board gives us their initial impressions of The Last Stand : The Battle for Moscow 1941-42 published by MultiMan Publishing. Despite several false starts, mistaken moves and overlooked rules, they found the game enjoyable and challenging. It never hurts to learn from someone else's mistakes.
Game: They Were Soldiers

Publisher: Cadet Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/14/2020 12:05:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
They Were Soldiers and Dak To: Hill 875 - Only 24 Hours Left!

New from Cadet Games, now available via Kickstarter, They Were Soldiers and Dak To: Hill 875, the board game of the battle that changed the war in Vietnam! 450 Americans faced long odds against the NVA at LZ X-Ray. Nov 14, 1965. Reserve your copy now and support the effort to get this game made!
Game: Wings of the Motherland The Air War Over Russia 1941-1945

Series: Fighting Wings game system
Publisher: Clash of Arms
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/13/2020 11:12:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Most Comprehensive World War 2 Air War Game Ever! Wings of the Motherland – a Fighting Wings Game. Board Game Review

"The combat results give you a very satisfying feeling of aerial combat." Rick Martin reviews Clash of Arms Games' Wings of the Motherland, a detailed tactical look at air combat in the Eastern front of World War II. Check out why Rick is clearly head over heels for the game, giving it a 97% rating, as well as hyperventilating that " Wings of the Motherland is worth every penny you pay for it. This game has enough to it to keep you busy for years! It is an outstanding achievement in aviation gaming!"
Game: Undaunted North Africa

Series: Undaunted Normandy
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/13/2020 6:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Undaunted North Africa: Operation Caravan

Undaunted North Africa by Osprey Publishing depicts the fast-paced hit and run missions carried out by the Long-Range Desert Group in World War II. Seek Out and Play provides historical background and context for the Operation Caravan scenario, one of four simultaneous raids behind the Italian lines.
Game: Memoir'44

Publisher: Days of Wonder
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/13/2020 6:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Battle of Guadalcanal – playing using Memoir’44 breakthrough format

"The idea was to play a breakthrough format Guadalcanal 1942 scenarios, featuring Bloody Ridge, Lunga Point and Matanikau clashes. They can be combined into a multi-map game giving a really great and grandiose experience." states The Boardgames Chronicle in their opening report on a replay of Memoir' 44 Pacific Theater expansion published by Days of Wonder.
Game: Soviet Dawn: The Russian Civil War, 1918-1921

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/11/2020 6:42:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Interview with Darin Leviloff Designer of Soviet Dawn: The Russian Civil War 1918-1921 Deluxe Edition from Worthington Publishing Coming to Kickstarter November 7th

"...the system easily creates a realistic look at the limitations of leadership." Grant Kleinhenz interviews designer Darin Leviloff about his upcoming Deluxe Edition of Soviet Dawn: The Russian Civil War 1918-1921 from Worthington Publishing (Kickstarter). Darin provides some insights on how and why he has revamped the game, along with reasons why it is one of his favorite designs: "…it has one of my favorite game mechanics – the 'Bukharin option'."
Game: Stilicho: Last of the Romans

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/10/2020 2:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Stilicho: Last of the Romans from Hollandspiele – Action Point 2

The Players Aid does a wonderful job with their informative Action Point series and the latest, Action Point 2, covering Stilicho: Last of the Romans from Hollandspiele, examines the cards in both the Roman and Enemy decks.
Game: WWII Commander: Volume One – Battle Of The Bulge

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/10/2020 2:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Battle of the Bulge by Compass Games

"From the outset, this very much has the feel of a players game. The map board is hard mounted and the counters are large, good quality, with ready rounded corners, just waiting to be pushed out of their frame.", begins the review from Battlefields & Warriors covering The Battle of the Bulge from Compass Games. Their conclusion, "This has been a very enjoyable run out with the game and I am sure it will make repeated visits to my table."
Game: The Great War

Publisher: Lombardy Studios
Game Type: Card
Date: 11/9/2020 5:32:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Great War Comes to Kickstarter! Game Preview.

Rick Martin offers a quick background of The Great War by Lombardy Studios (Kickstarter), a card driven game of World War I. The game has been under development by award-winning designer Dana Lombardy for the last four years, and is intended to be fast playing, but with lots of nuance.
Game: Khans & Kings (expansion for Chevauchee)

Publisher: Dubious Designs
Game Type: Card
Date: 11/8/2020 12:24:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Khans and Kings

Ed Mueller has created several free print and play games including Khans and Kings, an Eastern expansion module for Chevaukee. This game simulates medieval battles in a card driven system. See the others as well in his Wargames Meanderings blog.
Game: Chevauchee

Publisher: Dubious Designs
Game Type: Card
Date: 11/8/2020 12:10:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Chevauchee

Ed Mueller has created several free print and play games including Chevaukee that simulates medieval battles in a card driven system. See the others as well in his Wargames Meanderings blog.
Game: Armies at Lutzen

Publisher: Dubious Designs
Game Type: Card
Date: 11/8/2020 11:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Armies at Lutzen

Ed Mueller has created several free print and play games including Armies at Lutzen, based on that campaign from the Thirty Years War. See this game and others in his Wargames Meanderings blog.
Game: SPQR

Series: Great Battles of History Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/8/2020 8:30:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
SPQR A Look at the classic.

The Great Battles of History Series published by GMT Games remains a popular tactical warfare system covering ancient battles. The Big Board reports on their recent play session of SPQR stating that the game itself is not complicated however they had difficulty navigating the rules.
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/8/2020 8:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea – “Darius III” scenario

The Boardgames Chronicle brings us a replay of the Darius III scenario of Ancient Civilizations of the Inner-Sea published by GMT Games. "What a crazy game! A lot of things happened, the AI was pretty challenging, razing and burning my cities. Still, a well-prepared attack on the Greek mainland and lucky card-draw caused Alexander to stop his conquest and return home to pacify the situation. The game was won by my, the Asia minor was anyhow lost to Greeks. Really funny game!"
Game: The Last Stand : The Battle for Moscow 1941-42

Publisher: Multi-Man Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/8/2020 8:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Last Stand : The Battle for Moscow 1941-42 by Multi-Man Publishing

"This is a straight up old school hex-and-counter wargame that someone in 1978 would be able to sit down and play.", according to A Wargamers Needful Things in their review of the Last Stand : The Battle for Moscow 1941-42 by Multi-Man Publishing. This game allows the players to simulate the last part of Operation Barbarossa in 1941, or the Russian counterattack at the end of the year into the beginning of 1942.
Game: Panzerschlacht

Publisher: Hugo Gräfe Verlag
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/7/2020 6:54:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Rules of the Game

Bill Ellis has posted a rough translation of the rules for this abstract tank battle circa 1935 on BoardGameGeek.com.
Game: 1918/1919: Storm in the West

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/6/2020 11:35:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
1918/1919: Storm in the West - Turn 1

Steven Dolges YouTube channel walks us through the first turn of 1918/1919: Storm in the West, a new Ted Racier design from GMT Games, covering the late war Western front in World War I . The Germans attack across the trenches with Stoss units... but the attacks are bloody indeed. Perhaps they have bitten off more than they can chew?!.
Game: UBOOT: The Board Game

Publisher: Phalanx Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/6/2020 11:30:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
U BOOT The Board Game Review

MarcoOmnigamer reviews one of my favorite games, UBOOT: The Board Game published by Phalanx Games. It is is a fully cooperative, real-time tabletop game of WW2 submarine warfare. It allows 1 to 4 players to assume the roles of the Captain, the First Officer, the Navigator, and the Chief Engineer on board of a type VIIC U-boat. It is extremely immersive and the game is driven by a companion app, allowing for an unprecedented level of realism. The action unfolds both on the strategic and the tactical scale, always demanding teamwork, efficient crew management, and quick situation assessment.
Game: Undaunted North Africa

Series: Undaunted Normandy
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/6/2020 11:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Undaunted: North Africa from Osprey Games – Action Point 2

The Players Aid brings us Action Point 2 in its series on Osprey Publishing's Undaunted North Africa. This one covers the new units and their new special abilities, vehicles, and new structure markers.
Game: Holland '44: Operation Market-Garden

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/6/2020 5:25:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
A New Wargamer’s Insights and Impressions from Holland ’44

"My Allied forces piled up a body count of the Germans to make Rambo jealous, and that didn’t make a bit of difference...". David Wiley, and his friend Carl, offer up insights from a play of GMT Games' Holland '44: Operation Market-Garden. David and Carl have some good (and David says exhausting) fun while gaining wisdom: "That first ZOCbond moment was one of my proudest moments in gaming. I’m not trying to gloat. Understand that it took work to set up the situation."
Game: White Eagle Defiant: Poland 1939

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/5/2020 3:15:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
White Eagle Defiant – what is in the box?

The Boardgames Chronicle takes the lid off of White Eagle Defiant, published by Hollandspiele, that recreates the German, Slovak and Soviet invasion of Poland in September and October 1939. The Polish author states, "September campaign (as known in Poland), Fall Weiss (know in Germany) or simply beginning of World War II (as known throughout the World) is a very painful period in my nation past. Betrayed by Allies, invaded by Soviets, overwhelmed by Germans. Still, the recent historical studies provide a lot of new information regarding that campaign and it could be surprising to many to learn about stiff Polish resistance, losses in German Armor, tremendous effect of Soviet invasion or even the involvement of Slovak forces."
Game: Undaunted North Africa

Series: Undaunted Normandy
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/5/2020 3:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
How to Play Undaunted North Africa: Play Example

Seek Out and Play continues their series of well produced videos this one covering gameplay of Undaunted North Africa, Osprey Publishing's World War II tactical card game covering the desert campaign.
Game: An Attrition of Souls

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/5/2020 3:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
An Attrition of Souls from Compass Games Preview

Moe's Game Table previews Compass Games' latest strategic level World War I simulation, An Attrition of Souls.
Game: IL-2 Sturmovik: Flying Circus - Volume I

Series: IL-2 Great Battles Series
Publisher: 1C Entertainment
Game Type: Computer
Date: 11/4/2020 5:28:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
High Flying Personalities – IL-2 STURMOVIK: Flying Circus Volume I Computer Game Review

"Flying Circus puts you in the cockpit and lets you experience what the pilots of that era did. It is quite enlightening." Greg Johnson reviews 1C Game Studios' IL-2 Sturmovik: Flying Circus - Volume I, a World War I flight simulator game. Greg finds a detailed and intuitive simulator that he quite enjoyed, including the twist that you can "…watch artillery bombard no man’s land and the ground forces will attack you if you get within range."