Opponents Wanted

Find Gaming Opponents!

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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.

On the Origins of the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet. Book Review.

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"The discourse surrounding fleets deployed in support of a global empire is as valid today as it was at the start of the 20th Century." Ray Garbee reviews Genesis of the Grand Fleet: The Admiralty, Germany, and the Home Fleet, 1896–1914, by Christopher Buckey. Ray finds a book that offers solid insights "...as it details how the government – specifically the Admiralty – had to wrestle with Fredrick the Great’s maxim of 'He who defends everything, defends nothing'."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 10/8/2021


Confronting Chaos: a New Concept for Information Advantage

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"...although American teams lose wargames all the time, this is, in fact, a very big deal." Chris Dougherty explains his concerns about how three decades of Pentagon war planning have "…assumed U.S. forces could achieve information dominance in a great-power conflict, akin to what the American military attained during the 1991 Gulf War. That assumption is fatally flawed."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/17/2021


The Return of Great Power Proxy Wars

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"If the United States fights with China or Russia, what type of war will it be?" Frank Hoffman and Andrew Orner, in War on the Rocks, make the argument that proxy wars are likely to again become a preferred tool of statecraft. "Proxy conflicts are, after all, the ultimate indirect approach."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/10/2021


WotR - Recruiting continues

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"...the herald is such a splendid figure, that Lord Cobham insisted on him joining the ranks!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, gives us a figures and painting update for his Wars of the Roses collection. Check out more of Norm's excellent miniatures work. And perhaps there is some action coming: "…I hear there are rumblings in the Parish of Piggy Longton, something to do with the Bishop of Dungborough recruiting for The King - what could possibly go wrong there!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/6/2021


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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.



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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.

How to Play Shores of Tripoli: Naval Combat

The Shores of Tripoli, published by Fort Circle Games, is a great game to introduce someone to the hobby.Seek Out and Play has produced a series of excellent videos tutorials to help people learn the game and start playing quickly. In this video, they teach you how naval combat works.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman (updated)

Is there such a thing as a "Perfect Opening Move" in any of GMT's COIN Series games? Mark D. shares his idea of a "perfect" opening turn for the Romans in Falling Sky. Enjoy.

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

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

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

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

I'm finally getting to play this game, and am looking forward to it. There are a decent amount of "special rules" and restrictions that apply to either the Axis or Soviet player, depending on which turn it is. Rather than flipping back and forth in the rule book, I made a quick & dirty cheat sheet for myself which I have been using, and thought I'd share it. If anyone sees anything that's incorrect, please let me know via email at mark at grognard dot com. (updated 4/11/2020 to include rules for ignoring Rivers - Axis only on Turn 1; both sides on Turn 2)

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Game: Case Yellow, 1940: The German Blitzkrieg in the West

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/22/2021 12:41:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Unpacking the “Case Yellow” Introductory Scenario

"You only have a few mechanized forces, so you have to make an interesting choice with how to use the airborne units." Phil Kuchinsky, in the Retro Conflict blog, checks out the introductory scenario from GMT Games' Case Yellow, which covers the 1940 German blitzkrieg in the West. Phil gives us some insights into the system due to rules mistakes ("Which is exactly what you are supposed to do with an intro scenario!"), and how that brought him to the point where "My game ended as a German marginal victory because I had to resort to terror bombing to earn the necessary VP."
Game: Congress of Vienna

Series: Great Statesmen Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/20/2021 4:26:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
War or Diplomacy? The Struggle Between the Wargamer vs Eurogamer Soul in the Design and Development of Congress of Vienna

"When you create a game like Congress of Vienna with its major political and diplomatic elements; you know some of the 'certainties' of a standard wargame which must be exceeded...". Frank Esparrago and Fred Schachter discuss the character of GMT Games' Congress of Vienna card driven game, in terms of how players view it. There seems to be a classic divide, in which it's "…almost like Designer Frank had two angels perched on his shoulders as he labored on his game creation… one a 'Wargamer Angel' and the other a 'Eurogamer Angel' each whispering their imprecations into his ears. Whom did he heed?
Game: Chancellorsville 1863

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/19/2021 7:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Chancellorsville 1863 by Worthington Publishing

Chancellorsville is considered by many to be Robert E Lee's tactical masterpiece after Union general Joseph Hooker got around Lee's left flank during the Union's 1863 offensive. Chancellorsville 1863 published by Worthington Publishing simulates this battle in a simple, approachable format. This review by A Wargamers Needful Things concludes, "the designer was able to take what should be a one-sided battle (in two-player, or even against a bot), and make it enjoyable to play. Not only that, he was able to design it so that every game you play is different. The cards and other actions make sure that no two games are alike. This means that players cannot come up with unbeatable strategies that always work"
Game: Axis & Allies 1941 Edition

Series: Axis & Allies
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/19/2021 7:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Axis & Allies 1941 Review

The Centurion's Review takes a look at the venerable Axis & Allies system in Axis & Allies 1941 published by Wizards of the Coast. This series of games was an attempt to bring wargaming to the masses and in many ways succeeded as it is one of the most popular and best selling wargames.
Game: What A Tanker!

Publisher: Too Fat Lardies
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 10/18/2021 7:43:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Historicon 2019

If you have never attended a war game miniatures convention, here is an accurate account of what you might experience: the good, the bad, and the noisy. Blogger Michael in his blog, Games, Games, and Wargames (and Books and Movies) Oh my! describes his weekend in detail. All is not guns and roses. The blog includes illustrated examples of the World War II games where Michael competed including: “No Ambush, No Defeat” a 54mm game using the rules from “What a Tanker!” by Too Fat Lardies. The skirmish did not go well. Michael later ran a version of ”Sergeants D-Day” by Lost Battalion Games. After some pre-game headaches (one player was a no-show), the game proceeded and ended in a lost position for Michael and his ally. As a bonus, Michael included pictures from the game “JOE HACK - Irish Tuetoberg Wald" based on the Roman invasion of Ireland. Click this link to see a short video of Joe Hack - Irish v Romans - Irish Teutoburg Forest from this convention.
Game: ‘O’ Group

Publisher: Reisswitz Press
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 10/18/2021 4:36:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
2nd Battle in 1943 campaign ladder.

"The opening artillery strike hits the hill. Seriously bad dice rolls leave the Panzer IV unit unharmed!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, continues adapting One Hour Wargames eastern front scenarios to play with ‘O’ Group World War II miniatures rules by Reisswitz Press. Do Norm's Germans retain the upper hand over his Soviets in the scenario? "Then an interesting moment (and highlighting a bit of the system)."
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 10/17/2021 12:03:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#1041) for 17-Oct-2021 and the winners for the last Challenge (#1040).
Any interest in being the next Grognard.com manager?

 
Date: 10/17/2021 12:02:00 PM
Any interest in being the next Grognard.com manager?

It's been almost 8 years since I took on the task of managing Grognard.com. It has been challenging, interesting and fun and I've gotten to know a lot of really good people. But it's time for me to hand it over to someone new. I will continue maintaining the site until 6/30/2022. In the meantime, I'll be looking for someone with programming skills and good ideas to take over the management of the site. If you meet the requirements and have any interest, please contact me via email. (mark-at-grognard.com)

Game: Suez '73: The Battle of Chinese Farm: October 15-22, 1973

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/17/2021 7:03:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Suez ‘73 The IDF strikes back

In his Forward HQ: Comments, opinions, and news from a wargamer-military historian blog, Arrigo “the Crazy” discusses this GDW game from 1981. Arrigo begins with a short historical discussion and description of components and game play. He then reviews the game and shows why “the game is really effective in representing the situation, the strength and weaknesses of the two armies, and, even more importantly, the chaos of the situation.”
Game: Midway

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/16/2021 9:52:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Midway Campaign by Avalon Hill (Commodore 64 version)

The Commodore 64 was an 8 bit microcomputer popular in the early 1980’s. The computer could generate 16 colors, limited graphics, and somewhat sophisticated sounds and music. Avalon Hill published several games for the Commodore 64 including Midway Campaign based on their Midway board war game. The game was nominated for the Charles Roberts Award for Best Computer Game of 1980. This link allows you to see an emulated Commodore 64 screen and play the game. Our thanks go to Archive.org for preserving this early computer game.
Game: Afrika Korps

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/16/2021 9:33:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Afrika Korps (Game information)

The Wargame Academy maintains a comprehensive directory of information for older war games. This is their entry for Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps.
Game: Skirmish

Series: American Heritage Series
Publisher: Milton Bradley
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/16/2021 9:26:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
American Heritage: The War Games of The 1960s Generation (from Milton Bradley)

“In 1961, American Heritage Magazine and toy-maker Milton Bradley teamed up to release a series of memorable “American Heritage” war games. Each of these board games recreated for young gamers a war scenario or milieu from American history.” Thanks to John Kenneth Muir for this short and illustrated listing.
Game: D-Day at Peleliu

Series: D-Day Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/15/2021 8:48:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
D-Day at Peleliu – “The 15 September 1944” scenario

"It starts with perilous landings..."! Michal, in the The Boardgames Chronicle tries out Decision Games' D-Day at Peleliu, a bloody Pacific theater island hopping battle. Check out the tense action, and a conclusion in which "…a great gamble was needed in the last turn of the game – I charged in 3 positions…"!
Game: ‘O’ Group

Publisher: Reisswitz Press
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 10/13/2021 2:24:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
A short campaign, OHW meets 'O' Group

"The Soviets advanced en masse up the left side of the board." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, adapts a One Hour Wargames eastern front scenario to play with ‘O’ Group World War II miniatures rules by Reisswitz Press. Check in with Norm for the action: "There was a moment of panic when the Panzer Grenadiers tried to escape back to the village..."!
Game: The British Way: Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/11/2021 7:42:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The British Way: Kenya

"Given the nature of the themes covered, some players may find the game difficult to play." Designer Stephen Rangazas focuses on the Kenya game that is part of his GMT Games' The British Way: Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire, a COIN multipack. Forewarned is forearmed: Stephen expands on the previous comment by "…explaining each side’s use of violence against civilians and how these have been modeled in the game."
Game: Sergeants D-Day

Series: Sergeants! Series
Publisher: Lost Battalion Games
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 10/11/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Historicon 2019

If you have never attended a war game miniatures convention, here is an accurate account of what you might experience: the good, the bad, and the noisy. Blogger Michael in his blog, Games, Games, and Wargames (and Books and Movies) Oh my! describes his weekend in detail. All is not guns and roses. The blog includes illustrated examples of the World War II games where Michael competed including: “No Ambush, No Defeat” a 54mm game using the rules from “What a Tanker!” by Too Fat Lardies. The skirmish did not go well. Michael later ran a version of ”Sergeants D-Day” by Lost Battalion Games. After some pre-game headaches (one player was a no-show), the game proceeded and ended in a lost position for Michael and his ally. As a bonus, Michael included pictures from the game “JOE HACK - Irish Tuetoberg Wald" based on the Roman invasion of Ireland. Click this link to see a short video of Joe Hack - Irish v Romans - Irish Teutoburg Forest from this convention.
Game: Midway

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/10/2021 10:17:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Midway (free game kit supplement – zip file)

The Deer Valley Game Company creates “Game Kits” that are supplements to popular war games including Midway from Avalon Hill. Each kit might contain updated maps, counters, player aids, and rules to add variety and new challenges to these classic war games. The kits are free. Scroll down to the World War II section to download the Midway zip file. While there you can also see 2 more Game Kits: one based on variants published in Avalon Hill’s house magazine, The General, and a simpler Kit that lightly tweaks the original Midway game.
Game: Afrika Korps

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/10/2021 9:57:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
War and Pieces with Rob Oren - October 17, 2018 (video)

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

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/10/2021 9:12:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Midway (Game information)

The Wargame Academy maintains a comprehensive directory of information for older war games. This is their entry for Avalon Hill’s Midway.
Game: Afrika Korps

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/10/2021 9:05:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
My TOP 10 FAVORITE Avalon Hill Games / BEST games of all time / What is YOUR list? (video)

YouTube poster Legendary Tactics loves gaming and posted his Top 10 List from Avalon hill. Afrika Korps comes in at #8.
Game: Zero Leader

Series: Air Leader
Publisher: (Web Published)
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/8/2021 8:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Zero Leader

A Wargamers Needful Things steps into the cockpit of Japan's legendary Zero fighters in Dan Verssen Games' solitaire simulation, Zero Leader. "This is the latest in a series that has already a proven record of success from a company whose quality of components is superb."
Game: The Shores of Tripoli

Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/6/2021 4:40:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Shores of Tripoli – two very exciting games

"...this is one of the best examples of assymetric design, with both sides having completely different game mechanics and goals." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle brings us a couple of fun replays with Fort Circle Games' The Shores of Tripoli. Two games with two very different outcomes, one concluding where "Frontal assault was left as an only option."
Game: Two Flags - One Nation

Publisher: Norman Smith
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 10/4/2021 9:14:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
A return to Mill Creek (ACW)

"The battle had reached a finely balanced point. All the Confederates need at the moment to win is to capture the Union end of the bridge." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us a replay of the ‘Action at Mill Creek’ scenario from his Two Flags - One Nation miniatures rules. Which way does the action tip? "A great cry of Huzzah! was heard from the bridge, what can it mean?"
Game: Diplomacy

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/3/2021 9:43:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Diplomacy Questions and Answers

Board & Card Games Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people who like playing board games, designing board games or modifying the rules of existing board games. Post your Diplomacy questions here.
Game: Afrika Korps

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/3/2021 9:27:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Avalon Hill Afrika Korps First Look (video)

David Lent in his Centurion’s Review web page presents this video unboxing of Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps from 1964.
Game: Afrika Korps

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/3/2021 9:22:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
AFRIKA KORPS; Wargame Academy Amplified Third Edition Rulebook (PDF)

The Wargame Academy issued this beautifully illustrated, enhanced version of the third edition rules for Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps. The enhancements include new or enhanced illustrations, plus colored text for important exceptions or rule’s emphasis. Also included are design credits, VASSAL module information, a lengthy article index, and a tournament archive.
Game: Tactics

Publisher: The Avalon Game Company
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/3/2021 8:49:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Looking at the game that started it all: Tactics Avalon Hill Silver Jubilee Edition (Video)

YouTube poster and war games grognard Combat Board Games reminisces about Tactics (1954 edition) while unboxing the 25th Anniversary edition of the game published in 1979. Tactics was the first 20th century war game with counters for units and had the first Combat Results Table. Hexes for the maps came later courtesy of The Rand Corporation! The reviewer has fond memories of the game he calls the first of the modern war game era, the game that started it all.
Game: Warfighter: The World War II Tactical Combat Card Game

Series: Warfighter Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Card
Date: 10/2/2021 10:03:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Including Optional Rules in Warfighter

A short video that describes all four optional rules currently found in the Warfighter Universal Rulebook. The video briefly goes over all four optional rules and explains how they work. Produced and shared by the good folks at Seek Out & Play.
Game: Panzer Battles: Tactical Armored Warfare in World War II

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 10/2/2021 10:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Panzer Battles Review (PDF) by RL Moses

Brief but insightful review of "Panzer Battles" (SPI) shared by R L Moses.
Game: Combat Commander: Europe

Series: Combat Commander
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/1/2021 8:14:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Combat Commander Europe – #12 Misty Mountain

"Having good cards in hand, I immediately initiate attack in the middle, killing one Volksgrenadier in the process and preparing to storm the bunker. However…". Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us his final scenario replay in GMT Games' Combat Commander: Europe, having worked through the entire game. Check out why he finds his concluding lesson to be "…not to sit but to risk and charge forward!"
Game: Angels One Five

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/29/2021 4:54:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
FULL CIRCLE Expansion for Angels itself

"...it is high time that I gave those of you who bought the Victory Point Games edition of my original game the chance to use Tim Allen’s lovely chunky counters in a conversion of your own." Designer Philip Sabin offers fans of his Angels One Five from Victory Point Games a free expansion on BoardGameGeek. Philip also invites you to Google 'Sabin wargames' for details of his many other recent free games and conversions.
Game: Old School Tactical Stalingrad Eastern Front Expansion

Series: Old School Tactical
Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/27/2021 6:05:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Lieutenant Veselovsky attacks!

"As other buildings in the district are assaulted, the German defense becomes stretched...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, brings us an action packed replay of the 'Siberians' scenario in the Old School Tactical Stalingrad Eastern Front Expansion from Flying Pig Games. It's an intense slugfest, and with just "…1 more turn to go, can the Soviets capture enough buildings to bring them a win?"
Game: Gettysburg (1958 edition)

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/26/2021 3:49:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
The Miniatures Page Forum

The Miniatures Page is a web site for all things of interest to war game miniatures enthusiasts. Here we post 2 forum entries about Avalon Hill’s original Gettysburg game ; and favorite Gettysburg war games.
Game: Gettysburg (1958 edition)

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/26/2021 3:18:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
The Invasion of the North: Opening Moves

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

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/26/2021 2:33:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Gettysburg (game)

Here is the Gettysburg entry from the Card and Game Database web site. This web site allows enthusiasts to create and edit reference information pertaining to games.
Game: Invasions: Volume 1 – 350-650 AD

Publisher: Wisdom Owl
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/26/2021 12:24:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Unboxing Video: Invasions: Volume 1 – 350-650 AD from Wisdom Owl

Here is an unboxing video from Alexander and introductory text from Grant, both prolific war game reviewers known collectively as The Players’ Aid. This is a substantial game with quality components for 2-4 players. Alexander’s video includes 2 expansion modules, one that covers the period 250-350 AD, and one that expands the game map to the East. The game sheds much light on the military and political struggles of the Dark Ages.
Game: Afrika Korps

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/26/2021 11:44:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Was I unlucky or outplayed in Afrika Korps?

Board & Card Games Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people who like playing board games, designing board games or modifying the rules of existing board games. This example describes a knotty situation while playing Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps that led to a major defeat and a strategy discussion among several grognards.
Game: Afrika Korps

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/26/2021 11:23:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
THE 'AFRIKA KORPS' NOTEBOOK: TOBRUCH: Perception, Reality, and Luck: the Low-Odds Ploy against Tobruch

Map and Counters, a long-time war gamer’s blog from Joseph C. Beard III, addresses a common complaint concerning Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps. Many in the war gaming hobby have complained that Afrika Korps allows the Axis player to win by luck via a low odds attack on Tobruch. War games that are solely based on chance are highly undesirable. Beard disputes the complaint and gives some sage advice by describing his method of game evaluation: …”I ceased to venture a critical judgment on a title until I had first gained a clear understanding of the game system and then had logged many hours with that title, both in solitaire and in face-to-face play.”
Game: Field Commander: Napoleon

Series: Field Commander Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/26/2021 9:13:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
How to Play Field Commander: Napoleon - Battle Part 2

A continuation of a series of videos produced by Seek Out and Play that covers the battle turn and use of battle plans, as well as insight activation, French and enemy battle plans, routs, and post-battle activities.
Game: Crimea: The Dawn of Modern Warfare

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/26/2021 9:07:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Crimea - Rules & Errata Scan

Rules and errata for GDW's Crimea: The Dawn of Modern Warfare. Scanned and shared by Dav Vanderbroucke.
Game: Fighting Flattops

Publisher: Ken Stuart
Game Type: Computer
Date: 9/26/2021 8:25:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Fighting Flattops WWII Carrier Game: How-To Tutorial

Excellent "How-To" video for "Fighting FlatTops" computer game, produced and shared by Dirk Swart.
Game: Fighting Flattops

Publisher: Ken Stuart
Game Type: Computer
Date: 9/26/2021 8:23:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Free Internet Game of the Pacific War

Play free versus live opponents over the internet. Game and web site designed and coded by Ken Stuart. Editor's Note: This is not a new game (been around since 1996) but I thought it deserved some renewed attention. (Can also link via https://www.cincpac.com)
Game: Afrika Korps

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/25/2021 12:01:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
State of the Art of War (Games)

From a most unusual web site, Gideon Marcus posts a review from 1964(?!) that discusses several of the Avalon Hill games from the 1950’s and 60’s. Games reviewed include Tactics II, D-Day, and Afrika Korps. Pretend it’s 1964 and wargaming is the newest thing on the block.
Game: Successors 4th Edition

Publisher: Phalanx Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/24/2021 5:47:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Successors – 4-players game – first impressions

"With four players we all got 2 generals each. So now let us see how it worked out!" Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, tries out Phalanx Games' Successors with four players. While he finds the four player version to provide a "very interesting game", check out why he considers this approach to be "…a little bit not-forgiving for my taste."
Game: Congress of Vienna

Series: Great Statesmen Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/22/2021 7:21:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Congress of Vienna Standard Game After-Action-Report: “The Clash of Armies” Scenario (Turn 1 of 4 – Aug. 1813)

"...the more experienced of our Congress of Vienna Play Test Teams already know that when there is disunity among Allied players France may prevail!" Frank Esparrago and Fred Schachter begin a scenario AAR for their GMT Games' Congress of Vienna card driven game. Check out how this first game turn delivers a lopsided result in which "…the Allied bed has been made. Will they be able to recuperate from this turn’s set-backs or will Napoleon go on to victory?"
Game: Here I Stand

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/21/2021 3:05:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Playing a full, 6-players game – Here I Stand

With the onset of the current pandemic, our wargame group was forced to play online, and during this time, I was introduced to the wonderful game of Here I Stand published by GMT Games. Each nation has somewhat asymmetric victory conditions, yet there is an enormous amount of conflict in an era that I was less familiar. The Boardgames Chronicle gives us this replay session to help you better understand the different strategies available.
Game: Napoleon 1806

Publisher: Dennis Sauvage
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/21/2021 3:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Napoleon 1806 by Shakos Games

A Wargamers Needful Things reviews Napoleon 1806 by Shakos Games, that covers Napoleon's brilliant campaign to conquer Prussia and defeat the 3rd coalition stimulated at the corps level.
Game: Sword and Spear

Publisher: Great Escape Games
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 9/21/2021 6:20:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Raiding Piggy Longton 1471

"The moment needed someone to take charge and Bishop Dungborough, or rather Stephen the Fearless, was that man!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us more Pocket Armies project action, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules, and featuring a redoubtable man of faith! Join Norm for the clash of arms, terrific miniatures photos and some unique victory conditions: If the Yorkists successfully burn down the tavern, they instantly win. If the Yorkists capture Stephen the Fearless, they instantly win. If the Yorkists cause the death of the Bishop in combat ….. they instantly lose!
Game: Diplomacy

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/19/2021 2:12:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
DiplomacyGames.com (Diplomacy Podcasts and Groups)

Kaner and Amby have posted Diplomacy podcasts from August 2016 to date where the duo discusses all aspects of the game and the hobby. Their web site includes a listing of Diplomacy groups looking for players and you can add your own group to the directory.
Game: Gettysburg '77

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/19/2021 12:22:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
The Invasion of the North: Opening Moves

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