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Gaming Clubs and Organizations

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Spotlight Articles

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

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


10 Historical Facts About Avalon Hill

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David Lent, aka “The Centurion”, provides this quick list of factoids concerning the Avalon Hill Game Company, the first of the great hex and counter war game companies.

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 9/4/2021


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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: 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!
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 9/19/2021 4:30:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#1037) for 19-Sep-2021 and the winners for the last Challenge (#1036).
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.
Game: Gettysburg (1958 edition)

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/19/2021 11:10:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Avalon-Hill's 1958 Game "Gettysburg"

Here’s a great illustrated description of Avalon Hill’s 1958 version of Gettysburg concentrating on the map design. James N. posts his thoughts on the Civil War Talk blog. Additional comments add to the map design discussion.
Game: Successors 4th Edition

Publisher: Phalanx Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/19/2021 5:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Successors – 2-players game – first impressions

The Boardgames Chronicle provides a session report on the game Successors 4th edition by Phalanx Games. When Alexander the Great died in 323 BC, he left no clear heir to the immense empire he had conquered. It was not long after his death that the Macedonian generals began to war amongst themselves over who would be either regent or most legitimate defender of Alexander’s empire. By 305 BC, they had given up on that endeavor and began to carve out their own kingdoms. Successors 4th edition is a 2-5 player card-driven wargame based on those conflicts.
Game: Naval Battles

Publisher: Phalanx Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/19/2021 5:03:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Naval Battles Review Phalanx Games Video Review by David Lent & Len Krol

Naval Battles, a card based game simulating battles during World War II, published by Phalanx Games is briefly reviewed by the Centurion's Review. It is similar to the old game Naval Wars by Avalon Hill.
Game: Command & Colors: Samurai Battles

Series: Command & Colors
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/19/2021 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Samurai Battles session reports – Sekigahara 1600 AD

Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles, published by GMT Games, allows players to re-play important engagements of Japanese history mainly regarding the XVI century. The battles, included in huge scenario booklet, focus on the historical deployment of forces and important terrain features in level with the game system. The scale of the game is flexible and varies from battle to battle. The Boardgames Chronicle gives us a session replay on the scenario covering the battle of.Sekigahara 1600 AD, fought around the small village of Sekigahara, astride one of Japan’s key feudal-era roads. It was here that Ishida Mitsunari and his western allies planned to meet and stop the advance of Tokugawa Ieyasu and his eastern allies. Using the wooded hills between two mountains, the western army had a strong defensive position. Although Ieyasu had granted Fukushima Masanori the honor of opening the battle, it was Il Naomase’s mounted “Red Devils” that charged forward first. Masanori quickly followed and charged into the center of Mitsunari position. So the most famous Samurai Battle started!
Game: Gettysburg (1958 edition)

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/18/2021 2:13:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Gettysburg - Avalon Hill – 1958 (video)

Gilbert Collins dusts off his 1958 version of Gettysburg from Avalon Hill. He covers the game components, a brief history of the various game versions, movement, and combat. The game features a Tournament version of the rules that follows the basic format used in miniatures games. Collins closes with a lot of reverence toward this game that he calls “almost like the founding game of our hobby”.
Game: D-Day

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/18/2021 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: Valor & Victory

Publisher: Barry Doyle
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/17/2021 6:52:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Valor & Victory D-Day Tournament

Matrix Games is hosting an online tournament for the web version of Valor & Victory starting September 23rd, 2021. See their tournament page for rules, registration, and results from recent tournaments for Panzer Corps II and Fields of Glory II among others.
Game: Yellow Jack

Publisher: Red Sash Games
Date: 9/15/2021 6:20:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Yellow Jack: The War of Jenkin's Ear 1739-1743, By Red Sash Games

Red Sash Games has, for many years, published a wonderful series of games called "The Lace War Series", covering the many wars fought between the European powers in the early and mid part of the 18th century. As an adjunct to these games they published a few designs covering the naval campaigns of the time represented by the "Sea Lord series" to which Yellow Jack truly belongs. A Wargamers Needful Things reviews this game stating, "If you love sea warfare from an operational standpoint, this game is for you. The historical information of sea warfare at this time is alone the price of admission. The game is complex, but it has to be to plumb the depths of historical accuracy that the designer intended."
Game: Field Commander: Napoleon

Series: Field Commander Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/15/2021 6:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
How to Play Field Commander: Napoleon - Battle Part 1

Dan Verssen Games is known for their solitaire designs that put you in the role of famous commanders. Seek Out and Play begins a series of videos on Field Commander: Napoleon teaching you how to play the game from the viewpoint of one of history's greatest generals.
Game: Grenadier: tactical Warfare 1680-1850

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/15/2021 5:40:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Grenadier Errata

Grenadier Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Highway to the Reich: Operation Market-Garden 17-26 September 1944 (Third Edition)

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/15/2021 3:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Highway to the Reich Errata (SPI 1st and 2nd Editions)

Highway to the Reich Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: The Plum Island Horror

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/15/2021 6:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Plum Island Horror short story written by David Spangler

The first eyewitness account of the horrible, tragic events that took place on a small island off of the tip of Long Island, New York that hosted a federal animal disease research center known as Plum Island Animal Disease Center. Since 1954, this little-known facility listed in the DHS S&T Office of National Laboratories (ONL) as Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC), served as the nation’s premier defense against accidental or intentional introduction of transboundary animal diseases (a.k.a. foreign animal diseases) including foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and African Swine Fever (ASF). PIADC was the only laboratory in the nation that could work on live FMD virus (FMDV). The lab and its staff of nearly 400 employees provide a host of high-impact, indispensable preparedness and response capabilities, including vaccine R&D, diagnostics, training, and bioforensics among others. Until something went terribly wrong! Here is the first eyewitness account of the horrifying and tragic events that transpired at a hypothetical time represented by designer Hermann Luttmann's newest sci-fi horror game, The Plum Island Horror, to be published by GMT Games. Warning! Please do not read this if you're alone in the house in a dark room.
Game: The British Way: Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/15/2021 4:24:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The British Way: Palestine

"...the insurgent faction will need to drag Political Will all the way to zero by the end of the game to force a British exit." Designer Stephen Rangazas focuses on the challenges of the Palestine game that is part of his GMT Games' The British Way: Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire, a COIN multipack. The British player must frustrate the efforts of Menachem Begin’s Irgun Zvai Leumi insurgent organization in order to leave on Britain's own terms. The Irgun seeks to force Britain's hand using sabotage, propaganda, and "…one other major tool for lowering Political Will, but it comes with a cost."
Game: The Plum Island Horror

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/14/2021 7:15:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Cards of Plum Island (or … How Can Such Mundane Components Contain So Much Evil?)

Designer Hermann Luttmann tries to warn you about his upcoming game to be published by GMT Games, The Plum Island Horror, a game where every card has such frightening, unspeakable horror that only the designer can tell you about them without getting .... aahh....HELP!......
Game: The Korean War: June 1950 - May 1951, Designer Signature Edition

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/14/2021 7:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Joe BalKoski's The Korean War: Designer Signature Edition by Compass Games

In my opinion, the original version of the Korean War: June 1950-May 1951 published by Victory Games was one of the finest designs and most perfect wargames I have ever played. Both players get to attack vigorously and defend tenaciously in a moderately complex game that stimulated the historical events amazingly well. Despite its intricacy, there were only 2 minor items of errata that we found after playing this game probably hundreds of times! It is in my top 5 list of desert island wargames. A Wargamers Needful Things reviews the new The Korean War June 1950-May 1951, Designer Signature Edition published by Compass Games and answers the question, "is a new version worth getting if you own the older version?".
Game: ‘O’ Group

Publisher: Reisswitz Press
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 9/13/2021 7:03:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Assault on Strassengabel - an ‘O’ Group game

"...here we are, with OG in a fascinating, hard to predict, but believable start." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has a go at adapting a British versus Germans scenario to ‘O’ Group World War II miniatures rules by Reisswitz Press. See why Norm says he "...enjoyed this gaming experience and was quite impressed with what OG did with this scenario..."!
Game: Diplomacy

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/12/2021 1:58:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
DiplomacyCast.com (Diplomacy Podcasts)

Here’s a legacy web site with over 50 podcasts dedicated to Diplomacy. Eric Mead and Nathan Barnes shared hosting duties from 2011 to 2020 covering all aspects of the Diplomacy gaming community.
Game: Tactics II

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/12/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Tactics II: The first and most misunderstood Wargame

Here is something special. Michael Ziegler defends the reputation of Tactics II, one of the earliest games that started the late 20th Century war gaming hobby. The bulk of his review is a discussion of his best strategies and his preference for the rules used in the earlier editions of this game, especially for tournament play. There follows a spirited discussion from commenter Tom Arizona defending and preferring the rules from the later edition of the game! The conversation then turns to house rules from commenters Scott Taylor and Rexis (in Texas) that address the shortcomings in the rules previously discussed! Check out this great conversation among veteran war gamers.
Game: Tactics II

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/11/2021 11:58:00 AM
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: Road to the Rhine

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/10/2021 6:55:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
German Order of Appearance (PDF)

Scanned German Order of Appearance for "Road to the Rhine". Thanks to Mike Guntorius for scanning/sharing.
Game: Road to the Rhine

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/10/2021 6:52:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
German Campaign Order of Battle (PDF)

Scanned German Campaign OOB for "Road to the Rhine". Thanks to Mike Guntorius for scanning/sharing.
Game: Road to the Rhine

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/10/2021 6:51:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Errata (as of July 1999)

Scanned Errata from Fire & Movement magazine #19 (July 1999) for "Road to the Rhine". Thanks to Mike Guntorius for scanning/sharing.
Game: Road to the Rhine

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/10/2021 6:50:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Errata (as of 8 Aug 1979)

Scanned Errata (Aug 1979) for "Road to the Rhine". Thanks to Mike Guntorius for scanning/sharing.
Game: Road to the Rhine

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/10/2021 6:49:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Combat Results Table (PDF)

Scanned Combat Results Table (CRT) for "Road to the Rhine". Thanks to Mike Guntorius for scanning/sharing.
Game: Road to the Rhine

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/10/2021 6:48:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Allied Campaign Order of Battle (PDF)

Scanned Allied Campaign OOB for "Road to the Rhine". Thanks to Mike Guntorius for scanning/sharing.
Game: Road to the Rhine

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/10/2021 6:48:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Allied Order of Appearance (PDF)

Scanned Allied Order of Appearance for "Road to the Rhine". Thanks to Mike Guntorius for scanning/sharing.
Game: Road to the Rhine

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/10/2021 6:47:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Terrain Effects Chart (PDF)

Scanned TEC for "Road to the Rhine". Thanks to Mike Guntorius for scanning/sharing.
Game: Road to the Rhine

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/10/2021 6:46:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Rulebook (PDF)

Scanned rulebook for "Road to the Rhine". Big thank you to Mike Guntorius for scanning/sharing.
Game: Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/10/2021 6:32:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms - Video Review (Seek Out & Play)

A short introductory video on DVG's Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms. The video covers the basic turn sequence while providing an overview of the game. Produced and shared by Seek Out & Play.
Game: Wooden Ships and Iron Men

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/10/2021 6:25:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Wooden Ships & Iron Men - Review Video

Can never have too many reviews and strategy articles for this great old game. This latest contribution has been produced and shared by Centurion's Review featuring David Lent and Len Krol.
Game: Under Falling Skies

Publisher: CZech Games Edition
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/10/2021 6:04:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Under Falling Skies - Review (The BoardGames Chronicle)

First impressions article by The Boardgames Chronicle. An interesting Sci-Fi themed solo game, about war of Humanity against Alien invaders. "Under Falling Skies" proves to be a very demanding brain teaser and requires a lot of planning in order to win on normal or higher difficulty levels.
Game: The Great War in the East: Four World War I Battles

Series: The Great War in the East Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/8/2021 5:30:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Great War in the East Errata

Great War in the East Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Global War: The War Against Germany and Japan, 1939-1945

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/8/2021 4:15:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Global War Errata

Global War Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Midway

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/8/2021 7:07:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Midway by Messenger

"How was I going to go about the project of taking Midway and destroying the American carriers?" Prufrock recounts a replay of Avalon Hill's Midway with an old friend. The game has some twists, though "…fortunately for me a bit of skullduggery threw Pat off the scent…". But does that clinch it? "It could have gone either way, and the game was tense throughout."
Game: Highway to the Reich: Operation Market-Garden 17-26 September 1944 (orig and 2nd Ed)

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/7/2021 7:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Highway to the Reich Errata (SPI 1st and 2nd Editions)

Highway to the Reich Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Tactics II

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/4/2021 1:39:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Tactics II Rules

Here are scanned rules for this classic war game courtesy of Julie Buse.
Game: Tactics II

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/4/2021 1:13:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
#UnboxingDay – Where it all started – TACTICS II

RMN on the Armchair Dragoons blog presents an illustrated description of this classic pre-cursor to hex and counter war games. Grognards will certainly enjoy his comments.
Game: Diplomacy

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/4/2021 10:34:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Diplomacy Academy 1: Unintended Antagonism

Chris Martin aka DanceScholar presents this 11 part video tutorial covering the finer points of play and strategy for Avalon Hill’s Diplomacy. Part 1 addresses Unintended Antagonism where a player places an order that does nothing to advance the player’s goals but does antagonize another player prematurely. Click these links to see the other videos in the series: A/I & Tempo; The Next Conversation; Negotiating from a Position of Weakness; How to Value Stabs; Improve Your Tactics!; ”What we have here is a Failure to Communicate”; Using Backstabbr.com; Interview with Edi Birsan; Improve Negotiations by Speaking the Language they Understand; and Tools for Fast Paced Online Play. See Martin’s YouTube channel for other videos concerning Diplomacy Tournaments and players starting in 2016.
Game: 300 Earth & Water

Publisher: Nuts! Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/3/2021 5:41:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“After all, no one is stupid enough to prefer war to peace; in peace sons bury their fathers and in war fathers bury their sons.”― Herodotus 300 Earth & Water Board Game Review

"300 Earth and Water is as close to perfect as a game can get." Rick Martin reviews Nuts! Publishing's 300 Earth & Water, which covers the Greco Persian War, and gives it an almost unheard-of 99% rating! Check out why Rick says "Battles are easy and fast…", and the game is "…a blast to play…".
Game: Freedom in the Galaxy: The Star Rebellions, 5764 AD

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/1/2021 4:07:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Freedom in the Galaxy Errata

Freedom in the Galaxy Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Franco-Prussian War: August 1 to September 2, 1870

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/1/2021 3:59:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Franco-Prussian War Errata

Franco-Prussian War Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Advanced Squad Leader

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 9/1/2021 12:01:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Stop and Go Traffic: A Synopsis

"…it is important to first understand the difference between Moving and Moving Vehicular Target." Jim Bishop, in the Hong Kong Wargamer blog, addresses questions about "...Moving, Motion, Starting, Stopping..." in Advanced Squad Leader. Jim points out some noteworthy reasons and benefits for having a clear understanding of these rules. The beginning of wisdom: "There can only ever be ONE moving thing."
Game: Berthier Campaign Manager

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Game Type: Computer
Date: 8/30/2021 3:26:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Berthier Campaign Manager v10.3.0 (Free Software)

I've have released an update of the free Berthier Campaign Manager software (Version 10.3.0). This release mainly changes some appearance and operation of Berthier. There is no change in functionality. See the README file in the download for the full details.

Shared by designer/developer Tony De Lyall.
Game: The Weimar Republic

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/30/2021 7:47:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Struggle is Real: Reworked Mechanics and a New Solo System for The Weimar Republic

"Development of The Weimar Republic was struck hard by the Covid19 situation, mainly because live, face-to-face playtesting suffered so much." Designer Gunnar Holmback gives us a development update on his GMT Games' The Weimar Republic, a card driven approach to the political struggles in interwar Germany. Check out how Gunnar has taken advantage of the circumstances to make some valuable revisions: "...the game is now fast-paced and dynamic, but it retains the sense of historical weight that has been a key part of the design from the get-go."