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.

A battlefield to fight over .... often!

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"Dungborough... has frequently borne the brunt of the rivalry and machinations of others." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, is fleshing out his fictitious battleground area of Dungborough, and getting ready for more action: "…the parish must assemble an array of their finest archers and be ready to join their Lordship in defence of the parish!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 10/23/2020


Quarterdeck Int'l - Newsletter #8 - St. Lo, and Other Specials

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The first thing to announce is a reprint of St. Lo, designed by Joe Balkoski and originally published by West End Games. We have a special offer going on right now (started today 19-Oct) offering the first 24 copies at $55.00 instead of the normal $70.

Additionally, from today until November 8th we have a special running on multiple games to help make room for new games arriving (a lot more are coming in!).

Check out the details at Quarterdeck International's web site!

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 10/19/2020


Dunnigan’s and SPI’s Friday Night Follies, A Play Tester Heaven

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It's always nice to reminisce about the old days of wargaming and here's a very special interview with legendary designer and head of Simulations Publications Inc., Jim Dunnigan, as he talks about the play testing done on Friday nights in New York city.

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 10/13/2020


Basing thoughts for Bosworth

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"I tried hand painting the pavises. It was a brave attempt, I wept, swore, gave up wargaming forever..."! Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, talks basing and painting work with his miniatures. Lots of photos of some excellent work, and comments about the occasional frustration: "Perhaps my friend ‘The Dremel’ can correct that!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/23/2020


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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: Cherkassy Pocket: Encirclement at Korsun

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/27/2020 3:54:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Correction Counters - Scan (JPG)

Scan of correction counters for Decision Games' title "Cherkassy Pocket". Scanned front and back.
Game: Iron Cross

Publisher: 3W
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 10/27/2020 12:10:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Brawling on a Budget: Iron Cross

Phil from Retro Conflict blog presents the 1990 magazine game "Iron Cross" as an alternative for those who are interested in trying WWII tactical games but aren't sure if they feel like shelling out the money required for something like ASL. Excellent review with illustrated examples. Lots of good info, delivered with a sense of humor.
Game: Imperial Struggle

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/27/2020 5:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
2020 Imperial Struggle VASSAL Tournament

The Boardgames Chronicle is very excited about the new Vassal tournament of Imperial Struggle published by GMT Games. In this article they give a short primer of the tournament rules followed by a summary of the Round 1 results.
Game: The Last Gamble

Publisher: Hobby Japan
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/27/2020 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
English translation of the rules for The Last Gamble by Hobby Japan

A translation from Japanese English of the rules for Danny Parker's The Last Gamble published by Hobby Japan.
Game: The Grizzled

Publisher: Cool Mini or Not
Game Type: Card
Date: 10/26/2020 7:10:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
GRIZZLED MON AMIS: WWI CARD GAME

The Board Gaming Life brings us a replay and review of a unique and interesting card game based on the French experience in World War I, The Grizzled puts you in the role of a French soldier on the Western front. The goal? Survive. No path to glory. No Anthill to take. Just survive long enough to end the war in one piece, or at least with fewer than four wounds.
Game: Paratroop

Series: Paratroop Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 10/26/2020 7:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Red Devils How to Play & Review

The Centurion's Review continues its review and replay of legacy game from Strategy & Tactics magazine, issue number 77 with the included game Paratroop. This time they use the Red Devils scenario and review the rules and how to play.
Game: Guards and Martyrs the Battle for Basra

Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/26/2020 5:22:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Interview with Paul Rohrbaugh Designer of Guards and Martyrs: The Battle for Basra, December 1986-April 1987 from High Flying Dice Games

"The Iranian has to really plan ahead and time his attacks well." Grant Kleinhenz interviews designer Paul Rohrbaugh about his High Flying Dice Games' Guards and Martyrs the Battle for Basra, which covers a key battle of the Iran Iraq war of the 80s. Paul offers some interesting insights regarding the battle and using the game system: "…if one is not careful, or lucky, things can go 'pear shaped' rather quickly here."
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 10/25/2020 1:05:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#992) for 25-Oct-2020 and the winners for the last Challenge (#991).
Game: Battleships

Publisher: Waddingtons
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/25/2020 9:29:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Print and Play Battleships Sheets

An early version of the classic game Battleship was published by Waddingtons in 1931. The game incorporates land targets as well as the usual sea targets. A special rule adds a “blockbuster” shot that destroys 9 squares at once! Thanks to videogame designer simonh for posting a print and play version of the game map on Boardgamegeek.com.
Game: Adler Luftverteidigungsspiel

Publisher: Hugo Gräfe Verlag
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/25/2020 8:54:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Taking on ze Tommies: The Nazi board game that taught the Hitler Youth how defeat the enemy

This article from The Daily Mail provides an interesting history of this game produced in Germany during World War II in 1940. Subsequent editions were made in post-war Germany as well as in Sweden.
Game: The Shores of Tripoli

Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/24/2020 3:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games Preview

Moe's Game Table gives us a preview of a new offering from Fort Circle Games covering the war against the Barbary pirates, The Shores of Tripoli.
Game: Sherman Leader

Series: Tank Leader
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/24/2020 3:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
How to Play Sherman Leader: Post Combat

Seek Out and Play brings us the last in a series of videos on Dan Verssen Games' Sherman Leader. In this one, combat is finished and we find out what to do in the post combat phase.
Game: They Were Soldiers

Publisher: Cadet Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/23/2020 7:23:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
They Were Soldiers and Dak To: Hill 875 - Now on Kickstarter

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: Undaunted North Africa

Series: Undaunted Normandy
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/23/2020 10:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Undaunted: North Africa from Osprey Games – Action Point 1

In case you didn’t know, David Thompson has been putting out some really good and entertaining wargames over the past couple of years. One of his finest has been the 2019 hit Undaunted: Normandy which is a card based small squad tactical game that uses deckbuilidng and a modular board with scenarios to tell the story of the 30th Infantry Division as they marched across Europe following their landing on D-Day during World War II. Due to that game’s success a new expansion has been designed and released and is simply fantastic. Undaunted: North Africa adds in several new elements, including new abilities, new cards, new terrain and scenarios but most importantly vehicles. "One thing I want to get out of the way early in this series is that this game is not simply the same product with a new setting, new package and more stuff. This game feels very different and has a smaller scale feel from its predecessor Undaunted: Normandy. It feels more intimate and the squad level concept has been shrunk to feel more like a small team of commandos, with the addition of some very cool and interesting vehicles, trying to execute their missions" .The Players Aid delves into Undaunted North Africa from Osprey Games with their first in a series of action points. This one will cover the deck building aspect, including the makeup of the deck and how you “build” it, the new units in the game and their special abilities including vehicles, new weapon types, new actions and new terrain, the major differences between North Africa and Normandy and what has changed and finally cover some basic concepts of strategy to keep in mind about how units are best used and how to exploit their special abilities.
Game: THIS WAR WITHOUT AN ENEMY

Publisher: Nuts! Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/23/2020 10:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
THIS WAR WITHOUT AN ENEMY FROM NUTS PUBLISHING

A Wargamers Needful Things reviews an interesting new game on the English Civil War, This War without an Enemy published by Nuts! Publishing. They conclude, "I had very high hopes and great anticipation for the eventual release of this game. I'm glad to say that This War Without An Enemy has lived up to those expectations and in so many ways has surpassed them. The quality of presentation from Nuts Publishing and the rewarding detail without sacrificing playability from the designer Scott Moore have brought together a great combination of talents."
Game: Simple Great Battles of History

Series: Great Battles of History Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/21/2020 6:10:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Video Review: Simple Great Battles of History 2nd Edition from GMT Games

One of my favorite series about ancient warfare is the Great Battles of History. However many find it more complex than they would like and want something more approachable. Simple GBoH is designed for players who want a faster, less die-roll-heavy version of the GBoH system, while retaining as much of the historical flavor and insight of the original rules. . The Players Aid presents a Video Review: of Simple Great Battles of History 2nd Edition from GMT Games.
Game: 878 - Vikings: Invasions of England

Publisher: Academy Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/21/2020 6:05:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
878 AD Vikings – 2 player-variant

The Boardgames Chroniclebrings us a two player variant for Academy Games' 878 - Vikings: Invasions of England where "one side controls both Viking factions and the other English ones. That allows for better control and coordination but on the other side provides less fun from sometimes not-so-well coordinated actions of the allies."
Game: Undaunted North Africa

Series: Undaunted Normandy
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/21/2020 6:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Undaunted North Africa Differences with Undaunted Normandy

Seek Out & Play discusses the differences between Undaunted North Africa and Undaunted Normandy in a short video covering the tanks, vehicles, soldiers, actions, and other aspects of these two relatively new designs by Osprey Publishing..
Game: Never Mind the Billhooks

Publisher: Wargames Illustrated
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 10/21/2020 7:02:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Never Mind the Billhooks Review

"Don’t let the elegant simplicity fool you, NMB is solid history." Bill Gray reviews Wargames Illustrated's Never Mind the Billhooks, a miniatures rule set for Wars of the Roses era combat. Check out why Bill thinks the game delivers so well, along with his tongue-in-cheek commentary: "Leaders are evaluated as Hero, Commander or Dolt (love that word)…"!
Game: Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/20/2020 9:05:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
PENDRAGON: THE FALL OF ROMAN BRITAIN

Ross Lockwood from The Board Gaming Life gives us a review and replay of PENDRAGON: THE FALL OF ROMAN BRITAIN published by GMT Games.
Game: The Shores of Tripoli

Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/20/2020 9:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 2

The Players Aid once again takes us to The Shores of Tripoli in Action Point 2 of their series on this game published by Fort Circle Games. This one covers "the differences between the units of the United States and her Allies, and Tripolitania and her Allies, and how they are used in the game. "
Game: Brotherhood & Unity

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/20/2020 9:00:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Brotherhood & Unity from Compass Games Review

Moe's Game Table gives us a review of the new offering from Compass Games covering the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992-1995 ("Bosnian War"), Brotherhood & Unity.
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/19/2020 6:09:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Second Punic War in Spain

"...a lot was happening in the Carthage backyard, i.e. Spain...". Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us three Second Punic War scenario replays from GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients. Michal and his friend Marcin have a good time going at it, with Michal concluding: "I love to play CCA scenarios which have a lot of terrain features, allowing for tactical maneuvering."
Game: Charlie's Year Redux

Series: Lace Wars Series
Publisher: Red Sash Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/18/2020
Poster: Pat L.
Charlie's Year Redux: The Last Jacobite Rebellion 1745-46 (War Game web site)

Red Sash Games is an 'on-demand' publisher of war games. Their model is to print/publish games once they receive sufficient orders. This web site explains their business model and games including this remake of their 2004 game, Charlie’s Year.
Game: IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover

Series: IL-2 Sturmovik Flight Simulator Series
Publisher: 1C Entertainment
Game Type: Computer
Date: 10/16/2020 5:26:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”– IL2: Cliffs of Dover Computer Simulation Review

"It is a true flight simulator that must be seen and played to be believed." Rick Martin reviews 1C Entertainment's IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover, a flight simulator/combat game on Steam. Rick is hooked on the realism and playability in the game, despite several technical difficulties: "The level of AI in this game is stunning. I feel like I’m flying with and against real human pilots."
Game: Black Powder: Glory, Hallelujah!

Series: Black Powder Series
Publisher: Warlord Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/14/2020 5:46:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Burnside Bridge 1862 Part 3 - the Action

"Can the Union take the heights before reinforcing Confederates interfere with their plans and throw them back across the creek?" Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, concludes his board game to miniatures project using Warlord Games' Black Powder: Glory, Hallelujah! rules. Join Norm for his gripping commentary and pictures, and see if the outcome is decided when "The Confederates have lost their charismatic leader…"!
Game: Squad Leader

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/13/2020 5:45:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
SPANISH CIVIL WAR SQUAD LEADER’S VIEW: MADRID LOOKS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE STALINGRAD

Sometimes a legacy game needs to be brought out and played again and so The Boardgaming Lifetries a Spanish Civil War scenario and Squad Leader by Avalon Hill. Russ Lockwood reports on a game set in Madrid and declares it looks a little like Stalingrad!
Game: Paratroop

Series: Paratroop Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 10/13/2020 5:15:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
SPI Crete How to Play & and Review

The Centurion's Review goes to their way back machine to play SPI's Paratroop from issue 77 of Strategy & Tactics. In this video review, they play the Crete scenario for two turns in a manner that's instructive how to play and then give their review of the game.
Game: Vietnam: 1965-1975

Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/12/2020 10:12:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.
Game: Black Powder: Glory, Hallelujah!

Series: Black Powder Series
Publisher: Warlord Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/12/2020 7:11:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Burnside Bridge 1862 Part 2

"So in truth we have rather a different set of circumstances than history, though in the same location." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, continues his project of taking an interesting twist from a board game (Burnside Bridge, Antietam), and transplanting the encounter to his miniatures table. Norm is using Warlord Games' Black Powder: Glory, Hallelujah! rules to test this bit of potentially altered history, with the concluding standard: "If at the end of any turn, the Union player is the sole occupant of the high ground, the Union will win an instant and automatic victory."
Game: Versailles 1919

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/12/2020 5:45:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Versailles 1919 – first impressions – multiplayer mode

Designer Mark Herman has come up with another innovative design, this time about the tough negotiations that led to the Treaty of Versailles. Versailles 1919, published by Compass games, simulates the peace conference after World War I. Woodrow Wilson (United States), David Lloyd George (United Kingdom), Vittorio Orlando (Italy) and George Clemenceau (France) tried not only to come up with peace terms for Germany, but also wanted to create a better world. The game uses strategy cards to represent the issues that needed to be settled and a new card bidding system has been added to enhance play. Points are scored for issues settled. Having tried the solo version, The Boardgames Chronicle moves on to the multiplayer version and gives us their perspective on this interesting new design.
Game: Long Cruel Woman: The Attack on Firebase Mary Ann

Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/11/2020 5:20:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Video Review: Long Cruel Woman: The Attack on Fire Base Mary Ann, March 28, 1971 from High Flying Dice Games

High Flying Dice produces games covering some more obscure topics in military history and their game Long Cruel Woman: The Attack on Fire Base Mary Ann, March 28, 1971 can certainly be put in this category. One of the most remote American positions was Fire Base Mary Ann, not far from Chu Lai, occupied by elements of the 46th Regiment of the Americal Division. By the last week of March an ARVN artillery battery had already moved in and the base was to be completely turned-over in early April. However, the local Viet Cong (Communist South Vietnamese) commander saw a growing opportunity during the transition to strike a final blow against the Imperialist forces of the US. Deploying the elite 409th Sapper Battalion for the attack, the Communist’s “parting shot” was to remind both the US and ARVN that the war was far from over. The Players Aid takes a look at the game in a video that is partially replay and partially review.
Game: Chariot: Tactical Warfare in the "Biblical" Age, 3000 - 500 BC

Series: PRESTAGS Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/11/2020 12:33:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Variant Rules for Original SPI Games

Russ Gifford hosts a web page devoted to SPI Games including this page of game variants. Scroll down to Chariot to see a variant variable Panic rule for the entire PRESTAGS series of games. The variant appears at the bottom of page two in the target link.
Game: Chariot: Tactical Warfare in the "Biblical" Age, 3000 - 500 BC

Series: PRESTAGS Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/11/2020 12:24:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Prestags (SPI wargame)

A group of Dungeons and Dragons Grognards discuss their experiences playing SPI’s PRESTAGS(Pre-Seventeenth Century Tactical Game System) Series of games on the Original D&D Discussion Forum.
Game: Charge at the Alamo

Publisher: Richard Trevino
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/11/2020 11:30:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Charge at the Alamo (Defunct Web Page)

Charge at the Alamo is a solitaire game based on the 1836 battle. Designer Richard Trevino discusses the development of this web-published game. Our thanks go to Archive.org for preserving this web site. But, unfortunately, the file downloads are no longer available.
Game: Sniper!

Publisher: TSR
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/10/2020 9:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Thunderstruck

The Big Board brings us a lively narrative of a recent scenario replay of one of my favorite games when I first started wargaming, Sniper! published by TSR/SPI Inc.
Game: Field Commander: Alexander

Series: Field Commander Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/10/2020 9:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Can You Do Better than Alexander the Great? – DVG’s FIELD COMMANDER ALEXANDER Board Game Review

By the age of 32, Alexander the Great had conquered much of the known world and had brought Greek culture to the new subjects he acquired. A tortured soul and an enigma, he truly earned the moniker "the Great". Field Commander Alexander by Dan Verssen Games lets you take command of Alexander's army to see if you can match his great feats and The Armchair General magazine reviews this design.
Game: Prelude to Rebellion: Mobilization & Unrest in Lower Canada 1834-1837

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/9/2020 9:45:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Prelude to Rebellion: Mobilization & Unrest in Lower Canada, 1834-1837 from Compass Games – Action Point 5

Prelude to Rebellion: Mobilization & Unrest in Lower Canada, 1834-1837 from Compass Games Is a game depicting the conflict of ideas as the Patriotes and Loyalists fight for control of the electorate. The Players Aid continues with its 5th and concluding action point which focuses on some points of strategy and how each player should go about waging this conflict.
Game: The Wars of Marcus Aurelius: Rome 170-180CE

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/9/2020 9:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Wars of Marcus Aurelius 173-174

The Big Board brings us a brief replay of The Wars of Marcus Aurelius: Rome 170-180CE published by Hollandspiele.
Game: Imperial Struggle

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/9/2020 9:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle: The Global Rivalry – Britain and France 1697-1789 from GMT Games – Action Point 5

The Players Aid continues its action point series on Imperial Struggle: The Global Rivalry – Britain and France 1697-1789 from GMT Games. In this Action Point, which is the conclusion to the series, they discuss how a Turn is scored with the three major scoring categories of Regional Scoring, Prestige Scoring and Global Demand Scoring and how Automatic victory conditions can be achieved.
Game: Making History: The First World War

Series: Making History
Publisher: Factus Games
Game Type: Computer
Date: 10/9/2020 5:10:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Making History: the First World War Is Proving to Be an Excellent Addition to the Great War's Limited Library of Wargames

"...it didn’t take me long to realize that FWW is absolutely a Grognard level wargame...". Bill Gray reviews the early access version of Factus Games' Making History: The First World War. Despite a few quibbles here and there, and the hope that the designers turn more of the resource management over to the AI, Bill is looking forward to seeing how the game evolves. And check out which feature of it Bill feels "…really immerses the player into the game to the point you’ll be wearing a Pickelhaube at dinner."
Game: Commands & Colors: Medieval

Series: Commands & Colors
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/8/2020 6:45:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Belisarius Campaign – Part 7 – Decimum 533 AD (Phase 1)

The Boardgames Chronicle continues its series of replays of the scenarios in GMT Games, Command & Colors Series, this time Commands & Colors: Medieval. The replay begins with Belisarius on the march to the fateful battle of Decimum 533 AD.
Game: Rattenkrieg

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/8/2020 6:30:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Rattenkrieg! Review - Yaah! Magazine Issue #14

Moe's Game Table reviews the latest from Flying Pigs Games, Rattenkrieg!, covering man-to-man combat in Stalingrad1942.
Game: The Shores of Tripoli

Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/8/2020 6:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 1

The Players Aid takes a look at a game from a relatively new company, Fort Circle Games, that covers an often overlooked conflict in American history, the war against the Barbary pirates. So check out action point one on the new game The Shores of Tripoli.
Game: Iron Curtain: Central Europe, 1945-1989

Series: Standard Combat Series
Publisher: Multi-Man Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/8/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Iron Curtain: Central Europe 1945-1989 from Multi-Man Publishing Preview

It seems there is an awakening interest in the potential conflict between United States and Soviet Union during the Cold War. MultiMan Publishing's latest entry in the Standard Combat Series covers this ground. Moe's Game Table previews Iron Curtain: Central Europe, 1945-1989.
Game: The Siege of Orgun: Afghanistan 1983

Publisher: Revolution Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/7/2020 8:24:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
A Different Side of the COIN. ‘The Siege of Orgun’. Board Game Review

"...risk is required in order to draw the other side out and get your strategy rolling." Ray Garbee reviews Revolution Games' The Siege of Orgun, Afghanistan 1983, giving it a 91% rating. Ray enjoys the addition of a card driven layer to an area impulse game, especially one particular card: "…the helicopter card brings uncertainty to the game. The DRA need that card (I found myself saying to myself ‘Where is our precious? We wants it!’).
Game: TaskForce

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/5/2020 11:15:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
TaskForce Rules Scan (PDF)

Scan of the original rules for this 1981 SPI classic game.
Game: UBOOT: The Board Game

Publisher: Phalanx Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/5/2020 10:15:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
TDG: U-Boot: The Board Game

UBOOT: The Board Game, published by Phalanx Games, is a cooperative, real-time tabletop game of WW2 submarine warfare that 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. The game is driven by a companion app, allowing for an unprecedented level of realism, as well as a challenging enemy A.I. which will push your skills to the limit. The Discriminating Gamer provides a video review and their thoughts on the game.
Game: The Wars of Marcus Aurelius: Rome 170-180CE

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/5/2020 10:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Wars of Marcus Aurelius 170-172 B.C.

The Wars of Marcus Aurelius: Rome 170-180 CE published by Hollandspiele has become a popular game and here, The Big Board, presents a replay to help folks learn the game.
Game: TaskForce

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/5/2020 8:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
TaskForce Rules Modifications for Convention Play (PDF)

Rules modification for convention play, originally created for Long Island's FATDOG gaming convention in November 2010, by Harvey Mossman, Bill Ramsay and Ray Gorka.