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.

The Last Dice

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"...the new series documenting part of the career of a man who was so good he is almost a myth." Prufrock is up to something…! Perhaps a directorial debut? Who is the mysterious "Ear Bevan"?

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/25/2020


The Wargamer's Guide to Heraldry, Uniforms & Flags in Tabletop Wargaming

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"...pageantry is one of the reasons I do historical miniature wargaming." Bill Gray brings us a fascinating look at the how and why of the way armies looked before things became nationalized and regularized in the past couple of centuries. Which is why Bill particularly likes games where "…you need to stop thinking like a 21st Century humanoid, at least understand why generals long ago thought the way they did, and then do likewise."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/22/2020


Empire of the Sun: Full Campaign PBEM Tournament

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Now registering for the "Empire of the Sun: Full Campaign PBEM Tournament". Check the site for details of tournament rules and requirements. Registration will be limited to 16 participants or no later than August 31, 2020.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 5/20/2020


Book buying spree

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"It was only right, meet and good to go there and splurge in votive thanks as soon as I was able." Prufrock brings us his first post-full-lockdown thoughts, centered on the pleasure that his local secondhand bookshop has reopened. And he didn't leave empty-handed: "Fortunately, there were three cracking coffee-table hardcovers with Prufrock written all over them…"!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/18/2020


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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.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman

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

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

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

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

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

Alone Against the Soviets

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

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Game: Almoravid: Reconquista and Riposte in Spain, 1085-1086

Series: Levy & Campaign Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/1/2020 1:00:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Christian Kingdoms of Almoravid

"The rivalry between the two brothers ultimately led to a war...". Albert Alegre Jove and Volko Ruhnke describe the fascinating history setting the stage for GMT Games' Almoravid: Reconquista and Riposte in Spain, 1085-1086. Albert and Volko map out several decades of rivalry in which "…the tiny Christian states expanded their territories not only at the expense of the Muslim enemy but also from one another."
Game: Castle Itter: The Strangest Battle of WWII

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/1/2020 3:07:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Castle Itter: History of the Battle

Did you ever buy a wargame just because you know nothing about the history it portrays? Well, I bought Castle Itter: The Strangest Battle of WWII out of pure ignorance of the topic and the need to find out more about it. Seek Out and Play gives us a beautifully produced, highly informative video of this Dan Verssen Games product.
Game: Arbela Gaugamela 331 BC

Series: Twenty Decisive Battles
Publisher: Turning Point Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/1/2020 3:04:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Arbela Gaugamela 331 BC Review by David Lent

In 2005 Your Move Games came out with an interesting fantasy game called Battleground where the units were actual cards that you moved around the battlefield instead of counters or miniatures. I knew it would only be a matter of time before somebody tried using this concept to make a historical wargame. Arbela Gaugamela 331 BC published by Turning Point Simulations is Richard Berg’s attempt to use this type of system to simulate Alexander the Great’s famous battle at Gaugamela that occurred around 331 BC.
Game: Nevsky, Teutons and Rus in Collision, 1240-1242

Series: Levy & Campaign Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/1/2020 3:02:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Nevsky: Teutons and Rus in Collision, 1240-1242 from GMT Games – Action Point 4

The Players Aid brings us Action Point 4 covering GMT Games simulation of the clash between Latin Teutonic and Orthodox Russian powers along the Baltic frontier of the mid-13th-Century, Nevsky, Teutons and Rus in Collision, 1240-1242. In this Action Point, which is the conclusion to the series, They finally examine parts of the Campaign Phase examining various units, and running through an example of a Battle.
Game: The Lost Valley – The Siege of Dien Bien Phu

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/1/2020 3:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
The Lost Valley: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu from White Dog Games Preview

Moe’s Game Table gives us a preview of The Lost Valley: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu from White Dog Games and, although he is disappointed by some of the components including cards and font size for the rulebook, he is looking forward to what he thinks will be an interesting game.
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 5/31/2020 2:10:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#971) for 31-May-2020 and the winners for the last Challenge (#970).
Game: Here I Stand

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/31/2020 6:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
AAR: Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation, 1517-1555 (500th Anniversary Edition) from GMT Games – Turn 3

The Players Aid continues turn 3 of their game of Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation, 1517-1555 published by GMT Games. Based on the following I can only assume that they really love this game! “The New World went swimmingly, as both my explorer and my colony were successful. I’ve racked up some decent VPs from this, which will help to offset the lack of anything coming from the formation of Schmalkaldic League, which will happen next turn at some point. So, all is looking very interesting. I have a 1 point VP lead as the Hapsburgs, so I know people are looking to gang up on me as the leader, and those stacks of French and English troops are a little disconcerting. But that’s what makes this game so fascinating. When the diplomacy phase is declared and the inboxes fill up, it’s always an exhilarating and tense feeling. How much do I give away, who do I treat with, how will others react? Does it even matter? Can I forge my own path to victory?
Game: Castle Itter: The Strangest Battle of WWII

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/31/2020 6:02:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Video Review: Castle Itter: The Strangest Battle of WWII from Dan Verssen Games

Castle Itter: The Strangest Battle of World War is a solitaire design by Dan Verssen Games with 2-player competitive or cooperative options that sees the SS units activated by cards and then advance on the Defender’s positions inside the castle along various tracks. The defender must simply last till the deck expires and move units around the board to various positions and eliminate units before they enter the castle. The Players Aid has done a series of action points on this game but now does a video review for your pleasure.
Game: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! - Kursk 1943

Series: Conflict of Heroes Series
Publisher: Academy Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/31/2020 6:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Conflict of Heroes Storms of Steel Kursk 1943 (Third Edition) by Academy Games

As a tactical World War II system, the Conflict of Heroes series by Academy games has been quite popular. It has gone through several reprints. The latest reprinting of Conflict of Heroes Storms of Steel Kursk 1943 (Third Edition) by Academy Games is reviewed by A Wargamers Needful Things. They conclude “For anyone who is looking for a game that you can quickly learn, here it is. People looking for a historical portrayal of the Kursk battle look no further. Those two sentences are rarely seen together in a review about a wargame. When they do coincide you know that you have a real winner.”
Game: Alsace 1945

Publisher: Avalanche Press
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/31/2020 6:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Hard Knocks Alsace 1945 Scenario 1

Russ Lockwood reporting for The Boardgame Life.com brings us a quick replay and review of Alsace 1945 published by Avalanche Press. Despite some roles question that were later addressed in the errata he enjoyed the game of the on 1945 German offensive in the Alsace region of France (also known as Operation North Wind) that coincided with the more famous 'Battle of the Bulge' to the north.
Game: Borderlands

Publisher: Eon
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/30/2020 1:00:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Borderlands

This gem from 1982 is a precursor to current Euro games like Settlers of Cataan. Larry Levy from The Games Journal web magazine calls this his favorite game. The review includes a description of the game components and mechanics and a summary of what the reviewer looks for in a game: “Little or no luck. Lots of player interaction. A tremendous amount of tactical and strategic decision making. A game that's long enough to involve you, but not so long that it drains you. Multi-dimensional game play.”
Game: Dawn of Battle

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/29/2020 7:11:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Interview with Mike Nagel Designer of Dawn of Battle from Worthington Publishing Now on Kickstarter

"I really like to inject myself into the narrative of a game, and I think it’s a lot easier to do that in tactical games...". Grant Kleinhenz interviews designer Mike Nagel about his upcoming (Kickstarter link) Dawn of Battle by Worthington Publishing. Mike offers some interesting insights into designing a game that covers a 3000 year sweep of history. He deems it feasible because, at heart, armies were "…a mass of soldiers striking another mass of soldiers until one side ran away. I’m sure this generalization will tick off some historians, but I don’t claim to be one."
Game: Operation October Typhoon

Publisher: Tsukuda Hobby
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/27/2020 6:15:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
October Typhoon

"...this is the first time I have seen EW take on such an important role." Brad Smith, in his Hexsides & Hand Grenades blog, offers a first installment looking at a homegrown Japanese wargame, Tsukuda Hobbies' Operation October Typhoon. Brad finds the game an interesting example of how Japanese design had matured by the late 80s, and in particular how designer "[Makoto] Fukuda's thesis about the importance of electronic warfare and intelligence gathering is both clear and prescient…".
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/25/2020 7:12:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
C&C Ancients – playing EPICs during the lockdown, part 2

The Boardgames Chronicle continues their series of replays of Command and Color Ancients published by GMT Games with the epic battles of Adrianople (378 AD) and Argentoratum (357 AD).
Game: 1985: Under an Iron Sky

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/24/2020 7:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
1985: Under an Iron Sky - Third Echelon!

“After two years of worldwide unrest and open revolts, the TRL Central Committee finally surrendered to popular demand. A Third Echelon of 1985: Under an Iron Sky will be mobilized.”

What this means is that Thin Red Line Games is going to do a third print run of "Under an Iron Sky". Check the web site for details about pre-ordering.
Game: Nemesis: Burma 1944

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/24/2020 12:13:00 PM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Tweezer Tuesday: Legion Wargames' Nemesis: Burma 1944 Livestream Playthrough 3

The Blue Tweezers brings us a video replay of Nemesis, the Burma theater in World War II, published by Legion Wargames. This is the third of four episodes.
Game: The Great Crisis of Frederick II

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/24/2020 12:12:00 PM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
The Great Crisis of Frederick The Great by Vuca Simulations (formerly Furor Teutonicus)

Frederick the Great has always fascinated me and I especially enjoyed SPI’s game, Frederick the Great, which is a game of exquisite maneuver and determine sieges. I always thought it was one of the better treatments of the subject. Now VUCA Simulations brings us another offering on the enigmatic leader in The Great Crisis of Frederick II reviewed by A Wargamers Needful Things. their conclusion, “For the game's sheer beauty some people might want this in their collection. For the person who plays games it is also an excellent addition to his hoard.”
Game: Patton's Vanguard: The Battle of Arracourt 1944

Publisher: Revolution Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/24/2020 10:01:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Setup and Reinforcment Charts (PDF) - Shared by Tom Cundiff

"These are a compilation of the set up instructions contained within the rules. They're rather badly collected therein so I created setup and reinforcement displays like those you'd find in old Avalon Hill games. Makes it easier to find where all the pieces go at set up." Created and shared by Tom Cundiff.
Game: Buffalo Wings

Publisher: Against the Odds
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 5/23/2020 12:43:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Buffalo Wings – World War II Tactical Air Combat Over Finland – Boardgame Review

Rick Martin reviews this rare topic tactical air war combat game on “The Armchair General” blog. Covering the air war over Finland, 1940-44, the game is complex as are most tactical air combat games. Rating the game at 83% with a solitaire rating of 4/5, Rick calls the game “…an accurate portrayal of World War II air combat but is not for the casual gamer.”
Game: Bulge: The Battle for the Ardennes 16 Dec. '44-2 Jan. '45

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/23/2020 10:56:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
SPI BULGE 1979 Intro

Long time YouTube poster usapatriot4163 presents a quick introduction covering the components, game mechanics, and game turn phases for this SPI game from 1979.
Game: Austerlitz 1805

Series: Eagles Series
Publisher: Hexasim
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/23/2020 3:15:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Austerlitz PBeM /4 8AM

The Big Board continues its prolific publication during lockdown turning its attention to Austerlitz 1805 in the Rising Eagle series published by Hexasim. in this Play by Email Game, the opening moves are done and shots will soon be ringing out across the battlefield!
Game: Fields of Fire 2

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/23/2020 3:14:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Video Review: Fields of Fire Volume II “With the Old Breed” from GMT Games

Fields of Fire 2 published by GMT Games is a solitaire game system that gives players the challenge of commanding a rifle company between World War II and Present Day. The game is different from many tactical games in that it is diceless and card based. The Players Aid reviews this title and gives it a big thumbs up concluding, “Alexander loves this game and even has gone as far as getting designer Ben Hull’s autograph on the rulebook (you can see that on the featured image). He gushes when he talks about it and really does enjoy playing the game.”
Game: Illusions of Glory: The Great War on the Eastern Front

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/23/2020 3:12:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Illusion of Glory – second play of this game (after errata)

Illusion of Glory published by GMT Games had some teething issues when it was first launched. These have mostly been corrected with errata publication and the game now gives a very interesting take on World War I Eastern front combat. The Boardgames Chronicle makes us go over the top and through no man’s land with this replay of the Brusilov Offensive scenario.
Game: Brazen Chariots: Battles for Tobruk 1941

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/22/2020 3:12:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Strategy for Brazen Chariots vs my opponent

Brazen Chariots: Battles for Tobruk 1941 published by MultiMan Publishing is part of their Battalion Combat Series that immerses players in a swirling knife fight of tanks battles, infantry assaults and all round mayhem. The Big Board takes a look at the map, the goals and objectives of each side and just a little on what has transpired and could well come to be in their ongoing game.
Game: 1985: Deadly Northern Lights

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/22/2020 3:11:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Deadly North Lights AAR Thoughts

After playing through a campaign of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights published by Thin Red Line Games , the Big Board gives their final thoughts on the multifaceted aspects of the game.
Game: DAK

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/22/2020 3:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
DAK 2 Live Play

If you have about two hours to kill and love World War II in North Africa, the Big Board presents a “live play” of MultiMan Publishing’s DAK. Get comfortable and make the popcorn ahead of time. Be warned that you are only seeing one side of the game being played.
Game: Target for Tonight: Britain's Strategic Air Campaign Over Europe, 1942-1945

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/22/2020 3:09:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Fly a Lancaster through the unfriendly skies over the 3rd Reich with Legion War Games’ Target for Tonight. Board Game Review

Take to the skies with Legion Wargames’ simulation of the air war over Germany in World War II, the Target for Tonight. a nice review by Rick Martin reporting for The Armchair General concludes “This game combined with GMT’s Night Fighter and Gregory M. Smith’s Night Fighter Ace by Compass Games gives a nearly complete examination at the tactical operations of the combatants who fought in the arena of the night skies over Europe and Asia (in GMT’s game). Target for Tonight shines brilliantly which may not be a good thing if a night fighter is stalking you! Keep the dirty side down fellow air crews!”
Game: 1941: Race to Moscow

Publisher: Phalanx Games Polska
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/20/2020 6:21:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Bullets, Gas & Beans... or Schnitzel? ... or Borscht? Review of 1941: Race to Moscow (PDF)

This time we find prolific game designer Lou Coatney on the "producing" side of the Reviewer-Designer equation, as he pens a detailed and interesting review of the latest from Phalanx, "1941: Race to Moscow"...
Game: Conquest and Consequence

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/20/2020 11:41:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Interview with Craig Besinque Designer of Conquest & Consequence from GMT Games

"I shoot for a good mix of: fun, challenge, accessibility and immersion within a historical context." Grant Kleinhenz interviews designer Craig Besinque about his upcoming GMT Games' Conquest and Consequence, an expansion of the Triumph and Tragedy system to the Pacific theater. The game has made the P500 cut, and Craig is now looking at how to link the two games together.
Game: Pemberton & Grant: Vicksburg Campaign of 1863

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/20/2020 3:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Vicksburg Is the Key. Worthington Games ‘Pemberton versus Grant: The Vicksburg Campaign 1863’ Board Game Review

Ray Garbee reporting for The Armchair General pens a review of Pemberton Versus Grant: the Vicksburg Campaign 1863 published by Worthington Publishing. He concludes, “Pemberton versus Grant is an excellent selection with good bang for the buck. The quality of the components makes this a solid choice with good replay value. If you are aficionado of games covering the American Civil War, you’ll enjoy this game and if you are new to the period or new to wargaming, you’ll find this a good introduction to a key campaign in the American Civil War.”
Game: Warfighter: The World War II Tactical Combat Card Game

Series: Warfighter Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Card
Date: 5/20/2020 3:09:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
How to Play Warfighter: Completing Objectives

Seek Out and Play continues their series of well-produced videos on Warfighter: The World War II Tactical Combat Card Game published by Dan Verssen Games, this time covering how to complete your objectives.
Game: Pub Battles: Gettysburg

Series: Pub Battles
Publisher: Command Post Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/19/2020 1:09:00 PM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Command Post "Gettysburg" Part 2

Gilbert Collin’s YouTube channel brings us the second part and completion of the Command Post game Pub Battles Gettysburg.
Game: The War of the Worlds

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/19/2020 1:08:00 PM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
The War of the Worlds: England from Dan Verssen Games – Action Point 4

Dan Verssen Games shows us that things could even be worse … We could have been invaded by aliens! Their War of the Worlds game depicts that potential nightmare while The Players Aid teaches you how to survive in their Action Point 4 covering the Human Action Phase and Escape Phase.
Game: Operation Cerberus

Publisher: LPS Inc
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/18/2020 6:53:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Operation Cerberus - Postcard Game Replay (video)

A play through of Operation Cerberus the postcard wargame produced for the Centurion's Review blog. The game was included with Against The Odds magazine or was free with purchase of a game from Turning Point Simulations.
Game: Till Darkness Goes

Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/18/2020 6:39:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Till Darkness Goes - Angry Bunny Review

A little historical background, a brief overview, and a categorized game rating system. The Angry Bunny blog has got something for everyone in this review of "Till Darkness Goes", a game of one of the lesser known battles of the Vietnam War.
Game: Here I Stand

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/18/2020 3:09:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
AAR: Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation, 1517-1555 (500th Anniversary Edition) from GMT Games – Turn 2

"Just concluded Turn 2, Clement VII passed away, and much of the game was very cagey, and quite static. The English have a diplomatic marriage which they’re hanging over the French head. This is keeping those two at bay, and whilst time ticks along the French are looking further afield for VPs. I’m hoping to keep them on my side, militarily speaking, for as long as possible to focus all my resources east. Once the Ottomans are crushed then the Europeans are free to tear each other apart. " And so begins the Players Aid reporting of their recent game of GMT Games’ simulation of the Reformation, Here I Stand.
Game: Solitaire Caesar: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/18/2020 3:08:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Solitaire Caesar: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire 350BC-1453AD from White Dog Games – Action Point 1

In Solitaire Caesar: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire 350BC-1453AD by White Dog Games, the player will attempt to replicate the rise and fall of the Roman Empire from 350BC to 1453AD. In this series of Action Points they look at the map and examine the differences between Civilized, Wild and Wilderness Provinces, look at the Roman Phase and how the player raises Legions, invades Provinces and builds Cities, examine the Barbarian Phase and the differences between Civilized and Uncivilized Barbarians and how they move and attack and finally, the Optional Rules and some simple strategies.
Game: Empire of the Sun

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/18/2020 3:07:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Playing Empire of the Sun – South Pacific scenario

Several years ago at the World Board Gaming Championships I was taught Empire of the Sun by no other than the designer, Mark Herman. After his tutorial he quickly placed me into the WBC tournament where I was crushed as the American player. But it was great fun, taught by a great designer and a great guy and I enjoyed the experience immensely. So now the Boardgames Chronicle brings us a replay of GMT Games’ simulation of World War II in the Pacific. They too "had so much fun, especially in my first two attempts to play that title that whenever possible I am coming back to it."
Game: Winter War

Series: Squad Battles
Publisher: HPS Simulations
Game Type: Computer
Date: 5/16/2020 12:15:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Opening Shots

TRW aka MJL presents this 8 part video replay from John Tiller’s Winter War from the Squad Battles series. This is from the Winterhorde – Onward Ride at Terijoki scenario. The Russians have the material advantage outnumbering the Finns two to one but the Finns know the terrain and are tenacious. Can the Finns hold out? Click these links to see the full set of videos: Opening Shots; Developing the Situation; Casualties and More Casualties; It’s a Russian Onslaught; Here They Come; Heavy Volumes of Fire; Terrible Time at Terijoki; and Soviet Assaults in the West and East.
Game: A Simplified Wargame

Publisher: United States Army
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/16/2020 8:15:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
A Simplified Wargame

Here’s a game from 1922, developed by Major Sherman Miles, and published in “The Field Artillery Journal”. The game adheres to simple rules for an operational abstract battle using contemporary weaponry for the 1920’s. This is perhaps the first war game that employs simultaneous activity where both players plan their strategy at the same time and both activate their units simultaneously.
Game: Solitaire Caesar: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/15/2020 7:14:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Solitaire Caesar: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire 350BC-1453AD from White Dog Games – Action Point 1

"...the early rise of Rome and fall of the West is the most exciting period of the game as there is quite a bit to do...". Grant Kleinhenz, in the Players' Aid, has an opening look at White Dog Games' Solitaire Caesar: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire 350BC-1453AD. Grant finds the offering to be an entry-level system which is "…a good solid game that requires the player to use some strategy, guile and a bit of luck to hang on."
Game: Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game

Series: Warfighter Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Card
Date: 5/13/2020 3:08:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Warfighter Expansion #19: Elite Drug War Adversaries

Fight the war on drugs by battling drug lords in Dan Verssen Games’ Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game. In another well produced video, Seek out and Play discusses Expansion #19 of Modern Warfighter: Elite Drug War Adversaries. You get to see the components of the expansion, an explanation of the skills and equipment, and a breakdown of the missions and objectives that make up this game.
Game: Here I Stand

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/13/2020 3:07:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Here I Stand

The Boardgames Chronicle brings us a three-person replay of the GMT Games simulation of the Reformation, Here I Stand. They conclude “It was so tremendously exciting and close game. And it is such a wonderful design – the game is really deep and I could play it whenever I have companions to do it. The good thing is that even after disaster or defeat your country can recover and your former enemies will ally you just to take down the leader. What a great game! I just hope to play more once lockdown is completed.”
Game: Carrier

Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/11/2020 6:50:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Midway - A Carrier (VG) Historical Variant Scenario (PDF)

Shared by Peter Phelps, this variant is an updated version of a variant he shared way back in 2004. Peter updated this because additional research has shown that some of his aircraft values were inaccurate. Thanks for the attention to detail, Peter!
Game: Quatre Bras 1815: Last Eagles

Series: Eagles of France
Publisher: Hexasim
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/11/2020 10:22:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Battle of Quatre Bras 1815

"Merlen’s small cavalry brigade is the only Anglo-Allied force that stands between the guard cavalry and the exposed left flank at Quatre Bras!" Norm Smith, writing in Battlefields & Warriors, is working through a play of Hexasim's Quatre Bras 1815, Last Eagles, complete with his usual insights and narration. So, "...will Ney be crying out for d’Erlon’s Corps today? let’s find out."
Game: Kernstown

Series: Blind Swords
Publisher: Revolution Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/10/2020 3:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Kernstown: 1st Kernstown (March 23,1862) 2nd Kernstown (July 24,1864) by Revolurion Games

My good buddy Hermann Luttmann’s popular Blind Swords system makes its fourth debut in Revolution Games’ latest Civil War offering, Kernstown. This one was designed by Claude Whalen. These two battles in the Shenandoah Valley were fought two years apart, the first, in 1862 as Stonewall Jackson tried to divert troops from McClellan’s Peninsula offensive, and the second, in 1864 trying to divert Ulysses S Grant’s attention from his overland southern campaign towards Richmond. A Wargamers Needful Things brings us a nice review and concludes “The two Battles of Kernstown allow a player to deal with all sorts of military challenges. In both battles you can be the underdog or the force with a clear advantage. This game and the different scenarios are great if you have two opponents of differing skills. The system also works very well for solo play. You never know what is coming out of that chit cup.”
Game: 1985: Deadly Northern Lights

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/10/2020 2:08:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Combat Details -Deadly Northern Lights

The Big Board explains the combat procedures in their campaign of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights by Thin Red Line Games.
Game: 1985: Deadly Northern Lights

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/10/2020 2:07:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
The Hot Gates

"In 1985 the Valley just east of Fossbakken was wide, with steep rocky sparsely wooded sides. There were no fantastical walls of bodies. No cliff edges to the sea. Just a Brigade of determined Norwegian fighters keen to protect their homes, and their families." The continuing side of the 1985 hypothetical invasion of Scandinavia continues with the Big Board’s campaign of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights by Thin Red Line Games.
Game: Bittereinder: The Anglo-Boer War

Publisher: Microgame Design Group
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/9/2020 8:40:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Cyberboard: Bittereinder

Daryl Anderson has added a Cyberboard gamebox for Bittereinder: The Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902. Cyberboard is a Windows game engine, created by Dale Larson, for building and playing online adaptations of board games and war games via Play By EMail (PBEM). The files that are created/used for each individual game title are known as 'gameboxes'. Cyberboard is very popular amongst wargamers for PBEM. Compared to the other PBEM game engines, creating Cyberboard 'gameboxes' is more involved than for ZunTzu, but less technical than for Vassal.
Game: Waterloo Campaign 1815

Publisher: RBM Studios
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/9/2020 3:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Waterloo Campaign 1815 C3i Game Review

Matt White gives us his look at the Waterloo Campaign 1815 by Mark Herman published by RBM Studios.