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Spotlight Articles

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

1471 - Stand firm, save the Treasury!

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

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


Strategy Talk - Dunnigan Deals With Monsters And Politics

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

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


Preparing for war! Dungborough 1471

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

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


Recent Board Games Submitted to the National Library of Finland

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

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


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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: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Christopher Vorder Bruegge, Mark McLaughlin

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 23
Date: 11/8/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea – “Darius III” scenario

The Boardgames Chronicle brings us a replay of the Darius III scenario of Ancient Civilizations of the Inner-Sea published by GMT Games. "What a crazy game! A lot of things happened, the AI was pretty challenging, razing and burning my cities. Still, a well-prepared attack on the Greek mainland and lucky card-draw caused Alexander to stop his conquest and return home to pacify the situation. The game was won by my, the Asia minor was anyhow lost to Greeks. Really funny game!"
Article ID: 22
Date: 4/24/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
3500 YEARS OF HISTORY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS! – GMT’s ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS OF THE INNER SEA Board Game Review

Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea is a huge sandbox of a game published by GMT Games that allows the players to relive over 3500 years of history of the kingdoms and empires found around the Mediterranean from 3000 BC to 500 AD.! Rick Martin reviews reporting for the Armchair General says,"I just have to say that I love this game. It is a work of functional art! It belongs on the shelf and gaming table of every gamer interested in the ancient world."
Article ID: 21
Date: 4/21/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea – Alexander the Great scenario

In these days of the Pandemic, solo board gaming has become paramount. The Boardgames Chronicle brings us the Alexander scenario played solitaire from Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea published by GMT games.
Article ID: 20
Date: 4/5/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea – Greeks & Persians scenario

I haven't tried this GMT Games offering yet but Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea seems to be a very popular game right now. The Boardgames Chronicle replays for us the Greeks & Persians scenario.
Article ID: 19
Date: 2/24/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Learning Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

The Boardgames Chronicle gives us replays of some of the scenarios of GMT's Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea testing out some of the "bots" in the process.
Article ID: 18
Date: 12/6/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea from GMT Games – Action Point 4

"For those of you that hate dice, or rather that the dice hate you, you will be pleased to find out that no dice are used in the conflict resolution." Grant Kleinhenz, in the Player's Aid blog, continues an in-depth look at GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. See why Grant likes the resolution system, and why he offers the tip: "…Carthage has some very useful special abilities."
Article ID: 17
Date: 10/31/2019
Poster: Harvey M.
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea from GMT Games – Action Point 1 The Growth Phase

Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea from GMT has quite "The Buzz" currently and Grant at The Player's Aid starts a series of articles on one important aspect of the game, The Growth Phase,
Article ID: 16
Date: 10/30/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Any Fool Can Build an Empire – It Takes a Great Ruler to Keep It

How about a game that "…is MORE than just another Civilization BUILDING game – it is a Civilization SURVIVAL game …"? Designer Mark McLaughlin has some entertaining comments on the fun in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Playability is enhanced by how he's built technology into the game system, or as Mark puts it, "Why spend your precious game time researching pottery when you can defend an empire?"
Article ID: 15
Date: 9/29/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea Unboxing

Unboxing video by Moe's Game Table.
Article ID: 14
Date: 5/24/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
A Game of the Ages for All Ages: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea at Huzzah! Convention in Maine

"…somehow, someone in their lower ranks got their lines crossed…". Designer Mark McLaughlin narrates an entertaining replay of his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. With a surprise conclusion as well: "Like Sea Biscuit, he came from behind, raced right through the pack – and won by a nose."
Article ID: 13
Date: 5/21/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
It’s All in the Cards: The Cards of Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea (Part 1)

So which event card is worse, Millennial Earthquakes or Black Death? Designer Christopher Vorder Bruegge discusses the role of Natural Event cards in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. As Christopher tartly points out, "Earthquakes are especially useful for reducing an opponent’s cities and thus victory points…"!
Article ID: 12
Date: 12/8/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Minoans

Want to play a civilization that is "…envied as much for its wealth as it was respected for its command of the seas."? Designer Mark McLaughlin covers the advantages of the Minoans in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Can't hurt that the "...Minoans are the only true sea power..." in the game!
Article ID: 11
Date: 11/20/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Trojans

Want an advantage in the game? Then play a civilization that is "…unique in that it has a near inviolable base in its home area.…"! Designer Mark McLaughlin sets out Trojan advantages in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Sounds like a great set up "…unless, of course, that damned wooden horse is left before their walls…"
Article ID: 10
Date: 11/6/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Phoenicians

Want to play "…plucky sailors and canny merchants…"? Designer Mark McLaughlin shows off the primarily nautical advantages of the Phoenicians in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. They can, of course, enter Deep-Sea Areas; but what is their "…second nautical boon…"?
Article ID: 9
Date: 10/30/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Celt-Iberians

"Tucked away on the western edge of the board, the Celt-Iberians usually, at least at first, only need to worry about two neighbors..." Designer Mark McLaughlin introduces Celt-Iberia (a region of modern Spain) and its place in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Not only do they benefit from isolation, but also from wealth in the form of "…Talents [which] can prove very useful to ward off disasters…"
Article ID: 8
Date: 10/23/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Egyptians

Egypt "...is a power to be carefully watched and reckoned with." Designer Mark McLaughlin considers the place of the kingdom of the pharaohs in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Strong indeed, but Phoenicia and Minos "…can hem Egypt in to its corner of the map."!
Article ID: 7
Date: 10/18/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Gauls

"The Gauls have a strong starting position in the game." Designer Mark McLaughlin turns to a discussion of the Gauls in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Does this mean it's good to be the Gauls? Perhaps so, since Mark points out that they possess "…a unique advantage…"
Article ID: 6
Date: 10/9/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Carthaginians

"Carthage can use its military advantages for conquest – or to warn foes away." Designer Mark McLaughlin lays out the strengths of the Carthaginians in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. You play a well-balanced power, but if you mishandle things, your opponents can say "Carthago Delenda Est"!
Article ID: 5
Date: 7/21/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea – July Development Update

"This is a rare game that can be played either as a wargame or a non-militaristic competitive game of civilization building..." Designer Mark McLaughlin covers some of the fine tuning going on with his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea, as the game closes in on production. Part of the focus seems to be adding more fun: "Having more Civilizations means more possible ways to play the game, more possible match-ups and, of course, more scenarios."
Article ID: 4
Date: 6/19/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Solitaire Play of Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea – Greeks vs Persians: An AAR (Part 1)

"...they can hear the cadence of a vast multitude of sandal shod feet just beyond sight." Designer Christopher Vorder Bruegge playtests a solitaire version of the special Greeks and Persians scenario of his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Is the scenario balanced, or have they "…inadvertently created a kind of Frankenstein, all too powerful Greek-killing machine…"?
Article ID: 3
Date: 6/5/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Solitaire Play of The God-King of Egypt (Part 2)

"Woe to the Land of the Nile!" Christopher Vorder Bruegge continues a rousing replay of GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea, using Mark McLaughlin's solitaire system, which he finds to be "…efficiently malignant and challenging to play against"!
Article ID: 2
Date: 4/14/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Solitaire Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea (Part 1 of 2)

"The Mycenaeans can be tough customers indeed!" Designer Mark McLaughlin walks us through a solitaire scenario of his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Mark points out that solitaire play is "an intrinsic part of the design", so get ready for some "Competition"!
Article ID: 1
Date: 2/8/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
“It’s a Cruel, Cruel World!” – A Replay of a Three-Player Game of Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

"Pharaoh held on, if barely." Designer Mark McLaughlin recounts a rollicking game of his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Rather than take a "nice guy" tack, the players chose to "...unleash hell on each other"!