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My Top 3 Wargames designed by… Mark Herman!

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Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/24/2022


Seeing the Elephant at Kasserine Pass. “Patton’s Payback: The Battle of El Guettar and Patton’s Rise to Glory”. Book Review

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"...explores a chapter of the US Army’s history that rarely gets much attention...". Ray Garbee reviews Patton's Payback The Battle of El Guettar and General Patton's Rise to Glory by Stephen L. Moore. While Ray has some quibbles about a couple aspects of the book, he nonetheless find an enjoyable read that is "…a good narrative into how combat is a test that separates true warrior leaders from the merely competent administrators."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/4/2022


Reflections on gaming not-Ukraine

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"...in our games the Russian military was far more adroit using [artillery] in a fluid battlespace than seems to be the case in Ukraine." Rex Brynen, in PAXsims, reflects on some semi-recent "not Ukraine" modern wargame exercises, and what light those games shed, or didn't shed, regarding the reality of the current war. For example, in an influence operations exercise, "...what worked looked very much like what has worked for the Ukrainians in the current war, right down to heroic leaders and cute memes."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 4/1/2022


In The Sailor’s Bookshelf, James Stavridis Tackles a Deep Subject – The Sea. Book Review.

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"...If you have any interest in the sea, the books on this list are bound to include several you will want to chase down." Ray Garbee reviews The Sailor's Bookshelf, Fifty Books to Know the Sea, by Adm. James Stavridis, USN (RET.). Check out why he is enthusiastic about a book that "…spans subjects and genres encompassing fiction, history, law, environmentalism and more!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/11/2022


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A Close Look at a Neglected Gem

Long overdue review of Victory Games' "Central America: America's Backyard War", written by Mark D.. In depth review covering rules, game features, and scenarios (one of the highlights of the game). Editor's note: I've been playing this game again after a long, long time, so I felt this article was worth re-publishing to maybe spark interest in the game...

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: All Bridges Burning: Red Revolt and White Guard in Finland, 1917-1918
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: COIN
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): VPJ Arponen

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 8
Date: 3/30/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
All Bridges Burning: A 2-Player Variant

"...the two players control the Reds and Senate factions, respectively, the third Moderates faction is controlled by both players, but in alternate turns." VPJ Arponen and Adrian Rubiero present a new two-player variant for GMT Games' All Bridges Burning: Red Revolt and White Guard in Finland, 1917-18. This is a fairly low rules overhead change, but "...some details of some of the [Moderate] actions were changed, mostly in order to stop the players from 'gaming' the system too much."
Article ID: 7
Date: 12/16/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
In Search of The Finnish Compromise. “All Bridges Burning: Burning: Red Revolt and White Guard in Finland, 1917-18” Board Game Review

"You will need your faction to peak at the right time." Ray Garbee reviews GMT Games' All Bridges Burning: Red Revolt and White Guard in Finland, 1917-1918, a COIN game covering the little-known Finnish Civil War. Ray finds it a solid entry in the COIN series, with several unique twists, including the fact that "Each faction wants to win, but that is always balanced against the risk of falling into either the German, or the emerging Soviet sphere of influence."
Article ID: 5
Date: 11/10/2019
Poster: Mark D.
All Bridges Burning: Preview and Designer Interview

During Essen 2019 I was lucky enough to talk with Vesa Arponen about his upcoming game: "All Bridges Burning". I also had the opportunity to try out this new iteration of the COIN series. This game will be released by GMT in 2020. Shared by Fred Serval on his Homo Ludens blog.
Article ID: 6
Date: 11/11/2018
Poster: Pat L.
Finnish Civil War Ludography

Freelance writer and game designer Brian Train provides a cursory list of games devoted to the Finnish Civil War of 1918. Train designed the game Finnish Civil War in 2009, later published in Paper Wars magazine in 2017.
Article ID: 4
Date: 7/25/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
All Bridges Burning: Simulating the Finnish Civil War, Part 2

Who are Manninen’s “Blues”? Designer V.P.J. Arponen continues an examination of player roles in his GMT Games' All Bridges Burning: Red Revolt and White Guard in Finland, 1917-1918. This article examines the difficult role of the moderates in seeking to restrain the conflict. "Along the way they will have to avoid capture by unfriendly cells."
Article ID: 3
Date: 6/11/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
All Bridges Burning: Simulating the Finnish Civil War

"The locking of the horns within the working class movement is not hardwired in the design." Designer V.P.J. Arponen offers some player role insights for his GMT Games' All Bridges Burning: Red Revolt and White Guard in Finland, 1917-1918. As a COIN system, you can pursue political or military means of competition: "…a well-timed Reds offensive can bring the Senate advance to a screeching halt."
Article ID: 2
Date: 3/23/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
All Bridges Burning: On the Concept of Terror

"…it soon became clear to me I needed an altogether different concept of terror." Designer V.P.J. Arponen discusses how he had to reevaluate the use of terror by the COIN game system for his GMT Games' All Bridges Burning, which covers the Finnish Civil War of 1917–1918. One conclusion: "…too much terror can come to haunt the violent factions…"
Article ID: 1
Date: 2/16/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
All Bridges Burning: Victory

"… the Senate march to South is complicated by an initial lack of a military punch." V.P.J. Arponen continues a discussion of his GMT Games' All Bridges Burning: Red Revolt and White Guard in Finland, 1917-1918, which is a COIN series simulation of the Finnish Civil War. One of the three factions could win, or players could find themselves "Losing the Game Collectively".