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Spotlight Articles

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

Campaigning and fast play WWII tactical rules.

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"The rules provided by Matt are designed to allow the fast play needed to cover so much potential action, so that friends can complete their campaign in a day." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, checks out a fast play campaign system offered by Matt Irsik in Warning Order, which is a free, online wargames journal. Check out the action in Norm's test run through, and why he concludes that "…Matt has provided us with an engine that gets things moving and helps ensure that a campaign can be fought through relatively quickly to a conclusion."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/7/2022

Secrets to Teaching the COIN Series from GMT Games – A Guide to Making the Process Seamless and Getting Your Players to Enjoy the System

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"I always start the game out by reviewing those Victory Conditions and helping new players to understand what they mean. This can be the most in-depth part of the teach but is very important." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, shares tips he's developed from teaching the COIN system (COunterINsurgencies) to new players. Grant focuses on the fun, game flow and general strategy, for example a practice of which he says: "In my experience, new players don’t necessarily make that jump in their first few games."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/1/2022

Epic - Building an army in a day!

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"I plead this post title has at least a part truth - sort of!" Check out why Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has "…been re-energised to start jacking up my Epic Waterloo project..."!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/29/2022

Gaming the American Revolution – Ranking the Games We Have Played – 2022 Edition

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The Players Aid gives their opinion of some of the American Revolutionary wargames they have played in 2022. "n this post, I wanted to share with you some of our gaming experience with these wargames focused on the American Revolutionary War. We haven’t played all of the games on the subject, not even close, but we have played enough that we have a good cross section of the different takes on the situation and types of games to give you some insight into what we liked."

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 7/9/2022

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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.

Grognard News

Grognard Opponents Wanted (10/15/2021)

Another new feature for Grognard.com, "Opponents Wanted" provides a quick and easy way to locate gaming opponents with similar gaming preferences. Requires site registration.

Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

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Gaming Clubs/Organziations

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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.

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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Pub Dates
Game: Afrika Korps
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Charles S. Roberts

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 311
Date: 11/7/2021
Poster: Pat L.

Mobile supply counters and automatic victory in combat were novel concepts in 1964 and defining rules for Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps. Joseph C. Beard III dives deep within the rules to show how he achieved a quick PBEM victory and how these rules make Afrika Korps a great game to play today.
Article ID: 310
Date: 10/31/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Tabletop Simulator Module for Afrika Korps

Steam has added a module for Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps for their Tabletop Simulator. The Tabletop Simulator allows you to make your own online board games or play the thousands of community created modules with players in the Steam community.
Article ID: 309
Date: 10/31/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Afrika Korps

Long time wargamer Allen R. Butler in his war game blog, “Counterus Hex“, shares fond memories of his all-time favorite Avalon Hill game.
Article ID: 308
Date: 10/24/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Updated Afrika Korps

Attention Afrika Korps grognards! The wargame grogs blog provides wargame design revisions, reviews, and analysis for various war games including Afrika Korps. This variant includes a new CRT, new terrain effects, several new features, and a new sequence of play.
Article ID: 307
Date: 10/24/2021
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Afrika Korps

Here are several module versions at the VASSAL web site for Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps. VASSAL is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games and card games. A growing list of game Modules is available at the web site and at web sites for some game publishers. Players can play solitaire off-line, play live on the Internet or play by email. Vassal runs on all platforms, and is free, open-source software.
Article ID: 306
Date: 10/16/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Afrika Korps (Game information)

The Wargame Academy maintains a comprehensive directory of information for older war games. This is their entry for Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps.
Article ID: 304
Date: 10/10/2021
Poster: Pat L.
War and Pieces with Rob Oren - October 17, 2018 (video)

If the war gaming hobby is to survive it will need a new generation of players. Rob Oren recommends finding older, easier war games, like Afrika Korps and Panzer Leader, and using them to introduce new players to the hobby.
Article ID: 305
Date: 10/10/2021
Poster: Pat L.
My TOP 10 FAVORITE Avalon Hill Games / BEST games of all time / What is YOUR list? (video)

YouTube poster Legendary Tactics loves gaming and posted his Top 10 List from Avalon hill. Afrika Korps comes in at #8.
Article ID: 303
Date: 10/3/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Avalon Hill Afrika Korps First Look (video)

David Lent in his Centurion’s Review web page presents this video unboxing of Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps from 1964.
Article ID: 302
Date: 10/3/2021
Poster: Pat L.
AFRIKA KORPS; Wargame Academy Amplified Third Edition Rulebook (PDF)

The Wargame Academy issued this beautifully illustrated, enhanced version of the third edition rules for Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps. The enhancements include new or enhanced illustrations, plus colored text for important exceptions or rule’s emphasis. Also included are design credits, VASSAL module information, a lengthy article index, and a tournament archive.
Article ID: 301
Date: 9/26/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Was I unlucky or outplayed in Afrika Korps?

Board & Card Games Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people who like playing board games, designing board games or modifying the rules of existing board games. This example describes a knotty situation while playing Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps that led to a major defeat and a strategy discussion among several grognards.
Article ID: 300
Date: 9/26/2021
Poster: Pat L.
THE 'AFRIKA KORPS' NOTEBOOK: TOBRUCH: Perception, Reality, and Luck: the Low-Odds Ploy against Tobruch

Map and Counters, a long-time war gamer’s blog from Joseph C. Beard III, addresses a common complaint concerning Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps. Many in the war gaming hobby have complained that Afrika Korps allows the Axis player to win by luck via a low odds attack on Tobruch. War games that are solely based on chance are highly undesirable. Beard disputes the complaint and gives some sage advice by describing his method of game evaluation: …”I ceased to venture a critical judgment on a title until I had first gained a clear understanding of the game system and then had logged many hours with that title, both in solitaire and in face-to-face play.”
Article ID: 299
Date: 9/25/2021
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.
Article ID: 298
Date: 1/14/2009
Poster: Mark D.
A Grognard's Look at His First Wargame

Old Grognard Steve Mizuno reminisces about his first war game experiences with Afrika Korps. After a description of the game and its mechanics, Mizuno provides an interesting discussion of tactics and the need for experience in order to achieve game mastery. Recognizing the games limitations, Mizuno calls the game “something truly to enjoy”. There follows several interesting comments and a discussion of luck as a factor to win the game.
Article ID: 292
Date: 11/20/2007
Poster: Mark D.
Afrika Korps (war game information)

From the web Grognard’s archived pages comes this table of information for Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps.
Article ID: 293
Date: 11/20/2006
Poster: Mark D.
Afrika Korps Article List

Here is a list magazine articles that discuss Afrika Korps from Avalon Hill.
Article ID: 297
Date: 4/4/2006
Poster: Mark D.
Talk about Afrika Korps

Ron Pfeiffer posted both a positive review and a highly interesting recap of the early reaction and history of Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps on Boardgamegeek. Pfeiffer talks at length about the amount of time and effort spent by wargamers to find new strategies and tactics through openings and gambits and the use of space, force and time to succeed. Pfeiffer concludes “wargaming in its infancy was a pretty dynamic thing”. The post is followed by several interesting comments from readers leading to a nice discussion of the game among gamers.
Article ID: 294
Date: 11/20/2005
Poster: Mark D.
Afrika Korps PBEM page

Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps game included play by mail rules. About 30 years later. Tim Keennon brought those rules into the internet age by developing a set of play by email rules. The die roller cited no longer works so you will need to rework that rule. Our thanks go to Archive.org for preserving this web page.
Article ID: 295
Date: 12/30/2004
Poster: Mark D.
User Review

Some forty years after Avalon Hill published Afrika Korps, Michael Von Ahnen posted this negative review on the Boardgamegeek web site. The review reflects how far wargaming has come since 1964. Von Ahnen finds the game to be “lacking the excitement of many other wargames”, and although “historic, it does not make a very fun game” and concludes that the game is “fundamentaly (sic) flawed”.
Article ID: 296
Date: 11/20/2003
Poster: Mark D.
3rd ed rules (PDF file)

Here are the 3rd Edition rules for Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps published in 1980 posted by Jeffrey D. Myers on Boardgamegeek.