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Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/29/2024


Piggy Longton - Bishop of Dungborough’s perilous journey.

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"Nervousness flickered through the group as the cavalrymen started to move amongst them, eyeing them suspiciously." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, resumes Piggy Longton action with Stephen the Fearless and his travelling party entrusted to get a crucial warning to the King. "Suddenly there was a swirling melee with swords slashing to the right and left."

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Post Date: 1/22/2024


December WWII gaming

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"Well, what do I know. It turns out it was great fun. Trust Richard Borg!" Prufrock recaps replays he enjoyed during the Christmas season with Memoir'44 and Undaunted Normandy. See which game gained the comment: "…the tweaks oozed class and induced that nodding satisfaction…"!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/17/2024


Piggy Longton 1472 - picking up the story.

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"...we will be picking up on the trials and tribulations of our small hamlet..."! Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, tips us off that more Piggy Longton is on the way, with some teasers: "Could the Bishop of Dungborough (Stephen the Fearless) get to London to warn the King that Edward was at large and had foreign mercenaries with him?"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/10/2024


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Fast, simple, not expensive, little errata, but only reasonably fun. (War game Review)

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Game: Blocks in the West



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Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Emanuele Santandrea
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Description:


BLOCKS IN THE WEST is a new concept game covering the whole Western Front Campaign from Fall Gelb (May 1940) till the last bullet-battle in Berlin, May 1945. Developed on wooden blocks and cubes system, over an astonishing 124x87cm full laminated multicolor map-board, there's not any paper component, but the Manual. All the over 900 wooden/plastic components/stickers have been created by the best Italian artisinal industry and painted "A buratto", a technique usually adopted for painting car parts and accessories. BLOCKS IN THE WEST recalls, in game form, the most decisive battles fought in the European Theater Front from the invasion of France, until the collapse of the nazi regime in May 1945. BLOCKS IN THE WEST is a game of World War II conflict simulation at the operational level. It recalls the most decisive battles fought on the Western Front from the battle for France in Spring 1940 until the dramatic end in Berlin in spring 1945. Although based on historical events and battles, the players in command of the two factions can modify the evolution of World War II on the Western Front. The game is recommended for two, three or four players: one/two control the Western Allies and the other one/two control Germany and Italy. The game is emminently suitable for solitary play: the single player just controls both sides. In this case, a play with Fog of War is mandatory.


Articles


Article ID
Pub Date
Article Description
995
Date: 11/25/2023
Poster: Pat L.
Blocks in Afrika by VentoNuovo Games

Robert Peterson from “A Wargamers Needful Things” gives a nicely illustrated overview including components, turn sequence, and scenario list. He notes the game’s complexity and looks forward to playing a combined campaign adding Blocks in the East and Blocks in the West to Blocks in Afrika.
994
Date: 6/18/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Wargame Reviewer: Video Review (Spanish)

Spanish language video review of VentoNuovo's Blocks in the West.
992
Date: 3/24/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Boardgaming Life: Review

Our own Harvey Mossman pens a detailed review of VentoNuovo's latest effort, Blocks in the West. And finally confesses to being a 'Blockhead'...
991
Date: 2/24/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Armchair General: Review

Sean Stevenson makes his Blocks in the West likes and dislikes very clear in this Armchair General review (but the "likes" seem to win out over the "dislikes").