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Spotlight Articles

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

The American Revolution, Naval Power, and the 21st Century

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"The Battle of Valcour Island was not the battle the Royal Navy officers and their army counterparts had prepared for." BJ Armstrong reviews Valcour: The 1776 Campaign That Saved the Cause of Liberty, by Jack Kelly, which covers how the struggle for Lake Champlain impacted the early Revolutionary war. Check out BJ's strong case for why we should "…remember that the American War for Independence was a naval war.", and why key considerations of the campaign remain important in our own century.

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/2/2021


Shevardino 1812

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"...strategically, Bagration's tactical 'mistake' may have actually saved the Russian army, and ultimately Russia." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another insightful review, this time looking at Shevardino, the prelude to Borodino. As always, Jeff examines questions that may not have gotten enough historical consideration, for example, the fact that "…this was still summer, and Napoleon's force was already far below normal attrition numbers for other campaigns."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/28/2021


In Memoriam: John Tiller

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John Tiller played a significant role as a war game designer who brought hex and counter war games to the computer screen. Mitch Reed traces Tiller’s career from the 1990’s onward with illustrated examples from Tiller’s creations. Tiller’s games are available from Matrix, Slitherine, HPS Simulations, and John Tiller Software.

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 7/24/2021


Interview with designer Hermann Luttmann about his upcoming cooperative game The Plum Island Horror

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Rob's Tabletop World interviews Designer: Hermann Luttmann about his upcoming 1-4 player, cooperative game design for GMT Games covering a little-known government island facility just off of Long Island New York, known for its highly secretive controversial infectious disease research. The Plum Island Horror is a throwback to old-fashioned 1950s horror movies and asks the question, "what could go wrong?!".

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 7/18/2021


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Gaming Conventions

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Grognard Originals

In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more Grognard.com "originals" in the future.

How to Play Shores of Tripoli: Naval Combat

The Shores of Tripoli, published by Fort Circle Games, is a great game to introduce someone to the hobby.Seek Out and Play has produced a series of excellent videos tutorials to help people learn the game and start playing quickly. In this video, they teach you how naval combat works.

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: Campaign for North Africa
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Richard Berg

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 96
Date: 7/15/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Campaign for North Africa Addenda as of Sept 1979 (pdf)

Campaign for North Africa Addenda as of Sept 1979 by courtesy of Decision Games .
Article ID: 95
Date: 3/4/2018
Poster: Mark D.
Game Mentioned on The Big Bang Theory! (Season 11, Episode 16)

You know you've hit the "big time" when you get mentioned on a top rated television show... particularly when you're mentioned by uber-geek Sheldon Cooper of 'The Big Bang Theory' (Season 11, Episode 16). Apparently, while waiting for one of the other characters to deliver a baby, Sheldon thought it would be fun to pass the time playing "Campaign for North Africa" which is known as being an "impossible to finish" war game. Thanks to our own Pat L. for sharing this...
Article ID: 94
Date: 2/4/2018
Poster: Pat L.
The Notorious Board Game That Takes 1500 Hours To Complete

Would you play a game that takes 1,500 hours for you and 9 friends? Luke Winkie finds a teenager in Minnesota who is determined to try. There is no record of anybody ever completing SPI’s Campaign For North Africa and with good reason. And what about the controversial macaroni rule? Winkle gets some insight from the game’s designer, Richard Berg.
Article ID: 93
Date: 4/7/2016
Poster: Mark D.
The Wretched Excess of ‘The Campaign for North Africa’

"The mother of all wargames is impossible to play". What a way to start an article. But I just couldn't resist reading it... and it's a great read! Hat tip to author Robert Beckhusen, writing for the "War is Boring" blog.
Article ID: 92
Date: 9/21/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Michael Miller: Cyberboard Module & Support Forum

This group intends to play SPI's Campaign for North Africa via Cyberboard. Michael Miller's forum offers a very sophisticated set of play aids, digitized rules and charts, and has (hopefully) fixed the broken air game mechanics. Visit the forum and let them know if you're interested in getting involved.
Article ID: 78
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 79
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 80
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
article index

Article ID: 81
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 82
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
errata

Article ID: 83
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website

Article ID: 84
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 85
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
complete order of battles (zipped Excel file)

Article ID: 86
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review page #1

Article ID: 87
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review page #2

Article ID: 88
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review page #3

Article ID: 89
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review page #4

Article ID: 90
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review page #5

Article ID: 91
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
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