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Spotlight Articles

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

On the Origins of the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet. Book Review.

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"The discourse surrounding fleets deployed in support of a global empire is as valid today as it was at the start of the 20th Century." Ray Garbee reviews Genesis of the Grand Fleet: The Admiralty, Germany, and the Home Fleet, 1896–1914, by Christopher Buckey. Ray finds a book that offers solid insights "...as it details how the government – specifically the Admiralty – had to wrestle with Fredrick the Great’s maxim of 'He who defends everything, defends nothing'."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 10/8/2021

Confronting Chaos: a New Concept for Information Advantage

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"...although American teams lose wargames all the time, this is, in fact, a very big deal." Chris Dougherty explains his concerns about how three decades of Pentagon war planning have "…assumed U.S. forces could achieve information dominance in a great-power conflict, akin to what the American military attained during the 1991 Gulf War. That assumption is fatally flawed."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/17/2021

The Return of Great Power Proxy Wars

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"If the United States fights with China or Russia, what type of war will it be?" Frank Hoffman and Andrew Orner, in War on the Rocks, make the argument that proxy wars are likely to again become a preferred tool of statecraft. "Proxy conflicts are, after all, the ultimate indirect approach."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/10/2021

WotR - Recruiting continues

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"...the herald is such a splendid figure, that Lord Cobham insisted on him joining the ranks!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, gives us a figures and painting update for his Wars of the Roses collection. Check out more of Norm's excellent miniatures work. And perhaps there is some action coming: "…I hear there are rumblings in the Parish of Piggy Longton, something to do with the Bishop of Dungborough recruiting for The King - what could possibly go wrong there!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/6/2021

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Gaming Conventions

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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

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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: Command & Colors: Samurai Battles
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: Command & Colors
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Richard Borg

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 7
Date: 9/19/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Samurai Battles session reports – Sekigahara 1600 AD

Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles, published by GMT Games, allows players to re-play important engagements of Japanese history mainly regarding the XVI century. The battles, included in huge scenario booklet, focus on the historical deployment of forces and important terrain features in level with the game system. The scale of the game is flexible and varies from battle to battle. The Boardgames Chronicle gives us a session replay on the scenario covering the battle of.Sekigahara 1600 AD, fought around the small village of Sekigahara, astride one of Japan’s key feudal-era roads. It was here that Ishida Mitsunari and his western allies planned to meet and stop the advance of Tokugawa Ieyasu and his eastern allies. Using the wooded hills between two mountains, the western army had a strong defensive position. Although Ieyasu had granted Fukushima Masanori the honor of opening the battle, it was Il Naomase’s mounted “Red Devils” that charged forward first. Masanori quickly followed and charged into the center of Mitsunari position. So the most famous Samurai Battle started!
Article ID: 6
Date: 8/4/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles Session Report – Azukizaka 1542 & 1548 AD

"In essence, Richard Borg at his best!" Michal brings us a fun AAR playing the first and second battles of Azukizaka in GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles. Check out lots of action and pictures: "My impetuous Samurai Cavalry moved forward to finish the enemy… but was counter attacked…"!
Article ID: 5
Date: 7/26/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Samurai Battles session reports – Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 AD (Phase 3,4&5)

The Boardgames Chronicles continues its series of replays with GMT's Command & Colors: Samurai Battles. The Battle of Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 AD was a long and multi-step engagement with incredible twists and turns of fate. The Samurai Battles game depicts it in 5 scenario mini-campaign,. The Uesugi troops had pushed forward and were in sight of Takeda Shingen’s command tent. Shingen, unaware the enemy was so close, had been directing the battle when his headquarters and bodyguard were attacked. Not having time to draw his sword Shingen defended himself with his war-fan. Samurai rushed to aid Shingen and the assault on the Takeda command tent was repulsed. Elsewhere, the Takeda battle line managed to hold against the fierce rotating attacks of the Uesugi army. The cost, however, was great as many brave Samurai leaders would fall in an effort to maintain the line.
Article ID: 4
Date: 7/17/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Samurai Battles session reports – Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 AD (Phase 1&2)

The Boardgames Chronicle reports of several plays of their current favorite game, Command & Colors: Samurai Battles this time covering Fourth Kawanakajima 1561 AD.where the famous Japanese warlords Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen fight to become the master of Japan.
Article ID: 3
Date: 7/4/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Video How to Play – C&C Samurai Battles – Part 2

This is part 2 in a video series by the Boardgames Chronicle that teaches you how to play Command & Colors: Samurai Battles published by GMT Games. This video utilizes one of the more interesting scenarios in the box, describing pivotal events in Japanese history: 012 Okehazama 1560 AD (Dengakuhazama Gorge).
Article ID: 2
Date: 6/21/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
[REVIEW] Commands & Colors Samurai Battles

GMTs Commands & Colors Samurai Battles is a great re-implementation of this classic title from Zvezda company. The game allow players to portray important engagements of Japanese history – mainly 15th century AD. The Boardgames Chronicle states, "What I really like is grouping some of the scenarios into the linked, chronological and logically connected sets."
Article ID: 1
Date: 4/11/2021
Samurai Battles session reports – Arita Castle 1517 AD

The Command and Colors system is a very devoted following and has been adapted to many different eras from ancient times to the Napoleonic era. Now GMT Games has released another game in the series, Command and Colors: Samurai Battles. The Boardgames Chronicle provides a replay of the Arita Castle 1517 AD scenario.