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Designer Deep Dive: Bruce Maxwell Air & Armor

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The Big Board interviews designer Bruce Maxwell and his upcoming design remaking a legacy West End Games' title, Air & Armor to be published by Compass Games.

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 3/3/2021


Is It a Wargame? It Doesn’t Matter: Rigorous Wargames Versus Effective Wargaming

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"...how do we balance sufficiently rigorous design with a playable and impactful wargaming experience?" Jeremy Sepinsky, writing in War on the Rocks, a blog site focused on "…foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens…", discusses balance and other issues in wargame design. He provides an interesting answer, fed in part by his contention that "Wargaming is a malleable, multifaceted shapeshifter that becomes exactly what you need it to be."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/3/2021


A Bosworth Project update and interpreting history!

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"There has long been controversy about the site...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, discusses his progress towards creating a scenario covering the battle of Bosworth in 1485, "…one of the UK’s most significant battles on home soil…". Norm covers ongoing research about the battle, the miniatures he's developing for the scenario and the rules he intends to use, all working towards a day he can call "…a Bosworth day!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/1/2021


Operation Market Garden Comparing BG Gavin’s Leadership With Today’s Principles of Mission Command

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"...his successful leadership was possible due to a mastery of certain Mission Command principles." Douglas Ritter takes a look at how General James Gavin handled command of the 82nd Airborne Division during Operation Market Garden. With an interesting review of Gavin's background and planning, Ritter shows how he "…identified and balanced the risks to his Paratroopers with the risk to his mission and, despite major setbacks, lead the 82nd to accomplishing all of its objectives."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 2/26/2021


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Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman

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.

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)

French "Low Density" Blues in Ici c'est la France!

Brief strategy article written by Mark D. that explains the concept of "Troop Density" and examines how that level can have a big impact on French and FLN play in the early stages of the game. Ici c'est la France! was designed by Kim Kanger and published by Legion Wargames in 2009. Outstanding game!

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Game: Combat Commander: Europe
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Chad Jensen

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 658
Date: 2/19/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Once again introducing Combat Commander Europe – #1 Fat Lipki

The Boardgames Chronicle declares their love of Combat Commander Europe published by GMT Games stating, "whenever possible, I advocate to other players the advantages of the system: fantastic rulebook, great replayability and what I like most – the presentation of battlefield chaos and confusion in the game mechanics.". Follow them along as they do a replay of the Fat Lipki scenario.
Article ID: 657
Date: 2/17/2021
Poster: Mark D.
Introducing Combat Commander... Again

Another player introduced to fantastic world of Combat Commander! We started - traditionally - from the Fat Lipki scenario. Enjoy this short report from the battlefield. Thanks to the good folks at The Boardgames Chronicle for sharing. "Next scenario already started - I will also make sure to report!"
Article ID: 656
Date: 1/21/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
[REVIEW] Combat Commander Europe

The Boardgames Chronicle writes a "long-overdue review" of Combat Commander published by GMT Games. They give it a 4.5 / 5 recommendation.
Article ID: 655
Date: 5/8/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Combat Commander Europe – 025b – Fields of Blood

The Combat Commander series has many devoted fans. The Boardgames Chronicle presents a replay of the Fields of Blood Scenario from Combat Commander Europe published by GMT games. “When I need a good and exciting wargame entertainment on tactical level I know I can always count on Combat Commander. That game is simply unending source of interesting scenarios, close games, twists of fate as well as very exciting events on the battlefield. I simply cannot get enough of it and play whenever possible."
Article ID: 654
Date: 3/29/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Combat Commander Europe – 025a – Fields of Fire

Combat Commander from GMT Games remains a very popular system particularly loved by the Boardgames Chronicle. This time they use scenario 025a Fields of Fire from the Paratrooper Battle Pack. This is pretty interesting depiction of one of the most heroic events of US army during WWII on the Western Front during the Battle of the Bulge. Yes, the skirmish takes place during the infamous though surprising German offensive in Ardennes during December 1944. The German infantry is tasked with the orders to clear all the US roadblocks / infantry resistance points so the King Tiger tanks of Joachim Peiper’s 1st SS Panzer Division can swiftly advance. One of such battles was fought near the village of Lanzerath where US Intelligence & Recon platoon – in total 18 men (!) was placed to observe enemy moves and report back. Americans spent time well, enhancing their defensive positions. Still, once German column approached, it was clear that they face hundreds of enemy soldiers. They fought bravely, being able to delay Germans for a full day. For their actions, all the Platoon members were awarded medals, becoming most decorated platoon of WWII.
Article ID: 653
Date: 1/29/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Combat Commander Europe – #6 Paralyzed from the West Down

The Boardgames Chronicle brings us a quick replay of Scenario #6 Paralyzed from the West Down from GMT's popular WW II card driven tactical simulation of close quarters fighting in Combat Commander Europe.
Article ID: 652
Date: 12/29/2019
Poster: Harvey M.
Combat Commander Europe – #8 Breakout Dance

A brief replay of scenario #8 Breakout Dance from GMT's popular card driven tactical WW II game Combat Commander Europe by Boardgames Chronicle
Article ID: 651
Date: 11/24/2019
Poster: Harvey M.
A Replay of Combat Commander Europes's Fat Lipki Scenario

A replay of Scenario #1 Fat Lipki from Combat Commander Europe designed by Chad Jensen for GMT
Article ID: 649
Date: 3/7/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Barbarossa Unleashed – a Combat Commander FireFight

Combat Commander Tournament Pack - playing the scenarios one by one from that expansion. Here we have very balanced and interesting scenario, where both Russians and Germans attack in recon posture, trying to take important objectives in the middle of the map. Shared by the good folks at Boardgames Chronicle.
Article ID: 648
Date: 1/29/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Scenario: #6 One Steppe Beyond

Nice illustrated replay of Combat Commander: Europe, Scenario #6. Shared by The Boardgames Chronicle...
Article ID: 650
Date: 12/31/2018
Poster: Mark D.
Combat Commander for New Year's Eve

ou can prepare for celebrating the New Year in many ways but one of the best is by planning the boardgames. During our “end-of-year” boardgames convent (which we held every year since 2009) today I had pleasure to play Combat Commander. We played the Scenario Three from Tournament Pack #3 A midnight Clear...
Article ID: 647
Date: 6/6/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Graphic Wargames: Combat Action Report - Fat Lipki

The first three pages of a complete AAR for Graphic Wargames, a creation of Ian Hamilton. Features the first scenario of GMT Games’ “Combat Commander: Europe” game, titled "Fat Lipki". The narrative is run solely by what happens in the game. Truly a "graphic replay". Check it out...
Article ID: 646
Date: 4/4/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Drive Thru Review: Video Review

From the "better late than never" department, Joel Eddy turns in an informative review of Combat Commander: Europe, published by GMT Games in 2006.
Article ID: 645
Date: 1/7/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Yet Another Friggin Gaming Blog: Replay

David Pretty, writing for the "Yet Another Friggin Gaming Blog" blog, whips up an outstandingly detailed and illustrated replay session that he played with his gaming buddies. And I believe he coined the term "douche-y"… so I've added it to my spell-check custom list...
Article ID: 644
Date: 3/21/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Big Board Gaming: Replay

This 'Narrative, Pictorial Essay AAR', titled 'Hedgerows and Handgrenades', has got it all: a detailed written replay accompanied by a video replay, complete with background music and sound effects.
Article ID: 643
Date: 3/20/2012
Poster: Mark D.
Boots: Review

Nice review and argument for the relative merits of ASL vs CC by Boots for BGG
Article ID: 642
Date: 10/20/2010
Poster: Mark D.
Jeff Ven: BGG Review

Review by wargaming newcomer Jeff Ven for BGG.
Article ID: 641
Date: 4/29/2010
Poster: Mark D.
Francis Lalumiere: Review

"Why Combat Commander is better than Memoir 44" by Francis Lalumiere for BGG.
Article ID: 640
Date: 1/29/2010
Poster: Mark D.
Commnder Harris: BGG Review

Nice review by Commander Harris for BGG.
Article ID: 639
Date: 5/15/2009
Poster: Mark D.
Brian Morris: Review

Nice review, with graphics, from Brian Morris for BGG.
Article ID: 637
Date: 12/26/2008
Poster: Mark D.
Adam Ruzzo: Review

Detailed review by Adam Ruzzo for BGG.
Article ID: 633
Date: 4/23/2007
Poster: Mark D.
Tom Vasel: BGG Review

Nice review by Tom Vasel for BGG
Article ID: 631
Date: 4/2/2007
Poster: Mark D.
Lawrence Hung: Replay/AAR

Excellent replay/AAR by Lawrence Hung.
Article ID: 634
Date: 3/27/2007
Poster: Mark D.
Tom Duensing: BGG Review

Review by Tom Duensing for BGG
Article ID: 630
Date: 3/19/2007
Poster: Mark D.
Peter Appleton: BGG Review

Nice honest review by Peter Appleton for BGG.
Article ID: 629
Date: 3/13/2007
Poster: Mark D.
Mikko Saari: BGG Review

Nice review by Mikko Saari for BGG
Article ID: 632
Date: 3/9/2007
Poster: Mark D.
John Brader: Review

Review by John Brader for BGG.
Article ID: 627
Date: 2/14/2007
Poster: Mark D.
Brian Bankler: Review

Brief review by Brian Bankler for BGG.
Article ID: 626
Date: 2/6/2007
Poster: Mark D.
Aldaron: Review

Review of CCE by Aldaron for BGG.
Article ID: 628
Date: 1/29/2007
Poster: Mark D.
Eric Landes: BGG Review

Nice review by Eric Landes for BGG.
Article ID: 625
Date: 1/24/2007
Poster: Mark D.
William Terdoslavich: Replay

Replay action from William Terdoslavich and J.R. Tracy.
Article ID: 624
Date: 1/24/2007
Poster: Mark D.
J.R. Tracy: BGG Review

Nice review by J.R. Tracy for BGG.
Article ID: 623
Date: 12/24/2006
Poster: Mark D.
Doug Cooley: BGG Review

Review by Doug Cooley on BGG.
Article ID: 622
Date: 8/1/2006
Poster: Mark D.
Publisher Website

GMT's Combat Commander: Europe page
Article ID: 635
Date: 5/1/2006
Poster: Mark D.
GMT Games: Bonus Scenario #101 (PDF)

Bonus scenario from GMT Games.
Article ID: 636
Date: 5/1/2006
Poster: Mark D.
GMT Games: Bonsu Scenario #102 (PDF)

Bonus scenario from GMT Games