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Spotlight Articles

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The Straight Shooter of Savo Island – The Life of Vice Admiral Willis Lee Jr. Book Review.

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"His career reflects the transitional period between the big gun battlewagons of the First World War and the rise of carrier aviation." Ray Garbee reviews Battleship Commander: The Life of Vice Admiral Willis A. Lee Jr., by Paul Stillwell. Check out why Ray finds the book to be "…a good study in leadership…", and why, while ostensibly a guns and battleships guy, Lee refused to wear blinders: "Much as [with] William Halsey recognizing the airplane as the future, Lee recognized the potential for radar to transform his profession."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/24/2022


Wargamer - What Tribe Are You? (PDF)

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Wargamer -- What Tribe are You? A question for us all. Wouldn't life be easier if we really understood what designers, developers, raters, reviewers and potential opponents really want? The attached PDF is an attempt to sort through the various 'tribes' to which we subscribe. Please have a look and tell us: which tribe are you?

This article written and shared by Tim Smith.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 1/23/2022


Falkirk Muir 1746

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"Note that this battle is not to be confused with the other Battle of Falkirk 448 years earlier; the one Mel Gibson lost." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, takes a look at the battle of Falkirk Muir. Jeff brings us his customary tongue-in-cheek insights on the historical origins and the battle itself, to include why "It may have been 57 years since James II (Charles's grandfather) had been chased out of Britain, but like that Scot I met years ago in The Duke of Kent, they weren't going to let it go."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/17/2022


Documenting Black Jack Pershing’s War. Book Review

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"It is an impressive achievement, and one that drives home just what a huge task General Pershing shouldered in 1917." Ray Garbee reviews Volume 1 of John J. Pershing and the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, 1917-1919, which details the challenges General Pershing met in preparing the U.S. Army for the European theater. Ray finds a book that delivers at the big picture level with "…a fascinating insight into leadership and management at what today would be termed the 'C' level suite…", as well as with interesting details, for example how "…British opinion suggested that the Americans would be best served by fully adopting British arms and ordnance in the spirit of simplifying the coalition's logistics."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/12/2022


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Grognard Originals

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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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Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: Commands and Colors Series
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Richard Borg

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 733
Date: 12/24/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Commands & Colors Ancients 2021 Open Tournament Results

"Open Tournament is definitely the largest, longest, most session-intense organized play for CCA created." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us his results from the Open Tournament for GMT Games' Commands & Colors. Did he have a good run? "The scenarios with elephants are unpredictable and after first game I was pretty upset due to completely unbelievable and improbable turn of events."
Article ID: 732
Date: 7/26/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Revisiting Commands & Colors: Ancients

"The early play was all made by the Romans. A line command and double time card got them into contact early, and they quickly went out to a 2-0 lead." Prufrock has a solo go at GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients, playing the Arausio scenario. So, do the Romans win? "With two banners needed for victory Caepio and his accompanying unit took a chance…".
Article ID: 731
Date: 7/18/2021
Poster: Mark D.
Top 3 Ancient Rome Themed Board Games

Listing my Top 3 Ancient Rome Themed Board Games. Prepared and shared by The Boardgames Chronicle.
Article ID: 730
Date: 6/18/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Gaius Marius Roman Legion reforms during Cimbrian Wars as depicted by C&C Ancients

Gaius Marius & Lucius Cornelius Sulla had a tremendous impact on the Roman army development whereby they moved from the maniple to cohort system. The Boardgames Chronicle uses expansions from Command & Color Ancient published by GMT Games to replay the battles that followed these changes.
Article ID: 729
Date: 4/27/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Roman conquest of Britain using C&C Ancients – Part 2

The Boardgames Chronicle presents part 2 of their series on Command & Colors Ancients published by GMT Games. In this scenario Rome is trying to conquer Britain but is being opposed by the "sassy" Queen Boudica.
Article ID: 728
Date: 3/24/2021
Poster: Mark D.
C&C: Ancients - Game Replay - Part #1

Yet one more exciting campaign with "C&C Ancients" - this time Roman Conquest of Britain. Enjoy detailed maps, historical background and game session reports for first three battles! Shared by The Boardgames Chronicle.
Article ID: 727
Date: 3/24/2021
Poster: Mark D.
Variant from Vae Victis #123 (PDF)

Variant for "Commands & Colors: Ancients", from Vae Victis magazine issue #123. Shared by David Smith.
Article ID: 726
Date: 3/3/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Gothic invasion of Roman Empire using C&C Ancients & Vae Victis Scenarios

Vae Victis is an excellent wargame magazine published in French. Most game rules published have a English translation. The authors pretty often reach to the publishers and game designers form across the Atlantic. In issue number 123 The Boardgames Chronicle had a chance to familiarize ourselves with official mini-campaign (3 scenarios) for Commands and Colors Ancients. The topic – 4th century AD Gothic invasion of Roman Empire. Two initial battles / skirmishes (Marcianopolis & Battle of Salices) with culminating battle of Adrianople – one of the most crushing defeats of Romans in ancient history.
Article ID: 706
Date: 11/24/2020
Poster: Mark D.
C&C Net - Commands & Colors Enthusiast Site

C&C Net is a central repository for all things "Commands & Colors". News, articles, maps, downloads, etc. Hosted and powered by Alessandro Crespi.
Article ID: 725
Date: 10/19/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Second Punic War in Spain

"...a lot was happening in the Carthage backyard, i.e. Spain...". Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us three Second Punic War scenario replays from GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients. Michal and his friend Marcin have a good time going at it, with Michal concluding: "I love to play CCA scenarios which have a lot of terrain features, allowing for tactical maneuvering."
Article ID: 724
Date: 10/2/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Alexander Successors in action – C&C Ancients – Paraitacene (317 BC)

Alexander the Great may have been a great military leader, but not such a good planner when he left his empire, "to the strongest." thus setting up an era of constant infighting among his Successors. The Boardgames Chronicle, using Commands & Colors: Ancients from GMT Games by offering this replay of one of the Epic battles scenarios when Antigonus, and Eumenes met in battle at Paraitacene in 317 BC.
Article ID: 723
Date: 8/30/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Commands & Colors Ancients solitaire challenge

For those of you who love a challenge, The Boardgames Chronicle has issued a solitaire gaming puzzle utilizing GMT Games 'Command & Colors: Ancients. Why not take a crack at this challenge?
Article ID: 722
Date: 7/27/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Review: Command & Colors Ancients

The Boardgames Chronicle gives us a brief review of Command & Colors Ancients published by GMT Games.
Article ID: 721
Date: 7/12/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Commands and Colors games – my 3 favorite

The Boardgames Chronicle looks at the popular GMT Games' series and tells us their three favorite games In the Command & Colors lineage.
Article ID: 720
Date: 7/7/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
[STRATEGIES] How to defend in Commands Colors Ancients?

In physics," what goes up must come down", but in wargaming, the adage "if you're going to attack you better know how to defend" is comparable. With this article, The Boardgames Chronicle has taught us to do both in GMT's popular Command & Colors: Ancients.
Article ID: 719
Date: 7/6/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Saturday Night Fights! C&C Ancients – Cannae!

The Armchair Dragoons hosts a Saturday night gaming session using Table Top Simulator and this Saturday they continue a session of Command & Colors Ancients from GMT games. Tune in to see if Hannibal can pull off another double envelopment at Cannae!
Article ID: 718
Date: 6/29/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
[STRATEGIES] How to attack in Commands Colors Ancients?

The Command & Colors series is very popular with gamers. It is also popular with The Boardgames Chronicle who now gives us the benefit of their experience on how to attack garnered from over 600 plays of Command & Colors: Ancients published by GMT Games.
Article ID: 717
Date: 6/20/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
C&C Ancients – most balanced scenarios – Alexander successors in Action!

Lying on his deathbed, the legend goes, Alexander the Great was asked to whom he would leave his empire. He supposedly responded, "To the strongest!". Those words set off a titanic struggle between his "Successors" that spanned the breadth of the known world. Although many gamers may not be familiar with this period of warfare, it is rich in pageantry as Macedonian phalanx, cavalry, archers, and even elephants clashed to achieve hegemony. The Boardgames Chronicle uses Command & Color Ancients from GMT Games to reconstruct some of the battles of the time.
Article ID: 716
Date: 5/25/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
C&C Ancients – playing EPICs during the lockdown, part 2

The Boardgames Chronicle continues their series of replays of Command and Color Ancients published by GMT Games with the epic battles of Adrianople (378 AD) and Argentoratum (357 AD).
Article ID: 715
Date: 4/30/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
C&C Ancients – Civil Wars of Tetrarchy

Let’s go back to ancient history and join the Boardgames Chronicle’s replay of GMT Games’ very popular Command & Colors Ancients mini campaign Civil Wars of Tetrarchy. Emperor Diocletian’s “Tetrarchy” system of shared power maintained calm for 20 years, eventually rivalries took over again. In 306 Maxentius proclaimed himself emperor, setting off another confused civil war. In 312, Constantine decided to resolve the dispute with Maxentius (his brother-in-law!) for control of the Western Roman Empire. With an army drawn from his western provinces of Britain, Gaul, and the Rhine, Constantine invaded Italy. He defeated Maxentius at Taurinorum, and expected Maxentius to hold out in Rome but instead he made a stand less than ten miles from Rome, in front of the Milvian Bridge crossing the Tiber River.
Article ID: 714
Date: 4/18/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
C&C Ancients – playing EPICs during the lockdown

The Boardgames Chronicle bring us another replay wrought by social distancing. This time they tackle Commands & Colors: Ancients playing the EPIC scenarios.
Article ID: 713
Date: 5/27/2019
Poster: Mark D.
CCA – Playing EPIC Cannae and Raphia Scenarios

There is really no better way to spend Saturday evening - for an ancient history and wargames fan - then EPIC CCA games! Cannae and Raphia - short session report in above link! Video produced by the folks Board Games Chronicle.
Article ID: 712
Date: 9/28/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Here's No Great Matter: Replay Using Miniatures

Prufrock, from the "Here's No Great Matter" blog, takes us through a game of Commands and Colors: Ancients using miniatures. Part 1 of a 2 Part article. Cool...
Article ID: 689
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website

Article ID: 690
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
extra stickers problem

Article ID: 691
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 692
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 693
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 694
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
2nd ed. rules

Article ID: 695
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
scenarios

Article ID: 696
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Truceless War scenarios (PDF files)

Article ID: 697
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 698
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 699
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 700
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review of Greeks and Eastern Kingdoms expansion

Article ID: 701
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 702
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 703
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review of Roman Civil Wars expansion

Article ID: 704
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review of Roman Civil Wars/Rome vs. The Barbarians expansions

Article ID: 705
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website for replays

Article ID: 707
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review of Imperial Rome Expansion Pack

Article ID: 708
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Colline Gate replay

Article ID: 709
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
video review

Article ID: 710
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
video review of Expansion #6

Article ID: 711
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
video review