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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: Empire of the Sun
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Mark Herman

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 272
Date: 12/29/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Empire of the Sun – Playtesting Burma Scenario

"...an endeavor worth taking by the Axis and potential unmeasurable catastrophe for Allies should Japan succeed." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, takes a look at the upcoming Burma Scenario for GMT Games' Empire of the Sun. Check out why he concludes that the scenario is quick "…to play but still deep in strategy and options."
Article ID: 271
Date: 6/11/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
[REVIEW] Empire of The Sun

Boardgames Chronicle reviews Empire of the Sun which, in my opinion, is another one of Mark Herman's excellent designs, published by GMT Games It is strategic level look at the entire War in the Pacific from the attack on Pearl Harbor until the surrender of Japan. "EotS is the one of the Card Driven Games (CDG) which moves the system closer to a classic hexagon wargame, while retaining all of the tension and uncertainty people have come to expect from a CDG. Players will play roles of MacArthur, Yamamoto, Nimitz, or Mountbatten and direct their underlying forces across the breadth of the globe from India to Hawaii and from Alaska to Australia."
Article ID: 270
Date: 5/25/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Empire of the Sun: The Pacific War, 1941-1945 from GMT Games – Basic Training Episode 2 – Counter Anatomy

I remember one World Boardgame Championship I was walking around looking at the various tournaments when Mark Herman corralled me and asked me if I wanted to play Empire the Sun: the Pacific war, 1941-1945 by GMT Games in the tournament. Having owned the game but not yet played it, I accepted and, after he gave me a quick tutorial, he paired me with one of the elite players who of course cleaned my clock but was a gracious instructor and opponent. I wish I had access then the series of tutorials from The Players Aid. Here is the 2nd tutorial covering that goes over the values on the counters.
Article ID: 269
Date: 5/18/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Playing Empire of the Sun – South Pacific scenario

Several years ago at the World Board Gaming Championships I was taught Empire of the Sun by no other than the designer, Mark Herman. After his tutorial he quickly placed me into the WBC tournament where I was crushed as the American player. But it was great fun, taught by a great designer and a great guy and I enjoyed the experience immensely. So now the Boardgames Chronicle brings us a replay of GMT Games’ simulation of World War II in the Pacific. They too "had so much fun, especially in my first two attempts to play that title that whenever possible I am coming back to it."
Article ID: 268
Date: 2/19/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Empire of the Sun - Turn 1 - Operation Z

Counter Attack ! brings us a campaign game playthrough of Empire of the Sun. The game is designed by Mark Herman, published by GMT Games. This is the first card play of the December 1941 turn: Operation Z.
Article ID: 266
Date: 12/1/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Empire of the Sun - Session Report (1943 Scenario)

There are jewels in GMT universe which are not so easy to discover. Definitely, Empire of the Sun is once of them. However, once you devote enough time to familiarize with rules and play your first scenarios, you appreciate how well that game is designed - reflecting naval and amphibious combat. What follows is session report from the exciting 1943 scenario. Enjoy!
Article ID: 265
Date: 6/7/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Secrets of the South Pacific – Part 2

Want to take "…a look at another, guaranteed-to-succeed, opening move…"? Chris Crane discusses some interesting strategies for the Breaking the Bismarck Barrier scenario in GMT Games' Empire of the Sun. To include doing "the Bomber Two-Step".
Article ID: 264
Date: 4/17/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Three Moves Ahead (podcast) Reviews "Empire of the Sun"

Rob and Bruce (Three Moves Ahead) sing the praises of Mark Herman's Empire of the Sun. Enjoying the game through the magic of VASSAL, the wargaming duo describe how about Empire of the Sun does a commendable job of conveying the challenges of imperfect information, the plans of the Imperial Japanese fleet, and inter-service rivalry - all through the elegance of card-based play.
Article ID: 263
Date: 4/14/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Empire of the Sun - Unboxing video

Unboxing video produced for Moe's Game Table.
Article ID: 262
Date: 3/21/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Quarter to Three Analyzes "Empire of the Sun"

Interesting analysis of "Empire of the Sun" written by Bruce Geryk for his "Quarter to Three" blog. It's good to see a fresh analysis/opinion of a time tested game every now and then...
Article ID: 261
Date: 10/25/2015
Poster: Doug Holt
Games from the Front: Empire of the Sun Boardgame Replay

Ty Snouffer shows Empire of the Sun Game on 10/15/15.
Article ID: 260
Date: 8/16/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Championship Game at WBC 2015: Photo

Snapshot of the Empire of the Sun finalists at WBC 2015. Photo by David E, published on the C3i Ops Center web site.
Article ID: 259
Date: 6/8/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Mark Herman: Empire of the Sun - Solitaire Play Tutorial

Video tutorial, titled "Empire of the Sun: Solitaire 'Bot Tutorial" - Narrated by designer Mark Herman. Mark takes us through the finer points of using the solitaire system and playing against Erasmus, the now-official name of the 'Bot.
Article ID: 258
Date: 6/18/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Marco Arnaudo: Video Review

Marco Arnaudo opines on Mark Herman's Pacific War classic "Empire of the Sun".
Article ID: 257
Date: 5/3/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Homefront Wargame Center: Review

Denny Koch write up a great review of this great game. If you want to get a keen sense of how this game plays, check out this review.
Article ID: 256
Date: 3/19/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Wargame Replays: Replay

A turn by turn summary of Game 1 (best of 3) BPA Iron Man EOTS tournament. Contains a short synopsis of each turn, a turn by turn card list and a full map graphic for each turn.
Article ID: 253
Date: 2/23/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Mark Herman: December '41 Strategy - Part #1

Part #1 of a strategy video, created by game designer Mark Herman, that covers the December 1941 game turn. Great background info, insights, and tips for effective play. Great game; great video. Highly recommended for fans of EOTS.
Article ID: 254
Date: 2/23/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Mark Herman: December '41 Strategy - Part #2

Part #2 of the December 1941 game turn strategy video from game designer Mark Herman.
Article ID: 255
Date: 2/23/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Mark Herman: Opening Strategy - '42 Scenario

Another helpful strategy video that drills down to the opening turn of the 1942 scenario, including card hand analysis, prioritizing objectives, proper utilization of forces, etc.
Article ID: 252
Date: 1/12/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Mark Herman: Strategy/Tutorial Video

From the EOTS master himself, an opening card hand analysis for the '42 campaign scenario. Part strategy, part tutorial, always informative.
Article ID: 251
Date: 10/25/2012
Poster: Mark D.
Boardgaming Life: 1943 Scenario Strategy

Deep strategy tips, provided by Tom Thornsen for The Boardgaming Life, covering the ultra-competitive 1943 scenario.
Article ID: 267
Date: 11/15/2011
Poster: Mark D.
Grognard Review - Empire of the Sun

Excellent and thorough review written by Mark D., owner of the Grognard.com web site.
Article ID: 239
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
official website

Article ID: 240
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
official rules v2 (PDF file)

Article ID: 241
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
replay

Article ID: 242
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 243
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Q&A

Article ID: 244
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
official errata (Word file)

Article ID: 245
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
FAQ (PDF file)

Article ID: 246
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website

Article ID: 247
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 248
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 249
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
replay

Article ID: 250
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Boardgaming Life: Review