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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 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: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: COIN Series
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): VolkoRuhnke, Andrew Ruhnke

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 18
Date: 1/3/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky – Playing The Reconquest of Gaul (53 BC) scenario

"Incredibly close & with such twists of fortunes [as] I have rarely seen." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us an exciting replay of GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. He gives us plenty of illustrations of the action, to include one of which he exclaims: "What a tremendous change of fate!"
Article ID: 15
Date: 5/15/2021
Poster: Mark D.
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.
Article ID: 17
Date: 10/30/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky – Ariovistus – Vassal play, second attempt

"…I dare to say that Germans are much more dangerous opponent then Arverni…". Michal, in The Boardgame Chronicle, has a rousing replay report from GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. Late in the game, the issue is still not decided, so "…feeling that the Winter is close, Caesar decides to gamble and disperse his forces…"!
Article ID: 16
Date: 9/14/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Falling Sky – Ariovistus – Vassal play

Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar by GMT Games applies the COIN system to ancient times. The Boardgames Chronicle uses the Ariovistus expansion to take 1-4 players back to Caesar’s first entry into Gaul, with a Helvetian migration challenging the Aedui and Germanic Tribes pressing close behind.
Article ID: 14
Date: 10/19/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Falling Sky – 52 BC Scenario Again

One more brief replay session with Falling Sky - this time "52 BC Great Revolt" scenario using Vassal. The more I play that game the more I like it and appreciate delicate balance between factions which erupts to full-fledged conflict once the end of game approaches. Session report written for the Boardgames Chronicle web site.
Article ID: 13
Date: 9/2/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky Session Report: “The Great Revolt” Scenario

"...one of the most volatile Falling Sky games I have played so far." Michal, of The Boardgames Chronicle, enjoys a rollicking play of The Great Revolt scenario in GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. Michal goes "…from the enthusiasm of defeating Vercingetorix to the despair of losing half of my army…". So did he win or lose?
Article ID: 12
Date: 7/20/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Falling Sky - Replay of the "The Great Revolt" scenario

"Another exciting scenario in my COIN series favorite game - Falling Sky. Enjoy epic struggle in The Great War (52 BC) set-up!" Review of The Great Revolt (52 BC) scenario by the good folk at Boardgames Chronicle.
Article ID: 11
Date: 2/27/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Falling Sky - Replay

Brief play-through of "Falling Sky", 54 BC – Pax Gallica scenario. Produced by Boardgames Chronicle.
Article ID: 10
Date: 1/29/2017
Poster: Ed Sommers
Falling Sky - Pure Wargaming Goodness (Armchair General)

The intrepid Rick Martin, writing for the "Armchair General" site, has high praise for "Falling Sky" a recent addition to GMT's COIN series...
Article ID: 9
Date: 10/23/2016
Poster: Mark D.
Falling Sky: Live Play-through

"Following up on my VASSAL training session, I met with some other players to take on GMT’s Falling Sky in person. This is the first time I’ve played a COIN game since my one play-through of Andean Abyss a few years ago..." Brief, but nicely illustrated article by Ty Snouffer, culminating in a tepid response to the game. For those of us who don't know Ty personally, let's play "which guy is Ty?" I'm going with the guy in the orange shirt in the right foreground...
Article ID: 8
Date: 9/23/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Why Ariovistus?

"Lock shields and advance!" Volko Ruhnke lays out the challenges for players offered in the Ariovistus expansion to GMT Games' Falling Sky. The period of Caesar's first entry into Gaul presents another fascinating balance of forces/factions, when the "...great, restless Germanic Suebi tribe under Ariovistus posed a realistic possibility of Germanic dominion within eastern Gaul."
Article ID: 7
Date: 6/26/2016
Poster: Mark D.
The Players Aid: Falling Sky Preview

Grant, writing for "The Players Aid" web site, provides an excellent overview of this latest COIN series effort by GMT Games, including many of the new features and differences from previous COIN series games...
Article ID: 6
Date: 3/11/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky: Politics in Gaul

Want to seal a deal with hostages!?! Designer Volko Ruhnke samples some of the random fun his partially card-driven GMT Games Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar can throw at players "to bring political, diplomatic, economic, and other non-military aspects into a wargame without muss." As Caesar described: “In Gaul there are factions, not only in every state and every village and district but practically in each individual household as well." Food for thought?
Article ID: 5
Date: 2/24/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky: Dramatis Personae

"... not the only stalwart of Caesar’s in Gaul who later turned against him on the field of battle..." Volko Ruhnke rolls out fascinating historical insights on the key personalities who figure in his GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. So who all brought forth "demeaning pejoratives" from Caesar?
Article ID: 4
Date: 2/22/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
COIN Series Falling Sky: Belgic Strategy

Belgics: "Your own warriors are second only to the Germans in ferocity..." Volko Ruhnke continues his series of strategy insights for his GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. "You will win by keeping the tribes across Belgica and beyond in revolt..."
Article ID: 3
Date: 2/12/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky: The Gallic Ways of War

Can a "Gallic Shout" derail your opponent's plans? Designer Volko Ruhnke continues the series of strategy insights for his GMT Games' Falling Sky — The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. He discusses eight of 72 possible "event cards" intended to add personality to the game - reinforced with comments from an exasperated Caesar!
Article ID: 2
Date: 2/10/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
COIN Series Falling Sky: Aedui Strategy

Volko Ruhnke continues a series on strategy insights for GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. Take a walk on the Aedui Confederation side, and see how the weakest of the Celtic tribes can still manipulate events!
Article ID: 1
Date: 2/7/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky Tactics: Roman Scout

Can you deal with the Belgics without running afoul of the Germanic hordes? Volko and Andrew Ruhnke show tactics in a replay of their GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. Nice flavor of Caesar’s campaigns in Gaul!