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Spotlight Articles

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

Choosing Napoleonic pocket armies and scales.

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"...I find myself, when looking at Napoleonics, of being in the odd situation of having accumulated three different scales in the unpainted stash to choose from." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, begins his logic in choosing scale and ruleset to focus on. He has a method to his madness: "The process of elimination will simply be to set up a generic scenario and play the various scales through with the various rule sets and just see which gives me the right feel and look that best suits what I am after." But also not ignoring "…what brings the most joy!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 2/1/2023


Another Option for Online Tabletop Gaming with Rally The Troops!

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"Beyond the Vassal’s and the Tabletop Simulator type engine, there’s another option out there...". Ray Garbee checks out Rally the Troops!, a fairly recent option for tabletop style gaming, online. See why Ray concludes “All told, Rally the Troops is a great addition to the tabletop gaming landscape.”

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/30/2023


Examining the Critical Role of WW II Logistics in “War of Supply” – Book Review

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"A reason that the battle of Kasserine Pass came to be in the first place was due to the failure of the logisticians and planners to accurately provide a logistical ‘tail’...". Ray Garbee reviews War of Supply: World War II Allied Logistics in the Mediterranean, by David D. Dworak. Ray finds "...insights into how the logistics services stumbled in North Africa, but picked themselves up and learned from their mistakes."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/23/2023


Operation Barbarossa 1941, games and some reading.

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"...reading the book, hand-in-hand with playing some Barbarossa boardgames would give an experience that would enhance both book and game." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, launches into one of his fascinating projects. This time, while reading Barbarossa - How Hitler Lost the War, he'll be playing games on his shelf related to the campaign. Spoiler alert! Norm points out how, with one title, he's "…never had such an extreme opening."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/16/2023


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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.

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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Pub Dates
Game: Hitler’s Reich: WW2 In Europe
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: Card Conquest System
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Fred Schachter, Mark McLaughlin
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Article Descriptions
Article ID: 10
Date: 1/6/2023
Poster: Doug Holt
A Hitler’s Reich Gaming Experience or “Why a Perfect Plan Isn’t Always Perfect”

"...we wondered if attacking hand size again and again was the one obvious strategy that breaks this game." Ted Bingham and Co-Designer Fred Schachter have a fascinating discussion about Hitler's Reich, and how it resulted in Ted's reassessment of the game. "I then learned what I suspected, but until then didn’t see, which is an important facet in the game’s tight economy...". Which brought him to conclude: "The excitement, the uncertainty, the agony is in every play."
Article ID: 6
Date: 12/14/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
Conquer or Free Europe, Your Choice! – Hitler’s Reich Board Game Review

"The game is very free form and a great deal of fun either solo or multiplayer." Rick Martin reviews GMT Games' Hitler's Reich for Armchair General, giving it a 90% rating. Rick thinks it is a terrific game with "…nearly infinite replay potential…", but with one nagging (but correctable) problem that nets it only a 90% score…
Article ID: 5
Date: 1/18/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
Hitler’s Reich: AAR Using a New Solitaire System “Bot”

Are you ready to take on the solitaire Axis “Bot”? V.P.J. Arponen recounts a dramatic solitaire play of GMT Games' Hitler's Reich, fighting the "Bot" system he has created for the game. Turn 1 sets the pace, when he observes "It looks like my Axis opponent is trying a little bit of a gamble here..."
Article ID: 9
Date: 10/31/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Tearing Apart Hitler’s Reich: The Designers Battle It Out in the Overlord/Bagration Scenario: 1944 Game Set-Up

Designer vs. Designer, the heat is on! Mark McLaughlin recounts his no-holds-barred replay against Fred Schachter of their GMT Games' Hitler's Reich. It's the brutal Overlord/Bagration scenario: both designers take bold gambles, but can't bring the other down, until someone "...picks up two dice, warms them in his hand and throws: snake eyes."
Article ID: 8
Date: 8/26/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
The Many Paths to Victory or Defeat in GMT’s Hitler’s Reich

Go with a standard scenario, or how about a custom one? Designer Mark McLaughlin lays out the challenging ways players can win (or lose) in his GMT Games' Hitler's Reich. Can you achieve a "Sudden Death Victory", or is your fate "Surrender (The Writing is On the Wall)"?
Article ID: 4
Date: 8/17/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Hitler’s Reich — The Reasons Why, and What the Cards Represent

Can you play your cards "in combinations to resolve conflicts quickly, simply and decisively"? Designer Mark McLaughlin offers some fascinating insights into the selection of event cards for his GMT Games' Hitler’s Reich. There's clearly a lot of fun for players as they meet the design goal of "WW2 in Europe for two players in two hours".
Article ID: 3
Date: 7/15/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
70 Minutes to Victory: A Hitler’s Reich Replay with The REAL Game Components

"This was a critical and for me most dangerous development..." Designer Mark McLaughlin describes a fantastic first play of his GMT Games' Hitler's Reich with production components. The game ends on a resounding crescendo when his friend and opponent Max makes a Hitler's rapture attack, “….and a mighty resounding shout of victory was heard throughout the house.”
Article ID: 7
Date: 7/1/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Hitler’s Reich Event Card Art Preview – or How a Real Artist Helps Bring a Design to Life

It's all in the cards! Mark McLaughlin shows off some of the sharp graphics created by GMT Games' Charles Kibler for Hitler’s Reich. How about a "Desperate Gamble" card?!?
Article ID: 2
Date: 4/13/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
WWII in Two (and a half) Hours and then 58 Minutes: Hitler’s Reich AAR’s with a New Player (Part 1)

Leningrad falls in 1943! Fred Schachter recounts an epic game of GMT Games' Hitler's Reich with his friend Max, who is a veteran wargamer, but who unfortunately "... seemed snake bit with his dice rolling."
Article ID: 1
Date: 2/27/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Hitler’s Reich Gets Real – First Look at a More Polished Play-Test Map and Conflict Card Art

What's in the cards!?! Fred Schachter discusses designer Mark McLaughlin’s new GMT Games' Hitler's Reich, a "fast-paced, quick to learn, easy-to-play, strategic game of the European Theater of Operations of World War II". Games events draw heavily on a card-based system intended to keep things dicey. Look out for "special powers" and "sudden-death endings"!