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Spotlight Articles

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

On the Origins of the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet. Book Review.

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"The discourse surrounding fleets deployed in support of a global empire is as valid today as it was at the start of the 20th Century." Ray Garbee reviews Genesis of the Grand Fleet: The Admiralty, Germany, and the Home Fleet, 1896–1914, by Christopher Buckey. Ray finds a book that offers solid insights "...as it details how the government – specifically the Admiralty – had to wrestle with Fredrick the Great’s maxim of 'He who defends everything, defends nothing'."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 10/8/2021


Confronting Chaos: a New Concept for Information Advantage

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"...although American teams lose wargames all the time, this is, in fact, a very big deal." Chris Dougherty explains his concerns about how three decades of Pentagon war planning have "…assumed U.S. forces could achieve information dominance in a great-power conflict, akin to what the American military attained during the 1991 Gulf War. That assumption is fatally flawed."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/17/2021


The Return of Great Power Proxy Wars

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"If the United States fights with China or Russia, what type of war will it be?" Frank Hoffman and Andrew Orner, in War on the Rocks, make the argument that proxy wars are likely to again become a preferred tool of statecraft. "Proxy conflicts are, after all, the ultimate indirect approach."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/10/2021


WotR - Recruiting continues

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"...the herald is such a splendid figure, that Lord Cobham insisted on him joining the ranks!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, gives us a figures and painting update for his Wars of the Roses collection. Check out more of Norm's excellent miniatures work. And perhaps there is some action coming: "…I hear there are rumblings in the Parish of Piggy Longton, something to do with the Bishop of Dungborough recruiting for The King - what could possibly go wrong there!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/6/2021


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Gaming Conventions

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If you belong to a gaming club, or know of one, please drop us a line and let us know so we can get it listed on Grognard.com!

New Search Features

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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.

How to Play Shores of Tripoli: Naval Combat

The Shores of Tripoli, published by Fort Circle Games, is a great game to introduce someone to the hobby.Seek Out and Play has produced a series of excellent videos tutorials to help people learn the game and start playing quickly. In this video, they teach you how naval combat works.

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: Here I Stand
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Ed Beach

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 245
Date: 9/21/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Playing a full, 6-players game – Here I Stand

With the onset of the current pandemic, our wargame group was forced to play online, and during this time, I was introduced to the wonderful game of Here I Stand published by GMT Games. Each nation has somewhat asymmetric victory conditions, yet there is an enormous amount of conflict in an era that I was less familiar. The Boardgames Chronicle gives us this replay session to help you better understand the different strategies available.
Article ID: 244
Date: 5/31/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
AAR: Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation, 1517-1555 (500th Anniversary Edition) from GMT Games – Turn 3

The Players Aid continues turn 3 of their game of Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation, 1517-1555 published by GMT Games. Based on the following I can only assume that they really love this game! “The New World went swimmingly, as both my explorer and my colony were successful. I’ve racked up some decent VPs from this, which will help to offset the lack of anything coming from the formation of Schmalkaldic League, which will happen next turn at some point. So, all is looking very interesting. I have a 1 point VP lead as the Hapsburgs, so I know people are looking to gang up on me as the leader, and those stacks of French and English troops are a little disconcerting. But that’s what makes this game so fascinating. When the diplomacy phase is declared and the inboxes fill up, it’s always an exhilarating and tense feeling. How much do I give away, who do I treat with, how will others react? Does it even matter? Can I forge my own path to victory?
Article ID: 243
Date: 5/18/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
AAR: Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation, 1517-1555 (500th Anniversary Edition) from GMT Games – Turn 2

"Just concluded Turn 2, Clement VII passed away, and much of the game was very cagey, and quite static. The English have a diplomatic marriage which they’re hanging over the French head. This is keeping those two at bay, and whilst time ticks along the French are looking further afield for VPs. I’m hoping to keep them on my side, militarily speaking, for as long as possible to focus all my resources east. Once the Ottomans are crushed then the Europeans are free to tear each other apart. " And so begins the Players Aid reporting of their recent game of GMT Games’ simulation of the Reformation, Here I Stand.
Article ID: 242
Date: 5/13/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Here I Stand

The Boardgames Chronicle brings us a three-person replay of the GMT Games simulation of the Reformation, Here I Stand. They conclude “It was so tremendously exciting and close game. And it is such a wonderful design – the game is really deep and I could play it whenever I have companions to do it. The good thing is that even after disaster or defeat your country can recover and your former enemies will ally you just to take down the leader. What a great game! I just hope to play more once lockdown is completed.”
Article ID: 241
Date: 5/8/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
AAR: Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation, 1517-1555 (500th Anniversary Edition) from GMT Games – Turn 1

Here I Stand, a game on the Reformation by GMT Games is a card driven simulation of a turbulent era religious history. It presents unique challenges derived from asymmetrical Victory conditions requiring players to devise their own unique strategy to win. The Players Aid begins the first turn in a replay series of the game.
Article ID: 240
Date: 4/25/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Playing a full, 6-players game – Here I Stand

The Boardgames Chronicle takes us back to the Reformation with a session report of their most recent six player game of GMT’s Here I Stand. I have always found this game fascinating due to its asymmetrical Victory conditions for each side. The players conclude, “It was really exciting and interesting game. Situation changed multiple times, and who knows what would happen in turn 4? Definitely, we would love to play again HIS – which is a fantastic game – especially as it is really about politics/negotiations where army is only mean to success. And we can’t wait to see how situation will develop in later turns, with new cards, counter-reformation, etc.”
Article ID: 239
Date: 2/9/2020
Poster: Mark D.
Here I Stand - Replay

Video: Battle Report for "Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation 1517-1555" from GMT Games. Produced and shared by The Players' Aid blog.
Article ID: 238
Date: 7/28/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Games-Strategy and Tactics: Strategy Article

Brief strategy article addressing the possibility of attacking and defeating Scotland on the first turn.
Article ID: 237
Date: 3/23/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Games-Strategy and Tactics: Turn 1 Strategy

You have to love a good strategy article, particularly about a deep game like 'Here I Stand'. And that's exactly what we got from Chance Folmer at the 'Games-Strategy and Tactics' Blog. There's also an 'Overview' strategy piece on the site as well.
Article ID: 236
Date: 3/7/2014
Poster: Mark D.
C3I Ops Center: Player Aid (Learn in 20 Minutes)

"Here I Stand" is one of those games that require an extra bit of effort before a player fully "gets it". Fortunately for us, designer Ed Beach created a player aid titled "Learning Here I Stand in 20 Minutes or Less", which smooths the process of learning the game, and C3I Ops Center, another great gaming site, has published it as a PDF (see link above). "Here I Stand" neophytes need to read this first.
Article ID: 235
Date: 1/26/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Shut Up and Sit Down: Review

Interesting written review format.
Article ID: 217
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Website

Article ID: 218
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review

Article ID: 219
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review (in Portuguese)

Article ID: 220
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Website

Article ID: 221
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Spanish translation of tables 1

Article ID: 222
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Spanish translation of tables 2

Article ID: 223
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Spanish translation of tables 3

Article ID: 224
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Spanish translation of cards 1-45

Article ID: 225
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Spanish translation of cards 46-99

Article ID: 226
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Spanish translation of cards 100-218

Article ID: 227
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Replay

Article ID: 228
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
errata and FAQ Sept 1 2009

Article ID: 229
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review of 2-player version

Article ID: 230
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
player aid booklets (zipped files)

Article ID: 231
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
rules for official two-player variant (PDF file)

Article ID: 232
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
2010 Printing Rules

Article ID: 233
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Replay

Article ID: 234
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review