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Spotlight Articles

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

Seeing the Elephant at Kasserine Pass. “Patton’s Payback: The Battle of El Guettar and Patton’s Rise to Glory”. Book Review

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"...explores a chapter of the US Army’s history that rarely gets much attention...". Ray Garbee reviews Patton's Payback The Battle of El Guettar and General Patton's Rise to Glory by Stephen L. Moore. While Ray has some quibbles about a couple aspects of the book, he nonetheless find an enjoyable read that is "…a good narrative into how combat is a test that separates true warrior leaders from the merely competent administrators."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/4/2022


Reflections on gaming not-Ukraine

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"...in our games the Russian military was far more adroit using [artillery] in a fluid battlespace than seems to be the case in Ukraine." Rex Brynen, in PAXsims, reflects on some semi-recent "not Ukraine" modern wargame exercises, and what light those games shed, or didn't shed, regarding the reality of the current war. For example, in an influence operations exercise, "...what worked looked very much like what has worked for the Ukrainians in the current war, right down to heroic leaders and cute memes."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 4/1/2022


In The Sailor’s Bookshelf, James Stavridis Tackles a Deep Subject – The Sea. Book Review.

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"...If you have any interest in the sea, the books on this list are bound to include several you will want to chase down." Ray Garbee reviews The Sailor's Bookshelf, Fifty Books to Know the Sea, by Adm. James Stavridis, USN (RET.). Check out why he is enthusiastic about a book that "…spans subjects and genres encompassing fiction, history, law, environmentalism and more!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/11/2022


Never Give Up! Never Surrender! The Tin Can Sailors Have Their Finest Hour in ‘The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors’. Book Review

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"At times, the book certainly puts the ‘graphic’ into the graphic novel." Ray Garbee reviews The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary WWII Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour, a visual adaptation of what Ray considers to be the definitive book on the Battle off Samar in the Pacific theater of World War II. He makes clear that this is no lightweight comic book, but rather a powerful retelling of a "…battle should have been the big gun shootout the Navy’s battleship admirals had sought for years."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/2/2022


More Spotlight articles...


Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

Another new feature for Grognard.com, the Gaming Convention calendar will make it a snap to keep up with all the latest gaming conventions in your area. But we need your gaming convention information, so please contribute.



Grognard News

New Grognard.com Management Coming Soon! (6/30/2022)

After about 8.5 years, Mark is finally passing the Grognard.com management torch over to new administrators at the end of June 2022. Please bear with us as we migrate the site to the new servers, and be patient if there are any hiccups along the way. Thanks for supporting the site with your visits for all these years! +Mark

No More Advertisements! (2/1/2022)

As of Feb 1st, there will be no more paid advertisements on Grognard.com, until the new Administrators are established, and decide how they want to handle site visitor support.

Grognard Opponents Wanted (10/15/2021)

Another new feature for Grognard.com, "Opponents Wanted" provides a quick and easy way to locate gaming opponents with similar gaming preferences. Requires site registration.

Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

If you are sponsoring a board gaming convention of some type, or know of one that is not listed on Grognard.com, then please contact us and let us know!

Gaming Clubs/Organziations

New Gaming Clubs/Organizations listing. You can search for existing gaming clubs worldwide.

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.

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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New Management Coming to Grognard.com!

Grognard.com will soon be getting new management. After about 8.5 years, Mark will be passing the torch to new managers/administrators sometime during the month of June 2022. There will be additional communication and information about the new team as the time grows closer.

We will be reaching out to all Grognard.com registered users to confirm that you wish to continue to have access to sections of the site that require registration (i.e. Opponents Wanted, Grognard Challenge, etc.).

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Thanks for supporting Grognard.com with your visits over the years and we hope you'll continue to support this valuable gaming resource. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at Mark @ Grognard.com up until the end of June.

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Pub Dates
Game: Midway
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Larry Pinsky, Lindsley Schutz

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 409
Date: 1/9/2022
Poster: Pat L.
C64 Midway Campaing (sp) [1980, Avalon Hill] - full gameplay, with US win.

In this video play through from Poland, Syntax Error plays this computer version of Avalon Hill’s Midway and wins decisively. The Commodore 64 was an 8 bit microcomputer popular in the early 1980’s. The computer could generate 16 colors, limited graphics, and somewhat sophisticated sounds and music. Avalon Hill published several games for the Commodore 64 including Midway Campaign based on their Midway board war game. The game was nominated for the Charles Roberts Award for Best Computer Game of 1980. War game sounds and graphics have come a long way from 1980!
Article ID: 410
Date: 1/9/2022
Poster: Pat L.
VIC-20 - Midway Campaign (1983)(Avalon Hill)[16k] (Video)

Here is a short video showing the screen display for Avalon Hill’s Midway Campaign for the Commodore Vic-20 computer. The Commodore Vic-20 was an 8 bit microcomputer with 5 KB of internal memory that was popular in the early 1980’s. The computer could display 22 characters per line in color and could generate rudimentary sounds.
Article ID: 408
Date: 11/27/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Battle for Midway (a.k.a. Midway Campaign) Download (1983 Strategy Game)

Avalon Hill published computer versions of many of its games including Midway (as Midway Campaign). Here’s a quick description and a DOS based download that can run under Windows. Home computer graphics and capabilities were primitive in 1983 but the game still has some appeal.
Article ID: 407
Date: 11/21/2021
Poster: Pat L.
TRS-80 Manual: Midway Campaign (1980)(Avalon Hill)

Avalon Hill published computer versions of many of its games including Midway (as Midway Campaign). Archive.org has posted the rules for the Radio Shack TRS-80 computer version of the game. Our thanks go to Archive.org and their Wayback machine for preserving this document.
Article ID: 406
Date: 11/21/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Midway Campaign DOS – 1983 (Midway computer version)

Avalon Hill published computer versions of many of its games including Midway (as Midway Campaign). ”HOTUD” gives a quick review of this game available for download here. Home computer graphics and capabilities were primitive in 1983 but the game still has some appeal. This web site offers versions written for DOS on the personal computer, the Apple II, and for two of the computers from Commodore, the VIC-20 and the Commodore 64. Coders may want to try their hand at enhancements as the programs were written in BASIC!
Article ID: 405
Date: 11/7/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Tabletop Simulator Module for Midway

Steam has added a module for Avalon Hill’s Midway for their Tabletop Simulator. The Tabletop Simulator allows you to make your own online board games or play the thousands of community created modules with players in the Steam community.
Article ID: 404
Date: 10/16/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Midway Campaign by Avalon Hill (Commodore 64 version)

The Commodore 64 was an 8 bit microcomputer popular in the early 1980’s. The computer could generate 16 colors, limited graphics, and somewhat sophisticated sounds and music. Avalon Hill published several games for the Commodore 64 including Midway Campaign based on their Midway board war game. The game was nominated for the Charles Roberts Award for Best Computer Game of 1980. This link allows you to see an emulated Commodore 64 screen and play the game. Our thanks go to Archive.org for preserving this early computer game.
Article ID: 403
Date: 10/10/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Midway (free game kit supplement – zip file)

The Deer Valley Game Company creates “Game Kits” that are supplements to popular war games including Midway from Avalon Hill. Each kit might contain updated maps, counters, player aids, and rules to add variety and new challenges to these classic war games. The kits are free. Scroll down to the World War II section to download the Midway zip file. While there you can also see 2 more Game Kits: one based on variants published in Avalon Hill’s house magazine, The General, and a simpler Kit that lightly tweaks the original Midway game.
Article ID: 402
Date: 10/10/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Midway (Game information)

The Wargame Academy maintains a comprehensive directory of information for older war games. This is their entry for Avalon Hill’s Midway.
Article ID: 401
Date: 9/8/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Midway by Messenger

"How was I going to go about the project of taking Midway and destroying the American carriers?" Prufrock recounts a replay of Avalon Hill's Midway with an old friend. The game has some twists, though "…fortunately for me a bit of skullduggery threw Pat off the scent…". But does that clinch it? "It could have gone either way, and the game was tense throughout."
Article ID: 400
Date: 1/30/2012
Poster: Mark D.
Midway: The Game

Johnny Big Bird aka ostrichjo posted this review of Avalon Hill’s early air/sea battle game. The review includes an overview of the components and game play. Overall, the reviewer rates the game at 6.5 on a scale of 10 noting some problems with the rules and game play but concluding that the game is “…well done and is a forgotten classic.” Interesting comments from five other Midway players follow the review.
Article ID: 399
Date: 1/9/2009
Poster: Mark D.
Blind Man's Bluff with 1,000 lb bombs

Steve Mizuno reminisces about his early war gaming days and posts this positive review of an early Avalon Hill classic. Mizuno praises the game, especially for its having “A beautiful hidden movement system” and he likes how “The force pools and victory conditions are incredibly balanced.” Several commenters chimed in to add to the conversation concerning other games based on the battle of Midway and some of the computer versions of the game.
Article ID: 398
Date: 7/16/2008
Poster: Mark D.
Incredible Victory, Incredible Game

Sean Chick gives a mostly positive review of Midway. While he doesn’t give the game high marks for historical accuracy, the reviewer calls the game “…a simple and fun wargame that can satisfy the itch for carrier combat without being too time consuming.” Unlike other air/sea battle games that stress complexity in search of realism, the reviewer feels that Midway “remains in a comfortable and respectable middle ground”. Commenters added information about tactics and variants.
Article ID: 397
Date: 11/21/2007
Poster: Mark D.
Midway First and Still A Favorite

Seth Owen recounts boyhood days with his first war game, Midway. Comments include expansion modules and variants.
Article ID: 392
Date: 11/20/2007
Poster: Mark D.
Midway Article Index

Here is a list or articles for Midway from Avalon Hill.
Article ID: 393
Date: 11/21/2006
Poster: Mark D.
Midway Variant (Zip file)

The Deer Valley Game Company creates “Game Kits” that are supplements to popular war games including Midway from Avalon Hill. Each kit might contain updated maps, counters, player aids, and rules to add variety and new challenges to these classic war games. The kits are free. This zip file contains variants for Midway published in Avalon Hill’s house magazine, The General.
Article ID: 395
Date: 8/6/2006
Poster: Mark D.
new USN operations cards (PDF files)

mhoyt created these enhanced USN Operations Cards for Avalon Hill's Midway.
Article ID: 396
Date: 8/6/2006
Poster: Mark D.
Enhanced IJN operations cards (PDF files)

mhoyt created these enhanced IJN Operations Cards for Avalon Hill's Midway.
Article ID: 394
Date: 11/20/2005
Poster: Mark D.
Enhanced counters for 'General' variant (Zip file)

The Deer Valley Game Company creates “Game Kits” that are supplements to popular war games including Midway from Avalon Hill. Each kit might contain updated maps, counters, player aids, and rules to add variety and new challenges to these classic war games. The kits are free. This zip file contains enhanced counters for Midway.