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Part 3. The History of The Avalon Hill Game Company 1971-1977

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Another installment by Legendary Tactics covering the history of The Avalon Hill Game Company (TAHGC). Several classic and enduring titles were published during this period.

Poster: Robert Holifield
Post Date: 5/21/2024

Part 2. The History of The Avalon Hill Game Company 1964-1970

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Legendary Tactics YouTube Channel continues to chronicle the history of Avalon Hill. In Part 2, he looks at the early years of the company, and the growing pains that came along with it.

Poster: Robert Holifield
Post Date: 5/4/2024

Part 1. The Origins of The Avalon Hill Game Company 1952-1963

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The Avalon Hill Game Company is 72 years old this year and time to chronicle the history of Avalon Hill. In Part 1, Origins, we will look at the story of not only the establishment of a game company, but an industry and a hobby. Thanks to Legendary Tactics YouTube Channel for this great series.

Poster: Robert Holifield
Post Date: 4/18/2024

Tributes pour in after death of award-winning veteran wargame designer Dean Essig

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Mike Didymus-True, in BoardGameWire, brings us the sad news of the passing of designer Dean Essig.

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 4/1/2024

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Fast, simple, not expensive, little errata, but only reasonably fun. (War game Review)

In his review on BoardGameGeek, Brendan Whyte first turns a critical eye towards the components and rules and lists their shortcomings. Game play fares better: “…the game is fast and quite fun”. Whyte then goes into comprehensive details covering game mechanics and spares no criticism for the game opponent (AI). His discussion concerning solitaire board games vs solitaire computer games is very interesting.

PE TANG 1900 Q&A with Marco Campari

Some Q & A between myself and Marco Campari, designer of Pe Tang 1900 from Lumaca Games.

PE TANG 1900 Strategy Tips

This is the strategy I developed after playing Pe Tang 1900 from Lumaca Games.

PE TANG 1900 Optional Line of Sight Table

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Game: Old School Tactical


Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Series: Old School Tactical
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Shayne Logan
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OST is the first in a dynamic series of fresh, tactical war games. OST simulates, through an easily-learned game system, small unit engagements on the Eastern Front during 1941-42. Two players contest each scenario using counters representing the soldiers, guns, and vehicles that fought these desperate battles. On each turn play goes back and forth between the sides as Impulse Points are spent to enable a player's forces to act. When the battle is over, casualty and victory points are tallied and a victor is declared.


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Date: 8/30/2023
Poster: Doug Holt
4 Linked Battles at Minsk - Red Blitz OST

"I was very keen to get this to the table and was not disappointed - what a corker of an OST experience." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, takes us through a bloody four-game linked scenario series with this East Front title. Is it a foregone Soviet victory when "...at the start of the Battleground quad, the Germans are already in a serious pickle!"?
Date: 1/4/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Old School Tactical - Noville, Belgium ‘44

"...the scene is set and from the outset we get a sense of drama, which this tactical WWII boardgame system is good at delivering." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has some rule insights and a fun replay of the "The Bigger They Come" scenario from Flying Pig Games' Old School Tactical. In a hot slice of Battle of the Bulge action, the Germans and Americans have desperate moments: "Ouch - that desperate gamble failed."
Date: 7/15/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Campaign files for the OST mini campaign.

"I was left wondering whether the [KV-1] was too dominant...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, concludes his East Front mini campaign using Flying Pig Games' Old School Tactical, and offers a free PDF download so others can play the action. He provides some further insights into balance and playability, and achieving historically validated circumstances: "The campaign becomes more honest when sides have to deal with what they meet, with what they have."
Date: 7/13/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Part 4 (final) OST east front mini campaign

"If there was writing on the wall, it would likely say ‘Quantity has a quality of its own’! We shall see." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, launches into Part 4 of his mini campaign East Front action with Flying Pig Games' Old School Tactical. Is the balance of the engagement beginning to tip? And, "What of that KV-1 that has been such a persistent feature in this campaign?"
Date: 7/10/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Part 3 OST east front mini campaign

"Then comes an early moment of crisis as the Germans roll very low...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, continues his mini campaign East Front action with Flying Pig Games' Old School Tactical. Things are looking rough for the Germans, then their luck seems to turn: "A German rifle section seizes the opportunity to leap to their feet intending to cross the field and attack the broken unit ... but they run straight into a minefield!"
Date: 7/3/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Part 2 OST east front mini campaign

"...the position up ahead had a dug in KV-1, living up to its reputation of being a tough adversary." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, continues his mini campaign East Front skirmish with Flying Pig Games' Old School Tactical. Lots of action here. Who's getting the upper hand? "As the Germans edged into the village, both sides were becoming stretched."
Date: 7/1/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
OST Campaign East Front 1942

"Frantic fighting now starts, with all command focused on this small sector." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, begins a mini campaign game with Flying Pig Games Old School Tactical. Despite this being just the first session, things get interesting quickly: "This local firefight is hanging in the balance, but the KV-1 is holding out and proving a tough nut to crack."
Date: 3/2/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Old School Tactical - Tiger I v T-34 performance

Over time, Battlefields & Warriors blog has looked at several tactical systems from the perspective of Gun / Penetration interpretation using these two vehicles as a benchmark and in this article Norm Smith will be taking Old School Tactical (OST) for a spin...