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The American Revolution, Naval Power, and the 21st Century

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"The Battle of Valcour Island was not the battle the Royal Navy officers and their army counterparts had prepared for." BJ Armstrong reviews Valcour: The 1776 Campaign That Saved the Cause of Liberty, by Jack Kelly, which covers how the struggle for Lake Champlain impacted the early Revolutionary war. Check out BJ's strong case for why we should "…remember that the American War for Independence was a naval war.", and why key considerations of the campaign remain important in our own century.

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/2/2021


Shevardino 1812

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"...strategically, Bagration's tactical 'mistake' may have actually saved the Russian army, and ultimately Russia." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another insightful review, this time looking at Shevardino, the prelude to Borodino. As always, Jeff examines questions that may not have gotten enough historical consideration, for example, the fact that "…this was still summer, and Napoleon's force was already far below normal attrition numbers for other campaigns."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/28/2021


In Memoriam: John Tiller

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John Tiller played a significant role as a war game designer who brought hex and counter war games to the computer screen. Mitch Reed traces Tiller’s career from the 1990’s onward with illustrated examples from Tiller’s creations. Tiller’s games are available from Matrix, Slitherine, HPS Simulations, and John Tiller Software.

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 7/24/2021


Interview with designer Hermann Luttmann about his upcoming cooperative game The Plum Island Horror

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Rob's Tabletop World interviews Designer: Hermann Luttmann about his upcoming 1-4 player, cooperative game design for GMT Games covering a little-known government island facility just off of Long Island New York, known for its highly secretive controversial infectious disease research. The Plum Island Horror is a throwback to old-fashioned 1950s horror movies and asks the question, "what could go wrong?!".

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 7/18/2021


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How to Play Shores of Tripoli: Naval Combat

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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

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Pub Dates
Game: Thunder in the East - GMT
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: ETO Series
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Frank Chadwick

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 7
Date: 6/30/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
TITE’s Interesting Turn, Part IV: A Campaign Game Spring ’43 Turn for the History Books!

"The Axis defenses in the south were good… perhaps too good." Alan Emrich offers the fourth and final installment of an intense game turn in Frank Chadwick’s ETO Project. See how things play out as the Soviets follow their strategy of forcing "… the Axis to abandon (or at least hollow out) their 'Donets Wall' by creating an Axis crisis elsewhere – a crisis of sufficient magnitude to strip away Donets Wall units to put out fires in other, more threatened sectors."
Article ID: 6
Date: 6/18/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
TITE’s Interesting Turn, Part III: A Campaign Game Spring ’43 Turn for the History Books!

"And there it was… a gaping hole… Axis Motorized units poised to go crazy…" Alan Emrich offers the third installment of a a wild game turn in Frank Chadwick’s ETO Project. Check out the action as the Russians try to handle this hot potato: "Honestly, with the last Soviet Reserves committed, who could stop this Breakthrough?"
Article ID: 5
Date: 6/2/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
TITE’s Interesting Turn, Part II: A Campaign Game Spring ’43 Turn for the History Books!

"...the Axis made a series of daring (risky odds) counterattacks, rolled boldly, and achieved results that, effectively, put Stalin’s genie back in the bottle...". Alan Emrich brings the second installment of an intense game turn in Frank Chadwick’s ETO Project. In more dramatic action, the Germans are seeking to take the initiative. Can they do it? "Back at OKW, expectations rose after news of the surprise achieved by the German airdrop…".
Article ID: 4
Date: 5/19/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
May 2021 ETO Project Update and TITE’s Interesting Turn, Part I

"Now for a special treat. Our friends at GMT would like to showcase for your reading pleasure a 'rattling good yarn' from the ETO project website...". Alan Emrich brings the first installment of a replay "…game turn that wargamers long remember…" in Frank Chadwick’s ETO Project. It is the spring of '43, and "…the Axis planned to unleash all they possess…"!
Article ID: 3
Date: 2/21/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Back to the USSR! Frank Chadwick’s Thunder in the East. Tabletop Game Review

"To paraphrase Michael Corleone, ‘Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in’." Ray Garbee reviews Frank Chadwick’s GMT Games' Thunder in the East Russian front game. Ray is pulled back in by finding a lot to like, leading him to comment "The box was chock full of gaming goodness, almost bursting at the seams."
Article ID: 2
Date: 9/20/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Frank Chadwick’s ETO Series: Super-Massive-Project-Update-ex-pi-a-li-do-cious

"Boy has this project come a long way since those first 'blue sky' discussions!" Alan Emrich offers some inside perspective on Frank Chadwick's ETO Series: past, present and, most intriguingly, future plans! All driven by the goal of creating "…a classic 'panzer pusher' series that fits wargamers very comfortably..."
Article ID: 1
Date: 7/22/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Welcome to Frank Chadwick’s ETO Series Team!

"...the opportunity to work with Frank and Alan on a longer-term series project is definitely something that’s been on my personal bucket list...". Gene Billingsley has a surprise announcement regarding Thunder in the East, which will now be available from GMT Games! Get the details (including limited time special pricing) straight from Gene: "…here’s what you can expect from us and from Frank and Alan’s team over the coming months:"