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Spotlight Articles

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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


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

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Grognard Opponents Wanted (10/15/2021)

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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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Game: The Shores of Tripoli
Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Kevin Bertram

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 16
Date: 6/19/2022
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

Game enthusiast Wayne Hansen discusses 6 solitaire games published in 2019-2020 that he enjoyed playing. His video includes components, game play, and his concise reviews. War game players who enjoy solitaire games will want to check out this list including: Ostkrieg: WWII Eastern Front, Space Infantry Resurgence, The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750, Stilicho: Last of the Romans (an update and improvement of The Wars of Marcus Aurelius), Chancellorsville 1863, and The Shores of Tripoli plus others mentioned as runners up. In short, a nice summary of the state of the art of solitaire war games as of 2020.
Article ID: 15
Date: 3/28/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
The Shores of Tripoli by Fort Circle Games

"Another small jewel which you can play quickly, switch sides and play once again. All in one evening!" Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle brings us a review of Fort Circle Games' The Shores of Tripoli, which covers the First Barbary War in which the United States and Sweden sought to suppress state-supported North African piracy. Check out the feature that he considers to be a "…tremendous design advantage and something which makes the game really unique."
Article ID: 14
Date: 10/6/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
The Shores of Tripoli – two very exciting games

"...this is one of the best examples of assymetric design, with both sides having completely different game mechanics and goals." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle brings us a couple of fun replays with Fort Circle Games' The Shores of Tripoli. Two games with two very different outcomes, one concluding where "Frontal assault was left as an only option."
Article ID: 13
Date: 7/22/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
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.
Article ID: 12
Date: 7/22/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
How to Play Shores of Tripoli: Solitaire Rules

Seek Out and Play has produced a series of excellent videos tutorials to help people learn The Shores of Tripoli published by Fort Circle Games. This one covers the solitaire rules for the game.
Article ID: 11
Date: 7/11/2021
Poster: Mark D.
How-To Video by "Seek Out & Play"

How to Play "The Shores of Tripoli". Turn Sequence From my YouTube channel, Seek Out & Play. A short video that describes the turn sequence in "The Shores of Tripoli". The video goes over each element of the turn sequence to help newcomers learn how to play the two-player version of the game.
Article ID: 10
Date: 6/4/2021
Poster: Mark D.
The Shores of Tripoli – Multiplayer mode – First Impressions

Michael at the Boardgames Chronicle says: "I finally had a chance to play Shores of Tripoli in 2-players version – and the great experiences which I had with this title from solo games were reconfirmed. Enjoy the session report as well as my impressions!"
Article ID: 9
Date: 1/16/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli

The Shores of Tripoli published by Fort Circle Games is reviewed by A Wargamers Needful Things and they conclude, "The Shores of Tripoli is a charming game that could fit right in on any gamer's shelf. The mechanics are simple, the game plays fast, and each side offers a unique approach."
Article ID: 8
Date: 12/23/2020
Poster: Mark D.
The Boardgames Chronicle - First Impressions

"The Shores of Tripoli" - a very interesting 2-player wargame, with great cards mechanics and pirates theme. In this article The Boardgames Chronicle explore a very well designed solitaire mode.
Article ID: 7
Date: 12/2/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 5

In their 5th and final installment of their action point series on The Shores of Tripoli published by Fort Circle Games, The Players Aid covers Naval Movement, Naval Combat, Naval Bombardment and Ground Combat.
Article ID: 6
Date: 11/15/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 4

The Shores of Tripoli published by Fort Circle Games is an intriguing look at the war against the Barbary pirates in the early days of our nation. The Players Aid continues their excellent action point series on this game with Action Point 4 which covers the Sequence of Play, Victory Conditions and different actions players can take by discarding the cards.
Article ID: 5
Date: 11/1/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Video Review: The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games

"Shortly after the end of the American Revolutionary War, commercial vessels of the United States were being attacked and raided by the pirates of the Barbary coast in the Mediterranean Sea. In 1801, newly inaugurated President Thomas Jefferson was eager to put an end to this threat and sent a “squadron of observation” to the Mediterranean to deal with the threat. The Shores of Tripoli covers this conflict and does so using a card driven game mechanic that works really well in this instance." The Players Aid gives us a video review of this new game from Fort Circle Games.
Article ID: 4
Date: 10/30/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 3

In Action Point 3 of their continuing series covering The Shores of Tripoli, a simulation of the war against the Barbary Pirates published by Fort Circle Games, The Players Aid covers the cards that drive the action and discusses the interesting Events that ground the game in history.
Article ID: 3
Date: 10/24/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games Preview

Moe's Game Table gives us a preview of a new offering from Fort Circle Games covering the war against the Barbary pirates, The Shores of Tripoli.
Article ID: 2
Date: 10/20/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 2

The Players Aid once again takes us to The Shores of Tripoli in Action Point 2 of their series on this game published by Fort Circle Games. This one covers "the differences between the units of the United States and her Allies, and Tripolitania and her Allies, and how they are used in the game. "
Article ID: 1
Date: 10/8/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 1

The Players Aid takes a look at a game from a relatively new company, Fort Circle Games, that covers an often overlooked conflict in American history, the war against the Barbary pirates. So check out action point one on the new game The Shores of Tripoli.