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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


10 Historical Facts About Avalon Hill

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David Lent, aka “The Centurion”, provides this quick list of factoids concerning the Avalon Hill Game Company, the first of the great hex and counter war game companies.

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 9/4/2021


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

Article Descriptions
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.