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Spotlight Articles

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

Generic multi-period scenario creation

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"The whole point of doing this is that I get something of a fast play ‘throw down’ game...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields and Warriors is creating the first of an intended four scenario setups usable over differing eras. Check out how Norm crafts his set up (with pictures) for a meeting engagement where "...victory will be based upon the capture of the bridge."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/21/2022

Havel: Wargaming the information environment

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"...how do you know your roleplay citizens will act like the real thing?" Rex Brynen, in PaxSims, discusses a series of "information and influence wargames" run by NATO last year. Check out Rex's thoughts on the results, and why "…much of it would have been recognizable to the propagandists of WW2—or diplomats, advertising executives, and political party strategists today."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/16/2022

1944 - Henri’s Farm

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"…3 Panthers have just entered the scene, intending to move to the ploughed fields to dominate the open views to their front!" Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, brings us a "quick throw down scenario" to test some of his own rules. Check out the pictures and the action after "The Panthers probe forwards threatening the British infantry..."

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

War and Peace – the Digital Version

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"Digital version with fog of war and cross-platform multi-player under development." Avalon Digital has an ongoing Kickstarter campaign for a computer version of Mark McLaughlin's classic War & Peace. The campaign could also involve a seventh edition reprint of the game.

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/7/2022

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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.

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Grognard Opponents Wanted (9/14/2022)

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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

Now you can search for specific games (or games by publisher) using the new Game Search feature, located at the top right corner of the this page. In addition you can now harness the power of Google to search the entire Grognard.com site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of Grognard.com" and click magnifying glass button. Search features will continue to be improved and enhanced going forward so check back often to see the latest stuff.

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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Game Articles


Pub Dates
Game: Tactics II
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Charles S. Roberts

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 47
Date: 7/3/2022
Poster: Pat L.
War & Pieces - Tactics II with Rob Oren (video)

Rob Oren takes a close look at Tactics II from 1958. This is a nice introduction to war game principles for new players.
Article ID: 46
Date: 6/12/2022
Poster: Pat L.
War and Pieces Live Rob Plays Tactics II (video)

Rob Oren posts videos and live streams on YouTube.com with his War in Pieces series. In this video, Rob tries an overly aggressive strategy (with disastrous results) for the red team in this vintage war game. Viewers chime in with comments and Rob hosts his live stream meeting at the end of the video.
Article ID: 42
Date: 9/12/2021
Poster: Mark D.
Tactics II: The first and most misunderstood Wargame

Here is something special. Michael Ziegler defends the reputation of Tactics II, one of the earliest games that started the late 20th Century war gaming hobby. The bulk of his review is a discussion of his best strategies and his preference for the rules used in the earlier editions of this game, especially for tournament play. There follows a spirited discussion from commenter Tom Arizona defending and preferring the rules from the later edition of the game! The conversation then turns to house rules from commenters Scott Taylor and Rexis (in Texas) that address the shortcomings in the rules previously discussed! Check out this great conversation among veteran war gamers.
Article ID: 45
Date: 9/11/2021
Poster: Pat L.
State of the Art of War (Games)

From a most unusual web site, Gideon Marcus posts a review from 1964(?!) that discusses several of the Avalon Hill games from the 1950’s and 60’s. Games reviewed include Tactics II, D-Day, and Afrika Korps. Pretend it’s 1964 and wargaming is the newest thing on the block.
Article ID: 44
Date: 9/4/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Tactics II Rules

Here are scanned rules for this classic war game courtesy of Julie Buse.
Article ID: 43
Date: 9/4/2021
Poster: Pat L.
#UnboxingDay – Where it all started – TACTICS II

RMN on the Armchair Dragoons blog presents an illustrated description of this classic pre-cursor to hex and counter war games. Grognards will certainly enjoy his comments.
Article ID: 41
Date: 9/12/2004
Poster: Mark D.
TACTICS II (Avalon Hill Company, 1961 and 1973) (Game Review)

J. McKinley reminisces years after playing Tactics II. McKinley describes the components, game play, and strategy and compares the 1961 and 1973 editions of the game. While he maintains that the game is simplistic, he also acknowledges the value of the game to the burgeoning war gaming hobby.
Article ID: 40
Date: 9/12/2003
Poster: Mark D.
Tactics II Q&A

Andrew Webber compiled this list of questions and answers for Tactics II.
Article ID: 39
Date: 9/12/2002
Poster: Mark D.
Early AH Liner Notes and Catalog

David S. Bieksza transcribed this promotional material from Avalon Hill. The text reflects Avalon Hill’s challenge: promoting a new type of game play now known as war gaming.
Article ID: 38
Date: 9/12/2001
Poster: Mark D.
Article Index

Here’s an article index deep within the Web Grognard’s Archives pages.