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Spotlight Articles

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

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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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.



Grognard News

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

After about 8.5 years, Mark is finally passing the Grognard.com management torch over to new administrators at the end of June 2022. Please bear with us as we migrate the site to the new servers, and be patient if there are any hiccups along the way. Thanks for supporting the site with your visits for all these years! +Mark

No More Advertisements! (2/1/2022)

As of Feb 1st, there will be no more paid advertisements on Grognard.com, until the new Administrators are established, and decide how they want to handle site visitor support.

Grognard Opponents Wanted (10/15/2021)

Another new feature for Grognard.com, "Opponents Wanted" provides a quick and easy way to locate gaming opponents with similar gaming preferences. Requires site registration.

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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Latest Challenge

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New Management Coming to Grognard.com!

Grognard.com will soon be getting new management. After about 8.5 years, Mark will be passing the torch to new managers/administrators sometime during the month of June 2022. There will be additional communication and information about the new team as the time grows closer.

We will be reaching out to all Grognard.com registered users to confirm that you wish to continue to have access to sections of the site that require registration (i.e. Opponents Wanted, Grognard Challenge, etc.).

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Thanks for supporting Grognard.com with your visits over the years and we hope you'll continue to support this valuable gaming resource. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at Mark @ Grognard.com up until the end of June.

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Game: Lost Battles

Publisher: Fifth Column Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/18/2022 4:15:00 AM
Poster:
Pharsalus with SP

"Pompey began with a powerful cavalry attack." Prufrock brings us an action packed replay of Pharsalus using Fifth Column Games' Lost Battles. Check out a "…close-fought, nerve-wracking fight, just as Pharsalus should be."
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/16/2022 4:12:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Strategy Article – Breaking The Line, Holding The Line in C&C: Ancients by BrentS; Part 3

"Why one army might become the defender in the clash of arms is dependent on many things." BrentS, in The Boardgames Chronicle, concludes his series on player strategy with GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients. Check out the game element that is "...yet another example of how Ancients effortlessly models history without labouring it in detail."
Game: HoldFast: Russia 1941-1942

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/15/2022 10:47:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Holdfast: Russia 1941-42 - Game variant

This variant allows a shorter contest ending in February 1942, and adds some judicious rules tweaks to create an even better model of this classic campaign. Created and shared by Philip Sabin.
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 5/15/2022 10:38:00 AM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#1071) for 15-May-2022 and the winners for the last Challenge (#1070).
Game: Ostkrieg: WWII Eastern Front

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/15/2022 8:36:00 AM
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.
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/13/2022 4:16:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Strategy Article – Breaking The Line, Holding The Line in C&C: Ancients by BrentS; Part 2

"A key concept in discussion of the clash of lines is the engagement frontage." BrentS, in The Boardgames Chronicle, continues his series on player strategy with GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients. Playing "...not for certainty but for best probability...", when do you decide that "...moving into this whites-of-their-eyes range may be the right decision given cards held and the stage of the battle."?
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/11/2022 6:08:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Strategy Article – Breaking The Line, Holding The Line in C&C: Ancients by BrentS; Part 1

"C&C:Ancients has a deceptively simple rule set that belies its tactical depth." BrentS, in The Boardgames Chronicle, begins a series on player strategy with GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Ancients. Check out his insights: "In many cases these advantages are minor and incremental but they matter."
Game: Pacific War

Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/9/2022 5:04:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Pacific War Engagement Scenarios – First Impressions & evaluation

"Engagement Scenarios are intended primarily as introductions to the game system." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, offers a nice overview of these components of GMT Games' Pacific War: The Struggle Against Japan, 1941-1945. "I love how Mark Herman leads you in his designs through the learning process."
Game: Illusions of Glory: The Great War on the Eastern Front

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/6/2022 5:02:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
No Quiet On The Eastern Front: An “Illusions of Glory” AAR

"This is either a good hand or a bad hand, depending on how you look at it." Inside GMT Games brings us a turn one AAR by LeftSide playing GMT Games' Illusions of Glory: The Great War on the Eastern Front, a card driven World War I title. Check out the action when the opening Central Powers "…hand is definitely signaling for some German action."
Game: Commands & Colors: Medieval

Series: Commands & Colors
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/2/2022 6:18:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Commands Colors Medieval session reports – Solochon 586 AD

"Historically my side did not give a good performance – my plan was to do better!" Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us a GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Medieval replay. Check out what Michal describes as "…an a-historical carnage!"
Game: A Time for Trumpets: The Battle of the Bulge, December 1944

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/1/2022 10:48:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
A Time for Trumpets - Game Review

Review of GMT's "A Time for Trumpets", written and shared by Mr. Trident.
Game: No Retreat: The Russian Front

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/29/2022 5:45:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Book & Game Pairings from Clio’s Board Games: Russia’s War and No Retreat! The Russian Front

The "...book aims at unshrouding the mystery of the Soviet performance in World War II." Clios Board Games offers an interesting pairing of book, Russia's War, by Richard Overy, and game, GMT Games' No Retreat: The Russian Front. Interesting how both book and game explain and model how Soviet "…use of the forces at their disposal was entirely different in 1944 from what it had been in 1941 – more flexible, more focused, less encumbered by rigid top-down structure."
Game: March on the Drina

Publisher: Princeps Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/27/2022 6:00:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
March on the Drina WWI by Princeps Games

Just as envisioned by Bismarck, a great Europeans war did occur because of "some damned foolish thing in the Balkans". March on the Drina WWI by Princeps Games is reviewed by A Wargamers Needful Things, who states, "The game mechanics of building up your forces or rebuilding them is deceptively deep. So, there is some meat there for grognards to chew on. I think the game is a nice change of pace from playing a really in-depth game with hundreds of counters etc. I believe Princeps Games have done a wonderful job on their first game. It introduces players to a very overlooked part of World War I and does it in a simple and easy way."
Game: Hannibal's Revenge

Series: Card Conquest Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/27/2022 5:20:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Interview with Mark McLaughlin Designer of Hannibal’s Revenge from GMT Games

"Everything from War Elephants, Numidian Cavalry, and Velites to traitors (and traders), seductresses, assassins, scouts, spies and storms." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, interviews designer Mark McLaughlin about his upcoming GMT Games' Hannibal's Revenge, the second game in his Card Conquest System. Mark is out to offer a game that is "…lighter, faster, and quicker to set up and play than most other games on the subject…", aided by his friend and developer, of whom he says "If I am Captain James T. Kirk, then he’s my Spock."
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/25/2022 5:54:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Adrianople Battle (378 AD) as depicted by EPIC C&C Ancients

"Being conscious of the large enemy cavalry contingents on the wings, I immediately attacked in the center." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us a birthday replay of the Adrianople scenario in GMT Games' Commands and Colors: Ancients. How do things go for Michal's Romans? "...as you can see barbarians get some really hot dice this evening!"
Game: Waterloo

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/24/2022 9:10:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Waterloo (custom map and counters)

John Cooper has designed an improved map and counters for this Avalon Hill game published in 1962.
Game: Blitzkrieg

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/24/2022 8:36:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Blitzkrieg

Al Butler presents his description and review of this classic Avalon Hill hex and counters game. He likes the game as an introductory war game but not for experienced war game players.
Game: Risk

Publisher: Parker Brothers
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/24/2022 7:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
The Game of Risk (Web Page)

Randy Rasa has compiled a reference web site for boardgames called Board Game Central. This link is for his page devoted to Risk and includes games for purchase, Risk software, and links for Risk enthusiasts.
Game: I, Napoleon

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Card
Date: 4/22/2022 5:22:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Many Lives of Napoleon Bonaparte

"I wanted players to experience the narrative of Napoleon’s extraordinary life, and also the narratives that could have been." Designer Ted Raicer looks at the sweep of possibilities he needed to consider for his GMT Games' I, Napoleon, which is billed as a card driven historical role-playing game. And the teaser line is appropriately epic: "In all this, Fate will have its say. But so will you. Your destiny awaits. But unlike the actual Bonaparte, if luck or your mistakes deal you a losing hand, you can always try again."
Game: MacGowan & Lombardy's The Great War

Publisher: Lombardy Studios
Game Type: Card
Date: 4/20/2022 4:27:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
A World War I Card Game with Incredible Art and Great Game Play! MacGowan & Lombardy’s The Great War Card Game Review

"...easy to learn but challenging to master...". Rick Martin reviews MacGowan & Lombardy’s The Great War, a card driven World War I title, giving it a 99% rating! Check out a CDG with a bot, of which Rick says there "…are tons of ways that each game can play out depending on the card draws so the replayability is nearly endless."
Game: On to Baghdad: The Campaign in Mesopotamia & Persia, 1914-1918

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/18/2022 5:48:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Opening a New Front Against the Ottomans. “On to Baghdad: The Campaign in Mesopotamia & Persia, 1914-1918”. Board Game Review

"On to Baghdad is most definitely a wargame, but at its core, it is a game about the importance of logistics." Ray Garbee reviews Decision Games' On to Baghdad: The Campaign in Mesopotamia & Persia, 1914-1918, which covers a less known facet of World War I. While the traditional wargame element is fairly basic, logistics and irregular forces add interesting aspects, and then Ray explains the challenge that "…no plan survives contact with the random events table, so you need to plan for the unexpected happening at the worst possible time."
Game: Undaunted: Normandy

Series: Undaunted Series
Publisher: Osprey Games
Game Type: Card
Date: 4/15/2022 10:42:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Back on the horse(s)

"...I succumbed to an artfully placed ad while browsing TheBookDepository and ordered Undaunted Normandy." Prufrock talks painting, and then his initial thoughts about his recently arrived copy of Osprey Games' Undaunted: Normandy. "The first thing you notice is that the components look a lot nicer on the table than they do in photos."
Game: Millennium Wars: Ukraine

Series: Millennium Wars Series
Publisher: One Small Step
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/13/2022 5:09:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Millenium Wars: Ukraine Review

Perspective on the current war? See what the guys at Centurion's Review have to say in their video review of One Small Step's Millennium Wars: Ukraine, which posits a Russian invasion of that country in the early 2000s.
Game: Baltic Empires: The Northern Wars of 1558-1721

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/11/2022 5:36:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Powers of Baltic Empires — Denmark-Norway

"When playing Denmark, it is therefore important to keep all the victory conditions in mind, as your navy and flexible strategic position means every one of them are very plausible paths to victory for you." Designer Brian Asklev concludes his series of articles discussing the five powers of his GMT Games' Baltic Empires: The Northern Wars of 1558-1721, this time covering Denmark-Norway. Check out why "...this rule alone makes it fun to play Denmark..."!
Game: Pax Britannica: The Colonial Era 1880 to the Great War

Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/10/2022 9:32:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Pax Brittania: A Reader's Digest

Reddit has an interest group for Pax Britannica: The Colonial Era 1880 to the Great War moderated by the PrussianSpaceMarine. This link includes the game rules but if you click further you will find a forum, game aids, and variants.
Game: Flank!

Publisher: random amnesiac
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/8/2022 9:58:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Flank!: Battle for Fairfield Game Review (prepublished version)

"Honestly, they acted like little generals." Father Geek reviews random amnesiac's Flank!, an entry-level game with a military flavor. Father Geek's conclusion? "I liked the game and would recommend it to families who are looking to take their Child Geeks to the next level in the board game hobby…".
Game: Lost Battles

Publisher: Fifth Column Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/6/2022 7:38:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Working through prep for 2nd Mantinea

"This is the first time in a couple of years that the battle is one I have armies for, so I'm determined to make the most of it." Prufrock walks us through his planning to play next year's Society of Ancients Battle Day selection, 2nd Mantinea, 362BC, using Fifth Column Games' Lost Battles. He's mostly ready, but his next "...step will be to work out how many figures I have already painted, and how many are in the lead mountain."
Game: Advanced Squad Leader

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/4/2022 10:44:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
FT S9 Cowboys and Indians After Action Report (AAR) Advanced Squad Leader scenario

"My top priority was to prevent the KMC from cutting off my lines of retreat up through the top side of the map." Jackson Kwan, in the Hong Kong Wargamer blog, brings us an intense Korean War AAR from an Advanced Squad Leader scenario. See why he finds this scenario to be "...small and quick enough to not be tedious for the South Koreans and to be nail-bitingly exciting at some points for the North Koreans."
Game: Pax Britannica: The Colonial Era 1880 to the Great War

Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/3/2022 9:12:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Pax Britannica: The Colonial Era 1880 to the Great War (web page)

Enthusiast Mark O’English assembled this web page devoted to this 1985 game designed by Mark Costikyan. The page includes many links from around the internet plus house rules and player aids developed by O’English. Several of the links are broken but archive.org has preserved them. Click this link for: Costikyan’s Pax Britannica web page. Our special thanks go to archive.org for preserving these web pages.
Game: World War 3: 1976-1984

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/31/2022 11:17:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
World War 3: 1976-1984 Errata (pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: The Wilderness Campaign: Lee vs Grant 1864

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/31/2022 11:09:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Wilderness Campaign Game Errata (pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Hetzer Sniper!

Publisher: TSR
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/31/2022 9:11:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Sniper! And Sniper! 2nd Edition Errata (as of 1 Oct ’75), Charts & Tables, and Hetzer Sniper! Errata (Jan 1988) (pdf)

Several Errata lists for Sniper! by courtesy of Decision Games . Errata for Sniper! has small font text and tables. 2nd Edition errata has 2 pages in normal sized text and there is one page of errata for Hetzer Sniper!.
Game: All Bridges Burning: Red Revolt and White Guard in Finland, 1917-1918

Series: COIN
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/30/2022 11:37:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
All Bridges Burning: A 2-Player Variant

"...the two players control the Reds and Senate factions, respectively, the third Moderates faction is controlled by both players, but in alternate turns." VPJ Arponen and Adrian Rubiero present a new two-player variant for GMT Games' All Bridges Burning: Red Revolt and White Guard in Finland, 1917-18. This is a fairly low rules overhead change, but "...some details of some of the [Moderate] actions were changed, mostly in order to stop the players from 'gaming' the system too much."
Game: The Shores of Tripoli

Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/28/2022 4:33:00 AM
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."
Game: War Games

Publisher: Stanley Paul & Co Ltd
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 3/27/2022 12:43:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Ye Olyde School: Donald Featherstone’s War Games through the Ages Series

Scot Cole reviews Featherstone’s comprehensive reference work. The four volume series provides detailed reference information useful for miniatures war game players and designers of games from ancient times to the end of World War II.
Game: Battleground 2: Gettysburg

Series: Battleground Series
Publisher: Talonsoft
Game Type: Computer
Date: 3/26/2022 12:24:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
The Invasion of the North: Opening Moves

Starting with a book discussion, Magnacetaria seques into a discussion of several games based on the battle of Gettysburg. Games discussed include: Avalon Hill’s Gettysburg (1958 edition),(1977 edition), and Roads to Gettysburg; AgeOD’s American Civil War; Ultimate General and Ultimate General Civil War from Game-Labs LLC; The Guns of Gettysburg from Mercury Games; Battleground 2: Gettysburg from TalonSoft; Civil War Generals 2 from Sierra; and Civil War Campaign Gettysburg from HPS Simulations. Quite a list for Gettysburg war game enthusiasts to try.
Game: Undaunted: Normandy

Series: Undaunted Series
Publisher: Osprey Games
Game Type: Card
Date: 3/25/2022 4:22:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Playing Undaunted Normandy with… young adepts of wargaming! Part 1

"Unfortunately, precise fire from Germans suppressed all attackers and things started to look grim for Allies." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings some youngsters into the hobby playing a couple of scenarios from Osprey Games' Undaunted: Normandy. "I love that this game does not over-complicate the rules and is pretty approachable even by younger players…".
Game: Wacht am Rhein: The Battle of the Bulge, 16 Dec 44 – 2 Jan 45

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/24/2022 12:46:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Wacht am Rhein Errata (as of 7 August 1978) (pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Terrible Swift Sword

Series: Great Battles of the American Civil War Series
Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/24/2022 12:24:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Terrible Swift Sword Errata (as of 22 Feb. ’77) (pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Sniper! (2nd Edition)

Publisher: TSR
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/24/2022 9:11:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Sniper! And Sniper! 2nd Edition Errata (as of 1 Oct ’75), Charts & Tables, and Hetzer Sniper! Errata (Jan 1988) (pdf)

Several Errata lists for Sniper! by courtesy of Decision Games . Errata for Sniper! has small font text and tables. 2nd Edition errata has 2 pages in normal sized text and there is one page of errata for Hetzer Sniper!.
Game: Baltic Empires: The Northern Wars of 1558-1721

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/24/2022 7:28:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Powers of Baltic Empires — Poland

"Your National Ambition seems far more manageable than the other powers’ and everyone will fear meeting your cavalry in the field." Designer Brian Asklev continues his series of articles discussing the five powers of his GMT Games' Baltic Empires: The Northern Wars of 1558-1721, this time covering Poland. See why he explains that Prussia is "…essentially a sleeping knife in your back…"!
Game: Baltic Empires: The Northern Wars of 1558-1721

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/21/2022 4:29:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Powers of Baltic Empires — Prussia

"Prussia is the ideal power for the manipulative player type who loves wielding indirect influence and revels in the many options for diplomacy and deal making...". Designer Brian Asklev continues his series of articles discussing the five powers of his GMT Games' Baltic Empires: The Northern Wars of 1558-1721, this time covering Prussia. Check out why Prussia can "...punch far above its weight..."!
Game: Skirmish

Series: American Heritage Series
Publisher: Milton Bradley
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/20/2022 10:33:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Games - American Heritage Games

Michel Russell summarizes his impressions of Milton Bradley’s American Heritage series of war games including: Battle-Cry, Broadside, Dogfight, and Hit the Beach published between 1961 and 1965. Russell doesn’t mention Skirmish, the American Revolution based game in the series, published in 1975.
Game: Day of Days: The Invasion of Normandy 1944

Series: Standard Combat Series
Publisher: Multi-Man Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/20/2022 10:06:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Day of Days Review (video)

TheGimpyGamer describes game mechanics and reviews this “game of games”. Calling the game “multiple games in a single game box”, his only quibble concerns the format of the game aids in this mostly positive review. This monster game is part of Multi-Man Publishing’s Standard Combat Series of games. Click here to see Multi-Man’s resource page for this series at gamersarchive.net where you can find updated rules and errata.
Game: Day of Days: The Invasion of Normandy 1944

Series: Standard Combat Series
Publisher: Multi-Man Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/20/2022 8:50:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Day of Days: The Invasion of Normandy 1944

Here is a module at the VASSAL web site for Multi-Man Publishing’s Day of Days: The Invasion of Normandy 1944. VASSAL is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games and card games. A growing list of game Modules is available at the web site and at web sites for some game publishers. Players can play solitaire off-line, play live on the Internet or play by email. Vassal runs on all platforms, and is free, open-source software.
Game: Day of Days: The Invasion of Normandy 1944

Series: Standard Combat Series
Publisher: Multi-Man Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/20/2022 8:43:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Day of Days: Play Sequence by Turn (pdf)

Multi-Man’s Day of Days features a complex turn sequence that varies by game turn. Here is a player aid that spells out the sequence for each game turn courtesy of the gamersarchive.net.
Game: War Games

Publisher: Stanley Paul & Co Ltd
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 3/20/2022 8:37:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Model Battlefield Pathe Newsreel (video)

Mark Man, in his Man of Tin miniatures war game blog, unearthed this newsreel from World War II showing miniature use by the British army. Mark got the tip from Donald Featherstone who was stationed where the movie was shot.
Game: Baltic Empires: The Northern Wars of 1558-1721

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/18/2022 4:25:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Powers of Baltic Empires — Russia

"...the eastern part of the board is likely to see lots of conniving alliance building, destructive warfare, and frustration on all sides." Designer Brian Asklev continues his series of articles discussing the five powers of his GMT Games' Baltic Empires: The Northern Wars of 1558-1721, this time focusing on Russia. Check out why he explains that, for Russia, "…offense in many cases is your best defense…".
Game: Swords & Sorcery: Quest and Conquest in the Age of Magic

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/17/2022 12:13:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Swords and Sorcery Errata (as of December 1978) (pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Sniper!

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/17/2022 8:09:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Sniper! And Sniper! 2nd Edition Errata (as of 1 Oct ’75), Charts & Tables, and Hetzer Sniper! Errata (Jan 1988) (pdf)

Several Errata lists for Sniper! by courtesy of Decision Games . Errata for Sniper! has small font text and tables. 2nd Edition errata has 2 pages in normal sized text and there is one page of errata for Hetzer Sniper!.