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.



Gaming Clubs/Organizations

Gaming Clubs and Organizations

Please check out our new (and growing) database of gaming clubs and organizations world-wide. Please let us know of your gaming club, or any other clubs that you know about so we can make this a truly useful resource.



Spotlight Articles

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

A Comprehensive List of Things to do While in Isolation.

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"Sadly, as much as we would like to, we can't spend all that time painting, gaming, and reading up on armies and battles old and new. It would get boring." Prufrock comes to the rescue! Acknowledging that at least some of us may have limits with unlimited wargaming time, he offers some tongue-in-cheek possibilities to balance things out. That includes expanding the hobby: "…smuggly extol the virtues of a hobby that has already accustomed you to long periods of time alone and exacerbated anti-social tendencies that some are only now coming to comprehend."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/27/2020


A tale of two tank platoons.

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"...the new recruits must quickly learn their craft if they are to survive the initiation of battle." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, is "mixing it up" by rerunning a German/Soviet armor clash with different governing rules, and then again with some additional mods. As always, good storytelling and insights: "The mods made the second game much more interesting than the first…".

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/23/2020


“Flattening the Curve” COVID-19 matrix game

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"From deep in his secret social distancing bunker at an undisclosed but secure location…". Rex Brynen, in PAXsims, discusses a matrix game focused on the pandemic, Flattening the Curve. A sign of our unfortunate times…

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/20/2020


Moe's Game Table Interviews John Kranz

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Continuing his quest to interview every game designer of any note, Moe, of Moe's Game Table fame, had a chance to sit and chat with John Kranz at the first Consimworld Expo Dallas Convention that he began this year. John shares some insight into both the Dallas and Tempe conventions as well as the multiple hats he wears with all of his responsibilities with Consimworld and Compass Games. Including a discussion about numerous titles that are headed our way from Compass Games...

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 3/17/2020


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Grognard News

Grognard Game Plan

New Grognard Game Plan application is a free tool provided to registered Grognard.com site visitors to help organize convention play and other gaming sessions.

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.

French "Low Density" Blues in Ici c'est la France!

Brief strategy article written by Mark D. that explains the concept of "Troop Density" and examines how that level can have a big impact on French and FLN play in the early stages of the game. Ici c'est la France! was designed by Kim Kanger and published by Legion Wargames in 2009. Outstanding game!

Alone Against the Soviets

Brief review of VentoNuovo's title "Stalingrad: Inferno on the Volga" shared by Mark D. for Grognard.com. Discusses the game mechanics that provide the game with the Stalingrad "feel"...

Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War - Now on BGG!

Got the BGG listing for Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War approved and published! Playtesting is proceeding. Still working on better counters...

Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War - First draft of rules completed

Grognard Enterprises (Grognard.com) first game will be Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War which covers Operation Iraqi Freedom from June of 2003 through the end of 2012 the latest (the game can end earlier). Designed and created by Mark D'Agosta.

10/15/2018 - First draft of the rules is completed. All charts and tables are complete. Map is 75% done. Working on the counters...

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Game: Red Flag Over Paris

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/8/2020 6:52:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Interview with Fred Serval Designer of Red Flag Over Paris: 1871, The Rise and Fall of the Paris Commune from GMT Games

"The Versailles player needs to win on the military front to win the game, and the Commune player should focus on the Political aspect of the conflict." Grant Kleinhenz interviews designer Fred Serval about his upcoming GMT Games' Red Flag Over Paris: 1871, The Rise and Fall of the Paris Commune. Sounds like Fred is putting plenty of historical fascination into the game. In other words, he gets it: "...nothing [is] as powerful as having the facts laid out in front of you and asking yourself, 'what should I do now?'. You just can’t beat that."
Game: The Great Crisis of Frederick II

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/7/2020 3:59:00 PM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Bare Bones Wargaming:A Review of The Great Crisis of Frederick II

This new incarnation of Frederick the Great: A Dangerous Time has been republished as The Great Crisis of Frederick II by VUCA Simulations . Tim Korchnoi at Bare Bones Wargaming gives his always energetic review.
Game: World in Flames

Publisher: Australian Design Group
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/7/2020 2:59:00 PM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Guest Post: A World War on a Dining Room Table – A Review of World in Flames from Australian Design Group

World in Flames published by Australian Design Group has been a game I have wanted to play for many years but could never find enough people willing to invest the time to learn the game. Through many iterations, it has stood the test of time and seems to be an exciting and challenging strategic World War II game. The Player Aid brings us a nice review of World of Flames from a guest reviewer Francisco.
Game: Peloponnesian War

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/6/2020 7:02:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
A New Wargamer’s Insights and Impressions from Peloponnesian War

"...the game doesn’t really make it clear what you SHOULD be doing...". David Wiley offers an interesting list of insights he gained while learning his way into the GMT Games version of Mark Herman's Peloponnesian War. See how David's persistence pays off as he gets to the point where "Equipped with those three revelations, I had a much better time…"!
Game: Campaigns of 1777

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/6/2020 3:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Review Video: Campaigns of 1777 in Strategy & Tactics #316 from Decision Games

Campaigns of 1777 is a two-player, point to point wargame published by Decision Games in which you command the Patriots or the British in the northern Colonies during 1777, the critical year in the American War for Independence. The Players Aid says there is alot to like about this Harold Buchanan design.
Game: France 1944: The Allied Crusade In Europe Designer Signature Edition

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/6/2020 2:59:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
France 1944: The Allied Crusade In Europe: The Designer Signature Edition by Compass Games

Compass Games republished this Mark Herman classic, France 1944: The Allied Crusade In Europe, originally produced by Victory Games. A Wargamers Needful Things reviews what's changed in this newer version.
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 4/5/2020 2:50:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#963) for 5-Apr-2020 and the winners for the last Challenge (#962).
Game: Lock 'n Load Digital

Series: Lock 'n Load Tactical Series
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Game Type: Computer
Date: 4/5/2020 7:59:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Lock 'n Load Tactical Digital Preview

In this time of social distancing, gaming via computer seems to be one of the few outlets for wargaming. Fortunately for fans of tactical warfare, Mark Walker's Lock 'N Load series is now digital courtesy of LNL Publishing. Watch this preview from Moe's Game Table.
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/5/2020 7:55:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea – Greeks & Persians scenario

I haven't tried this GMT Games offering yet but Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea seems to be a very popular game right now. The Boardgames Chronicle replays for us the Greeks & Persians scenario.
Game: Battle for Russia: Operation Barbarossa June-Dec 1941

Publisher: Quarterdeck International
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/4/2020 4:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
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.
Game: Peloponnesian War

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/4/2020 3:58:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
A New Wargamer’s Insights and Impressions from Peloponnesian War

David Wiley at Inisde GMT gives us his insights about GMT's Peloponnesian War from the view of a new wargamer.
Game: Jaws of Victory

Publisher: New England Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/4/2020 3:55:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
The Jaws of Victory from New England Simulations

Jaws of Victory by New England Simulations is a 2-map simulation of the January-February 1944 battle of the Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket that took place in the Ukraine. It’s a classic pincer movement by two Soviet Armies that pocketed two German Korps. The Combat system is similar to Killing Ground. Moe's Game Table gives us a quick overview of the game.
Game: Red Typhoon: The Soviet Winter Counter-Offensive, 1942

Publisher: Revolution Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/4/2020 3:46:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Red Typhoon - East front 1942

"This was a really enjoyable game, with a variety of things going on at the local level that kept the game dynamic and fresh...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, enjoys a round with his copy of Revolution Games' Red Typhoon - The Soviet Winter Counteroffensive, 1942. Check out why Norm is impressed enough to comment that "For a 5 page rule set, this game is doing a lot."
Game: A Frozen Hell

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/3/2020 10:55:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
A Frozen Hell Intro WWII

A Frozen Hell by Multiman Publishing is another entry in their fine tactical WW II series and covers the interim period of warfare between the World Wars. It simulates the 1939 Battle of Tolvajärvi of the Russo-Finnish War, when the Soviet Union invaded Finland precipitating the Winter War. The Big Board discusses the updated rules set for this game.
Game: Antietam: September 17, 1862

Publisher: Worthington Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/3/2020 10:53:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Antietam Septmber 17, 1862 by Worthington Publishing

Still the bloodiest single day for American casualties, the battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg if you are from down south) is considered by many to be the turning point of the American Civil war. Shortly thereafter, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation putting the war on a higher moral plane. A Wargamers Needful Things reviews the latest take on the battle, Antietam: September 17, 1862 by Worthington Games.
Game: House of Normandy

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/2/2020 10:55:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
House of Normandy: The BoardgamingLife Review - A Look at Hollandspiele’s Game of ‘The Anarchy’ in the UK

Paul Comben reporting for TheBoardgaminglife.com reviews Hollandspiele's second game in the SHIELDS & SWORDS II series, House of Normandy designed by Tom Russell. Paul finds that "House of Normandy is a massively fun and thoroughly unfussy game".
Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach.

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Card
Date: 4/2/2020 10:53:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
D-Day at Omaha Beach – “Easy Fox” scenario

Solitaire games are making a life of social distancing a little more tolerable. The Boardgames Chronicle brings us this replay of the Easy Fox scenario of Decision Games' solitaire game D-Day at Omaha Beach.
Game: Barbarians at the Gates: The Decline and Fall of the Western Roman Empire 337-476

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/1/2020 6:18:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Interview with Kris Van Beurden Designer of Barbarians at the Gates: The Decline and Fall of the Western Roman Empire 337 – 476 from Compass Games

"It felt important to me that at moments, the Barbarian tribes on the border would be ignored by the Roman player (being busy with instrife)...". Grant Kleinhenz interviews designer Kris Van Beurden about his upcoming Compass Games' Barbarians at the Gates: The Decline and Fall of the Western Roman Empire 337-476. Kris covers game mechanics and offers some good insights, like how the barbarian player should "…find ways of utilizing his tribes to threaten multiple places along the border, forcing the Roman player to divide his attention."
Game: Austerlitz 1805

Series: Eagles Series
Publisher: Hexasim
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/31/2020 5:55:00 AM
Poster:
Austerlitz 1805 from Hexasim

GIlbert Collins discusses Austerlitz 1805 Rising Eagles from Hexasim, the second volume of the Eagles series. Following on from Fallen Eagles (The Battle of Waterloo), Rising Eagles covers another of history’s most famous battles - Austerlitz. Game scale is regiment level for units, 250m per hex and one hour of real time per turn. The map has been produced by the combined efforts of Rick Barber (topography) and Sebastien Brunel (graphics, as in Fallen Eagles).
Game: Battles of the American Civil War series

Series: Battles of the American Civil War Series
Publisher: LPD Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/30/2020 12:50:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Cyberboard Gamebox Module for the Battles of the American Civil War Series

Lawrence Duffield, designer of the Battles of the American Civil War Series for LPD Games, has added Cyberboard gameboxes for all of the games in the series. Cyberboard is a Windows game engine, created by Dale Larson, for building and playing online adaptations of board games and war games via Play By EMail (PBEM). The files that are created/used for each individual game title are known as 'gameboxes'. Cyberboard is very popular amongst wargamers for PBEM. Compared to the other PBEM game engines, creating Cyberboard 'gameboxes' is more involved than for ZunTzu, but less technical than for Vassal. The games in this series include: Battle of Gettysburg, Across the Wide Missouri, Grant’s Early Battles, and the Battle of Honey Springs.
Game: The Bear and the Jackal

Publisher: LNL Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/30/2020 6:05:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Bear and the Jackal – Nightmare

"I should have seen that coming but got carried away with my ambush plans." Brad, in his Hexsides & Hand Grenades blog, checks out Lock ‘n Load Publishing's The Bear and the Jackal expansion for Heroes Against the Red Star, a tactical look at the Soviet/Afghan conflict of the 80s. Brad brings his usual fun, along with a thoughtful refresher on the war: "…it is one of the most fascinating wars in modern history – not so much for the usual reasons…".
Game: Battles of Napoleon

Publisher: SSI
Game Type: Computer
Date: 3/29/2020 1:15:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Battles of Napoleon (DOS)

“Gameplay is fun, but not quick and not easy…” says ”Mirrorshades2k” in his Game Spot review. The reviewer has a long list of pros and cons that show the game’s complexity, impressive for a computer game from 1989 that is not for beginners or casual war gamers.
Game: Combat Commander: Europe

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/29/2020 4:57:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Combat Commander Europe – 025a – Fields of Fire

Combat Commander from GMT Games remains a very popular system particularly loved by the Boardgames Chronicle. This time they use scenario 025a Fields of Fire from the Paratrooper Battle Pack. This is pretty interesting depiction of one of the most heroic events of US army during WWII on the Western Front during the Battle of the Bulge. Yes, the skirmish takes place during the infamous though surprising German offensive in Ardennes during December 1944. The German infantry is tasked with the orders to clear all the US roadblocks / infantry resistance points so the King Tiger tanks of Joachim Peiper’s 1st SS Panzer Division can swiftly advance. One of such battles was fought near the village of Lanzerath where US Intelligence & Recon platoon – in total 18 men (!) was placed to observe enemy moves and report back. Americans spent time well, enhancing their defensive positions. Still, once German column approached, it was clear that they face hundreds of enemy soldiers. They fought bravely, being able to delay Germans for a full day. For their actions, all the Platoon members were awarded medals, becoming most decorated platoon of WWII.
Game: Tinian

Series: The Marianas Campaign
Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/29/2020 4:55:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Compass Games Tinian:TFB Playthrough Scenario 1 Jig Day Intro

The Blue Tweezers brings us a video as an Introduction to Compass Games' Tinian: The Forgotten Battle, their Company Scale System by way of a replay of Scenario 1.
Game: Jutland

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/28/2020 7:51:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Jutland (AH) Variant and Player Aids (ZIP)

A Jutland variant that uses a Search board consisting of 22 areas. It replaces the cumbersome search procedure of the game with a faster, streamlined search that places more emphasis on using battle cruiser squadrons as advance search force. Shared by Carl B.. Zip file contains 3 PDF files: British Movement Plot Chart, German Movement Plot Chart and Jutland Search Variant.
Game: They Fell Like Stones

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/28/2020 7:44:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
They Fell Like Stones - Video Review from Moe's Game Table

Short 6-minute video review of White Dog Games title "They Fell Like Stones" produced by Moe's Game Table.
Game: The South Shall Rise Again

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/28/2020 7:38:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Game Play Through by Centurion's Review

David Lent takes us on a tour of the game via a brief play-through followed by a quick review of "The South Shall Rise Again", published by Victory Point Games.
Game: Nevsky, Teutons and Rus in Collision, 1240-1242

Series: Levy & Campaign Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/28/2020 3:59:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Initial Review: Nevsky from GMT Games - The Players' Aid

The Players Aid reports their first impressions of Nevsky, Teutons and Rus in Collision, 1240-1242 designed by Volko Ruhnke and published by GMT Games. This is not a COIN series game but a whole new system design from Volke.
Game: Battle for Normandy

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/28/2020 3:56:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Battle for Normandy /4

The Big Board ends the video replay of Battle for Normandy by GMT Games.
Game: Battle for Normandy

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/28/2020 3:55:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Brief Livestream- Battle for Normandy /3

The Big Board continues the video replay of Battle for Normandy by GMT Games. It is now June 8,1944
Game: Battle for Normandy

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/27/2020 3:59:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Battle for Normandy 7th June /1

The Players Aid starts hitting the beaches in Normandy playing GMT's Battle for Normandy in this series of videos.
Game: War and Peace

Publisher: One Small Step
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/27/2020 3:58:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Mark Mclaughlin's War and Peace - Austerlitz Play Through

GIlbert Collins recently gave us a review of Mark Mclaughlin's War and Peace from One Small Step and now he jumps in to play the Austerlitz scenario recreating Napoleon's famous "maneuver on the rear" of Austrian General Mack's army around Ulm.
Game: The Punic Wars: Rome vs Carthage, 264-146 BC

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 3/27/2020 3:55:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Second Punic War AAR with pictures

Some of the old classic wargames from SPI still hold their play value today despite outdated graphics. The Punic Wars: Rome vs Carthage, 264-146 BC in Strategy & Tactics # 53 is one of those games and here we have a nice pictorial After Action Report from Nap George on Boardgame Geek
Game: Cruel Morning: Shiloh 1862

Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/26/2020 3:56:00 PM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Cruel Morning: Shiloh 1862 by Tiny Battle Publishing

The Battle of Shiloh is considered by most to be a tactical win for the Union, but in truth it was a blood bath that had no real conclusion, except that Americans were now really at war, and the bloodshed was only going to mount. Cruel Morning: Shiloh 1862 published by Tiny Battle Publishing is therefore very aptly named. A Wargamers Needful Things reviews this entry in the Civil War arena.
Game: 278th Squadron: The Same 4 Cats

Publisher: Quarterdeck International
Game Type: Card
Date: 3/26/2020 3:55:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
278th Squadron: Same 4 Cats Review from A Wargamers Needful Things

A Wargamers Needful Things reviews Quarterdeck International's release of 278th Squadron: The Same 4 Cats. It is a solitaire campaign card game where you are a pilot of the famed 278th Squadriglia "i Soliti 4 Gatti" which flew the SM79 and SM84 Torpedo Bombers during WWII. For 10 Missions an everchanging Mission Deck will lead you through AA fire, Spitfires, Waves and Clouds. Will your decision to torpedo the Target Ship earn you the Gold Medal? Or you will be shot down?
Game: Undaunted Normandy

Publisher: Osprey Games
Game Type: Card
Date: 3/26/2020 3:52:00 PM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
How to Play Undaunted Normandy: Play Example

A short "How to Play" video by Seek Out and Play describes the play example for Undaunted Normandy found on pages 16 & 17 in the rulebook. The video goes through the process of initiative, card play, movement, combat, and damage in this deck building wargame by Osprey Games.
Game: Gaines Mill - The Battles of the Seven Days, June 1962, Volume 1

Series: Civil War Brigade Series
Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/25/2020 8:52:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Gaines Mill - 1:00 PM June 27th

Kyle Seely's video reports on his experience playing Gaines Mill - 1:00 PM June 27th, part of the Civil War Brigade Series published by Multiman Publishing
Game: Commands & Colors: Medieval

Series: Commands & Colors
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/25/2020 8:50:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Commands & Colors Medieval – Mini-Tournament #1

The Boardgames Chronicle reports on their the first ever Vassal mediated Mini Tournament run for Commands & Colors Medieval published by GMT Games.
Game: Granada: Last Stand of the Moors – 1482-1492

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/25/2020 7:22:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Interview with Jose Antonio Rivero Designer of Granada: Last Stand of the Moors – 1482-1492 from Compass Games

"What I really love about game design is distilling a period of history...". Grant Kleinhenz interviews designer Jose Antonio Rivero about his upcoming Compass Games' Granada: Last Stand of the Moors – 1482-1492. Jose has a well thought out game design philosophy: "The game has to tell you a story, it should be easy to learn, a big amount of interaction, players should have tension and interest every turn…".
Game: Soldiers of the Queen

Publisher: TSR
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 3/25/2020 3:52:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Strategy & Tactics 95: Soldiers of the Queen - Battle of Isandlwana

The trajedyof the Battle of Isandlwana stil fascinates generations later and here Kyle Seely sums up his play of Soldiers of the Queen - Battle of Isandlwana published by Decision Games in Strategy & Tactics 95.
Game: War and Peace

Publisher: One Small Step
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/24/2020 4:50:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Mark McLaughlin's "War and Peace" - New 2020 Version

GIlbert Collins Youtube Channel presents a very nice video review of the new 2020 Mark McLaughlin version of the old classic Avalon Hill game War and Peace. now published by One Small Step Games and developed by John W. Gant.
Game: Light Division

Publisher: 3W
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/24/2020 4:33:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Light Division Day 1

The Big Board begins a replay of 3W's Light Division with eery allusions to very current events. "Irans weakness and turmoil post global pandemic created unusual circumstances. The infection had left 10’s of thousands dead and 100’s of thousands incapacitated or infected, further spreading the chaos. Into this stepped the Soviet Leadership which decided that in order to ensure world order and protect its ‘partner’ that it would step forward in its role as a benevolent Superpower to protect its critical trading partners. Within days the take over is complete, humanitarian aid is apparently flowing into Iran via armed convoy. Soviet paratroopers patrol the ports and major airports, while awaiting reinforcement from the North. Four days later the Straits are closed. Purely for safety reasons mind you."
Game: Fortress Europa: The Allied Campaign Across Western Europe

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/24/2020 4:32:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Fortress Europa: Designer Signature Edition from Compass Games – Action Point 2

This is the second Action Point by The Players Aid covering Compass Games recent release, Fortress Europa: The Allied Campaign Across Western Europe, an update of the Avalon Hill classic Fortress Europa. This Action Point covers the different specialized units including Paratroopers, Rangers, Commandoes, French Partisans, Volkssturm and Mulberries.
Game: Battles in Normandy

Series: Decisive Battles of World War II
Publisher: Matrix Games
Game Type: Computer
Date: 3/22/2020 3:00:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Battles in Normandy Review

Tracy Baker provides a mostly positive review for the Gamespot.com web site. “Take one of the best operational-level World War II wargame engines ever devised, improve it, and cross it with one of the most compelling campaigns in military history, and you get Battles in Normandy”.
Game: World War II: Battles of the South Pacific

Publisher: QQP
Game Type: Computer
Date: 3/22/2020 1:48:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
World War II: The Battles of the South Pacific Rule Book

Quantum Quality Productions, aka QQP, produced a number of computerized war games that ran under the DOS operating system in the 1990’s. This link contains the rule book for QQP’s World War II: The Battles of the South Pacific produced in 1993. Thanks to the folks at Archive.org and their Wayback machine, for preserving this web site.
Game: Battles for the Ardennes

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/22/2020 9:20:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Variant Rules for SPI Games

Russ Gifford has collected a series of variants and optional rules for many SPI games. This link includes optional rules for the Battles for the Ardennes quad games from SPI. Scroll down to download a pdf with optional rules for Operation Greif, American Supply Dumps, Intensive Fire, Saturation Fire, and variable game endings that make it better, even, or worse for the German player to succeed.
Game: The Ardennes Offensive: The Battle of the Bulge

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/22/2020 9:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
SPI, The Ardennes Offensive (1973)

Map and Counters, a Blog for players and collectors of traditional War Games, presents this “unboxing” and review of SPI’s 1973 Battle of the Bulge game, The Ardennes Offensive. The anonymous author, JCB III, includes the historical background for the battle and a detailed game description. The review includes some interesting details concerning the early career of James Dunnigan, the game’s designer and the founder of SPI, a major early war game publisher. There are also some comments concerning the evolution of Dunnigan’s game systems for other World War II games culminating in Wacht Am Rhein. Highly recommending the game, JCB III considers the game to be “…an intriguing, if somewhat unorthodox, treatment of the Battle of the Bulge.”
Game: Battle for Normandy

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/22/2020 4:35:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Battle for Normandy VC discussion + Vizualization

The Players Aid discusses GMT's Games' Battle for Normandy with the expansion focusing on the victory conditions.
Game: Waterloo Campaign 1815

Publisher: RBM Studios
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/22/2020 4:32:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
C3i Waterloo Campaign 1815

Always expect some new ideas or unexpected twists on old ideas from designer Mark Herman. He doesn't disappoint with Waterloo Campaign 1815 published by RBM Studios in C3i magazine #33. The Players Aid presents a nice pictorial play through to intrduce players to the game.
Game: Brazen Chariots: Battles for Tobruk 1941

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/22/2020 4:31:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Brazen Chariots 19th of November 1941

Part 2 of a series of video replays of MultiMan Publishing's Brazen Chariots by The Big Board. Can the Brits beat Rommel and break through to Tobruk!