Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

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Gaming Clubs/Organizations

Gaming Clubs and Organizations

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Spotlight Articles

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

The Wargamer's Guide to Heraldry, Uniforms & Flags in Tabletop Wargaming

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"...pageantry is one of the reasons I do historical miniature wargaming." Bill Gray brings us a fascinating look at the how and why of the way armies looked before things became nationalized and regularized in the past couple of centuries. Which is why Bill particularly likes games where "…you need to stop thinking like a 21st Century humanoid, at least understand why generals long ago thought the way they did, and then do likewise."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/22/2020

Empire of the Sun: Full Campaign PBEM Tournament

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Now registering for the "Empire of the Sun: Full Campaign PBEM Tournament". Check the site for details of tournament rules and requirements. Registration will be limited to 16 participants or no later than August 31, 2020.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 5/20/2020

Book buying spree

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"It was only right, meet and good to go there and splurge in votive thanks as soon as I was able." Prufrock brings us his first post-full-lockdown thoughts, centered on the pleasure that his local secondhand bookshop has reopened. And he didn't leave empty-handed: "Fortunately, there were three cracking coffee-table hardcovers with Prufrock written all over them…"!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/18/2020

The Granicus

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" was a political as well as a vainglorious motive to invade Darius III's realm." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another one of his fascinating, in-depth battle examinations. Jeff's approach with this one, given the available history (or lack thereof?), is to keep in mind the adage that "…most accepted truths are the fossilized remains of self-serving propaganda."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/13/2020

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New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

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In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more "originals" in the future.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman

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.

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)

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 Discusses the game mechanics that provide the game with the Stalingrad "feel"...

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Articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game,
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Date Title Article Summary
5/22/2020 The Wargamer's Guide to Heraldry, Uniforms & Flags in Tabletop Wargaming
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...pageantry is one of the reasons I do historical miniature wargaming." Bill Gray brings us a fascinating look at the how and why of the way armies looked before things became nationalized and regularized in the past couple of centuries. Which is why Bill particularly likes games where "…you need to stop thinking like a 21st Century humanoid, at least understand why generals long ago thought the way they did, and then do likewise."
5/20/2020 Empire of the Sun: Full Campaign PBEM Tournament
Poster: Mark D.
- Now registering for the "Empire of the Sun: Full Campaign PBEM Tournament". Check the site for details of tournament rules and requirements. Registration will be limited to 16 participants or no later than August 31, 2020.
5/18/2020 Book buying spree
Poster: Doug Holt
- "It was only right, meet and good to go there and splurge in votive thanks as soon as I was able." Prufrock brings us his first post-full-lockdown thoughts, centered on the pleasure that his local secondhand bookshop has reopened. And he didn't leave empty-handed: "Fortunately, there were three cracking coffee-table hardcovers with Prufrock written all over them…"!
5/13/2020 The Granicus
Poster: Doug Holt
- " was a political as well as a vainglorious motive to invade Darius III's realm." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another one of his fascinating, in-depth battle examinations. Jeff's approach with this one, given the available history (or lack thereof?), is to keep in mind the adage that "…most accepted truths are the fossilized remains of self-serving propaganda."
5/8/2020 Virtual paradox: how digital war has reinvigorated analogue wargaming
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...analogue methods have often proven to be more flexible, creative, and responsive than their digital counterparts in addressing emerging modes of warfare." Rex Brynen discusses what he sees as an emerging, and fascinating, juxtaposition in why the modern growth of digital warfare may be better analyzed using good old-fashioned hands-on wargaming. As Rex puts it, "…advances in digital wargaming could result, as Caffrey (2019) notes, in obtaining 'the wrong answer faster and with more persuasive graphics'."
5/1/2020 The little Hetzer and the grizzled Sherman!
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The German Hetzer is just one of those strange looking little vehicles that can easily become a wargaming favourite." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, checks out how a World War II tactical encounter is handled in a board game (Old School Tactical Vol II by Flying Pig) versus a tabletop system (Battlegroup rules from Iron Fist Publishing). Along with some interesting analysis, Norm is looking for when "That emotional connection with a game pulls you in and shows that something is being done right."
4/24/2020 Fighting with Featherstone ...... again!
Poster: Doug Holt
- Norm Smith sets out "…to see what 5 decades has done to the way that introductory rules are presented." Norm, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, plays a scenario using the classic Don Featherstone’s ‘Battles with model Soldiers' rules, and then with the Perry Brother’s Firepower rules. Check out why he concludes that, "…for what it’s worth, my older school credentials have me preferring the intricacies and exactness of the Featherstone method."
4/20/2020 Battle of Mathilda’s Field - A video participation game
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...I can already feel a sense of command tension / anticipation from the unknown and wanting a plan to work...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, is taking part in a video miniatures encounter being featured on the Check Your Leader TV YouTube channel. The game is already underway, and in Norm's initial report, he is "…mightily encouraged by the bravery on my right flank and am in hope that by the end of the day, we will prevail…"!
4/18/2020 Miniature Wargaming
Poster: Pat L.
- Here’s a quick overview of the miniature wargaming hobby from the Fandom Card and Game Database web site. The site includes many resources of interest to the miniatures wargamer.
4/11/2020 Little Wars and Floor Games
Poster: Mark D.
- Angry Bunny shares links to Project Gutenberg (and other places) that contain rules and discussions for very old wargames, some going back to the early 1900's.
3/27/2020 A Comprehensive List of Things to do While in Isolation.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "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."
3/23/2020 A tale of two tank platoons.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...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…".
3/20/2020 “Flattening the Curve” COVID-19 matrix game
Poster: Doug Holt
- "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…
3/17/2020 Moe's Game Table Interviews John Kranz
Poster: Mark D.
- 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...
3/14/2020 Centurion's Review - Top 10 Reasons for Game Review Choices
Poster: Mark D.
- "A friend of mine asked why I choose to concentrate on games off the beaten path when I could instead concentrate on popular games and get many more views... here are the top 10 reasons I choose to concentrate on games off the beaten path in no particular order..." Excellent video/written article from Centurion's Review enumerating reasons to review less popular games.
3/13/2020 Yahoo Groups Is Dead - Now What???
Poster: Mark D.
- Bad News: Yahoo Groups closed in October 2019.

Good News: Here's a guide to Yahoo Groups alternatives, which should make an "easy fix" to send your readers that is more useful than a "closed for business" page!
3/9/2020 Alumwell Show (WMMS) 2020
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...for a medium sized show, it is punching above its weight." Norm Smith, writing in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, gives us a field recon report on the Alumwell or West Midlands Military Show. Norm has lots of pictures of the excellent table displays in the show. "Don't you just want to own this!"
3/8/2020 Best Games Reviewed in 2019
Poster: Pat L.
- Here are the top 20 games reviewed by the Armchair General wargaming blog. High Flying Eagles from High Flying Dice Games scored a perfect 100% with its tactical World War I aerial combat game.
3/6/2020 Interview with Iván Cáceres Wargame Graphic Design Artist
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The best part is getting the cover finished and making it express the correct feeling for the theme and battle involved." Grant Kleinhenz interviews graphic design artist (and long time wargamer) Iván Cáceres about his work in the field and how he approaches it. Hats off to Iván for his professionalism! "I know how harsh the fandom can get about historical accuracy, so I take it seriously."
3/4/2020 Unboxing figures
Poster: Doug Holt
- "For the Big Move™ down south I was quite worried about how the figures were going to manage the journey." Prufrock relates how he prepared his wargaming treasures for his New Zealand excursion! "And it's not too bad…"
3/2/2020 Pocket Armies- Terrain integration
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...I do not want to use the smaller scale to simply give me bigger armies." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, continues gearing up his Pocket Armies project. See how this craftsman navigates to where he can say "…my table is well on the way to fulfilling it’s part of the deal in me getting the look and feel that I want for these games."
2/24/2020 Players' Aid - Best 3 Games with Chit-Pull Activation!
Poster: Mark D.
- It's about time that someone compiled a Top 3 List for Chit-Pull activation games. Thanks to The Players' Aid for providing such a list for our review, and agreement... or not...
2/24/2020 The Best Free Miniature Wargame Rules
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Admittedly, sometimes these offers are fleeting...". Bill Gray offers an intriguing list of free, or near free, miniatures rules, along with his often entertaining tips and insights: "…this is a game covering the age of Louis XIV using a sequence of play so unique it had me saying, 'Damn, I wish I’d have thought of that!'”
2/22/2020 The Great War – Mini-Tournament #4
Poster: Mark D.
- It was already 4th Mini Tournament (on Vassal) played with Richard's Borg The Great War. We focused on Tanks expansion and Cambrai battle. A lot of good games, exciting scenarios and close results. Enjoy this short session report shared by The Boardgames Chronicle blog...
2/16/2020 The North African Games
Poster: Pat L.
- ConsimWorld, a forum where wargamers gather, presents a group of wargamers weighing in on their favorite WWII North African based war games. Kim Meints kicks off the discussion with Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps and lists his other favorites. Jonathan Arnold includes his BoardGameGeek list of North African/Mediterranean games, 36 games and counting. What’s your favorite?
2/14/2020 Interview with Mike Willner Designer of Prelude to Revolution: Russia’s Descent into Anarchy, 1905-1917 from Compass Games
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...they should feel a sense of acceleration towards calamity...". Mike Willner, interviewed by Grant Kleinhenz, offers some fascinating perspective on designing his upcoming Prelude to Revolution: Russia’s Descent into Anarchy, 1905-1917 by Compass Games. Mike has clearly put a lot of thought to context and momentum, and he want players to feel that the "…forces of history (the game, that is) will impose priorities on them that they would rather not deal with."
2/12/2020 12 Most Anticipated Wargames of 2020!
Poster: Doug Holt
- "… I kept it to 12 but that was a very difficult undertaking as there are just so many great looking games on tap." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, offers his annual survey of upcoming titles that have him salivating! He offers something for just about everyone, including monster game aficionados: "With no less than 5 maps (that’s right, I said 5!) and 12 sheets with over 1,600 counters, this game is big."
2/10/2020 How much is your wargame collection worth?
Poster: Mark D.
- Have you ever thought about how much effort you have put into getting your wargame figures ready for battle? Or the value of the figures, units, armies and collections you own?
2/8/2020 C3i Magazine Issue #33 Preview
Poster: Mark D.
- Preview of C3i Magazine Issue #33 from RBM Studio. Video produced and shared by Moe's Game Table
2/1/2020 Top 3 Anticipated Games of 2020
Poster: Mark D.
- Michael, writing for the The Boardgames Chronicle site, tells us, "As 2020 begins, there are some specific titles/wargames I am anticipating and hoping to be able to play during the year. My short, subjective list of the top 3 follows. Included among them, of course, is Samurai Battles!. And what are your top 3?"
1/27/2020 Smash the Iron Brigade! - Pocket Armies 1863
Poster: Doug Holt
- "This is the second Confederate unit lost and game tension increases." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, continues his Pocket Armies project with a clash near the "…reverse slope of Seminary Ridge." Things are not swell for the Union commander, however, as "…his right just stood there and got mauled."
1/24/2020 Personal effects
Poster: Doug Holt
- "It certainly was a sign: it is brilliant." Prufrock, after a bit of a hiatus, is back, with a reference to some excellent reading in V.M Yeates's Winged Victory. He offers the highest praise: "A book to come back to again and again, I think."
1/20/2020 Pocket Armies - the fight below Seminary Ridge 1863
Poster: Doug Holt
- "This is an uneven action and will be a risky venture for the Confederates right from the start...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, is back working on his Pocket Armies project. As always, Norm offers us lots of insights and fun, like where "The Union have been given a chance to respond and they do so with some fancy footwork!"
1/10/2020 Pocket Armies and 4’ x 3’ project going into 2020.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "I like a throw down scenario, but also like the scenario to be formalised and recorded so that the better ones improve over time...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, ruminates on his Pocket Armies Project for 2020. Looks like lots of fun ahead, including the item where Norm comments that "…looking at this next is rather defeating my ‘ignore the latest shiny thing’ resolve…"!
12/27/2019 Interview with Matthias Cramer Designer of Weimar: The Fight for Democracy from Compass Games
Poster: Doug Holt
- "I cannot image a Weimar game without CDG mechanics." Grant Kleinhenz interviews designer Matthias Cramer about his upcoming Weimar: The Fight for Democracy. Matthias offers some interesting insights about the game and his design philosophy: "A game is never finished, but at a certain point it is good enough to be finished."
12/12/2019 10 Wargames to Buy Your Wargamer for Christmas 2019!
Poster: Mark D.
- A must-read for everyone who knows and loves a wargamer, but has absolutely *no* idea what game to buy for them. Shared by Grant at The Players Aid blog...
12/4/2019 Invicta: How Did Wargaming Shape the War in the Pacific?
Poster: Doug Holt
- Rex Brynen, in the PAXsims blog, picks up on some interesting videos concerning the impact of wargaming on "…battles like Pearl Harbor, Midway, and the Island Hopping campaign…". They include some first-class material, featuring folks like U.S. Naval War College Museum Curator Rob Doane and wargame designer Pete Pellegrino!
11/30/2019 Interview with Mark Herman (Video)
Poster: Mark D.
- Moe Fitzgerald checks in with legendary game designer, Mark Herman, for a discussion of Mark's latest efforts "Gettysburg", "Waterloo 1815", "Fall of Saigon" and "Versailles 1919", among other topics.
11/30/2019 Interview with Gene Billingsley (Video)
Poster: Mark D.
- Moe Fitzgerald interviews publisher/designer Gene Billingsley, of GMT Fame, for a discussion that includes information about "Mr President", the new GMT Facebook group, and the hobby space overall...
11/30/2019 Interview with Designer Volko Ruhnke (Video)
Poster: Mark D.
- Moe Fitzgerald interviews game designer Volko Ruhnke at the San Diehgo Historical Games Convention. They talk about his latest designs "The Hunt for Blackbeard" and "Nevsky". He also gives some insight into the future of gaming and the fusion of euros and wargames.
11/20/2019 These Eight (and more) Classic free War Games have been preserved by the Internet Archive
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The Archive now includes a rather astonishing number of classic wargames...". Ian Boudreau takes a look at dated, but in some cases classic, wargame programs in the Internet Archive. Check it out, and you will "…appreciate having access to as monuments to wargaming's storied and sometimes inconvenient past."
11/11/2019 Pocket battle Games, so far....
Poster: Doug Holt
- Looking for small games "...complicated enough not to be able to figure out the ultimate 'win all the time' game plan strategy within a few plays..."? Angry Bunny offers some thoughts on the pocket battle games offered by LPS and High Flying Dice Games over the years. Small perhaps, yet, in the view of designer Paul Rohrbaugh, "…it is harder to design these pocket games to be as true to history and fun, than it is to design a larger game."
11/11/2019 Finnish Civil War Ludography
Poster: Pat L.
- Freelance writer and game designer Brian Train provides a cursory list of games devoted to the Finnish Civil War of 1918. Train designed the game Finnish Civil War in 2009, later published in Paper Wars magazine in 2017.
11/10/2019 Early look at COIN game based on Northern Ireland troubles
Poster: Mark D.
- Guest Blog Post: The Troubles Part 1 – An Early Look at a COIN Series Inspired Multi-Faction Treatment of the Northern Ireland Conflict by Hugh O’Donnell. Shared by The Players' Aid site.
11/4/2019 Bits and pieces, and a wargame.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "It was a fine contest with plenty of blood and thunder, and even a crossroads." Prufrock returns, after a hiatus in posting, with some splendid pictures of an ACW miniatures engagement! "The fighting on the Union right was grim right from the beginning."
10/28/2019 Anti-Submarine Warfare: A Review
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The book shows that ASW is as much an art form as it is a matter of technology." Brad, in his Hexsides & Hand Grenades blog, offers a review of the 1984 Anti-Submarine Warfare by Rear Admiral J.R. Hill. Sounds like a must read, given Brad's comment that "I learned more about ASW in this short volume than from all the books about Cold War naval equipment I had ever browsed."
10/19/2019 Interview with Ty Bomba
Poster: Mark D.
- Grant Kleinhenz, writing for the Players Aid blog, interviews Ty Bomba, designer of "Operation Ichi-Go", a game in development to be published in Against the Odds Magazine #52.
10/18/2019 Bucket List – Q3 Summary (Boardgames Chronicle)
Poster: Mark D.
- Bucket List – Quarter #3 summary Games: Various (Time of Crisis, C&C Medieval, Paths of Glory, Root, Altiplano) Description: Q3 just passed and it is time to update / check progress on my Bucket List! What follows is short review of games played and progress made to the ultimate goal! Enjoy! (Shared by the Boardgames Chronicle blog.
10/13/2019 Wargame Watch – What’s New & Upcoming – October 2019
Poster: Mark D.
- "When I started writing the Wargame Watch feature in 2017, I couldn’t have imagined how well the series would do. It has grown every month since the first edition and is now garnering around 3,200 views per month. It has actually become our largest regular monthly post and I really have enjoyed doing them each month as it is really a good time hunting down all the new titles for inclusion..." Shared by Grant at The Players Aid blog...
10/7/2019 Essen Spiel 2019 - Top 5 Anticipated Wargames
Poster: Mark D.
- Essen Spiel, the largest board game convention in Europe, is not generally known for wargames. But Fred Serval of the Homo Ludens site, has rooted out the "Top 5 Anticipated Wargames" that are featured at Essen this year...
10/4/2019 Tiger 224 gets orders (1/72 scene)
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…an interesting read, full of the sort of detail that the gamer and scenario designer will find useful…". Norm Smith in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, does a little wargamer art imitating reality after enjoying a read of Panzer Ace, the Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander, by Richard Freiherr von Rosen. Norm is clearly an ace at modeling: check out his results after some "…Vallejo Putty tinted with paint came to the rescue."
9/25/2019 Best WWII Museums and Historical Sites
Poster: Mark D.
- 19 of the World’s Best World War II Museums and Historical Sites - Compiled by Axel Hernborg, editor at
9/8/2019 The Wargamer's Guide to... WW1 Naval Wargames
Poster: Pat L.
- James Cobb continues his Wargamer’s Guide series on “The Wargamer” web site. Cobb limits his list to seven computer based games from the DOS based Dreadnaught to 2015’s World of Warships.
8/31/2019 Wargaming Miscellany - Another Colonial Imaginations Battle
Poster: Mark D.
- As a follow on to his recent battle report about the The Battle of Hak-al-Kumara (see From the Chronicles of Rajistan..., From the Chronicles of Rajistan (2), and From the Chronicles of Rajistan (3) - The Battle of Hak-al-Kumara for further details), Archduke Piccolo has just written a battle report about the next battle in the campaign, the Battle of of Cpistupon. Thanks for the Wargaming Miscellany blog for this article.
8/21/2019 “We wargamed the last days of Brexit. Here’s what we found out”
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Softer members of the Tory Brexit Delivery Group then split away from the party leadership...". In a link provided courtesy of PAXsims, Luke Cooper discusses an interesting attempt to wargame out Brexit. Will it predict the outcome? Who knows, but "…the game offers an insight into the interests that will shape this and the core contradiction underpinning the process…".
8/19/2019 Top 10 Requests for Wargame Designers and Developers
Poster: Mark D.
- The "Top 10 Requests for Wargame Designers and Developers" as compiled by Captain Dave for the Centurion's Review blog. Editor's note: A pretty sensible list, if you ask me...
8/12/2019 Snodgrass Hill, 1863
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Snodgrass Hill was where my great-great grandfather, John Fletcher Hill, fought in a near-suicidal rear-guard action against the onslaught by a victorious Confederate army." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, offers another splendid battle review, this time with a personal connection. And plenty of insights: "It would not be the first time that a commander in the field dismissed intelligence (said the former intel officer)."
8/7/2019 Slitherine has contracted to work with the UK's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory
Poster: Doug Holt
- Wargames "…tend to be easier to use than analytical software produced by the laboratory itself." Ian Boudreau picks up on an interesting turn for a well-known computer wargame firm. And passes on a fascinating job posting!
8/4/2019 Start Your Wargame Collection - Homo Ludens
Poster: Mark D.
- This is the 3rd part of a video series to introduce new players to wargames. In this episode, host Fred Labeste and guest designer Brian Asklev will provide you with a top 5 list of wargames to start your wargaming collection. This should be the perfect starting point to get to know this amazing hobby...
8/2/2019 Historicon 2019 & The Rise of the Cigar Box Battle Mat
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Seems to me we might not have a trend here, but a full scale revolution." Bill Gray examines a growing miniatures phenomenon, Cigar Box Battle Mats. Is Bill just being a detached observer? "In fact I was so pleased, when I got home I ordered two more maps…"!
7/31/2019 Legendary War Game Designer Richard H. Berg has Passed Away. Armchair General Presents a Personal Tribute by Tim Williams and Rodger MacGowan.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Another One Gone…" Tim Williams offers some thoughts on prolific designer Richard H. Berg. "...his recent passing leaves a big hole in Wargaming..."
6/28/2019 Oh Simple things, where have you gone?
Poster: Doug Holt
- "One might suppose from this blog title that rose tinted glasses have transported me back to a ‘better’ wargaming time...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, takes some mildly whimsical inspiration from rereading a couple of classic miniatures titles from the 70s. As always, Norm has some interesting insights: "…modern authors have not felt tied to copying actual military manoeuvres to get the same result."
6/19/2019 2019 Phalanx Wargame Show
Poster: Doug Holt
- " is nice to see some of the traders who were fledgling game companies back in the day, who are still out there, doing it and supporting this wonderful, but niche hobby." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, has a thoughtful report on a recent wargame show, including a bunch of photos of the offerings!
6/10/2019 75th Anniversary D-Day A Millennials Guide – Book Review
Poster: Doug Holt
- "I would make this book required reading in every high school and college history course." Rick Martin reviews 75th Anniversary D-Day A Millennials Guide, a book that is a badly needed effort to reach the generation that knows "…less about history than any other generation for the last 100 years…".
5/28/2019 Terrain enhancement weekend
Poster: Doug Holt
- "I always find that a visit to a model rail shop can yield some surprise finds that are gems for wargaming." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, indulges his miniatures focus with a number of fun finds. "I quite liked the quirkiness of it…"!
5/27/2019 PaxSims - Simulation and Gaming Miscellany, May 2019
Poster: Mark D.
- A first-of-its-kind online game is poised to revolutionize the field of wargaming. Developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this new multi-player computer game was custom built to explore deterrence and decision-making in an escalating conflict.
5/12/2019 Wargamology - Card Driven Wargames Analysis
Poster: Mark D.
- "Hi, I'd like to share a new video I just released: A statistical analysis of Card Driven Wargames based on the data from 5000 titles gathered on BGG: ratings, mechanics, year released, number of owners and more to answer some questions like: - Which year had pick CDG popularity ? - Are CDGs easier than other Wargames ? - Are CGGs more popular than other wargames ?"
5/1/2019 We deserve better military strategy from popular culture
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Deep down though, I'd like to think they [audiences] recognise stupid when they see it…". Joe Robinson finally can't resist venting on a subject that subconsciously nags all wargamers. Read on, and scratch those various itches! "By all accounts every man, women and child on that day should been slaughtered. They weren’t, because plot reasons."
4/21/2019 Top 5 Alternatives to Dice in Wargaming
Poster: Mark D.
- Are you tired of rolling dice? This video has the top five alternatives to dice in wargaming. Courtesy of the fine folks at Centurion's Review.
4/14/2019 3 Best Wargames Under $15 - Centurion's Review
Poster: Mark D.
- David Lent identifies the 3 Best Wargames Under $15 (in his opinion). Six minute video produced for "Centurion's Review".
4/14/2019 Matthew B. Caffrey's "On Wargaming" (free digital download)
Poster: Mark D.
- The digital edition of Matt Caffrey’s new book On Wargaming: How Wargames Have Shaped History and How They May Shape the Future can be downloaded for free from the U.S. Naval War College Press site.
4/10/2019 General Eisenhower’s Armchair: How War Becomes a Game
Poster: Doug Holt
- "But how did war become a game?" Jerad Alexander takes an outsider's look at wargaming, and perceives some of the real fascination: "Who wins is relatively irrelevant; the story of war matters more."
4/8/2019 The Problem with Hexagons
Poster: Doug Holt
- How do you deal with the “drunken hexagon walk”? Dr. Ezra Sidran considers the quirks of wargaming's beloved hexagon, which can simplify "…movement; but just as often it creates absurd movement paths..."
4/1/2019 PaxSims - Strategic Wargaming Week at Kings College
Poster: Mark D.
- April 2 - 5, 2019, is “Strategic Wargaming Week: Modern Deterrence and Nuclear Risk" at King’s College London, with a series of events planned.
4/1/2019 Streamlining a boardgame collection.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…unsurprisingly a time and an age has come to get some order in all of that." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, offers some thoughts on rationalizing a multi-decade game collection. Norm is clearly more organized than this aging pack rat, but one of his standards offers me a very useful rationale: "…to pull down off the shelf and sit with for 20 minutes or so and just enjoy them for their own sake."
3/22/2019 The Memorial Ship Mikasa and Wargaming Pre-Dreadnought Naval Encounters
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…the scene of one of the most decisive naval engagements in history." Joe Fonseca offers us a fascinating, in person look at the Imperial Japanese battleship Mikasa. Joe relishes the chance to stand in the bridge, where "…Admiral Togo, aboard the Mikasa at the head of his fleet, managed to cross the elusive T."
3/21/2019 Obscure Battles: Isandlwana 1879 - Amazing Map
Poster: Mark D.
- Time for another one of Jeff Berry's fascinating "Obscure Battles" history lessons, complete with absolutely *amazing* maps that he creates himself. You really don't want to miss this. Jeff just doesn't publish these often enough for me...
3/21/2019 Tour of Marco Arnaudo's Gaming Space
Poster: Mark D.
- Marco Arnaudo takes us on a tour of his latest gaming space. Just in case you ever wondered where the magic happens...
3/18/2019 Isandlwana 1879
Poster: Doug Holt
- "In many ways it was the Little Bighorn of South Africa..." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, tells the tale of Isandlwana, during the Anglo Zulu War. Part of the fascination is in the lead up, in which Sir Henry Bartle Frere, British High Commissioner for Southern Africa "…felt that he had a free hand. He got creative. And, to White Hall's irritation, he greatly exceeded his authority."
2/25/2019 Converting a tabletop game to a boardgame
Poster: Doug Holt
- "I mean how hard could it be!" Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, walks us through conversion of a tabletop miniatures game to a board game, with some very useful insights along the way. "Paper quality is everything! Did I say paper is everything! I mean absolutely everything."
1/30/2019 Andrea Casarrubea’s new monograph an essential book for historians Great War aerial combat. Book Review.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "When I first started leafing through the book, I found it hard to put down." Ray Garbee finds a treasure trove of information for World War I air enthusiasts in In the Skies of Forgotten Courage: The RNAS and RAF in the Adriatic and Albania 1917-1918. Not all the action was on the Western front!
1/9/2019 Butcher's Yard: A Wargaming Foray into the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…he found several hundred Zulus coming up the other side. The Battle was on!" Joe Robinson regales us with a tabletop encounter recognizing the 140th anniversary of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Lots of nice photos of a game in which "…things escalated quickly."
1/8/2019 Hexes and Soldiers Magazine - Issue #1
Poster: Mark D.
- Available now is the very first issue of Hexes and Soldiers Magazine! The 38 page periodical includes articles by: Shayne Logan, Adam Starkweather, Stuka Joe, Sean Chick and Jason Kruse.
1/7/2019 Responsibilities to the hobby
Poster: Doug Holt
- Should you "…feel obliged to make some kind of effort to convert muggles into gamers."? Prufrock weighs in, with some well phrased bon mots, on the idea that "…wargamers should, in various ways, be active in promoting the hobby." Spoiler: "Your inviting someone over for a game does not make them a wargamer any more than your eating a perfectly cooked scallop makes you a French chef."
1/6/2019 $1.00 Counter Trays? Thanks, Captain Dave!
Poster: Mark D.
- Captain Dave, from Centurion's Review web site, shares a bargain that he discovered at Dollar Tree...
1/5/2019 WarGameHQ's 2018 Publisher of the Year
Poster: Mark D.
- The fine folks at WargameHQ select their "Publisher of the Year" for 2018...
12/29/2018 Bill Slim – Commander of the Forgotten Army
Poster: Mark D.
- Published on "The Wargaming Society's" web site: Field Marshal William Joseph Slim, 1st Viscount Slim, (1891-1970) and the British Fourteenth Army, called the “Forgotten Army” due to the lack of media exposure they received during the war, stand as a shining example of resilience and dedication, achieving the impossible in one of the worst fighting terrains of the world.
12/25/2018 Armchair General - Best Games of 2018
Poster: Mark D.
- 2018 has been an amazing year for gaming! In 2017, we said that “maybe” we were in a second Golden Age of Gaming. Well after 2018, if anyone doubts that we are in a second Golden Age of Games then they haven’t been paying attention. Let me reiterate – WE ARE IN A SECOND GOLDEN AGE OF GAMING! (Rick Martin, writing for Armchair General web site)
12/22/2018 The Wargaming Society - Quarterly Dispatch
Poster: Mark D.
- The Wargaming Society's Quarterly Dispatch for January 2019.
12/12/2018 The Battle of Komárom 1849 - A Fall In 2018 AAR
Poster: Doug Holt
- Want some fun with the “Hapsburg Tiger”? Bill Gray regales us with a miniatures after action report on the Third Battle of Komarom during the Hungarian Revolution. Sounds like things went well, and were also entertaining:" The rockets were useless, but a Hell of a lot of fun."
11/28/2018 Games vs. History: The First Battle of Bull Run in War Games
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…the battle resembled more of an armed brawl than an organized conflict." Jack Trumbull offers some thoughts about the first battle of Bull Run, and several digital wargame treatments of it.
11/12/2018 Battle of Bosworth 1485
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…they pushed the boat out for it and splendid it was too." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, reminiscences about a fine reenactment in the pre-Internet dark ages, and his brief wargamer oriented publication on the battle using the stone knives and bear skins tools of the era. Sounds like the creative juices may soon be flowing, since the memory "…has left me wanting to start a small and focused Wars of the Roses project…"
11/7/2018 Games vs. History: An exploration of the Battle of Nagashino in war games
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…even the best planning and research often cannot sidestep the pitfalls of historical memory." Joe Fonseca considers how three different computer wargames approach the Battle of Nagashino during Japan's Warring States period. Joe finds different strengths and weaknesses in each, with his simple recommendation for one of them being: "Boot it up and marvel at the movie-like spectacle."
11/2/2018 Downsizing: A table-top primer for converting 15/18mm figures to 10mm
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…I took the King’s shilling for a long term 10 mm enlistment." Bill Gray takes us on a walk through the miniatures version of downsizing. From the why, to the how, to the result: "If Lenin was right when he said, 'quantity has a quality all its own,' the wargaming Gods are happy right now."
10/24/2018 The Wargamer's Guide to 2018
Poster: Doug Holt
- "This could be a real wargaming gem to see out the year...". Check out a compendium of games still claiming release this year. The article has tidbits on seven upcoming games, like the one that "…will often force you to choose between your men and the mission."
10/21/2018 Best Birthday Cake Ever!
Poster: Mark D.
- This is the best birthday cake ever! Can you guess the game depicted on the cake? Thanks to Paul Brown for sharing these pictures...
10/1/2018 Caesar and I
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…a man like a hero of old." Prufrock waxes eloquent on his similarities with a key historical figure! To include finding that his "…shared devotion to doing one's civic duty is undeniable."
9/24/2018 Wargaming for Beginners: How to make the most out of a daunting hobby
Poster: Doug Holt
- "It’s the reviewer’s job to play terrible games so you don’t have to…". Daniel Hunter-Uhryn muses on ways to make it easier to bring newbies into computer wargaming. So check out some common sense, but very valid tips on bringing friends into our universe. For example, "Wargames are one of the last bastions of this venerable tradition…"
9/17/2018 A Taxonomy of Battle Reports
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…this is written with tongue in cheek…". Prufrock offers some classifications of battle reports that he (and we) have seen over the years. What's your favorite?
8/29/2018 A couple of good book scores.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…there it was, hardcover, in good nick, staring at me on the shelf." Prufrock relates the pleasure of a couple of good finds at his one(!) remaining local secondhand bookshop.