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.

The Last Dice

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"...the new series documenting part of the career of a man who was so good he is almost a myth." Prufrock is up to something…! Perhaps a directorial debut? Who is the mysterious "Ear Bevan"?

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/25/2020


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


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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.

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Gaming Clubs/Organziations

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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!

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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.

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

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Game: Birth of America

Series: Birth of America series
Publisher: Ageod
Game Type: Computer
Date: 5/3/2020 8:37:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
1776 Carolina Campaign - 01 | Birth of America

Here’s a two part Youtube video play through by Emphasison Thethe. This is the 1776 Carolina Campaign during the American Revolution. Birth of America is a grand strategic game where the player and computer player create orders and then the game automatically carries out the orders for both players simultaneously.
Game: WarPlanner

Publisher: Warplanner.com
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/3/2020 5:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Warplanner Site - In case you haven't seen this...

WP is and has always been a free program first dedicated for A3R and now dedicated to GMT Game's A World At War (AWAW), designed by Bruce Harper. In simplest terms, WP allows users to play the board game over the Internet. Users conduct their moves separately, and email the turns back and forth with their opponents and teammates. WP provides a number of capabilities tailored for AWAW, including shipyards, diplomacy, and password-protected taskforces, as well as an integrated die roller which displays results on this website. Rich features like a phase-based replay, hex factor counting and more means it's easier than ever to play AWAW with opponents from around the world. Created by Chris Goldfarb.

[Editor's Note: This is not a new site by any means, but we just wanted to bring some attention to it again because it seems pretty cool]
Game: Pub Battles: Gettysburg

Series: Pub Battles
Publisher: Command Post Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/3/2020 3:07:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Gettysburg from Command Post Games - July 1st - Part 1

GIlbert Collins Youtube Channel gives a play through of the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg from Command Post Games Pub Battles Series recalling the very early days of wargaming methodology at the turn of the century. It is virtually a Kreigspiel game without the use of a grid. No squares, no hexagons no areas.
Game: Great Battles of Alexander Deluxe Edition

Series: Great Battles of History Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/3/2020 3:04:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Hellespont 321 BC Part 2

The Big Board continues the replay of the battle between Eumenes and Craterus in the Hellespont from GMT Games’ Great Battles of Alexander series.
Game: 1985: Deadly Northern Lights

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/3/2020 3:03:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
DNL- July 27-28 Battle of Værløse

1Zealand Brigade and the Corp HQ element are dug in around the Danish Airfield in Værløse just Sth West of Copenhagen. HQ had raided guarded stores of ammunition and supplies. The men were loyal to the people of Denmark, they would not live under another countries thumb ever again. The Big Board continues its narrative of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights from Thin Red Line Games. Can the Danes hold out against the Warsaw Pact onslaught?
Game: Great Battles of Alexander Deluxe Edition

Series: Great Battles of History Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/3/2020 3:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Hellespont 321 BC Part 1

When Alexander the Great died he left no clear heir to his empire. When asked who he leaves his empire, legend has it that he responded “to the strongest”. This set off a series of wars between Alexander’s “Successors”. The Big Board brings us this replay from GMT Games’ Great Battles of Alexander series between Eumenes and Craterus in the Hellespont.
Game: Brazen Chariots: Battles for Tobruk 1941

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/3/2020 3:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
BCS Campaign 21st Nov 1941 /3

The Big Board continues its replay of GMT Games’ Brazen Chariots. where we follow the action of the third turn,November 21.
Game: Strike Force One

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/2/2020 1:20:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
The History of Wargames: Episode 1-Strike Force One

Here’s a game so simple that you could teach a 5 year old to play it. Combat Board Games discusses the importance of introductory games to the war gaming hobby.
Game: Berserker

Publisher: Flying Buffalo
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/2/2020 9:24:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Reminiscing and looking at Berserker from Flying Buffalo

Sometimes it’s nice to look back at the games we played long ago. An old Grognard takes us down memory lane in his Combat Board Games video review.
Game: The War of the Worlds

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/30/2020 3:11:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
The War of the Worlds: England from Dan Verssen Games – Action Point 3

The War of the Worlds is a solitaire board game, published by Dan Verssen Games, that puts the player in command of the Human forces in an attempt to mount a defense against the invading Martian Tripods from the famous book by H. G. Wells. There are four versions of the game including England, France, Japan and United States East Coast that all use the same system but offers different challenges with their layout. The Players Aid continues with their third Action point covering the Devastation Phase and the different types of attacks the Tripods will unleash on the regions.
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/30/2020 3:09:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
C&C Ancients – Civil Wars of Tetrarchy

Let’s go back to ancient history and join the Boardgames Chronicle’s replay of GMT Games’ very popular Command & Colors Ancients mini campaign Civil Wars of Tetrarchy. Emperor Diocletian’s “Tetrarchy” system of shared power maintained calm for 20 years, eventually rivalries took over again. In 306 Maxentius proclaimed himself emperor, setting off another confused civil war. In 312, Constantine decided to resolve the dispute with Maxentius (his brother-in-law!) for control of the Western Roman Empire. With an army drawn from his western provinces of Britain, Gaul, and the Rhine, Constantine invaded Italy. He defeated Maxentius at Taurinorum, and expected Maxentius to hold out in Rome but instead he made a stand less than ten miles from Rome, in front of the Milvian Bridge crossing the Tiber River.
Game: Victory and Glory: The American Civil War

Publisher: LNL Publishing
Game Type: Computer
Date: 4/29/2020 12:31:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Victory and Glory: the American Civil War Review

"...the AI is very reactive." Joe Fonseca reviews Lock ‘n Load Publishing's Victory and Glory: The American Civil War, a computer treatment of the conflict. While having some quibbles, Joe finds the game enjoyable, and points out some interesting aspects, like how the "…game also tosses in an interesting European involvement system."
Game: Skies Above the Reich

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/29/2020 1:02:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
GMT's Skies Above The Reich 1942 Campaign Mission 4

Skies Above the Reich published by GMT games, gives you a chance to take to the skies and fight the epic air battles over Germany in World War II. The Blue Tweezers presents a replay of mission 4. With only two pilots on call and a Spitfire escort to deal with, can the Staffel make any inroads into this B-17 echelon formation?
Game: Verdun: The Game of Attrition

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/29/2020 1:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Verdun the Game of Attrition Review by David Lent

What is better than a wargame that spells out the experience you will have right in its title. Verdun: The Battle of Attrition by Conflict Games tells you right from the beginning this will be a grind. This game simulates the famous WWI battle where over 300,000 people were killed. There are two scenarios. The first is the historical scenario that begins on Feb. 21st and the other is the alternate scenario where the Germans begin their attack on Feb. 19th. Here is Centurion’s Review of this legacy game in which they find, “This game accurately simulates the carnage of this horrible battle. In addition, it shows how difficult the battle was for the Germans. Overall, the historical scenario is fun for the first five to seven turns and then overstays its welcome. However, if you play the alternate setup the Germans actually stand a chance of winning. I recommend playing the historical scenario only once and then doing all your future plays with the alternate setup.”
Game: Roads to Gettysburg II: Lee Strikes North

Series: Great Campaigns of the American Civil War
Publisher: Multi-Man Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/28/2020 3:09:00 PM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
0:20 / 16:36 Roads to Gettysburg II- Scenario 10 - The Campaign - Opening Moves

Gilbert Collins YouTube channel brings us a replay of Roads to Gettysburg: Lee Strike North, one of the games in the series that is dear to my heart from MultiMan Publishing and originally from Avalon Hill, The Great Campaigns of American Civil War. The first video goes over the opening moves of the campaign and despite what he says on the video, he does do another video so check out part two of this video series.
Game: 1985: Deadly Northern Lights

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/28/2020 3:08:00 PM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Battle of Tromso July 27-28

1985: Deadly Northern Lights, a follow-on to their Cold War era 1985: Under and Iron Sky from Thin Red Line Games, is high on my list to get on the wargaming table. Here's a replay of the Battle of Trosmo from The Big Board.
Game: Lock 'n Load: Day of Heroes

Series: Lock 'n Load Tactical Series
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/28/2020 3:07:00 PM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Day of Heroes Campaign /1

Lil Scout Alpha reporting modest but growing street activity NW of Taskforce Rattlesnake. The small nimble helo rose above the highest buildings to further recon the exfil route of TF Rattlesnake. Muzzleflash, those guys are shooting at us again Dave! Yep, all of a sudden its busier than 4th of July on the St Louis lake system. the pilot replied in a laconic SOCAL drawl. And so begins another day of Lock N' Load: Day of Heroes from Lock N' Load Publishing brought to us by the Big Board. Check out this replay of a great immersive game.
Game: Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars

Series: Great Politicians Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/27/2020 12:36:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Pericles – Suicide of Greece scenario – do not underestimate Phormio!

"Yes, the game against bots brought a lot of fun! It was very hard to trick Phormio...". Michal, writing in The Boardgames Chronicle, uses some social distancing time to take on the bot in GMT Games' Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars. Check out some of the eyebrow raising developments, like: "Really, Athens on land beating our forces?"
Game: Across 5 Aprils

Series: Across 5 Aprils Series
Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/26/2020 8:40:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Across 5 Aprils Bull Run

Here’s a video replay from prolific Youtube game enthusiast, TheWebBard. Although the picture quality and sound are sometimes murky, the content shines through as the player discusses his strategy and the mechanics of the game. Close captioning is also helpful here!
Game: Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/26/2020 3:07:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Video Review: Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs from GMT Games

Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs, published by GMT Games, is a card-based game for 1 to 8 players that depicts tank-to-tank warfare on the Eastern Front of World War II in the early to mid 1940s. The Players Aid gives us their thoughts after several playthroughs.
Game: 1985: Deadly Northern Lights

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/26/2020 3:06:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Wrapping up Turn 1 Phew! We did folks!- DNL #5

The Big Board wraps up turn one of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights by Thin Red Line Games in this, the last of their initial series of videos. There is a recap of the game details and summary of play particular regarding the NATO first turn.
Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/25/2020 8:47:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
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.
Game: How the West was Saved: the Russo-Polish War

Publisher: Strategemata
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/25/2020 5:06:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
HOW THE WEST WAS SAVED: THE RUSSO-POLISH WAR FROM STRATEGEMATA

We pride ourselves as gamers on our historical knowledge but there are always some conflicts that remain obscure to us. How the West was Saved: the Russo-Polish War published by Strategemata probably fits that category for most gamers. Yet it is a fascinating struggle occurring just at the close of World War I and it shaped the development of modern Europe thereafter. A Wargamers Needful Things reviews this new game on a war we should all learn more about.
Game: Waterloo Campaign 1815

Publisher: RBM Studios
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/25/2020 5:06:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Waterloo Campaign /4

The Big Board continues its fourth video in a series covering a replay of the Waterloo Campaign 1815 designed by Mark Herman for C3I magazine. He describes a dramatic turn of events in this segment.
Game: Here I Stand

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/25/2020 5:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Playing a full, 6-players game – Here I Stand

The Boardgames Chronicle takes us back to the Reformation with a session report of their most recent six player game of GMT’s Here I Stand. I have always found this game fascinating due to its asymmetrical Victory conditions for each side. The players conclude, “It was really exciting and interesting game. Situation changed multiple times, and who knows what would happen in turn 4? Definitely, we would love to play again HIS – which is a fantastic game – especially as it is really about politics/negotiations where army is only mean to success. And we can’t wait to see how situation will develop in later turns, with new cards, counter-reformation, etc.”
Game: Great Battles of Alexander Deluxe Edition

Series: Great Battles of History Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/24/2020 5:06:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
GBoH – Phalanx – Mantinea (207 BC)

The First Macedonian War broke out after Philip V of Macedon allied with the victorious Hannibal. Some battles took place between Philip’s ally the Achaean League and Rome’s allies in Sparta. Philip was forced to help the Achaean army in the early years, but things changed when Philopoemen was appointed strategos of the Achaean League in 209 BC. He reformed cavalry and infantry, introduced the Macedonian tactics and equipment. His army was soon put to the test, when the Tyrant of Sparta Machanidas captured Tegea and advanced toward Mantinea. Boardgames Chronicle replays the battles of Mantinea from the Phalanx module of the Great Battles of Alexander Deluxe Edition published by GMT games.
Game: Nevsky, Teutons and Rus in Collision, 1240-1242

Series: Levy & Campaign Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/24/2020 5:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Nevsky: Teutons and Rus in Collision, 1240-1242 from GMT Games – Action Point 2

Nevsky: Teutons and Rus in Collision, 1240-1242 from GMT Games is a wargame about the age old struggle between Latin Teutonic and Orthodox Russian powers along the Baltic frontier of the mid-thirteenth century. The game is the first entry in a new series called the Levy & Campaign Series which focuses on pre-industrial age conflicts and, as you can see from the name of the series, requires players to focus on some of the logistics aspects of warfare including providing for the payment and feeding of your vassals and their troops as well as planning out the length of service of your hirelings. In this Action Point, The Players Aid takes a look at the Command Deck and how this simple mechanic sets the tone for the game.
Game: Waterloo Campaign 1815

Publisher: RBM Studios
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/24/2020 5:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Waterloo Campaign 1815 /3

The Waterloo Campaign 1815, designed by Mark Herman for C3I magazine has drawn a lot of interest for its subtle challenges despite a simple design. In this third video replay by The Big Board, the give-and-take of maneuver and the progress of the campaign is discussed.
Game: 1985: Deadly Northern Lights

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/24/2020 5:04:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
DNL continues, Part 3 of Turn 1:

"Commodore Skoglund Just informed me that our Submarines, his air combined with ours has not been enough to dissuade the Soviets from progressing across the straits. In fact if it was a tad clearer I dare say we could see the bastards out the window!" And so begins The Big Board’s replay of Thin Red Line Games’ 1985: Deadly Northern Lights focusing on the naval battles between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/24/2020 5:03:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
3500 YEARS OF HISTORY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS! – GMT’s ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS OF THE INNER SEA Board Game Review

Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea is a huge sandbox of a game published by GMT Games that allows the players to relive over 3500 years of history of the kingdoms and empires found around the Mediterranean from 3000 BC to 500 AD.! Rick Martin reviews reporting for the Armchair General says,"I just have to say that I love this game. It is a work of functional art! It belongs on the shelf and gaming table of every gamer interested in the ancient world."
Game: Heart of the Leviathan

Publisher: Image Studios
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 4/24/2020 5:02:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Heart of Leviathan: Here Come the Light Cruisers

Heart of Leviathan, a game by Image Studios, arrived to wide acclaim as a low complexity set of miniature rules for World War I naval combat that included beautiful ship miniatures. The first wave included the big dreadnoughts now the second wave comes with light cruisers which add special rules for these types of ships. Mitch Reed of No Dice No Glory, states, “The cruisers are all about speed and hitting hard. They gain some new orders such as the ability to Zig-Zag which allows them to change the side of the maneuver template they are on after they move. They also can Sprint which gives them extra movement, so with their base speed of 7, they can over a lot of sea in short period of time. Cruisers also get a unique movement template which allows them to perform a 180 degree turn when they move.”
Game: 1985: Deadly Northern Lights

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/22/2020 6:04:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
DNL - Southern Maps, Turn 1: A Fresh Look

Artistically illustrated play-through of Turn 1 of "1985: Deadly Northern Lights", shared by Kevin Sharp on his Big Board Gaming site.
Game: Seas of Thunder

Publisher: (Web Published)
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/22/2020 6:39:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Regia Marina: Italian Concerns in the Seas of Thunder Campaign Game

"Do not dismiss or underestimate the Italian submarine fleet." Designer Jeff Horger offers some thoughts on how to play the Italians in his GMT Games' Seas of Thunder, a grand scope game of sea power in World War II. While Jeff offers some more tactical points for the Italians, he also makes it clear that "…you get a chance to understand some of the choices presented in other games that don’t have the global scope."
Game: Advanced Squad Leader

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/21/2020 5:02:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Our Saturday Game - ASL Scenario J176 - Deadly Assumptions

Grumble Jones ASL Blog brings us their replay of Advanced Squad Leader. ASL Scenario J176 - Deadly Assumption from ASL Journal 11. This is a late war scenario set in Germany, 1945 and has a unique situation. It's involves simultaneous setup. With plentiful panzerfausts and no infantry support at start, the American tanks should be very vulnerable as they were in the historical version. Historically, the tankers of the 8th Armor found themselves in a fight for their lives in the city streets of Rheinberg.
Game: Fortress Europa: The Allied Campaign Across Western Europe

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/21/2020 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Fortress Europa: Designer Signature Edition from Compass Games – Action Point 3

Fortress Europa: Designer Signature Edition from Compass Games is a remastering of an original wargaming classic designed by John Edwards. The Players Aid, in their 3rd Action Point, looks at the very interesting abstraction called the Aircraft Mission Chart and how air power is used.
Game: Pacific Fury: Guadalcanal, 1942

Publisher: Revolution Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/21/2020 5:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Sailing into Big Trouble with ‘Pacific Fury’. Board Game Review

In 1942, a pivotal series of naval battles in the area around Guadalcanal ensured that the US victory at Midway was not a fluke. But unlike Midway, these battles would see heavy losses to both sides and stretch the US Navy almost to the breaking point. Designer Yasushi Nakaguro brings these battles to the tabletop in Pacific Fury. An updated version of 2001’s Campaign for Guadalcanal, released in the United States by Revolution Games. Reviewer Ray Garbee's impression, " If you can find an opponent, then you should definitely buy Pacific Fury. The game provides an immersive experience of theater level command and an engaging ‘mind game’ in which you have to out think and out plan your opponent."
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/21/2020 4:59:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea – Alexander the Great scenario

In these days of the Pandemic, solo board gaming has become paramount. The Boardgames Chronicle brings us the Alexander scenario played solitaire from Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea published by GMT games.
Game: Victoria Cross II

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/20/2020 4:59:00 PM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Victoria Cross II Deluxe Edition by Worthington Publishing

Many of us grognards are of an age where 'Zulu' was one of the first war movies we saw, if not the first. It portrays the desperate fight at Rorke's Drift in 1879. A Zulu (in reality AmaZulu, the people of heaven) Impi, or division did not arrive in time to take part in the Battle of Isandlwana. Ignoring their king Cetshwayo's orders, they crossed the Blood River looking for a fight. The Impi decided to attack the British garrison at Rorke's Drift. The Zulu people under their king Shaka had conquered a large swath of territory in Southern Africa in the early 19th century. You can recreate it all with the latest edition of Victoria Cross II by Worthington Publishing. A Wargamers Needful Things reviews this Deluxe Edition.
Game: The BeastLord

Publisher: Yaquinto
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/19/2020 8:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
War and Pieces: The Beastlord ~ A Fantasy Wargame

Rob Oren takes us through a nostalgic video view of this early fantasy war game from Yaquinto in 1979.
Game: Belle Alliance

Publisher: LexNet
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 4/19/2020
Poster: Pat L.
Lexnet Belle Alliance

Here are the 2nd Edition rules published in 2001. Our thanks go to Archive.org for preserving this game's website.
Game: Shambattle: How To Play With Toy Soldiers

Publisher: Alfred A Knopf
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 4/18/2020 1:58:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Shambattle or How to Play with Toy Soldiers

Phil Dutre summarizes the rules for America’s 1st miniatures war game published in 1929. At the bottom of the page is a link to several profusely illustrated game summary pages for a battle between the French Foreign Legion and Arab forces featuring wooden miniatures.
Game: Armageddon: Tactical Combat 3000 to 500 B.C.

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 4/18/2020 11:26:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Comprehensive Scenario List (PDF)

Updated list of additional scenarios that were originally created by Kim Meints and Steven B. Guy for the SPI game "Armageddon". Compiled and shared by Brian D. Ellison. The scenarios were originally gathered together into one list; however, that list was incomplete, scenarios lacked uniformity and detailed historical notes, and there were some errors. The list has now been revamped using the scenario list from the Armageddon game as a template. Original creators Kim and Steven were kind enough to respond to inquiries about their respective scenarios. The restructured list now contains thirty-two scenarios, three of which are brand new, all arranged in chronological order. It has been updated to include supplementary information provided by both Kim and Steven and has been organized in a more uniform way. Some more detailed historical notes have been added.

Many thanks to Kim and Steven for their quick responses and insights. It is apparent that both gentlemen still have a great fondness for the Armageddon game, a rather unique simulation produced during the halcyon days of SPI. Enjoy!
Game: Warfighter: The World War II Tactical Combat Card Game

Series: Warfighter Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Card
Date: 4/18/2020 11:09:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Warfighter - Use of Satchel Charges

A brief video by Seek Out & Play over the usefulness of the satchel charge in "Warfighter World War 2" by DVG. The video covers the stats of the satchel charge and reasons why it should be considered when creating your team.
Game: Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest

Publisher: Mighty Boards
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/18/2020 11:03:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
The Players' Aid Reviews "Nights of Fire"

Video review of "Nights of Fire: Battle for Budapest" from Grant at The Players' Aid web site.
Game: September Storm: The Invasion of Poland

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/18/2020 10:53:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
September Storm - Solitaire Suitability? (PDF)

R.L. Moses shares a mini-review of "September Storm" and questions its classification as a "solitaire" game.
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/18/2020 4:59:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
C&C Ancients – playing EPICs during the lockdown

The Boardgames Chronicle bring us another replay wrought by social distancing. This time they tackle Commands & Colors: Ancients playing the EPIC scenarios.
Game: 1985: Deadly Northern Lights

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/17/2020 6:10:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
1985: Deadly Northern Lights from Thin Red Line Games Preview

1985: Deadly Northern Lights from Thin Red Line Games, a monster game that adds to their 1985: Under an Iron Sky, is previewed by Moe's Game Table. It looks to be a beautiful game and the system is an update and revision of SPI's The Next War.
Game: Cold Confusion: The Soviet Raid on Iceland 1985

Series: Land of Confusion Series
Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/17/2020 6:09:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Your Own Private Cold War. High Flying Dice Games ‘Cold Confusion: The Soviet Raid on Iceland 1985’. Tabletop Game Review.

The "...random turn length also drives a great sense of tension for the players." Ray Garbee reviews High Flying Dice Games' Cold Confusion: The Soviet Raid on Iceland 1985, a hypothetical "Cold War gone hot" encounter. See why Ray gives the game a 95% rating and concludes: "Don’t let the rising red storm get you down—get this fun little game on your table!"
Game: The War of the Worlds

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/17/2020 4:59:00 AM
Poster: Harvey Mossman
The War of the Worlds: England from Dan Verssen Games – Action Point 2

As if we don't have enough problems with the CoVid virus, we are now being invaded by Aliens?! Well The Players Aid continues their series of Action Points so we can cope. Action Point 2 covering Dan Verssen Games' The War of the Worlds, looks at the different units, examines the tactical Battle Plans and the structure of a Battle as well as how the Land Battle and Naval Battle Cards drive the Tripod attacks.
Game: Battle in a Box - American Civil War

Series: Battle in a Box
Publisher: Perry Miniatures
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 4/15/2020 6:10:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
ACW - short smart action

"...the entire Confederate left flank is exposed ... it would be rude not to attack!" Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, brings us a bit of fun using Perry Miniatures 28mm ACW Battle in a Box. But the danger isn't all to the Confederates, when the Union "…cavalry are now fully exposed to the Confederate artillery, who use canister…"!