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

Reviving the Eagles at Quatre Bras rules

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"...the only way to create a meaningful merging of the two was to break one of them." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, gives us a window into his effort to align two of his historical period rule sets, "…striving to get a single Horse and Musket set…". Being Norm, he always has a sharp eye on playability, and is thinking about ways to "…make it easier to get either period to the table without needing full re-reads!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/5/2022


Grant’s Top 10 Solitaire Wargames – 2022 Edition

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"...I only included games on this list that were designed as solitaire only wargames with an AI or some type of Bot." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, brings us his revised top 10 list of solitaire only wargames, after playing an additional 25 or so games. Check out his new list of titles that he's "…found to be fun and engaging to play, challenging and that also wove an interesting narrative as a part of the process."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/31/2022


Making “Next War” More Multi-Domain: Some Alternative Rules for the “Next War” Series

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"...as I played through them all, I started adding elements—what I termed 'House Rules'...". Ian Sullivan offers rules extensions for GMT's Next War series of games to make them more "multi-domain" oriented: that is, requiring players to "…converge capabilities across all domains—air, land, sea, cyber, and space…" in even a broader manner than the existing rules address. Check out his extensions for: Will to Fight; Delaying Reinforcements; Hypersonic Missiles; Advanced Chinese Ballistic missiles; Alternative AEGIS Ashore Rules; Non-Kinetic, Reversible Counterspace Attacks; Kinetic, Non-Reversible Counterspace Attacks

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/26/2022


Maneuver Warfare Who what huh what game is this again??

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"As an avid board gamer and computer wargamer, I have always wanted to see game play with out tips, tricks, or cheats." Rob, in his newly launched YouTube channel 89volvowithlazers, offers a first round of the approach he plans on taking with his videos. Using a flavor of Command Ops 2, his idea is to let you "…actually see how the game plays before downloading the demo or making a purchase."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/15/2022


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A Close Look at a Neglected Gem

Long overdue review of Victory Games' "Central America: America's Backyard War", written by Mark D.. In depth review covering rules, game features, and scenarios (one of the highlights of the game). Editor's note: I've been playing this game again after a long, long time, so I felt this article was worth re-publishing to maybe spark interest in the game...

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman (updated)

Is there such a thing as a "Perfect Opening Move" in any of GMT's COIN Series games? Mark D. shares his idea of a "perfect" opening turn for the Romans in Falling Sky. Enjoy.

Editor's note added on 5/15/2021.

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

I'm finally getting to play this game, and am looking forward to it. There are a decent amount of "special rules" and restrictions that apply to either the Axis or Soviet player, depending on which turn it is. Rather than flipping back and forth in the rule book, I made a quick & dirty cheat sheet for myself which I have been using, and thought I'd share it. If anyone sees anything that's incorrect, please let me know via email at mark at grognard dot com. (updated 4/11/2020 to include rules for ignoring Rivers - Axis only on Turn 1; both sides on Turn 2)

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Game: Atlantic Wolves

Publisher: Canvas Temple Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/24/2022 4:13:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

These were the runners up in Wayne Hansen’s list of preferred solitaire war games from 2019-2020 including The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades, Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land, Aurelian, Restorer of the World, and Atlantic Wolves
Game: Navajo Wars

Series: First Nations Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/24/2022 4:12:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
COMANCHERIA: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE COMANCHE EMPIRE

James Davis reviews the components and game mechanics for this solitaire game. He especially likes the way the game teaches the history behind the simulation. This is the 2nd game in the First Nations series from GMT following Navajo Wars.
Game: A Most Fearful Sacrifice

Series: Black Swan
Publisher: (Web Published)
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/23/2022 7:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Review: A Most Fearful Sacrifice- Gettysburg Done Nice

No Dice No Glory reviews A Most Fearful Sacrifice by designer Hermann Luttmann and published by Flying Pig Games. " I really loved this game. What I like most of all is how Hermann put so many subtle but impactful mechanics in the game without making the game unplayable. In AFMS Hermann has revamped the Blind Swords system and has produced an epic game that covers the entire battle."
Game: Napoleon's Last Gamble

Series: OSG's Series: The Library of Napoleonic Battles (OSG) series
Publisher: Operational Studies Group
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/22/2022 3:38:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Napoleon's Last Gamble, Quatre Bras

The Big Board in a recent video, gives us their opinion of Operational Studies Group's Napoleon's Last Gamble, the Qautre Bras scenario.
Game: Berthier Campaign Manager

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Game Type: Computer
Date: 7/22/2022 10:29:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Berthier Campaign Manager v10.8.1 (Free Software)

There is a new update to the free Berthier Campaign Manager software (Version 10.8.1). This release adds a new tool to Berthier. "The Tabletop Generator tool generates random wargame tabletops showing the terrain to be placed on the tabletop. You can use this tool to generate a tabletop when you desire to wargame out a contact. The tool is configurable. Instructions to do this are described in the Help." Shared by designer/developer Tony De Lyall.
Game: 1565 Siege of Malta

Series: Great Sieges
Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/20/2022 11:10:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
First Impressions: 1565 Siege of Malta from Worthington Publishing

"The design, and I feel the system, really reinforce the feeling of being in charge of the siege or the defense and I really like that about the game." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, checks out Worthington Publishing's 1565 Siege of Malta. See why Grant enjoys the game, and the feature that makes him comment: "Such emotion generated from a single action from a few cards. That is what makes this game interesting and different!"
Game: Piacenza 1746

Publisher: Europa Simulazioni
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/19/2022 4:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Piacenza 1746 by Europa Simulazioni

A Wargamers Needful Things reviews the Piacenza 1746 by Europa Simulazioni stating "The Battle of Piacenza was part of the Spanish and French attempt to take some of the Hapsburg lands in Italy. Playing this game is like gingerly strolling through a minefield. Will your commanders activate? What happens if some of your cannons are no longer usable? What happens to your well-made detailed plan after the smoke of an 18th century battle obscures everything? The Friction of War is here in droves. Oh sure, a pundit or two will argue about the finer points. Let them; I will be busy having a great time playing the game, not discussing it. "
Game: The Shores of Tripoli

Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/18/2022 11:47:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
From the Halls of Montezuma to “The Shores of Tripoli” Board Game Review

"The Shores of Tripoli covers a fascinating time of world history and is as perfect of a game as I have seen in years. It’s simply brilliant." Rick Martin reviews Fort Circle Games' The Shores of Tripoli, which covers the First Barbary War in which the United States and Sweden sought to suppress state-supported North African piracy. Check out why Rick gives it a rare 100% rating, loves the solitaire system, and summarizes: "Failed Basic: Absolutely nothing"
Game: Aurelian, Restorer of the World

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/17/2022 4:13:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

These were the runners up in Wayne Hansen’s list of preferred solitaire war games from 2019-2020 including The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades, Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land, Aurelian, Restorer of the World, and Atlantic Wolves
Game: Comanchería: The Rise and Fall of the Comanche Empire

Series: First Nations Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/17/2022 12:11:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
COMANCHERIA: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE COMANCHE EMPIRE

James Davis reviews the components and game mechanics for this solitaire game. He especially likes the way the game teaches the history behind the simulation. This is the 2nd game in the First Nations series from GMT following Navajo Wars.
Game: D-Day at Peleliu

Series: D-Day Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/17/2022 12:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
[REVIEW] D-Day at Peleliu by Decision Games

D-Day at Peleliu published by Decision Game is based on John Butterfield’s D-Day at Omaha Beach system (also used in Tarawa) and presents fighting at platoon and company scale in solitaire mode. You command the invading American forces against dug-in Japanese defenders, which are controlled by the game system. the 1st Marine Division fought to capture an airstrip on that small coral island. The battle was part of a larger offensive campaign known as Operation Forager, which ran from June to November 1944 in the Pacific Theater. The Boardgames Chronicle reviews this game.
Game: Rifles in the Ardennes

Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/17/2022 11:30:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Rifles in the Ardennes: Mission 1 (Patrol) Playthrough(9 videos)

This tactical, solitaire game has 8 separate missions for your squad of World War II era soldiers. In this series of videos, Diagonal Move plays the 8 missions as a single campaign. Although the reviewer enjoys playing the game he gives a mixed review for playing the game as a campaign. Watch how his squad fares through each mission. Who will survive and will he complete the mission objectives? Click these links to see: Mission 1 and Game Introduction; Mission 2; Mission 3; Mission 4; Mission 5; Mission 6; Mission 7; Mission 8; and Final Thoughts.
Game: Orange Swan: Pacific 1941-1945

Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/15/2022 11:59:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Orange Swan – WWII in the Pacific

"...Orange Swan uses many of the same game mechanics as Black Swan (WWII in Europe), but with greater focus on the innovative—and mechanically simple—naval system...". Noble Knight Games spotlights Vento Nuovo Games' Orange Swan, a block game which covers WWII in the Pacific from 1941 to 1945. Check out a game where "...the outcome is completely unpredictable, and despite the historical result, Japan can defeat the Allies ..."!
Game: Salerno '43

Series: ‘4X Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/13/2022 7:02:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
First Impressions: Salerno ’43: The Allied Invasion of Italy, September 1943 from GMT Games

"...the game plays fast and furiously and was frankly a very good way to spend a Friday evening for 4 hours." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, takes a first look at GMT Games' Salerno '43. Among a lot of likes, check out why Grant exclaims that "I love that the terrain causes these limited axis of advance options as it makes it pretty tough on both sides."
Game: La Garde avance!

Series: Jours de Gloire System
Publisher: Vae Victis
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/11/2022 12:01:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Guard Advances! Waterloo 1815: The Last Square.

"...once the Old Guard were released, they hit an enemy who were now already roughed up with disorders..."! Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, plays The Guard Advances scenario from issue 161 of VaeVictis magazine, which uses the Jours de Gloire System. The scenario covers the tense final hours of Waterloo. Join Norm for the action, and see why he concludes that the game "…has really done a good job in covering…" the battle.
Game: Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/10/2022 4:13:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

These were the runners up in Wayne Hansen’s list of preferred solitaire war games from 2019-2020 including The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades, Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land, Aurelian, Restorer of the World, and Atlantic Wolves
Game: Men of War: Assault Squad

Series: Men of War Series
Publisher: 1C Entertainment
Game Type: Computer
Date: 7/10/2022 1:03:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Wot I Think - Men Of War: Assault Squad

Jim Rossignol reviews this computer game based on the original real time strategy game, Men of War. Assault squad adds skirmish level play for one or multiple players. The review includes a pretty detailed account of the game’s features. Rossignol is especially impressed with the multi-player aspect calling the game “one of the greatest and grandest co-op games available”. The game series is available from 1C Entertainment and Steam.
Game: HoldFast: Russia 1941-1942

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/9/2022 11:07:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Deluxe Barbarossa variant now available

Philip Sabin has posted a deluxe version of his Barbarossa variant for HoldFast: Russia 1941-1942. The new version "…includes a new much more accurate map and unit deployments…".
Game: Semper Fi

Series: Tactical Combat Series
Publisher: Multi-Man Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/9/2022 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Battle for No Name Ridge

Big Board Gaming talks about MultiMan Publishing's Tactical Combat system titled Semper Fi which covers the Marines in the Korean War. He gives an introduction to the scenario, Battle for No-Name Ridge. Make sure you follow this after-action report over the next few weeks.
Game: Table Battles

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/6/2022 11:05:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
2nd Day of Gettysburg, with Table Battles

"With some Civil War reading on the go at the moment I had a hankering to play an appropriate game." Prufrock decides to play a day of Gettysburg using a Hollandspiele's Table Battles expansion. Check out the action and find out why a somewhat frustrated Prufrock feels forced to conclude that "Playing Gettysburg with Table Battles was one way to get a Civil War game in, but it is not one that I can take any satisfaction from."
Game: Les Quatre-Bras & Waterloo 1815

Series: Jours de Gloire
Publisher: Ludifolie
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/4/2022 12:48:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Quatre Bras 1815 (Jours de Gloire)

"For its size, this took longer to play than I thought it would, but was hugely enjoyable." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, tries out the Jours de Gloire system after a long absence, with Ludifolie's Les Quatre-Bras & Waterloo 1815. Does Norm's replay change history after "...now from nowhere! A moment of crisis for the Coalition. Soye (French) attacks Best and routs them just outside Quatre Bras, advancing after combat and gaining a ‘Breakthrough’ result (so they can immediately attack again)."?
Game: Imperial Tide: The Great War 1914-1918

Series: Pacific Tide
Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/4/2022 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Tide: The Great War 1914-1918 by Compass Games

A Wargamers Needful Things gives a thumbs up to Imperial Tide: The Great War 1914-1918 by Compass Games. "The gameplay is fast but deep and gives the player a lot of different options, while still putting on him the constraints of a commander in World War I. The designer, Gregory M. Smith, also designed the game Pacific Tide. So, if you are familiar with that game the learning curve is almost nil. Mr. Smith was looking to design a fun game that was playable in under three hours, along with sufficient depth to keep the players interested. I believe he has done just that."
Game: The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/3/2022 12:12:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

These were the runners up in Wayne Hansen’s list of preferred solitaire war games from 2019-2020 including The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades, Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land, Aurelian, Restorer of the World, and Atlantic Wolves
Game: Strike Force One

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/3/2022 12:04:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Strike Force One Play and Commentary (PC version)(3 videos)

Playing as a beginner and making beginner’s mistakes, usapatriot4163 starts this series of videos playing and losing SPI’s introductory war game. He fairs better in the second video as the Americans, and wins the final game with the Soviet forces.
Game: Tactics II

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/3/2022 11:22:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
War & Pieces - Tactics II with Rob Oren (video)

Rob Oren takes a close look at Tactics II from 1958. This is a nice introduction to war game principles for new players.
Game: Frontline: The Longest Day

Publisher: Slitherine
Game Type: Computer
Date: 7/3/2022 11:13:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Frontline: The Longest Day – PC Game Review

In his Armchair General blog, Rick Martin reviews this introductory war game from Slitherine. Rating the game at 73%, Martin sums up with “While the game is addictively fun… it is very basic and is best viewed as a good beer and pretzels game or a good game for beginner gamers.”
Game: Battle Hymn Vol. 1: Gettysburg and Pea Ridge

Series: Battle Hymn
Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/30/2022 3:30:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
My Own Worst Enemy ~ Battle Hymn Volume One – Pea Ridge Part 6

The Armchair Dragoons provides part 6 of an after-action report of Battle Hymn Vol. 1: Gettysburg and Pea Ridge playing the Pea Ridge game teaching the game system and providing some advice on tactics in this first Compass Games Civil War system.
Game: Assault: Red Horizon 41

Publisher: Assault Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/29/2022 4:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
My Own Worst Enemy ~ Assault- Red Horizon 41

The Armchair Dragoons starts a replay of Assault- Red Horizon 41 published by Assault Publishing. Can the Soviets blow up a bridge on the Dniepr before the Germans can cross? In this first video they go through the set-up of the scenario Raiding Patrol.
Game: The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/27/2022 5:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944 – First Impressions

The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944, published by GMT Games, uses a chit-pull activation system that determines both the order and type of each sides’ actions during the game’s ten turns, covering June 6 to August 21, 1944. The Boardgames Chronicle gives their first impressions this game.
Game: Frontline: The Longest Day

Publisher: Slitherine
Game Type: Computer
Date: 6/26/2022 12:51:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Frontline: The Longest Day - First Impressions (video)

War games came to the computer scene in the early 1980’s and have since migrated to tablets and smart phones. This sequel to Frontline: Road to Moscow is typical of war games suitable for small screened devices. Graphics are rudimentary and game play is simple, yet engaging. In this video, prolific blogger, thehistoricalgamer, demonstrates game play and the user interface through several turns.
Game: Frontline: Road to Moscow

Publisher: Slitherine
Game Type: Computer
Date: 6/26/2022 12:01:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Frontline: Road to Moscow First Look

AgrippaMaxentius demonstrates game play taking the Kaunas and Brest Fortress objectives in this introductory war game.
Game: The Jaws of Victory: Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket – January/February 1944

Publisher: New England Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/25/2022 9:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Jaws of Victory: BTac’s Notes and Considerations

The Jaws of Victory, the battle of the Korsun-Cherkassy pocket: January/February 1944. Designed by Milt Janosky, and published by New England Simulations is a historical simulation of the Soviet’s winter offensive in the Ukraine in the early months of 1944 that trapped the better part of two German corps with a classic pincer movement by two Soviet Armies – and the German Army’s desperate response to relieve their beleaguered comrades in the pocket. BoardTactical Tom provides tactical notes and considerations to think about before you start playing.
Game: 414 BC Siege of Syracuse

Series: Great Sieges game series
Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/24/2022 5:05:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
414 BC Siege of Syracuse from Worthington Publishing – Action Point 2

The Peloponnesian war is still studied in most military academies because it provides many lessons in warfare, diplomacy and geopolitics that are still applicable to this day. 414 BC Siege of Syracuse from Worthington Publishing, covers the apocalyptic event that, in many ways, caused the defeat of the Athenian Empire. The Players Aid provides a short tutorial on the mechanics of giving orders to your troops in their Action Point 2 post.
Game: Conquest & Consequence

Series: Triumph & Tragedy system
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/24/2022 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
[REVIEW] Conquest & Consequence

Conquest & Consequence brings GMT Games' Triumph & Tragedy system to the Pacific War. The Boardgames Chronicle reviews states, "Like its predecessor, it is designed for three players, maintaining the three-sided dynamic that adds so much variety and intrigue to the system. And as you know, a dedicated, balanced and tense game for a 3 players is a rarity!
Game: The Grass Crown

Series: Shields & Swords Ancients series
Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/22/2022 1:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Grass Crown by Hollandspiele

The Grass Crown was the Roman Republic's highest honor. It was given for actions that saved a legion or the entire army. Hollandspiele applies their Shields & Swords Ancients System to 10 battles standing 300 years of the Roman Republic. "There is way more to this game than meets the eye. When you first open the box, you might be thinking that this is a beer & pretzels game. In no way, shape, or form, is this one of those.", says A Wargamers Needful Things "One of the best things about the scenarios and the rules is that you can see the progression of Roman battlefield tactics, and their actual formations.
Game: Blood & Roses

Series: Men of Iron
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/20/2022 2:17:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
1471 - The Battle of Barnet - mixing boardgame and figure game storylines

"...for this ongoing saga, we will turn to a boardgame to decide the outcome of Edwards attempt to take the crown in that far, far away place …… Barnet!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, finds that his Piggy Longton fictional narrative is trending close enough to history that it's time to resolve a crucial step with GMT Games' Blood and Roses. Join Norm for the tense action, where late in the battle "Both sides knew that the fighting was closely contested and that whoever could get the edge, might turn the battle irreversibly in their favour."
Game: Operation Theseus: Gazala 1942

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/20/2022 6:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Operation Theseus: Gazala 1942 - Overview, System Comparison & First Thoughts - Diagonal Move

Neil from Diagonal Move provides a video overview of Operation Theseus: Gazala 1942 published by VUCA Simulations. He finds it to be an interesting and challenging games, though more intricate than the other titles from the same company.
Game: The Shores of Tripoli

Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/19/2022 8:38:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

Game enthusiast Wayne Hansen discusses 6 solitaire games published in 2019-2020 that he enjoyed playing. His video includes components, game play, and his concise reviews. War game players who enjoy solitaire games will want to check out this list including: Ostkrieg: WWII Eastern Front, Space Infantry Resurgence, The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750, Stilicho: Last of the Romans (an update and improvement of The Wars of Marcus Aurelius), Chancellorsville 1863, and The Shores of Tripoli plus others mentioned as runners up. In short, a nice summary of the state of the art of solitaire war games as of 2020.
Game: Fleet Commander: Nimitz

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/18/2022
Poster: Harvey M.
TDG: Fleet Commander: Nimitz

The Discriminating Gamer Channel reviews Fleet Commander Nimitz by Dan Verssen Games except for the " tedious set up" and length of time it takes to play. He still highly recommends the game.
Game: Tolling of the Bell

Series: WWII Battle Series
Publisher: Three Crowns
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/17/2022 3:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Tolling of the Bell by Three Crowns Games

Tolling of the Bell by Three Crowns Games is the fifth game the Swedish company has produced in their WWII Battle Series and this one covers the 'last' German offensive in World War II. The Tolling of the Bell is a very well-done wargame, according to A Wargamers Needful Things. For Grognards, the game is easy to learn and with the relatively small number of counters you should be playing in no time.
Game: Irish Freedom

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/17/2022 2:20:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Irish Civil War & Independence: Irish Freedom

"Help the Irish escape the British stranglehold in Irish Freedom!" Noble Knight Games spotlights White Dog Games' Irish Freedom, a solitaire game in which you can play the Irish independence fight, as well as the Irish Civil War, or both back-to-back. "Victory is achieved by a combination of how quickly you can win the War of Independence and how quickly/completely you can win the Civil War."
Game: A Most Fearful Sacrifice

Series: Black Swan
Publisher: (Web Published)
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/17/2022
Poster: Harvey M.
AAR THE SLAUGHTER PEN

"Can the Union still snatch a pyrrhic victory by regaining full control of Little Round Top? As 6p.m. arrived, Union artillery fire at last came into play and the strongest Confederate unit of Law’s brigade becomes battle worn. This seems small consolation as in swift succession the remaining Union unit defending the peak of Little Round Top is first depleted and then shaken and forced to retreat. Little Round Top is totally in Confederate hands." A Wargamers Needful Things describes the action of a play through of the opening scenario of the recently published A Most Fearful Sacrifice, the latest development in Herman Luttmann's Blind Sword system for fighting ACW battles. Though billed as a learning scenario, it gives a dramatic first outing with this superlative game published by Flying Pig Games.
Game: Legion

Publisher: Society of Ancients
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/15/2022 8:17:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Legion: Chaeronea with Phil Sabin

"As I hope readers can see, the VASSAL module makes Legion easily playable, even for people on opposite sides of the globe." Prufrock tries out the new fast play expansion Legion II for Phil Sabin's Legion. Check out why he has to conclude that author "…Phil won the battle convincingly, and a rather rueful Prufrock was left to absorb the lessons of the day!"; yet "…a great experience…".
Game: The Lost Battalion: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, 1918

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 6/14/2022
Poster: Pat L.
official rules (zipped file)

Rules for Lost Battalions courtesy of Decision Games. We extend our thanks to the folks at Archive.org and their Wayback machine, for preserving this information.
Game: The Lost Battalion: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, 1918

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 6/14/2022
Poster: Pat L.
FAQ/errata (PDF file)

Errata for Lost Battalions from Strategy & Tactics Magazine #217. We extend our thanks to the folks at Archive.org and their Wayback machine, for preserving this information.
Game: Old School Tactical Stalingrad Eastern Front Expansion

Series: Old School Tactical
Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/13/2022 4:15:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Crowbar-Stalingrad Update (video)

A behind the scenes look at Mark Walker’s update to his Kickstarter supporters back in 2019. File this under “the best laid plans” and “a commitment to excellence”.
Game: Command & Colors: Samurai Battles

Series: Command & Colors
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/13/2022 1:50:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Samurai Battles session reports – Second Kondonai 1564 AD

"In essence, Richard Borg at his best!" Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us a replay of the Second Kondonai 1564 AD scenario in GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles. Check in on the action: "What a bloody turn it was! First, the deadly Mounted Charge by Lukasz but then also my Ambush!"
Game: Chancellorsville 1863

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/12/2022 8:38:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

Game enthusiast Wayne Hansen discusses 6 solitaire games published in 2019-2020 that he enjoyed playing. His video includes components, game play, and his concise reviews. War game players who enjoy solitaire games will want to check out this list including: Ostkrieg: WWII Eastern Front, Space Infantry Resurgence, The First Jihad: The Rise of Islam 632-750, Stilicho: Last of the Romans (an update and improvement of The Wars of Marcus Aurelius), Chancellorsville 1863, and The Shores of Tripoli plus others mentioned as runners up. In short, a nice summary of the state of the art of solitaire war games as of 2020.
Game: Waterloo

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/12/2022 7:13:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Waterloo

Here is a module at the VASSAL web site for Avalon Hill’s Waterloo. There are 3 versions, each with different artwork. VASSAL is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games and card games. A growing list of game Modules is available at the web site and at web sites for some game publishers. Players can play solitaire off-line, play live on the Internet or play by email. Vassal runs on all platforms, and is free, open-source software.
Game: Tactics II

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/12/2022 6:39:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
War and Pieces Live Rob Plays Tactics II (video)

Rob Oren posts videos and live streams on YouTube.com with his War in Pieces series. In this video, Rob tries an overly aggressive strategy (with disastrous results) for the red team in this vintage war game. Viewers chime in with comments and Rob hosts his live stream meeting at the end of the video.