Opponents Wanted

Find Gaming Opponents!

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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.

Seeing the Elephant at Kasserine Pass. “Patton’s Payback: The Battle of El Guettar and Patton’s Rise to Glory”. Book Review

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"...explores a chapter of the US Army’s history that rarely gets much attention...". Ray Garbee reviews Patton's Payback The Battle of El Guettar and General Patton's Rise to Glory by Stephen L. Moore. While Ray has some quibbles about a couple aspects of the book, he nonetheless find an enjoyable read that is "…a good narrative into how combat is a test that separates true warrior leaders from the merely competent administrators."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/4/2022


Reflections on gaming not-Ukraine

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"...in our games the Russian military was far more adroit using [artillery] in a fluid battlespace than seems to be the case in Ukraine." Rex Brynen, in PAXsims, reflects on some semi-recent "not Ukraine" modern wargame exercises, and what light those games shed, or didn't shed, regarding the reality of the current war. For example, in an influence operations exercise, "...what worked looked very much like what has worked for the Ukrainians in the current war, right down to heroic leaders and cute memes."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 4/1/2022


In The Sailor’s Bookshelf, James Stavridis Tackles a Deep Subject – The Sea. Book Review.

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"...If you have any interest in the sea, the books on this list are bound to include several you will want to chase down." Ray Garbee reviews The Sailor's Bookshelf, Fifty Books to Know the Sea, by Adm. James Stavridis, USN (RET.). Check out why he is enthusiastic about a book that "…spans subjects and genres encompassing fiction, history, law, environmentalism and more!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/11/2022


Never Give Up! Never Surrender! The Tin Can Sailors Have Their Finest Hour in ‘The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors’. Book Review

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"At times, the book certainly puts the ‘graphic’ into the graphic novel." Ray Garbee reviews The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary WWII Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour, a visual adaptation of what Ray considers to be the definitive book on the Battle off Samar in the Pacific theater of World War II. He makes clear that this is no lightweight comic book, but rather a powerful retelling of a "…battle should have been the big gun shootout the Navy’s battleship admirals had sought for years."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/2/2022


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Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

Another new feature for Grognard.com, the Gaming Convention calendar will make it a snap to keep up with all the latest gaming conventions in your area. But we need your gaming convention information, so please contribute.



Grognard News

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

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

No More Advertisements! (2/1/2022)

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

Grognard Opponents Wanted (10/15/2021)

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

Gaming Conventions

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

If you are sponsoring a board gaming convention of some type, or know of one that is not listed on Grognard.com, then please contact us and let us know!

Gaming Clubs/Organziations

New Gaming Clubs/Organizations listing. You can search for existing gaming clubs worldwide.

If you belong to a gaming club, or know of one, please drop us a line and let us know so we can get it listed on Grognard.com!

New Search Features

Now you can search for specific games (or games by publisher) using the new Game Search feature, located at the top right corner of the this page. In addition you can now harness the power of Google to search the entire Grognard.com site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of Grognard.com" and click magnifying glass button. Search features will continue to be improved and enhanced going forward so check back often to see the latest stuff.

Grognard Originals

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

A Close Look at a Neglected Gem

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

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman (updated)

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

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

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

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

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

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

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Latest Challenge

Have a look at the graphics for the latest Challenge and see past solutions and contest winners.

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New Management Coming to Grognard.com!

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

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

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Game: Sniper!

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

Several Errata lists for Sniper! by courtesy of Decision Games . Errata for Sniper! has small font text and tables. 2nd Edition errata has 2 pages in normal sized text and there is one page of errata for Hetzer Sniper!.
Game: Ligny 1815: Last Eagles

Series: Eagles of France
Publisher: Hexasim
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/16/2022 4:46:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Ligny 1815

"...in the lower part of the village, the French are ejected from their foothold and two regiments rout. The first assault has been held off!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us an action packed replay of Hexasim's Ligny 1815: Last Eagles, playing the full historical scenario. Can the French recover, or do the Prussians press their advantage? Join Norm to see why "…it just goes to show how things can turn in the last moments."
Game: Baltic Empires: The Northern Wars of 1558-1721

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/14/2022 4:51:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Powers of Baltic Empires — Sweden

"This really leaves only one course of action for the Swedish player: expansion!" Designer Brian Asklev begins a series of articles discussing the five powers of his GMT Games' Baltic Empires: The Northern Wars of 1558-1721. Despite being on the small side, Sweden has some built-in political advantages, as well as "…one more ace up their sleeves when it comes to war."
Game: Battle of Atlanta: War Centennial Game

Publisher: Southern Games Company
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/13/2022 12:00:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Battle of Atlanta War Centennial Game

A group of grognards comment on this vintage game from 1960.
Game: Hit The Beach

Series: American Heritage Series
Publisher: Milton Bradley
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/13/2022 10:33:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Games - American Heritage Games

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

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/13/2022 8:47:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Board Game Collection – Blitzkrieg (video)

John from The Dusted Game Shelf presents this quirky unboxing of Avalon Hill’s Blitzkrieg from 1965. This is the 1975 version that contains some new rules and modifications noted with red dots in the rules booklet.
Game: War Games

Publisher: Stanley Paul & Co Ltd
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 3/13/2022 8:23:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
War Games (Featherstone)

The Miniatures Page provides information for all things related to miniatures war games. A few Grognards discuss Donald Featherstone’s War Games rules in this forum post.
Game: Fletcher Pratt's Naval War Game

Publisher: Harrison-Hilton Books
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 3/13/2022 8:15:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
The Fletcher Pratt Naval Game as a Lawn Game (pdf)

John Bear takes Fletcher Pratt’s Naval War rules to the lawn in this collection of photos.
Game: Rebel Sabers: Civil War Cavalry Battles

Series: Great Battles of the American Civil War Series
Publisher: TSR
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/10/2022 12:36:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Rebel Sabers Errata (pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Onslaught!

Publisher: TSR
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/10/2022 12:20:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Onslaught: D-Day to the Rhine Errata and Clarifications (pdf)

Errata and clarifications by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Blue Water Navy

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/9/2022 5:10:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“The Bear Went Across The Pond” A Narrative AAR for Blue Water Navy

"I’ve been meaning to get Compass Games 'Blue Water Navy' on the table...". Phil, in the Retro Conflict blog, brings us a fun AAR playing Compass Games' Blue Water Navy, which looks at the naval aspect of an 80s Third World War. Check out why he comments "I love this game mechanic, it’s so D&D."
Game: Combat Commander: Pacific

Series: Combat Commander
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/7/2022 4:50:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Combat Commander Pacific – Scenario #E West Tank Barrier

"On top of this bunker, wire, sniper and Heavy MG. That would not be an easy nut to crack!" Michal and his buddy Dave, in The Boardgames Chronicle, continue their project of playing the scenarios in GMT Games' Combat Commander: Pacific. In a back-and-forth US versus Japanese fight, Michal decides to take a risk: "I was very afraid of this move – but decided to dash toward [the] enemy line, with at least some smoke cover."
Game: Dogfight

Series: American Heritage Series
Publisher: Milton Bradley
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/6/2022 10:33:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Games - American Heritage Games

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

Publisher: Stanley Paul & Co Ltd
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 3/6/2022 8:16:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
A review by Eamon Honan October 2008 (pdf)

Eamon Honan reviews the 2nd edition of Donald Featherstone’s seminal book for miniatures war gaming. The book includes rules for ancients, musket & saber, and World War II era games.
Game: War Games

Publisher: Stanley Paul & Co Ltd
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 3/6/2022 8:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
The Daniel Borris and Donald Featherstone Collection (videos)

Daniel Borris has amassed an amazing collection of war game miniatures figures. These videos showcase his collection and the collection of Donald Featherstone, author of War Games.
Game: Tarawa 1943

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/4/2022 4:12:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Tarawa 1943 by Worthington Publishing

"It plays easily, quickly and thematically." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, reviews Worthington Publishing's Tarawa 1943, a strictly solo, card driven game about this early island hopping offensive. Check out why Michal finds it to be a challenging game where "…you can immerse yourself in the battle as the gameplay will strir up a lot of emotions, not to mention cursing!"
Game: Red Sun Rising: The Russo-Japanese War 1904-05

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/3/2022 11:24:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Red Sun Rising Errata (as of 3 April 1978) (pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Strategy I: Strategic Warfare 350BC to 1984

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/3/2022 11:10:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Strategy 1 Errata (pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Waterloo

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/28/2022 8:43:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Comrade Wargame (Avalon Hill’s Stalingrad)

From a most unusual web site, Gideon Marcus posts a review from 1963(?!) that discusses Stalingrad from Avalon Hill and some comparisons to their Waterloo game. Marcus provides a short description and notes the game’s innovations including rules for replacements, weather, rail transportation, and supply (all new at the time). The review includes a play through of his victory for the Germans and several interesting comments from readers.
Game: Ligny 1815: Last Eagles

Series: Eagles of France
Publisher: Hexasim
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/28/2022 4:24:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Attack St. Amands 1815

"This is my ‘go to’ Napoleonic boardgame system..."! Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us an intense replay of Hexasim's Ligny 1815: Last Eagles, this time with Scenario 1, the battle for St. Amand and La Haye. Events are back and forth: "...the Prussians down at St. Amand are coming under increasing pressure and taking losses...", and "...the French put in an early assault on La-Haye, hoping to make progress before Prussian reinforcements arrive, but it is a disaster." How does it come out?
Game: Broadside

Series: American Heritage Series
Publisher: Milton Bradley
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/27/2022 10:33:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Games - American Heritage Games

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

Publisher: Mercury Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/26/2022 12:24:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
The Invasion of the North: Opening Moves

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

Series: Panzer Corps Series
Publisher: Matrix Games
Game Type: Computer
Date: 2/26/2022 8:53:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Panzercorps | Review (video)

Strategy enthusiast Strategy Joe posted this brief overview and somewhat positive video review of this World War II strategic and tactical game from Matrix. The game and all it’s downloaded content (DLC) is available in 2022 as Panzer Corps Gold.
Game: Hit The Beach

Series: American Heritage Series
Publisher: Milton Bradley
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/26/2022 8:23:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Hit The Beach

Here is a module at the VASSAL web site for Milton Bradley’s Hit The Beach. 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: Hit The Beach

Series: American Heritage Series
Publisher: Milton Bradley
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/26/2022 8:02:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Hit the Beach - Play Review

The Board Game Bear reviews this rudimentary war game for children from Milton Bradley. The review is illustrated nicely and includes a link to the reviewer’s game overview post and the full rules. 5.5 out of 10 Bears!
Game: Infernal Machine: Dawn of Submarine Warfare

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/25/2022 4:15:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
GMT Games P500 Offering “Infernal Machine: Dawn of Submarine Warfare” Aims to Explores the Role of Submarines in the American Civil War.

Want the "...challenge of using ‘bleeding edge’ technology where you were fighting your own equipment as much as the enemy..."? Ray Garbee takes an initial look at GMT Games' Infernal Machine: Dawn of Submarine Warfare. Check out why he recommends that "If you have an interest in the American Civil War or an immersive solitaire game experience surf on over to the GMT Games website and back this game!"
Game: Spitfire: Tactical Aerial Combat in Europe 1939-42

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/24/2022 10:58:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Spitfire Errata (pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: On to Moscow

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 2/24/2022 10:47:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
On To Moscow Errata and Clarifications (pdf)

Errata and clarifications by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/23/2022 4:29:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Epic Commands and Colors: Ancients

"Who isn't a sucker for Successors?" Prufrock brings us a fun replay of GMT Games' Commands and Colors: Ancients, using miniatures instead of blocks, so lots of great pictures! He's playing the Paraitacene scenario, and reaches a critical point: "Eumenes, knowing this was his last chance, decided to make a bid for victory." Does the gamble succeed?
Game: The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/22/2022 7:05:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Review of "The Dark Summer, Normandy 1944"

Detailed, well illustrated, review of GMT's "The Dark Summer, Normandy 1944" shared by La Via Del Grognard web site.
Game: 1941: Operation Barbarossa

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/20/2022 1:25:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
STALINGRAD, THE CLASSIC: A REVISIONIST'S REVIEW

Back in 1996, Lou Coatney, long time war gamer and war game designer, offered his review of this early and highly regarded and studied Avalon Hill classic. Citing several problems with the game, Coatney acknowledges what made the game so popular (playablity) while being highly inaccurate historically. The review includes a list of Stalingrad successor games and Coatney’s own set of revised rules to increase historic accuracy.
Game: Saalfeld: Prelude to Jena

Series: Quick Play Musket & Saber Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/20/2022 10:32:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Boardgame of the Month: "Germantown" by Decision Games

This set of 3 articles explores Germantown from Decision Games. Commission and Regiment is a web site devoted to Horse & Musket Miniature Wargaming from 6mm to 40mm but they sometimes discuss board war games. Scroll down to see the review posted on 3/19/19 and work your way up. The author, an experienced war gamer with several blogs devoted to miniatures war gaming, provides a thoughtful and technical review, several well-illustrated game replays, and an extensive set of variant rules to increase realism and game play. These variant rules can also be applied to Salem Church and Saalfeld and possibly to the entire Series of Musket & Saber games from Decision Games. Be sure to click the comments links to see additional discussions with prolific war game blogger Norm Smith.
Game: Crowbar! The Rangers at Pointe du Hoc

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/20/2022 10:13:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Crowbar! The Rangers at Point du Hoc How to Play

Mark Walker describes how to play this solitaire tactical level war game from Flying Pigs Games.
Game: Battle-Cry

Series: American Heritage Series
Publisher: Milton Bradley
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/20/2022 9:30:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Games - American Heritage Games

Michael Russell summarizes his impressions of Milton Bradley’s American Heritage series of war games including: Battle-Cry, Broadside, Dogfight, and Hit the Beach published between 1961 and 1965. Russell doesn’t mention Skirmish, the American Revolution based game in the series, published in 1975.
Game: Live Free or Die

Publisher: Little Wars TV
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 2/18/2022 7:01:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Live Free or Die rules and scenarios available in hard copy

"...for this reader, the product has inspired...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields and Warriors, takes a look at the new Live Free or Die American Revolution miniatures rules from the Little Wars TV wargame club. Check out why Norm is intrigued enough to state that "…at the moment, I don’t actually have any AWI armies, so that future goal will now be quickly brought forwards…"!
Game: Molotov's War

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 2/17/2022 12:33:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Molotov’s War Errata

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: French Foreign Legion

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 2/17/2022 12:22:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
French Foreign Errata (S&T #200) (pdf)

Errata by courtesy of Decision Games .
Game: Last Full Measure: The Maryland Campaign

Series: Last Full Measure Series
Publisher: Uhlan Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/16/2022 4:38:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Last Full Measure: The Maryland Campaign

Gerald Todd brings us another installment in his Last Full Measure Series of free Print-and-Play Civil War games. This new entry is entitled Last Full Measure: The Maryland Campaign, and covers "…Lee's Invasion of Maryland in September of 1862 from the battle for the South Mountain gaps, Harper's Ferry, and the Battle of Antietam…".
Game: Combat Commander: Pacific

Series: Combat Commander
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/14/2022 4:27:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Combat Commander Pacific – Scenario #D Operation Cherry Blossom

"Do you know you can win [this] game by eliminating the last opponent unit on the map? That was my goal." Michal and his buddy Dave, in The Boardgames Chronicle, continue their project of playing the scenarios in GMT Games' Combat Commander: Pacific. His Japanese defenders in the Operation Cherry Blossom scenario seek to capitalize on a success, can they hold out? "…things can change abruptly in this game."
Game: Postcard Barbarossa

Publisher: Lou Coatney
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/13/2022 3:08:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Postcard Barbarossa - Review

A bit of "back & forth" between reviewer LeftSide and designer Lou Coatney. Interesting reading...
Game: German Eagle vs Russian Bear

Publisher: Lou Coatney
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/13/2022 1:25:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
STALINGRAD, THE CLASSIC: A REVISIONIST'S REVIEW

Back in 1996, Lou Coatney, long time war gamer and war game designer, offered his review of this early and highly regarded and studied Avalon Hill classic. Citing several problems with the game, Coatney acknowledges what made the game so popular (playablity) while being highly inaccurate historically. The review includes a list of Stalingrad successor games and Coatney’s own set of revised rules to increase historic accuracy.
Game: Salem Church: East of Chancellorsville

Series: Quick Play Musket & Saber Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/13/2022 11:18:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Boardgame of the Month: "Germantown" by Decision Games

This set of 3 articles explores Germantown from Decision Games. Commission and Regiment is a web site devoted to Horse & Musket Miniature Wargaming from 6mm to 40mm but they sometimes discuss board war games. Scroll down to see the review posted on 3/19/19 and work your way up. The author, an experienced war gamer with several blogs devoted to miniatures war gaming, provides a thoughtful and technical review, several well-illustrated game replays, and an extensive set of variant rules to increase realism and game play. These variant rules can also be applied to Salem Church and Saalfeld and possibly to the entire Series of Musket & Saber games from Decision Games. Be sure to click the comments links to see additional discussions with prolific war game blogger Norm Smith.
Game: Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis, 1860-61

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/13/2022
Poster: Pat L.
FORT SUMTER: You Gotta Keep Em Separated! Playing the Secessionist side / GMT Games (video)

The Legendary Tactics Youtube blogger replays this card driven strategic simulation. The game addresses the factors that led to the secession prior to the American Civil War. Although the game's computer opponent is weak, the review is mostly positive as the reviewer calls the game “quick playing” with a “fun strategy to it”.
Game: Dogfight

Series: American Heritage Series
Publisher: Milton Bradley
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/12/2022 8:24:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Vintage Milton Bradley Dogfight game. (1963)

Here’s a low-tech attempt to dress up Milton Bradley’s Dogfight terrain along with comments from old time players.
Game: Stalingrad

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/12/2022 7:50:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Stalingrad Rules (2nd edition)

Scribd, a web page devoted to e-publications, has the complete rules for Stalingrad from Avalon Hill. This version is from the 2nd edition published in 1974.
Game: Downfall of the Third Reich

Publisher: Do It Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/11/2022 9:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Downfall of the Third Reich - promo video

Promo video of Downfall of the Third Reich, a new game from Do It Games.
Game: Lanzerath Ridge

Series: Valiant Defense Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/11/2022 4:46:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Interview with David Thompson Designer of Lanzerath Ridge: Battle of the Bulge from Dan Verssen Games Coming to Kickstarter January 25th

"When I first learned about the Battle of Lanzerath Ridge, I knew it HAD to be in the series. It was just too perfect a fit not to include." Grant Kleinhenz, in the The Players' Aid blog, interviews designer David Thompson about his Dan Verssen Games' Valiant Defense: Lanzerath Ridge, a solitaire title which covers an intense engagement during the Battle of the Bulge. Check out why this engagement connects with David's design philosophy: "If a conflict doesn’t offer something new or unique, I’m not really interested in designing a game about it."
Game: Two Flags - One Nation

Publisher: Norman Smith
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 2/9/2022 4:41:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The fight for Figgins Farm 1863.

"...I was encouraged to get the new recruits to the table." Norm Smith, in Battlefields and Warriors, is working on a new scenario to use with his Two Flags - One Nation American Civil War miniatures rules. Join Norm for the fun with the first playtest, including a random event: "…a fire takes hold of the farm building, forcing the Confederate cavalry to abandon their prize and fall back to safety…".
Game: Bismarck Solitaire

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/7/2022 4:24:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
One book – hours of World War II adventures! Bismarck Solitaire Book -Game Review

"...a perfectly fun, highly addictive and immensely replayable game." Rick Martin reviews Worthington Publishing's Bismarck Solitaire, which covers World War II North Atlantic naval operations - and comes as a book ("…you just need a photocopier, dice and a pencil…"). Check out why Rick gives the game a 96% rating. "As the scenarios progress, the British are more and more aggressive in their quest to sink your ships and U-Boats and, consequently, the scenarios become more difficult to win."
Game: Sturm Nach Osten

Publisher: 3W
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 2/6/2022 1:25:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
STALINGRAD, THE CLASSIC: A REVISIONIST'S REVIEW

Back in 1996, Lou Coatney, long time war gamer and war game designer, offered his review of this early and highly regarded and studied Avalon Hill classic. Citing several problems with the game, Coatney acknowledges what made the game so popular (playablity) while being highly inaccurate historically. The review includes a list of Stalingrad successor games and Coatney’s own set of revised rules to increase historic accuracy.