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Spotlight Articles

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

Choosing Napoleonic pocket armies and scales.

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"...I find myself, when looking at Napoleonics, of being in the odd situation of having accumulated three different scales in the unpainted stash to choose from." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, begins his logic in choosing scale and ruleset to focus on. He has a method to his madness: "The process of elimination will simply be to set up a generic scenario and play the various scales through with the various rule sets and just see which gives me the right feel and look that best suits what I am after." But also not ignoring "…what brings the most joy!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 2/1/2023


Another Option for Online Tabletop Gaming with Rally The Troops!

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"Beyond the Vassal’s and the Tabletop Simulator type engine, there’s another option out there...". Ray Garbee checks out Rally the Troops!, a fairly recent option for tabletop style gaming, online. See why Ray concludes “All told, Rally the Troops is a great addition to the tabletop gaming landscape.”

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/30/2023


Examining the Critical Role of WW II Logistics in “War of Supply” – Book Review

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"A reason that the battle of Kasserine Pass came to be in the first place was due to the failure of the logisticians and planners to accurately provide a logistical ‘tail’...". Ray Garbee reviews War of Supply: World War II Allied Logistics in the Mediterranean, by David D. Dworak. Ray finds "...insights into how the logistics services stumbled in North Africa, but picked themselves up and learned from their mistakes."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/23/2023


Operation Barbarossa 1941, games and some reading.

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"...reading the book, hand-in-hand with playing some Barbarossa boardgames would give an experience that would enhance both book and game." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, launches into one of his fascinating projects. This time, while reading Barbarossa - How Hitler Lost the War, he'll be playing games on his shelf related to the campaign. Spoiler alert! Norm points out how, with one title, he's "…never had such an extreme opening."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/16/2023


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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.



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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!

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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Game: Stilicho: Last of the Romans

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/6/2023 2:20:00 PM
Poster: Dave Belton
The Beautiful Boards of Wargaming! – Stilicho: Last of the Romans from Hollandspiele

Can you avoid the disasters that doomed a high-flying Roman General during the heyday of the mighty Roman Empire? In Stilicho: Last of the Romans, the player must survive various political and military intrigues. This article by Grant Kleinhenz, discuses not only this intriguing game, but also the beauty of the board itself.

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Game: Seljuk: Byzantium Besieged, 1068-1071

Series: Levy & Campaign
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/6/2023 8:16:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Across The Bosporus: Bringing Levy & Campaign to Asia Minor

"They were an enemy almost perfectly equipped to defeat Roman fighting doctrine." Designer Justin Fassino discusses the challenge of reflecting "…the highly asymmetric nature of both factions’ objectives…" in this game of the growing clash between the Byzantine Empire and the Seljuk Turks. See why Justin points out that "Both sides will have to leverage their strengths against the other to force their own campaign tempo on the game."

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Game: World War I: 1914-1918

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 2/5/2023 4:12:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
THE 20 BEST S&T MAGAZINE GAMES FROM THE “GOLDEN AGE” OF SPI

Joseph C. Beard III in his “Map and Counters” blog takes us down memory lane to see his 20 favorite games from Strategy & Tactics Magazine. The article includes links for the 15 “also rans” and interesting discussions with several commenters.

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Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 2/5/2023 1:39:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#1108) for 5-February-2023 and the winners for the last Challenge (#1107).
Game: Operation Theseus: Gazala 1942

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/5/2023 12:44:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Operation Theseus: Gazala 1942 - Campaign Report (4 videos)

Neil, in his Diagonal Move blog, presents this detailed session report of his first playing of the Campaign Game for Operation Theseus. He begins with a great summary of the opening situation and then moves on to a series of detailed discussions, each occurring after he completed several activations. Part 2 continues from Turn 2 and includes combat and movement examples. Parts 3 and 4 cover the last 2 turns played and conclusion. The game ends in a nonhistorical Axis defeat that Neil attributes to his inexperience with game mechanics while still finding the game to be enjoyable. Click these links to see: Operation Theseus: Gazala 1942 - Campaign Report Turn 1; Campaign Report Turn 2 plus Combat & Movement Examples; Campaign Report Turn 3; and Campaign Report Turn 4 - Game End.

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Game: Operation Theseus: Gazala 1942

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/5/2023 11:43:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Operation Theseus || unboxing (video)

Kevin Kitchens on his YouTube channel, ones upon a game, presents this excellent unboxing. In addition to a complete look at the game components you will find a look at the errata package of player aids that was sent with the original game shipments.

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Game: Give Us Victories: The Chancellorsville Campaign

Publisher: Dissimula Edizioni
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/4/2023 2:52:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Give Us Victories (Play Through Video)

TheGimpyGamer demonstrates game mechanics by playing several activations from the Salem Church scenario.

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Game: The Chase of the Bismarck

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/4/2023 12:01:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Chase of the Bismarck Gameplay | Vuca Simulations Sims | Wargame Historical Game | World War 2 (video)

Here is a high-quality effort from Zilla Blitz illustrating game play for The Chase of the Bismarck. The post includes many magnified displays that make it easy to follow the action.

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Game: The Chase of the Bismarck

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/4/2023 11:58:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Chase of the Bismarck Unboxing | Vuca Simulations Sims | Wargame Historical Game | World War 2 (video)

Zilla Blitz presents this high-quality unboxing video to illustrate the “spectacular production quality” of this game.

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Game: Red Blitz

Series: Old School Tactical
Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/3/2023 8:25:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Red Blitz, the new OST module.

"I am enjoying all of this in a way that I enjoyed the basic Squad Leader, when introduced to that in 1978 …. and that is quite an accolade." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has just received this new Old School Tactical module, and is getting ready to play it as part of his Barbarossa project. Check out why he is enthused when he sees that the "...final group of 4 linked scenarios is a marvellous addition to the line-up and it gives the player a real meaty, in depth subject to get into."

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Game: Battle for Germany

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 1/29/2023 4:12:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
THE 20 BEST S&T MAGAZINE GAMES FROM THE “GOLDEN AGE” OF SPI

Joseph C. Beard III in his “Map and Counters” blog takes us down memory lane to see his 20 favorite games from Strategy & Tactics Magazine. The article includes links for the 15 “also rans” and interesting discussions with several commenters.

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Game: The Civil War: 1861-1865

Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/29/2023
Poster: Pat L.
The Civil War rules (WGA 3rd - highlights removed) revised and reformatted

Jonathan Warshay updated this optional set of rules (WGA 3rd Edition). You will need to be a registered user at Boardgamegeek.com to download this file.

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Game: The Civil War: 1861-1865

Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/29/2023
Poster: Pat L.
Clarifications for VG Civil War (RTF)

Pete Walsh posted this compendium of ambiguous, unclear and commonly misunderstood rules with clarifications and interpretations drawn from a variety of public sources (eg. forum discussions). All of these are incorporated in the WGA Unofficial 3rd Edition Rules for VG The Civil War as of September, 1983. You will need to be a registered user at Boardgamegeek.com to download this file.

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Game: The Napoleonic Wars

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/29/2023
Poster: Pat L.
Rules and more for The Napoleonic Wars

GMT Games maintains a library of living rules and other resources for many of their games. Scroll down to see living rules, a campaign manual, and more for The Napoleonic Wars.

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Game: The Chase of the Bismarck

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Interview with Patrick Gebhardt Designer of The Chase of the Bismarck – Operation Rheinübung 1941 from VUCA Simulations

Grant Kleinhenz interviews war game designer Patrick Gebhardt. Although the game’s inspiration is Avalon Hill’s vintage game, Bismarck, Gebhardt wanted “to make the combat system easier and quicker to resolve”. Gebhardt designed the game so that the focus of the game would be based primarily on the operational part of the game. The interview includes excellent illustrations.

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Game: The Chase of the Bismarck

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/28/2023 2:54:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Open the Box! Vuca Simulations' 'The Chase of the Bismarck' Unboxing (video)

The Rough Swordsman Wargamer takes a close look at the components in this detailed unboxing.

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Game: Give Us Victories: The Chancellorsville Campaign

Publisher: Dissimula Edizioni
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/28/2023 1:14:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
WLOG-boxing (in English!) - Give Us Victories (Italian version) (video)

Riccardo Masini provides a detailed overview of the 4 games contained in Give Us Victories followed by a comprehensive unboxing.

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Game: The Western Front: 1914 to 1918

Series: Der WeltKrieg Series
Publisher: Schroeder Publishing & Wargames
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/28/2023 12:13:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Scenario Specific Rules

Schroeder Publishing & Wargames published several war games and passed those games over to Decision Games. This link contains the scenario specific rules for The Western Front: 1914 to 1918, part of the Der Weltkrieg Simulation Series and the Sterling Edition.

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Game: FITNA – Global War in the Middle East

Publisher: Nuts!
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/27/2023 8:22:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
FITNA from NUTS! Publishing

"...rules governing the core of the game are refreshingly straightforward and swift to execute." Polydor, in A Wargamers Needful Things, reviews this point to point, card driven game with historical and hypothetical modern Middle East scenarios. See why he concludes that "Nuts Publishing have achieved a remarkably accessible and playable game of a major modern conflict...".

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Game: Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/25/2023 2:02:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
COIN Workshop: Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection from GMT Games – Indian Faction

"...I will cover the Indian Faction, which is one of the most overlooked Factions in the game, and show you how their menu of actions can carry them to victory." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid looks at strategy for one of the factions in this COIN title.

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Game: Frederick the Great: The Campaigns of The Soldier King 1756-1759

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 1/22/2023 4:12:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
THE 20 BEST S&T MAGAZINE GAMES FROM THE “GOLDEN AGE” OF SPI

Joseph C. Beard III in his “Map and Counters” blog takes us down memory lane to see his 20 favorite games from Strategy & Tactics Magazine. The article includes links for the 15 “also rans” and interesting discussions with several commenters.

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Game: Give Us Victories: The Chancellorsville Campaign

Publisher: Dissimula Edizioni
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/22/2023 12:28:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Unboxing Video: Give Us Victories: The Chancellorsville Campaign, Virginia 1863 from Dissimula Edizioni

Grant Kleinhenz from The Players’ Aid unboxes this four games in one treatment of the Chancellorsville Campaign from the American Civil War.

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Game: Give Us Victories: The Chancellorsville Campaign

Publisher: Dissimula Edizioni
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/22/2023 12:13:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Interview with Sergio Schiavi Designer of Give Us Victories: The Chancellorsville Campaign from Dissimula Edizioni Currently on Kickstarter

Grant Kleinhenz interviews war game designer Sergio Schiavi who wanted “to design a game about a very difficult campaign with a fairly simple but fun system for both players.“

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Game: La Bataille des Quatre Bras

Series: La Bataille Series
Publisher: Clash of Arms
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/22/2023 11:17:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Unboxing | La Bataille des Quatre Bras (Clash of Arms 2005 2nd Edition) (video)

Ardwulf unboxes the second edition of this second game in the La Bataille series from Clash of Arms.

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Game: GUADALCANAL: The Battle for Henderson Field, 1942-1943

Publisher: War Diary
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/22/2023 10:55:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Recon! Guadalcanal: The Battle for Henderson Field Aug-42 to Jan-43 – Deluxe Edition (video)

Wayne Hansen unboxes this remake of the Avalon Hill Classic from 1966.

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Game: Defiant Russia: The Great Patriotic War, 1941

Publisher: Avalanche Press
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/22/2023 8:00:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Campaign game - Defiant Russia ‘41

"Hitler’s Directive of ‘No Retreat’ exposes the army to continued fighting and heavier losses as the formations must stand and absorb whatever is thrown at them." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, concludes his Barbarossa project replay of Defiant Russia, while reading Barbarossa - How Hitler Lost the War. Check out what's going on in the final game turn (scroll down to December 1941), when with "…just remnants of units still in place, this area is a rotting door waiting to be kicked down…"!

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Game: Donnerschlag - Escape from Stalingrad

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/21/2023 4:53:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Donnerschlag Escape From Stalingrad by Vuca Simulations

Robert Peterson once again provides a detailed war game description and analysis in his blog “A Wargamer’s Needful Things”. This time he digs deep into the Donnerschlag operation from World War II. The review includes several detailed illustrations. Peterson likes the game defining the game design as “the sweet spot in between a simulation and a game” that requires “quick thinking, and not just luck”.

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Game: Suez '56: Anglo-French Intervention in Egypt

Series: Cold War Blitz Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/21/2023 3:41:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Unbagging of war game Suez 56 (video)

YouTube poster, TheDiomedef16, unbags this solitaire, brigade level game based on the Suez Crisis of 1956.

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Game: Suez '56: Anglo-French Intervention in Egypt

Series: Cold War Blitz Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/21/2023 2:59:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Solitaire Wargames third attempt at Suez ‘56

On his third attempt, Giacomo Riccio struggles with several bad events during his campaign. Can the Allies overcome the obstacles?

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Game: 1914 - Nach Paris

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/18/2023 11:24:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
1914 - Nach Paris: The Great Sortie From Antwerp

"...they're there, they're wet, they're ready and King Albert's going to be able to call them up next turn...". Paul, in The Counter Corps, offers a video play through of The Great Sortie From Antwerp scenario. And then there's the part from Lord of The Rings…

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Game: Dien Bien Phu: The French Indochina War

Series: Advanced Squad Leader
Publisher: Critical Hit
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/17/2023 4:09:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Squad Leader Review: Dien Bien Phu from Critical Hit Games (video)

Daniel Windham takes a deep look at this module related to the Advanced Squad Leader (ASL) system. Using his extensive reading, Windham compares the actual to the simulated, finding good and bad things within this module. The review includes an analysis of some of the rules, counters, maps, scenarios, and ideas for improvement should Critical Hit reprint the module.

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Game: Wolfpack

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 1/15/2023 4:12:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
THE 20 BEST S&T MAGAZINE GAMES FROM THE “GOLDEN AGE” OF SPI

Joseph C. Beard III in his “Map and Counters” blog takes us down memory lane to see his 20 favorite games from Strategy & Tactics Magazine. The article includes links for the 15 “also rans” and interesting discussions with several commenters.

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Game: GUADALCANAL: The Battle for Henderson Field, 1942-1943

Publisher: War Diary
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/15/2023 10:55:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Guadalcanal: The Battle for Henderson Field from War Diary Magazine Preview (video)

Here’s an unboxing from Moe’s Game Table including a close view of the components, a quick review of the rules, and Moe’s critique of the components.

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Game: Donnerschlag - Escape from Stalingrad

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/14/2023 5:04:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Interview with Patrick Gebhardt Designer of Donnerschlag: Escape from Stalingrad from VUCA Simulations

Grant Kleinhenz interviews war game designer Patrick Gebhardt who prefers games with “short playing time, manageable footprint, high interactivity, high replayability and a truckload of decision making.” Will the Germans escape from Stalingrad?

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Game: The Third World War: Battle for Germany

Series: Third World War Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/14/2023 4:45:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
The Third World War: Battle for Germany Game Play (6 videos)

Anonymous blogger, Hexsides and Hand Grenades, posted 6 short videos that show snapshots of game play for this Game Designers Workshop game from 1984. The first 2 videos occurred during the first play before the player understood the rules while the last 4 videos are snapshots of a 2nd game that led to an ultimate Warsaw Pact victory. Click these links to see the whole series: Turn 1; NATO Counterattack; Turn 1 Second Play; Turn 2 Second Play; Turn 3 Second Play; and Turn 4 Second Play.

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Game: Escape From Kabul - Doin' the Bugout Boogie

Publisher: Saxe N Violets
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/13/2023 11:45:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Escape From Kabul Rules

Designer Tracy Johnson offers a PDF of the rules for his Escape from Kabul - Doin' the Bugout Boogie, which he describes as "…a major variant of Rex Brynen's 'Aftershock!'…". The game was originally published in Saxe N Violets magazine. He is currently offering the package on eBay.

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Game: Battle of Poltava

Publisher: The Historical Game Company
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/11/2023 11:49:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Battle of Poltava 1709

"The right or wrong card can be deliciously received at the right or wrong time." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, takes a look at this Historical Game Company title, then takes it for a spin! Check out why he concludes that this is "...a game system that is punching above its weight in those three pages of rules."

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Game: 1914 - Nach Paris

Publisher: VUCA Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/11/2023 9:00:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Unboxing: 1914 - Nach Paris

Mike (assisted by his cat), in Play More Games, brings us an boxing video for this recent VUCA Simulations title.

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Game: Par le feu, le fer et la Foi

Publisher: Hexasim
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/10/2023 12:21:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Par le feu, le fer et la Foi

Here is a module at the VASSAL web site for Par le feu, le fer et la Foi from Hexasim created by Pierre Bulle. 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.

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Game: Avec Infini Regret

Series: French Wars of Religion
Publisher: Vae Victis
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/9/2023 11:36:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Avec Infini Regret

Here is a module at the VASSAL web site for Avec Infini Regret from Vae Victis created by zhodani and olsalt. 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.

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Game: 278th Squadron: The Same 4 Cats

Publisher: Quarterdeck International
Game Type: Card
Date: 1/9/2023 8:17:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
278th Squadron by Quarterdeck International

"...the closer you get the more you have a chance for a torpedo hit, or for you to turn into a fiery ball." Robert Peterson, in A Wargamers Needful Things, reviews a game that has you playing a torpedo bomber the English called "Damned Hunchback". Check out why Robert explains that his "…nickname in the Italian Air Force is 'Smoky'."

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Game: Sweden Fights On

Series: Musket & Pike Battles Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/8/2023 1:52:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Sweden Fights On – review (video)

Enrico Viglino aka Calandale, reviews what he calls the best game in the Musket & Pike Battles series from GMT Games. Several interesting comments follow below.

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Game: Musket & Pike Dual Pack

Series: Musket & Pike Battles Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/8/2023 1:00:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Edgehill - Musket & Pike Dual Pack GMT Games Livestream Playthru 1 with Cole Dano (video)

The Blue Tweezers, prolific UK war game blogger, plays the Vassal version of the Edgehill scenario with Cole Dano located in Finland! The video covers the first turn for the Royalists and includes comments from viewers who watched the live stream.

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Game: Panzer Armee Afrika

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 1/8/2023 11:11:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
THE 20 BEST S&T MAGAZINE GAMES FROM THE “GOLDEN AGE” OF SPI

Joseph C. Beard III in his “Map and Counters” blog takes us down memory lane to see his 20 favorite games from Strategy & Tactics Magazine. The article includes links for the 15 “also rans” and interesting discussions with several commenters.

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Game: Hitler’s Reich: WW2 In Europe

Series: Card Conquest System
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/6/2023 8:41:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
A Hitler’s Reich Gaming Experience or “Why a Perfect Plan Isn’t Always Perfect”

"...we wondered if attacking hand size again and again was the one obvious strategy that breaks this game." Ted Bingham and Co-Designer Fred Schachter have a fascinating discussion about Hitler's Reich, and how it resulted in Ted's reassessment of the game. "I then learned what I suspected, but until then didn’t see, which is an important facet in the game’s tight economy...". Which brought him to conclude: "The excitement, the uncertainty, the agony is in every play."

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Game: Wallenstein Big Box

Publisher: Queen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 1/4/2023 1:37:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Wallenstein – initial impressions and session reports

"The mechanic of hidden actions, where you really do not know where your opponents will attack and where will be peaceful, makes this game very suspenseful and intriguing." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us a session report of the Big Box version of Wallenstein. Check out this four player clash in a game where Michal considers the "...wargaming and euro elements are nicely intertwined...".

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Game: 303 Squadron

Publisher: Ares Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/30/2022 1:39:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
“Had it not been for the magnificent material contributed by the Polish squadrons and their unsurpassed gallantry, I hesitate to say that the outcome of the Battle would have been the same.” Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding: 303 Squadron Board Game Review

"The game is beautiful to look at and a blast to play." Rick Martin reviews 303 Squadron, giving it a 98% rating! Check out why Rick likes the game so much, in addition to the fact that "The solo system is effective and difficult to beat."

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Game: From Salerno to Rome

Publisher: Sergio Schiavi
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/28/2022 10:16:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Beautiful Boards of Wargaming! – From Salerno to Rome: World War II – The Italian Campaign, 1943-1944 from Dissimula Edizioni

"...a very nice and artistic touch that stands out and makes the mountains seem a bit more imposing than just lines on a map." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players’ Aid, continues his series on stand out map boards, this time looking at one by designer/artist Sergio Schiavi. Check out a key map feature where Grant "…looked online to see about this area and it appears Sergio really tried to stay true to the terrain and its layout and not take artistic liberty with it to create a difficult section. Very well done!"

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Game: Last Full Measure: The Battle of Shiloh

Series: Last Full Measure
Publisher: Uhlan Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/23/2022 9:21:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Last Full Measure: The Battle of Shiloh

Jerry 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 Battle of Shiloh. With something extra: "...and gunboats!" Thanks Jerry!

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Game: Twilight Struggle: Red Sea - Conflict in the Horn of Africa

Series: Twilight Struggle
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/21/2022 8:17:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Inside GMT One: How I Designed a Solo Bot for Twilight Struggle: Red Sea

"Within a few weeks of starting design I had a working bot that was an absolute nightmare to use." Jason Carr discusses the challenges of creating a solitaire bot for Twilight Struggle: Red Sea - Conflict in the Horn of Africa. Check out the solution that "…gave the best balance between quick play, and smart play."

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