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Spotlight Articles

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

Generic multi-period scenario creation

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"The whole point of doing this is that I get something of a fast play ‘throw down’ game...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields and Warriors is creating the first of an intended four scenario setups usable over differing eras. Check out how Norm crafts his set up (with pictures) for a meeting engagement where "...victory will be based upon the capture of the bridge."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/21/2022

Havel: Wargaming the information environment

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"...how do you know your roleplay citizens will act like the real thing?" Rex Brynen, in PaxSims, discusses a series of "information and influence wargames" run by NATO last year. Check out Rex's thoughts on the results, and why "…much of it would have been recognizable to the propagandists of WW2—or diplomats, advertising executives, and political party strategists today."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/16/2022

1944 - Henri’s Farm

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"…3 Panthers have just entered the scene, intending to move to the ploughed fields to dominate the open views to their front!" Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, brings us a "quick throw down scenario" to test some of his own rules. Check out the pictures and the action after "The Panthers probe forwards threatening the British infantry..."

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

War and Peace – the Digital Version

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"Digital version with fog of war and cross-platform multi-player under development." Avalon Digital has an ongoing Kickstarter campaign for a computer version of Mark McLaughlin's classic War & Peace. The campaign could also involve a seventh edition reprint of the game.

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/7/2022

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Gaming Conventions

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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

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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 Articles


Pub Dates
Game: Lost Battles
Publisher: Fifth Column Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Philip Sabin

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 496
Date: 10/12/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Notions of (Phil Sabin's) Empire

"As something that takes an epic subject, could be set up without too much rules review and can be got through in an hour, it was the obvious choice." Prufrock has a go at the "Empire Strategic Game" in Fifth Column Games' Lost Battles. Join him for pictures and recap as "...Macedonia started gloriously..."!
Article ID: 495
Date: 5/25/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Pharsalus - the return match

"...a succession of successful attacks against Pompey's wing and centre caused nervous flutters on the other side of the table." Prufrock brings us another tight replay of Pharsalus using Fifth Column Games' Lost Battles. Is all the upset with Pompey? Not when "...Antony lost a unit shattered and was only saved for further embarrassment by a determined attack on the part of the veteran cavalry..."
Article ID: 494
Date: 5/18/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Pharsalus with SP

"Pompey began with a powerful cavalry attack." Prufrock brings us an action packed replay of Pharsalus using Fifth Column Games' Lost Battles. Check out a "…close-fought, nerve-wracking fight, just as Pharsalus should be."
Article ID: 493
Date: 4/6/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Working through prep for 2nd Mantinea

"This is the first time in a couple of years that the battle is one I have armies for, so I'm determined to make the most of it." Prufrock walks us through his planning to play next year's Society of Ancients Battle Day selection, 2nd Mantinea, 362BC, using Fifth Column Games' Lost Battles. He's mostly ready, but his next "...step will be to work out how many figures I have already painted, and how many are in the lead mountain."
Article ID: 492
Date: 5/12/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Heraclea with Lost Battles

"A shatter is saved by Pyrrhus rallying his troops. Roman hearts sink; Greek ones soar." Prufrock brings us some Fifth Column Games' Lost Battles action, fighting Heraclea. In a close fought contest, "It seemed as if all was lost for Rome on more than one occasion, but the tenacity of the legions was something to see."
Article ID: 491
Date: 8/10/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Pydna, 168 BC.

"Convinced at last that Perseus was a boil needing lancing, Rome acted...". Prufrock gives us a nice AAR playing the battle of Pydna using Fifth Column Games' Lost Battles. Lots of great shots of the miniatures, and a mid-game question mark: "The phalanx proves irresistable in the centre, but on both wings the strength of the Roman challenge is obvious."
Article ID: 483
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 484
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 485
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 486
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 487
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 488
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
video review

Article ID: 489
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 490
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.