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Spotlight Articles

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

Saturday Night Fights! ~ The 1815 Campaign (Yes, All of it) for “Snappy Nappy”

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"If you’re going to play out a grand campaign, play it on a grand scale. We’ve got a crowd tonight, in 6 different chats on all different “tables” as the campaign plays out on the 207th anniversary of the battles." states the gentleman from Armchair Dragons as they use the Snappy Napoleon wargame miniatures rule set on Tabletop Simulator in their Saturday Night Fights Event.

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 6/22/2022

Partizan Wargame Show 2022

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"...a bridge filled with troops is just visually tops." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, brings us pictures and observations from the Partizan Wargame Show 2022. Check out why Norm can conclude "…that every game table was inspiring in one way or another and there was plenty of scale and subject diversity here, which is nice to see."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/27/2022

My Top 3 Wargames designed by… Mark Herman!

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"Of course Mark Herman!" Michal, in the The Boardgames Chronicle, tells us why these three titles are his all-time favorites. Check out which one rates the comment "…believe me, the space for bluffing is really vast here!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/24/2022

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

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Gaming Conventions

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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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Pub Dates
Game: No Retreat: The Russian Front
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Carl Paradis

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 538
Date: 4/29/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Book & Game Pairings from Clio’s Board Games: Russia’s War and No Retreat! The Russian Front

The "...book aims at unshrouding the mystery of the Soviet performance in World War II." Clios Board Games offers an interesting pairing of book, Russia's War, by Richard Overy, and game, GMT Games' No Retreat: The Russian Front. Interesting how both book and game explain and model how Soviet "…use of the forces at their disposal was entirely different in 1944 from what it had been in 1941 – more flexible, more focused, less encumbered by rigid top-down structure."
Article ID: 537
Date: 7/19/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
No Retreat: The Russian Front - the best game ever, part 1

No Retreat!: The Russian Front is a new deluxe edition of designer Carl Paradis's two-player wargame that retells the story of the titanic struggle between the invading armies of Nazi Germany versus Communist Russia during WW2. Legendary Tactics brings us a nice video review played out using Vassal.
Article ID: 536
Date: 2/2/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
No Retreat – Fall Blau scenario play-through

Boardgames Chronicle runs through a replay of GMT's No Retreat: The Russian Front Fall Blau scenario.
Article ID: 535
Date: 11/21/2019
Poster: Mark D.
No Retreat: The Russian Front - Review

The No Retreat: The Russian Front is actually a new edition of Victory Point Games 2008 wargame. It focuses on the gigantic struggle between the Nazi Germany armies and Communist Russia during WW2. Review produced by the good folks at The Board Games Chronicle...
Article ID: 534
Date: 9/11/2019
Poster: Mark D.
No Retreat – USSR wins barely Barbarossa scenario

"What follows is a brief photo session report from a very exciting and dramatic play-through." The Boardgames Chronicle offers a nice photo recap of a scenario replay in GMT Games' No Retreat - Russian Front. How did the Soviets win after it "Seems like a preparation for a final push…"?
Article ID: 533
Date: 8/8/2019
Poster: Mark D.
No Retreat! The Russian Front - Unboxing

The "No Retreat!" series was one of which I thought for a long time but never had opportunity to play. Finally, I got the copy of the base game - The Russian front - and created the Unboxing. It will be no spoiler to say, rarely I have seen such fantastic components like in that game - thick, mounted map, great counters, nice game aids. A true beauty!
Article ID: 532
Date: 4/3/2017
Poster: Mark D.
No Retreat! The Russian Front - Video Review

Check out initial thoughts of Grant and Alexander of the Players Aid blog, after their first play of "No Retreat! The Russian Front". They thought the game was fun, well designed and the rules were easy enough to pick up. One thing that they really liked and would like to explore more is the use of counter blows...
Article ID: 531
Date: 11/4/2015
Poster: Mark D.
GMT Games No Retreat Review

Prufrock takes a look at a game that's been "sitting on the shelf for a while", with somewhat divergent conclusions...
Article ID: 519
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
official rules (PDF file, 2Mb)

Article ID: 520
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
official errata (PDF file)

Article ID: 521
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
video review

Article ID: 522
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 523
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 524
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
solitaire rules (Word file, 5Mb)

Article ID: 525
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 526
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
2nd ed. rules (PDF file)

Article ID: 527
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 528
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
2nd ed. scenario booklet (PDF file)

Article ID: 529
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 530
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.