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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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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: Pacific War
Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Mark Herman

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 64
Date: 5/9/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Pacific War Engagement Scenarios – First Impressions & evaluation

"Engagement Scenarios are intended primarily as introductions to the game system." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, offers a nice overview of these components of GMT Games' Pacific War: The Struggle Against Japan, 1941-1945. "I love how Mark Herman leads you in his designs through the learning process."
Article ID: 63
Date: 9/9/2018
Poster: Mark D.
Pacific War Scenario 1 Pearl Harbor Instructional Replay

"Pacific War" - Scenario 1 - Pearl Harbor: A detailed play through of the first scenario to help learn one of the most innovative games on the Pacific War in WW II.
Article ID: 61
Date: 6/10/2018
Poster: Mark D.
Pacific War to be Republished!

Mark Herman’s Pacific War (Victory Games) is being republished with Mark’s participation. The new map and counter graphics are off the charts. Mark is adding new rules for submarines and HQ’s. It will be printed by a French company and hopefully will be available by late 2018 or early 2019. More info to come soon...
Article ID: 60
Date: 4/23/2016
Poster: Mark D.
Pacific War: Battle Cycle Pictorial

A few nice pics of a "Pacific War" battle about to start. But we're left hanging! What are the steps in the Battle Cycle? How did the battle turn out? Thanks to Kevin Sharp, of the Big Board Gaming blog, for paying some attention to this classic game, and we look forward to his promised "full report"...
Article ID: 59
Date: 9/15/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Hexsides and Hand Grenades: Replay

Interesting replay of "The Battle of the Coral Sea" scenario shared by Brad Smith. This is the second "Pacific War" article I''ve seen in the last 7 days... I''m in wargamer heaven...
Article ID: 58
Date: 9/8/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Big Board Gaming: Wake Island Scenario Replay

It''s about time somebody broke out this game and reported on it! Kevin Sharp, writing for his Big Board Gaming blog, makes a tentative attempt (it is a pretty complicated game) at the Wake Island scenario. Lots of pictures, good info, a few questions...
Article ID: 55
Date: 3/5/2008
Poster: Mark D.
How do you eat an elephant? Pacific War Review

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Brief review shared by David G. Cox on BGG.
Article ID: 57
Date: 3/1/2005
Poster: Mark D.
Fan Website

Thanks to the Internet Archive, the information available at this link is still available.
Article ID: 52
Date: 8/1/2002
Poster: Mark D.
Paul Breslin: Replay

Concise replays of a few short scenarios of Pacific War, submitted by Paul A. Breslin.
Article ID: 45
Date: 1/6/2001
Poster: Mark D.
Rules Variants (Word)

Map corrections, Sequence of Play variants, and tons of other variants shared by Steen Kastoft Hansen and Christian Strachan.
Article ID: 49
Date: 12/8/1998
Poster: Mark D.
Rules Summary (Word - Zipped)

Extremely useful summary document that will save countless hours flipping through the rule book. Share by Steen Kastoft Hansen.
Article ID: 43
Date: 10/30/1998
Poster: Mark D.
Variant Rules

Extensive set of variant rules, shared by Markus Stumptner.
Article ID: 39
Date: 6/9/1998
Poster: Mark D.
Article Index

List of magazine articles that cover Pacific War.
Article ID: 47
Date: 6/15/1997
Poster: Mark D.
Pacific War Replay

This is a replay of one of the solo games of the Pacific War Campaign Scenario #1 that MarkusStumptner played last year to check whether our house rules made sense before we first used them in a Strategic Scenario.
Article ID: 42
Date: 6/15/1997
Poster: Mark D.
Consolidated Q&A (PDF)

Consolidate Q&A in PDF format. Includes Victory Games Errata from April 1986 along with answers by designer Mark Herman.
Article ID: 41
Date: 6/15/1997
Poster: Mark D.
Consolidated Q&A (txt)

Consolidated Q&A text file, compiled by Markus Stumptner.
Article ID: 48
Date: 6/5/1997
Poster: Mark D.
Replay - Naval Battle of Guadalcanal Replay

As the Allies, Markus Stumptner planned to use what he had learned in the Coral Sea scenario and halt the expected Japanese advance toward G'canal an odd number of hexes away. Then he would advance his carriers to within airstrike range, sink the Japanese troop transport before troops could land, and continue to launch devastating airstrikes vs. enemy capital ships as he withdrew... Didn't quite work out that way...
Article ID: 35
Date: 8/31/1994
Poster: Mark D.
The Pacific War Revisited: Alternate Start Up Scenario

Alternate start up scenario submitted by Cassady Craft.
Article ID: 36
Date: 4/20/1993
Poster: Mark D.
Rules Index

Rules Index submitted by Gregg Belevick.
Article ID: 40
Date: 5/1/1987
Poster: Mark D.
More Errata

Errata compilation from Victory Games replies to questions from Wendell Martin in April/May 1987.
Article ID: 44
Date: 6/15/1986
Poster: Mark D.
Webpage for playing aide (database file, MS Access)

Article ID: 53
Date: 5/15/1986
Poster: Mark D.
Rule book index (PDF)

Scan of index from rulebook.
Article ID: 56
Date: 5/15/1986
Poster: Mark D.
Official Errata

Official errata from May of 1986, published by Victory Games.
Article ID: 37
Date: 4/1/1986
Poster: Mark D.

Errata submitted by Markus Stumptner
Article ID: 51
Date: 4/1/1986
Poster: Mark D.
Official Errata - April 1986 (PDF)

Official Pacific War Errata from Victory Games in April 1986.
Article ID: 38
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Designer Q&A

Q&A correspondence between Russ Dumke (who submitted this article) and game designer Mark Herman.
Article ID: 46
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
rules index

Article ID: 50
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
variant with improved OB (Word file, 261K)

Article ID: 54
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Fan Website

Fan website for Pacific War.