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Napoleonics - scales and rules - update

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Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, continues on his project of choosing one scale and a 'go to' set of rules for Napoleonics. In this post, he's comparing Valour & Fortitude (…feels like a slicker application of [Black Powder], which I like.), versus Shadow of the Eagles (…has a whiff of old school charm about it, which I also like.). And as to scale: "…I do wonder whether deciding on a scale will finally simply come down to a case of mind over heart or heart over mind!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/10/2023

Edward visits Piggy Longton 1472

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"... Edward (Yorkist rival for the throne) is on his way to Piggy Longton for ‘discussions’ with Lord Darcy." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has the pot stirring for more Piggy Longton action. How does Darcy's meeting with "the other side" go: "If that was intended to pacify Edward, it spectacularly failed..."!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/3/2023

Attack on West Rottington 1472

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"The devils shall payeth a price f'r their deeds...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us an action packed report on Lord Darcy's response to the raid on Beacan Farm! Join Norm for the tale and pictures of his excellent miniatures as the clash unfolds: "It wasn’t long before Yorkist contingents were pouring onto the battlefield, but they were met by deadly volleys from the Lancastrian archers."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 2/22/2023

Making a List and Checking It Thrice

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"Having just reported on the completion of my Joust for the Fun of It rules, ... came up with the bright idea that I could also play it using the 1:20 scale Schleich toy knights." Ed, in his Ed M's Wargames Meanderings blog, is pursuing fun with his home brew jousting rules. Check out what he's up to: "Towards these ends, I have been hitting ebay hard...".

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 2/20/2023

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Six Strategy Videos for Falling Sky

The famous Gallic Wars was the make-or-break effort that defined the fortunes of Julius Caesar. If he could defeat the Germanic barbarians who lived in what we now call France, he could go back to Rome a conquering hero. If not, he would be a forgotten nobody. Six videos chronicle the strategies of the major Gallic forces at play, differentiating future Belgians, Burgundians, and Celts against the invading Romans. Can you repeat the desperate gambles that Caesar made to win an Empire? Or will Vercingetorix finally get his revenge?

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.

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S T U V W X Y Z 0-9

Game: Pacific War


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


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Article Description
Date: 2/18/2023
Poster: Jerry Todd
Pacific War Battle Scenarios

Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, continues his overview of Pacific War (specifically the GMT reprint of the VG game) getting into the battle scenarios
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."
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.
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...
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"...
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...
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...
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.
Date: 3/1/2005
Poster: Mark D.
Fan Website

Thanks to the Internet Archive, the information available at this link is still available.
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.
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.
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.
Date: 10/30/1998
Poster: Mark D.
Variant Rules

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

List of magazine articles that cover Pacific War.
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.
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.
Date: 6/15/1997
Poster: Mark D.
Consolidated Q&A (txt)

Consolidated Q&A text file, compiled by Markus Stumptner.
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...
Date: 8/31/1994
Poster: Mark D.
The Pacific War Revisited: Alternate Start Up Scenario

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Fan Website

Fan website for Pacific War.