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Spotlight Articles

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

The Origins of the AVALON HILL GAME COMPANY 1952-1963

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The Avalon Hill Game Company is 72 years old this year and time to chronicle the history of Avalon Hill. In Part 1, Origins, we will look at the story of not only the establishment of a game company, but an industry and a hobby. Thanks to Legendary Tactics YouTube Channel for this great series.

Poster: Robert Holifield
Post Date: 4/18/2024

Tributes pour in after death of award-winning veteran wargame designer Dean Essig

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Mike Didymus-True, in BoardGameWire, brings us the sad news of the passing of designer Dean Essig.

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 4/1/2024

Alumwell Wargame Show 2024

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"...I actually enjoyed this show more than any other that I have been to in the past couple of years." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, regales us with sights and surprises from this show, along with some great pictures! And check out the source of an insight that led Norm to conclude "It made me realise that considering these things went into the air in their thousands, the financial investment in longbow archers must have been huge."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/22/2024

Fields of Corn & Rye

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"...I was pretty sure that I had found something that might do the job." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, discusses a way he's found to address an old itch, namely adding texture and/or crop fields to tabletop settings. Check out what he finds to be a reasonable, cost-effective approach, considering that "...sometimes I think we have made ourselves a picture perfect world and lost something along the way."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/11/2024

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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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Grognard Challenge - Expanded Room for Comments! (6/25/2023)

The Comments entry area has been resized to 512 characters.

Grognard Opponents Wanted (9/14/2022)

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Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

If you are sponsoring a board gaming convention of some type, or know of one that is not listed on Grognard.com, then please contact us and let us know!

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New Gaming Clubs/Organizations listing. You can search for existing gaming clubs worldwide.

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.

Fast, simple, not expensive, little errata, but only reasonably fun. (War game Review)

In his review on BoardGameGeek, Brendan Whyte first turns a critical eye towards the components and rules and lists their shortcomings. Game play fares better: “…the game is fast and quite fun”. Whyte then goes into comprehensive details covering game mechanics and spares no criticism for the game opponent (AI). His discussion concerning solitaire board games vs solitaire computer games is very interesting.

PE TANG 1900 Q&A with Marco Campari

Some Q & A between myself and Marco Campari, designer of Pe Tang 1900 from Lumaca Games.

PE TANG 1900 Strategy Tips

This is the strategy I developed after playing Pe Tang 1900 from Lumaca Games.

PE TANG 1900 Optional Line of Sight Table

Here is an optional table to make it a little more difficult to eliminate the Boxer artillery.

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Game: Tactics II


Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Charles S. Roberts
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Land battle on abstract map without hexes. Individual counters based on unit type and strength. Precursor to hex and counter war games.


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Date: 3/31/2024
Poster: Robert Holifield
Tactics II from Avalon Hill

A nostalgic look back look back at a special game. Thanks to Brian Patterson for providing Moe's Game Table with an excellent copy of Tactics II for this review.
Date: 7/3/2022
Poster: Pat L.
War & Pieces - Tactics II with Rob Oren (video)

Rob Oren takes a close look at Tactics II from 1958. This is a nice introduction to war game principles for new players.
Date: 6/12/2022
Poster: Pat L.
War and Pieces Live Rob Plays Tactics II (video)

Rob Oren posts videos and live streams on YouTube.com with his War in Pieces series. In this video, Rob tries an overly aggressive strategy (with disastrous results) for the red team in this vintage war game. Viewers chime in with comments and Rob hosts his live stream meeting at the end of the video.
Date: 9/12/2021
Poster: Mark D.
Tactics II: The first and most misunderstood Wargame

Here is something special. Michael Ziegler defends the reputation of Tactics II, one of the earliest games that started the late 20th Century war gaming hobby. The bulk of his review is a discussion of his best strategies and his preference for the rules used in the earlier editions of this game, especially for tournament play. There follows a spirited discussion from commenter Tom Arizona defending and preferring the rules from the later edition of the game! The conversation then turns to house rules from commenters Scott Taylor and Rexis (in Texas) that address the shortcomings in the rules previously discussed! Check out this great conversation among veteran war gamers.
Date: 9/11/2021
Poster: Pat L.
State of the Art of War (Games)

From a most unusual web site, Gideon Marcus posts a review from 1964(?!) that discusses several of the Avalon Hill games from the 1950’s and 60’s. Games reviewed include Tactics II, D-Day, and Afrika Korps. Pretend it’s 1964 and wargaming is the newest thing on the block.
Date: 9/4/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Tactics II Rules

Here are scanned rules for this classic war game courtesy of Julie Buse.
Date: 9/4/2021
Poster: Pat L.
#UnboxingDay – Where it all started – TACTICS II

RMN on the Armchair Dragoons blog presents an illustrated description of this classic pre-cursor to hex and counter war games. Grognards will certainly enjoy his comments.
Date: 9/12/2004
Poster: Mark D.
TACTICS II (Avalon Hill Company, 1961 and 1973) (Game Review)

J. McKinley reminisces years after playing Tactics II. McKinley describes the components, game play, and strategy and compares the 1961 and 1973 editions of the game. While he maintains that the game is simplistic, he also acknowledges the value of the game to the burgeoning war gaming hobby.
Date: 9/12/2003
Poster: Mark D.
Tactics II Q&A

Andrew Webber compiled this list of questions and answers for Tactics II.
Date: 9/12/2002
Poster: Mark D.
Early AH Liner Notes and Catalog

David S. Bieksza transcribed this promotional material from Avalon Hill. The text reflects Avalon Hill’s challenge: promoting a new type of game play now known as war gaming.
Date: 9/12/2001
Poster: Mark D.
Article Index

Here’s an article index deep within the Web Grognard’s Archives pages.