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Spotlight Articles

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

Maneuver Warfare Who what huh what game is this again??

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"As an avid board gamer and computer wargamer, I have always wanted to see game play with out tips, tricks, or cheats." Rob, in his newly launched YouTube channel 89volvowithlazers, offers a first round of the approach he plans on taking with his videos. Using a flavor of Command Ops 2, his idea is to let you "…actually see how the game plays before downloading the demo or making a purchase."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/15/2022


Campaigning and fast play WWII tactical rules.

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"The rules provided by Matt are designed to allow the fast play needed to cover so much potential action, so that friends can complete their campaign in a day." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, checks out a fast play campaign system offered by Matt Irsik in Warning Order, which is a free, online wargames journal. Check out the action in Norm's test run through, and why he concludes that "…Matt has provided us with an engine that gets things moving and helps ensure that a campaign can be fought through relatively quickly to a conclusion."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/7/2022


Secrets to Teaching the COIN Series from GMT Games – A Guide to Making the Process Seamless and Getting Your Players to Enjoy the System

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"I always start the game out by reviewing those Victory Conditions and helping new players to understand what they mean. This can be the most in-depth part of the teach but is very important." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, shares tips he's developed from teaching the COIN system (COunterINsurgencies) to new players. Grant focuses on the fun, game flow and general strategy, for example a practice of which he says: "In my experience, new players don’t necessarily make that jump in their first few games."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/1/2022


Epic - Building an army in a day!

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"I plead this post title has at least a part truth - sort of!" Check out why Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has "…been re-energised to start jacking up my Epic Waterloo project..."!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/29/2022


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Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

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Grognard News

Grognard Opponents Wanted (10/15/2021)

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Gaming Conventions

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

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Gaming Clubs/Organziations

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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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Date: 8/14/2022 4:00:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#1083) for 14-August-2022 and the winners for the last Challenge (#1082).
Game: The Truce or the Sword

Series: By the Edge of the Sword Series
Publisher: Ludifolie
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/14/2022 11:15:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Article Index for The Truce or the Sword

Eric Sublet designed this web site dedicated to war games designed by Frédéric Bey. The list includes video links and an article index.
Game: The Truce or the Sword

Series: By the Edge of the Sword Series
Publisher: Ludifolie
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/14/2022 11:15:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Game Descriptions

Eric Sublet designed this web site dedicated to war games designed by Frédéric Bey.
Game: 414 BC Siege of Syracuse

Series: Great Sieges game series
Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/12/2022 2:02:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
414 BC Siege of Syracuse from Worthington Publishing – Action Point 4

"Any delay in building the wall allows Syracuse to get ahead in the race with counter-walls...". Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, continues his look at Worthington Publishing's 414 BC Siege of Syracuse, this time looking at victory conditions. Check out why he concludes: "Remember, building walls and setting up the blockade are your easiest paths to victory but you must be opportunistic, paying attention to what is happening and be ready to move away from wall building if the Syracuse Morale drops low."
Game: Enemy Action: Kharkov

Series: Enemy Action Series
Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/10/2022 9:12:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Enemy Action: Kharkov – First Impressions for a 2-player variant

"The second turn started with a huge Soviet offensive at Izumy. The losses on both sides were horrendous...". Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, tries out Compass Games' Enemy Action: Kharkov, which covers the third battle of Kharkov in 1943. This is an interesting title that boasts card driven impulse/activation and diceless/chartless combat systems. Check out the action concluding in "…the sudden death victory condition…"!
Game: Vietnam Solitaire Special Edition

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/7/2022 12:24:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Vietnam Solitaire Special Edition: Overview and 1963 Turn (5 videos)

Admiral Sea Bass sets sail to play and review this solitaire game that covers the entire Vietnam War. The opening video introduces the game and plays the game turn for the year, 1963. Subsequent videos show game play for 1964, 1965, 1966, and 1967.
Game: Vietnam Solitaire Special Edition

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/7/2022 11:42:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Bare Bones Wargaming Vietnam Solitaire Special Edition Unboxing (video)

Tim Korchnoi unboxes this game from White Dog Games originally published as a print and play game from DK Simulations. Korchnoi mentions his variant initial deployment to make the game more realistic around the 4 minute mark.
Game: Thud Ridge: A Solitaire Game of the Air War over North Vietnam

Publisher: Berserker Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/7/2022 11:04:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Thud Ridge: A Solitaire Game of the Air War over North Vietnam

Here is a module at the VASSAL web site for Thud Ridge: A Solitaire Game of the Air War over North Vietnam from Berserker Games. VASSAL is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games and card games. A growing list of game Modules is available at the web site and at web sites for some game publishers. Players can play solitaire off-line, play live on the Internet or play by email. Vassal runs on all platforms, and is free, open-source software.
Game: Skyhawk: Rolling Thunder, 1966

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/6/2022 3:22:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
A Playthrough of Rolling Thunder: Skyhawks – 1966 (pdf)

Game designer Steven K. Dixon walks us through a mission in his game of aerial combat over Vietnam. The writer uses a narrative style along with game mechanics to tell the tale in this nicely illustrated replay. Will he make it back to the Carrier intact?
Game: Mr. President

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/5/2022 11:19:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Pragmatism, Tension, and the Power of Cooperation in Mr. President

"...in Mr. President, you allow your alliances to weaken at your peril." Gene Billingsley discusses key elements in his GMT Games' Mr. President, "...a solitaire game about governing as the President of the United States...". Gene covers player tradeoffs, to include frustrations: "If I only had a nickel for every time I’d heard a tester (or myself) bemoaning, 'How do I reign in the Israelis?'"
Game: Panzer

Series: Panzer Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/3/2022 8:48:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Panzer, a re-introduction!

"...the basic armour rules give a surprisingly agile system...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, enjoys working his way back into GMT Games' Panzer, which covers small unit actions on the Eastern Front. Join Norm as the Scenario 1 scrap gets going: "...oh look! The Soviet command vehicle has come for a peek and now has 5 enemy tank barrels pointing at it!"
Game: War for America

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/31/2022 11:31:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
War for America: The American Revolution, 1775-1782 by Compass Games

"The game gives a player so many different strategies to try out. I do not think anyone will ever get bored or find the game repetitive. Each side has its own strengths and weaknesses.", states A War Gamers Needful Things in their review of the new game, War for America: The American Revolution, 1775-1782 by Compass Games. "This is a big game in both size and scope. The full campaign game can last up to twenty hours or several game sessions. "
Game: Holy Roman Empire: The Thirty-Years War

Publisher: One Small Step
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/31/2022 11:26:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Interview with Mark McLaughlin

Grant Kleinhenz from his blog, The Players Aid interviews Mark McLaughlin, designer of Holy Roman Empire: The Thirty-Years War from One Small Step. The interview touches on game mechanics and features illustrations of the game’s many components.
Game: Red Storm: The Air War Over Central Germany, 1987

Series: Downtown series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/31/2022 10:13:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Unboxing Red Storm (2 videos)

Dueling videos from The Players Aid and Moe’s Game Table reflect the unique style of each reviewer. Click these links for unboxing videos from The Players Aid; and Moe’s Game Table.
Game: Pacific Battles: Volume 1, The Rising Sun

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/31/2022
Poster: Pat L.
official rules (Word file)

Here are updated rules, errata, and clarifications as of 3/17/2003 compiled by John Schettler. Our thanks go to Archive.org and their Wayback machine for preserving this web page.
Game: Great War at Sea: Jutland

Series: Great War at Sea
Publisher: Avalanche Press
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/30/2022
Poster: Pat L.
Great War at Sea: Jutland (game resources)

Avalanche Press maintains resource pages for many of their games. You will find game information, historical notes, player aids, and extra scenarios.
Game: Werwolf

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/27/2022 8:33:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Interview with Clint Warren-Davey and Ben Fiene Designers of Werwolf: Insurgency in Occupied Germany, 1945-1948 from Legion Wargames

"Werwolf is an alternate history game, but the story we present is entirely plausible." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, interviews designers Clint Warren-Davey and Ben Fiene about their Legion Wargames' Werwolf, a COIN style game which posits a fanatical Nazi guerrilla movement in post-World War II Germany. The designers discuss their historical research and how they composed the dynamics: "The tensions between the two occupying players is my favorite aspect of the game...".
Game: The Battles the Sengoku Jidai - Volume I

Series: The Battles the Sengoku Jidai
Publisher: Serious Historical Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/25/2022 8:30:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Serious Historical Games Nagashino & Shizugatake battles

Serious Historical Games offers a video announcement of The Battles the Sengoku Jidai - Volume I, which covers the battles of Nagashino 1575 & Shizugatake 1583.
Game: Atlantic Wolves

Publisher: Canvas Temple Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/24/2022 4:13:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

These were the runners up in Wayne Hansen’s list of preferred solitaire war games from 2019-2020 including The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades, Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land, Aurelian, Restorer of the World, and Atlantic Wolves
Game: Navajo Wars

Series: First Nations Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/24/2022 4:12:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
COMANCHERIA: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE COMANCHE EMPIRE

James Davis reviews the components and game mechanics for this solitaire game. He especially likes the way the game teaches the history behind the simulation. This is the 2nd game in the First Nations series from GMT following Navajo Wars.
Game: A Most Fearful Sacrifice

Series: Black Swan
Publisher: (Web Published)
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/23/2022 7:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Review: A Most Fearful Sacrifice- Gettysburg Done Nice

No Dice No Glory reviews A Most Fearful Sacrifice by designer Hermann Luttmann and published by Flying Pig Games. " I really loved this game. What I like most of all is how Hermann put so many subtle but impactful mechanics in the game without making the game unplayable. In AFMS Hermann has revamped the Blind Swords system and has produced an epic game that covers the entire battle."
Game: Napoleon's Last Gamble

Series: OSG's Series: The Library of Napoleonic Battles (OSG) series
Publisher: Operational Studies Group
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/22/2022 3:38:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Napoleon's Last Gamble, Quatre Bras

The Big Board in a recent video, gives us their opinion of Operational Studies Group's Napoleon's Last Gamble, the Qautre Bras scenario.
Game: Berthier Campaign Manager

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Game Type: Computer
Date: 7/22/2022 10:29:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Berthier Campaign Manager v10.8.1 (Free Software)

There is a new update to the free Berthier Campaign Manager software (Version 10.8.1). This release adds a new tool to Berthier. "The Tabletop Generator tool generates random wargame tabletops showing the terrain to be placed on the tabletop. You can use this tool to generate a tabletop when you desire to wargame out a contact. The tool is configurable. Instructions to do this are described in the Help." Shared by designer/developer Tony De Lyall.
Game: 1565 Siege of Malta

Series: Great Sieges
Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/20/2022 11:10:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
First Impressions: 1565 Siege of Malta from Worthington Publishing

"The design, and I feel the system, really reinforce the feeling of being in charge of the siege or the defense and I really like that about the game." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, checks out Worthington Publishing's 1565 Siege of Malta. See why Grant enjoys the game, and the feature that makes him comment: "Such emotion generated from a single action from a few cards. That is what makes this game interesting and different!"
Game: Piacenza 1746

Publisher: Europa Simulazioni
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/19/2022 4:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
Piacenza 1746 by Europa Simulazioni

A Wargamers Needful Things reviews the Piacenza 1746 by Europa Simulazioni stating "The Battle of Piacenza was part of the Spanish and French attempt to take some of the Hapsburg lands in Italy. Playing this game is like gingerly strolling through a minefield. Will your commanders activate? What happens if some of your cannons are no longer usable? What happens to your well-made detailed plan after the smoke of an 18th century battle obscures everything? The Friction of War is here in droves. Oh sure, a pundit or two will argue about the finer points. Let them; I will be busy having a great time playing the game, not discussing it. "
Game: The Shores of Tripoli

Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/18/2022 11:47:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
From the Halls of Montezuma to “The Shores of Tripoli” Board Game Review

"The Shores of Tripoli covers a fascinating time of world history and is as perfect of a game as I have seen in years. It’s simply brilliant." Rick Martin reviews Fort Circle Games' The Shores of Tripoli, which covers the First Barbary War in which the United States and Sweden sought to suppress state-supported North African piracy. Check out why Rick gives it a rare 100% rating, loves the solitaire system, and summarizes: "Failed Basic: Absolutely nothing"
Game: Aurelian, Restorer of the World

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/17/2022 4:13:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

These were the runners up in Wayne Hansen’s list of preferred solitaire war games from 2019-2020 including The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades, Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land, Aurelian, Restorer of the World, and Atlantic Wolves
Game: Comanchería: The Rise and Fall of the Comanche Empire

Series: First Nations Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/17/2022 12:11:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
COMANCHERIA: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE COMANCHE EMPIRE

James Davis reviews the components and game mechanics for this solitaire game. He especially likes the way the game teaches the history behind the simulation. This is the 2nd game in the First Nations series from GMT following Navajo Wars.
Game: D-Day at Peleliu

Series: D-Day Series
Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/17/2022 12:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
[REVIEW] D-Day at Peleliu by Decision Games

D-Day at Peleliu published by Decision Game is based on John Butterfield’s D-Day at Omaha Beach system (also used in Tarawa) and presents fighting at platoon and company scale in solitaire mode. You command the invading American forces against dug-in Japanese defenders, which are controlled by the game system. the 1st Marine Division fought to capture an airstrip on that small coral island. The battle was part of a larger offensive campaign known as Operation Forager, which ran from June to November 1944 in the Pacific Theater. The Boardgames Chronicle reviews this game.
Game: Rifles in the Ardennes

Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/17/2022 11:30:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Rifles in the Ardennes: Mission 1 (Patrol) Playthrough(9 videos)

This tactical, solitaire game has 8 separate missions for your squad of World War II era soldiers. In this series of videos, Diagonal Move plays the 8 missions as a single campaign. Although the reviewer enjoys playing the game he gives a mixed review for playing the game as a campaign. Watch how his squad fares through each mission. Who will survive and will he complete the mission objectives? Click these links to see: Mission 1 and Game Introduction; Mission 2; Mission 3; Mission 4; Mission 5; Mission 6; Mission 7; Mission 8; and Final Thoughts.
Game: Orange Swan: Pacific 1941-1945

Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/15/2022 11:59:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Orange Swan – WWII in the Pacific

"...Orange Swan uses many of the same game mechanics as Black Swan (WWII in Europe), but with greater focus on the innovative—and mechanically simple—naval system...". Noble Knight Games spotlights Vento Nuovo Games' Orange Swan, a block game which covers WWII in the Pacific from 1941 to 1945. Check out a game where "...the outcome is completely unpredictable, and despite the historical result, Japan can defeat the Allies ..."!
Game: Salerno '43

Series: ‘4X Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/13/2022 7:02:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
First Impressions: Salerno ’43: The Allied Invasion of Italy, September 1943 from GMT Games

"...the game plays fast and furiously and was frankly a very good way to spend a Friday evening for 4 hours." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, takes a first look at GMT Games' Salerno '43. Among a lot of likes, check out why Grant exclaims that "I love that the terrain causes these limited axis of advance options as it makes it pretty tough on both sides."
Game: La Garde avance!

Series: Jours de Gloire System
Publisher: Vae Victis
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/11/2022 12:01:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Guard Advances! Waterloo 1815: The Last Square.

"...once the Old Guard were released, they hit an enemy who were now already roughed up with disorders..."! Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, plays The Guard Advances scenario from issue 161 of VaeVictis magazine, which uses the Jours de Gloire System. The scenario covers the tense final hours of Waterloo. Join Norm for the action, and see why he concludes that the game "…has really done a good job in covering…" the battle.
Game: Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/10/2022 4:13:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

These were the runners up in Wayne Hansen’s list of preferred solitaire war games from 2019-2020 including The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades, Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land, Aurelian, Restorer of the World, and Atlantic Wolves
Game: Men of War: Assault Squad

Series: Men of War Series
Publisher: 1C Entertainment
Game Type: Computer
Date: 7/10/2022 1:03:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Wot I Think - Men Of War: Assault Squad

Jim Rossignol reviews this computer game based on the original real time strategy game, Men of War. Assault squad adds skirmish level play for one or multiple players. The review includes a pretty detailed account of the game’s features. Rossignol is especially impressed with the multi-player aspect calling the game “one of the greatest and grandest co-op games available”. The game series is available from 1C Entertainment and Steam.
Game: HoldFast: Russia 1941-1942

Publisher: Worthington Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/9/2022 11:07:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Deluxe Barbarossa variant now available

Philip Sabin has posted a deluxe version of his Barbarossa variant for HoldFast: Russia 1941-1942. The new version "…includes a new much more accurate map and unit deployments…".
Game: Semper Fi

Series: Tactical Combat Series
Publisher: Multi-Man Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/9/2022 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Battle for No Name Ridge

Big Board Gaming talks about MultiMan Publishing's Tactical Combat system titled Semper Fi which covers the Marines in the Korean War. He gives an introduction to the scenario, Battle for No-Name Ridge. Make sure you follow this after-action report over the next few weeks.
Game: Table Battles

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/6/2022 11:05:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
2nd Day of Gettysburg, with Table Battles

"With some Civil War reading on the go at the moment I had a hankering to play an appropriate game." Prufrock decides to play a day of Gettysburg using a Hollandspiele's Table Battles expansion. Check out the action and find out why a somewhat frustrated Prufrock feels forced to conclude that "Playing Gettysburg with Table Battles was one way to get a Civil War game in, but it is not one that I can take any satisfaction from."
Game: Les Quatre-Bras & Waterloo 1815

Series: Jours de Gloire
Publisher: Ludifolie
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/4/2022 12:48:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Quatre Bras 1815 (Jours de Gloire)

"For its size, this took longer to play than I thought it would, but was hugely enjoyable." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, tries out the Jours de Gloire system after a long absence, with Ludifolie's Les Quatre-Bras & Waterloo 1815. Does Norm's replay change history after "...now from nowhere! A moment of crisis for the Coalition. Soye (French) attacks Best and routs them just outside Quatre Bras, advancing after combat and gaining a ‘Breakthrough’ result (so they can immediately attack again)."?
Game: Imperial Tide: The Great War 1914-1918

Series: Pacific Tide
Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/4/2022 5:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Tide: The Great War 1914-1918 by Compass Games

A Wargamers Needful Things gives a thumbs up to Imperial Tide: The Great War 1914-1918 by Compass Games. "The gameplay is fast but deep and gives the player a lot of different options, while still putting on him the constraints of a commander in World War I. The designer, Gregory M. Smith, also designed the game Pacific Tide. So, if you are familiar with that game the learning curve is almost nil. Mr. Smith was looking to design a fun game that was playable in under three hours, along with sufficient depth to keep the players interested. I believe he has done just that."
Game: The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/3/2022 12:12:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Top 6! Solitaire Games of 2020 (video)

These were the runners up in Wayne Hansen’s list of preferred solitaire war games from 2019-2020 including The Mission: Early Christianity from the Crucifixion to the Crusades, Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land, Aurelian, Restorer of the World, and Atlantic Wolves
Game: Strike Force One

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/3/2022 12:04:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Strike Force One Play and Commentary (PC version)(3 videos)

Playing as a beginner and making beginner’s mistakes, usapatriot4163 starts this series of videos playing and losing SPI’s introductory war game. He fairs better in the second video as the Americans, and wins the final game with the Soviet forces.
Game: Tactics II

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/3/2022 11:22:00 AM
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.
Game: Frontline: The Longest Day

Publisher: Slitherine
Game Type: Computer
Date: 7/3/2022 11:13:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Frontline: The Longest Day – PC Game Review

In his Armchair General blog, Rick Martin reviews this introductory war game from Slitherine. Rating the game at 73%, Martin sums up with “While the game is addictively fun… it is very basic and is best viewed as a good beer and pretzels game or a good game for beginner gamers.”
Game: Battle Hymn Vol. 1: Gettysburg and Pea Ridge

Series: Battle Hymn
Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/30/2022 3:30:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
My Own Worst Enemy ~ Battle Hymn Volume One – Pea Ridge Part 6

The Armchair Dragoons provides part 6 of an after-action report of Battle Hymn Vol. 1: Gettysburg and Pea Ridge playing the Pea Ridge game teaching the game system and providing some advice on tactics in this first Compass Games Civil War system.
Game: Assault: Red Horizon 41

Publisher: Assault Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/29/2022 4:01:00 PM
Poster: Harvey M.
My Own Worst Enemy ~ Assault- Red Horizon 41

The Armchair Dragoons starts a replay of Assault- Red Horizon 41 published by Assault Publishing. Can the Soviets blow up a bridge on the Dniepr before the Germans can cross? In this first video they go through the set-up of the scenario Raiding Patrol.
Game: The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/27/2022 5:00:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944 – First Impressions

The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944, published by GMT Games, uses a chit-pull activation system that determines both the order and type of each sides’ actions during the game’s ten turns, covering June 6 to August 21, 1944. The Boardgames Chronicle gives their first impressions this game.
Game: Frontline: The Longest Day

Publisher: Slitherine
Game Type: Computer
Date: 6/26/2022 12:51:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Frontline: The Longest Day - First Impressions (video)

War games came to the computer scene in the early 1980’s and have since migrated to tablets and smart phones. This sequel to Frontline: Road to Moscow is typical of war games suitable for small screened devices. Graphics are rudimentary and game play is simple, yet engaging. In this video, prolific blogger, thehistoricalgamer, demonstrates game play and the user interface through several turns.
Game: Frontline: Road to Moscow

Publisher: Slitherine
Game Type: Computer
Date: 6/26/2022 12:01:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Frontline: Road to Moscow First Look

AgrippaMaxentius demonstrates game play taking the Kaunas and Brest Fortress objectives in this introductory war game.
Game: The Jaws of Victory: Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket – January/February 1944

Publisher: New England Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/25/2022 9:01:00 AM
Poster: Harvey M.
The Jaws of Victory: BTac’s Notes and Considerations

The Jaws of Victory, the battle of the Korsun-Cherkassy pocket: January/February 1944. Designed by Milt Janosky, and published by New England Simulations is a historical simulation of the Soviet’s winter offensive in the Ukraine in the early months of 1944 that trapped the better part of two German corps with a classic pincer movement by two Soviet Armies – and the German Army’s desperate response to relieve their beleaguered comrades in the pocket. BoardTactical Tom provides tactical notes and considerations to think about before you start playing.