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Spotlight Articles

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

Generic multi-period scenario creation

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"The whole point of doing this is that I get something of a fast play ‘throw down’ game...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields and Warriors is creating the first of an intended four scenario setups usable over differing eras. Check out how Norm crafts his set up (with pictures) for a meeting engagement where "...victory will be based upon the capture of the bridge."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/21/2022


Havel: Wargaming the information environment

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"...how do you know your roleplay citizens will act like the real thing?" Rex Brynen, in PaxSims, discusses a series of "information and influence wargames" run by NATO last year. Check out Rex's thoughts on the results, and why "…much of it would have been recognizable to the propagandists of WW2—or diplomats, advertising executives, and political party strategists today."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/16/2022


1944 - Henri’s Farm

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"…3 Panthers have just entered the scene, intending to move to the ploughed fields to dominate the open views to their front!" Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, brings us a "quick throw down scenario" to test some of his own rules. Check out the pictures and the action after "The Panthers probe forwards threatening the British infantry..."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/11/2022


War and Peace – the Digital Version

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"Digital version with fog of war and cross-platform multi-player under development." Avalon Digital has an ongoing Kickstarter campaign for a computer version of Mark McLaughlin's classic War & Peace. The campaign could also involve a seventh edition reprint of the game.

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/7/2022


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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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Articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game,
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Date Title Article Summary
11/21/2022 Generic multi-period scenario creation
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The whole point of doing this is that I get something of a fast play ‘throw down’ game...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields and Warriors is creating the first of an intended four scenario setups usable over differing eras. Check out how Norm crafts his set up (with pictures) for a meeting engagement where "...victory will be based upon the capture of the bridge."
11/16/2022 Havel: Wargaming the information environment
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...how do you know your roleplay citizens will act like the real thing?" Rex Brynen, in PaxSims, discusses a series of "information and influence wargames" run by NATO last year. Check out Rex's thoughts on the results, and why "…much of it would have been recognizable to the propagandists of WW2—or diplomats, advertising executives, and political party strategists today."
11/11/2022 1944 - Henri’s Farm
Poster: Doug Holt
- "…3 Panthers have just entered the scene, intending to move to the ploughed fields to dominate the open views to their front!" Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, brings us a "quick throw down scenario" to test some of his own rules. Check out the pictures and the action after "The Panthers probe forwards threatening the British infantry..."
11/7/2022 War and Peace – the Digital Version
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Digital version with fog of war and cross-platform multi-player under development." Avalon Digital has an ongoing Kickstarter campaign for a computer version of Mark McLaughlin's classic War & Peace. The campaign could also involve a seventh edition reprint of the game.
10/5/2022 The changing face of wargaming
Poster: Doug Holt
- "What a great time to be a wargamer!" Prufrock reflects on how the offerings available for our hobby have changed during the years he's been involved. "We are seeing an explosion of impressive fast-playing, decision-centric, bot-soloable, war-themed crossover games that bring in ideas put together in fresh ways…"!
9/5/2022 Reviving the Eagles at Quatre Bras rules
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...the only way to create a meaningful merging of the two was to break one of them." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, gives us a window into his effort to align two of his historical period rule sets, "…striving to get a single Horse and Musket set…". Being Norm, he always has a sharp eye on playability, and is thinking about ways to "…make it easier to get either period to the table without needing full re-reads!"
8/31/2022 Grant’s Top 10 Solitaire Wargames – 2022 Edition
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...I only included games on this list that were designed as solitaire only wargames with an AI or some type of Bot." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, brings us his revised top 10 list of solitaire only wargames, after playing an additional 25 or so games. Check out his new list of titles that he's "…found to be fun and engaging to play, challenging and that also wove an interesting narrative as a part of the process."
8/26/2022 Making “Next War” More Multi-Domain: Some Alternative Rules for the “Next War” Series
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...as I played through them all, I started adding elements—what I termed 'House Rules'...". Ian Sullivan offers rules extensions for GMT's Next War series of games to make them more "multi-domain" oriented: that is, requiring players to "…converge capabilities across all domains—air, land, sea, cyber, and space…" in even a broader manner than the existing rules address. Check out his extensions for: Will to Fight; Delaying Reinforcements; Hypersonic Missiles; Advanced Chinese Ballistic missiles; Alternative AEGIS Ashore Rules; Non-Kinetic, Reversible Counterspace Attacks; Kinetic, Non-Reversible Counterspace Attacks
8/15/2022 Maneuver Warfare Who what huh what game is this again??
Poster: Doug Holt
- "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."
8/7/2022 Campaigning and fast play WWII tactical rules.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "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."
8/1/2022 Secrets to Teaching the COIN Series from GMT Games – A Guide to Making the Process Seamless and Getting Your Players to Enjoy the System
Poster: Doug Holt
- "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."
7/29/2022 Epic - Building an army in a day!
Poster: Doug Holt
- "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..."!
7/9/2022 Gaming the American Revolution – Ranking the Games We Have Played – 2022 Edition
Poster: Harvey M.
- The Players Aid gives their opinion of some of the American Revolutionary wargames they have played in 2022. "n this post, I wanted to share with you some of our gaming experience with these wargames focused on the American Revolutionary War. We haven’t played all of the games on the subject, not even close, but we have played enough that we have a good cross section of the different takes on the situation and types of games to give you some insight into what we liked."
6/22/2022 Saturday Night Fights! ~ The 1815 Campaign (Yes, All of it) for “Snappy Nappy”
Poster: Harvey M.
- "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.
5/27/2022 Partizan Wargame Show 2022
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...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."
5/24/2022 My Top 3 Wargames designed by… Mark Herman!
Poster: Doug Holt
- "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!"
5/4/2022 Seeing the Elephant at Kasserine Pass. “Patton’s Payback: The Battle of El Guettar and Patton’s Rise to Glory”. Book Review
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...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."
4/1/2022 Reflections on gaming not-Ukraine
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...in our games the Russian military was far more adroit using [artillery] in a fluid battlespace than seems to be the case in Ukraine." Rex Brynen, in PAXsims, reflects on some semi-recent "not Ukraine" modern wargame exercises, and what light those games shed, or didn't shed, regarding the reality of the current war. For example, in an influence operations exercise, "...what worked looked very much like what has worked for the Ukrainians in the current war, right down to heroic leaders and cute memes."
3/11/2022 In The Sailor’s Bookshelf, James Stavridis Tackles a Deep Subject – The Sea. Book Review.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...If you have any interest in the sea, the books on this list are bound to include several you will want to chase down." Ray Garbee reviews The Sailor's Bookshelf, Fifty Books to Know the Sea, by Adm. James Stavridis, USN (RET.). Check out why he is enthusiastic about a book that "…spans subjects and genres encompassing fiction, history, law, environmentalism and more!"
3/2/2022 Never Give Up! Never Surrender! The Tin Can Sailors Have Their Finest Hour in ‘The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors’. Book Review
Poster: Doug Holt
- "At times, the book certainly puts the ‘graphic’ into the graphic novel." Ray Garbee reviews The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary WWII Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour, a visual adaptation of what Ray considers to be the definitive book on the Battle off Samar in the Pacific theater of World War II. He makes clear that this is no lightweight comic book, but rather a powerful retelling of a "…battle should have been the big gun shootout the Navy’s battleship admirals had sought for years."
2/22/2022 Interview with Javier Romero Designer of Santander ’37 from SNAFU Design
Poster: Mark D.
- "We became familiar with the work of Javier Romero when we played his game Lion of Judah: The War for Ethiopia, 1935-1941 from Compass Games in 2017. A few months ago, I saw where Javier was designing a game on the Nationalist offensive into Santander in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War and I immediately reached out to him and he was more than willing to talk with us." -- from Grant at The Players' Aid.
2/4/2022 Top 5 Underrated War Games by Homo Ludens
Poster: Mark D.
- Looking at BGGs top 5 wargames, we all felt like some games in our collections had their shot at being at the top. I asked upstanding four guests to come up with their top 5 games that they think deserve more love. - The legendary Kai Jensen, whose design and development work is hugely influential in wargaming (Combat Commander series, Urban Sprawl, Downfall etc.) - Grant and Alex from the Players Aid, who for years have been leading content creators about wargames - Cory Graham, hardcore wargamer and upcoming designer part of the team behind Vijayanagara. Enjoy.
2/4/2022 Up and Onwards …. Pocket Armies.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...I have been surprised at the degree of productivity that has followed with those other distractions gone." Norm Smith, in Battlefields and Warriors, gives us a peek at painting and prepping he has been working on this year. Lots of good insights and pictures. And, "If this momentum can be kept up, then the pocket armies should start to yield some interesting games soon."
1/26/2022 My top anticipated wargames of 2022
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...how could I resist such a title?" Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, is enthusing about games he hopes to lay hands on this year. See if you agree with his six selections, like the one of which he says "…the core mechanics seem so innovative that I will need to check [out] this game."
1/24/2022 The Straight Shooter of Savo Island – The Life of Vice Admiral Willis Lee Jr. Book Review.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "His career reflects the transitional period between the big gun battlewagons of the First World War and the rise of carrier aviation." Ray Garbee reviews Battleship Commander: The Life of Vice Admiral Willis A. Lee Jr., by Paul Stillwell. Check out why Ray finds the book to be "…a good study in leadership…", and why, while ostensibly a guns and battleships guy, Lee refused to wear blinders: "Much as [with] William Halsey recognizing the airplane as the future, Lee recognized the potential for radar to transform his profession."
1/23/2022 Wargamer - What Tribe Are You? (PDF)
Poster: Mark D.
- Wargamer -- What Tribe are You? A question for us all. Wouldn't life be easier if we really understood what designers, developers, raters, reviewers and potential opponents really want? The attached PDF is an attempt to sort through the various 'tribes' to which we subscribe. Please have a look and tell us: which tribe are you?

This article written and shared by Tim Smith.
1/17/2022 Falkirk Muir 1746
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Note that this battle is not to be confused with the other Battle of Falkirk 448 years earlier; the one Mel Gibson lost." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, takes a look at the battle of Falkirk Muir. Jeff brings us his customary tongue-in-cheek insights on the historical origins and the battle itself, to include why "It may have been 57 years since James II (Charles's grandfather) had been chased out of Britain, but like that Scot I met years ago in The Duke of Kent, they weren't going to let it go."
1/12/2022 Documenting Black Jack Pershing’s War. Book Review
Poster: Doug Holt
- "It is an impressive achievement, and one that drives home just what a huge task General Pershing shouldered in 1917." Ray Garbee reviews Volume 1 of John J. Pershing and the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, 1917-1919, which details the challenges General Pershing met in preparing the U.S. Army for the European theater. Ray finds a book that delivers at the big picture level with "…a fascinating insight into leadership and management at what today would be termed the 'C' level suite…", as well as with interesting details, for example how "…British opinion suggested that the Americans would be best served by fully adopting British arms and ordnance in the spirit of simplifying the coalition's logistics."
1/10/2022 Review: Barnhart, Can You Beat Churchill? Teaching History Through Simulations
Poster: Doug Holt
- Wargames in the ivory tower? "For me this sums up the clear-eyed analysis of the value of simulations in teaching...". Catherine Jones, in PAXsims, reviews Can You Beat Churchill? Teaching History Through Simulations from a professor's point of view. She also thinks the book takes on bigger picture concerns: "There is an excellent and very well considered discussion throughout the book of some of the most significant challenges for historical simulations: morals, ethics, and engagement."
1/9/2022 Strategy Page - Special Operations: Russia and America Learn from Each Other
Poster: Mark D.
- The United States and Russia find themselves reviving Cold War tactics when it comes to using or defeating guerilla warfare. The Soviet Union, and communist movements it sponsored around the world for over half a century, adapted ancient irregular warfare to 20th century technology and politics. The Western World War II Allies, especially the U.S., and Britain, developed successful techniques to foster and support resistance movements in areas occupied by the Germans or Japanese...
12/31/2021 Key's Game Emporium - Games for family, friends and more!
Poster: Mark D.
- Key’s Game Emporium has been in business for over 30 years. Originally a brick-and-mortar store, it now operates online only. Their website is designed to be “no-frills” to keep our costs to a minimum and offer our customers competitive prices on all our products. We do not sell or give-away our customer’s information for any purpose.
12/27/2021 The 2021 Christmas Wargame Gazette (45 pages)
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The aim of the Gazette is just to give some wargaming distraction over the festive period, when the internet is typically quiet." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, is back with his 2021 Shenanigans Gazette, "...both a serious and a tongue-in-cheek look back at a wargaming year." Thanks Norm!
12/15/2021 Four new mini folio titles
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...it was with the prospect of updated rules, that I ordered the new releases, which have arrived today." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, discusses four new titles for the Decision Games' Musket & Saber rules that he has just purchased. Sounds like Norm plans on some playing and posting in the near future with these "…good solid four titles of interest."
12/13/2021 Top 3 wargames suggestions for Christmas 2021 – Part 2 – all time classics
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...my idea is to recommend some of the all-time classics with which you will never go wrong – and which in most cases are readily available for order, be it on publisher websites or in retailer shops." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings us more grognard Christmas ideas, this time focusing on the tried-and-true: "I have played all proposed positions multiple times and can vouch for each and every choice."
12/3/2021 Feeding the Bear: a Closer Look at Russian Army Logistics and the Fait Accompli
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Moscow might want to undermine security in the Baltic states or Poland, for instance, but could the Russian government successfully carry out a large-scale invasion of those countries?" Lt. Col. Alex Vershinin, in War on the Rocks, takes a look at some scenarios recently gaining more attention, and takes the perspective of further analysis: "While the Russian army definitely has the combat power to achieve these scenarios, does Russia have the logistics force structure to support these operations?"
12/1/2021 Jutland: The Latest Salvo. Book Review
Poster: Doug Holt
- "When leadership demands results at any cost, you should not be surprised when that cost is unexpectedly high." Ray Garbee reviews Clash of Capital Ships: From the Yorkshire Raid to Jutland by Eric Dorn Brose, which covers World War I's British/German naval tensions and clash. Check out what Ray sees as "…an interesting assessment and one that gets to the heart of much of the lingering acrimony surrounding the battle and its aftermath."
11/29/2021 Fighting in 13.5mm
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Having regard for the tooling costs of each sprue, that is a huge commitment to the product." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, discusses developments in 13.5 mm miniatures, a topic near to his heart as a "space strapped" gamer. The purveyor of this relatively new scale, Warlord Games, has recently "…announced a new period in the ‘Epic’ scale ….. Napoleonics! due for initial release in January 2022."
11/28/2021 Top 3 Wargame Suggestions for Christmas 2021 - Centurion's Review
Poster: Mark D.
- Top 3 wargame suggestions for Christmas 2021 – Part 1 – New Releases. Christmas time is fast approaching so we all look for presents inspirations. Today the Centurion's Review is looking at three 2021 releases which can be wholeheartedly recommend. Enjoy the article!
11/24/2021 Women in Gaming: Unanswered Questions
Poster: Mark D.
- Is there still a lack of female gamers in the industry? If so, why? The good folks at Game Cows make an attempt at addressing the subject...
11/19/2021 Borodino 1812
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...it was definitely Pyrrhic as far as victories were concerned." Jeff Berry, in Obscure Battles, takes on Borodino, with his usual insightful analysis and wit. See how Jeff fleshes out his assertion that, "…it's on little decisions like this, based on wishful thinking or denial of reality, that ultimately chart history."
11/10/2021 A Japanese Seaplane Could Be the Difference Maker for the US Military
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Where can the United States spend its finite defense dollars in ways that have disproportionate positive impact on its position in the Pacific?" David Alman, writing in War on the Rocks, explains why he thinks that seaplanes offer significant advantages to the US, particularly a Japanese model called the US-2. "Seaplanes could help the U.S. military solve several challenges in the Indo-Pacific, particularly the problems inherent to distributed operations."
11/5/2021 CNAS: Wargaming Chinese seizure of Taiwanese islands
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...such a scenario could be a prelude or pathway to war involving China, Taiwan, and the United States." Rex Brynen, in PAXsims, offers excerpts from a Centre for New American Security wargame study of possible limited Chinese aggression against Taiwan. A gloomy option is "…the most salient lesson of the game."
11/1/2021 Board Games of the Ancient World
Poster: Mark D.
- Really interesting article about "Board Games of the Ancient World", produced and shared by James McKee at Boards, Cards, Dice web site. Fascinating pictures, facts and other info about some of the earliest board games. Who knew King Tut was a Grognard?
11/1/2021 From the Sea…To the Blue Water Beyond. Book Review.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Strategy Shelved should be required reading for anyone looking to understand the importance of a clear strategic vision in setting national policy...". Ray Garbee reviews Strategy Shelved: The Collapse of Cold War Naval Strategic Planning, by Steven T. Wills. Ray finds it an insightful look at how the "…end of the Cold War was a ‘perfect storm’ that disrupted maritime strategy."
10/8/2021 On the Origins of the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet. Book Review.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The discourse surrounding fleets deployed in support of a global empire is as valid today as it was at the start of the 20th Century." Ray Garbee reviews Genesis of the Grand Fleet: The Admiralty, Germany, and the Home Fleet, 1896–1914, by Christopher Buckey. Ray finds a book that offers solid insights "...as it details how the government – specifically the Admiralty – had to wrestle with Fredrick the Great’s maxim of 'He who defends everything, defends nothing'."
9/17/2021 Confronting Chaos: a New Concept for Information Advantage
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...although American teams lose wargames all the time, this is, in fact, a very big deal." Chris Dougherty explains his concerns about how three decades of Pentagon war planning have "…assumed U.S. forces could achieve information dominance in a great-power conflict, akin to what the American military attained during the 1991 Gulf War. That assumption is fatally flawed."
9/10/2021 The Return of Great Power Proxy Wars
Poster: Doug Holt
- "If the United States fights with China or Russia, what type of war will it be?" Frank Hoffman and Andrew Orner, in War on the Rocks, make the argument that proxy wars are likely to again become a preferred tool of statecraft. "Proxy conflicts are, after all, the ultimate indirect approach."
9/6/2021 WotR - Recruiting continues
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...the herald is such a splendid figure, that Lord Cobham insisted on him joining the ranks!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, gives us a figures and painting update for his Wars of the Roses collection. Check out more of Norm's excellent miniatures work. And perhaps there is some action coming: "…I hear there are rumblings in the Parish of Piggy Longton, something to do with the Bishop of Dungborough recruiting for The King - what could possibly go wrong there!"
9/4/2021 10 Historical Facts About Avalon Hill
Poster: Pat L.
- David Lent, aka “The Centurion”, provides this quick list of factoids concerning the Avalon Hill Game Company, the first of the great hex and counter war game companies.
8/20/2021 Wrong, wrong, and wrong again
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...games and game-models that are lauded for their innovation and perspicacity, whose designers are profiled in the Washington Post, whose hobby games potentially influence real-world decision-making, can still get it wrong." Prufrock takes a square look at what the current debacle in Afghanistan tells us about the limits of our hobby (or for some, vocation): "It's not a nice pill to swallow."
8/13/2021 ETO Series: August 2021 Update
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...great game development is the art of subtracting, not adding...". Alan Emrich gives us a progress update on Frank Chadwick's ETO Project. Check out the team's progress in rules, component/graphics and other areas with the system. "Much of the ETO playtesting this summer has been focused inward with the development team working on different extended examples of play."
8/11/2021 Resentment, Rebellion and Retribution: The Second Anglo-Sikh War 1848-1849. Book Review
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Going far beyond the official histories, Singh provides insights into the perceptions, goals and thought processes of the participants...". Ray Garbee reviews The Second Anglo-Sikh War 1848-1849, by Amarpal Singh. Check out why, while Ray has one significant quibble, he still finds it to be a very readable, valuable book. One which provides another interesting insight: "The battle narratives demonstrate that the British military juggernaut was far from infallible and show that several battles were indeed close-run affairs."
8/5/2021 Time for a New Approach to Defense Strategy
Poster: Doug Holt
- "U.S. rivalries with Russia and China [...] will not be determined by the outcome of the regional contingencies over which U.S. defense plans now obsess." Michael Mazarr offers some very big picture ideas about how to rationalize US defense objectives and strategies: "…today, U.S. defense planners are working heroically to prop up a zombie strategy that represents the worst of both worlds, neither safeguarding Americans from the things that most directly and urgently imperil their well-being nor assuring victory in distant wars."
8/2/2021 The American Revolution, Naval Power, and the 21st Century
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The Battle of Valcour Island was not the battle the Royal Navy officers and their army counterparts had prepared for." BJ Armstrong reviews Valcour: The 1776 Campaign That Saved the Cause of Liberty, by Jack Kelly, which covers how the struggle for Lake Champlain impacted the early Revolutionary war. Check out BJ's strong case for why we should "…remember that the American War for Independence was a naval war.", and why key considerations of the campaign remain important in our own century.
7/28/2021 Shevardino 1812
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...strategically, Bagration's tactical 'mistake' may have actually saved the Russian army, and ultimately Russia." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another insightful review, this time looking at Shevardino, the prelude to Borodino. As always, Jeff examines questions that may not have gotten enough historical consideration, for example, the fact that "…this was still summer, and Napoleon's force was already far below normal attrition numbers for other campaigns."
7/24/2021 In Memoriam: John Tiller
Poster: Pat L.
- John Tiller played a significant role as a war game designer who brought hex and counter war games to the computer screen. Mitch Reed traces Tiller’s career from the 1990’s onward with illustrated examples from Tiller’s creations. Tiller’s games are available from Matrix, Slitherine, HPS Simulations, and John Tiller Software.
7/18/2021 Interview with designer Hermann Luttmann about his upcoming cooperative game The Plum Island Horror
Poster: Harvey M.
- Rob's Tabletop World interviews Designer: Hermann Luttmann about his upcoming 1-4 player, cooperative game design for GMT Games covering a little-known government island facility just off of Long Island New York, known for its highly secretive controversial infectious disease research. The Plum Island Horror is a throwback to old-fashioned 1950s horror movies and asks the question, "what could go wrong?!".
6/25/2021 Interview with Andrew Rourke Designer of Coalitions from PHALANX Currently on Kickstarter
Poster: Harvey M.
- With 2021 marking the bicentenary of Napoleon’s death on May 5, 1821, there have been quite a few new Napoleonic wargames that have released/gone to Kickstarter over the past 6 months or so. Napoleon 1815 from Shakos Games, Napoleon’s Imperium from Compass Games, Napoleon Returns 1815 from Worthington Publishing and Coalition! The Napoleonic Wars, 1805-1815 also from Compass Games. Well, PHALANX is also getting into the act with a game of their own on the subject called Coalitions designed by Andrew Rourke that hit Kickstarter this month. The game looks really fascinating and is being touted as a game of diplomatic and military maneuvering in Napoleonic Europe for 1-6 players. I wanted to get a better feel for the design and reached out to Andrew to get a look inside the game and he was more than interested in sharing.
6/25/2021 History Behind the Cards – A Look at Vijayanagara: The Deccan Empires of Medieval India, 1290-1398 from GMT Games – Card #6 A New Calculus
Poster: Harvey M.
- In Fall 2020, there was a game design contest held called Consim Game Jam where designers had to repurpose a COIN Series game and it’s components and make a new playable game in about 48 hours! The game that won the competition was called Vijayanagara: The Deccan Empires of Medieval India, 1290-1398. The game is an asymmetric 1-3 player game depicting the epic, century-long rise and fall of medieval kingdoms in India over two dynastic periods.
6/14/2021 WW1 board games: the best World War I tabletop games
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Disclaimers dealt with, let’s go over the top, shall we?" Bill Gray discusses his favorite (currently available) World War I games. Bill has apparently played all the scalings, including one where the "…entire package includes 16 maps and 5600 counters (no, really)."
6/4/2021 Homo Ludens - Wargame Book Club #1 - Simulating War - Philip Sabin
Poster: Mark D.
- Fred Serval tries a different format for his Homo Ludens web site. In this first episode of the Wargame Bookclub, we will discuss Philip Sabin's Book: Simulating War. An exquisite panel: Natalia Wojtowicz (Wargaming Experiences - @Wojtowicz_N), Riccardo Masini (Le guerre di carta 2.0 - @RMasini_WLOG), David Thompson (Undaunted Normandy - @djackthompson), Cory Graham (Vijayanagara - @Chaosgoat)
5/31/2021 Perry Miniatures: New 1806 Napoleonic Prussian Fusiliers
Poster: Mark D.
- Perry Miniatures: New 1806 Prussian Fusiliers - We have four codes of Fusiliers available now; there will be a pack of Fusilier Schützen which is next in line with the first of the cavalry.Prussian Army of 1806. Highlighted on the "Wargame News and Terrain" site.
5/28/2021 Bosworth 1485, Percy attacks!
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...by sword, by bill, with righteous conviction and by virtue true we shall suffer our enemy to kneel before their King this day." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, indulges in a bit of battle of Bosworth "what if" for a miniatures engagement. Lots of photos of Norm's excellent miniatures in a tight fight where "Both sides are starting to feel the losses, the Stanleys are close to having to take their first break test, while Percy’s men are clearly tiring…"!
5/26/2021 Slingshot 336
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...the idiosyncracies of Slingshot are the idiosyncracies of the membership...". Prufrock explains his satisfaction that Slingshot, the journal of the Society of Ancients, just keeps on chugging. Despite the onslaught of a number of recent trends, "…Slingshot still holds true to its original amateur, collective ideals. Now into its 336th edition, long may that continue!"
5/17/2021 28mm Wars of the Roses Pocket Armies additions
Poster: Doug Holt
- Norm is "...trying to build the Lancastsrian and Yorkist armies equitably, so that they can give some games while the collection grows...". Check out the Battlefields & Warriors blog to see more of Norm's excellent miniatures work, along with some accompanying historical tidbits. Lots of swords, billhooks, and a tank…!
5/5/2021 “Taranto And Naval Air Warfare in The Mediterranean, 1940-1945”. Book Review.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...an engaging story of the pilots of the Fleet Air Arm that conveys how, to paraphrase Churchill, so many owed so much to so few." Ray Garbee reviews Taranto And Naval Air Warfare in The Mediterranean, 1940-1945, by David Hobbs. Check out why Ray feels the book is a combination of engaging narrative history, along with tactical insights about "…the evolution in aircraft carrier battlespace management, that is: detection, fighter direction and airstrike management."
5/2/2021 Alea Magazine is Back!
Poster: Mark D.
- After years without publishing new issues, Alea magazine is back! The latest issue (#36) was published in March of 2021. We hope everyone will support this outstanding publication once again...
4/28/2021 Reinforcements for the Bosworth Project and early WWII
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Fortunately I seem to have a ‘mud on tracks obsession’, so that should fix it!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, discusses miniatures work, and shares photos of some very nice results. "Anyway, that’s it, I’m worn out now! all that modelling, I’ve used up an entire years motivation in just a few days :-)"
4/26/2021 Maldon: Something to Mull Over
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The preliminary challenges, insults, and actual fighting between 'champions' on the causeway resulted in a slight advantage for the Saxons." Chris Hahn, in his No Painting Required blog, brings us replays of the Viking versus Anglo-Saxon battle of Maldon in 991 A.D. Chris provides some interesting background to his various stagings, along with plenty of action: "…the Vikings crashed into the Saxons, having pushed through their own skirmishing archers, scattering them to the winds."
4/22/2021 The Players Aid Interviews David McDonough
Poster: Mark D.
- Interview with David McDonough Designer of Dawn’s Early Light: The War of 1812 from Compass Games. Produced and shared by The Players' Aid site.
4/19/2021 ACW rule comparisons
Poster: Doug Holt
- "The scene is one of using the fire and charge rules from each system to have a Confederate regiment try and capture the higher ground." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, tries out an apples to apples comparison of four miniatures rule systems. Norm brings a definite scientific approach to his "experiment", with his objective being the best gaming experience (even if that may be not-so-analytical, but eminently understandable!). Norm "…enjoyed all four situations, with each bringing a different thing to the party."
4/16/2021 From Biplanes to Ballistic Missiles — The Career of General Thomas S. Power. “To Rule the Skies: General Thomas S. Power and the Rise of Strategic Air Command in the Cold War”. Book Review.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...the more engaging part of the narrative is centered on Power’s efforts to transform the United States Air Force into a true aerospace force." Ray Garbee reviews To Rule the Skies: General Thomas S. Power and the Rise of Strategic Air Command in the Cold War, by Brent D. Ziarnick. Ray finds an often engaging and insightful book about General Power's efforts, which may have been ahead of their time, but are more relevant now. "How Power sought to do this is the stuff of a pulp science fiction fan’s dreams."
4/15/2021 Interview with Sergio Shiavi Designer of Give Us Victories: The Chancellorsville Campaign from Dissimula Edizioni Currently on Kickstarter
Poster: Harvey M.
- A few years ago, Sergio Shiavi broke onto the scene with his new company called Dissimula Edizioni with their first Kickstarter called Radetsky’s March: The Hundred Hours Campaign and that game was then followed a few years later by From Salerno to Rome: World War II – The Italian Campaign, 1943-1944. Now comes the third game to Kickstarter which is a look at the American Civil War and the Chancellorsville Campaign involving the Union Army of the Potomac commanded by Joseph Hooker and the Armey of Northern Virginia commanded by Robert E. Lee and is called Give Us Victories: The Chancellorsville Campaign. The Players Aid reached out to Sergio and he was more than willing to give us an inside look at the design.
4/12/2021 Wargaming in Rome
Poster: Harvey M.
- Homo Ludens provides their perspective of wargaming overseas in Rome with this interesting video blog
3/29/2021 1471 - A rendezvous and ambush at Piggy Longton
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Neighbouring Lord Trebian, not known for either patience or caution, planned to move swiftly and attack...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us another one of his nicely crafted fictitious engagements in Dungborough. Join Norm for a well told tale, accompanied by photos of his splendid miniatures intensifying the action: "…as push, shove and hack continues, the long spear gain the upper hand at this critical point on the battlefield…"!
3/26/2021 The Eagle and the Sun Duel at Okinawa in “Rain of Steel: Mitscher’s Task Force 58, Ugaki’s Thunder Gods, and the Kamikaze War Off Okinawa”. Book Review.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Rain of Steel is an indispensable reference for understanding the Okinawa campaign." Ray Garbee reviews Rain of Steel: Mitscher’s Task Force 58, Ugaki’s Thunder Gods, and the Kamikaze War Off Okinawa, by Stephen L. Moore. Check out why Ray feels the book covers the topic well at all levels, and how it "…shines by illuminating the experiences of the individual sailors, soldiers, marines and airmen."
3/18/2021 Interview with Bill Byrne Developer for Great Battles of the American Civil War Volume VIII Into the Woods: The Battle of Shiloh from GMT Games
Poster: Harvey M.
- The Players Aid interviews Bill Byrne about the latest offering from GMT Games on the battle of Shiloh called Into the Woods, in the Great Battles of the American Civil War Series.
3/16/2021 History Behind the Cards – A Look at Red Flag Over Paris from GMT Games with Designer Fred Serval – Card #8 Adolphe Thiers
Poster: Harvey M.
- The Players Aid delves into the history of the event cards in the upcoming game Red Flag over Paris from GMT Games.
3/8/2021 Interview with Hugh O’Donnell, designer of The Troubles – Shadow War in Northern Ireland 1964-1998, coming to Kickstarter in March
Poster: Harvey M.
- The Troubles by Compass Games is a COIN inspired, multi-faction treatment of the over 30-year’s conflict in Norther Ireland. The Boardgames Chronicle interviews Hugh O’Donnell, designer of this soon-to-hit the Kickstarter game.
3/3/2021 Designer Deep Dive: Bruce Maxwell Air & Armor
Poster: Harvey M.
- The Big Board interviews designer Bruce Maxwell and his upcoming design remaking a legacy West End Games' title, Air & Armor to be published by Compass Games.
3/3/2021 Is It a Wargame? It Doesn’t Matter: Rigorous Wargames Versus Effective Wargaming
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...how do we balance sufficiently rigorous design with a playable and impactful wargaming experience?" Jeremy Sepinsky, writing in War on the Rocks, a blog site focused on "…foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens…", discusses balance and other issues in wargame design. He provides an interesting answer, fed in part by his contention that "Wargaming is a malleable, multifaceted shapeshifter that becomes exactly what you need it to be."
3/1/2021 A Bosworth Project update and interpreting history!
Poster: Doug Holt
- "There has long been controversy about the site...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, discusses his progress towards creating a scenario covering the battle of Bosworth in 1485, "…one of the UK’s most significant battles on home soil…". Norm covers ongoing research about the battle, the miniatures he's developing for the scenario and the rules he intends to use, all working towards a day he can call "…a Bosworth day!"
2/26/2021 Operation Market Garden Comparing BG Gavin’s Leadership With Today’s Principles of Mission Command
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...his successful leadership was possible due to a mastery of certain Mission Command principles." Douglas Ritter takes a look at how General James Gavin handled command of the 82nd Airborne Division during Operation Market Garden. With an interesting review of Gavin's background and planning, Ritter shows how he "…identified and balanced the risks to his Paratroopers with the risk to his mission and, despite major setbacks, lead the 82nd to accomplishing all of its objectives."
2/25/2021 Interview with Robin David Designer of Judean Hammer from Catastrophe Games Coming to Kickstarter February 23rd
Poster: Harvey M.
- Interview with Robin David Designer of Judean Hammer from a new game publishing company called Catastrophe Games. The new design simulates the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Greeks in Judea in 167BC, a topic not covered in any other wargame to my knowledge..
2/24/2021 Victrix 12mm World War II
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Curiosity got the better of me...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, decides to check out new 12mm WWII hard plastic miniatures by Victrix. Norm provides pictures of his excellent results as he delves into the question "So what does Victrix bring to the party?"
1/27/2021 Armchair Dragoons Digital Convention - Bruce Maxwell NATO Designer Interview
Poster: Harvey M.
- Join Moe and Bruce as they talk about NATO: The Cold War Goes Hot, the upcoming title from Compass Games. This is not a simple reprint, but a whole new take on the original game. Learn about all of the design changes and the decisions behind them.
1/26/2021 Interview with Grant Wylie Designer of Tarawa 1943 from Worthington Publishing Currently on Kickstarter
Poster: Harvey M.
- The Players Aid interviews Grant Wylie from Worthington Publishing about the new WW II Pacific War solitaire design, Tarawa 1943,. now on Kickstarter.
1/24/2021 Waddington’s Board Game Archive
Poster: Pat L.
- Sonia and Andrew Reynolds maintain an inventory of board games produced by Waddington’s in their Board Game and Jigsaw Puzzle World blog. Wargames on the list include GHQ, Campaign, The Game of Nations, Battle of the Little Big Horn, and Camelot.
1/22/2021 Airpower Over Gallipoli: 1915-1916.
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...an indispensable reference guide to air operations over Gallipoli." Ray Garbee reviews Airpower Over Gallipoli: 1915-1916, an exhaustively researched book covering a little addressed topic. Beyond just a factual treasure trove, Ray finds the book to be a good "…narrative of how a small group of intrepid aviators faced adversity with strength and ingenuity to innovate against a series of never-ending obstacles."
1/6/2021 Interview with John Poniske Designer of Flanks of Gettysburg from Compass Games
Poster: Harvey M.
- John Poniske is a prolific designer and we have enjoyed several of his games including Revolution Road from Compass Games, Plains Indian Wars from GMT Games (as yet unreleased but nearing completion), Bleeding Kansas from Decision Games, Hearts and Minds from Worthington Games and Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars 1845-1872 from Legion Wargames. The Players Aid talk to him about his design philosophy and his upcoming game, Flanks of Gettysburg to be published by Compass Games.
1/6/2021 Warlord Epic ACW - painting and comparing
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...this post is going to look at what it might mean to my wargames table...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, checks out a sample of the new Epic Battles: American Civil War miniatures from Warlord Games. Check out why Norm feels he can give the product "…a big thumbs up, another area of choice for the customer and in our relatively small hobby…".
1/4/2021 A Brief History of Naval Wargames
Poster: Pat L.
- Kyle Mizokami gives a brief history behind the US Navy’s use of war games on the US Naval Institute’s News page. These games have played an important role in US Navy strategy and tactics. “After the war, Admiral Nimitz was to remark, “The war with Japan had been reenacted in the game rooms at the Naval War College by so many people and in so many different ways, that nothing that happened during the war was a surprise . . . absolutely nothing except the kamikaze tactics toward the end of the war; we had not visualized these.”…”
1/1/2021 Marengo 1800
Poster: Doug Holt
- "...Marengo, the putative victory that cemented Napoleon's hold on power." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another one of his exquisite battle illuminations. This time, an engagement with a role on the path of power: "Bonaparte realized that if he were to retain his dictatorial powers, he had to deliver victory and a satisfactory end to the war."
12/23/2020 Interview with Wolfgang Klein Designer of Assault – Red Horizon 41 from Assault! Games Currently on Kickstarter
Poster: Harvey M.
- The Players Aid interviews new designer Wolfgang Klein (no relation to Alexander Klein) and discusses his upcoming Kickstarter for a tactical level wargame focused on Operation Barbarossa during World War II from June through December 1941, Assault – Red Horizon 41.
12/18/2020 Opening action at Henry Hill 1861
Poster: Doug Holt
- "It is a wargamers delight." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, draws from the book 'We Shall Meet Again’ The first battle of Manassas, by JoANNA M. McDonald to create a tabletop scenario. Join Norm as he gives us a first play AAR, and check out why he concludes that "…the game did feel like an early 1861 engagement and passed a pleasant hour."
12/14/2020 Interview with Mark Holt Walker Designer of The Long Road from Flying Pig Games Currently on Kickstarter
Poster: Harvey M.
- Mark Walker from Flying Pigs Games and, designer of the upcoming game,The Long RoadThe Players Aid about his design.
12/13/2020 Top 3 wargames suggestions for Christmas 2020 – Part 2 – all time classics
Poster: Harvey M.
- The Boardgames Chronicle wishes everyone happy holidays with their suggestions for wargame gifts that should be under everyone's Christmas tree.
12/13/2020 An Interview with Dana Lombardy
Poster: Harvey M.
- Dana Lombardy spends some time with Harold discussing his career and his latest project: MacGowan & Lombardy's THE GREAT WAR fast-playing card game. Available on Kickstarter:
12/11/2020 Best 3 Games with…Blocks!
Poster: Harvey M.
- The Boardgames Chronicle states, "The allure to me of this genre of wargames is the Fog of War aspect that you get from not knowing exactly what you are attacking or are being attacked by until that moment when you reveal the units. This creates some really tough decisions about how to attack and where and will lead to some gaffs form time to time as you end up going full bore realizing after the fact that you overcommitted because they only had smaller value blocks and now you are out of position to follow this move up on the battlefield.". They present the 3 games they love best with blocks!
11/25/2020 1471 - Stand firm, save the Treasury!
Poster: Doug Holt
- "Lord Darcy is hoping that his archers will do most of the work this day...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, gets to the action with his latest Dungborough encounter. Whose hands will the collected tax prize fall into, the Lancastrians or the Yorkists? As Norm puts it, "The situation is tightly balanced, with several points of crisis and no certainty of which way it will go - I like that about this system."