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Gamers interested in Iberian/Spanish military history should look into Desperta Ferro, a Spanish military and political history magazine.  The magazine name is taken from a medieval battle cry, literally translated as “Awake Iron” (en Espanol a continuacion). I am not fluent in Spanish but upon discovering the magazine in a museum gift shop a quick […]

2017. It was the year where the wild west of indie science fiction, building on the momentum of previous years, surpassed the traditional publishers. It was the year when Marvel Comics collapsed, shuttering comics shops in its fall. It was the year when Disney divided Star Wars enthusiasts. When passion project games scored big and […]

Conclusions The Germans either win the Battle of the Bulge early, or they lose. Much of the midgame can easily be the Allies curb-stomping the krauts. This is because the Strategic Bombing that takes place as soon as the weather clears. Once the weather clears up, the Allies will get way more planes, and if […]

Every miniature wargamer well knows the thrill of the hunt for the illusive “Perfect Skirmish Game”.  While the bulk of the sci-fi wargaming population contents itself with the 40,000-pound gorilla, or chases the latest big-box set with a two-year lifespan from one of its challengers, some of us are content to noodle around the edges […]

The multi-dimensional balancing act of wargame design has led to a proliferation of titles. The huge number of variables that have to be juggled in even the simplest of wargames presents a huge number of opportunities for wargame designers to seek out the “sweet spot” in everything from level of detail to movement schemes to […]

Play 4 | Allies – Dad/Axis – Me | Outcome – Overwhelming Axis Victory (Allies concede Antwerp Victory as inevitable) This playthrough we used the following: No roll for Paratroopers No roll for 150 Commando 2x SS Panzer Divisions can participate in morning Blitz In some ways this was very similar to my strategy in […]

Play 3 | Allies – Dad/Axis – Me | Outcome –Overwhelming Allied Victory (Axis concedes late mid-game) This playthrough we used the following rules: No roll for Paratroopers No roll for 150 Commando 2x SS Panzer Divisions can participate in morning Blitz Forgotten/unobserved Planes cannot offset (first half of game) Thinking I’d learned from my […]

Play 2 | Allies –Me/Axis – Dad | Outcome – Allied Strategic Victory (marginal game victory on points) This playthru we used the following: No roll for Paratroopers No roll for 150 Commando 2x SS Panzer Divisions can participate in morning Blitz Forgotten/unobserved Die-roll shift for forts, 1st half of game Planes cannot offset The […]

Play 1 | Allies – Me/Axis – Dad | Outcome – Overwhelming Allied Victory (Axis forfeit) This play-through we used the advanced game with the following variations and special rules: No roll required for Paratroopers to drop. No roll required for 150 Commando armor to make 1st turn movement. 2 x Day 1 SS Panzer […]

The Evil Within 2 video game is NOT a ripoff of the “Resident Evil” series. People may say so, but they’re idiots who know nothing about games or game design, and their opinions should be summarily discarded. (As should their right to have any opinions at all.)

I’ve spent the last few months playing Avalon Hill’s The Battle of the Bulge, probably devoting more table-time to it than virtually any other game in recent memory. It’s one thing to want to play a hex and chit game twice, once to get a feel for each side, but really says something when you […]

So I got an Xbox One X on Friday, and I won’t tell you how I managed to afford it except to say that—contrary to all rumors—getting $300 in store credit from Game Stop does NOT involve selling them a kidney. Just all your gold fillings. So was it worth all the impromptu in-store dentistry […]