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Nuts! The Battle of the Bulge was released in 1998 by Decision Games as a card game.  HexWar Games now has the rights and released a computer version in 2016, available on Steam. This is an enjoyable game on the “beer and pretzels” level but don’t expect to discover historical truths or maneuver your forces through […]

Greentree Games’ Burden of Command is a game in development I’ll be keeping my eye on. Immediately after watching April 9th I came across a preview for this game. I mention the movie as there is a moment when one of the protagonists, a leader, is overwhelmed while trying to process competing emotions of duty, urgency, […]

Last week I was asked if I knew any Battle of Hürtgen Forest simulations. Short answer is I never played,  but know that a few board games were produced. For computer simulations, I am unaware of any unless someone developed a scenario or mod within a game engine. For those unfamiliar with this costly and […]

Bay 12 Games’ Dwarf Fortress is a hybrid build game / RPG with an intriguing world creation process and offers features attractive to even the most detailed oriented gamer. A player can choose a Minecraft type game in which a band of dwarves build a thriving community or an adventure in which a player character explores the […]

When you get to the end of a game, and you’re begging for it to be over (out loud even, at least once), that’s not a good sign. I’m not saying it’s a bad game, just that it’s way too long. I wish I could tell you that Final Fantasy XV was completely awesome in […]

While reading about the armies Wars of Imperial Conquest in Africa 1830-1914 by Bruce Vandervort I had a thought that a feature of miniature war gaming is the diversity of readily available figures.  A case can be made that the economics behind computer game development drive game topics to well known/popular historical periods (along with a “Euro-game” […]

The scenario ends in a major German victory.  Instead of retreating my opponent continued to fight forward and left his last tank company exposed.  I was able to mop up the company and a couple disrupted platoons off screen. After the jump I’ll compare the Mk III and T-34/1941 using the Campaign Series unit data […]

This post will concentrate on the organization of a mid-1942 T-34 tank battalion and start laying the ground work for the final post’s comparison of the Panzer Mk III against the T-34/1941 followed by turns 5 and 6 of the During Action Report (DAR).  The battle has turned into a slug fest.  All this after […]

This post covers an unexpected Russian advance to the western outskirts of town.  I’ve been reading T-34 In Action, one of the Stackpole Military History Series and it seems early war T-34 tankers were supremely confident of their tanks superiority over German panzers.  One of the veterans interviewed: “Against the T-34 the German tanks were crap”. I’m […]

A first in a series of posts that will be a mix of a game During Action Report (DAR) and numerous sidebars covering combat on the Russian Front.   The game is Campaign Series: East Front and the scenario is Tanker’s Holiday. Scenario Briefing. Excerpt from the scenario briefing: “Gotha, NE of Kharkov: During the last […]

Everything’s been done before. If you think you made something totally original, don’t worry: you haven’t. You’re just don’t know who did it before you yet.

So E3 is hoving into view, and once again I must spend some of my dwindling store of precious time watching company men try to get people pumped up for the latest round of sequels, remakes, and rip-offs. Surprisingly, there were some original games scattered here and there, and some of the sequels (etc.) actually […]