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Freedom in the Galaxy Anyone play Freedom in the Galaxy? I’ve had this game since childhood but never got around to playing it. It has traveled the world only to be placed in storage for years at a time. A couple of weeks ago I decided to dust off the box and see what I […]

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 […]

The title from today’s post taken from Hugh Cole’s The Ardennes: Battle of the Bulge.  The Germans have taken the village of Bleialf and have driven the 14th Armored Group back to Andler.  In this post, the two pincers of the German advance snap shut at Schoenburg, cutting off the 106th Infantry Division’s 422nd and […]

Prelude From the In Front of St. Vith chapter of A Time for Trumpets: “Split seconds before 5:30 A.M. on Saturday, December 16, an American soldier from Company K, 110th Infantry, manning an observation post atop a concrete water tower along the Skyline Drive in the village of Hosingen (south of this battle’s AOR), telephoned […]

War does not determine who is right but who is left. In many wargames we do not bother about the consequences of success or failure, but it is precisely that vital question and the degree thereof that sponsors the dedication and pleasure of the experience. In wargames we typically balance the experience to begin from […]

For elves, I’ll phrase the question differently from the orc post: What is your preferred mental image of elves, or which version of elves in folklore appeals to you?

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 […]

Infantry Weapons Sturmgewehr (Assault Rifle) 44 Hitler was opposed to the development of an assault rifle as he was afraid widespread use would cause a strain on ammunition supplies. The original version banned by Hitler was the Maschinenkarabiner 42(H) so the German Army renamed it to the Maschineenpistole 43 (MP 43), started production and tested […]

I have been following China’s naval ambitions and aggressive sphere-of-influence expansion with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it is a return to normalcy as they are a neighborhood powerhouse with which our foreign policy elites are still coming to grips and considers it a strange thing indeed, but on the other, I laugh at the […]

When reading Morgan’s post on J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday I was reminded of an old favorite, SPI’s War of the Ring. Alas, my copy is MIA due to a nomadic life and used copies fetch a pretty price online so I cannot give a detailed game overview. Basically, it was two games in one.  The main game […]

Orders of Battle Any designer of historical simulations has to confront the question: what was the actual composition of forces at that place and time?  The harder one works for historical accuracy, the more elusive the answer. At times, the task is almost futile but the question must be asked. The ancient up to the […]

Modern combat is largely defined with tools that transcend the traditional human experience: satellites giving near real-time updates to commanders many kilometers from the dangers, night-vision and infrared goggles, drones and more. Yet even we, with our mighty ships, aircraft, field hospitals, and logistics are not immune to the dramatic effects of the weather. Weather […]