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“I could never be so lucky again.” – Jimmy Doolittle ‘Enemy Coast Ahead: The Doolittle Raid’ Board Game Review

Posted on Apr 19, 2019 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Enemy Coast Ahead – The Doolittle Raid   Board Game Review.  Publisher: GMT Games   Game Designer:   Jeremy White  Price  $60.00 by Rick Martin Passed Inspection – rich, dynamic game play, fully immersive, various levels of play, programmed rules, full campaign can be played in one day, great replayability, fantastic...

The Problem with Hexagons – an article about war gaming design by Dr. Ezra Sidran, the designer of The Universal Military Simulator

Posted on Apr 3, 2019 in Electronic Games, Front Page Features

The Problem with Hexagons By D. Ezra Sidran, PhD General-Staff.com   Hexagons are ubiquitous in wargames now (indeed, both Philip Sabin’s War: Studying Conflict Through Simulation Games and Peter Perla’s The Art of Wargaming feature hexagons on their book covers), but this wasn’t always the case. My first wargame...

“O God, Thy Sea Is So Great and My Boat Is So Small” ― John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage PT- 109” Board Game Review

Posted on Mar 28, 2019 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Profile in Courage PT-109   Board Game Review.  Publisher: High Flying Dice  Games   Game Designer:   Rod Bauer  Price  $11.95 with unmounted counters or $17.95 with mounted counters Passed Inspection:  Easy to learn, great fun to play, company is very responsive to questions, unique subject matter, nice graphics, good replayability,...

“Without a guiding organization, the energy of the masses would dissipate like steam…” Brett Myers’ “Dual Powers Revolution 1917” Board Game Review

Posted on Mar 22, 2019 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Dual Powers Revolution 1917   Board Game Review.  Publisher: Thunderworks  Games   Game Designer:   Brett Myers, James Kyle and Keith Matejka  Price  $39.95 Passed Inspection:  beautiful artwork and components, solo or two player, lots of historical information, easy to learn, player reference cards are provided, high replay value for a low...

Westbound and Down: The Warsaw Pact drives into Southern Germany. High Flying Dice Games’ Land of Confusion 3: The Battle of Hof Gap. Board Game Review.

Posted on Mar 20, 2019 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Land of Confusion 3: The Battle of Hof Gap. Publisher: High Flying Dice Games.  Designer: Paul Rohrbaugh. Price $14.95-$19.95   Passed inspection: Fast-playing game, good introduction to hex and counter gaming while still offering challenging game play to the grognard. Failed basic: Colors on counters can be hard to...

Fighting the Decisive Battle of Yesterday’s Future War. Gale Force Nine’s ‘Tanks: The Modern Age’, Tabletop Miniatures Game Review.

Posted on Mar 4, 2019 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Tanks: Modern Age. Publisher: Gale Force Nine Games.  Designers: Andrew Haught and Chris Townley. Price $24.99   Passed inspection: High quality model tanks. Well laid out rules. Accessible game for those new to table top gaming. Failed basic: The models are tied to the Team Yankee product line and as...

“…we had no idea that France had tanks like that.” James Day’s “Panzer Expansion 4: France 1940” Board Game Review

Posted on Feb 28, 2019 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Panzer Expansion 4: France 1940   Board Game Review.  Publisher: GMT Games   Game Designer:   James M. Day and Fernando Sola Ramos  Price  $65.00 Passed Inspection:  highly detailed but easy to learn, adds French and early German tanks, exciting solo rules which apply to all the Panzer/Main Battle Tank (MBT) games,...

“Extradition doesn’t mean anything unless you can catch him.” Fighting A Very Personal War on Drugs. CMON Games ‘Narcos’ Board Game Review.

Posted on Feb 20, 2019 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Narcos: The Board Game. Publisher: CMON Limited.  Designers: Fel Barros, Renato Silva Sasdelli. Price $54.99   Passed inspection: High quality components. Well laid out rules. Captures the feel of the Narcos television show and the events that inspired it. Requires cooperative actions and deductive skills.    Failed basic: Place name...

“He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.” Forbidden Games’ Victory and Glory Napoleon Board Game Review

Posted on Feb 14, 2019 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Victory and Glory Napoleon Board Game Review.  Publisher: Forbidden Games   Game Designer: Glenn Drover  Price  $79.00 Passed Inspection: Stunningly beautiful board and components, elegantly designed game, easy to learn, tough to master, solo rules included, fast playing, great fun for the whole family Failed Basic: very large footprint, needs a...