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Posted on Sep 2, 2008 in Boardgames

Army of Ireland – Boardgame Review

Army of Ireland is a boardgame based on the 1866 invasion of Canada by Irish veterans of the American Civil War. Suitable for one to four players, it is a quick-playing simulation based on an often-overlooked historical action.

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Posted on Aug 18, 2008 in Boardgames

Pacific Typhoon – Card Game Review

Pacific Typhoon is a low-complexity, trick-taking card game based on battles of the Pacific Theater in World War II. Period photographs and historical information on the cards add historical value.

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Posted on Jul 21, 2008 in Boardgames

Blackbeard: The Golden Age of Piracy Boardgame

"Blackbeard: The Golden Age of Piracy" is a boardgame that puts players into the role of historical pirate captains competing for treasure and a coveted Letter of Marque. This is a GMT Games reissue of an earlier Avalon Hill game.

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Posted on Jul 1, 2008 in Boardgames

Silent War – Boardgame Review

This review of Silent War, a solitaire wargame from Compass Games that depicts U.S. submarine war against Imperial Japan in World War II, rates the game as an excellent though complex simulation.

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Posted on Mar 28, 2008 in Boardgames, Electronic Games, Front Page Features

Axis & Allies Miniatures: North Africa 1940-1943 – Day 5

Avalon Hill is scheduled to release the latest booster pack, North Africa 1940-1943, for the Axis & Allies Miniatures game today! All this week, Armchair General has published exclusive previews about the units and gameplay, including this last sneak peak.  So, what are you waiting for?  Read on, then go and buy the game! Axis & Allies Miniatures: North Africa 1940-1943 – Day 5 The new M10 Wolverine tank destroyer is good. Possibly too good. The M10 is featured in the Axis and Allies: North Africa 1940-1943 miniatures set and offers the best counter to Rommel’s PzIV tanks. With a 76.2mm main gun, the M10 has slightly better AT firepower than the Sherman. However, it has less armor and is best used when flanking German tanks. The “Flanking” skill gives the M10  extra dice when attacking the rear armor of an enemy panzer. While flanking, it stands a good chance of destroying a PzIV outright at medium range. At a cost of 19 points, the M10 gets all the benefits and none of the drawbacks...

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Posted on Mar 27, 2008 in Boardgames, Electronic Games, Front Page Features

Axis & Allies Miniatures: North Africa 1940-1943 – Day 4

Avalon Hill is scheduled to release the latest booster pack North Africa 1940-1943 for the Axis & Allies Miniatures game on March 28. All this week, leading up to the release day, Armchair General is giving grognards interested in this collectible miniatures combat game an inside preview! We sent our own Paul Glasser under the wire to scope out the new reinforcements to the game, and his reports detail valuable information regarding the new units and maps that are incoming. Read on for his full debriefing, and be sure to report back tomorrow for further details! Axis & Allies Miniatures: North Africa 1940-1943 – Day 4 If they’re lucky enough, players can get their hands on a special promotional version of the new Matilda II tank. The Matilda II is featured in the upcoming North Africa 1940-1943 set for Axis and Allies Miniatures and is available in this month’s Combat Zone promotional kit. Game stores can purchase Combat Zone kits, which include a miniature and stat card. The promotional version includes a special "dazzle" paint job on the mini. Dazzle...

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Posted on Mar 26, 2008 in Boardgames, Electronic Games, Front Page Features

Axis & Allies Miniatures: North Africa 1940-1943 – Day 3

Avalon Hill is scheduled to release the latest booster pack North Africa 1940-1943 for the Axis & Allies Miniatures game on March 28. All this week, leading up to the release day, Armchair General is giving grognards interested in this collectible miniatures combat game an inside preview! We sent our own Paul Glasser under the wire to scope out the new reinforcements to the game, and his reports detail valuable information regarding the new units and maps that are incoming. Read on for his full debriefing, and be sure to report back tomorrow for further details! Axis & Allies Miniatures: North Africa 1940-1943 – Day 3 The first new Allied infantry units for Axis and Allies Miniatures: North Africa 1940-1943 have been introduced! French armies will now be able to draw on the elite Alpine infantry. These hardy soldiers will be tough to kill, with a solid 5/5 defense. However, they lack the firepower of other elite units, such as the SS Panzergrenadiers, US Army Rangers or 101st Screaming Eagles. The Alpine troops offer only mediocre attack strength against enemy...

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Posted on Mar 25, 2008 in Boardgames, Electronic Games, Front Page Features

Axis & Allies Miniatures: North Africa 1940-1943 – Day 2

Avalon Hill is scheduled to release the latest booster pack North Africa 1940-1943 for the Axis & Allies Miniatures game on March 28. All this week, leading up to the release day, Armchair General is giving grognards interested in this collectible miniatures combat game an inside preview! We sent our own Paul Glasser under the wire to scope out the new reinforcements to the game, and his reports detail valuable information regarding the new units and maps that are incoming. Read on for his full debriefing, and be sure to report back tomorrow for further details! Axis & Allies Miniatures: North Africa 1940-1943 – Day 2 Command tanks are another new element introduced in the North Africa 1940-1943 set for Axis and Allies Miniatures. Two new previews have unveiled the M4 Sherman and PzIV Ausf. H tank commanders, and both units represent a significant increase in cost. A normal M4 only costs 22 points, but the command version soars more than 150 percent, to 33 points. However, it provides two useful abilities, giving a +2 initiative bonus and allowing nearby...

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Posted on Mar 24, 2008 in Boardgames, Electronic Games, Front Page Features

Axis & Allies Miniatures: North Africa 1940-1943 – Day 1

Avalon Hill is scheduled to release the latest booster pack North Africa 1940-1943 for the Axis & Allies Miniatures game on March 28. All this week, leading up to the release day, Armchair General is giving grognards interested in this collectible miniatures combat game an inside preview! We sent our own Paul Glasser under the wire to scope out the new reinforcements to the game, and his reports detail valuable information regarding the new units and maps that are incoming. Read on for his full debriefing, and be sure to report back tomorrow for further details! Axis & Allies Miniatures: North Africa 1940-1943 – Day 1 The Axis and Allies Miniatures North Africa 1940-1943 set will offer a variety of new units when it hits the shelves at your local game store on March 28. The set will include 60 new miniatures, and vehicles will be molded to fit the new three-inch scale map hexes. Each week, a new pair of miniatures will be previewed, along with the corresponding stat card. Commanders who enjoy playing scenarios or restricted armies will...

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Posted on Mar 14, 2008 in Boardgames, Front Page Features

Wings of War: Dawn of War – Game Review

Fantasy Flight Games has had solid success with the Wings of War series of World War One aerial combat simulators. A new wrinkle has been added – changing the setting to World War Two. In Wings of War: Dawn of War, players take on the roles of World War Two fighter pilots in any one of eight nationalities. The game itself is fairly simple. Each player selects a plane and the corresponding maneuver deck. Players choose a scenario that most closely fits the bill, and they’re off! The rulebook includes eight different scenarios with specific victory conditions. The maneuver deck consists of 18 cards illustrating a particular maneuver. Players must choose a marker to indicate whether to take the movement at high speed or low speed – this will determine which set of arrows to use on the maneuver card. Players line up the arrows on the card with those on their plane, and leapfrog the plane to the front of the maneuver card, again lining up the appropriate...

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