After some delays, the nominees for the 2021 Charles S. Roberts Awards for Excellence in Conflict Simulation Games have been published. You can see the list over on the CSR website. The awards are given in the following categories Best Ancients to Medieval Era Board WargameBest Early Gunpowder Board Wargame 1453-1793 ADBest Late Gunpowder to Pre-World War I Board Wargame, excluding American Civil War and Napoleonic TopicsBest Napoleonic Board WargameBest American Civil War Board WargameBest World War I Era Board WargameBest World War II Era Board WargameBest Modern Era Board WargameBest Science-Fiction or Fantasy Board WargameBest Solitaire or Cooperative Board WargameBest Magazine Board WargameBest Expansion or Supplement for an Existing Board WargameBest Board Wargame Playing ComponentsBest Board Wargame Map GraphicsBest Board Wargame RulesBest Computer WargameBest Cover Art In addition to the categories covering board games, there the media awards for Best wargame magazine and Best Game Review or Analysis Website, Webcast or Podcast.Best Individual Historical, Scenario Analysis, or Book Then there’s the individual awards Wargame of the YearJames F....Read More
The Kriegsmarine threatens Britain’s Atlantic lifeline in GMT Games, “Atlantic Chase: The naval war in the Atlantic 1939-1943”. Board Game Review.
Atlantic Chase: The Kriegsmarine Against the Home Fleet. Publisher: GMT Games. Designer: Jeremy White. Price $85.00 Passed inspection: A multi-layered operational game covering maritime operations from 1939 through 1943.Extensive two-player and solitaire scenarios. Well laid-out rulebook(s) nicely cross-referenced with the play aid charts. Failed basic: “Failed basic” is an overly harsh term here. We could quibble over how specific ships are rated for firepower and if the effect of airstrikes is overstated or understated. But the biggest challenge is that Atlantic Chase is a radically different game from what traditional naval gamers are used to playing. The block format of the trajectories may be off-putting to old school hex and counter grognards. But work through the pain, folks – this is a great game! steamed for the Jutland coast into bad weather and stumbled upon our quarry. After a short exchange of gunfire, the Germans managed to break contact. In the morning, the storm had passed and the real battle began. Luftwaffe dive bombers and torpedo planes repeatedly struck...Read More