June 2010 Blog Posts (29)

Close Combat: Arnhem announced

The Wargamer.Com has a behind the scenes development article on the just announced Close Combat expansion that is coming from Matrix Games/Slitherine.

You can read the entire article here


You can also find out more about the upcoming title at this link:…


Added by Hudson on June 30, 2010 at 9:05am — No Comments

"Is Wargaming Dead?": 1984 Style!

From the "More Things Change...." department:

OK, OK, I'm not going to beat the dead horse, but I just found a program from the 1984 Origins (in Dallas, TX), and in addition to the usual monster games, historical miniatures tournaments (and ASL, Up front, and various Victory,Yaquinto, and Steve Jackson Games...) is the following seminar:

"Is Wargaming Dead?" "It use to be that wargames, both historical and science fiction, WERE adventure gaming. These days, companies seem more… Continue

Added by Dave Smith on June 28, 2010 at 9:54pm — 7 Comments

'Comrade General, we know which end the bullets come of of now!' (OCS CB/EatG mini-AAR)

By the start of November 1941 the glorious freedom-loving volunteer heroes of the People's Red Army are getting into the swing of things, aided by inspired leadership from the rear by their beloved Commissars.

And the VVS has discovered that the funny bulbous things on the wings of their planes will make happy little explosions amongst the Germans if dropped on them from a great height.…


Added by Danny on June 28, 2010 at 10:55am — 1 Comment

65th Anniversary of Market Garden celebrated on Flames of War site

Market Garden 65 was the year long observance of the 65th anniversary of the battle through the game of Flames Of War headed up by the 10th Cavalry game club. Market Garden 65 was made possible by the hard work of dozens of gamers around the world and supported by Battlefront. The Goal: The goal of the Market Garden 65 project was to be able to both hold a large themed tournament as well as permit the club to put on Market Garden…


Added by Hudson on June 25, 2010 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Battle Isle 2 & Battles of Destiny

I have added this game to my website. I just loved the battle isle games, so many hours of my life were lost playing them, so it is great to see it again and available as abandoned software.
Battles of Destiny is a game I have never played before, but apparently it was a prelude to Emperor of the fading Suns game. Holistic Design, which owns this game has now made it freeware :-)

Added by Roger Morley on June 25, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

Lamest comment of the week

Regarding a forum poster from a not named site that got a computer game focused on Stalingrad and he had this to post about the great battle (and I quote):

"ive received it but have only had time to install it so far. did just pick up "enemy at the gates" to learn more about it though."…


Added by Hudson on June 24, 2010 at 3:27pm — 8 Comments

Panzer Campaigns France ’40 AAR: The Battle of Abbeville, the Second day

Today’s history lesson and Panzer Campaigns After Action Report comes from Abbeville France. Below is the scenario debriefing. The scenario is 12 turns long.

Abbeville, France, 28th May 1940: After the failed attack by the British and French combined force on Abbeville the 27th, the French High Command decided to send De Gaulle, promoted to temporary

general four days earlier, to attack. After moving his…


Added by Hudson on June 23, 2010 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Good News, Everyone! Futurama is Back!

Why Fox killed Futurama is beyond me. It is an incredibly funny, witty show, and one of my favorite animated series of all time.

The good news is that it is coming back to TV, with new episodes to be aired by… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on June 22, 2010 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

Grammar Nazis, part deux!


Added by Lisa Scheer on June 22, 2010 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Battleground 3 Waterloo

I happened to come across this game today on an Abandonware website which I have never seen before. I downloaded it, and was absolutely amazed at this game. So involved, each turn has you sitting there for ages planning your strategy, and the map is so well laid out, a hex grid done in an isometric way.
So impressed with this gem, i thought it would be a good one for my website, and I also thought that the lads at ConSim World would also enjoy it.
As with all games, i…

Added by Roger Morley on June 21, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Is Origins killing the board wargaming hobby???

This, more or less, has been a topic for discussion in one of the forums, along with the age-old question of: How do we grow the hobby? I’d thought I’d add my two cents worth at this venue, responding to both questions.

First off, Origins: Is it killing (or at least not serving) the wargame hobby? The answer to that is of course not! The once traveling, national, convention has settled down into a large regional convention (and/or a convention for a large region) that attracts… Continue

Added by Dave Smith on June 20, 2010 at 12:02am — 4 Comments


Ok...I have held off on commenting on this. According to BY, When Eagles Dare, (the rest of Operation Market-Garden for TDC) was SUPPOSED to have already been at the printer since last Jan. Since then, nothing. Not a whisper, rumor or anything. they never discuss it in thet swamp-pit that is the MMP forum in Consim and any questions about it are buried in the latest Mark-Freakin-Pitcavage rant and ignored. Does anyone have any info on this?

Added by Matt Severns on June 19, 2010 at 11:45am — 1 Comment

High Command

Gregg Carter, who designed this game has made this game now available for download. You can find it in my Wargame section

I have also found some more issues of S&T.

Added by Roger Morley on June 18, 2010 at 3:35am — No Comments

John Tiller's France '40 Maastricht AAR

This next AAR is one from John Tiller’s Panzer Campaigns series and the title is France 1940. At the moment it is the only one that I own and it has provided plenty of wargamey goodness. Remember this is a

wargame designed to replace face to face gaming when you cannot find an

opponent so the graphics will not be flashy but its the meat of the game

that matters.

John Tiller has been doing this series of games since he left Talonsoft back in 1999 or so and…


Added by Hudson on June 17, 2010 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Combat Commander: My First Play

I got a game in this weekend of Combat Commander:


I had a buddy come over from a local suburb gaming club and he taught me how to play and we duked it out in the smallest introductory scenario we could play.…


Added by Hudson on June 17, 2010 at 9:01am — No Comments

'Comrade General, it appears they weren't just playing possum after all.' (OCS CB/EatG mini-AAR)

By the end of October 1941 it was clear that things were starting to go slightly wrong for the Axis.

If memory serves, at one point outside Kharkov and Dnepropetovsk it was only an Axis double-turn that saved a…


Added by Danny on June 16, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

'Comrade General, they're not in fact chasing us...' (OCS CB/EatG mini-AAR)

The Russian strategy was simple - run squealing like a little girl as fast and as far East as they could. Hold Kharkov as long as possible and stuff a bunch of ignorant workers into every urban centre in sight to throw themselves in front of the juggernaut while the real soldiers escaped with all the dignity they could muster.

But then a funny thing happened; the Germans didn't appear to be pursuing. In fact, by mid-October 1941 their offensive appeared to be…

Added by Danny on June 15, 2010 at 8:14am — No Comments

'Comrade General, we've run out of map!' (OCS CB/EatG mini-AAR)

My first serious OCS Campaign Case Blue/Enemy at the Gates has finished with a surprising win for the Red Army - and I think the Russian Commander (me) may have been more astonished than the Axis Commander (my esteemed yet clearly inferior opponent) at how it all ended.

We were (still are really) both shiny-cheeked newcomers to OCS; I'd played around with a couple of OCS Korean scenarios yonks ago, but aside from a nasty memory of having Marine aircraft hose my…

Added by Danny on June 14, 2010 at 10:35am — 1 Comment

36th Annual Origins Game Nominees

Origins Game Fair (http://www.originsgamefair.com/OriginsAwards/tabid/3094/Default.aspx) has announced the following nominees for the 36th Annual Origins Awards

Historical Board Game or Expansion

The Hell of Stalingrad - Clash of Arms Games

Richard III: War of the Roses - Columbia Games

Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel - Academy…


Added by Hudson on June 10, 2010 at 8:40am — No Comments

Flames of War: Inexpensive entry conditions

So far the ONE box I bought for around 55 dollars is holding up and providing me with a ton of value for my money. It equals about 900 or so points, but with adding all the upgrades to my Panzer Grenadier company

I can easily go over 1000. I bought one blister of Nebelwerfer rockey

launchers, one blister of trucks and I had two King Tiger 1E’s already.

This total force equals 1465 points and I spent barely 160 dollars. A

really cheap entry cost compared to some other…


Added by Hudson on June 10, 2010 at 7:35am — No Comments

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