December 2012 Blog Posts (18)

IABSM rules a try out

A day off !!!! so managed to get a game in with Stephen playing IABSM with the scenario I had set up on my table (seems to have been there for ages).

I took German defenders and re-jigged my defensive set up slightly (and mistakenly as it turned out).


Added by Gary Barr on December 29, 2012 at 5:36pm — 1 Comment

Combat Commander: Europe, first try out

Had game with my Dad of this rather excellent game.

Despite my reluctance to get this one due to lack of Tanks, or indeed any vehicles, it turned out to be a really super game system (so much so I neglected to take any in game pics of the first…

Added by Gary Barr on December 29, 2012 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

Storming The Reich boardgame on table

Managed to get this one onto my table at last.

Large (double sized) map but fairly low counter totals.

Played through first couple of turns and quite fun and works quite well for solo play.

Rather odd sequence of play but which…

Added by Gary Barr on December 29, 2012 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Unboxing Saints in Armor, Mr. Madison's War, Space Empires: Close Encounters, and Awakening the Bear 2nd Edition

I've got some unboxing videos for some of the new GMT goodness as well as the latest from Academy Games over at The Gaming Gang.

Saints in Armor

Mr. Madison's War…


Added by Jeff McAleer on December 28, 2012 at 2:03am — No Comments

Line of Departure Issue 72 Available

Just in time for the New Year, the latest issue of Line of Departure is ready to go into the mail, by the end of business on December 31.  This one covers the following:

  • Sedan, May 1940 (World at War) - Review
  • Field Commander Rommel (DVG) - Analysis
  • Firepower (Avalon Hill) -…

Added by Jim Werbaneth on December 28, 2012 at 12:13am — 1 Comment

Celebrating the Holidays -- What Games did you receive or gift?

As we wrap up the holidays and gear up for the New Year, what games did you receive or gift this year?

Added by John Kranz on December 27, 2012 at 2:46pm — 4 Comments

Battle of the Bulge board Wargame

It being 16th of December it seemed appropriate to play a Bulge game at my fathers and so I dug out the low complexity Battle of the Bulge from Smithsonian Series by Avalon Hill (RIP).

A jolly good game it turned out to be too. Low complexity but a decent…

Added by Gary Barr on December 21, 2012 at 1:34pm — 3 Comments

A War of Choice

A War of Choice, this being the Fourth Instalment of the War between Lützelhard and Dautenstein, in which my brave forces face their first defeat.

Added by Rex Brynen on December 18, 2012 at 5:25pm — No Comments

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The Operational Arts Of War - A Call To Arms!

Thank you :)

Added by Andreas Ludwig on December 18, 2012 at 3:29pm — 3 Comments

Line of Departure Online Features Updated, With Two New Articles

Today, I updated Line of Departure Online Features with a couple of new articles, both by me, and of an academic nature.  One is an analysis of the Battle of Mortain, the failed German counteroffensive in Normandy, August…


Added by Jim Werbaneth on December 18, 2012 at 2:47pm — No Comments


I am reading the rules to the Musket and Sabre series of games by DG, and this word crops up several times and I cannot find out what it means or what effect it is supposed to have on units in the game.

I know parentheses are brackets, so WTF is parenthesized?

See sections 2.8 and 7.8 as an example in the rules

Added by Roger Morley on December 18, 2012 at 5:48am — 3 Comments

Review of Persian Incursion

I've posted a (somewhat belated) review of Persian Incursion at PAXsims, including a brief game report and some discussion of its potential use as a serious/educational…

Added by Rex Brynen on December 16, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Road to Cheren

Roger Miller and I will play through a game of "Road to Cheren". If you wish, please join us here:

Added by Kim Kanger on December 8, 2012 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Boardgame Guru

For those in the UK or Europe, check out the special offers from the Guru, as they have dropped the price off a selection of games, some as much as 75%.

Added by Roger Morley on December 8, 2012 at 11:04am — No Comments

Explore the London Blitz

A website has logged all the bombs (that they know of) on a  map to show the extent of the London Bombing campaign between October 1940 and June 1941.

Added by Roger Morley on December 7, 2012 at 4:10am — 2 Comments

I do not understand Vassal Module Restrictions

Why are SPI modules banned?

Sure, I read why, but it makes little sense, considering this:

CB modules:

Title Contributor…

Added by Bill Wood on December 4, 2012 at 10:19am — 10 Comments

Matrix Games Holiday Sale

If you do not know already, Matrix Games have a massive sale on a lot of their games....on average about 35% off.

I have already bought a few titles, so if you like wargaming on the PC, now is your chance to grab a few bargins.

Added by Roger Morley on December 1, 2012 at 11:44am — No Comments

28mm moderns?

No, its a Syrian rebel unit planning their (successful) assualt on a Syrian government SA-2 unit near Aleppo:…


Added by Rex Brynen on December 1, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

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