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The Best of the Jena-Auerstedt Games

The Best of the Jena-Auerstedt Games

Jim Owczarski, 9 November 2018

 

And now, as I write this, fall has come to the American Midwest.  Football (our flavor) is being played in earnest, a chill is felt in the air, and the leaves have begun to turn.

That means it is time to think of Jena-Auerstedt one last time.

Unlike Waterloo which has been distilled to consims many times — only the unwashed say too many — the double-battle of 14 October 1806 is more slightly covered.  This is not to say there are not some fine offerings, and I would like to take a moment to introduce you to the five I like best. (more…)

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Classic Reviews: Von Manstein’s Backhand Blow (GMT Games)

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Michael Eckenfels, 8 November 2018

The Schwerpunkt series of GMT games is aptly named: a focused, cohesive effort on a

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relatively contracted part of World War II. The first (and currently, only) game in this series, Von Manstein’s Backhand Blow, contemplates admirably the dire situation facing the Wehrmacht in early 1943, with a beautiful map, colorful playing pieces, and a very easy system of play.

BACKGROUND

The German retreat from the Caucasus and Stalingrad is still underway when the Soviets, smelling blood and drunk with victory, give the South and Southwestern Fronts orders to push their offensives to the Sea of Azov. While the Stalingrad pocket had Sixth Army and about twenty-six divisions, the remaining formations of Army Group South totaled approximately forty-one more. If, the Soviets reasoned, their troops could force their way to the coast, the better part of several hundred thousand more hardened German troops could be caught in a massive trap that made Stalingrad look like a minor opening act. (more…)

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Classic Reviews: Napoleon In Europe (Eagle Games)

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Michael Eckenfels, 1 November 2018

“Even when I am gone, I shall remain in people’s minds the star of their rights, my name will be the war cry of their efforts, the motto of their hopes.”

What Napoleon Bonaparte said here wasn’t just idle arrogance; his words were truth. Napoleon brought to history a truly glorious time of war (if war may indeed be labeled as such), for he awoke a brutally strong sense of nationalism deep within the bodies of his fellow countrymen, which was enough to bring to France’s doorstep a good portion of the known world for a time.

Napoleon wasn’t just a man of military ability; he knew a basic and powerful version of psychology, something that only can be born in the depths of one’s soul and not learned from a textbook. It endeared him to his men and made them fight like demons. Combined with the brilliant plans and maneuverings of their leader made for a fierce, unstoppable machine – for a time.

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Classic Review: Space Gamer/ Fantasy Gamer (Better Games edition)

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Brant Guillory, 25 October 2018

For a while, Better Games had the rights to the name Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer magazine. And they did it justice.  I have about 75% of the issues – the magazine lasted only 10-12 or so, but these little gems should definitely be tracked down.

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Armchair Dragoons Reviews Masks of Nyarlathotep and Companion (Chaosium)

By Avery Abernethy, 24 October 2018

Masks of Nyarlathotep was first published way back in 1984 as one of the first adventures for the then new RPG Call of Cthulhu.  It is a huge adventure with the investigators attempting to stop a world-wide conspiracy to bring chaos and destruction to the world. Masks has been reprinted many times and with the advent of the internet will probably always be available for sale online in pdf form.  But Masks has remained so popular that its publisher has regularly released a new print edition every decade or so. (more…)

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Classic Reviews: The Proud and the Few (HPS Sims)

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The Splash Screen

Michael Eckenfels, 18 October 2018

• Developed by John Tiller
• Published byHPS Simulations

I haven’t seen a decent Marine Corps simulation since SSG’s ancient Halls of Montezuma, which was, at heart, a lot less tactical than The Proud and the Few . And, while you won’t be storming the gates of Mexico City or fighting off Communists at Inchon, you will be treated to an excellent range of tense, bloody battles that are the trademark of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. (more…)

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