Yep, it’s #TuesdayNewsday and the Charles S Roberts Awards for 2019 were announced this week >>>
This Week’s Headline:
The Charles S Roberts Awards have finally returned, and were announced on No Enemies Here
Here are the results, straight from the CSRs. Looks like U-Boot: The Board Game torpedoed the competition.
Best Ancients to Pre-Napoleonic Era Board Wargame ~ Nevsky: Teutons and Rus in Collision 1240-1242
Best Napoleonic Era Board Wargame ~ Quatre Bras 1815: Last Eagles
Best Post-Napoleonic to Pre-World War 2 Era Board Wargame ~ Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah
Best World War 2 Era Board Wargame ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
Best Post-WW2, Cold War, & Hypothetical Era Board Wargame ~ World at War 85: Storming the Gap
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Wargame ~ Dune
Computer Gaming Awards
Best Pre-20th Century Era Computer Wargame ~ Blocks! Julius Caesar
Best Modern Era Computer Wargame ~ Command: Modern Operations
Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Computer Wargame ~ Stellaris
Best Computer Wargame Expansion or Update ~ Through the Ages – New Leaders and Wonders
Best Computer Wargame Graphics ~ Unity of Command 2
Best Amateur / Print & Play Board Wargame ~ Federation Stellar Force
Best Solitaire/Cooperative Board Wargame ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
Best Magazine Board Wargame ~ Campaigns of 1777 (Strategy & Tactics)
Best Postcard/Small format Board Wargame ~ Imua! The Unification of Hawaii, 1795
Best Expansion or Supplement for an Existing Board Wargame ~ Time of Crisis: Age of Iron and Rust
Best Board Wargame Playing Components ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
Best Board Wargame Map Graphics ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
Best Board Wargame Rules ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
Best Computer Assist Module ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
Best Original Box Cover Art ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
Best Professional Wargame Magazine ~ C3I
Best Amateur Magazine ~ War Diary
Best Historical or Scenario Article (tied?)
Evolution of Historical Small Unit Tactic Board Wargames by Robert Caroll
OCS 101 Vitebsk Introductory Scenario by Chip Saltsman
Best Game Review or Analysis ~ The Player’s Aid
Best Board Wargame of the Year ~ U-Boot: The Board Game
James F Dunnigan Award for Playability and Design ~ Volko Ruhnke
Clausewitz Award HALL OF FAME ~ Paul Banner
Newly Released This Week:
- MMP is done shipping preorders of Iron Curtain and the rest of normal folks can now order it.
Somehow, From Salerno to Rome slipped under our radar. It’s a WW2 campaign game from an Italian company, and you can check out the rules before you take the plunge on the game.
- Dark City Games has released Operation Battleaxe covering the campaign in North Africa in 1941.
- Last week, we missed High Flying Dice’s new No Pasaran game. It’s a Spanish Civil War battle.
- Worthington Games has Chancellorsville in stock and shipping.
- Just in time for Halloween, WotC has released The Curse of Strahd Revamped, in a big boxed set to get you from levels 1-10. Oh yeah, it’s in a coffin-shaped box that’s great for ambience, but a pain for stacking on shelves.
- It’s not much, but it’s still something new for all you TFT fans. SJG has a new acrylic compass rose you can order
- Matrix Games released Fantasy General II: Empire Aflame
- FFG has released a couple of Middle Earth expansions for both tabletop and digital play
- Avalanche Press has unleashed a bunch of new products for the Fall. Of note, Black Panthers has been hyped all summer with a variety of great historical articles. Infantry Attacks: Fall of Empires is a big WW1 East Front game in the series that takes the PG system to the First World War.
Newly Launched This Week:
- Three years & another website ago, Brant had interviewed designer J Carmichael about a sci-fi/space COIN game set on Mars, that was pretty early in the development stages. Well, Red Dust Rebellion is now live on GMT’s p500 list, and made the cut in 24 hours.
- GMT’s monthly update also announced the p500 for Great Battles of Julius Caesar Deluxe Edition at a –heavily– discounted price. There’s 20 battles in this one, folks!
- Legions of Steel: Operation Anvil is a skirmish-level minis game in a sci-fi universe that’s been around about 30 years or so, and has been relaunched thru this crowdfunding campaign. The figures alone are pretty neat, but the game looks cool, too. You can actually pledge a level with counters instead of the figures, for about 40% less.
- Not that we’re big on minis campaigns on Kickstarter or anything, but we wanted to call attention to this project with some nice sculpts for “junior townsfolk & villagers” mainly because it’s a very rare minis campaign on Kickstarter that’s NOT just a bunch of 3d printer files!
New from the Dragoons:
We’re still playing around with our homepage layout some, so expect to see some changes over the next few weeks and we continue to tweak it for maximum utility and aesthetics.
- We reviewed The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games.
- Want a comparison of mobile 4x games for taking over the world on-the-go? We have you covered.
- Mentioned in Dispatches talked to Hollandspiele and the H&M dev team about their gunpowder-era games, and what’s coming from Hollandspiele over the next few months.
- This week, Design x Dragoons asked about the use of White Cell injects in professional wargaming.
- Saturday Night Fights continued the Battle of Leipzig
- My Own Worst Enemy also dug into Hollandspiele’s Horse & Musket series.
News From The Wargame Industry:
- Paradox has the EU IV: Emperor expansion on sale for 50% off right now
- S&T has a deal of the week thru 11/1 for the game edition of S&T #258 with The Santiago Campaign at $15, instead of the usual $25.
- MMP is having to reprint some counters. For King & Country and ASLSK #2 are both being delayed while they fix it.
- The Boardgames Chronicle is playing an Imperial Struggle tournament over VASSAL and the report is an interesting read.
- Word on the street is that Kontact Now is moving from LNLP over to Compass Games. There’s been some open calls for playtesters on social media. This thing has been in the works for years now, it’s odd that it’s still so far from publication.
- CSL has a sale on their WWI series The World Undone. You have to scroll down a ways to find it, as there are no anchor links on the page.
The Professional Wargaming World:
- GUWS is hosting the Virtual International Crisis War Game with the Naval War College and Stanford University in a few weeks. It’s on a Saturday, so you don’t have to miss work to play along.
- PaxSims reviewed The Craft of Wargaming, a detailed “how to” guide for professional practitioners.
Something From The Real World That You Can Use In A Game:
- Upcoming replacements for the M2/M3 Bradley series vehicles for the US? Might need to revamp any near-future games you’re working on to include the Rheinmetall Lynx.
Something From Our Partners:
- Moe dug into the new Catalyst Games Battletech kickstarter box. Several times.
- Ardwulf gives a channel update for what’s coming in November.
- As noted above, No Enemies Here covered the CSR’s this week.
- RMN has finally seen the Dawn’s Early Light and takes the venerable Corps Command game for a spin.
This Week on Six Degrees of Radio:
- Trouble Sleeping by Corinne Bailey Ray
- Big Dog by Seven Nations
- Black by Pearl Jame
- Gimme Some Lovin’ by Spencer Davis (RIP)
- Saturday Night Concert: Duran Duran
That’s all for this week!
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