Saturday, January 20, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Romans in Hispania - Cantabrian Wars


I don't have any operational treatments of Hellenistic warfare (computer or boardgame), but AGEOD's Alea Jacta Est is a very good operational game covering a pretty broad swath of Roman-era war. At the moment I'm trying the Cantabrian Wars scenario, a ten year long series of campaigns by the Romans to subdue northern Hispania.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Getting Serious about GBoH Alexander


Five sheets of counters for this and my wrists are starting to show signs of RSI finally from years at keyboards. Progress has been slow but I am determined. Issus and Raphia call.

Fontenoy 1745

After several weeks playing the hypothetical Melle scenario from BAR Fontenoy, David and I set up the Fontenoy historical scenario from Vae Victis' The Victories of Marshal De Saxe. to play on our next gaming night.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

TOAW IV and the First Balkan War


While I'm admittedly most interested in the history of and gaming of the period 1680 to 1780, my interests do extend beyond that at least a century in either direction. To wit, I grabbed Matrix's recently updated The Operational Art of War IV specifically for the pre-WWI and WWI scenarios.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Kriegsspiel Blocks


It has to be a good day when a bag of Kriegsspiel blocks shows up in the mail.

Monday, November 27, 2017

John Tiller Software Sale Items

John Tiller Software is right now doing something I've not seen them do before: having some items on sale! If you're a veteran JTS player, now is a great time to pick up a game you might not have. If you've never played but think you might like to give these games a try, you can grab a title for a few dollar less right now.  Go on, you know you want to!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Shooting Blanks at St. Quentin

The 1st Band of the French Companies has nearly cleared the island. Imperial forces are on the move.
I learned something very important today about the JTS Musket & Pike engine that I didn't know. It took several hours of playing the St. Quentin scenario. I've never run into it in other scenarios and never suspected it was there.

St. Quentin 1557 - JTS Renaissance

Montmorency's French relief army moving to force the passage into the city while English and Imperial forces begin to move toward the French flanks

I've been reading Sir John Fortescue's A History of the British Army - Volume I (1066-1713). The section on the evolution of Renaissance armies after the introduction of gunpowder I found particularly fascinating.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The 1705 Moselle Campaign - Part I

Marlborough poised on the Moselle for an attack on Saarlouis, waiting on Allied reinforcements

A few weeks ago I responded to a question on Facebook concerning artillery organization during the 1705 Moselle Campaign during the War of Spanish Succession. After doing a little research from my ever-growing library of books on 18th Century war, I was intrigued enough to want to game out the campaign itself.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pub Battles Sharpsburg: Kriegsspiel Style

The Army of the Potomac poised to attack Lee's Army of Northern Virginia

Last weekend my children and my wife, and my son's fiancé indulged me with another multiplayer game of Pub Battles from Command Post Games. This time we took on the newest in their line up: Antietam/Sharpsburg.

Table Battles Review


For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, my review of Hollandspiel's new game Table Battles is available at Grogheads. The summary: A surprising game that plays quickly and presents a wealth of subtle play and interesting decisions. It doesn't look like a wargame, but this grog says it is.