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.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Presents from Germany

Blucher looks down on all who enter the War Room. He's actually a fridge magnet and bottle opener, but I like him here.

My grogbrother Jim, his wife Michelle and son Edward recently returned from two weeks in Germany where they did their level best to visit as many Napoleonic battlefields as they could, but most especially Jena. They made my Friday this week by sending along appropriately themed goodies from their trip!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kriegsspiel, Pub Battles Style

Knyphausen's corps faces Washington's army across Brandywine Creek
This weekend we had my kids and my son's fiancee over and along with my wife, played a five-player game of Pub Battles: Brandywine using the "Role Playing Wargame" rules.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Wilderness Empires


Summer 1754 - The British have seriously concentrated their forces!
A couple of weeks ago Worthington Publishing ran a warehouse clearance sale, offering Wilderness Empires for $25. I'd looked at this game in the past but always felt it might be too simple to hold my interest. For $25 though, given my interest in the period it seemed worth a shot. It seemed like a nice compromise - a game with enough period focus to interest me, but also simple enough to engage my non-wargamer wife.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

GrogCast Season 5 Episode 9 – Lessons Learned in Gaming


Last week I participated in another Grogcast, this time along with Dr. James Sterrett and regular host Brant Guillory. We talked about how applying real-world military planning approaches can enhance wargaming, some of the history of Command Post Wargaming at Origins, and how lessons learned in wargaming can be applied to life and business. As has increasingly become my schtick, I speak some about all of the above and gaming 18th-19th century warfare.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wargaming Night - GMT Germantown - First session

Initial setup positions
Thursday evenings are wargaming night around here, and this past Thursday David and I tackled GMT's Germantown from their Battles of the American Revolution series. Game scale is an hour per turn, units are battalions with some brigades, 200 yards per hex. Given that I was slightly more familiar with the rules, I took the Americans and David played His Majesty's troops.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Gettysburg: The Tide Turns

It certainly looks pretty
After seeing a lot of buzz online about it, I decided to give Slitherine's new ACW game, Gettysburg: The Tide Turns a try. The ACW is one of my first loves in terms of history and wargaming. I've taken vacations centered around visiting ACW battlefields. The game itself has a very Kriegsspiel like look. At a mere $9.99, what's not to like?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Post-Origins Hangover


It always seems like it takes me awhile to get back to the blog after Origins. In the past this has been due to a bit of a "gaming hangover" where I didn't play much for a month or so after the convention. This year has been the opposite: I've been playing so much I really haven't had much time to blog!