Last year Columbia Games released the second installment in their World War II tactical series, Combat Infantry EastFront 1941-43. A follow up to the WestFront edition released in 2017, the two games together mark Columbia’s foray into platoon level block games.Before continuing, a brief disclaimer: prior to its release, I assisted Columbia Games with scenario play testing and rules book editing. I also designed one of the six scenarios along with Tom Dalgliesh of Columbia. Finally, Columbia provided me with a review copy of the game. So to some degree, this may be as much a preview as it is a review. (…read more)
Julius Caesar Process Diagrams by John Nolan
John Nolan created these diagrams and examples to help teach his son how to play. He has sent it to us for all to use.
There are a lot of flowcharts and tables here. It can be overwhelming when taken in all at once. However, you can choose to use what you wish to cover concepts that need reviewing.
I plan on running a 40mm Scale AWI battle on both show’s Friday night. My idea is to recapture the Toy soldier type games I used to run there in by gone years. I shot a short video which I have linked below post here and have taken some pictures. The game table isn’t quite done but I hope the video and pictures will stimulate some interest.
I will be using a combination of One Hour Wargames and the Perry Brothers “TravelBattle” for my rules. Click on the link below to download the QRS.
I will be running a morning game of D-Day to Berlin for up to 8 players. My hope is to have two players as the corps commanders and they will give orders to the division commanders along with allocating corps assets to the individual divisions and determine the division boundary lines.
General Bradley assured his lieutenants that Operation Queen – the 12th Army Group assault designed to scourge enemy defenses east and north of Aachen. Just past midnight on November 16, 1944, Sherman tank and infantry battalions surged eastward toward the Roer. The entrenched enemy quickly stiffened. “Players are encouraged to download the rules and give them a read before game day.
Here is a note from the president.
The gaming season is now into full swing! There are many events happening in October, and even on the same day on October 12. If you are not attending Dave Valentine’s Makers Fair Game Day in Amherst, NH on the 12th, then you need to come to the MHWA Game Day in the Cumberland Room at the Double Tree Hotel in South Portland! The MHWA Game Day is an open to the public, no cover charge event. Please spread the word and invite as many as you can to attend to play and see what the MHWA has to offer.
One of the benefits of being an MHWA member is the ability to sign up for a game in advance. Please enter your name onto the list to reserve a spot in a game. The line up is full of great games being run by excellent game masters! Navigate to the document/game sign up sheet at this LINK
Another very important task that we, the members of the Maine Historical Wargamers Association need to do on October 12 is to vote for next year’s officers. The future of the MHWA and Huzzah needs your input and efforts. Nominations for all officer positions is still open. If you would like to nominate someone, please send the nomination to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Nominations will close at Midnight, October 10 to allow names to be placed on the ballot.
So anyway yes I have decided a game of this size and scope needed to move from measuring with rulers to squares. I am following the path of Rommel by Sam Mustafa, Poor Bloody Infantry by Peter Pig and many others.
There is a new download of the rules available here for your reading pleasure.
Stacking rules will allow up to 4 battalions to be in a single square. Distance shooting has been eliminated except for Artillery Battalions.
This has really sped up the game. As a test I set up a corps on corps game with 3 divisions of Americans against Germans. Now granted I know the rules but I played a 2 day game in three hours. It was down to the wire as well due to the random first move Initiative check at the beginning of each game turn and of course the Rally rules.
Coastal History: Bath played large role in miniature gaming
Like many nerds of my generation, I played some Dungeons & Dragons during my junior high school years.
Sometimes it was an ancient DOS computer version, and sometimes I would head over to my buddy’s house to play with some other guys. I generally played a wizard named Fishlips, and sometimes the games would get tense. One session ended in a brawl in the front yard, where the guy who played the Cleric received the worst wedgie I have ever seen. I think the group fizzled out after that.