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GrogCast Season 6 Episode 9 – Walking Backwards Thru History, part 3

GrogCast Season 6 Episode 9 – Walking Backwards Thru History, part 3
The GrogCast

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20 April 2018 ~

After a few weeks of other discussions, Brant and Craig are back to talk about some of their favorite games through different historical eras, and are joined this week by Doug/panzerde.  The plan was to start at the American War of Independence, and work our way backwards from there.  We did, in fact, start at the AWI.  We just didn’t make it very far back from there.

Battles in the Age of Reason, Pub Battles, HPS’s AWI games (including Campaign 1776), Liberty or Death, Hold the Line, Empires in America, and even Assassin’s Creed all make an appearance, as does GMT’s AWI series, and yes, we do mention Europa Universalis.  “What did you play this week” also talks Ogre, Synthetik, and whole bunch of VR gaming.`

And yes, we’re still shamelessly begging for some ratings on iTunes, in our quest to get enough ratings to show up on their podcast recommendations.


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Gaming Nostalgia – Castle Falkenstein

#TBT at GrogHeads!

Someone really needs to explain why we don’t have a Castle Falkenstein series on Netflix yet.  It was a perfect blend of steampunk and fantasy, before steampunk was ever a “thing”.

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GrogHeads Reviews Cruel Morning: Shiloh 1862

Tiny Battle Publishing promises “Tiny Package. Big Fun!” Does Shiloh live up to it?  ~

Robert Ellis, 18 April 2018

– Designed by Sean Chick
– Published by Tiny Battle Publishing
– Scale is approximately 1/3 mile per hex (1700ft)
– Each turn is one hour.
– Units are Brigades.

The American Civil War has held a fascination for me for a great many years, and not only have I read an enormous number of books on the subject, I’ve also played a fair number of games, both board and PC varieties. However, the last, and as far as I remember, only game based on Shiloh that I’ve ever played, was the old 2 map SPI ‘Bloody April ‘from 1979 a bit of a monster game and one of the first in the ‘Great Battles of the American Civil War’ series. It was quite hard work to play, and I suspect it put me off from gaming that battle ever since.

Therefore, I was quite pleased at being given the chance to review a comparatively new game on the subject, albeit one based on a much different scale.

So, lets open the zip-lock bag and see what we get.

There is a 24 page Rulebook, several pages of which contains extensive scenario and set-up information, plus one optional rule. According to the game page on TBP website, this is a ‘full colour’ rulebook, but, apart from the cover, and a very few colour illustrations on pages 2 & 3, colour is limited to some highlighted text only.

Black Orchestra – First Look!

What’s inside Black Orchestra (2nd Edition, Starling Games, 2017) ~

Michael Eckenfels, 18 April 2018

“Is it twue what they say about boawd games wif ‘bwack’ in the title? (opens box)…Oh…it’s twue! It’s twue!”

– Lily Von Shtupp, upon receiving her copy of Black Orchestra, 2ndEdition…or so I imagine, anyway

Car Wars – A Trip Down The Memory Fast Lane, (the lost) Part 9

Remember that whole series from over a year ago?  Yeah, we missed one… ~

Michael Eckenfels, 18 April 2018

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The AADA Survival Guides, of which I believe there were seven, were essentially campaign game starter books that gave Car Wars-centric information for various regions of the United States. Or, at least, what was left of the United States. Further, it should be pointed out that these Guides are built to be used with the GURPS system (more specifically, the Autoduel GURPS rules).