Category Archives: Previews
LNLP’s forthcoming game gets the once-over from our preview crew ~
Jim Owczarski, 09 November 2016
Let’s get this out of the way, shall we?
Lock ‘n Load Publishing’s forthcoming Platoon Command is not an attempt to reboot Up Front. It is neither Up Front 2.0 nor is it Up Front Lite. It is not Up Front Redux featuring behind-the-scenes footage of how a scoundrel and his shadow company absconded with more than 300,000 Kickstarter dollars and left a trail of litigation and rage. Not that I’m bitter, of course.
No, courtesy of a rare bit of wisdom from corporate gameocracy, Up Front, or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof, is now available from the Wargame Vault and everyone interested can play this classic for a reasonable sum. Even more gratifying, the going rate for second-hand copies has now plummeted accordingly. And besides, Platoon Command, though a card-driven game of World War 2 squad-level combat, bears little resemblance to its far more complex, some have even dared to say obtuse, ancestor.
GrogHeads Staff, 30 September 2016
The Russian Campaign, Designer’s Edition (GMT Games / Consim Press)
p500 $42 / MSRP $60
The Russian Campaign is an oft-revered game frequently mentioned among the ‘gold standards’ of classic wargaming. It’s also been been mentioned with sputtered mutterings that vaguely sounds like “it costs how much?!?!” Well, here’s your chance to get your hands on your own new, updated, corners-waiting-to-be-clipped copy of the classic. You get 5 scenarios, counters with both NATO and icon artwork, full color rules & players aids, and 30 years of refinements and improvements to the rules, examples of play, game balance. Blitz your way over to the p500 page to get your money down.
GARPA comes back with a couple of new pre-order offerings for you ~
GrogHeads Staff, 16 September 2016
HOLDFAST: ATLANTIC and HOLDFAST: PACIFIC (Worthington Games)
$33500 of $10k, ends 24 SEP 2016
Worthington takes their popular block-based Holdfast series from big land wars (Korea, Russia) and heads to sea, as WWII comes back to life on your tabletop with this new pair of games. The influence of the classics War at Sea and Victory in the Pacific is obvious, but with the fog of war that block games can give you. Big region-based maps, and low-complexity gameplay get gamers into the action as fast as possible, and let armchair admirals focus on the war and not the rulebook. Steam over to their pledge page and fire your salvo at their Kickstarter campaign.
We venture beyond hex-and-counter wargaming for much of this week’s GARPA ~
GrogHeads Staff, 22 April 2016
The Dark Sands (GMT Games)
p500 $38, MSRP $55 – made the cut
Ted Racier strikes again! He’s taking his East front campaign system from The Dark Valley and dropping it into North Africa. You get to refight the dramatic 2 years of back-and-forth warfare between Cairo and Tunis at the operational level, with a focus on combat and planning. Notably, the GMT copy on their promotional material pokes fun at a certain well-known North Africa game with a heavy logistical focus. Meanwhile, you’ve got a highly solo-friendly game that spans a grand campaign from a designer we all love and a company that churns ass-kicking products. Got get your order in before you can’t get the p500 price anymore.
A hefty dose of groggy tabletop goodness from guys that are not the biggest publishers out there ~
GrogHeads Staff, 08 April 2016
Moscow ’41. Wargaming on the Eastern Front (Ventonuovo Games)
$15k of $5600, ends 1 May 2016
Scaling down from the theater-wide Blocks in the East, Ventonuovo’s latest offering focuses on the initial German campaign down Moscow. A block-unit and area-movement game, M’41 lets players re-fight the vital campaign that Hitler was sure would knock the Soviets out of the war. The graphics on the block stickers are fantastic, and the colors pop against the gorgeous map. The Germans are trying to seize Moscow as quickly as possible, while the Soviets are patching their lines with a mixture of remnant units and full-strength, but untested ones, leading a tense sequence of probing, responding, and exploiting on the battlefield. Rumble over to their Kickstarter page and help them get to their stretch goals.