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[28 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

(from GMT site):
Hoplite, the 15th volume in the Great Battles of History series of games, allows players to recreate classic battles from the pre-Alexandrian Persian-Hellenistic Age, the heyday of the Hoplite (heavy infantry fighting in packed formation). This period is often considered to feature the birth of Western Warfare, as opposed to the Persian/Eastern style, which relied on archery , light cavalry, and mobility.
Exactly how hoplite warfare was fought – what really happened when “the bell rang” – is highly disputed by ancient military historians, even today. Hoplite allows you …

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[27 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Sheriff Of Nottingham – A Written Review

Sheriff of Nottingham, a re-implementation of the German Hart an der Grenze, is an extended staring contest where you will bluff, mislead, and bait your foe into blinking. It’s direct, face to face mental sparring where you need a serpent’s tongue and a thousand yard stare Josey Wales would be jealous of. It’s social, simple to grasp, and above all enormously fun.

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[26 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
The Great War 1914-1918

(from One Small Step)
There never was a war like the Great War, whether before or since. It was a war which everyone expected-indeed which some demanded and desired passionately-but when it came, it came as a surprise and in a way no one anticipated. It was a war which everyone had been preparing for , but for which no one was prepared. And it was a war of unsurpassed horrors, unspeakable stupidity and awe-filled courage and devotion to duty.
Nothing in history ever quite resembled the nature of the Great War. …

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[23 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
1714: The Case of the Catalans

(from GMT)
1714: The Case of the Catalans is a strategy and negotiation board game set in the War of the Spanish Succession at the beginning of the 18th Century. The players represent the powers of the Grand Alliance constituted in 1701 to prevent the dynastic unification of France with the crowns of Castile and Aragon by the Bourbons after the death of Charles II.
Each player controls one of the following allied powers: Great Britain, the Dutch Republic, Austria, the Duchy of Savoy, and Portugal. Through the peace talks with the …

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[22 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
California Gold

historic simulation of orange grove production where you represent a co-op for helping orange ranchers receive support and best prices for their crops.

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[20 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

(from Legion site)
Toulon, 1793 is an operational level wargame for two to seven players, covering the siege of Toulon, in the South of France, between 25 August and 21 December, 1793. It’s area based system covers the entire campaign from the initial landing by Anglo-Spanish forces (at the invitation of the rebel Toulonnaise) through to their evacuation of the town as their ships came under threat from the batteries of the previously unknown Napoleon Bonaparte.
Operation points are at the heart of the system and combined with an innovative combat, loss …

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[19 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Witness – A Written Review

Stupid fun is a term I often use to describe a game that’s not particularly strategically deep or mechanically stimulating on a thoughtful level, but is unabashedly fun in an extroverted slapstick and energetic sort of way. They’re games that make you get up out of your seat, cheer with enthusiasm, and roll around on your cheap matted carpet grinding Dorito crumbs into a powder as you laugh hysterically. Games like Rampage, Escape, and yes – Witness, are stupid fun with an emphasis on fun.

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[18 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Mythotopia – A Written Review

When A Few Acres Of Snow came out and I could pretend to be Daniel Day Lewis, keep mumbling about Ken-Tuck-Eh, and ridicule my opponent by repeatedly calling him Grey-Hair – all while playing an engaging conflict heavy game of Dominion on a board, I was smitten. When the rumblings of a broken strategy surfaced, and were later verified, my heart was broken and the game quickly became marred and corrupt. It was like my sweet kid Timmy grew up and became a twisted and loathsome punk and all I could do was kick him out of the house and sever my ties. When Mythotopia was announced it was with guarded optimism that I began to pick up the pieces and my new prodigal son, Jimmy, could be ushered in to fill the void.

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[16 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

“The rules of Red are simple: Highest card wins! But Red is only one of seven games you’ll be playing. Red7 is a quick and easy to learn card game that you can teach and play in five minutes.
You must be in the lead at the end of your turn, or you’re out. Play from your hand to improve your palette, or discard to the rules canvas to change the game!
Red7 uses a deck of 49 cards, numbered 1-7 in suits of the seven rainbow colors. To begin a round, …

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[15 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
The Game Pit: Episode 39 – Picking Over the Bones

Happy New Year from The Game Pit
In the first episode of 2015 the boys pick over the bones of the latest four games to fall into the pit.
Discussed in this episode are Istanbul, Merkator, Tiny Epic Kingdoms and Quartermaster General.