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Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in Boardgames

Navajo Wars – Boardgame Review

“Navajo Wars” is a fascinating and innovative solitaire boardgame of Navajo culture, society and warfare, from the Spanish incursion in 1598 through the wars with the US Army that ended in 1864. The components are beautiful but the learning curve is steep.

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Posted on Oct 23, 2013 in Boardgames

A Test of Mettle – Boardgame Review

“A Test of Mettle” board game covers three battles on the Western Front from 1944: Arracourt; the Free French 2nd Armored Division at Dompaire; and the Sept. 8 defense of Patton’s flank at Mairy by the Texas-Oklahoma Division.

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Posted on Jul 5, 2013 in Boardgames

Iron and Oak – Boardgame Review

GMT’s ‘Iron and Oak’ is a tactical boardgame of naval combat in the American Civil War that also has campaign rules. No tedious pre-plotting of moves required, thanks to the card system, but its index needs to be expanded.

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Posted on May 8, 2013 in Boardgames

Bushido Denied – Boardgame Review

“Bushido Denied,” a boardgame of the defense of the Philippines against Japanese invasion in 1941-42, is actually two games in one: the defense of Bataan and the defense of Corregidor, which can be combined into a single game.

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Posted on Mar 19, 2013 in Boardgames

Rise of the Zombies – Card Game Review

“Rise of the Zombies!” is a card game in which players must break through hordes of shambling undead to reach an evacuation helicopter, racing against the clock in a real-time race for survival. If the timer runs out, the chopper leaves.

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Posted on Mar 11, 2013 in Boardgames

Naval War of 1812 – Boardgame Review

“Naval War of 1812″ abstracts the actions of that war between warships and merchant vessels. Fast, fun and easy to learn, it is great for new players, though gamers looking for more of a simulation of the era won’t find it here.

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Posted on Nov 7, 2012 in Boardgames

Samurai Battles – Boardgame Review

‘Samurai Battles’ board game is an instant classic. Actually two games in one, it comes with 122 snap-together models, Konstantin Krivenko’s ‘Art of Tactics’ rules, and Richard Borg’s ‘Commands and Colors’ rules.

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Posted on Oct 15, 2012 in Boardgames

Panzer – Boardgame Review

The ‘Panzer’ boardgame is a new, improved version of the Yaquinto Games classic about tactical warfare on the Eastern Front of World War II. With its two expansions, players can simulate any small-unit action from Barbarossa to Gotterdammerung.

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Posted on Sep 25, 2012 in Boardgames

Day of Infamy – Boardgame Review

‘Day of Infamy: The Attack on Pearl Harbor’ is a throwback to the golden days when board wargames came in plastic ziplock bags, cost less than ten bucks and had simple rules. It’s easy to learn and to play, with high replay and solitaire value.

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Posted on Jul 31, 2012 in Boardgames

Next War: Korea – Boardgame Review

‘Next War: Korea’ from GMT is actually three games in one box – a standard game, advanced game, and an all air-power game for control of the skies over modern Korea, with squadrons abilities based on aircraft types such as F-22s and MiG-29s.

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Posted on Aug 1, 2011 in Books and Movies

An Airman’s Story – DVD Review

“An Airman’s Story: Duty, Honor, Country The Legacy Lives On” is an independent, hour-long documentary focusing primarily on the American pilots who flew F105s and F4 Phantoms against the Communist MiGs during the Vietnam War.

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Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Boardgames

Academy Games – Interview

Armchair General’s Rick Martin had the opportunity to catch up with Academy Games’ founder Uwe Eickert to discuss Academy’s games and where this fast-growing company is going.

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Posted on Apr 13, 2009 in Books and Movies

The Red Baron Movie – A Preview

The Red Baron, a new film about Manfred von Richthofen, had its U.S. premier at the Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation in Dayton, Ohio, in March 2009. This preview praises the movie for its authentic-looking aircraft mockups and CGI.

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