Banish All Their Fears by David Fox and Ben Hull
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by Stuart Gorman
1w ago
There was very little material available on Banish All Their Fears before its publication, and so it largely flew under my radar. However, when some images came out right before the game was printed and shipped it triggered something in whatever the wargamer equivalent of my lizard brain is and I got weirdly excited about it. I reached out to GMT Games about a review copy, and they kindly provided me with one. Then it sat on my shelf (as these things do) while other games took up my time. In those intervening weeks I started to develop some concerns about the game. For one thing, I finally tri ..read more
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SDHistCon 2024 Second Front - We Intend to Move on Your Works Panel
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by Stuart Gorman
1w ago
My podcast co-conspirator Pierre and I were invited to present a panel on We Intend to Move on Your Works at the online San Diego Hist Con Second Front in 2024. In this panel, chaired by Andrew Bucholtz, we discuss the origins of this project, how we balance thinking critically about games with our own personal game preferences, and how we feel about the project so far. This was originally streamed live at the convention, but it is available as a recording on YouTube ..read more
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SDHistCon 2024 Second Front - Interview on Reviewing Games
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by Stuart Gorman
1w ago
I was recently lucky enough to be interviewed by Andrew Bucholtz from the team behind San Diego Hist Con about how I came to review historical games and my own philosophies and opinions on reviewing tabletop games. The interview was recorded live as part of their online SD HistCon 2024 Second Front convention and the recording has been saved to their YouTube Channel ..read more
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Successors (4th Edition) by Mark Simonitch and Richard Berg
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by Stuart Gorman
1w ago
Originally published in 1997 by Avalon Hill, Successors was built on the foundation laid by 1993’s We the People, the first Card Drive Wargame (CDG), but its most immediate inspiration was Mark Simonitch’s Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage released in 1996. There’s something about this era of CDG design that really stands out when looking back - the somewhat Go inspired element of political control and the emphasis on point to point movement always stand out to me. I’ve never played Hannibal, although I’ve heard it’s amazing, but I am very familiar with We the People and I could see both its influenc ..read more
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SPQR: Deluxe Edition by Mark Herman and Richard Berg
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by Stuart Gorman
1M ago
I am a massive fan of Richard Berg’s Men of Iron system, but I bounced off Great Battles of the American Civil War (GBACW) pretty hard. This meant that I approached SPQR, the second volume in the Great Battles of History series, with both excitement and trepidation. Men of Iron and GBACW were originated by Berg, while in contrast Great Battles of History started as a Mark Herman design before it became a collaboration in subsequent volumes. I want to recognize that up front, because in this review I will probably be talking a lot about Richard Berg because it is his hex and counter designs tha ..read more
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Korea: The Mobile War by Jim Dunnigan
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by Stuart Gorman
2M ago
First on my docket for operational games on the Korean War is the original, Jim Dunnigan’s design from 1971. This doesn’t seem to be a particularly beloved title these days, based on BGG ratings and anecdotal evidence I’ve gathered on social media, but as the first game on the topic (as far as I’m aware) and one that was published within twenty years of the war’s end, I couldn’t help but want to try it. I can’t say that my experience was comprehensive, I played the opening scenario and just dabbled with the system, but I have some initial thoughts just from pushing counters around for a few ho ..read more
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Wargaming Korea: 1950-1953
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by Stuart Gorman
2M ago
Partly inspired by some potential changes in my own life and partly because this year marks the tenth anniversary since my grandfather passed away, I’ve found myself with a newfound interest in the Korean War. I’m resisting the urge to turn this into a research/game project of a similar scale to We Intend to Move on Your Works, but I intend to at least dip my toe in and I would like to have a little structure as I dive deeper. With that goal in mind, I recently read The Coldest Winter and I’ve a short reading list to tackle over the rest of this year. In terms of games, I’m focusing only on op ..read more
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My Grandpa's War
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by Stuart Gorman
2M ago
Today marks the tenth anniversary since my grandpa, Richard Erwin, died. He was 91, he had recently had major surgery and ended up going to hospice where he died peacefully. I was 3,000 miles away doing my PhD in Dublin, Ireland. Few people had as large an impact on me as he did. He taught me how to ride a bicycle but more than that he was just there for most of my childhood being himself. I have, unsurprisingly, been reflecting on him and his impact as this anniversary approached. When I was last in Virginia I found copies in my brother’s house of some memoirs he wrote in his final years, and ..read more
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The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam
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by Stuart Gorman
2M ago
Due to a confluence of factors best discussed elsewhere, I’ve recently experienced a surge of interest in the history of the Korean War. While digging around looking for books on the topic, I heard a recommendation for David Halberstam’s book on the podcast Wargames to Go. Luckily my local library had it, so I picked it up, not fully realizing that it is nearly 700 pages long. This is a pretty dense book with a lot of terminology and specific military information but Halberstam’s background in journalism shows as he breaks down complex information well and keeps the story engaging without bein ..read more
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We Intend to Move on Your Works ep. 9: GCACW
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by Stuart Gorman
2M ago
For episode nine of We Intend to Move on Your Works Pierre and I dive deep into Great Campaigns of the American Civil War with Stonewall Jackson’s Way II. We have a lot of thoughts in this one, I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we did recording them ..read more
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