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Historical and Modern Wargaming – Where the "Fluff" is Real Life

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    Join us for a battle report on our tabletop miniature game of Force-on-Force, set in the epicenter of the Iraq War’s most intense single engagement – the Second Battle of Fallujah (Operation Phantom Fury).

    It’s November 2004, and the US Marine Corps, US Army, and Iraqi security forces have closed a ring around the city of Fallujah, one of the deadliest insurgent strongholds in the so-called Sunni Triangle. Near the “Pizza Slice” neighborhood of the Jolan District, the absolute heart of this pitiless engagement, a Marine M1A1 Abrams battle tank has been crippled by an IED blast.

    Now an aging Marine gunnery sergeant has been given a pair of Humvees and a detached squad of 2nd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3/5 Marines, with orders to get to that crew, evacuate the casualties, and frag the tank before it can be looted by Mahdi insurgents.

    Of course, the insurgents know about the crippled tank as well. Capturing it means prisoners to exploit, technology to sell, and 120mm ammunition to build into more IEDs. Who will reach the tank first, and can the Marines save their wounded comrades in time?

    Part One:

    Part Two:


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    Good fun looking game, tempted to get a set of the rules.


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    Good deal, @damon.  There are still pdf copies available around the web.  I hear there’s a new version, and it has mixed reception among those who play the original.


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    American Payback! Battle of El Guettar, March 1943 (Panzer Leader)
    Join us as we return to Avalon Hill’s “Panzer Leader” wargame system , where I’ve created a scenario depicting part of the Battle of El Guettar on March 23, 1943.

    It’s the 80th Anniversary of this key battle, where the US Army finally overcame a string of bitter defeats against the Germans and established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the North African Theater.

    Now we’re recreating the main part of the battle in Panzer Leader (far more accurate than the Hollywood version seen in the movie “Patton”) – can the Americans pull off the upset again?

    Part two of the game is scheduled to be played live on Wednesday.

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    Definitely some weekend binge watching incoming. I played the initial closed Alpha/Beta of those rules and they were more streamlined eg. no light/heavy wound tokens but the body armour rules and sci fi/super soldier compatibility was a bit too jarring for me especially playing so many games of the original. Granted this was maybe 5 years ago now so my memory might not be great but I don’t think it would have been a good step forward for the game to release those rules.

    The first proper Historical games I ever played beyond points match Bolt Action was Russians in Afghanistan Force on Force and 1991 Somalia Force on Force so the game has got a special place for me.



    If memory serves, it was Napoleon who said that history is a lie agreed upon.

    How ‘real life’ the ‘fluff’ in historical gaming (books, films, ‘documentaries’ etc.)  is is very much debatable…..



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