Announcing the Historical Board Game Awards

We are very happy to announce that the annual Historical Board Game Awards are coming. The Historical Board Game Awards are annual awards for historical, wargame, and/or conflict simulation board games recognizing excellence in three relevant categories: the ‘Game of the Year’, the ‘Most Innovative Game Design’, and the ‘Anglo-Zanzibar Award’.

Initial Voting Committee will take place in January 2023 to determine category nominees and will be immediately followed by the public fan vote to determine the winners. The categories of the Historical Board Game Awards are as follows:
Game of the Year: The ‘Game of the Year’ awards outstanding performance in all board game fields and recognizes the game that delivers the best historical, war, or conflict game experience.
Most Innovative Game Design: The ‘Most Innovative Game Design’ is awarded to a game and design team to recognize excellence in creative and innovative game design.
Anglo-Zanzibar Award: The Anglo-Zanzibar war lasted between 38-45 minutes and is considered the shortest recorded war in history. The ‘Anglo-Zanzibar Award’ recognizes the best ‘small’ historical board game, including the following: magazine games, ‘lunchtime’ games, quick playing games, folio games, post card games, and other small format games.

For more details, including how the voting process will work, please review the Historical Board Game Awards FAQ.

HistoriKC Fest returns for four days in 2023

HistoriKC Fest is happy to announce that we will be returning to the Holiday Inn & Suites Overland Park-West for our 2023 event. The game room will open on Thursday evening, August 17th, and the convention will run through Sunday, August 20th. Featured designer and event announcements, together with registration information, will be announced in the coming months.

When: August 17-20, 2023
Where: Holiday Inn & Suites Overland Park-West, Overland Park, Kansas
Details and Website: HistoriKC Fest Website

You can also stay informed by joining the HistoriKC Fest Kansas City Facebook Group.

WW3 Con debuts in Bellevue, WA, February 2023

A convention dedicated to wargaming the greatest war that never happened –
NATO and Warsaw Pact fighting it out.

First ever of its kind, WW3 Con features a collection of gamers and designers from around the world gaming the war that never happened. Six Days at an amazing venue (Hotel 116 in Bellevue, WA) that will give gamers the time and space to play their favorite WW3 monsters – NATO, Third World War, either of Thin Red Lines amazing series and so many others.

When: February 1-6, 2023
Where: Hotel 116 in Bellevue, WA
Details and Registration: WW3 Con Website

J.D. Webster releases Fighting Wings – Six Pack #1

J.D. Webster has released an expansion for the Fighting Wings games system on Wargame Vault: Fighting Wings Expansion – Six Pack #1.

The Expansion includes 6 scenarios and background information and aircraft data cards for the following new aircraft:
1. Gloster Gladiator
2. Fairey Swordfish Mk.I
3. Hawker Hurricane Mk.IA
4. Bristol Blenheim Mk.I
5. Fiat CR.42 Falco
6. Macchi MC.200 Saetta.

I’ll quickly add that I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Buffalo Wings last year and can’t wait until I can dive deeper into the fantastic Fighting Wings Series.

Quick Setups for Nevsky and Almoravid Available from GMT

Image from GMT Games

GMT Games has made available two quickstart scenarios for Nevsky: Teutons and Rus in Collision 1240-1242 and Almoravid: Reconquista and Riposte in Spain, 1085-1086, two games in the Levy and Campaign Series by Volko Ruhnke.

As someone who found the initial Levy phase of Nevsky a hurdle to first time play, the quickstart guide for Nevsky was very helpful in serving as a gateway to the Campaign phase of the game. If you are interested in seeing how actions are carried out in Levy and Campaign before you commit lords and resources in the Levy phase, I highly recommend you check out the guides below.

Nevsky PDF

Almoravid PDF

As of December’s GMT update, Almoravid: Reconquista and Riposte in Spain, 1085-1086 was ‘At the Printer’ with no ship date yet. Hopefully we see the game in early 2022.

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As we roll out the new website for History on the Table, we are looking for contributors to our website who:
– Are passionate about historical gaming and related topics;
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Whether you are interested in submitting posts to our website on a regular basis, or want to share a single/sporadic guest article, we’d love to hear from you.

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The US Civil War Update Kit Rules Available Now.

GMT has made available the final Basic Rulebook, Advanced Naval Rulebook, Player Aid Cards, and Setup Cards for the reprint The US Civil War.
Download them here.

In the most recent GMT Games updated (November 23, 2021) The US Civil War, 2nd Printing Game and Update Kite were marked as “At the Printer”.

The 2nd Printing Game is available here.
The Update Kit is available here.