From the Halls of Montezuma to “The Shores of Tripoli” Board Game Review | Armchair General Magazine

Rick Martin The Shores of Tripoli Board Game Review. Publisher: Fort Circle Games Designer: Kevin Bertram Price $60.00 Passed Inspection: tense game play; easy to learn; a lovely game; solo or two players; excellent replayability; great value for the price; historical supplement included; very educational Failed Basic: absolutely nothing After the Revolutionary War, American merchant … Read more

Kingpin Chess Magazine » Spassky’s Toughest Simul

The chess boom triggered by the 1972 Fischer–Spasky match enthused many talented youngsters, especially in Britain. Boris Spassky became an early casualty of the fallout from the ‘English chess explosion’ when he took on a schoolboy squad over 30 boards in 1979. The event was the brainchild of Leonard Barden who wrote a daily chess … Read more

Kingpin Chess Magazine » Two Sultans

Two remarkable players, Sultan Khan (1905–1966) and Victor Soultanbéieff (1895–1972), met at the International Team Tournament at Folkestone in 1933. Sultan Khan, one of the game’s most naturally gifted stars, represented the British Empire, and Soultanbéieff his adoptive country, Belgium. In a dazzlingly short career of only five years Sultan Khan beat many of the … Read more

Kingpin Chess Magazine » Chess is Never Square in The Queen’s Gambit

Sarah Hurst The Queen’s Gambit is an entertaining Netflix drama based on a novel that presents chess in a positive light and makes all the right points about women’s struggles on and off the board. It’s hard these days not to see all period drama as a heavy-handed reflection of what’s going on now (The … Read more

“After all, no one is stupid enough to prefer war to peace; in peace sons bury their fathers and in war fathers bury their sons.”― Herodotus 300 Earth & Water Board Game Review | Armchair General Magazine

Rick Martin “300 Earth & Water” Board Game Review. Publisher: Nuts Publishing and Bonsai Games Distributed by Ares Games Designer: Yasushi Nakaguro and Antonio Stappaerts Price $29.99 Passed Inspection: Very easy to learn; beautiful box and artwork; small footprint; perfect game to take on a trip; great fun Failed Basic: typo on “Tribute to Earth … Read more

A Pictorial Review of Origins 2021 | Armchair General Magazine

Posted on Oct 9, 2021 in Boardgames, Front Page Features, Games PR Ray Garbee Or, “What I Did On My Post-Summer Vacation” Origins 2021 was held September 30, 2021 through October 3rd, 2021. It was a unique event, but then these are unique times, eh? I was able to attend on Friday and Sunday. Over … Read more

Essen 2020 – – Meople’s Magazine

Contact: Signals from Outer Space(Nürnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag) Another Essen fair has come and gone, and to say this year it was different would be an understatement of some considerable magnitude. Let me just put this ahead of everything else, canceling the physical event in Essen, Germany was the only thing responsible to do. I generally have a … Read more

“Begun, these Clone Wars have.” Jedi Master Yoda -Star Wars Armada Clone Wars Table Top Game | Armchair General Magazine

Rick Martin “Star Wars Armada Clone Wars” Table Top Game Review. Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games Designer: Michael Gernes and Brooks Flugaur-Leavitt Price $99.00 (Starter Sets) and $25 Fighter Booster Packs Passed Inspection: Perfectly captures the Star Wars feel, great looking miniatures and components, easy to learn, fast playing Failed Basic star fighter stands come apart … Read more

GMT Games P500 Offering “Infernal Machine: Dawn of Submarine Warfare” Aims to Explores the Role of Submarines in the American Civil War. | Armchair General Magazine

Posted on Feb 19, 2022 in Boardgames, Front Page Features Ray Garbee By Ray Garbee Infernal Machine: Dawn of Submarine Warfare – P500 Campaign. Publisher: GMT Games. Designer: Ed Ostermeyer and Jeremy White. P500 Preorder Price $55.00 After playing Nicola Saggini and David Thompson’s solitaire game By Stealth and Sea (DVG, 2020), I started to … Read more