ATO Magazine, Issue 54: Monty’s D-Day
Monty’s D-Day was first published (with a very limited release) in 1985. The game was well received but hard to find. Now, four decades later, designer John Prados smoothed and polished the system, added rules for parachute and amphibious landings, Hobart's "funnies," plus new options for German alternative responses. The game will also link with ATO's "Bradley's D-Day," released in 2018, for a massive look at the first 48 hours of D-Day.
In the Name of Justice: The Battle of Lewes, 1264
Wayne Hansen provides this overview of In the Name of Justice: The Battle of Lewes, 1264, published by White Dog Games.
Smithereens: The End of World War II in Europe
Robert "Smitty" Smith wonders why this long neglected XTR title, Smithereens, has not received a review until now. He finds it is everything you could ask for in an end of the war in Europe 1945 game.
Inside the Box: Fire in the East
Ardwulf's Lair very own, Gary Mengle, provides this unboxing video of the venerable Europa series monster game, Fire in the East, published by GDW.
Ancients: The (Second) Battle of Ai, c. 1250 BCE
Michael Wintz takes us back to 1250 BCE as Joshua plans to lure the defenders of Ai from their walled city. The ambush has its desired effect, and now, seeing that fatigue is overtaking his foe, the horns sound as the Israelite army turns and faces the Canaanite enemy.
Interview with John Poniske
The Players' Aid interviews John Poniske, designer of Black Eagles: The Great Slave Rebellions of Santo Domingo, 1790-1804 to be published by Clash of Arms Games.
The Charles S. Roberts 2021 Awards
No Enemies Here, hosted by Dan Pancaldi, announces the nominees and winners of the 2021 Charles S. Roberts Awards.
A return to in-person gaming venues
It's been nearly two years since large, organized gaming events were held in person. November included several events, with more to come, as gamers look to make in-person connections again. I experienced my first in-person event in nearly two years at Compass Games Expo 2021 (see photo above). There was definitely an added energy in the air to see folks coming together again to celebrate the hobby. There is no doubt that virtual gaming events are here to stay, but we all hope that in-person events can continue unabated in the future.
News from the Front
You hopefully are noticing a big uptick in news desk activity, as we mentioned in our previous issue. As we close out the month of November, we have posted 255 news stories, compared to an average of fewer than 50 postings over the past four months. We hope you are enjoying the increased coverage.
While we continue to evaluate a new platform for the CSW Forum, we have introduced a new toolbar to help when authoring a post. We hope most users will welcome this modest addition as we try to make it easier for you to format your messages. We are also pleased to see traffic increasing for our new video curation service that posts the latest videos as soon as they are released. Today, we are amplifying content from more than 40 content contributors on YouTube who feature podcasts, game reviews, replays, tutorials, interviews, and more. Please be sure to check out our CSW Video page on a daily basis!
In closing, we hope you enjoy the curated content below. This is but a small, curated sampling of our latest news coverage. For more, please visit our CSW News!John Kranz