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The Grizzled

I really think there needs to be more focus on WWI. Much of the world as we know it today comes from that conflict. Thankfully, there are games like The Grizzled. Speaking of which, CMON Limited has announced that they are purchasing the game from Sweet Games. Along with that, they've announced a new expansion is in the works. It's called The Grizzled: Armistice Edition and it will add a campaign mechanic to the game.
The "busy day" at Gen Con is in full swing. I'm running around like crazy trying to get photos of things. What you're reading now is past me telling you about current me. But past me knows that current you also wants to read about some game reviews. So let's get to it.

Today we have: Scythe, Medici, Evolution: Climate, Kraftwagen, Bear Valley, Oh My Goods, Here, Kitty, Kitty, The Grizzled, Bureaunauts, Cigar Box Battle Mats, Viticulture, Euphoria, Old School Tactical, Star Bastards, and Ember.

I'm a huge WWI buff. To me, no other event of the 20th century more-defined the world we currently live in than that. So I love games based on it, as it helps others remember that the conflict existed (as it's often overshadowed by other events). The Grizzled is one such game. Now, the expansion, At Your Orders, is available.
When you're reading this, I'm hopefully using my Battle Chef in combat.

But that's me.

For you who's here reading the site, I've got your Review Roundup for you.

Today we have: Hail Caesar, Force on Force, Codenames, Five Tribes, Legends of Andor The Star Shield, Ninja All-Stars, The Grizzled: At Your Orders, Aviary, Booty, Catan: Explorers and Pirates, Allegiance: A Realm Divided, and The Golfing Dead.

Aaaaaah... Saturday.
What a glorious day. What cannot be achieved on such a day as Saturday?
Well, I know I can be working on various articles for the site. Hopefully you're getting in some gaming, like I am, too.

At the moment, though, we've got ourselves the Review Roundup.

In today's feature we have: Vikings Gone Wild, Blood Rage: Mystics of Midgard Expansion, Codinca, Blood Rage: Gods of Asgard Expansion, Imperial Settlers: Atlanteans Expansion, King's Forge: Queen's Jubilee Expansion, Talon, 13 Days, 51st State, The Grizzled: At Your Orders, One Night Ultimate Vampire, Area 1851, Tesla vs. Edison: Powering Up, No Thank You Evil, Valeria Card Kingdoms, Legends of the American Frontier, Jail Break, Adventure Land, Anachrony, Android: Mainframe, Shogunate, T.I.M.E Stories: Under the Mask, Aya, Porta Nigra, The Gallerist, Doctor Panic, and Knit Wit.

Last year CMON Inc. brought us the English version of The Grizzled, a WWI-themed card game of squad survival. It's right in my wheelhouse for favorite types of games, as it's quick to set up and play, has some cool artwork, and the theme being WWI I really like. Well, now I'm going to be able to get even more, as CMON Inc will be publishing the expansion, At Your Orders, for US audiences.
Happy Halloween, everyone!
Whether you're going out to a party or staying in, celebrate the holiday with some spooky-themed gaming. At least, that'd be my suggestion.

But how do you know what will and won't be a good game? You read a review, of course! And we've got a whole new batch for you here today.

They include: Blood Rage, The King is Dead, D&D Miniatures White Dracolich Miniature,Battle Foam P.A.C.K 432 Molle Army Bag, Apocalypse Chaos, Conflict of Heroes – Awakening the Bear Second Edition, Brother Vinni Minis, The Grizzled, Pandemic Legacy, Bright Future, Nautilus Industry, Warband Board Game, Stealing Mona Lisa, The Batman Miniatures Game, Isle of Trains, and Sneaky Cards.

While WWII might get the majority of documentaries, movies, and games (video games, tabletop games, and other such), I always preferred learning about WWI. If I weren't doing TGN right now, I'd be finishing up a graduate degree in history, quite possibly studying WWI. It really was the first "modern war" as we know it. Machine guns. Tanks. Aircraft. All were used, either for the very first time, or highly refined and normalized into military tactics during the conflict. CoolMiniOrNot has just released the English version of The Grizzled, a cooperative card game that takes you into the trenches on the Western Front.
While WWII is certainly more written and talked about, I personally favor studying WWI. If I were still working on an advanced history degree, I'd possibly be doing my research on it in some form. It really set up the entire 20th century and basically created warfare as we know it today. WWI isn't only under-represented in books, documentaries, and other popular culture. It's under-represented in gaming, too. Well, CoolMiniOrNot is looking to fix that last part a bit, by coming out with an English edition of The Grizzled.
Gen Con is fully underway now. The first day went by in a flash. The energy in the air was palpable. Everyone I've talked to agrees that this year is much busier than last. When the doors open, there's a huge rush as all the eager gamers head to the various booths in order to get the latest and greatest. One booth that attracted a lot of attention was CMON's. With lots of new games available for the first time, the line quickly wrapped around the whole double-booth that they have.
I told you that gaming companies were going to be putting up their announcements and such for Gen Con. Well, here's another one. This time around it's CMON. They've posted up both their pre-releases they'll have at the show, as well as the various events they've got planned.
Announced at the GAMA Trade Show, the French game Les Poilus (first release in France in February 2015) is receiving an English translation and release in America as The Grizzled thanks to Sweet Games and CoolMiniOrNot. Les Poilus was designed by Fabien Riffaud and Juan Rodriguez, with art by Tignous, who was a victim of the tragic Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris, France.

The Grizzled, whose tagline is "Can Friendship be stronger than War?", is a game of survival set in the trenches of World War I. Players must work together to survive the terrible conditions or everyone loses.