As Rachel and I follow what so many of you are playing and saying about our games on Consimworld, BGG, and various social media outlets, it’s great to see that so many of you are finding so much enjoyment from our recently-released games. We have more good ones coming in the 4th quarter, so hopefully we’re going to provide you with even more gaming fun before the year is out.
Usually, when I send out this monthly update, I have my finger on the pulse of most of the cool stuff happening at GMT, and am in a good position to share some of that info with all of you. This month, though, I find myself in the position of being a little behind the curve on GMT operations. The reason is I just got home from a couple weeks off (and off the grid) to go away and work on my health for a bit, eating better, exercising a lot, and hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. It was a much-needed break, and I came home feeling great! But I’m still catching up on what’s been going on at GMT, so this month’s update will be a little lighter on the “What’s Happening Inside GMT” front. This week’s goal is to get you this update. Then next week I’ll get back up to spend on where we are on the new systems integration front, then hopefully the following week I’ll get some time to work on Mr. President a bit before I demo it at the October Weekend at the Warehouse.
I know from listening to your feedback that there are some of you who don’t care that much about all the InsideGMT stuff herein, though, and mostly read these updates just to see what’s new on the P500 list. Well, you guys will be happy to know that we do have FOUR new P500 game additions to announce this time! It’s a “wargamers, rejoice!” month this time, as we have a bunch of tactical and operational wargame coolness that is ready to add to the line. Here’s a brief look (click the links to get to the P500 pages for more details and to order):
4CMBG: MBT Expansion #3: Yes, designer Jim Day has added Canadians to the MBT family of expansions! I’m pretty sure that this means two things to our beloved gaming brothers to the North: that a) they can now die happy, and b) the MBT series is now perfect and complete in every way, lacking nothing! 🙂
A Time for Trumpets: The Battle of the Bulge, December 1944: This is the long-awaited battalion-level monster game on the Battle of the Bulge, designed by Bruno Sinigaglio and tested by a crackerjack team of veteran wargamers. Over the past couple of years, Mark Simonitch has been giving me enthusiastic updates on this one’s progress, and now it’s ready for P500! As you might imagine, anything that excites Mark gets my attention. I’ve seen this being tested at Consimworld Expo, but haven’t yet had the pleasure of playing it myself. But I can’t wait. To borrow a phrase from Nicky Palmer, with five maps and twelve countersheets, this one looks “large and luscious!”
Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah: Over the years, I must have been asked a thousand times at conventions and in seminars “Are you guys ever going to do a Great Battles of the American Civil War game on ‘Stonewall in the Valley’?” Well, my friends, the time has come! Using series designer Richard Berg’s award-winning GBACW system, Designer Greg Laubach brings us not one, not two, but SIX battles (with numerous scenarios) from the Shenandoah Campaigns in both 1862 and 1864. We’ve been waiting a long time for this one!
Saint-Omer to Saint Crispin: Tactical Battles of the Hundred Years War: Designer Mike Nagel takes us back to 15th century to explore 18(!!!!) battles of the Hundred Years War! Using a refined version of his Sun of York design (and including a mounted mapboard), Mike immerses us in the leaders, weapons, and tactics of the period, while we experience the struggles at Creçy, Poitiers, Agincourt, and more in a card-based, low-complexity, quick-playing format.
OK, that’s the big P500 news. Now let’s get to the rest of this month’s update.
Four Combat Commander Reprints
I’ve added four Combat Commander series games and Battle Packs to the P500 Reprint List this month. All of these are straight reprints of the previous versions, with any errata corrected. The items are:
Including these four new additions, we now have SIX Combat Commander items on the P500 Reprint list, and we’d like to start planning for a mid-2018 mass reprint of most or all of them. But we need larger order numbers to make that happen. So please, if you’d like to own any of these games or modules from one of our most popular series of games, place a P500 order soon so we can get these back in stock. Thanks!
Update on New Rules and Player Aid Card for The US Civil War
I just checked with Tony, and these are expected in the warehouse in about two-three weeks. So we plan to ship them out in our 2nd batch of October shipments, roughly October 25th.
You can still order at the P500 price if you’d like a set (we’ve printing a couple hundred extra). Here’s the link.
For you guys who like to design your own games or extra counters, we now have several sizes of white blank countersheets available on the Parts and Accessories Page of our website. They’re $3 per sheet, plus shipping. Links are below:
As always, I invite you guys to head over to www.insidegmt.com, check out the articles, leave us your comments, and tell us what else you’d like to see us do to make InsideGMT even better!
San Diego Historical Games Convention – November 10-12, 2017
Harold Buchanan is hosting the 3rd Annual San Diego Historical Games Convention this coming November 10-12. The venue is again the 5,200 square foot Shriner’s Hall in sunny San Diego, CA. The Theme for this year’s Con will be The Great War. As usual, there’ll be many scheduled events and plenty of room and time for open gaming.
As if three days of gaming in a terrific venue isn’t cool enough, this year’s special guest will be Volko Ruhnke. So come meet Volko and join us for a ton of gaming fun in San Diego – where it’s 70 degrees in November! Registration is limited to 150 gamers, so reserve your spot soon. For more information and to register for the event, please visit the convention website.
For those of you looking to participate in specific games or pre-release demos, please check the convention schedule. Of particular GMT relevance are:
Volko will be there to show you the Falling Sky expansionAriovistus, a future COIN volume on Great-War-era Finland by Vesa Arponen called All Bridges Burning, and a raw prototype of the first volume in what Volko intends as his next game series.
Mark Herman will be there demoing Fall of Saigon. (Coming soon to P500)
I encourage you guys to come out to San Diego in November and play some games with us!
GMT Weekend at the Warehouse – October 5-8, 2017
Come join us at the Fall, 2017 GMT Weekend at the Warehouse!
For those new to the event, this is mostly an open gaming event, although we do have tournaments from time to time. We expect about 100 gamers to attend, and space is limited, so please get your reservation into the office ladies (call, chat, or email) as soon as possible.
There are several hotels within a few miles of our offices. The closest one, The Sequoia Inn, blocks rooms for our attendees at special rates. The hotel’s reservation # is 559-582-0339. Tell them you want the “GMT Group Block” rate. They have already blocked rooms for us for October, so feel free to go ahead and make reservations whenever you are ready.
Keep up with GMT Online
Virtually every day, we announce new information or show off upcoming products or give you a peek under the hood of our new designs in our various online sites and forums. For you guys looking to keep up with us online, here’s where you can find us. Drop in and start a conversation!
For you guys calculating shipping charges for these games, I’ve included the weights we’re using for shipping in parenthesis after each game title.
To avoid any delays in your game shipment, please make sure you’ve updated your charge cards on our website before we charge. If you use the “Pay by Check” P500 option, please send your checks in by the above dates. Thanks!
Tentative Production Schedule
Here’s our most current Tentative Production Schedule from Tony and Mark.
Games with a ** following their entry are currently at the printer (we’re a little more certain about scheduling on these).
#= Although at least one of these is going to be “ready” sooner, John has decided to achieve some operational and cost synergies by printing all three games together in 2018.
We have four new P500 additions this time. It’s a tactical and operational bonanza this time – a nice mix of types and treatments from four talented designers. We have a new modern tactical expansion module for MBT, a monster operational-level game on the Battle of the Bulge, six battles ala “Stonewall in the Valley” for the GBACW series, and a tactical battle game featuring 18 battles from the Hundred Years War! For more info about, or to order each title, just click the banners or links below to go to the P500 page for each game.