Let's face it
- there are literally thousands of items on the SPIGames.net website. How
do you know if I added something new that you might really like to see?
try to keep this page updated as I add things, so it is easy to locate
those 'new' additions!
New - 1/23/22
New information on using the SPI Opponent's Finder to reach players!
SPI Napoleon Quad Tournament / Fest!
Details and Downloads!
Great way to find new opponents!
Quick Start VASSAL
See how to jump start using VASSAL as a way to exchange moves!
New - 1/8/22
TAC GAME #3 !!!Stephen
Oliver has gifted us all with a beautifully restored copy of TAC Game #3!!
Many, many thanks for the game and the effort to restore it! Enjoy!!
Event-Year Cards Added
the cards for Empire of the Middle Ages - thank you John Edwards. Much nicer
than my originals!
Foxbat Phantom Map Not
perfect, but you should be able to see the setups and speeds info now!
Added Centurion Gamers Video play through of Creature that Ate
Sheboygan. Watch this short video, and you can start playing the
Replay: Golan George Nap
finishes his replay / analysis of the original Modern Battles Quad with this
replay of Golan! Can the Syrians change the outcome? Can the IDF repeat
their stunning vistory? Special thanks, George!
Breaking into the Mod Battles II quad, George Nap adds this Yugo/NATO effort
to eject the invading Soviets from Zagreb!
Replay: Mukden Mr. Nap
provides yet another great replay from The Modern Battles Quad. This time it
is Mukden, a hypothetical battle that occurs when the Soviets invade China!
New - 1/3/22
An EXCELLENT new play by play AAR from George Nap! This
time it is Modern Battles, and the name of the place is the Wurzburg.
Campaign for North Africa
Progress notes for the game that changed how we look at wargames -
Campaign for North Africa. There is some amazing insights here, and well
worth the read. Especially for those who don't think it was playtested.
RAS on Large Games
Redmond Simonsen discusses "The Large Game Syndrome."
RAS on Game Graphics
Redmond Simonsen considers "What Have I Been Doing??" when Tom Oleson
questions his graphics qualities!
The Next War Intro
A couple of turns of The Next War in a play by play. Enjoy!
TC Bradley takes you through the first 6 turns of Operation Typhoon!
With special thanks to David Barkey, the rules for the TSG game Normandy
are now on the site. Special Note - these are not complete. But I am
happy to have this much!
With special thanks to David Barkey, the rules for the TSG game Leipzig
are now on the site!!
Wreck of the Pandora
Excellent Review / Overview of the game by Jeffery Bass!
In 1977, 1979, and 1981, SPI created a special "Introduction to
Wargaming" magazine. See them under 'Special Issues' on the menu for Advertisements
I - IV Link
New - 12/8/21
special thanks to David Barkey, the rules for the TSG game Barbarossa
are now on the site!!
With special thanks to David Barkey, the rules for the TSG game
Tannenberg are now on the site!!
New - 12/4/21
Universe stuff added - like errata, other things.
check it out where it wasn't at last time you looked.
New - 11/30/21
With special thanks to David Barkey, the rules for
the TSG game Deployment are now on the site!!
New - 11/26/21
Game Design Newsletter #5
The Last issue of the Game Design Newsletters!! Lots of great articles
including the upcoming 'Dark Ages (TAC 16) addition to the Renaissance of
Infantry and Centurion series of TAC games!
Game Design Newsletter
The fourth issue of the Game Design Newsletters!!
Designer's Notes discusses the new big game, War in the East (1st Ed). And the
Reviews include a detailed look at TSG Deployment, and why it is re-imagined
into Grenadier !
Many articles on tactical play of these great games. Some
are general, using the standard sticky ZOC games, and a number are specific
New - 11/17/21
The Never Quads
Brian Train looks deep into the Feedback questions and
brings us a DETAILED look at all the Quads that never were - AND what
happened going forward!
Game Design Newsletter #3
The third issue of the Game Design Newsletters!! A
new format made the scanning far nicer! Lots of great articles!
Game Design Newsletter
The second of the Game Design Newsletters!! This
one needs more work - but wanted to make what I had available.
New - 11/14/21
Against Four Worlds
In Progress notes for the game that never was - what
would have been the last of the Quads!
The first of the Game Design Newsletters!!
Great articles reviewing the Test Series Games with lots of behind the
scenes info; a nice article from Dr. Al Nofi on designing TAC 14 (Renaissance
of Infantry.) And much more!
S&T Supplement 8
The final missing copy of S&T Supplement newsletters! (All links
New - Sometime in November
Added map for Battle For Stalingrad,
improved items for Descent on Crete, (maps, charts, and added
breakouts rather than complete only download.) Changed the Sinai
download to rules PAGES, which should improve download and usage.
(Format is still not good for printing, but 12 x12 works well on the
New - 11/1/21
Numerous items for Universe -- Look
under the Profiles menu
Also see updated maps for Red Star White Star
and Atlantic Wall
New - 10/26/21
An actual strategic article for the original TSG Tannenberg!
A variant for SPI's original Bastogne game, published in S&T
A run down of the many scenarios in the game of Centurion!
Week of 10/6/21
Week of 10/1/21
Last Battles Addenda!
The long overlooked addenda for this great game!
Compiled Development Notes
What was to be the first or second game in an ambitious
"Great Battle of History" project! Read about this forgotten gem here!
The Central Front Series!
Must see - "Winning with the Warsaw Pact" by Allen
Dickerson!! Lots of detailed analysis for this great system!
SPI by the Numbers
(New Chapter in SPI History)
in the Galaxy
After the Holocaust
Thirty Years War
for North Africa
Sword and Sorcery
A great look at a great game, including a play by play of a scenario!
Nice review of an intriguing little game that works.
Good Game Design
Including capsule discussions of Armada, Musket &
Pike, Eylau, Vera Cruz, The Crimean War Quad, Red Sun Rising, Arnhem, Oil
War, and Fulda Gap
War in the
None other than Nicky Palmer provides a detailed look at
the play and components of the game!
Diving into an excellent Operational Analysis of the
opposing forces and the terrain they will be fighting over!
Gray I / II
OK Capsule reviews of each game and a grade by Steve List
TSS / GBACW
Pretty good capsule reviews of each game and a grade by
Great review with detail!
An in depth look at the system!
A Soldiers Mini Campaign Game!
Suggesting some improvements for Arnhem?
Proposing a hidden movement system for the Character
Great review of Bulge 1980 using Bastogne 1970 as the
the Middle Ages
Quick first look at the mechanics and counters of this
A deep look into this game by Nicky Palmer - includes
play by play!
A look at the 1981 version of Kursk.
A detailed review of the mechanics and components.
Some ideas on the British troops and added rules.
A far reaching variant for this classic.
Learning the tactics!
NATO Division Commander
The Kaiser's Battle
Week of 9/25/21
Learning Highway to the
Nice easy start overview from Mauro Faina!
Victory In the
West Vol 1 and 2
Great analysis of the system and the specifics of
Patton's 3rd and Op Grenade.
A look and the pieces and the play of this game!
Hof Gap and others detailed!
Thoughts on play and some suggestions!
Defending - while abandoning - Kharkov!
Oops - late
addition - just found it on my site. Didn't recall writing it.
have gone insane today. Added over 20 links, some with multiple pages.
But most are development articles for SF/Fantasy Roleplaying, so it
likely has limited interest. However, for those who like this, ...
Notes for the Game that Never Happened
Designer Notes by John Butterfield Part 1
Designer Notes by John Butterfield Part 2
A 'behind the scenes' look at the development of Universe by Gerry
Universe Development Notes
In the Land of Farie
David Richie crossover link for Albion and DragonQuest!
DragonQuest Development Notes for DQ Ares 12
discussing DragonQuest, including some Q&A!
DR's second column.
DR's third column, and addenda!
Gerry Klug takes the helm!
Non player character generation.
SPI Variations additions:
An alternative Combat system for DragonQuest by Justin
SPI Scenario Additions
The House of Kurin
The Camp of Alla-Akabar
The Treasure of Socantri
Working at SPI
(A New Chapter in my ongoing effort to stitch together a History
Tips on Better Play
Tactics of the Advance
Broad Front Strategy
Defense / Offense Strategy
Four by Frederick Georgian, using B&G and NAW examples!
Joe Angiolillo, a master gamer, explains how you can play effectively
and still conserve your forces!
Military Tactics P1
Military Tactics P2
Military Tactics P3
Three Tactical Articles using real life examples for Simulation Games by
Thomas Pratuch, using Mech War 2!
Match Play Guide
Ode to RAS
Special thanks to Eric Lee Smith for sharing
Writers Submissions (old Moves guidelines!)
R&D Job Response! (DJR Response!)
SPI QuantitiesTSR? (DJR notes!)
The two items above are from David James
Ritchie's family, Special thanks to Eric Schliffka.
- A revamped look to the page. Still not where I want it to be. But you
go to the net with the web site you have, not the web site you wish you
Below: I'm excited about these Designer / Developer Notes compilations.
It was a goal when I started this web site to do ALL of these. Well, I
did all the GBACW development ones as web pages, and did NOT like the
results all those years ago, so I stopped. I LIKE the results of these
Development Notes for SPI Games:
Battle of Monmouth
Central Front Series
Rapid Deployment Force
want the original versions I did for the GBACW Development Notes, here
is the link to the first page of them. Follow the links on that first
page for the rest. (GBACW
Replays and Videos
of this site is to improve play. Here are some recent adds to the
SPI Replays. Here are some links:
(Central Front Series)
Terrible Swift Sword
Cedar Mountain (GBACW)
Drive On Washington
recently added links to new videos - there are over EIGHTY videos at SPI
- I added a few things, much of it from the fantastic help of others!
Ned Kam has provided the following items:
Napoleon at Waterloo - the 1979 Free version, Rules, map, and
Intro to Wargaming from the same 1979 publication
catalogs from 1972, 1973, and 1974!
Oliver provided an updated VASSAL module for Blue and Gray's
- I added a few things since the last update, much more than listed
Added a complied Errata for Search & Destroy. Some other clean up
Maps: Lots of new things here: Maps added for Empire
of the Middle Ages, Chariot, Legion, Viking, A Mighty Fortress, Red Star
White Star, Air War.
Also counters for Legion, Chariot, and Centurion. Also
pics of ALL the items in the every so rare Moments in Conflict
boxed set for teachers!!!
Scenarios: Added a new scenario for CA, and one for
StarForce. (oops - 404 error now fixed! Thanks for the heads up!)
Replays: Terrible Swift Sword -
the entire first day!!! PanzerGruppe Guderian, Chariot, Cedar
Mountain, Drive on Washington, Road To Richmond, Seelowe, Chinese Farm,
replay. Many thanks to the folks offering these. To me, THESE are
perhaps the best news in recent years. If you are familiar with the
game, these are exciting to watch. You can also see games you know well
take entirely unexplored directions because YOU never thought to try it!
Which means you LEARNED something!
And if you have NEVER played the game, you get some ideas how it works,
and some tips for first time set ups, which to me is a REAL boon! Thanks
to EVERYONE for their contributions to this - and remember, if you are
doing solo games, TAKE pictures and make a few notes on each turn. Send
those to me and I can put it together for you!
Videos: Also added many new SPI Videos! As you know, I am very picky
on videos - I don;t need someone that has never read the rules playing
the game wrong, and I rarely take an 'unbox' video. But there are links
to more than EIGHTY videos now! That's some serious efforts by a lot of
people to help you see and understand over FIFTY DIFFERENT games! Wow!
Advertisements: I am adding at least 10 to 15 new advertisements.
And lots of
other things tucked in here and there. Enjoy!
- I added a few things since the last update:
Replays: Crete (ST18), Punic Wars (2), and the start of a Desert
Fox replay! Coming - a short, sharp PanzerGruppe Guderian
replay. Many thanks to the folks offering these. We now have over 25 of
them! Remember - if you are playing by VASSAL, of soloing games, and
want to take pictures and make notes, you can send them to me and I will
make the PDF for the Replay!
A few cleanups, and small additions, including for Great Medieval
Battles, and Modern Battles.
Variants: Added a variant for King Arthur that removes the
Leader to Leader combat and gives them leadership ratings and abilities
Maps: Working through
additions of better maps and rules for Panzer '44, and others in
Videos: Also added a couple of new SPI Videos, one long one for
BattleFleet Mars and a few others.
Advertisements: I am adding at least 10 to 15 new advertisements.
Let me know if there is something you are looking
for and can't find on the site.
me a note at the feedback page. Link
I have added the following to www.SPIGames.net:
SPI Scenarios: for FireFight, Air War, Raid, and a solo scenario for
articles on Art of Siege, Armada, The Crimean War, Highway the Reich, BattleFleet Mars, Operation Typhoon, Fulda Gap, War of the Rings,
proposed variants or house rules articles for Napoleon's Last Battles,
To the Green Fields Beyond, and two planes for Air War.
These are all from issues of
The Phoenix between #13 to #20. (Honestly, I thought these were
already on the site. But hey - enjoy !)
No matter what - if you are LOOKING for something, drop me a note at the
feedback page. Link
Recently, I added
new chapters to my ongoing history of SPI: Chapter 1 to the ongoing History of SPI via the formats offered: