C3i Magazine #23! Packed with Goodness! Thank you Rodger!
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Finally! The wait is over! I've just received the newest issue of C3i, my favorite magazine, and it is packed with value! Editor Rodger B. MacGowan does a tremendous job. My only complaint is that it doesn't come out four times each year!

It's still available for sale, but if the last few C3i issues are any indication, they don't print a whole lot of extras. http://www.gmtgames.com/p-290-c3i-magazine-issue-23.aspx

Besides the countersheet that we've come to expect, there are inserts included with this issue for SEVEN different games!

I love the countersheet. I love the scenarios. I love all the inserts. I can't wait to read all the articles. Why wasn't there a great magazine like this when I was a kid?
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1. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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Two new EPIC scenarios approved by designer Rich Borg.
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2. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:100]
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After Chess, have opening moves for any game been more deeply considered that Paths of Glory? Robert Lloyd ponders [i]Little Belgium.[/b]

Also included is an article and insert index for all of Paths of Glory's appearances in C3i.
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3. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:104]
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Rob Bottos and Kai Jensen dissect scenario #35, Spartakovka Salient. The Russians have a morale advantage? What's up with that?

One of the GREAT things about Combat Commander is that there are so many ways to play each scenario. These detailed breakdowns of individual scenarios always point out options that I have not even considered.

There is also an insert card with a new scenario, #110, a cold-weather battle between the Germans and Norwegians. (My money is on the Norwegians. They're used to the cold.)
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4. Board Game: For the People [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:715]
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Mark Herman has penned a 4-page article, 10th Anniversary Variant Rules. These three rules cover naval operations and railroad logistics.

The countersheet has 18 counters to make the variant rules playable and there is an insert sheet showing the potential outcomes from the naval variant. I also appreciate an article index to all the For the People articles that have appeared in C3i.
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5. Board Game: SPQR (Deluxe Edition) [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:1310]
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Anthiochus I Confronts Leonnarius' Galatian Horde, 277 B.C. has a historical description of the battle by Daniel A. Fournie along with an insert showing the set-up. There are also 9 counters on this issue's countersheet.

Also on the countersheet are 8 rout markers which can be used in any GBoH game.
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6. Board Game: FAB: The Bulge [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1486]
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One insert to this issue of C3i is a new four-color two-sided player aid card....I love this kind of stuff in gaming magazines.
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Mark Mokszycki has written a quick 1-page preview of this Russo-Finnish wargame. There's a lot of cold weather in this issue of C3i. I will say the mention of sub-zero attrition losses does remind me of one of my favorite Knights of the Dinner Table comics.
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8. Board Game: Flying Colors [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1565] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Mark Barker has created four new scenarios set in the Indian Ocean during the Seven Years War. There are 4 new counters for these scnearios, along with 6 "Awash" counters for use in any Flying Colors game.
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9. Board Game: Pursuit of Glory [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:1597]
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I'm sorry to report I haven't played Pursuit of Glory yet. We need more grognards on this island!

Philip Thomas, along with designers Brad and Brian Stock have written part II of their strategic analysis. This is a meaty 5-page article.

There are also 2 counters with minor errata fixes on the countersheet.
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10. Board Game: Hellenes: Campaigns of the Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:1886]
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One of GMT's newest block games, Joel Toppen has written his Developer Notes for the game.
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11. Board Game: Barbarossa: Kiev to Rostov, 1941 [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:3003]
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Two replacement counters are on the countersheet to fix errata on the back.
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12. Board Game: 1914: Twilight in the East [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:3337]
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3 corrected counters are on the countersheet.
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13. Board Game: Elusive Victory: The Air War over the Suez Canal, 1967-1973 [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:3457]
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Terry Simo has written four pages of advanced and optional rules, along with two new scenarios.

On the countersheet are 10 counters to enhance the game.
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14. Board Game: Jena 20 [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:3717]
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A complete game from Victory Point Games is included in the issue. The rules are an insert, along with the map. The counters are included on this month's countersheet. Designed by Alan Emrich, this is part of the Napoleonic 20 series (which I have not yet played).

Included in the magazine is an introduction to the game, along with Player's Notes.
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15. Board Game: Kutuzov [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:3945]
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One of GMT's GREAT 4-player card driven games, Mark Kaczmarek writes about basic survival tactics for both the Russians and the French.
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16. Board Game: PQ-17: Arctic Naval Operations 1941-1943 [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:3882]
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Designer Chris Janiec weighs in with his suggestions to learning his very clever block game.

Chris has also written a new scenario for the game, which is included as an insert.

There are also 2 counters for marking elusive targets and to note a twilight attack.
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17. Board Game: Chandragupta [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:4095]
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This issue has a lot of material for Chandragupta, including the history of the game, written by the designer Stephen R. Welch, two new scenarios outlined on a 4-page insert to the magazine, a new color player aid card, and 18 counters.
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18. Board Game: Dead of Winter (second edition) [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:4373]
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This issue includes 18 errata and bonus counters.
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19. Board Game: Simple GBoH [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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The faster play version of Anthiochus' confrontation with Leonnarius' Galatian Horde, 277 B.C. The insert has the Simple GBoH set up.
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