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It’s been a couple of months since the last expansion to Europa Universalis IV so it is no great surprise to hear about another for this successful franchise. This time the focus is on national development, but also includes an update to the diplomacy system.

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Sometimes great riches can be found in the most inexpensive of wrappers, and so it is with Tercio to Salvo, the very first expansion module to Matrix/Slitherine’s impressive PC game, Pike and Shot. That said, it’s now time for BLUF – Bottom Line Up Front – as some disclosures are appropriate here. I love this game series, something you might have noticed had you read my previous review of the main game itself. Thus if you are expecting a positive review, you would be correct. If you’ve not read the previous review, grab a mug of your favorite libation, surf over to the earlier review and then sit a spell and read. In doing so you’ll not only set the stage for a look at this new expansion, but likely concoct a whiff of gunpowder in the air as well. And you will also start to understand why I love this infuriatingly addictive game.

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Well here in the UK we are in the aftermath of a general election with all the celebration, despair, and the like that goes with finding the results. However, perhaps appropriately, this coincides with the 70th anniversary of VE Day, the end of World War 2 in Europe – although Russia doesn’t mark this until tomorrow, 9th May. So as we in the UK consider the outcome of our democratic process, perhaps we should also take time to consider the sacrifice and struggle of those who fought in the Second World War.

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One of the greatest enduring and accepted myths of the Second World War, and one originally promulgated by the Nazi German propaganda ministry, is that the Polish Air Force was surprised, caught on the ground, and completely destroyed in the opening hours of Germany's undeclared blitzkrieg war with Poland. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Here, John Dudek looks at those very first days of the war and their aftermath.

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We can usually find a military anniversary or two in any given year, however, those which are round numbers always seem to be much more significant – especially when you are dealing with centuries. So we are currently in the midst, and shall be for 3 more years, of World War 1 centennial anniversaries. But those are not the only ones. In addition we have the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. And the first of these has attracted the attention of American Civil War aficionados, NorbSoft.

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Here is our weekly public service announcement about the Matrix Games Deal of the Week. OK, this one is a day late, but over here in the UK yesterday was a bank holiday and your editor was doing bank holiday stuff – in this case waterproofing a tent; rock and roll lifestyle huh …

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Since we’re already on the topic of World War II, let’s move on to the second installment of our semi-regular “a fresh perspective gained through wargaming” series (see A View From The Bunker – Operation Husky? Another Allied mistake! for an earlier installment). This time, we’ll tackle one of my all-time favorite subjects – the Allied invasion of Normandy – which I fervently believe was a strategic and operational blunder.

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One for the UK readership really – even in my most egotistical moments I can’t imagine anyone travelling to the UK just to meet me … This Saturday, 25th April, I’ll be visiting the UK’s largest miniature wargaming show, Salute, and would be more than happy to chat to readers about Wargamer.com or anything else really.

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A quick heads up for all you Matrix Games fans out there – and also for those who aren’t but may be interested in a price drop. Their current weekly price cut is their battalion level game Battlefront, released back in 2007

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My favorite editor Nik and I were engaged in a brief email conversation when we somehow slid into the subject of our compatriots’ apparent obsession with World War II. The funny thing was, though I really hadn’t thought about that possibility prior to our exchange, the idea utterly intrigued me! So I thought I’d apply my massive investigative journalistic skills towards determining if such an infatuation actually existed. Did we wargamers harbor a particular fascination for the last global conflagration?

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