Panzer Grenadier Battles on June 29th:
Beyond Normandy #21 - 43rd (Wessex) Division Attacks Edelweiss IV #11 - Arctic Frontier
Beyond Normandy #22 - Hohenstaufen Attacks Edelweiss: Expanded #5 - Artic Frontier
Beyond Normandy #23 - Frundsburg Attacks Hammer & Sickle #27 - Always Ready
Beyond Normandy #24 - II SS Panzer Corps Attacks Iron Curtain #7 - Always Ready
Beyond Normandy #25 - Fight For Esquay Saipan 1944 #32 - Proximity Fuzes
Edelweiss #2 - Arctic Frontier

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Honoring Our Best, Vol. 20

Wargames allow you to bring history to life, and sometimes to actually rewrite the history books. Given the inspiration for his username, it is only fitting that TheDoctor did just that during his 32 battle conquest of Cassino '44.

On June 22nd TheDoctor beat back the last Allied attack and stood proudly amongst his victorious Axis soldiers atop Monte Cassino. The past had been bloodily rewritten, 17 victories to 12, and the Allied advance through Italy died with it.

TheDoctor, in recognition and commemoration of your accomplishment, you are hereby awarded this ribbon:

Cassino '44
(news archives) ~ Shad
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(edited 2012-06-29 03:40)

This ribbon is an adaptation of the Monte Cassino Commemorative Cross, which was awarded after the battle to the Polish II Corps soldiers by the Polish Government in Exile.

Congratulations, TheDoctor!

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Second Annual PG-HQ Awards

I'm a few weeks late with these due to vacation and getting the kinks worked out of our new forums, but that doesn't make it any less awesome.... the Second Annual PG-HQ Awards have been released!

Did you receive an award? beast013 did... four of them! Congratulations buddy, it's fair to say that Year 2 was your year!

(news archives) ~ Shad
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(edited 2012-06-28 04:10)

I came 'last' in 2012 !

Of course, coming last does have its wn kudos in some areas ?

Also, not all my 'accolades' show on my membership HQ page.. such as the Xerses or whichever one it was for the longest one ? Or was that intentional.

So to sum up, I had one of the longest ones and came last. Cool !

(edited 2012-06-28 04:11)

Generally speaking, yes. But sadly I do believe the record shows that yours was a solo play, make of that what you will! ;-)

There are no awards for runner-up and second runner-up. For those slots you only get your name in the article. :-)

2012-06-28 04:11

Shad, I think you posted as I edited ss the rest below:

Also, not all my 'accolades' show on my membership HQ page.. such as the Xerses or whichever one it was for the longest one ? Or was that intentional. So to sum up, I had one of the longest ones and came last. Cool !

2012-06-28 21:14

I love the awards! Even though I didn't win anything. I look forward to these every year. :D

2012-06-28 21:17

You got close! Runner-up and Second Runner-up once each. :-)

2012-06-30 15:20

As for me, ever the bridesmaid never the bride...not even an award for the best one liner in an AAR?

2012-06-30 15:37

not even an award for the best one liner in an AAR?

If only they had one for the best looking PG player eh Wayne :-)

2012-07-01 04:52

Modesty forbids me to comment

2012-07-01 09:14

If we had a Best Old Geezer Gaming Couple award you two would be a lock! :-P

2012-07-10 16:34

Well, this is indeed a surprise. Since this is for the Longest Wind award, I'll keep it brief like to thank Shad for the great work, the Academy, my mother, my 1st Grade teacher Ms. Jameson who said... (Music Playing... time to leave the stage)

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War of the Worlds

I have just finished adding War of the Worlds to the PG-HQ Library.

Please note that the Martian OOB is invisible, and this is not a bug. Rather, I am still working on the Library upgrade and newly added units don't show up on the old system.

For more details regarding this OOB issue, hop over to this forum thread.

(news archives) ~ Shad
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Honoring Our Best, Vol. 19

While Panzer Grenadier's big box games grab all the glory (and shelf space), there are a number of excellent modules quietly waiting to be conquered. Matt W seems to have made it his mission of sorts to tackle these secondary campaigns.

On June 17th Matt W claimed his third medal when he became the first man in history to complete the Go for Broke campaign!

Matt W, in recognition and commemoration of your accomplishment, you are hereby awarded this ribbon:

Go for Broke
(news archives) ~ Shad
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2012-06-25 19:01

The colors and their widths of this ribbon come from a cross-section of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team's upper arm insignia.

A reproduction with a bit of background history can be seen: here.

A photograph of an actual patch can be seen: here.

Congratulations, Matt!

2012-06-26 06:34

This one was a mission of mine ever since the supplement was announced. The most decorated unit of the American Army was composed of people who, if they were stateside, would have been kept in concentration camps. The memory of these men is important to me. Completing the campaign was just one way to bring their dedication to country back to the forefront.

My first brush with them came from Avalon Hill's Anzio where the 442nd was a separate unit. It caught my interest and I have had the chance to visit with some of them in the past.

Oddly enough the other unit I have kept in touch with was the Red Tails. Seems I have a penchant for those whose dedication to the country exceeded the country's dedication to them...

The medal is perfect! I could not have designed it better. Thanks!!

2012-06-26 10:08

Sounds like perfect material for a nice article, Ward. Get on it! :-)

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Panzer Grenadier Headquarters turns two years old!

Happy Birthday to us!

Founded on 2010-06-06, Panzer Grenadier Headquarters is two years old today!

PG-HQ activity over the past year:

  • 1,343 new plays
  • 555 new AARs
  • 146 new members

My sincerest thanks to all of you who have helped and are continuing to help make this one helluva wargaming resource!

(news archives) ~ Shad
2 Comments
2012-06-06 08:55

Oh great, now we're in the terrible twos...

2012-06-08 15:22

D-Day. What an appropriate day to celebrate PG-HQ!

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Forums have arrived!

Panzer Grenadier Headquarters has reached a major development milestone today with the unveiling of our own forum system!

Your username and log-in password are the same as for PG-HQ, by logging-in here you are automatically logged-in there.

For some background on this new feature, head on over to the articles section and read 'killing the community in order to save it'.

Enjoy your weekend!

(news archives) ~ Shad
8 Comments
2012-06-01 06:15

The fourm is a great idea. As this is a PG driven site, I think it adds to the product, more specifically, the use and growth of PG. Keep up the great work Shad!

2012-06-01 10:01

Glad to see this happen. Completely agree with the reasoning laid out in the "killing the community..." article. There's no point in having BGG forums per individual PG installment and, personally, I find Consimworld to be an antiquated train wreck of a forum.

Thanks for putting together the site and the forums.

2012-06-01 11:33

Many thanks, Shad. This site's always been a terrific resource/hangout. The forums are going to add even more to it.

Thanks for all the time and work you put in on this site!

2012-06-01 18:07

Oh great... Another forum to keep me from work. Now I have to come to China, hunt you down and kill you.

Seriously this is a tremendous addition to the site. It will generate a lot more interaction amongst the membership.

I can't believe you found the time to do this!!!

2012-06-01 21:47

I can't believe you found the time to do this!!!

The key was patience. If I had attempted to integrate a forum even a year ago it would have ended in a big, ugly mess. But my programming, while still novice, has made a lot of progress and I was finally ready to try to bring in a mature forum system.

We're using mybb which is a really strong, relatively well-coded package that was mostly painless to align with the existing site. In the future I hope to enmesh them more deeply, but for now I am delighted just to see people using it. Time is on our side! :-)

2012-06-13 02:31

Finally . . . A place where I can kick back and kibbitz with the actual PG community with no trolls or bitter old men to haunt my weary late nights. Great job, Shad! This might actually pull me away from Netflix a couple nights a week.

-- Doug

2012-06-13 03:59

upintheattic?

There's an old dog I haven't seen in a long while! :-) Your expertise is always appreciated, my friend!

2012-06-13 09:40

Thanks Shad, glad to be here. It's been a tough year and a half and I needed a lot of downtime, but I'm finally getting back to the point where the gaming bug is biting again. Hope to start posting some replays soon.

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June Promotions...

For exemplary service in combat, and dedication to Panzer Grenadier Headquarters, the following promotions are conferred:

PaperTiger is promoted 1 rank from Recruit insignia to Private insignia

wleonard1 is promoted 1 rank from Recruit insignia to Private insignia

Jacob is promoted 1 rank from Recruit insignia to Private insignia

Diocletian is promoted 1 rank from Private insignia to Private First Class insignia

Hugmenot is promoted 1 rank from Private insignia to Private First Class insignia

joe_oppenheimer is promoted 1 rank from Private First Class insignia to Corporal insignia

Bart is promoted 1 rank from Corporal insignia to Sergeant insignia

GeneSteeler is promoted 1 rank from First Sergeant insignia to Sergeant Major insignia

beast013 is promoted 1 rank from Second Lieutenant insignia to First Lieutenant insignia

June is yet another great month for promotions across all rank levels. Special congratulations to our three new privates, and to beast013 for becoming only our second First Lieutenant!

(news archives) ~ Shad
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May Promotions...

For exemplary service in combat, and dedication to Panzer Grenadier Headquarters, the following promotions are conferred:

TheDoctor is promoted 6 ranks from Recruit insignia to Sergeant First Class insignia

chaserussett is promoted 1 rank from Recruit insignia to Private insignia

Diocletian is promoted 1 rank from Recruit insignia to Private insignia

gulatum is promoted 1 rank from Recruit insignia to Private insignia

Blackcloud6 is promoted 1 rank from Private insignia to Private First Class insignia

armyduck95 is promoted 1 rank from Private insignia to Private First Class insignia

caryn is promoted 1 rank from Private First Class insignia to Corporal insignia

McKinley is promoted 1 rank from Sergeant First Class insignia to Master Sergeant insignia

enrique is promoted 1 rank from Sergeant Major insignia to Second Lieutenant insignia

Matt W is promoted 1 rank from Sergeant Major insignia to Second Lieutenant insignia

Our biggest monthly promotions class in... months! We now have six 2nd LTs putting the heat on Mike Perryman to continue his upward climb. And, as always, a special congratulations to the four members who made it to Private this month!

(news archives) ~ Shad
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Honoring Our Best, Vol. 18

Can this man be stopped? Survey results say no, he cannot!

On April 14th beast013 added yet another medal to his tally when he completed the Romanian Soil campaign!

beast013, in recognition and commemoration of your accomplishment, you are hereby awarded this ribbon:

Romanian Soil
(news archives) ~ Shad
4 Comments
2012-04-28 18:25

Great work, but I would love to read some AAR's for these. It is a great loss that all these are played without them.

2012-04-29 17:26

What's the provenance of the ribbon colors? I presume it has something to do with fighting cancer . . .

2012-04-29 17:54

Nope these are the town colors for Targu Frumos.

2012-04-29 18:19

Matt W remembers! The first RoSo medal was claimed in late November, 2011. At the time I said:

Allow me to preempt any sniggering about the ribbon colors by pointing out that they come directly from the Targu Frumos Coat of Arms!

I should have been able to link directly to a News Post Archive rather than dive into the database to retrieve that comment text though... one of these days I'll get around to adding that... :-)

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Honoring Our Best, Vol. 17

When asked about the Siegfried Line, 2nd Lt. beast013 responded "Fixed fortifications are monuments to man's stupidity" and then promptly beat the Germans straight back to Berlin, tidily wrapping up his campaign on March 21st.

beast013, in recognition and commemoration of your accomplishment, you are hereby awarded this ribbon:

Siegfried Line
(news archives) ~ Shad
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2012-04-24 21:20

Ribbon design explanation: smack in the center of the Siegfried Line is a region called Saargebiet. They flew a blue-white-black tricolor from 1920 to 1935 when they rejoined Nazi Germany via popular vote. I could not find any real medals directly related to the SL fighting, so a regional theme was good enough for me.

2012-04-24 21:23

Also worth noting that with this medal (#5) beast013 has moved beyond campsawyer and mike perryman (4 each) to become our most decorated tour of duty veteran.

He also has another campaign in the bag for which a medal will be awarded later this week. :-)

2012-04-26 18:24

Ribbon looks great - thanks Shad!

2012-04-28 09:14

great work!

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April Promotions...

For exemplary service in combat, and dedication to Panzer Grenadier Headquarters, the following promotions are conferred:

Hugmenot is promoted 1 rank from Recruit insignia to Private insignia

J6A is promoted 1 rank from Recruit insignia to Private insignia

CravenDumps35 is promoted 1 rank from Private insignia to Private First Class insignia

Poor Yorek is promoted 2 ranks from Corporal insignia to Staff Sergeant insignia

waynebaumber is promoted 1 rank from First Sergeant insignia to Sergeant Major insignia

(news archives) ~ Shad
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2012-04-05 13:25

Its very exciting to see the number of scenario plays and AARs coming from a wide range of players. Great work everyone and thanks for logging your results!!!

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