Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

Another new feature for Grognard.com, the Gaming Convention calendar will make it a snap to keep up with all the latest gaming conventions in your area. But we need your gaming convention information, so please contribute.



Gaming Clubs/Organizations

Gaming Clubs and Organizations

Please check out our new (and growing) database of gaming clubs and organizations world-wide. Please let us know of your gaming club, or any other clubs that you know about so we can make this a truly useful resource.



Spotlight Articles

Outstanding articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game, but may have broad appeal to gamers.

GM BOOTCAMP (OR HOW TO RUN A SPIFFY CONVENTION WARGAME)

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Setup, Furniture, Equipment... Rules Lawyers... Time and Endgame. Colonel (Retired) Bill Gray offers some "sage wisdom" for those wanting to run a convention game. Get your players in the groove, but know when "…you need to intervene and let the Dice Gods decide the issue…"


Armémuseum war games exhibition

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Go on a trip to the world of war games – from medieval knight´s chess to tabletop science fantasy miniature wargames of today. See how the games were used in military training and how it has influenced important events in history. On display 24 Feb 2017 – 7 Jan 2018.


Pickett’s Charge: What modern mathematics teaches us about Civil War battles

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This article, written for The Conversation web site, describes mathematical studies of Pickett's Charge and Culp's Hill at the Battle of Gettysburg. What if the generals had made different decisions?


The Importance of Being Galleys

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"Every grunt and tread head in the world will resent this statement: no major war has been won without the victor having sea supremacy." Jim Cobb examines a long and crucial phase of naval combat that has been little addressed by wargames. However, "That’s about to change."


More Spotlight articles...


Grognard News

Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

If you are sponsoring a board gaming convention of some type, or know of one that is not listed on Grognard.com, then please contact us and let us know!

Gaming Clubs/Organziations

New Gaming Clubs/Organizations listing. You can search for existing gaming clubs worldwide.

If you belong to a gaming club, or know of one, please drop us a line and let us know so we can get it listed on Grognard.com!

New Search Features

Now you can search for specific games (or games by publisher) using the new Game Search feature, located at the top right corner of the this page. In addition you can now harness the power of Google to search the entire Grognard.com site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of Grognard.com" and click magnifying glass button. Search features will continue to be improved and enhanced going forward so check back often to see the latest stuff.

Grognard Originals

In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more Grognard.com "originals" in the future.

Perfect Opening - Axis Strategy for Leningrad '41

"Perfect"? We'll see about that... Mark D. pens a strategy article proposing a series of moves that the Axis player should make on the first Impulse of the July 1941 game turn. Whether the moves turn out to be perfect or not, Leningrad '41 is a fun and challenging game and is highly recommended for newbies and grognards alike.

Academy Games Announces a New Game!

Uwe Eickert, of Academy Games, announces a new game at the 2017 Origins Game Fair...

Leningrad '41 - On the Gaming Table

Finally got Leningrad '41 out of the box and on to the table! Just a few pics to showcase the game for now. Looking forward to playing the game and completing a complete review...

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 3

The 3rd and final session in the replay series, covering game turns 6 through 8, Summer and Fall of 1862. Harvey Mossman plays the Union and Mark D. the Confederates. Written by Mark D. for Grognard.com.

More Grognard Originals...


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Latest Challenge

Have a look at the graphics for the latest Challenge and see past solutions and contest winners.

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Latest Grognard Updates

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Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 7/23/2017 11:15:00 AM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#822) for 23-Jul-2017 and the winners for the last Challenge (#821).
Publisher: VentoNuovo Games

Date: 7/22/2017 1:00:00 PM
VentoNuovo Games: Summer Joke Contest

VentoNuovo is starting a new feature. Every Friday they will post something for fun and every Monday they will post something serious. Good luck with this week's photo contest...
Game: Hot Blood, Cold Steel: The Battle of Chawinda

Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Date: 7/22/2017 9:21:00 AM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Hot Blood, Cold Steel - New Release!

Hot Blood, Cold Steel: The Battle of Chawinda is a war game simulation of the climatic battle fought near Chawinda, India on September 1st, 1965. Pakistani forces launched Operation Grand Slam, an offensive intended to secure approaches to Jammu and Kashmir provinces from India. Outnumbered Indian frontier forces fought desperate holding actions that successfully held the Pakistanis to limited gains that brought them to the outskirts of their objective, the town of Phillora. On September 15th Indian forces launched their counter-attack, Operation Riddle, that sought to throw back the Pakistanis and take back the crucial crossroads town of Chawinda. What ensued was the largest tank battle of the post-WWII era to that date, one that would only be eclipsed by the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 7/21/2017 8:55:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea – July Development Update

"This is a rare game that can be played either as a wargame or a non-militaristic competitive game of civilization building..." Designer Mark McLaughlin covers some of the fine tuning going on with his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea, as the game closes in on production. Part of the focus seems to be adding more fun: "Having more Civilizations means more possible ways to play the game, more possible match-ups and, of course, more scenarios."
Game: A Las Barricadas!

Publisher: Nicolas Eskubi
Date: 7/19/2017 10:31:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
A Las Barricadas! 2nd Edition - Part II (PDF)

Here's Part 2 of the A Las Barricadas! expansion (the scenarios).
Game: A Las Barricadas!

Publisher: Nicolas Eskubi
Date: 7/19/2017 10:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
A Las Barricadas! 2nd Edition - Part I (PDF)

The use of armor in warfare was in the midst of both technological and doctrinal changes during the period of the Spanish Civil War. A Las Barricadas briefly touched on the Republican use of tanks but did not cover the Nationalists’ use of armor at all. There were a surprisingly large number of engagements involving armor during the war and the sophistication of the tactics and units grew as the war went on. I have put together an expansion which provides some new rules, counters, variants, and scenarios involving the use of armor during the Spanish Civil War along with a brief summary of that use. This expansion will allow A Las Barricadas players to explore the use of armor in Spain more fully. Please note that these scenarios have not been playtested.
Game: Iron Tides

Publisher: Crash Wave Games
Date: 7/19/2017 10:20:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Iron Tides - Early Access Play Available on Steam!

Iron Tides is bringing its ruthless turn-based survival-strategy gameplay to Steam Early Access! Unleash the wrath of your Viking warband and rule the high seas as you take your crew on a journey to conquer raiders and savage tribes. Rally new allies under your fearless leadership, but be wary of your supplies running low as you forge forward. Weary and hungry, your crew’s faith may waver as they whisper that the gods have abandoned you. Strategically pick your battles at sea, make brutal decisions to kill a crew member to save resources, and you just may ascend to the halls of Valhalla as a hero. From publisher Crash Wave Games.
Game: Strategic Command WWII: War in Europe

Publisher: Matrix Games
Date: 7/19/2017 8:44:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Strategic Command WWII Guide: First Moves for Allied Powers

"Raid Axis ore convoys from Sweden with all available units!" JR Renaud offers sometimes tongue-in-cheek tips for Allied players in Matrix Games' Strategic Command WWII: War in Europe. His start of game hint ranks as exceedingly practical: as to "…‘doomed’ Poland – whom I recommend turning over to the AI…"
Game: Time of crisis

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 7/18/2017
Poster: Yannick Stoneage
Time of Crisis board game review by Space-Biff!

I love that Time of Crisis is thick with history, with simulation, with the feel of playing at war and politics — that it does a superb job of replicating an incredibly complicated period of history in a compelling and legible manner — but all without ever feeling particularly complicated itself. As far as games of this caliber go, it’s downright breezy.
Game: Berlin'85

Publisher: SPI
Date: 7/17/2017 9:18:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Berlin '85 - The Setup

"I find it to be a bloody game with a peculiar agony awaiting both players..." Brad of Hex Sides and Hand Grenades takes us through the sometimes forbidding setup logic for his upcoming replay of SPI's Berlin '85. But don't think he's genuinely dismayed: "…for all my defeatist talk throughout this blog post, I am actually really pumped to try Berlin '85."
Game: Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars

Series: Great Politicians Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 7/16/2017 11:35:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Pericles - A Boardgaming Life Review

" 'We will leave this war to our children' , King Archidamus’ prophetic retort to the Spartan assembly at the opening of the 2nd Peloponnesian war sounded the alarm that the conflict would be generational. His compatriots did not agree and thought an easy victory would be had, yet the war lasted 27 years, cost thousands of lives and fundamentally changed the Greek civilization." Harvey Mossman, writing for The Boardgaming Life site, has created a thoughtful and well illustrated review of the game, covering all the key elements and processes. Highly recommended reading...
Game: Waterloo: Quelle Affaire!

Publisher: Riachuelo Games
Date: 7/16/2017 11:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Waterloo: Quelle Affaire! - Review

Excellent review by Norm Smith written for his Battlefields & Warriors blog. Haven't heard from Norm in a while, and happy to see he's still engaged with war games and still writes top notch reviews.
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 7/14/2017 9:27:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: Chemical Companies, Smoke Generators

Chemical Companies and smoke generators are now available along with updated Logistics Rules! Shared by Chris Selman...
Game: The Battle of Midway

Series: Decisive Battles
Publisher: Turning Point Simulations
Date: 7/14/2017 11:07:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Battle of Midway from Turning Point Simulations – Full Review!

"...simple to learn but dynamic to play..." Rick Martin checks out Turning Point Simulations' The Battle of Midway for Armchair General, giving it an 84% rating. Find out why he still has to conclude that "This rather small game packs a lot in but not without issues."
Game: Last Full Measure: The Battle of Gettysburg

Publisher: Uhlan Games
Date: 7/12/2017 10:12:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Last Full Measure - Free Print & Play Board Game

Last Full Measure is a brigade scale game of the Battle of Gettysburg. With only seven pages of rules, it impliments regiments, ranged artillery fire, command, reorganization and revovery, and cavalry charges, on a 33" x 38" map that includs the East Cavalry Field at a 250 yards per hex scale. The are 832 counters, player-aid card, Order of Arrival card, Eliminated units card, and a 16 page rule book. The game is offered as "Print and Play" and is free of charge. Everything needed is downloadable from this page; though you will need to be able to view PDF's, and print in color.
Game: Scavengers

Publisher: Manoel Garcia
Date: 7/12/2017 9:55:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Scavengers - Table Top Miniatures War Game

Scavengers - A Skirmish Game About Steam and Loot, is a 3-D Printed Miniatures Wargame that passes in a world different from ours, with a mixture of magic, steampunk, and lots of history. I love writing, and during this time I designed the system, I wrote a lot of lore that I intend to put together with the game, My native language is Portuguese (I was born in Portugal) and I’m translating all this material into English.
Game: Pub Battles: Marengo

Series: Pub Battles Series
Publisher: Command Post Games
Date: 7/12/2017 9:17:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Pub Battles: Marengo - French Strategy

"What does it take to win in Pub Battles? What skills are rewarded by the system? Play testing this battle has given me keen, new insights into not only the battle of Marengo, but the entire Pub Battles system...." (from the publisher, Command Post Games)
Game: Pub Battles: Antietam

Series: Pub Battles Series
Publisher: Command Post Games
Date: 7/12/2017 9:15:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Pub Battles: Antietam - Tutorial

Well illustrated publisher tutorial that will have you up and playing "Pub Battles: Antietam" in no time...
Game: At Any Cost: Metz 1870

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 7/10/2017 8:25:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
At Any Cost: Metz 1870 After Action Report – Battle of Mars-la-Tour (Part 2)

"The French II Corps has an excellent turn as they fire first and rout the Prussian artillery from the high ground." Tom Thornsen (the Prussians) and Bob Demaio (the French) continue their ongoing AAR of the "A Day of Battle" scenario in GMT Games' At Any Cost: Metz 1870. End of story? Hardly… wait for it… "Prussian artillery hammers the French artillery batteries and drives them back behind the ridge-line "
Game: Leningrad '41

Publisher: Vento Nuovo Games
Date: 7/9/2017 7:54:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Perfect Opening - Axis Strategy for Leningrad '41

"Perfect"? We'll see about that... Mark D. pens a strategy article proposing a series of moves that the Axis player should make on the first Impulse of the July 1941 game turn. Whether the moves turn out to be perfect or not, Leningrad '41 is a fun and challenging game and is highly recommended for newbies and grognards alike.
Game: Ancient Art of War

Publisher: Broderbund
Date: 7/9/2017 4:24:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Ancient Art of War Fan Page

Broderbund’s Ancient Art of War fan Kosta Krauth has assembled a comprehensive fan page for this DOS/MAC classic war game. The fan page contains hints and tips, strategies, downloads, information and links that enthusiasts might find useful.
Game: Amoeba Wars

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 7/9/2017 3:20:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Amoeba Wars After Action Report from Ted Henkle

This illustrated After Action Report from Ted Henkle summarizes situations found in this fantasy/Sci-Fi war game from Avalon Hill. Henkle’s prolific and varied “Wargame and Webcomic Blog” describes the game as “light-hearted and fun…”
Game: Amoeba Wars

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 7/9/2017 3:05:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Avalon Hill’s Amoeba Wars

The folks at VASSAL have added a module for Avalon Hill’s Amoeba Wars. VASSAL is an engine for building and playing Internet-capable versions of turn-based, human-vs-human games. Hundreds of games are available for internet play at the web site.
Game: Amoeba Wars

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 7/9/2017 2:50:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Amoeba Wars Overview from Dennis Matheson

Dennis Matheson provides a quick overview for this Avalon Hill fantasy/sci-fi offering as part of Game Piles “Board Game” blog. “The rules are quite simple and easy to learn but there is enough going on that the game never gets boring or predictable.”
Game: Streets of Stalingrad

Publisher: L2 Design Group
Date: 7/8/2017 10:57:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Streets of Stalingrad - Game Turn Sequence Outline (PDF)

A more detailed (and slightly amended) sequence of play for SoS 3 than that provided by the publisher. Shared by Nick Gladstone.