Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

Another new feature for, 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.

Tracer Rounds: What Do You Buy, Read, or Play?

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" many of us bought something with the express purpose of studying the game more than playing it?" Brant Guillory muses on a not oft considered aspect of being a wargamer: "What do you buy? What do you read? What do you play? And why do things end up in those different buckets?"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 10/11/2017

Convergence: Using Counter Games as Miniature Campaign Platforms

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"I call this TSS, or Tabletop Suicide Syndrome..." Colonel (Retired) Bill Gray discusses how to integrate your miniatures actions into a broader context, and the benefits to be gained from doing so. "…I am amazed how much discretion appears when players realize that what they end up with may be all they have when the next tabletop battle is announced."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/29/2017

PAXsims video about military formation of military students.

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Explanation of formation for Army personals with wargames. We see Triumph and Tragedy, For the people, Pericles of GMT games and other to learn military history and context. Learning how war was done and how the students can learn to do better of what history has been. Gives some idea of good games out there.

Poster: Yannick Stoneage
Post Date: 9/28/2017

Electronic Cardboard v2.1

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Resurrected by designer Rich Hogen, "Electronic Cardboard" was originally conceived as a Game Assist Program (GAP) for the Play-By-Electronic-Mail (PBEM) community. It was created to address the need for non-destructive overlay of bitmaps atop bitmaps. Although features are based on gaming needs, EC may be universally useful for overlaying tasks.
In the modern computing environment EC can be used in conjunction with Netmeeting or Webex or similar desktop sharing software to play a game in real time, i.e. synchronously. Gaming references in this Help file assume asynchronous play (e.g. PBEM).

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 9/16/2017

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, 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!

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 site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of" 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 "originals" in the future.

Fifth Corps: NATO Player Aid sheet (PDF)

NATO player aid sheet that allows for tracking of Electronic Warfare Points, Air Points, Tactical Nuclear Points and the locations of Hidden Static Territorial Units. Created by Mark D. for

Fifth Corps: Warsaw Pact Player Aid sheet (PDF)

Warsaw Pact player aid sheet that allows for tracking of Electronic Warfare Points, Air Points and Tactical Nuclear Points for the Warsaw Pact player. Created by Mark D. for

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...

More Grognard Originals...

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Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 10/18/2017 8:32:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Gauls

"The Gauls have a strong starting position in the game." Designer Mark McLaughlin turns to a discussion of the Gauls in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Does this mean it's good to be the Gauls? Perhaps so, since Mark points out that they possess "…a unique advantage…"
Game: All Things Zombie Reloaded

Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 10/17/2017 4:15:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
All Things Zombie Reloaded: A Halloween AAR

Jim Owczarski provides an illustrated after action report for the opening scenario for Lock ‘n Load Publishing’s “All Things Zombie: Reloaded in his "Grogheads" blog. This fantasy/tactical combat game proves challenging as zombies may multiply with each shot fired. After a successful mission it’s on to Green Bay and Lambeau Field.
Game: Red Typhoon: The Soviet Winter Counter-Offensive, 1942

Publisher: Revolution Games
Date: 10/16/2017 12:24:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Red Typhoon - Conclusion of Turn 4 - Stuka Joe

Conclusion of this series of play-through videos produced by Stuka Joe.
Game: Field of Glory II

Publisher: Matrix Games
Date: 10/16/2017 10:05:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Field of Glory II

"You can choose everyone from Celts to Indians and even Spartacus’ Slave army." Bill Gray reviews Slitherine's Field of Glory II. He obviously likes the variety, as well as the graphics and the game engine, though he has a minor quibble about the maps. See why he concludes that FOGII "…stands as the ultimate example of how to port tabletop gaming into a PC environment."
Grognard Challenge Time!

Date: 10/15/2017 4:30:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#834) for 15-Oct-2017 and the winners for the last Challenge (#833).
Game: Matchbox (Berthier)

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Date: 10/14/2017 1:53:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Matchbox - Lightweight Campaign Manager (base on Berthier) - v1.1 - Free Software

Developer Tony De Lyall has added a few tweaks to MatchBox since its initial release. You can find these described in the README file.
Game: Berthier Campaign Manager

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Date: 10/14/2017 1:51:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Berthier Campaign Manager v9.11 (Free Software)

There is no new functionality in Berthier 9.11. However the way menus operate has changed - inoperative menu options display in light grey and cannot be selected.
Game: Colonial Twilight

Series: COIN
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 10/13/2017 10:37:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Hills Are Alive with the Sound Of Insurgency in GMT Games’ Colonial Twilight

"The event cards are a constant source of friction as their tantalizing benefits tempt players." Ray Garbee reviews GMT Games' Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62 for Armchair General, giving it a 95% rating. Ray finds the game a very immersive experience, to the extent that "…two games left me with a feeling of sadness bordering on ennui, without the aspects of boredom."
Game: Down in Flames - Locked On

Series: Down in Flames
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Date: 10/12/2017 9:14:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Down in Flames: Locked On - Now on Kickstarter

Check out the new Down In Flames: Locked-On Kickstarter that just launched! The latest and greatest from Dan Verssen.
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 10/9/2017 10:09:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Carthaginians

"Carthage can use its military advantages for conquest – or to warn foes away." Designer Mark McLaughlin lays out the strengths of the Carthaginians in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. You play a well-balanced power, but if you mishandle things, your opponents can say "Carthago Delenda Est"!
Game: New York 1776

Publisher: Worthington Games
Date: 10/8/2017 1:04:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
New York 1776 - Gilbert Collins review

In depth video review produced by Gilbert Collins for his YouTube channel.
Game: Leviathan

Publisher: Past Go Gaming
Date: 10/8/2017 12:56:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Leviathan - Card Game Review on Moe's Game Table

A review of a pretty clever micro tactical battle card game, a filler that would appeal to wargamers called Leviathan. Review written by Maurice Fitzgerald for his Moe's Game Table blog...
Game: Forest of the Impaled: Vlad Dracula's Final Stand

Publisher: Command Post Games
Date: 10/8/2017 12:42:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Forest of the Impaled - Dracula Strikes Back

Ok, so Dracula is outnumbered 6:1. How can this possibly be a game?How does the game work? The best way to answer these questions is to show you an example of a move and a battle. Check out this brief how-to from Command Post Games...
Game: Jutland

Publisher: Storm Eagle Studios
Date: 10/6/2017 9:18:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Jutland Pro

"While the game has near unparalleled accuracy, realism and visuals, it is deceptively easy to play." Bill Gray reviews Storm Eagle Studios' Jutland Pro. He finds the game enjoyable and a worthwhile acquisition, but he has a few quibbles: "Now be advised dealing with SES [Storm Eagle Studios] is . . . 'special.'"
Game: Urban Operations

Publisher: Nuts!
Date: 10/4/2017 10:25:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Urban Operations: PaxSims Review

Excellent review of this new effort from Nuts! Publishing. Rex Byrnen, writing for PaxSims, gives us a tour of the game system which sounds like it may be the most unique assymetrical wargaming system since Battle for Baghdad. Although Rex confesses that "the jury is still out"...
Game: Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 10/4/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
The Pendragon Chronicles – Vol. 10 – The Arthurian Legend

"… we are going to focus on a very visible, and sometimes controversial, aspect of the game…" Designer Marc Gouyon-Rety describes how he incorporates elements of the Arthurian legend "…that are plausible in what we know of the historical framework…" in his GMT Games' Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain. "It appears that he [Arthur] was not a king but a 'leader of battles' (Dux Bellorum)…"
Game: Table Battles

Publisher: Hollandspiele
Date: 10/2/2017 8:58:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
GrogHeads Reviews Table Battles

"… it might not be a wargame. There is no map. There isn’t any movement of pieces." Doug Miller wants to take a curmudgeonly approach to reviewing Hollandspiel’s Table Battles, but he just can't! See why the little game without a map has sucked him in: "…this amazingly simple game does a stunning job of capturing the essence of each one of the included battles."
Game: Bloody Monday: Napoleon at the Gates of Moscow

Publisher: Vento Nuovo Games
Date: 10/1/2017 6:32:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
This One's Going to Take Careful Timing!

“This One’s Going to Take Careful Timing!” A Boardgaming Life Review and Analysis of Vento Nuovo’s Bloody Monday, written by Paul Comben.
Game: Last Full Measure: The Battle of Gettysburg

Series: Last Full Measure Series
Publisher: Uhlan Games
Date: 10/1/2017 1:24:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Last Full Measure: Gettysburg - Video Review

Last Full Measure is Print & Play game of the Battle of Gettysburg. This video review was produced and shared by Jeff Capuano.
Game: Matchbox (Berthier)

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Date: 10/1/2017 1:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Matchbox - A Lightweight Campaign Manager (base on Berthier) - Free Software

MatchBox harks back to the early days of wargame campaigning where hidden movement was achieved by moving unit tokens through chest-of-drawers of matchboxes that had been glued together. When a player’s and their opponent’s tokens turned up in the same matchbox, contact had been made. The miniatures would come out and the contact gamed out on the table. "Matchbox" was created by Tony De Lyall as a lightweight campaign manager based on his Berthier Campaign Manager engine.
Game: Berthier Campaign Manager

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Date: 10/1/2017 12:45:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Berthier Campaign Manager v9.10 (Free Software)

It had to happen didn’t it? In early September Tony De Lyall put out a major update to Berthier and then nearly immediately discover a bug in the changes. Arrrh! If you recently downloaded Berthier 9.9 you should download the fixed version Berthier 9.10.
Game: Saint Omer to Saint Crispin: Tactical Battles of the Hundred Years War

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 9/27/2017 8:27:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
New P500 Game: Saint-Omer to Saint Crispin

"If you’re interested in helping out with playtesting, drop me a note." Designer Mike Nagel offers a broad brush description of progress with his GMT Games' Saint Omer to Saint Crispin: Tactical Battles of the Hundred Years War, which offers scenarios covering 18 battles of that war. Sounds like a great opportunity!
Game: Lock 'n Load: Day of Heroes

Series: Lock 'n Load Tactical Series
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 9/26/2017 9:54:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Day of Heroes AAR - Moe Fitzgerald

Recently Moe Fitzgerald sat down to play through the second scenario in "Day of Heroes", from Lock ‘N Load Publishing, titled "Chalk 2’s Run". Here's what happened...
Game: Wing Leader: Supremacy 1943 - 1945

Series: Wing Leader
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 9/25/2017 9:35:00 PM
Poster: Yannick Stoneage
Second game of the Wing Leader series

Written review and also a video review about this game that takes war into the sky. The Player's aid do a really good job to let us what to expect of this game playwise. Will you have a friend to play with you?
Game: Ranger

Publisher: Omega
Date: 9/25/2017 8:21:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Ranger - Anti-Personnel Ambush

"So far the score was pretty lopsided. Us: 8 Them: 0. Send more commies. Please." Brad of Hexsides and Hand Grenades enjoys a round of Omega Games' Ranger that starts out as a romp, but then: "Halfway between the trail and the PZ, the shit hit the industrial ceiling fan."