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.

Snodgrass Hill, 1863

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"Snodgrass Hill was where my great-great grandfather, John Fletcher Hill, fought in a near-suicidal rear-guard action against the onslaught by a victorious Confederate army." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, offers another splendid battle review, this time with a personal connection. And plenty of insights: "It would not be the first time that a commander in the field dismissed intelligence (said the former intel officer)."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/12/2019

Slitherine has contracted to work with the UK's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory

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Wargames "…tend to be easier to use than analytical software produced by the laboratory itself." Ian Boudreau picks up on an interesting turn for a well-known computer wargame firm. And passes on a fascinating job posting!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/7/2019

Start Your Wargame Collection - Homo Ludens

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This is the 3rd part of a video series to introduce new players to wargames. In this episode, host Fred Labeste and guest designer Brian Asklev will provide you with a top 5 list of wargames to start your wargaming collection. This should be the perfect starting point to get to know this amazing hobby...

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 8/4/2019

Historicon 2019 & The Rise of the Cigar Box Battle Mat

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"Seems to me we might not have a trend here, but a full scale revolution." Bill Gray examines a growing miniatures phenomenon, Cigar Box Battle Mats. Is Bill just being a detached observer? "In fact I was so pleased, when I got home I ordered two more maps…"!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/2/2019

More Spotlight articles...

Grognard News

Grognard Game Plan

New Grognard Game Plan application is a free tool provided to registered site visitors to help organize convention play and other gaming sessions.

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.

Alone Against the Soviets

Brief review of VentoNuovo's title "Stalingrad: Inferno on the Volga" shared by Mark D. for Discusses the game mechanics that provide the game with the Stalingrad "feel"...

Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War - Now on BGG!

Got the BGG listing for Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War approved and published! Playtesting is proceeding. Still working on better counters...

Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War - First draft of rules completed

Grognard Enterprises ( first game will be Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War which covers Operation Iraqi Freedom from June of 2003 through the end of 2012 the latest (the game can end earlier). Designed and created by Mark D'Agosta.

10/15/2018 - First draft of the rules is completed. All charts and tables are complete. Map is 75% done. Working on the counters...

Interested in a TUSCW tournament on Vassal?

Anyone interested in a 2019 Tournament of the American Civil War on Vassal?

Registration deadline 12/31/2018.

Limit: 8 Participants.

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Game: Peloponnesian War

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/19/2019 7:00:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
A New Edition of a Classic War Game – GMT’s Peloponnesian War- Board Game Review

"The game encourages you to be aggressive and bring the war to an early end by decisive aggressive campaigning." Rick Martin reviews the new edition of Mark Herman's GMT Games' Peloponnesian War. Check out what has Rick so enthused that he finds himself "…wanting to play this game every few days…"!
Grognard Challenge Time!

Date: 8/18/2019 4:10:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#930) for 18-Aug-2019 and the winners for the last Challenge (#929).
Game: Thunder Upon the Water

Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/16/2019 5:29:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Confederate Iron Clashes with Federal Courage in High Flying Dice Games’ “Thunder on the Water”. Board Game Review.

"Thunder on the Water provides what I think of as a good cinematic feel...". Ray Garbee reviews High Flying Dice Games' Thunder Upon the Water, a game re-creating the Civil War clash involving the CSS Albemarle. Ray finds a solid game, but points out "It’s also likely to have traditional naval wargamers climbing up the bulkhead precisely because it is so very different from the classic approach to naval wargaming."
Game: Commands & Colors: Medieval

Series: Commands & Colors
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/14/2019 5:37:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Commands and Colors: Medieval vs Ancients Comparison Part 1: Major Changes

What are "Inspired Actions"? A first article by The Boardgames Chronicle examines how GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Medieval differs from its predecessor, Commands & Colors: Ancients. The "Major Changes" include some surprises: "Who would dream in C&C: Ancients about charging headlong into a supported Auxilia and surviving…".
Game: Tigers at Minsk

Publisher: Battlefields and Warriors
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 8/9/2019 5:04:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Counter-Attack, The Power Station

"…their enthusiasm to stand and duel it out with armour now put them in imminent danger." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, runs a rousing scenario (complete with pictures) using his Tigers at Minsk miniatures rules. Things are looking tough for the Germans, but then: "The speed of events had brought some chaos to the Soviet command…".
Game: No Retreat: The Russian Front

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/8/2019 7:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
No Retreat! The Russian Front - Unboxing

The "No Retreat!" series was one of which I thought for a long time but never had opportunity to play. Finally, I got the copy of the base game - The Russian front - and created the Unboxing. It will be no spoiler to say, rarely I have seen such fantastic components like in that game - thick, mounted map, great counters, nice game aids. A true beauty!
Game: Commands & Colors: Medieval

Series: Commands & Colors
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/7/2019 6:12:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Commands and Colors: Medieval vs Ancients Comparison – Part 1 – Major Changes

As an ardent fan of the "Commands & Colors" system - especially "Ancients", I awaited "Medieval" version with great anticipation. New installments definitely do not disappoints. I am sure it will for long time stay as one of more played games by me. Today I would like to share with you first article in series regarding the differences between both games, i.e. Medieval vs. Ancients. Have a great read!
Game: The Last Hundred Yards

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/5/2019 7:11:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“Ask me for anything but time.” GMT’s ‘The Last Hundred Yards’ is a hit that leaves you wanting more. Board Game Review.

"It’s rare when a game triggers both feelings of nostalgia and an appreciation of innovative design." Ray Garbee reviews GMT Games' The Last Hundred Yards, giving it a 97% rating! See why Ray asserts that "The interplay of time, casualties and a dynamic cycle of actions and reactions create a decision-rich gaming experience."
Game: Raid on Iran

Publisher: Steve Jackson Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/5/2019 6:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Raid on Iran - Reviewed by "Centurion's Review" blog

Excellent review write up and video produced by David Lent for his "Centurion's Review" blog.

Editor's Note: Finally, someone other than me has given this game some attention! In my opinion, it's one of the most enjoyable games ever produced. Also see my reviews, replays, custom counters and player aids from my days at The Boardgaming Life site.
Game: St. Lo

Publisher: West End Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/4/2019 8:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Quarterdeck is reprinting Joe Balkoski's "St. Lo"!

Quarterdeck International will soon be reprinting Joe Balkoski's classic "St. Lo", originally published by West End Games in 1986. Looking forward to playing this game again... with prettier counters and maps.
Game: A Hard Pounding Fight: The Battle for La Haye Sainte

Publisher: Turning Point Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 8/3/2019 6:40:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Review of "A Hard Pounding Fight: The Battle of La Haye Sainte"

Interesting review and summary of game turn actions, as usual, from the Angry Bunny blog. Ashley Morton has carved out a nice niche for himself reviewing these "pocket battle games" from "Turning Point Simulations" and "Against the Odds", and is performing a real service to the gaming community who otherwise might not hear much about them...

Date: 8/3/2019 6:30:00 PM
Quarterdeck International Games Working on New Version of St. Lo!!

Quarterdeck International Games is working on a reprint of Joe Balkoski's outstanding WWII game "St. Lo". Editor's Note: I'm sure that fans of the original West End Games title would agree that all the game really needs is a face-lift and a few minor rules tweaks here and there. It's an incredibly competitive and fun game to play and I can't wait for the reprint. Sign me up!
Game: Moscow 1941

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/29/2019 5:19:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Moscow 1941, S&T 317 by Decision Games

"...I just have to say (shout actually) ... the system uses my favourite game mechanic ...... untried units!" Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, checks out Decision Games' Moscow 1941. See why he's able to conclude "I can see this getting onto the table again soon…".
Game: Field of Glory: Empires

Series: Field of Glory
Publisher: Slitherine
Game Type: Computer
Date: 7/26/2019 5:15:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Field of Glory: Empires Review

"...I think it just set the standard on how challenging it was to be top dog in the days of Rome." Bill Gray reviews Slitherine's Field of Glory: Empires, ostensibly a Roman era grand strategy game, and yet, as Bill points out, "…the designers have also taken the genre one step beyond."
Game: Marathon 490 BC

Series: Twenty Decisive Battles of the World
Publisher: Turning Point Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/24/2019 5:43:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“With you it rests, Callimachus, either to bring Athens to slavery, or, by securing her freedom, to be remembered by all future generations.” Marathon 490 BC Board Game Review

"...a triumph of simple rules and challenging game play." Rick Martin reviews Turning Point Simulations' Marathon 490 BC, one of their Twenty Decisive Battles of the World series of games. Check out why Rick gives the game a 98% rating, and raves "This is a great game!"
Game: Dewey's Victory: Never Beaten

Publisher: Parker Brothers
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/22/2019 8:00:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
A Plethora of Games for a Splendid Little War: Parker Brothers Invades the Parlor

Susan Asbury presents a short history of Parker Brothers games based upon the Spanish American War and the Filipino Insurrection. Asbury’s essay is one of a series of “Play Stuff Blog” postings hosted by the Strong National Museum of Play.
Game: Thunder in the East - GMT

Series: ETO Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/22/2019 7:25:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Welcome to Frank Chadwick’s ETO Series Team!

"...the opportunity to work with Frank and Alan on a longer-term series project is definitely something that’s been on my personal bucket list...". Gene Billingsley has a surprise announcement regarding Thunder in the East, which will now be available from GMT Games! Get the details (including limited time special pricing) straight from Gene: "…here’s what you can expect from us and from Frank and Alan’s team over the coming months:"
Game: Outpost Gamma

Publisher: Dwarfstar
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/21/2019 12:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Outpost Gamma - Download and Print?

Centurions Review claims that you can legally download and print some games from Dwarfstar, including "Outpost Gamma", an oldie from the 1980's. (Dwarfstar link is included in the article)
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/21/2019 11:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page - Turkish Army

At long last the Turkish Army and AFSOUTH enter the fray! Variant counters shared by Chris Selman.
Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/20/2019 4:26:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Falling Sky - Replay of the "The Great Revolt" scenario

"Another exciting scenario in my COIN series favorite game - Falling Sky. Enjoy epic struggle in The Great War (52 BC) set-up!" Review of The Great Revolt (52 BC) scenario by the good folk at Boardgames Chronicle.
Game: One Small Step

Publisher: Academy Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/20/2019 2:09:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
One Small Step - Video Preview

Kevin reviews a prototype copy of "One Small Step", a current Kickstarter game from Academy Games.
Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit 4

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/19/2019 9:03:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
ASL Starter Kit #4 - Pacific Theater - Review

"Kit 1 gave us infantry, Kit 2, Guns, Kit 3, Tanks and now Kit 4 delivers the ‘Pacific Theater of Operations’ (PTO), which as well as giving us a new Order-of-Battle, introduces the concept of Concealment." Excellent overview of the latest ASL Starter Kit from Multiman Publishing. Review written by Norm Smith for his "Battlefields & Warriors" blog...
Game: Halls of Montezuma

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/19/2019 8:56:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Fate of Mexico in the Balance - Halls of Montezuma Review

Outstanding review of "Halls of Montezuma", written by Ray Garbee for Armchair General.
Game: The Devil's to Pay: The First Day at Gettysburg

Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/13/2019 9:38:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Devil's to Pay - Video Review

Excellent video review by Gilbert Collins, covering the recent release "The Devil's to Pay: The First Day at Gettysburg" designed by Hermann Luttmann and published by Tiny Battle Publishing.
Game: Dual Powers Revolution 1917

Publisher: Thunderworks Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 7/13/2019 3:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Review of Dual Powers - Video Produced by Homo Ludens

"Let's look at a KickStarter game that was shipped a few months ago: Dual Powers - Revolution 1917, designed by Brett Myers and published by Thunderworks Games. A card driven historical game on the Russian Revolution of 1917 that focuses on the struggle between the soviets and the provisional government. We will also explore other games on the subject of the Russian Revolution and Russian civil war." Video produced by Fred Labeste for his Homo Ludens YouTube channel.