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.

Interview with John Poniske Designer of Flanks of Gettysburg from Compass Games

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John Poniske is a prolific designer and we have enjoyed several of his games including Revolution Road from Compass Games, Plains Indian Wars from GMT Games (as yet unreleased but nearing completion), Bleeding Kansas from Decision Games, Hearts and Minds from Worthington Games and Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars 1845-1872 from Legion Wargames. The Players Aid talk to him about his design philosophy and his upcoming game, Flanks of Gettysburg to be published by Compass Games.

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 1/6/2021

Warlord Epic ACW - painting and comparing

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"...this post is going to look at what it might mean to my wargames table...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, checks out a sample of the new Epic Battles: American Civil War miniatures from Warlord Games. Check out why Norm feels he can give the product "…a big thumbs up, another area of choice for the customer and in our relatively small hobby…".

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/6/2021

A Brief History of Naval Wargames

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Kyle Mizokami gives a brief history behind the US Navy’s use of war games on the US Naval Institute’s News page. These games have played an important role in US Navy strategy and tactics. “After the war, Admiral Nimitz was to remark, “The war with Japan had been reenacted in the game rooms at the Naval War College by so many people and in so many different ways, that nothing that happened during the war was a surprise . . . absolutely nothing except the kamikaze tactics toward the end of the war; we had not visualized these.”…”

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 1/4/2021

Marengo 1800

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"...Marengo, the putative victory that cemented Napoleon's hold on power." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another one of his exquisite battle illuminations. This time, an engagement with a role on the path of power: "Bonaparte realized that if he were to retain his dictatorial powers, he had to deliver victory and a satisfactory end to the war."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/1/2021

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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.

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman

Is there such a thing as a "Perfect Opening Move" in any of GMT's COIN Series games? Mark D. shares his idea of a "perfect" opening turn for the Romans in Falling Sky. Enjoy.

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

I'm finally getting to play this game, and am looking forward to it. There are a decent amount of "special rules" and restrictions that apply to either the Axis or Soviet player, depending on which turn it is. Rather than flipping back and forth in the rule book, I made a quick & dirty cheat sheet for myself which I have been using, and thought I'd share it. If anyone sees anything that's incorrect, please let me know via email at mark at grognard dot com. (updated 4/11/2020 to include rules for ignoring Rivers - Axis only on Turn 1; both sides on Turn 2)

French "Low Density" Blues in Ici c'est la France!

Brief strategy article written by Mark D. that explains the concept of "Troop Density" and examines how that level can have a big impact on French and FLN play in the early stages of the game. Ici c'est la France! was designed by Kim Kanger and published by Legion Wargames in 2009. Outstanding game!

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Game: Old School Tactical
Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Series: Old School Tactical
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Shayne Logan

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 7
Date: 1/4/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Old School Tactical - Noville, Belgium ‘44

"...the scene is set and from the outset we get a sense of drama, which this tactical WWII boardgame system is good at delivering." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has some rule insights and a fun replay of the "The Bigger They Come" scenario from Flying Pig Games' Old School Tactical. In a hot slice of Battle of the Bulge action, the Germans and Americans have desperate moments: "Ouch - that desperate gamble failed."
Article ID: 6
Date: 7/15/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Campaign files for the OST mini campaign.

"I was left wondering whether the [KV-1] was too dominant...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, concludes his East Front mini campaign using Flying Pig Games' Old School Tactical, and offers a free PDF download so others can play the action. He provides some further insights into balance and playability, and achieving historically validated circumstances: "The campaign becomes more honest when sides have to deal with what they meet, with what they have."
Article ID: 5
Date: 7/13/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Part 4 (final) OST east front mini campaign

"If there was writing on the wall, it would likely say ‘Quantity has a quality of its own’! We shall see." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, launches into Part 4 of his mini campaign East Front action with Flying Pig Games' Old School Tactical. Is the balance of the engagement beginning to tip? And, "What of that KV-1 that has been such a persistent feature in this campaign?"
Article ID: 4
Date: 7/10/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Part 3 OST east front mini campaign

"Then comes an early moment of crisis as the Germans roll very low...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, continues his mini campaign East Front action with Flying Pig Games' Old School Tactical. Things are looking rough for the Germans, then their luck seems to turn: "A German rifle section seizes the opportunity to leap to their feet intending to cross the field and attack the broken unit ... but they run straight into a minefield!"
Article ID: 3
Date: 7/3/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Part 2 OST east front mini campaign

"...the position up ahead had a dug in KV-1, living up to its reputation of being a tough adversary." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, continues his mini campaign East Front skirmish with Flying Pig Games' Old School Tactical. Lots of action here. Who's getting the upper hand? "As the Germans edged into the village, both sides were becoming stretched."
Article ID: 2
Date: 7/1/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
OST Campaign East Front 1942

"Frantic fighting now starts, with all command focused on this small sector." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, begins a mini campaign game with Flying Pig Games Old School Tactical. Despite this being just the first session, things get interesting quickly: "This local firefight is hanging in the balance, but the KV-1 is holding out and proving a tough nut to crack."
Article ID: 1
Date: 3/2/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Old School Tactical - Tiger I v T-34 performance

Over time, Battlefields & Warriors blog has looked at several tactical systems from the perspective of Gun / Penetration interpretation using these two vehicles as a benchmark and in this article Norm Smith will be taking Old School Tactical (OST) for a spin...