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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Charles S. Roberts Award - Hall of Fame

Charles S. Roberts Award - Hall of Fame

The Charles S. Roberts Award


Charles S. Roberts, in whose name this award is given, invented the modern wargame industry virtually single-handedly. As a designer and original owner-operator of Avalon Hill, he was responsible for the creation of the first modern wargame, including many of the developments, such as the Combat Results Table (CRT), which were later to become commonplace. When the debts of Roberts' fledgling company mounted, he sold the operation to one of his most serious creditors, his printer, Monarch, who continued operating the company until selling it to the toy and game conglomerate, Hasbro in 1998. Roberts himself designed the following groundbreaking games (given in order of publication), several of which have become known as "the Avalon Hill Classics":

  • Tactics, 1952 (republished 1983)
  • Tactics II, 1958 (republished 1961, 1972)
  • Gettysburg, 1958 (republished 1961, 1964)
  • U-Boat, 1959 (republished 1961)
  • Verdict, 1959 (republished 1960)
  • Chancellorsville, 1961
  • Civil War, 1961
  • D-Day, 1961
  • Dispatcher, 1961
  • Nieuchess, 1961
  • Bismarck, 1962
  • Afrika Korps, 1964 (republished 1965, 1977)

Winners of the Charles S. Roberts Hall of Fame Award
also known as the Clausewitz Award


Charles S. Roberts Award Individual Winners Details

1974 Don Turnbull

Designs include:
  • Schweinfurt (Cranwell House)
Developer for:
  • Kingmaker (AH)

1975 James F. Dunnigan

Designs include:
  • 1914, 1968
  • 1914 revision kit
  • 1918
  • Agincourt
  • American Civil War
  • American Revolution
  • Ardennes Offensive
  • Barbarossa
  • Bastogne (I)
  • Battle for France
  • Battle for Germany
  • Battle of Moscow
  • Battles of Bull Run
  • Berlin 85
  • Blitzkrieg module system
  • Breakout & pursuit
  • Brusilov Offensive
  • Bulge
  • Bull run
  • CA
  • Canadian Civil War
  • Chicago Chicago!
  • Combat Command
  • Combined arms
  • Complete Wargames Handbook
  • Crete (I & II)
  • Dallas
  • Demons
  • Deployment
  • Desert War
  • Destruction of Army Group Center
  • East is Red, The
  • El Alamein
  • Empires of the Middle Ages
  • Fast Carriers, The
  • Fifth Corps
  • Firefight
  • Flying Circus
  • Flying Fortress
  • Foxbat and Phantom
  • France 1940, 1972
  • Franco-Prussian War, The
  • Frigate
  • Fulda gap
  • Global War
  • Grenadier
  • Invasion: America
  • Italy
  • Jutland, 1967
  • Kampfpanzer
  • Korea
  • Leipzig
  • Lost Battles
  • Mech War '77
  • Men at Arms
  • Minuteman
  • Moscow Campaign
  • NATO
  • NATO Division Commander
  • Napoleon at Waterloo
  • Napoleon at Waterloo Expansion
  • Next War, The
  • Normandy
  • Oil war
  • Operation Olympic
  • Origins of World War II, The
  • Outdoor Survival
  • Panzer '44
  • Panzerarmee Afrika
  • Panzerblitz
  • Panzerblitz minigame
  • Panzergruppe Guderian
  • Patrol!
  • Plot to Assassinate Hitler
  • Red Star/White Star (I)
  • Revolt in the East
  • Russian Civil War
  • S&T 019: Blitzkrieg Module System
  • S&T Book I (Issues 1-6)
  • S&T Book II (Issues 7-12)
  • S&T Book III (Issues 13-15)
  • S&T Book IV (Issues 16-18)
  • S&T Special Editions 1: Strategic Weapon Survey
  • Scrimmage
  • Sinai
  • Sixth Fleet
  • Sniper!
  • Solomons Campaign
  • Spitfire
  • Strategy I
  • Strike Force 1
  • Tactical Game 3
  • Tank!
  • Tank! expansion
  • Tannenberg (I)
  • Timetripper
  • Turning point
  • USN
  • Up Against the Wall Motherf***er
  • Wacht am Rhein
  • War in Europe (including War in the West and War in the East (2nd edition))
  • War in the East (1st edition)
  • War in the Pacific
  • Wolfpack
  • World War 3
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Wreck of the Pandora
  • Wurzburg
  • Year of the Rat
(Co-founder of SPI.)

1976 Tom Shaw

Designs include:
  • Air Empire, 1961
  • Baseball Strategy, 1973
  • Battle of the Bulge '64, 1964, with L. Pinsky
  • Bismarck, 1962, with Charles S. Roberts
  • Blitzkrieg, 1965, with L. Pinsky
  • Blitzkrieg, 1975, with L. Pinsky
  • C&O, B&O, 1960
  • Football Strategy, 1972
  • Kriegspiel, 1970
  • Le Mans, 1961, Tom Shaw
  • Stalingrad, 1963, with L. Schutz
  • Stalingrad, 1974, with L. Schutz
  • Waterloo, 1962, with L. Schutz
(Directed operations at Avalon Hill for decades.)

1977 Redmond Simonsen

Designs include:
  • After the Holocaust
  • Battlefleet Mars
  • Creature that Ate New York, The
  • Dixie
  • Dragonslayer
  • Sorcerer
  • Starforce
  • Strategy I
  • Strike force 1
  • Worldkiller
  • StarForce Trilogy
Developed:
  • Austerlitz (I)
  • Blitzkrieg Module System
  • Combat Command
  • Empires of the Middle Ages
  • Flying Fortress (2nd edition)
  • Battle for France
  • Korea (2nd edition)
  • Napoleon at Waterloo (2nd and 3rd editions)
  • Normandy (2nd edition)
  • Revolt in the East
  • Panzerblitz minigame
  • Spies!
  • Tannenberg (I)
  • Tower of Azann
  • Twelve O'clock High
(Credited with Graphic Design for nearly every SPI game ever made.)

1978 John Hill

Designs include:
  • Battle For Hue
  • Battle for Stalingrad
  • Eastern Front Tank Leader, 1986
  • Johnny Reb
  • Squad Leader
  • Tank Leader

1979 David C. Isby

Designs include:
  • Air War
  • Air War 80
  • Crusader
  • Great War in the East
  • Marengo
  • Mukden
  • Soldiers
  • Tannenberg (II)
  • To the Green Fields Beyond, 1978

1980 E. Gary Gygax

Designs include:
  • Dangerous Journeys
  • Dangerous Journeys: Necropolis
  • Dungeonmasters Guide
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Monster Manual
  • Players Handbook

1981 Marc W. Miller

Designs include:
  • 1942
  • Fifth Frontier War
  • Invasion: Earth

1983 Steve Jackson

Designs include:
  • Battlecars
  • Car Wars
  • Car Wars Deluxe
  • Car wars: the Card Game
  • Citadel of Chaos,The
  • Deluxe Car Wars
  • Dino Hunt
  • Dino Jagd
  • Game Design Vol 1: Theory & Practice
  • GEV
  • GURPS
  • Hacker
  • Hexenmeister vom flammenden Berg, Der
  • Illuminati
  • Illuminati: New World Order
  • Into the Labyrinth
  • Killer
  • Melee
  • Mini Car Wars
  • Monsters! Monsters!
  • Murphy 's Rules
  • Ogre
  • Owl & Weasel
  • Raid on Iran
  • Wizard

1984 Frank Chadwick

Designs include:
  • 1940
  • En Garde
  • House Divided, A
  • Lobositz
  • Twilight: 2000, 1990
  • Volley & Bayonet

1986 Lou Zocchi

Designs include:
  • Battle of Britain Revision Kit, 1970
  • Luftwaffe

1987 Richard Berg

Designs include:
  • 13: The Colonies in Revolt (S&T-TSR)
  • 1862 (SD)
  • 1863 (GMT)
  • Africanus
  • Baton Rouge (S&T-3W)
  • Battle for North Africa
  • Battles of Waterloo
  • Birth of a Nation (3W)
  • Blackbeard (Avalon Hill)
  • Bloody April (SPI)
  • Campaign for North Africa (SPI)
  • Chancellorsville (Clash of Arms)
  • Chicken of the Sea (GPG)
  • Conquerors (including The Macedonians and The Romans), The
  • Conquistador, 1983 (SPI, AH)
  • Consul for Rome
  • Corinth (SPI)
  • Crusades, The, 1978
  • Dead of Winter (SD)
  • Desert Fox, The (SPI)
  • Devil's Horsemen, The, 1998
  • Diadochoi
  • Dictator
  • Druid (West End Games)
  • Famous Victory, A (MiH)
  • Fields of Glory (MiH)
  • First Blood (SD)
  • Freedom in the Galaxy
  • Geronimo, 1995 (Avalon Hill)
  • Gleam of Bayonets, A (SPI-TSR)
  • Glory
  • Gondor (SPI)
  • Great Battles of Alexander Deluxe Edition, The
  • Great Battles of Alexander, The
  • Great Battles of Julius Caesar, The
  • Guns of Cedar Creek, The (SD)
  • Hastings, 1066 (S&T-TSR)
  • Hooker and Lee (SPI)
  • Horse Soldiers, The (S&T-3W)
  • Juggernaut
  • Julius Caesar (TSR-SPI)
  • Kingdom for a Horse, 1998
  • Lion of the North
  • Manchu (S&T-3W)
  • Murfreesboro (Yaquinto)
  • Pyrrhic Victory
  • Rebel Sabers (SPI-TSR)
  • Rio Grande (S&T/DG)
  • SPI Baseball, 1980 (SPI)
  • SPI Football, 1980 (SPI)
  • SPQR
  • Samurai
  • Shiloh (West End Games)
  • Shogun Triumphant (XTR)
  • Sideshow (S&T-3W)
  • Siege of Constantinople, 1978
  • Soldiers of the Queen (S&T-TSR)
  • South Mountain (West End Games)
  • Terrible Swift Sword (1st Ed, SPI; 2nd Ed, TSR)
  • Three Days of Gettysburg, The
  • Vera Cruz (SPI)
  • War Elephant
  • War Galley
  • War of the Rebellion (DG)
  • War of the Ring

1988 Ty Bomba

Designs include:
  • Blitzkrieg '41

1989 Joseph Balkoski

Designs include:
  • Against the Reich
  • Atlantic Wall
  • Cityfight
  • DMZ
  • Fighting Sail
  • Fleet: Fifth Fleet
  • Fleet: Second Fleet
  • Fleet: Seventh Fleet
  • Fleet: Sixth Fleet
  • Fleet: Third Fleet
  • Here come the Rebels!
  • Kaiser's Battle, The
  • Korean War
  • Lee vs Grant
  • Ney vs. Wellington
  • Omaha Beachhead
  • Operation Grenade
  • Patton's Third Army
  • Pennant Race
  • Roads to Gettysburg
  • St. Lo
  • Stonewall Jackson 's Way
  • Stonewall in the Valley
  • Task Force
  • Up Scope!

1990 Jack Greene

Designs include:
  • Destroyer Captain
  • Ironbottom Sound
  • Royal Navy, The

1991 Mark Herman

Designs include:
  • Aegean Strike
  • Battles of Alexander the Great,The
  • Consul for Rome
  • Flashpoint Golan
  • For the People
  • France 1944
  • Gulf Strike
  • Lion of the North
  • Pacific War
  • Peloponnesian War
  • S.P.Q.R.
  • War Elephant
  • War Galley
  • We the People
  • We the People: Expansion Cards

1993 Dean Essig

Designs include:
  • Afrika
  • Ardennes
  • Bloody 110
  • Circus Minimus
  • Crusader
  • DAK I & II
  • Embrace an Angry Wind
  • Enemy at the Gates
  • Force Eagle's War
  • Gazala
  • Guderian's Blitzkrieg I & II
  • In their Quiet Fields I & II
  • Sicily
  • Stalingrad Pocket II
  • Tunisia

Developed:

  • Austerlitz
  • Black Wednesday
  • Burma
  • Drive on Paris
  • Fallschirmjager
  • GD'40
  • Hunters from the Sky
  • Leros
  • The Mighty Endeavor
  • Operation Michael
  • Stalingrad Pocket I
  • Yom Kippur


1995 Command magazine

Designs include:
  • 1914: Glory's End
  • 1918: Storm in the West
  • Across the Potomac
  • Alexandros
  • Antietam
  • Balkan Hell
  • Blitzkrieg '41
  • Blitzkrieg 1940 (France & BeNeLux)
  • Blood & Iron (Koniggratz 1866)
  • Budapest '45
  • Bunker Hill
  • Chaco
  • Chattanooga
  • Cortes: Conquest of the Aztec Empire
  • Czechoslovakia '38
  • Desert Storm: The Mother of All Battles
  • End of Empire
  • Gettysburg
  • Guderian's Gambit
  • Hamburger Hill / Operation Solace (Vietnam)
  • Hoorah! The Battle of Pittsburgh (ACW
  • Hougomont: Rock of Waterloo
  • I am Spartacus
  • Inchon: MacArthur's Gambit
  • Jutland
  • Kadesh
  • Krim: Von Manstein in the Crimea
  • Like Lions They Fought
  • Lion of Ethiopia
  • Perfidious Albion
  • Port Arthur (+major Plan 1919 variant for issue 16)
  • Proud Monster (Barbarossa) (Mini-Monster)
  • Rommel at Gazala
  • SS Panzer
  • Samurai Sunset
  • Sea Lion/Yarmuk
  • Second Front Now (ViN system)/The Alamo
  • Shogun Triumphant (Sekigahara)
  • Sunrise of Victory
  • Tet '68
  • The Battle of Buena Vista/Moscow Burning
  • The Great War in Europe (Mini-Monster)
  • The Great War in the Near East (expands issue 33)
  • Tomorrow the World, 2nd Ed. (Mini-Monster)
  • Victory at Midway
  • Warmaster Chess 2000
  • Wave of Terror: The Battle of the Bulge (Mini-Monster)
  • When Eagles Fight (WWI East Front)
  • When Tigers Fight (China/Burma 1944)

1996 Chris Perello

XTR Business Manager and Managing Editor, Command Magazine


1997 Dave Powell

Designs include:
  • August Fury
  • Austerlitz
  • A Fearful Slaughter
  • Gaines Mill
  • Malvern Hill
  • Marengo
  • No Better Place to Die
  • Objective: Schmidt
  • Omaha
  • Perryville
  • Seven Pines
  • This Hallowed Ground
  • This Terrible Sound
  • Thunder at the Crossroads I & II

Developed:

  • Champion Hill

1998 Vance von Borries

Designs include:
  • Barbarossa: Army Group Center, 1941
  • Barbarossa: Army Group South, 1941
  • Decision at Kasserine
  • Hellfire Pass
  • Invasion: Sicily
  • O'Connor's Offensive
  • Race for Tunis
  • Typhoon! Drive to Moscow