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.

Battle of Bosworth 1485

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"…they pushed the boat out for it and splendid it was too." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, reminiscences about a fine reenactment in the pre-Internet dark ages, and his brief wargamer oriented publication on the battle using the stone knives and bear skins tools of the era. Sounds like the creative juices may soon be flowing, since the memory "…has left me wanting to start a small and focused Wars of the Roses project…"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/12/2018


Games vs. History: An exploration of the Battle of Nagashino in war games

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"…even the best planning and research often cannot sidestep the pitfalls of historical memory." Joe Fonseca considers how three different computer wargames approach the Battle of Nagashino during Japan's Warring States period. Joe finds different strengths and weaknesses in each, with his simple recommendation for one of them being: "Boot it up and marvel at the movie-like spectacle."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/7/2018


Downsizing: A table-top primer for converting 15/18mm figures to 10mm

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"…I took the King’s shilling for a long term 10 mm enlistment." Bill Gray takes us on a walk through the miniatures version of downsizing. From the why, to the how, to the result: "If Lenin was right when he said, 'quantity has a quality all its own,' the wargaming Gods are happy right now."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/2/2018


The Wargamer's Guide to 2018

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"This could be a real wargaming gem to see out the year...". Check out a compendium of games still claiming release this year. The article has tidbits on seven upcoming games, like the one that "…will often force you to choose between your men and the mission."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 10/24/2018


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.

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 (Grognard.com) 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.

Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War - In Development (Grognard Enterprises)

The first game from Grognard Enterprises (Grognard.com) 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). Design by Mark D'Agosta. Check in on the info article for the latest info on this game...

More Grognard Originals...


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Latest Challenge

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Game: Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah

Series: Great Battles of the American Civil War
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/19/2018 9:05:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Carroll Burns the Bridge: A Narrative-Style AAR for Death Valley’s Variant Cross Keys Scenario

"There are too many Yankees this time, and too many armed with rifled muskets." William Byrne indulges in a bit of wargamer art as he offers the first installment of a narrative based on a game of GMT Games' Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah. Enter Stonewall Jackson, stage left: “General Ewell, we must push these people. Why is it that half your division is unengaged?”
Publisher: Harvey Mossman

Date: 11/18/2018 10:00:00 PM
FaTDoG Gaming Convention - Friday - Nov 23, 2018

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner and that means it's almost time for FaTDoG 2018!, Long Island's premier board gaming convention, hosted by Harvey Mossman. Expectations are that this year's con will be bigger and better than ever! Visit the FaTDoG site to check out some of the planned amenities and events, and purchase your tickets today!

For those of you who have already made plans to attend, check out Grognard's "FaTDoG Game Scheduler" to schedule your own games, join other gamers' games, or just to see what others are planning to play. (Note: You must be logged in as a registered Grognard.com site visitor in order to use the Scheduler)
Game: Antietam: September 17, 1862

Publisher: Worthington Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/18/2018 1:39:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Antietam: September 17, 1862 - Now on Kickstarter!

Volume I in the "Civil War Brigade Battle Series" by Worthington Publishing. Refight the bloodiest day in American history with this hex and counter classic game. With streamlined mechanics the series rules, and battle specific rules, gamers can refight the Battle of Antietam in 3 to 5 hours...
Game: Mustangs

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/18/2018 1:32:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Variant Rules and Examples by Philip Sabin

The Mustangs system is quick and dramatic, but reflects only very abstractly the real physical dynamics of WW2 fighter combat. Over the past year, Philip Sabin has designed and developed a complete composite variant incorporating ideas and components from other published air combat board games, including his own game "Angels One Five". The result is a much more realistic simulation, but one which retains the simplicity of Mustangs rather than the time-consuming detail of other air combat board games.
Game: We Stand Alone: The Battles of Easy Company

Series: Lock 'n Load Tactical: Heroes of Normandy
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/18/2018 12:41:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Moe's Game Table - Unboxing Video

Unbagging and overview of We Stand Alone from Lock 'N Load Publishing. It's an expansion for Heroes of Normandy from the LnL Tactical series.
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 11/18/2018 9:54:00 AM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#891) for 18-Nov-2018 and the winners for the last Challenge (#890).
Game: 1985: Under an Iron Sky

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/18/2018 9:51:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Partial Replay - Part 1 - (Big Board Gaming)

First installment of a partial replay of "1985: Under an Iron Sky", shared by Kev Sharp on his Big Board Gaming blog.
Publisher: Cyril Jarnot

Date: 11/17/2018 9:25:00 AM
Carrier Battles - Now on Kickstarter!

CARRIER BATTLES 4 DESKTOP is the PC / Mac OSX and, later, IOS and Android portage of the successful iPad/IPhone game CARRIER BATTLES 4 GUADALCANAL, with a large set of extra features and improvements.

Carrier Battles - Now Available on Kickstarter!
Game: Pavlov's House

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/16/2018 8:56:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Battling Shot for Shot to turn the tide of the war at Pavlov’s House. Dan Verssen Games ‘Pavlov’s House’ Board Game Review.

"Pavlov’s House engages you and pulls you into the setting." Ray Garbee reviews Dan Verssen Games' Pavlov’s House: The Battle of Stalingrad for Armchair General, giving it a 96% rating. Find out what aspects of the game allowed Ray to conclude that "…play is straight-forward yet surprisingly dynamic."
Game: Next War: Poland

Series: Next War
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/14/2018 8:53:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
A Comprehensive Look at a Nightmare Scenario. Next War Poland Game Review

"The strategic options in this game are fascinating." Rick Martin reviews GMT Games' Next War Poland for Armchair General, giving it a 96% rating. Check out a game that offers different levels of player immersion, which, combined with the strategic options, create a package with lots of "…variations which are guaranteed to please many gamers interested in modern warfare."
Game: Mongoose vs. King Cobra: Indian Ocean Carrier Raid Apr 42

Publisher: Lou Coatney
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/12/2018 6:11:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Lou Coatney: Free Print & Play Game

A new free and very playable boardgame from designer Lou Coatney, adding to his other naval boardgames on CoatneyHistory. Thanks to Lou for sharing another educational game.
Game: Berthier Campaign Manager

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Game Type: Computer
Date: 11/12/2018 10:04:00 AM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Berthier Campaign Manager v9.13 (Free Software)

Release 9.13 introduces a number of small incremental improvements to Berthier Campaign Manager. See the README file that is included in the download for full details. Shared by developer Tony De Lyall
Game: Battle for Stalingrad

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/12/2018 9:55:00 AM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Battle for Stalingrad - Review (PDF)

Review of "Battle for Stalingrad", written by Jerrold Thomas for Moves magazine (Issue #56). Thanks to Christian LeBlanc for sharing this outstanding classic review.
Game: Corsair Leader

Series: Air Leader
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/9/2018 9:46:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Unleash Your Inner Black Sheep! DVG’s “Corsair Leader” Game Review

"These rules work great and really give the player the feel of dogfight combat." Rick Martin reviews Dan Verssen Games' Corsair Leader for Armchair General, giving it a 98% rating! Check out why Rick, a serious connoisseur of air battle games, exclaims: "The box is hefty and so packed full of goodness that you could drop it on a bunker to take it out!"
Game: Fighting Formations: Grossdeutschland Motorized Infantry Division

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/7/2018 10:04:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Fighting Formations: Unboxing Video

Unboxing of both the base game and expansion of Fighting Formations.
Game: ETO

Series: ETO Series
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/5/2018 12:24:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
We're on a Mission: Air Missions in ETO

"…how do you use the other tools in your Air Missions toolbox?" Alan Emrich shines a light on the possibilities offered by less commonly used Air Mission types in Victory Point Games' ETO, their European World War II monster game project. He includes sometimes very practical advice: "…many gamers, snake bit by dice, fly pairs of white lightning bolt CAS missions as prudent 'bad luck insurance.'"
Game: Winter Thunder: The Battle of the Bulge

Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/4/2018 4:06:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Winter Thunder: A New Old Game

Game designer, Brian Train, provides some history and designer notes for his Winter Thunder: The Battle of the Bulge division level game.
Game: Winter Thunder: The Battle of the Bulge

Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/4/2018 3:54:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Action Point 1 and 2

In this two part article in The Players’ Aid blog, Grant provides a detailed description of the mechanics used in this revision of Autumn Mist: The Battle of the Bulge from Fiery Dragon Games. Grant calls Winter Thunder “...a very approachable and playable game...” that provides “...a very unique take on the Battle of the Bulge and is an enjoyable play experience...” Several comments from the game’s designer, Brian Train, appear at the end of the Action Point 2 article.
Game: Carrier Battles 4 Desktop

Publisher: Cyril Jarnot
Game Type: Computer
Date: 11/4/2018 3:41:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Carrier Battles 4 Desktop - Now on Kickstarter!

Carrier Battles for Desktop is the PC/Mac portage of the successful iPad/iPhone game "Carrier Battles 4 Guadalcanal, with a large set of extra features and improvements. Support the game on Kickstarter...
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/4/2018 12:34:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page - Norwegian Army

Cold weather sets in, the Artic Circle heats up. The re-vamped Norwegian Army deploys in Finnmark and the fjords. Variant counters shared by Chris Selman.
Game: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! - Kursk 1943

Series: Conflict of Heroes Series
Publisher: Academy Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/3/2018 1:03:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel 3rd Edition Rules!

Academy Games CEO Uwe Eickert goes through the changes to the new Conflict of Heroes 3rd Edition Rules, why they changed them, current trends in military philosophy, and how they were implemented in the game. He then goes through several turns of the game to show the speed of play and how the changes to the rules affect strategy and gameplay. Excellent resource for fans of the game...
Game: Great War Commander

Publisher: Hexasim
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/3/2018 12:51:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Great War Commander: Review

As Keith, writing for WargameHQ, says, "Great War Commander transports GMT's Combat Commander back in time". Excellent and coherent review and opinion piece.
Publisher: Revolution Games

Date: 11/1/2018
Revolution Games - November Sale

Check out the Revolution Games November Sale starting tomorrow, November 1st!
Game: For the People

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/31/2018 8:38:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Grappling with the Anaconda’s coils in GMT Games ‘For the People’. Board Game Review.

"It’s a well-executed game that has stood the test of time." Ray Garbee reviews the revised reprint edition of Mark Herman's GMT Games edition of 'For the People' for Armchair General, giving it a 98% rating! Ray provides a balanced analysis, as well as some insights into how the game "…does a great job of covering features of the war that receive less focus."
Game: Night Fight: Solitaire East Front Tactics

Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 10/30/2018 7:05:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Night Fight: Solitaire East Front Tactics

Decision Games has added a VASSAL module for their Night Fight: Solitaire East Front Tactics game. VASSAL is an engine for building and playing Internet-capable versions of turn-based, human-vs-human games. Decision Games has VASSAL modules for many of their games and hundreds of games are available for internet play at the VASSAL web site (http://www.vassalengine.org/index.php).