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.

Why Does America Need Aircraft Carriers? Ask Hitler and Mussolini.

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Michael Peck, writing for the National Interest, makes the case for keeping a strong U.S. Navy carrier force intact...


Kaliningrad Fires is war, but no game

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Semantics, semantics! Rex Brynen has a tart comment or two about Kaliningrad Fires, the first of a series of what The Strategy Bridge bills as a series of wargames. Per Rex, "…it isn’t really a wargame at all."


Forgotten Theatres of World War 2

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"… I think that they should be transposed over into the virtual medium we call gaming." Sean Couture considers two "unsung" campaigns of World War II which, in his opinion, have only been addressed by games that were "…sadly superficial at best." A couple of interesting choices!


New magazines to discover this month!

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New magazine for this month. Some solo games included and information about upcoming wargames. Happy reading!


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.

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.

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 2

Continuing with the full campaign game of "The U.S. Civil War". We have completed 5 full turns, i.e. through the Spring 1862 turn, and the Confederates are still hanging in there. This is the second installment, penned by Mark D. for Grognard.com, which covers game turns 3, 4 and 5.

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 1

We started a new campaign game of "The U.S. Civil War" last Sunday and I'm going to attempt to submit a brief replay summary each week. This first installment, penned by Mark D. for Grognard.com, covers the first two turns of the game (Summer 1861)

Grognard.com: No Safe Harbor Review

Mark D. pens a review of Paul Rohrbaugh's "No Safe Harbor: The Raid on Darwin", published by Against the Odds/LPS.

More Grognard Originals...


Grognard Challenge

Latest Challenge

Have a look at the graphics for the latest Challenge and see past solutions and contest winners.

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Game: The Punic Wars: Rome vs Carthage, 264-146 BC

Publisher: SPI
Date: 5/26/2017 11:16:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Punic Wars - Player Aid Card

Punic Wars S&T #53 charts from the map now on a Player Aid Card for ease of reference. Great for aging eyes! Shared by Stephen Oliver.
Game: La Bataille Pour Prusse 1806

Series: La Bataille Series
Publisher: Marshal Enterprises
Date: 5/26/2017 9:20:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Fall 2017 Release - La Bataille Pour Prusse 1806

Marshal Enterprises (ME) is proud to announce that its Fall 2017 release will be La Bataille Pour Prusse 1806. This eight map extravaganza will have five different battles recreating the primary contests of the Fall 1806 campaign in Saxony between Prussia and the Empire of the French, all in one box. It is the first time all the major battles of the 1806 campaign have been brought together in one publication.
Game: Napoleon Saga

Publisher: Oeuf Cube Editions
Date: 5/26/2017 9:10:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Napoleon Saga: Waterloo - Now on Kickstarter!

A 2 player tactical board/card game of Napoleonic warfare during the first Empire. You are the Emperor Napoleon or the Duke of Wellington and you will strive to rout the opposing Army by eliminating enemy units and achieving secret objectives. Use your Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery to drive back the first line of your opponent, outflank him to attack his reserve and break his army's morale. Support this Kickstarter campaign...
Game: Wings of Glory

Series: Wings of Glory
Publisher: Ares Games
Date: 5/26/2017 7:41:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Wings of Glory’s Battle of Britain expansion has taken flight!

"...most replay-ability of any game on the market..." Rick Martin gives high marks (an Armchair General 99% rating!) to the Ares Games' Wings of Glory World War 2 Battle of Britain Starter Set expansion. He especially likes the realism and simplicity: "…the player who shot at the target may not know how much damage he actually did to his target."
Game: Nordkapp

Publisher: TSR
Date: 5/24/2017 8:30:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
A Look at Nord Kapp: World War III in the Arctic Circle

Would you "…opt to give up equipment for the sake of speed"? Brad, of Hexsides and Hand Grenades, looks at SPI's Nord Kapp and its accompanying Strategy & Tactics article (from 1983!). He's building up to a playthrough, and is analyzing his options: "To win the game, the Soviet player needs to control airbases. Territory itself is of little concern."
Game: Albion 20

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Date: 5/22/2017 4:30:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Dave McKenna’s After Action Report for Albion 20

What if France invaded England? Mike McKenna provides an answer in this After Action Report. Albion 20 is the third in the 20 series from Victory Point Games.
Game: Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars

Series: Great Politicians Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 5/22/2017 8:31:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Unleashing Hell: Redeployment Rules in Pericles

"… you can do that?" Designer Mark Herman addresses questions raised by players of his GMT Games' Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars. Redeployment rules have created some consternation, but Mark shows how those rules fit into the big picture of a proper simulation: "…the redeployment rules are by intent very flexible..."
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 5/21/2017 12:15:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#813) for 21-May-2017 and the winners for the last Challenge (#812).
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 5/20/2017 8:43:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The LANDJUT is now active!

Danes and Germans and the 9th Light Infantry Division. More goodies for "Assault" shared by Chris Selman.
Game: English Civil War

Publisher: Ageod
Date: 5/19/2017 8:36:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: This Accursed (English) Civil War . . . Game

"Infantry is now Sir Miles Hobart's Regiment of Parliamentary Foot or Sir Thomas Tyldesley's Regiment of Royalist." Bill Gray checks out AGEOD's English Civil War, which he considers an "…excellent piece of historical simulation that is fun to boot." With, however, one major caveat: "It simply seems time for an overhaul to make the engine more compliant with modern hardware and OS."
Game: System 7 Napoleonics

Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 5/17/2017 9:04:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
A Look Back at System 7 Napoleonics & Dragon Magazine

“See! See! We once walked the earth as gods!” Jim Owczarski has some whimsical thoughts about one of TSR's stabs at wargaming, System 7 Napoleonics, and those early days of our favorite industry. In the end, "… the gamers who had committed themselves to the little lead men would not be wooed."
Game: Amerika

Publisher: Historical Board Gaming
Date: 5/16/2017 9:10:00 PM
Poster: Yannick Stoneage
Review of a Historical board gaming about a "What if" scenario in the second war.

Nazis to the left of me, Imperial Japanese to the right, here I am: Stuck in the middle with you! Join Cody as he takes a look at this alternate history scenario wargame from Historical Board Gaming, and learns how to protect his Los Alamos in the process.
Game: Airborne Assault: Highway to the Reich

Series: Airborne Assault
Publisher: Matrix Games
Date: 5/16/2017 6:30:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Jason Ocampo reviews Airborne Assault: Highway To The Reich

Jason Ocampo reviews this computer war game (8.1 on a 10 point scale) for the Gamespot game review site. Like its predecessor, Airborne Assault: Red Devils Over Arnhem, this is an operational level, order-guided, real time game that uses a hex-free map! “Panther Games created an exciting new game play system that's the closest we've come to experiencing what it's like to be a real general...a rich, rewarding game and a great example of how the designers are using the PC to push war gaming into new and exciting directions.”
Game: Airborne Assault: Red Devils Over Arnhem

Series: Airborne Assault
Publisher: Battlefront.com
Date: 5/16/2017 4:47:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Tom Chick reviews Airborne Assault: Red Devils Over Arnhem

Tom Chick reviews this computer war game for the Gamespot game review site. This is an operational level, order-guided, real time game that uses a hex-free map! Rated 8.1 out of 10, and “a must-have for anyone who wants to see how the genre can move beyond the conventions of turn-based, chit-based wargaming.”
Game: '65: Squad-Level Combat in the Jungles of Vietnam

Series: Mark H. Walker's '65
Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Date: 5/16/2017
Poster: Yannick Stoneage
A review of the kickstarte game in 2015

Review of a Kickstarter game in 2015. A squad level, tactical game about the early battles of the Vietnam war, from la Drang to Operation Starlight, and most everything between
Game: Panzer Battles: 11th Panzer on the Chir River

Series: Standard Game Series
Publisher: Multi-Man Publishing
Date: 5/15/2017 7:04:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Panzer Battles: 11th Panzer on the Chir River After Action Report

E. R. Bickford presents an After Action Report for this nail-biter scenario from Multi-Man Publishing’s Panzer Battles: 11th Panzer on the Chir River. The battle to secure the Chir River bridgehead is presented in a slide show format with musical accompaniment.
Game: Steel Division: Normandy '44

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Date: 5/15/2017 9:31:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
From the Frontline: An Interview with Steel Division Developer Eugen Systems

"The combat system has been redesigned to feel more visceral, more realistic." Joe Robinson interviews Alexis Le Dressay of Eugen Systems, developer of Steel Division: Normandy '44. It seems proximity was helpful: "Eugen System’s office is only a few hours drive from the beaches of Normandy!"
Game: TravelBattle Battle

Series: Battle in a box
Publisher: Perry Miniatures
Date: 5/12/2017 1:06:00 PM
Poster: Yannick Stoneage
TravelBattle tabletop wargame

Pretty miniatures in a small format wargame box. Great 3D maps and a lot to paint eventually. More expansions to come.
Game: Rise of Totalitarianism

Publisher: Luca Cammisa
Date: 5/11/2017 10:45:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Rise of Totalitarianism - New from Luca Cammisa

"War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength". Rise of Totalitarianism, designed by Luca Cammisa, is a card-driven strategy game, reproducing the ideological conflicts and political struggles that led to the establishment of totalitarian dictatorships in Europe throughout the 1920s and 1930s. The game covers the period 1919-1933 and is designed for three players. Each takes the role of one of the three Ideologies – Social-Democracy, Fascism and Communism – that struggled for power. Available from the Game Crafters...
Game: Tank on Tank: Digital

Series: Tank on Tank
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 5/11/2017 10:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Tank On Tank Digital is Now Available on Steam!

Tank on Tank Digital brings World War II tactical ground combat to your computer screen! Command tanks across the Western Front with supporting infantry, artillery, and air support. Based on the popular Peter Bogdasarian design, this cutting-edge digital version presents a low complexity, easy-to-learn game that will provide hours of fun, or a quick scratch of your wargaming itch. You can get it at https://goo.gl/71mXFp...
Game: Arbela

Series: Twenty Decisive Battles
Publisher: Turning Point Simulations
Date: 5/10/2017 9:12:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Arbela – Richard Berg’s compelling new war game!

Does your encounter come down to "Shock Combat"? Rick Martin reviews Turning Point Simulations' Arbela, by design legend Richard Berg. Perhaps it's no surprise that Rick gives it an Armchair General 94% rating, and concludes that the game "…deserves to be on the book shelf of anyone interested in the battles of the ancient world."
Game: Won by the Sword

Series: Great Campaigns of the Thirty Years War
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 5/8/2017 10:26:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Quick Looks: Won by the Sword

[Forage] leads to double think, moral ambiguity (a great feature in any game) and high tension gambits. Simon Lestrade muses on GMT Games' Won by the Sword, a Thirty Years War simulation that really gets down to the nitty-gritty. After some rules patches, Simon is still of a divided mind: "…it still rides like a bike with two missing gears but it's probably the most innovative and insightful design to hit the scene in the past 10 years."
Game: Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Date: 5/7/2017 6:20:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
20th Anniversary Edition of Mark Simonitch's Hannibal & Hamilcar on Kickstarter!

Based on Mark Simonovitch’s game Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage Phalanx is preparing a 20 year Anniversary Edition that includes a new game, Hannibal & Hamilcar and two mini-expansions. Game play and components including 16 miniatures have been upgraded making the game faster and easier than the original. The link includes a detailed synopsis of designer notes for Hannibal & Hamilcar , covering the history of the design effort.
Game: Lock 'n Load: Heroes of the Motherland

Series: Lock 'n Load Tactical Series
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 5/6/2017 7:06:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Lock 'n Load Tactical: Heroes of the Motherland VASSAL Module v2.0

Link to the LnLP Official Heroes of the Motherland v2.0 Vassal Module. See the new counter look, now with rounded corners and light shading. The maps and counters are all larger hi-res digital images designed to match the boardgame contents, which makes them all easier to see and read...
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 5/5/2017 7:42:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page: French 27e Division Alpins

The French 27e Division Alpins - Variant counters for Chris Selman's world of "Assault".