Spotlight Articles

Outstanding articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game, but may have broad appeal to gamers.

Reflections on (another) McGill megagame

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This year's rules "...facilitated the sort of creative, emergent gameplay that is at the heart of a successful megagame." Rex Brynen of Paxsims gives an AAR on the War in Binni Megagame, held at McGill University on February 11th . Apparently the event was a great success, and had a strange twist: "Little did the players know that, hidden among the participants were a small group of secret cultists."

War Gaming Must Get Red Right

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"An expert in-house adversary is a powerful tool for the fleet." Captain Dale Rielage, U.S. Navy, sheds light on how the Navy is acting on the renewed U.S. military interest in wargaming, "If war gaming is to realize its potential, we must get Red right."

Yaah! 8 - A Look Inside

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Brad, of "Hexsides and Hand Grenades" fame, had the opportunity to fill in as guest editor of Yaah! magazine. He shares the experience with us in his latest article...

Stuka Joe - The Case for Sequence of Play Cards

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First video in a series that discusses the use of Sequence of Play cards in board wargames. Sequence of play cards can ease the learning curve of complex, multi-phased wargames. In addition, they can contain relevant charts and tables on them, saving the player a trip to the player aid card...

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Grognard News

Decision Games Errata

A treasure trove (i.e. "backlog") of old Decision Games errata has been entrusted to me for publication. Please check back often over the next few weeks for new items on your favorite Decision Games titles.

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.

Gaming Clubs

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Wargaming - General Info

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Methods of Playing Games via the Internet

Internet/Network Based Games and PBEM

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The Internet can be used as a medium to play games. Playing this way overcomes the lack of local opponents and games are available whenever you want. Any board game can be Played By EMail (PBEM), as distinct from Playing By postal Mail (PBM). Please feel free to contact us with additions or corrections.

 

Playing Games via the Internet


There are a mailing list for discussing PBM games in general.

Richard Rognlie maintains a generic PBEM server which automatically runs a growing number of abstract board games.


BrettspielWelt allows live play of popular German board games over the Internet.


Imagine Image Multimedia - We broadcast miniature wargames!!!    [Updated on 6-Feb-2016]
On our site, you’ll find various links and applications that we use to conduct a miniatures game live, using Pan Tilt Zoom IP cameras, a/v chat software for audio and webcam conversations, and other features. Broadcasting miniatures games has come along way since the early days of our development in the technology. Members who wish to participate in the online game need only have a computer and chat function app to issue audio instructions to the judge running the game!


 

Board Wargames via Internet/Email

To PBEM a board wargame involves opponents exchanging records of the position and actions of units and rolling dice to determine outcomes. Software is available to help you do this.

Support for just about all the above packages is offered by PBeM Emporium.

There are a number of die rolling services for use in PBEM:-

A UNIX shell script and C source code for building an email die roller is available.

There is a dedicated die roller for Victory in the Pacific: email the word 'help' to vitpdice@dartmouth.East.Sun.COM for details.

Aide-de-Card (DOS), is a PBeM aid for two-player card games and card based games such as Up Front, We The People, Hannibal, or Down in Flames. Aide-de-Card allows players to set up a game by editing a description file that defines the cards in the deck:-

  • create a deck of cards using an ASCII text file
  • shuffle the deck, deal cards, play cards, etc
  • pass the "deck" between players as an ASCII text file

Thoth is a PBWeb card tool which manages cards (shuffling, drawing, flipping cards and so on. It can be used to play by email (PBEM) or as a "virtual tabletop" where two participants use custom decks in a live match. It can handle card-based games like Up Front, Down in Flames and, in the near future, should be capable of handling games like Hannibal.

The Automated Card Tracking System is a PBEM aid for handling the cards used in 30 Years War, Blue vs Gray, For The People, Hannibal, Paths of Glory, Republic of Rome, Successors, Titan, We The People and Wilderness War but can have other card sets added.

Cryptographic software can be used in PBEM for hidden movement, hidden picks, allowing players to both GM and play in a multiplayer PBEM and to validate secret treaties. Sealed virtual envelopes can also be used for hidden movement.

Opponents for many board wargames can be found by posting to: Consim-l, rec.games.board, rec.games.pbm or the Consimworld Discussion Board. Eric Pass maintains a list of board wargames people want to PBEM. Taiaut!is a free site (in French) for gamers wanting to PBEM games by Avalon hill, Victory Games, The Gamers, Clash of Arms, and so on.

 For a small fee you can find opponents by joining the Avalon Hill Intercontinental Kriegspiel Society (AHIKS), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to PBM and PBEM board wargaming. A rating system for AHIKS members exists called AREA for PBM games.

Hexwar.com offers the interactive online play of a number of SPI and Decision Games board wargames. Vassal offers real-time play (using Java) of a growing range of games..

Finally there is a web page which runs miniature wargames via the web, allowing players to view battles by means of photographs.


 

Computer Wargames

It is also possible to play a number of computer wargames PBEM, by exchanging saved game files between players or networked. The Gamers Net PBEM FAQ contains much useful advice for beginners.

PBEM Helper simplifies the transfer of move files for a number of computer wargames.

Sites organising PBEM/networked computer wargames:

PBEM facilities for particular computer wargames:

Some computer games can be played interactively via the Internet: the Multiplayer Combat Simulations page gives a list of these.


 

Network Wargames/Games

There are a growing number of games which can only be played via a network, typically the Internet. Collections of such games can be found at: