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.

Recap of the San Diego Historical Game Convention by Moe Fitzgerald

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Moe Fitzgerald's recap of the San Diego Historical Games Convention, featuring several game previews from GMT Games.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 11/17/2017


Medic! The Role of Medical Treatment in Wargames

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"Let’s say you’ve just secured a town from the Soviets, but took a fair number of casualties in the process." Sean Couture considers the medical and psychological aspects of combat and how some games strive to integrate them, which "…reminds players that the strength of their strategies and by extension their armies [is] weighed in how responsibly they handle their forces and how many lives they unnecessarily throw away."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/15/2017


Mobile Warfare: A Wargamer's Guide to Gaming on Vacation

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"In such dark times, computer gaming is my salvation." Colonel (Retired) Bill Gray offers a relief-for-those-stranded-on-vacation guide for the wargamer away from home. "Joy sticks are bulky, and according to my wife, immediately identifies you as a nerd high priest (. . . and this is a problem because, I ask?)."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/3/2017


Fontenoy 1745

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"...there are two reasons for everything, the good reason and the real reason." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, regales us with fascinating details of the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745. Turns out the French commander, Marshal Saxe , "...had nearly as many enemies at his back as on the battlefield. But he handled them all."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/1/2017


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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.

Fifth Corps: NATO Player Aid sheet (PDF)

NATO player aid sheet that allows for tracking of Electronic Warfare Points, Air Points, Tactical Nuclear Points and the locations of Hidden Static Territorial Units. Created by Mark D. for Grognard.com.

Fifth Corps: Warsaw Pact Player Aid sheet (PDF)

Warsaw Pact player aid sheet that allows for tracking of Electronic Warfare Points, Air Points and Tactical Nuclear Points for the Warsaw Pact player. Created by Mark D. for Grognard.com.

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...

More Grognard Originals...


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Game: Iron Curtain

Publisher: Jolly Roger Games
Date: 11/17/2017 10:56:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Moe's Game Table Review

Moe's review of the micro card game Iron Curtain, which plays like Twilight Struggle Lite in 20 minutes.
Game: The Operational Art of War IV

Series: The Operational Art of War
Publisher: Matrix Games
Date: 11/17/2017 8:45:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: The Operational Art of War IV

"...we’re not talking facelift here, but radical, reconstructive surgery, and by George, the attending physician was spot on." Bill Gray reviews Matrix/Talonsoft's The Operational Art of War IV, a new version of an old classic. Bill likes just about everything, but especially the fact that "…this is an info driven game unlike any other that places a premium on thinking..."
Game: 878 - Vikings: Invasions of England

Publisher: Academy Games
Date: 11/13/2017 9:58:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Ragnar Comes a Callin’ - A Boardgaming Life Review

Russ Lockwood pens a pretty detailed review of Academy Games latest effort "878 Vikings" on The Boardgaming Life web site.
Game: Red Storm

Series: Downtown
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/13/2017 9:03:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Old Crows – Electronic Warfare in Red Storm

"...a flight can be either 'detected' or 'undetected,' which affects a large number of game functions." Doug Bush describes how he integrates greatly expanded electronic warfare capabilities in his GMT Games' Red Storm: The Air War Over Central Germany, 1987. His intent is for players to "…find the greatly expanded electronic warfare a highlight of the Red Storm design."
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 11/12/2017 3:45:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#838) for 12-Nov-2017 and the winners for last week's Challenge (#837).
Game: Great Medieval Battles Quad

Series: Great Medieval Battles Quad
Publisher: SPI
Date: 11/10/2017 8:44:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Video Review/AAR - Enrico

Enrico Viglino gives "Great Medieval Battles" quad game the full Enrico treatment. Not much coverage of this game, so it's filling a gap... in a big way.
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Date: 11/10/2017 8:36:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page - Romanian variant counters.

The Romanians get ready to reinforce the Warsaw Pact in Assault. Variant counters shared by Chris Selman.
Game: Steel Division: Normandy '44

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Date: 11/10/2017 9:02:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Situation Report: Steel Division: Normandy ’44

"...Steel Division has grown a lot in six months." Ian Boudreau looks at progress with Paradox Interactive's Steel Division: Normandy '44 since its launch. While he has a few suggestions for the developer, he's also enjoyed a lot of what's new, like how "…the new scenarios help round out the game’s single-player experience…"
Game: The Cold War Era

Publisher: Alina Digital Games
Date: 11/8/2017 8:36:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Arms Race – The Cold War Era

"...one can see a militaristic Harry Truman wearing a Stalin tunic." James Cobb reviews Alina Digital's Arms Race – The Cold War Era, finding both pluses and minuses. Just don't let yourself fall into a “Crises of Elites”!
Game: Eagle Attack!

Publisher: Lou Coatney
Date: 11/7/2017 10:16:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Lou Coatney: Eagle Attack! - Free Print & Play Game

In Jan-Feb 1967 Lou Coatney took basic training at Ft. Campbell KY, the home of the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles". Eagle Attack! is hardly one step up from Risk! Only 3 pages of easy rules so it might be a good holiday/family game for military history buffs. 8 one-day turns - takes a little over an hour to play.
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 11/6/2017 8:06:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Phoenicians

Want to play "…plucky sailors and canny merchants…"? Designer Mark McLaughlin shows off the primarily nautical advantages of the Phoenicians in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. They can, of course, enter Deep-Sea Areas; but what is their "…second nautical boon…"?
Game: Nine Years: The War of the Grand Alliance 1688-1697

Publisher: Compass Games
Date: 11/3/2017 8:36:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Nine Years: Video Review/Replay - Enrico Viglino

Nine Years full coverage, produced by Enrico Viglino (audio only on review video).
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 10/30/2017 8:52:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Celt-Iberians

"Tucked away on the western edge of the board, the Celt-Iberians usually, at least at first, only need to worry about two neighbors..." Designer Mark McLaughlin introduces Celt-Iberia (a region of modern Spain) and its place in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Not only do they benefit from isolation, but also from wealth in the form of "…Talents [which] can prove very useful to ward off disasters…"
Game: Maida 1806: Stuart vs Reynier

Publisher: Strategemata
Date: 10/29/2017 2:13:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Maida 1806: Designer Intro (Video)

"Maida 1806" designer Adam Niechwiej reviews the finer points of the game system. In Polish with English subtitles.
Game: Last Full Measure: The Battle of Gettysburg

Series: Last Full Measure Series
Publisher: Uhlan Games
Date: 10/29/2017 1:59:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Jeff Capuano does a follow-up video on Last Full Measure: Gettysburg

Jeff Capuano does a follow-up on Last Full Measure: Gettysburg. Some final comments following the recent modifications to the game by the designer.
Game: 1831: For Our Freedom and Yours - Battle of Grochow

Publisher: Strategemata
Date: 10/29/2017 1:47:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
1831: For Our Freedom and Yours - Unboxing video

Unboxing video for "1831: For Our Freedom and Yours", a new game from Polish publisher Strategemata. It will be good to see some quality games coming out of Poland, but that remains to be seen. It *looks* nice, but how does it play?
Game: 1871: Franco-Prussian War Rules

Series: Bruce Weigle '1870' Series
Publisher: On Military Matters
Date: 10/27/2017 8:38:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: 1871 Franco-Prussian War Table-Top Rules

"Grogs will likely cringe, but it’s simple, fast, and accurate and it works." Bill Gray reviews On Military Matters' 1871: Franco-Prussian War Rules, a fast play approach by author Bruce Weigle. See why Bill finds this an eminent example of "…a continuing evolution in miniature wargaming towards systems that are more realistic and accurate precisely because of their elegant simplicity."
Game: Civil War 1864

Publisher: HEXWAR
Date: 10/25/2017 8:52:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Civil War 1864

"...the terrain graphics for most of the game suit the Wilderness campaign perfectly." James Cobb reviews HexWar's Civil War 1864, which he finds quite enjoyable, but for which he offers a tip: "No historical gamer should fall for the trap that, just because the mechanics are the same, every Hexwar game is the same."
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 10/23/2017 2:04:00 PM
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Egyptians

Egypt "...is a power to be carefully watched and reckoned with." Designer Mark McLaughlin considers the place of the kingdom of the pharaohs in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Strong indeed, but Phoenicia and Minos "…can hem Egypt in to its corner of the map."!
Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 10/22/2017 2:14:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Unconditional Surrender: Unboxing by Moe Fitzgerald

Video "unboxing" video by Moe Fitzgerald on his "Moe's Gaming Table" web site.
Game: Last Full Measure: The Battles of South Mountain

Series: Last Full Measure Series
Publisher: Uhlan Games
Date: 10/22/2017 2:05:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Last Full Measure: Battles of South Mountain - Free Print & Play Board Game

Last Full Measure: The Battles of South Mountain is the third entry in the Last Full Measure series of print-and-play battles of the American Civil War by Uhlan Games. Download the game here.
Game: Battleline Heroes

Publisher: Xandria Games
Date: 10/20/2017 10:38:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Battleline Heroes: World War II - Now on Kickstarter!

Battleline Heroes is a tabletop RPG set during the ravages of World War II. The setting is deep and immersive allowing roleplay during any phase of the war, from whatever vantage point you desire to play. Most players will choose to play active duty military or organized partisans in occupied territories, but there are character classes available for police, politicians, special ops, and even a few for civilians! Support this game on Kickstarter!
Game: World of Warships

Publisher: Wargaming.net
Date: 10/20/2017 8:22:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Longest Weekend: Fighting the Good Fight in World of Warships

"... so I set my jaw in the best Bull Halsey fashion and went in locked and loaded." James Cobb tries something new: charity oriented binge wargaming, in this case with Wargaming.net's World of Warships. Did he meet his goals for giving and gaming? "Going to bed at 1 AM on Saturday morning, I was in a quandary."
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 10/18/2017 8:32:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea: Meet the Gauls

"The Gauls have a strong starting position in the game." Designer Mark McLaughlin turns to a discussion of the Gauls in his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Does this mean it's good to be the Gauls? Perhaps so, since Mark points out that they possess "…a unique advantage…"
Game: All Things Zombie Reloaded

Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 10/17/2017 4:15:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
All Things Zombie Reloaded: A Halloween AAR

Jim Owczarski provides an illustrated after action report for the opening scenario for Lock ‘n Load Publishing’s “All Things Zombie: Reloaded in his "Grogheads" blog. This fantasy/tactical combat game proves challenging as zombies may multiply with each shot fired. After a successful mission it’s on to Green Bay and Lambeau Field.