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...


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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September's Eagles: First Look


Prepare to take to the skies at the Thompson Trophy Air Races!


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by Mark D.  *  13-Jun-2015

On the Table: A very brief look at September's Eagles


I recently purchased a copy of September's Eagles, designed by Paul Rohrbaugh and published by High Flying Dice Games. I have set it up and pushed the pieces around a bit. Enough to know that I'm interested in learning more about the game. The packaging, components and presentation are top notch and create "atmosphere", which is an important part of the draw of any game.

In addition to the rule book, the game comes with an "Official Racing Program" that provides a brief history of the National Air Races of 1929-1939. It lists 12 races (scenarios) with the Race Course Layout, and historical pilots and planes that took part. Each has a brief description of the actual race including winners, notable events, etc.

Apparently, air races were a pretty dangerous pastime and the game reflects that. There is a good chance that one or more players will crash at some point during the race, so not only do you have to maneuver to win, you also have to be careful not to leave yourself vulnerable to a race-ending crash!

It's designed for 4 players but I'm sure you can play with less players and still enjoy the game.

After reading through the rule book and the Program, I'm totally psyched to jump in and play!

September's Eagles - First Look: Booklets


It's primarily a card game revolving around three types of cards:

  • Pilot Cards - Each represents a single pilot of the era, along with his Skill Rating and Fatigue Level.
  • Aircraft Cards - Each represents an actual aircraft from the period, and lists "Turn Radius", "Throttle Settings", "Climb/Dive Cost" and "Endurance Factor".
  • Action Cards - These are the cards that drive the action. Includes "Incident", "Skill", "Maneuver", and "Endurance" cards.

Player interaction revolves around the different card types, point values, suits, etc. and there is a familiar "trumping" mechanism that works very well for this type of competition.

September's Eagles - First Look: The Cards

But it's not just a card game. There's a great looking map showing an aerial view of what an Air Race field must have looked like in the late 1920's or early 1930's, complete with aircraft counters and stand-up pylons to mark the course of the race.

Here's the game all set up for the start of the 1929 National Air Race in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 2, 1929. I'm really looking forward to the experience!

September's Eagles - First Look: Ready to Begin


I'm not hearing a lot of buzz about this game yet and couldn't find any other reviews. If it entertains as I expect it will, I'll be certain to publish some type of feedback (review, strategy, replay... whatever).

You can buy a copy of this game from High Flying Dice Games.