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.

The Battle of Komárom 1849 - A Fall In 2018 AAR

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Want some fun with the “Hapsburg Tiger”? Bill Gray regales us with a miniatures after action report on the Third Battle of Komarom during the Hungarian Revolution. Sounds like things went well, and were also entertaining:" The rockets were useless, but a Hell of a lot of fun."

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


Games vs. History: The First Battle of Bull Run in War Games

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"…the battle resembled more of an armed brawl than an organized conflict." Jack Trumbull offers some thoughts about the first battle of Bull Run, and several digital wargame treatments of it.

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/28/2018


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


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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.

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...

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Game: Bitter Woods: Battle of the Bulge (Designer Edition)

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/16/2018 12:01:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Re-Fighting the Battle of the Bulge 74 Years Later

Starting December 15th, the Battlefields & Warriors blog is following on a day-by-day basis, the last German major offensive in the west, surprising the Allies in the heavily wooded Ardennes region. They will be using the Bitter Woods boardgame, designed by Randy Heller and currently published by Compass Games. Thanks to Norm Smith for allowing us to follow along...
Game: Arquebus: Men of Iron - Volume 4

Series: Men of Iron Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/14/2018 2:08:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Arquebus - Centurion's Review

Arquebus: The Battles for Northern Italy 1495-1544 - Review written by Len Krol for the "Centurion's Review web site.
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/14/2018 2:05:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page - USMC II MEF

The USMC II MEF is sailing towards Europe to reinforce NATO. New to the world of Assault. Variant counters shared by Chris Selman.
Game: Hitler’s Reich

Series: Card Conquest System
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/14/2018 8:10:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Conquer or Free Europe, Your Choice! – Hitler’s Reich Board Game Review

"The game is very free form and a great deal of fun either solo or multiplayer." Rick Martin reviews GMT Games' Hitler's Reich for Armchair General, giving it a 90% rating. Rick thinks it is a terrific game with "…nearly infinite replay potential…", but with one nagging (but correctable) problem that nets it only a 90% score…
Game: Anzio

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/13/2018 10:30:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Anzio - 50th Anniversary PBEM Tournament!

Dear Grognards, Avalon Hill's "Anzio" celebrates 50 years in 2019 and as such I am pleased to announce a Pbem Tournament to celebrate. Free to enter, the Basic game tourney will start 1.22.19 and an Advanced game tourney later in the year, please see the link to the Anzio@50 page.
Game: It is a 48! Milan 48

Publisher: Lumaca Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/12/2018 10:43:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
It is a 48!! Milan 48 - New game from Lumaca

This wargame from Lumaca Games tells a valorous page of the Italian history and its struggle for the independence from the Austrian rule and the Unity: the Five Days of Milan (18 March 1848 – 22 March 1848). The people of Milan managed in a five days battle to dislodge the powerful Austrian garrison led by General Radetzky, to gain freedom and to give the start to the Italian First Independence War. Each turn represents half day, Morning (AM) and Afternoon (PM), for a total of 10 turns. The map represents the City of Milan into 1848. The game scale is based upon Austrian units, which can be Infantry battalions, Cavalry Squadrons, Horse Artillery or Artillery batteries and Milanese units, which are Militia/Rioters bands of various size, with several Special pieces like the Barricades! It is not a Card Driven game, even if cards give some more flavour (like Mobile Barricades and Bricks and Flowers!). No dice are needed!! Available at Wargame Vault!
Game: Antietam: September 17, 1862

Publisher: Worthington Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/10/2018 9:52:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Antietam: September 17, 1862 - Only 4 Days Left 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: ETO

Series: ETO Series
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/10/2018 8:57:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Isn’t That Special (Movement)?

"…when you can pull it off, your opponent will be amazed." John Tiehen shows how some planning allows a player to maximize the value of the Special Movement Phase in Victory Point Games' ETO, their European World War II project. Learn some grognard jujitsu by understanding "…the simple yin-and-yang of the ground war in Russia."
Game: Ultimate General: Civil War

Publisher: HEXWAR
Game Type: Computer
Date: 12/9/2018 4:23:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Ultimate General: Civil War - First Impressions

Prolific YouTube poster, thehistoricalgamer, presents this real-time live-stream video play through.
Game: Ultimate General: Civil War

Publisher: HEXWAR
Game Type: Computer
Date: 12/9/2018 3:08:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Ultimate General: Civil War Review -Worthabuy?

Prolific YouTube poster, Mack, presents this video review from his “Worthabuy” series of game reviews. Although he finds the game “unrealistic” he praises the intelligent and cunning AI and calls the game lots of fun to play or, in his words, “Worthabuy”.
Game: Less Than 60 Miles

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/9/2018 1:10:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Less Than 60 Miles - Playtest session AAR - Part 2

The 2nd installment of an After Action Report for a “Less Than 60 Miles” internal play-test session. Shared by Fabrizio Vianello.
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 12/9/2018 2:15:00 AM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#894) for 9-Dec-2018 and the winners for the last Challenge (#893).
Game: Bastogne

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 12/9/2018 12:16:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Discussion/Review - Updated

Updated by Donald Johnson to fix typos and add some clarifications on some things in the Developer's Notes at the end.
Game: The Dark Sands

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/7/2018 8:39:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Dark Sands: AAR of Designer Solo Campaign Game (Part 2)

"This is a dangerously thin British line…". Designer Ted Raicer has a second after action report on the campaign game with his GMT Games' The Dark Sands. The Germans are in the game now, and Ted is keeping things in character: "Though low on gas and ammo, Rommel advances…"
Game: The Union Forever!

Publisher: LPS Inc
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/6/2018 9:17:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
The Union Forever - Angry Bunny Review

You don't often see reviews about "pocket" games, which is why it's so awesome to see one now and then. Angry Bunny takes us on a tour of "The Union Forever!", an American Civil War game from LPS Inc....
Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit 1

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/6/2018 9:07:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
ASL Starter Kit - Mash-up between Starter Kit and Deluxe ASL city boards

As part of getting back into ASL, Norm Smith has been exploring the ASL Starter Kit and has created a scenario that is a mash-up between the Starter Kit and Deluxe ASL city boards (large hexes) from the ASL Winter Offensive Pack 9 for 2018. This post discusses the scenario and how Starter Kit players can use the full ASL boards. May be of interest to SK fans who might want to expand their methods of play....
Game: The First Battle of the Marne 1914 AD

Series: Twenty Decisive Battles of the World
Publisher: Turning Point Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/5/2018 9:11:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“My center is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking.” The First Battle of the Marne 1914 AD Game Review

"…a fun game and a nice simulation of the famous battle…". Rick Martin reviews Turning Point Simulations' The First Battle of the Marne 1914, giving it an 85% rating. Find out about a curious game dynamic that Rick picks up on: "If the initiative shifts to the Entente, they retain it for the rest of the game!"
Game: Imperator: Rome

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Game Type: Computer
Date: 12/3/2018 8:35:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Art of War in Imperator: Rome

"…I was completely hooked on learning Imperator’s own art of war." Joe Robinson takes an advance look at Paradox Interactive's Imperator: Rome, an upcoming ancient era grand strategy game. But don't let the 'grand strategy' description fool you, as Joe points out that the game "…has a unepextedly deep and tactical warfare component that may help transform it into the most compelling grand-strategy game of the bunch."
Game: Confederate Rails: Railroading in the American Civil War 1861-65

Publisher: Against the Odds
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/2/2018 8:21:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Rolling Boxcars reviews "Confederate Rails"

Detailed review of "Confederate Rails", a recent title from Against the Odds. Written by Modoc for the Rolling Boxcars blog.
Game: 1754 - Conquest: The French and Indian War

Series: Birth of America Series
Publisher: Academy Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/30/2018 10:29:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
1754 - Video Review by Players' Aid

Grant and Alexander review "1754: Conquest" and do an excellent job as usual. Everything you'd want to know about a game before you buy it (or not)...
Game: SHAEF

Publisher: PSC Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/30/2018 10:27:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Discriminating Gamer - Video Review of SHAEF

Behold, the Great Crusade invades your tabletop! Join Cody as he explores this card-driven wargame from PSC. Will it become the Supreme Headquarters for Allied Expeditionary Fun? Or will it just get pinned down on the beaches? Let's watch!
Game: The Dark Sands

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/30/2018 8:23:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Dark Sands: AAR of Designer Solo Campaign Game

"O’Connor is worried the Italians will slip away again without a fight...". Designer Ted Raicer offers a first after action report segment on a campaign game with his GMT Games' The Dark Sands, a World War II North Africa simulation. Do the tables turn, when "Orders from Rome are to counterattack immediately…"?
Game: Pacific Victory

Publisher: Columbia Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/28/2018 8:47:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
2nd Edition Review (video)

Marco Arnaudo takes us on a video tour of "Pacific Victory", 2nd Edition, a "block game" published by Columbia Games.
Game: Terraforming Mars

Publisher: Fryx Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/28/2018 8:40:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Terraforming Mars - Up Next

Brief review of "Terraforming Mars" on the Games - Strategy and Tactics blog, with a promise of more reviews to come as they acquire more experience with the game.
Game: 1776

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/26/2018 9:13:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
1776 Cyberboard v8.0 Gamebox - using 3rd Edition Rules (ZIP)

Cyberboard v8.0 gamebox and scenario files for all (19) scenarios using 3rd Edition rules. Shared by Doug Pratto.