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.

Old Dogs: Win 7 & 10 Compatibility Guides for Classic Wargames

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"…enter the efforts of the enthusiast to ensure that classic wargames are playable." Zach Zimmerman offers some tips on getting old computer wargames playing on modern operating systems. "Voila! Panzer General is back and ready for you to take panzers where no other General has before. Vorwärts!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/9/2018


Friedland 1807

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"How to Catch a Monkey". Jeff Berry in his Obscure Battles blog regales us with the fascinating history of the Napoleonic battle of Friedland. Russian General Bennigsen thinks he can "…hop across the river, deliver a quick killing blow to Lannes' isolated corps, and hop back…". Or can he?

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 4/30/2018


Game06 - Wargame Scenery

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Games06 (formerly 06 Arena) is an idea developed in the Officina06 laboratory (on free time…). It was designed by wargame players for other players. It ‘s as an easy and fast way to set up many kind of different battlefield scenery. We want to share our idea, so you will find the system rolebook and some scenery to buy or… others completely free to download! Plus, we’re trying to create new kind of scenery, rpg, tools, gadgets, etc. Visit the Games06 site to see all the Gaming Mats, Magnetic Scenery, and Card Systems.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 4/5/2018


B-Movie Boardgames

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In his “Coyote vs Wolf” blog (5/28/2008), Jason Lutes discusses the series of Album sized games from Yaquinto (1979-1984). Jason maintains that “The breadth of subject matter covered by the Album Games was remarkable, and a good illustration of the flood of new ideas that was changing the face of the boardgaming subculture at the time.”

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 3/26/2018


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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.

South China Sea: Learning Game Replay

Mark D. and Harvey Mossman go head to head in a learning game of "South China Sea", a recently published title from Compass Games. This is a learning game for both of us so there will be lots of mistakes. But we'll try to keep the article updated as the game progresses.

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.

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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Latest Grognard Updates

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Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 5/20/2018 4:00:00 AM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#865) for 20-May-2018 and the winners for the last Challenge (#864).
Game: Lincoln

Publisher: PSC Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/19/2018 1:46:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Lincoln - New from PCS and Worthington - Now on Kickstarter

Moe's latest preview takes a look at Martin Wallace's new Civil War game, "Lincoln". Co-published by PSC Games and Worthington Publishing, now live on Kickstarter.
Game: Task Forces and Convoys: A Naval Chess Game

Publisher: Lou Coatney
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/19/2018 1:23:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Task Forces and Convoy - Free Print n Play Game

A Basic Game reminiscent of hidden units Stratego and Dover Patrol and the old 3M game Evade. And a chess-like Classic Game with the different classes having their different capabilities and a Battle Matrix to resolve them. From the mind of Lou Coatney. Free to print n play, but Copyrighted (*not* Public Domain).
Game: winSPMBT

Publisher: Shrapnel Games
Game Type: Computer
Date: 5/18/2018 10:46:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Once and Future King: A love-letter to winSPMBT

"What amazes me is that this ancient is game is still a damn blast in 2018." Martynas Klimas waxes eloquent about Shrapnel Games' winSPMBT, a computer game of 16 years vintage! Martynas loves the detail, breadth, graphics etc. "From the big boys of US and USSR to Zimbabwe, Belgium and even UN forces, the game has it all."
Game: 4CMBG: MBT Expansion #3

Series: MBT
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/16/2018 8:32:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
4 CMBG: A Brief History

"As one of NATO’s most significant armored formations, the 4 CMBG served over three decades, accomplishing a long and distinguished career." Designer James M. Day explains the history and composition of the 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, which is now available in his GMT Games' MBT 4 CMBG Expansion. So what is the Lynx related to?
Game: KARDS

Publisher: 1939 Games
Game Type: Computer
Date: 5/14/2018 8:04:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“Play that Zero – I dare you!” KARDS Computer Card Game Preview

"…a World War II themed card game with a twist – the cards are virtual!" Rick Martin takes a peek at the alpha version of 1939 Games' KARDS, an online card wargame of all things... While Rick normally prefers cards that he can hold in his hands, he's already prepared to say that when the game is released, "…it will be a winner!"
Game: Attack Force

Series: Minigame
Publisher: TSR
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/13/2018 4:19:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
TSR’s Attack Force Minigame Review

Christopher T. Shields in his “Angst + Speed” blog reviews this “Star Wars” “copy-cat” game mostly in a positive light. Part of TSR’s minigame series, Shields says it “still remains a guilty pleasure to play every few years.”
Game: Atlantis 12,500BC

Publisher: Excalibre Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/13/2018 3:53:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
10 concise reviews

With a rating of 3.08 out of 10 from 12 reviewers, Atlantis 12500 B. C. from Excalibre Games sinks beneath the waves for the Board Game Database bloggers. “Ludicrous, amateurish, and reviled, I'm proud to have this bit of cheese in my collection” says one reviewer.
Game: Steel Division: Normandy '44

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Game Type: Computer
Date: 5/11/2018 8:00:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The 1. SS-Panzerdivision is coming to Steel Division

Make that heavy on the realism! Joe Robinson has some info on what the free First Blood update to Paradox Interactive's Steel Division: Normandy '44 will contain. Check out some of the interesting details on a division "…missing a quarter of its fighting strength, with existing replacements of dubious quality and/or loyalty."
Game: Prelude to War

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/10/2018 12:49:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Prelude to War: Game Replay at Hexacon 2017 in Braunfels, Germany

Detailed and historically contextualized AAR of Prelude to War: Europe 1936-1939. Played at the Hexacon 2017 in Braunfels, Germany. Shared by designer Serge Bettencourt.
Game: Clash of Giants: Civil War

Series: Clash of Giants
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/7/2018 8:27:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“No Bull – Clash of Giants: Civil War is a Great Game!” Board game review.

"The Retreat Phase places a premium on controlling the high ground." Ray Garbee reviews GMT Games' Clash of Giants: Civil War for Armchair General, giving it a 95% rating. While Ray has minor concerns about the two-sided map and the ‘Pope’s Orders’ rule, he finds many aspects of the game system to be an excellent fit for Civil War encounters. "The game plays fast and moves along nicely."
Game: Atlantic Fleet

Publisher: Killerfish Games
Game Type: Computer
Date: 5/6/2018 5:35:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Atlantic Fleet War Game Review

Kris Ketcherside provides a short review of Atlantic Fleet from Killerfish games. Calling the game “Exciting and fast-paced…” with superb playability. Kris rates the game a 5 out of 5 for what he calls “arguably one of the best computer simulations of this aspect of World War II” in his “World War II” magazine review for Historynet.com
Game: South China Sea

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/6/2018 5:03:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
South China Sea: Learning Game Replay

Mark D. and Harvey Mossman go head to head in a learning game of "South China Sea", a recently published title from Compass Games. This is a learning game for both of us so there will be lots of mistakes. But we'll try to keep the article updated as the game progresses.
Game: 1985: Under an Iron Sky

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/6/2018 4:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
1985: Under an Iron Sky - Quick Thoughts (Big Board Gaming)

OK, here we go. Quick thoughts... From Kevin Sharp... Under the influence of pain killers... That makes it a "must-see" in my opinion! But seriously, Kev does his usual job of finding interesting nuggets about a game's underlying systems, in this case the combat system. Well worth the time spent watching.
Game: Atlanta: Civil War Campaign Game

Publisher: Guidon
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/6/2018 4:01:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Atlanta: Civil War Campaign Game from Guidon Games

The folks at VASSAL have added a module for Guidon Games’ Atlanta: Civil War Campaign Game. VASSAL is an engine for building and playing Internet-capable versions of turn-based, human-vs-human games. Hundreds of games are available for internet play at the web site.
Game: Atlanta: Civil War Campaign Game

Publisher: Guidon
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/6/2018 3:53:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Atlanta: Civil War Campaign Game War Game Video Review

Gilbert Collins, frequent YouTube poster, does a quick review of this 1973 game from Guidon Games. The game provides results that are highly historical making it difficult for the Confederate side to win. Players select a card for each battle which determines the level of combat damage on the combat results table. Collins likes the game so much that he traded another old classic to obtain this rare, out of print game.
Game: Chile 73

Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/5/2018 9:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
PaxSims Review of "Chile 73"

Brian Train has long had a thing for a good military coup d'etat - not so much carrying them out (as far as we know), but rather reading about them, playing them, and designing games about them. His latest game, Chile ’73, is on exactly that subject. This low complexity game is playable in around one hour, by two to four (or more) players...
Game: Assault - Tactical Combat in Europe: 1985

Series: Assault Series
Publisher: Game Designers Workshop (GDW)
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/5/2018 9:15:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Assault Page - Rock of the Marne Campaign Scenario

New for Assault!!! The Rock of the Marne Campaign scenario is now available. The complete 1st Brigade/3rd ID (M) vs 27 Guards Motorized Rifle Division conflict in 1998. Many thanks to Chris Selman for sharing.
Game: Military Operations

Publisher: Military Operations
Game Type: Computer
Date: 5/4/2018 8:12:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Military Operation’s Benchmark program gets a release date

Can your PC "…handle their fully armed and operational military operation…"? Joe Robinson considers the latest development on the upcoming Military Operations engine, which will be a fully digitized global stage for World War II games. Interesting that it recommends a "2 TFLOP GPU"…!
Game: The Sadowa Campaign 1866 AD

Publisher: Turning Point Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/2/2018 9:17:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Will You Unify Germany? A Review of Turning Point Simulations’ The Sadowa Campaign Board Game

The 'commitment' factor "… nicely simulates how people act when pushed too far." Rick Martin reviews Turning Point Simulations' The Sadowa Campaign 1866 AD for Armchair General, giving it a 96% rating! Despite a minor map/counter quibble, find out why Rick concludes that "All in all, The Sadowa Campaign is a great game with tons of replay value. I recommend it highly!"
Game: Advance of the Reich

Series: Squad Battles
Publisher: HPS Simulations
Game Type: Computer
Date: 4/29/2018 6:45:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Advance of the Reich Yartsevo Video Replay

Holding a weak position for the Russians, YouTube poster MJL manages a major victory in the “Counterattack at Yartsevo” scenario in the HPS Simulations Squad Battles series game Advance of the Reich. This 3 part video shows how improved positions and tenacity can hold off a strong advancing force.
Game: Advance of the Reich

Series: Squad Battles
Publisher: HPS Simulations
Game Type: Computer
Date: 4/29/2018 6:29:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Advance of the Reich Video Replay

MJL, prolific YouTube poster, takes his first look at Advance of the Reich one of the HPS Simulations games in the Squad Battles series. Using a learn-as-you-go approach, MJL tries the “Heavy Tanks at Rossienie” scenario pitting Russian heavy tanks against a German medium tank contingent. This three part video is a preliminary introduction to the look and feel of the game system.
Game: Air Defence

Publisher: CCS
Game Type: Computer
Date: 4/29/2018 4:56:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Two Reviews for Air Defence

The ZX Spectrum was an early home computer popular in the 1980’s and 1990’s built in the UK by Sinclair. Graphics were rudimentary and sounds were limited to beeps but some of the games created for this platform were quite challenging. Several magazines including “Crash”, and “Computer & Video Games” provided tips and reviews for ZX Spectrum users. Angus Ryall enjoyed Air Defence calling it “…a good start at a genuine real time war game.” in ”Crash Magazine”, May, 1985, pages 141-142, while Mike Singleton wasn’t impressed writing for ”Computer & Videogames Magazine”, April, 1985, page 113.
Game: Air Defence

Publisher: CCS
Game Type: Computer
Date: 4/29/2018 3:33:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Rules for Air Defence

The ZX Spectrum was an early color computer that had an extensive library of games. Click here to see the rules for this 1985 aerial war game from CCS by ZX Spectrum enthusiast Sabri Zain.
Game: No Motherland Without

Publisher: Lock Horn Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/28/2018 3:53:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
No Motherland Without - Kickstarter Preview (Moe's Game Table)

Preview of the new CDG "No Motherland Without", covering the struggle between the West and the DPRK over the last sixty years. Shared by Moe Fitzgerald on his blog.