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.

75th Anniversary D-Day A Millennials Guide – Book Review

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"I would make this book required reading in every high school and college history course." Rick Martin reviews 75th Anniversary D-Day A Millennials Guide, a book that is a badly needed effort to reach the generation that knows "…less about history than any other generation for the last 100 years…".

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 6/10/2019


Terrain enhancement weekend

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"I always find that a visit to a model rail shop can yield some surprise finds that are gems for wargaming." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, indulges his miniatures focus with a number of fun finds. "I quite liked the quirkiness of it…"!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/28/2019


PaxSims - Simulation and Gaming Miscellany, May 2019

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A first-of-its-kind online game is poised to revolutionize the field of wargaming. Developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this new multi-player computer game was custom built to explore deterrence and decision-making in an escalating conflict.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 5/27/2019


Wargamology - Card Driven Wargames Analysis

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"Hi, I'd like to share a new video I just released: A statistical analysis of Card Driven Wargames based on the data from 5000 titles gathered on BGG: ratings, mechanics, year released, number of owners and more to answer some questions like: - Which year had pick CDG popularity ? - Are CDGs easier than other Wargames ? - Are CGGs more popular than other wargames ?"

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 5/12/2019


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Grognard News

Grognard Game Plan

New Grognard Game Plan application is a free tool provided to registered Grognard.com site visitors to help organize convention play and other gaming sessions.

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.

Alone Against the Soviets

Brief review of VentoNuovo's title "Stalingrad: Inferno on the Volga" shared by Mark D. for Grognard.com. Discusses the game mechanics that provide the game with the Stalingrad "feel"...

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.

More Grognard Originals...


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Latest Challenge

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Game: Dien Bien Phu: The Final Gamble

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/17/2019 2:48:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Dien Bien Phu The Final Gamble (Legion Games) 2014

Bruce Geryk aka spacerumsfeld presents a comprehensive video review of Dien Bien Phu The Final Gamble from Legion WarGames. After providing historical background and an unboxing, Geryk explains game mechanics through a detailed after action report. The subject battle is of prime interest to Geryk as he also posted video reviews for Citadel: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu by GDW, La Vallée De La Mort by Against the Odds, and Storm Over Dien Bien Phu by Multi-Man Publishing. Geryk prefers Dien Bien Phu The Final Gamble, now in its 2nd edition as of June, 2019 due to popular demand, rating it best for competitive balance, historical accuracy, and evocative mechanics. You can view all 4 video reviews on YouTube.com titled Dien Bien Phu.
Game: Ace of Aces: Wingleader

Publisher: Nova Game Designs
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/17/2019 6:05:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Retro Review # 3 “A Biplane that Fits in Your Pocket!” Ace of Aces World War 1 and 2 Game Review

"The style of game play created by Alfred Leonardi was ingenious and groundbreaking." Rick Martin offers a retro review of Nova Game Designs' Ace of Aces. Check out why Rick gives the game a 95% rating and concludes: "…Ace of Aces has not lost any of its allure and, like a fine wine, seems to get better with age."
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 6/16/2019 6:50:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#921) for 16-Jun-2019 and the winners for the last Challenge (#920).
Game: The Battle of Blenheim, 1704

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/14/2019 6:27:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Battle of Blenheim 1704 Review

"…a radical new yet old design concept…". Bill Gray reviews Legion Wargames' Blenheim 1704, finding a lot to like. And Bill's favorite aspect? "...I like games that limit a player’s unrealistic control over his cardboard legions. Its more challenging, more realistic and here Blenheim delivers."
Game: Less Than 60 Miles

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/13/2019 6:50:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
FM 02-001 Operational Procedures - Examples for key rules and concepts

The manual provides detailed examples of several key rules and should be considered a mandatory read for freshly appointed COs. Ignore it at your own risk. An extra bonus provided by Thin Red Line Games...
Game: Commands & Colors: Medieval

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/13/2019 5:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Unboxing / New Release

"I am a big Commands & Colors Ancients fan and this is definitely the best light-wargame I have ever played. When I heard that its logical continuation focusing on the early Medieval period (Byzantine vs Sassanids) - was next from GMT, I knew I had to have the game." Unboxing video by the good gamers at Boardgames Chronicle.
Game: Blitzkrieg Commander IV

Series: Blitzkrieg Commander
Publisher: Pendraken Miniatures
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 6/12/2019 6:24:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Blitzkrieg Commander IV - In Defence of Buron

"Preparations for the inevitable German counter-attack started immediately." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, is enjoying more Pendraken Miniatures' Blitzkrieg Commander IV action! Check out why Norm concludes that, "As I delve deeper into these rules, there is much to like."
Game: A Spoiled Victory: Dunkirk 1940

Publisher: White Dog Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/11/2019 1:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Spoiled Victory - Video play-through

"First attempt at a playthrough with A Spoiled Victory: Dunkirk 1940 a solo game from White Dog Games. In this game, designed by Paul Fish & Hermann Luttmann, I'm attempting to evacuate as many British and French units through the channel as I can. It's 1940 and the situation is desperate as the Allies are locked by the Wehrmacht in a pocket around Dunkirk. To make sure that the British army lives to fight another day, with the help of Belgian forces, the goal is to hold as long as we can during those dramatic days of spring 1940." Video produced and shared by Homo Ludens...
Game: Talon 1000

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/10/2019 6:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Talon 1000 - Unboxing

Unboxing of the "Talon 1000" expansion (ownership of "Talon" required). Video produced by Moe's Game Table...
Game: Memoir'44

Publisher: Days of Wonder
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/9/2019 1:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
D-Day Landing Expansion - 75th D-Day anniversary replay!

"What better way to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day than to set up "Memoir'44: D-Day landing expansion" and plunge into the largest seaborne operation in history. Read the session report from our most epic and even struggle - on Utah beaches and with Airborne landings!" Shared by The Board Games Chronicle...
Game: Empire of the Sun

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/7/2019 6:52:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Secrets of the South Pacific – Part 2

Want to take "…a look at another, guaranteed-to-succeed, opening move…"? Chris Crane discusses some interesting strategies for the Breaking the Bismarck Barrier scenario in GMT Games' Empire of the Sun. To include doing "the Bomber Two-Step".
Game: Conquest of the Empire

Publisher: Eagle Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/5/2019 4:17:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Back to Classics

It's a "back to classics" review from the Board Games Chronicle site, as they review "Conquest of the Empire" from Eagle Games.
Game: Sails of Glory

Publisher: Ares Games
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 6/5/2019 6:29:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” ‘Sails of Glory 2018 Ship Pack Expansion’ Miniatures Game Review

"Failed Basic – not a single thing". Rick Martin reviews the Ares Games' Sails of Glory 2018 Ship Pack Expansions for Armchair General, giving them an elusive 100% rating! Check out why Rick is hooked on this system, which includes "…even passing out rum to the crew to motivate them to fight harder and not give up the ship!"
Game: Quatre Bras 1815: Last Eagles

Series: Eagles of France
Publisher: Hexasim
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/3/2019 12:10:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Quatre Bras 1815: Last Eagles - Hexasim

"…this is a cracking package." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, tries out the introductory scenario in Hexasim's Quatre Bras 1815: Last Eagles. Norm offers his usual excellent action and analysis, and you can see why he sums up that "…the flavour of play is very napoleonic…"!
Game: Proud Monster Deluxe

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/2/2019 3:53:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Proud Monster Deluxe Errata - May 2019

Up to date errata for "Proud Monster Deluxe" shared by co-designer Don Johnson and dated 29-May-2019.
Game: Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis, 1860-61

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 6/2/2019 3:40:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Fort Sumter - Playing Digital and Analog Versions

"So I got Fort Sumter as a part of GMT 2018 Fall Sale and from the start got hooked by this short, nice and challenging game. I played already pretty extensively the “analog” version – mainly during New Year’s Eve convent with my wife which I was not able to beat despite multiple attempts. So when I heard GMT announcement about the digital version – and by Playdek company – I did not hesitated for moment and purchased..." Nice comparison article by The Board Games Chronicle site...
Game: A Step to Victory: The Bougainville Campaign 1943-45

Publisher: War Drum Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/31/2019 6:42:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Slogging Through the Bougainville Jungle: A Step to Victory. Board Game Review.

"…don’t mistake the small size of ‘A Step to Victory’ for a simple gaming experience." Ray Garbee reviews War Drum Games' A Step to Victory: The Bougainville Campaign 1943-45 for Armchair General, giving it a 94% rating. See why Ray concludes that "Students of the war in the Pacific should definitely pick this up as it is a much-needed game on a rarely covered topic."
Game: Reichshoffen 1870

Publisher: Histoire et Collections
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 5/31/2019 6:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
English Translation of the French Rules (PDF)

Rules translation of the original French. Shared by Chris Salander.
Game: Escape from Colditz

Publisher: Osprey Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/30/2019 7:30:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Escape from Colditz - Review

Osprey Games has reprinted Escape from Colditz. It’s a game for 2 to 6 players that was designed by Major Pat Reid who successfully escaped from this POW camp. In Colditz, one player plays the guards and the other players are escape officers who need to be the first to get two of their prisoners to successfully escape from the prison before time runs out. If the escape officers fail, the German security officer wins. Most games have a 50-turn limit, but players can agree to have more or less turns. Obviously, the escape officers want as high a turn limit as possible...
Game: Hammerfall

Series: Team Yankee
Publisher: Battlefront Miniatures
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 5/29/2019 5:35:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Team Yankee - Autobahn Defense

"The T-64's shot hits the closest M1, but bounces off the front turret armor." Brad Smith, in his Hexsides and Hand Grenades blog, creates and plays another intense Battlefront Miniatures' Team Yankee: Hammerfall World War III scenario. Who has the edge, Soviets or NATO? "It is do or die now for both sides."
Game: The Dark Valley

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/28/2019 3:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Dark Valley - Unboxing Video

Another "unboxing" video from Moe's Game Table.
Game: Magenta 1859

Publisher: Histoire et Collections
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 5/27/2019 5:30:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
English Translation of the French Rules (PDF)

English Translation of the original French rules to Magenta 1859 and Reichshoffen 1870. Shared by Chris Salander.
Game: Commands and Colors: Ancients

Series: Commands and Colors Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/27/2019 4:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
CCA – Playing EPIC Cannae and Raphia Scenarios

There is really no better way to spend Saturday evening - for an ancient history and wargames fan - then EPIC CCA games! Cannae and Raphia - short session report in above link! Video produced by the folks Board Games Chronicle.
Game: Macarthur's Defeat

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/27/2019 7:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Macarthur's Defeat - Preview

Preview video by Moe's Game Table.
Game: Less Than 60 Miles

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/26/2019 11:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Less Than 60 Miles - Extended Designer Notes

Designer’s Notes have been already been published on the Internet, but in three separate chapters. Also, one of the chapters describing operational planning in detail has been removed from the printed version and replaced by a more generic strategy guide. Here’s the full, uncut, uncensored, color version of the document! Shared by designer Fabrizio Vianello.