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.

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


We deserve better military strategy from popular culture

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"Deep down though, I'd like to think they [audiences] recognise stupid when they see it…". Joe Robinson finally can't resist venting on a subject that subconsciously nags all wargamers. Read on, and scratch those various itches! "By all accounts every man, women and child on that day should been slaughtered. They weren’t, because plot reasons."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/1/2019


Top 5 Alternatives to Dice in Wargaming

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Are you tired of rolling dice? This video has the top five alternatives to dice in wargaming. Courtesy of the fine folks at Centurion's Review.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 4/21/2019


3 Best Wargames Under $15 - Centurion's Review

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David Lent identifies the 3 Best Wargames Under $15 (in his opinion). Six minute video produced for "Centurion's Review".

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 4/14/2019


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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...


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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Game: ETO

Series: ETO Series
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/20/2019 5:56:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Soviets' Barbarossa Bullet Points

"You must bog down the Axis’ logistics for as long as possible. How?" Alan Emrich discusses a "…checklist of important things to remember for the Soviets…" at the beginning of Victory Point Games' ETO, their European World War II mega game. This includes deciding how to approach untying the essential conundrum of the East Front war: "Preserving the Red Army and denying German advances are essential, but these goals often conflict…"
Game: Ivar the Boneless: Northumbrian Blood-Eagle

Series: Warrior Kings Campaign Series
Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/19/2019 1:40:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Ivar the Boneless - New from High Flying Dice Games

"1st of November 866AD, All Saints Day in the Northumbrian City of Eoforwic (Yorvik in Danish), would have been a hive of activity as the good folk went about their lives drawn to the Mynster for the feast of All the Saints and the last market fair before winter. Little did they realize the great calamity about to enter their lives, as outside the gates was a wolf, Ivar the Boneless (son of Ragnar). Standing over seven foot tall, a great warrior and military tactician but also a tyrant, Ivar was the cruel and ruthless leader of the mycel heathern here, or Great Heathen Army." New from High Flying Dice Games...
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 5/19/2019 12:50:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#917) for 19-May-2019 and the winners for the last Challenge (#916).
Game: Men of War

Publisher: 1C Entertainment
Game Type: Computer
Date: 5/19/2019 8:55:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Men of War Review

In his “8 Out of Eight PC Game Reviews” blog, James Allen gives a 7 out of 8 review to this real time simulation (RTS) that covers tactical World War II scenarios. Allen notes that the game is excellent for multi-player situations and is “an excellent game for those players looking for realistic tactical online gaming.”
Game: Transylvania

Publisher: Mayfair Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/19/2019 6:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Transylania Playthrough and Review

A play through, followed by a review of Transylvania from Mayfair Games. It's an area control game from 1981 where villagers, knights and clerics set out to destroy a vampire castle that has been raiding their village. Video produced by Centurion's Review.
Game: Paths of Glory

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/18/2019 6:43:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Paths of Glory: Replay

"That was one of longest wargame sessions I played - full, 20 turn PATHS OF GLORY game. 13 hours of heroic battles, turns of fate, excitement and sorrow - simply everything what you would expect from great game! Such an epic event had to be commemorated in special way - I created a movie with all the maps, moves, collapses of countries, major battles, etc. Everything with great music. That was already some time ago but I did not shared it on my blog yet. If you are intrigued, please have a look at below session report and enjoy watching the tremendous struggle of Central Powers and Allies in the The Great War!" Replay shared by The Boardgames Chronicle web site...
Game: Hammerfall

Series: Team Yankee
Publisher: Battlefront Miniatures
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 5/17/2019 5:14:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Team Yankee - Counterattack at Ludermund

"…the US sends three combat teams to reclaim two bridges just north of Fulda City…" Brad Smith, in his Hexsides and Hand Grenades blog, has some fun playing out an engagement from his new World War III First Strike novel, using the Battlefront Miniatures' Team Yankee: Hammerfall set. Check out why Brad gets two very different results from his play throughs!
Game: Ici, c'est la France! The Algerian War of Independence 1954-62

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/16/2019 7:00:00 AM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Ici C'est la France - Unboxing video by Moe

Another unboxing video courtesy of Moe's Game Table blog.
Game: Blitzkrieg Commander IV

Series: Blitzkrieg Commander
Publisher: Pendraken Miniatures
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 5/15/2019 5:53:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Taking Blitzkrieg Commander IV for a spin

"Having had a brief dabble, I can readily appreciate why this system is so popular." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, has a kick-the-tires session of Pendraken Miniatures' Blitzkrieg Commander IV. Check out why Norm concludes "This system delivers an uncertainty as to what will happen next and the rules give a ton of replay value…"
Game: Battle 1917

Publisher: CCS
Game Type: Computer
Date: 5/13/2019 8:20:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
Three Short War Game Reviews for Battle 1917

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 ”Popular Computing Weekly”, “Crash”, “Games Machine” and “Your Sinclair” provided tips and reviews for ZX Spectrum users. These three reviews, one from “Popular Computing Weekly” and two from “Crash” give good to bad ratings for Battle 1917 from CCS. The game is a two player simulation somewhat like chess and it won the Cambridge Award for 1983.
Game: Tonkin: The Indochina war 1950-54, 2nd Edition

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/13/2019 8:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Tonkin: Board Game Unboxing

Unboxing of Legion Wargames Tonkin: The First Indochina War. Produced by Moe's Game Table.
Game: Warplan

Publisher: Matrix Games
Game Type: Computer
Date: 5/13/2019 5:52:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
What is a WarPlan, and how do we get one? New WW2 Grand-Strategy Simulation Announced

"...WarPlan must have been in development for quite some time..." Joe Robinson takes a quick look at the beta information for Matrix Games/Kraken Studios' Warplan. See if you think it measures up!
Game: Time of Crisis

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/12/2019 6:43:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Time of Crisis: Unboxing

Unboxing video by the Boardgames Chronicle. Session reports to follow...
Game: Pub Battles: Brandywine

Series: Pub Battles Series
Publisher: Command Post Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/10/2019 8:27:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
What makes PB: Brandywine so darn replayable

In his blog “Mike's Pub Battles & Journal”, Mike Strand praises the replay value of this Revolutionary War battle miniatures game from Command Post Games. The game is quick with easy to remember, intuitive rules but the clincher is the “positive synergy” created by the turn order and rules of engagement. Mike concludes “The end result is a quick and fun game that is endlessly re-playable.”
Game: Hammerfall

Series: Team Yankee
Publisher: Battlefront Miniatures
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 5/10/2019 7:32:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Team Yankee - Hammerfall

"...as my friends call it, 'Plastic Crack Cocaine' for middle-aged guys." Brad, in his Hexsides and Hand Grenades blog, checks out Battlefront Miniatures' Hammerfall World War III starter set. See why Brad concludes "The game is fast-playing, especially with such a small number of units, but it is fun."
Game: Less Than 60 Miles

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/9/2019 5:53:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
LT60M Command & Posture Notes

First of what will hopefully be a series of videos, produced by Kevin Sharp for his Big Board Gaming blog, taking us on a tour of "Less Than 60 Miles", a new release from Thin Red Line Games.
Game: One Hour Wargames

Publisher: Neil Thomas
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 5/8/2019 6:34:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
1065 and all that! (yes, you read that right)

"...Norman troops are on the English south coast, ravaging the land, taunting him to do his Kingly duty and protect his people." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, has some fun playing a scenario from Neil Thomas' One Hour Wargames. How can he resist when "…my part painted 1066 12mm do beg for a day out…"!
Game: Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance

Series: Terminator
Publisher: River Horse Ltd.
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 5/6/2019 5:42:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“Come with me if you want to live!” Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance Board Game Review

"As we used to say in the 1990s, Terminator 2 was the bomb!" Rick Martin reviews River Horse Games' Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance for Armchair General, giving it a 95% rating. See why Rick enthuses that the game "…captures the frantic energy of the movies perfectly…"!
Game: COUNTER-ATTACK: THE BATTLE OF ARRAS, 1940

Publisher: Revolution Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/4/2019 1:27:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for COUNTER-ATTACK: THE BATTLE OF ARRAS, 1940

The folks at VASSAL have added a module for COUNTER-ATTACK: THE BATTLE OF ARRAS, 1940 from Revolution Games. 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: L'Attaque

Publisher: Au Jeu Retrouvé, Gibsons, H. P. Gibson & Sons
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/4/2019 8:05:00 AM
Poster: Pat L.
The development and dispersal of L’Attaque games

Fred Horn and Alex Voogt discuss the elements of the L’Attaque series of games. The article covers the history of these games and a comparison between the three major games in this series: L’Attaque, Stratego, and Jun Qi.
Game: Trial of Strength

Publisher: LNL Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/3/2019 8:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Trial of Strength - Unboxing

Another unboxing video from Moe's Game Table.
Game: Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah

Series: Great Battles of the American Civil War
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/3/2019 5:38:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Fisher’s Hill: A Death Valley Narrative-Style AAR (Part 1)

"The Rebs retreat again before a line of bristling bayonets." William Byrne is back with more wargamer narrative art as he offers the first installment of the battle of Fisher's Hill, using GMT Games' Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah. Check out some intense action supported by excellent map illustrations. "Screaming the rebel yell, the 40th surges forward and retakes the Monroe battery."
Game: Less Than 60 Miles

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/2/2019 7:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Less Than 60 Miles - New Release from Thin Red Line Games!

Less Than 60 Miles has been released!

"At 0400 Zulu Time, July 24 1985, three Warsaw Pact Armies cross the Inner German Border and advance at full speed into the Fulda Gap. US V Corps, supported by West German 5 Panzer Division, start executing OPLAN 33001 – the CENTAG Defense Plan prepared and refined for decades – to accomplish the apparently impossible task of stopping 4000 Soviet Tanks before they reach the Rhine. Taking its roots from SPI’s 'Central Front' and 'NATO: Division Commander', Less Than 60 Miles is the first of an operational simulation series focused on Command, Control and Communications."
Game: Pacific Tide: The United States Versus Japan: 1941-45

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 5/1/2019 6:00:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Unboxing - Moe's Game Table

Unboxing video produced by Moe's Game Table blog.
Game: The Chosin Few

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 4/29/2019 4:00:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Review of VPG's "The Chosin Few"

Excellent review/critique of Victory Point Games' title "The Chosin Few". Review written and shared by Nanking Defender...