Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

Another new feature for, 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 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."

Why Does America Need Aircraft Carriers? Ask Hitler and Mussolini.

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Michael Peck, writing for the National Interest, makes the case for keeping a strong U.S. Navy carrier force intact...

Kaliningrad Fires is war, but no game

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Semantics, semantics! Rex Brynen has a tart comment or two about Kaliningrad Fires, the first of a series of what The Strategy Bridge bills as a series of wargames. Per Rex, "…it isn’t really a wargame at all."

Forgotten Theatres of World War 2

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"… I think that they should be transposed over into the virtual medium we call gaming." Sean Couture considers two "unsung" campaigns of World War II which, in his opinion, have only been addressed by games that were "…sadly superficial at best." A couple of interesting choices!

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, 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!

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Grognard Originals

In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more "originals" in the future.

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

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 2

Continuing with the full campaign game of "The U.S. Civil War". We have completed 5 full turns, i.e. through the Spring 1862 turn, and the Confederates are still hanging in there. This is the second installment, penned by Mark D. for, which covers game turns 3, 4 and 5.

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 1

We started a new campaign game of "The U.S. Civil War" last Sunday and I'm going to attempt to submit a brief replay summary each week. This first installment, penned by Mark D. for, covers the first two turns of the game (Summer 1861)

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Game: Dead Reckoning

Publisher: Tiny Battle Publishing
Date: 6/21/2017 10:47:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Dead Reckoning: Marco Review!

Marco Arnaudo turns his eye toward "Dead Reckoning", another fine zombie game by prolific designer Hermann Luttmann. This time, the zeds appear in the quiet and peaceful old mining town of Denney Springs, Colorado. I won't spoil the surprise and reveal if Marco liked the game or not, but I will tell you that he brings up the critically important issue of why "natural selection" does not seem to hold sway in the world of zombies...
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/19/2017 10:22:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Solitaire Play of Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea – Greeks vs Persians: An AAR (Part 1)

"...they can hear the cadence of a vast multitude of sandal shod feet just beyond sight." Designer Christopher Vorder Bruegge playtests a solitaire version of the special Greeks and Persians scenario of his GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea. Is the scenario balanced, or have they "…inadvertently created a kind of Frankenstein, all too powerful Greek-killing machine…"?
Grognard Challenge Time!

Date: 6/18/2017 11:00:00 AM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#817) for 18-Jun-2017 and the winners for the last Challenge (#816).
Game: It Started Here: LZ X-Ray

Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 6/17/2017 1:40:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
It Started Here: LZ X-Ray - New from LnL!

It Started Here LZ X-Ray is a simulation of the air assault by the 1-7 Air Cavalry Battalion into the Ia Drang Valley in mid-November of 1965. This platoon level game tells the story of the Air Cav's desperate fight for survival against the overwhelming strength of three NVA regiments. This newly revised edition comes complete with new maps, counters and updated rules. Test your strategies and out-think your opponent, using infantry platoons, machine gun sections, mortar batteries, and helicopter sections in furious jungle warfare. The game comes in two editions: a downloadable "Print and Play" version in US Letter and A4 paper sizes, and a "Print On Demand" version that comes fully printed and with counters and dice. This game contains some previously released material from Brothers By My Side. If you already purchased Brothers By My Side you will be able to download the updated edition for free.
Game: Nordkapp

Publisher: TSR
Date: 6/16/2017 11:29:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Nord Kapp: World War III in the Arctic Circle

"The Italians rush up towards Tromso and recapture the port. Is this a turning point?" Brad continues his rousing replay of SPI's Nord Kapp, loving every minute! But don't draw conclusions yet, since "…the rest of the 45th Soviet MRD arrives from Sweden and looks to get some revenge for the ass kicking their buddies received…"
Game: Bushido

Publisher: GCT Games
Date: 6/14/2017 10:20:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Miniatures Game Review: Bushido

"I’m standing here defeated and absolutely delighted..." Eric reviews GCT Games' Bushido, a miniatures game using an interesting alternating activations approach. He likes the way it heightens the interaction between the players, creating "…a calculation to each fight, a knowledge that risks can pay off big or come back to bite you."
Game: Leningrad '41

Publisher: Vento Nuovo Games
Date: 6/13/2017 11:11:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
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...
Game: Washington's War

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/12/2017 9:34:00 PM
Poster: Yannick Stoneage
Video review of Washington's War

Washington's war review from the guys of The Player's aid channel. Good and fresh view of this CDG wargame system.
Game: B-17 Flying Fortress Leader

Series: Air Leader Series
Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Date: 6/12/2017 11:02:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
B17 Flying Fortress Leader Hits Its Target! Review of the New Game

"The cards are a treasure trove of information and are at the heart of the game." Rick Martin checks out DVG's B-17 Flying Fortress Leader, designed by Dean Brown. Despite a few quibbles, he gives the game an Armchair General 95% rating, and likes its challenge: "I have found it imperative to hit targets hard and hit them again in the same week in the hopes of knocking them completely out."
Game: Almeida et Bussaco 1810

Series: Jours de Gloire
Publisher: Canons en Carton
Date: 6/11/2017 7:05:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Three related after action reports by Eric Stubbs from “BoardGameGeek”

An inspired Eric Stubbs provides 3 solid after action reports for each of the battles including Miscalculation at Almeida , Bloody Draw at Bussaco, and Coimbra Cavalry Clash in his posting from “”.
Game: Almeida et Bussaco 1810

Series: Jours de Gloire
Publisher: Canons en Carton
Date: 6/11/2017 6:21:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Marco Arnaudo reviews Almeida et Bussaco 1810

Marco Arnaudo provides a detailed review of the 3 battles: Almeida, Bussaco, and Coimbra from the Peninsula Campaign between Napoleon and the UK. “…a joy to play…great balance”. The games feature a chit pull to determine activities and orders to simulate command control. This game is part of the Shadow of the Eagle Napoleonic system used by over 30 games. Marco reviews the game system in his related review for the game Fuentes de Onoro by Vae Victus.
Game: Lock 'n Load: Heroes of the Motherland

Series: Lock 'n Load Tactical Series
Publisher: LNL Publishing
Date: 6/11/2017 2:14:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Heroes of the Motherland - Game Review

Maurice Fitzgerald, writing for the Club Fantasci site, pens a decent, well illustrated review of "Lock 'n Load: Heroes of the Motherland", published by Lock n Load Publishing.
Game: The War of the Worlds

Publisher: Dan Verssen Games
Date: 6/11/2017 2:10:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
War of the Worlds - Now on Kickstarter!

Save England from the Martian Tripods in this Solitaire board game from Dan Verssen Games! Based on the classic novel of H. G. Wells. Stand alone games also include invasions of the eastern United States, France, and Japan. Now on Kickstarter. Rules linking the games are on the way...
Game: Cuba Libre

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/11/2017 1:41:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Cuba Libre: Live Stream

Recording of a live stream of a complete game of Cuba Libre. Video produced by No Rules Review YouTube channel.
Game: Fuentes de Onoro 1811

Publisher: Vae Victis
Date: 6/11/2017
Poster: Pat L.
video review

Game: Pub Battles: Brandywine

Series: Pub Battles Series
Publisher: Command Post Games
Date: 6/10/2017 3:24:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
What is Pub Battles Brandywine?

Visit this link for access to a video about the game, as well as an illustrated "How does it work?" section, and links to a game tutorial, reviews, Q&A, optional rules and, of course, a link to *buy* the game. In short, everything you need to get started with Pub Battles Brandywine...
Game: Armoured Commander

Publisher: Gregory Adam Scott
Date: 6/9/2017 10:03:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Canada's Finest: An Armoured Commander AAR

"What I really admire about Armoured Commander is how it presents a very personal war." Sean Couture recounts a tense play of Armoured Commander, by Gregory Adam Scott. He seems to have had more than a bit of fun: “'Huzzah!' the crew and I screamed as we scored our first kill.", yet moments later "Apparently my celebrations were a bit premature..."
Game: Sergeants Miniatures Game: Day of Days

Publisher: Lost Battalion Games
Date: 6/7/2017 9:47:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Re-fight the Day of Days, June 6th, 1944, with the Sergeants Miniature Game!

"I have never played a World War II tactical game which captures the flow, dynamism and drama of real combat as the Sergeants Miniature Game does." Rick Martin enthusiastically reviews Lost Battalion Games' Sergeants Miniature Game Starter Set, giving it an Armchair General 99% rating. See why it has become Rick's "… game of choice for this type of simulation…"
Game: Berthier Campaign Manager

Publisher: Tony De Lyall
Date: 6/6/2017 8:59:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Berthier Campaign Manager v9.8 (Free Software)

Updated version 9.8 of Tony De Lyall's "Berthier Campaign Manager" software, a Windows program that manages war game campaigns for miniatures. This release has no new features, just a bug fix, but it's good to see that Tony is still supporting his software! See the "ReadMe" file in the download for details of fixes in the new release...
Game: ONUS! Rome vs Carthage

Publisher: Draco Ideas
Date: 6/6/2017 8:53:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
A Boardgaming Life Review by Michael Stultz

Michael Stultz, writing for "The Boardgaming Life" site, pens a truly outstanding review of this strategy title from Spanish game publisher Draco Ideas. He tells you *everything* you need and want to know to decide if this game is for you...
Game: Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea

Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 6/5/2017 9:48:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Solitaire Play of The God-King of Egypt (Part 2)

"Woe to the Land of the Nile!" Christopher Vorder Bruegge continues a rousing replay of GMT Games' Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea, using Mark McLaughlin's solitaire system, which he finds to be "…efficiently malignant and challenging to play against"!
Game: Allenby's Blitzkrieg

Publisher: Schutze Games
Date: 6/4/2017 4:15:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Robert Smith reviews Allenby’s Blizkrieg from Schutze Games

Robert Smith provides a detailed review of probably the first great “blitzkrieg” from WWI that exceeded even the German blitzkrieg in WWII. The British easily overwhelm the Ottoman Turks so the challenge is to maximize the victory for the British by taking every town. “...makes for an excellent solitaire game.”
Game: Operation Mercury: The Invasion of Crete

Series: Grand Tactical Series
Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Date: 6/2/2017 9:13:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Operation Mercury: The Invasion of Crete – GTS Goodness Arrives!

"...I hope to dive in with both feet." Ty Snouffer gives us several shots of Multi-Man Publishing's Operation Mercury: The Invasion of Crete, which his kindly mailman just delivered. "For me it is the perfect fit of historical flavor with a robust game system."
Game: Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Date: 5/31/2017 7:58:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Pendragon Chronicles – Vol. 9 – The Fall

Will you experience "…a magic power of boardgames…"? Marc Gouyon-Rety and Volko Ruhnke discuss what they feel is a unique dynamic of their GMT Games' Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain, namely a full-fledged change of "political-military-economic affairs". "In Pendragon, we can begin in a diocese of the Roman Empire and end amidst warring kingdoms of the Dark Ages."
Game: Lettow-Vorbeck

Series: Hand of Destiny
Publisher: Decision Games
Date: 5/29/2017 6:00:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Viscount Eric reviews Lettow-Vorbeck from Decision Games

Short review by Viscount Eric for his “Gaming with the Gnomies” blog. The game, covering the East African Campaign 1914-1918 between the Allies and Germans combines counters and campaign cards to keep things interesting. Rated Four and a half Gnomes!