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.

Pocket battle Games, so far....

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Looking for small games "...complicated enough not to be able to figure out the ultimate 'win all the time' game plan strategy within a few plays..."? Angry Bunny offers some thoughts on the pocket battle games offered by LPS and High Flying Dice Games over the years. Small perhaps, yet, in the view of designer Paul Rohrbaugh, "…it is harder to design these pocket games to be as true to history and fun, than it is to design a larger game."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/11/2019


Finnish Civil War Ludography

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Freelance writer and game designer Brian Train provides a cursory list of games devoted to the Finnish Civil War of 1918. Train designed the game Finnish Civil War in 2009, later published in Paper Wars magazine in 2017.

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 11/11/2019


Early look at COIN game based on Northern Ireland troubles

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Guest Blog Post: The Troubles Part 1 – An Early Look at a COIN Series Inspired Multi-Faction Treatment of the Northern Ireland Conflict by Hugh O’Donnell. Shared by The Players' Aid site.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 11/10/2019


Bits and pieces, and a wargame.

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"It was a fine contest with plenty of blood and thunder, and even a crossroads." Prufrock returns, after a hiatus in posting, with some splendid pictures of an ACW miniatures engagement! "The fighting on the Union right was grim right from the beginning."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/4/2019


More Spotlight articles...


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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All about Grognard.com!

About Grognard.com

To quote the Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed:- Grognard: A soldier of Napoleon's Old Guard; a veteran soldier; grumbler (French). 'Grognard' is also slang for someone who likes playing wargames.


INTRODUCTION

'Grognard' is derivative slang for someone who likes playing wargames. 'Grognard.com' therefore has a unique collection of various conflict simulation game (i.e. wargame) information, including (but not limited to) rules errata and variants, game reviews and links to relevant web sites. The emphasis is on board wargames, but miniatures, computer and card-based wargames are also covered.


Who We Are

Beginning in December 2013, this site has been owned and operated by Mark D'Agosta. The site was conceived and capably operated by Alan Poulter from 1995 through January 2013. From January to early December 2013, the site was entrusted to caretaker Jason Pipes who "kept the lights on" during that period.

After undergoing an extensive re-design, the new Grognard.com was unveiled in February 2014 and has been active as a reliable gaming resource since then. Currently the site is maintained by:

  • Mark D. - Site owner and administrator.
  • Doug Holt - Assistant site administrator, developer and contributor.
  • Pat La Pella - Assistant site administrator and contributor.
  • Ed Sommers - Database administrator and contributor.

Content Updates

Grognard.com used to only be updated weekly, on Sundays, but starting in February 2014, we have moved to a "continuous update" model, so new shares and submissions will be posted on an "as received" basis, which means as soon after receipt as possible. This site depends on shares/submissions for new material, so please contribute if you can. New instructions for sharing/submitting items can be found on the 'Share' page.



The Grognard Challenge

Each Sunday, sometime between 12:01 AM and 11:59 PM, Grognard.com runs a competition known as the Grognard Challenge which challenges site visitors to identify a board game from pictures of its map and units. There are no prizes, :-( but the first person to submit a correct response using will have their name added to a winners list. Find out all about the current and past winners on the Grognard Challenge page.


Other Wargaming Resources

Jim Dunnigan's book The Complete Wargames Handbook, and SPI's Introduction to War Gaming (PDF file, 20mb) are dated, but still useful introductions to board wargaming. Another insight into the hobby is an Analysis of Top Wargames, 1958-2008 (PDF), based on data from Boardgamegeek. Finally, the British fanzine The Phoenix covers the SPI era in detail.

As far as video resources, you can watch a TV story on board wargaming featuring CABS (Columbus Area Boardgaming Society), a promotional film for board wargaming made by SPI in the 1970s and a film about The Sentry Box game store in Calgary.

The book 'Simulating War', by Professor Philip Sabin of Kings College London, is recomended as it "sets wargaming in the context of established scholarly techniques such as mathematical modelling, operational research, game theory and role playing, and explains how it unites all of these approaches in a synergistic whole". Other textbooks for game designers are Designing Modern Strategy Games and Modern Perspectives on Game Design, both by George Phillies and Tom Vasel. Finally, The Grog News blog is a useful source source of news relating games to reality.

You are also encouraged to check out "Tactical Wargamer's Journal", a periodical print publication by Michael A. Dorosh which can be purchased through his Tactical Wargamer web site. It covers all aspects of commercial tactical wargaming, and is a great resource for those interested in the hobby. Michael's site contains a wealth of information on books, board games, computer games, miniatures rules, publishers, role playing games and more. The Tactical Wargamer Web Site is well worth the time spent perusing.


Free Wargames to Get You Started

Of course there's no better introduction to board wargaming than actually playing one! Here are links to two free board wargames that you can "print and play": First Blood and Battle for Moscow.