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.

Basing thoughts for Bosworth

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"I tried hand painting the pavises. It was a brave attempt, I wept, swore, gave up wargaming forever..."! Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, talks basing and painting work with his miniatures. Lots of photos of some excellent work, and comments about the occasional frustration: "Perhaps my friend ‘The Dremel’ can correct that!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/23/2020


Battle at Dungborough 1471 with Billhooks!

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"Events unfold quickly at the hill." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, plays out a battle in the fictional county of Dungborough, using the Never Mind the Billhooks rules he's been having fun with of late. Playing a fairly balanced scenario always makes for an interesting test of a rule set, and then "Suddenly, a gift presents itself!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/14/2020


4th Kingdom of Heaven ACTS Tournament

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Call to Arms for the IV Kingdom of Heaven Tournament!

Join us for the IV Kingdom of Heaven Tournament! Whether you are an expert or novice, you are guaranteed at least three games, since round 1 is the (introductory) First Crusade played twice.

The games will be played on the Advanced Card Tracking System ACTS.

Please send your pledge to participate in this tournament, including your ACTS e-mail and ACTS nickname, to the GrandMasters of the Tournament:

Aleksandar Pesic

Trevor Sturmy

Start enlisting and soon we will announce the starting date!

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 9/4/2020


Giving the WotR Billhooks rules a first outing.

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"...a better appreciation follows play, where I think the rules can be seen to be punching above their weight." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, grows his appreciation for the Never Mind the Billhooks rules he's been trying out. To include a nuance that leads Norm to conclude that "As this game clearly demonstrated, leader loss is a nightmare and one has to give thought to where leaders are placed…"!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/4/2020


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.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman

Is there such a thing as a "Perfect Opening Move" in any of GMT's COIN Series games? Mark D. shares his idea of a "perfect" opening turn for the Romans in Falling Sky. Enjoy.

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

I'm finally getting to play this game, and am looking forward to it. There are a decent amount of "special rules" and restrictions that apply to either the Axis or Soviet player, depending on which turn it is. Rather than flipping back and forth in the rule book, I made a quick & dirty cheat sheet for myself which I have been using, and thought I'd share it. If anyone sees anything that's incorrect, please let me know via email at mark at grognard dot com. (updated 4/11/2020 to include rules for ignoring Rivers - Axis only on Turn 1; both sides on Turn 2)

French "Low Density" Blues in Ici c'est la France!

Brief strategy article written by Mark D. that explains the concept of "Troop Density" and examines how that level can have a big impact on French and FLN play in the early stages of the game. Ici c'est la France! was designed by Kim Kanger and published by Legion Wargames in 2009. Outstanding game!

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"...

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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Grognard.com: Wargame Assistance Software/Player Aides

IF YOU KNOW OF ANY GOOD GAME ASSISTANCE SOFTWARE OR PLAYER AIDES THAT ARE NOT LISTED HERE, PLEASE SHARE IT WITH THE REST OF US!


Wargame Player Aides: Windows 7/8 Software


Wargame Player Aides: Macintosh Software

Note - Unpack the Mac files with StuffIt Expander v3.07 or later.

  • 2x_blind.sit (28672 bytes) Contains the Doubleblind II Hypercard stack for doing a small hexmap campaign doubleblind for miniatures.
  • Aslmaper.sit (21248 bytes) A HyperCard stack for making maps for ASL, has the hexgrid on the background, you paint terrain on the foreground, and there is a button for putting in the hex codes.
  • Dipaidbc.sit (174336 bytes) Diplomat's Aid was originally designed as a HyperCard stack to facilitate the play of PBeM/PBM Diplomacy games. It can keep and adjudicate every move for a single game, for up to 18 years, and you mave save the game to disk for later retrieval. This version of the software is a stand alone application and features a computer "General" to move the fleets/armies of 1-5 countries.
  • Dip-log.sit (17024 bytes) This stack keeps track of an infinite number of Diplomacy games at once. It provides notes, and will count units for each country. Requires HyperCard 2.0.
  • Genquart.sit (20608 bytes) Contains a pair of stacks for General Quarters, one does a nicer set of ship records, and has some ships from one of the Guadalcanal battles entered. The other is a movement plot sheet for printing.
  • God of Mini Wars PBEM aide/computer opponent (6Mb) (Mark Ainsworth)

Wargame Player Aides: MSDOS software


Wargame Player Aides: UNIX/Linux software


Wargame Player Aides: Windows 3.1 software


Wargame Player Aides: Windows 95/98/ME/XP/Vista software

  • Aide de Camp II A PBEM aide. Gamesets are available including:
  • Avalompro.zip (6Mb) - game assistance software for playing board games.
  • Battlegrounds Gaming Engine (BGE) - PBEM aide
  • Berthier Campaign Manager (Tony De Lyall, computer software for miniatures) - website for version version 8.0.6
  • Bucketsdice.xls - spreadsheet containing two tables for rolling large numbers of dice to hit on 5,6 or just 6.
  • Campaign Cartographer Map Making System.
  • Countersv1.zip (zipped files, 123K) An Access database tool that generates counter images
  • CyberboardA PBEM aide. Gamesets are available.
  • Drawhexgrid - creates hex grid image files. Also includes a tutorial on map graphics.
  • Electronic Cardboard (ZIP - 2MB) - PBM/PBEM aide, v2.1 - Resurrected by designer Rich Hogen, "Electronic Cardboard" was originally conceived as a Game Assist Program (GAP) for the Play-By-Electronic-Mail (PBEM) community. It was created to address the need for non-destructive overlay of bitmaps atop bitmaps. Although features are based on gaming needs, EC may be universally useful for overlaying tasks. In the modern computing environment EC can be used in conjunction with Netmeeting or Webex or similar desktop sharing software to play a game in real time, i.e. synchronously. Gaming references in this Help file assume asynchronous play (e.g. PBEM).
  • Excel Counter Generator - xlctrgen.zip (zipped file) - Included in the Excel file are two sets of examples, and an explanatory text file. Once the counter layout and color schemes are correctly defined, it makes incorporating any changes to the counters very quick and easy
  • Gqhelper.zip (395471 bytes) Game helper for General Quarters (miniatures game). Author is Daniel Cleyne.
  • God of Mini Wars PBEM aide/computer opponent (6Mb) (Mark Ainsworth)
  • Hexdraw - graphical editor for designing hexagon grid game map.
  • Hexover.zip (846k) - creates hex grids on bitmaps.
  • Mkhexgrid - A fully-configurable hex grid generator
  • Smaz.zip (zipped files) Staff Map Assistant allows you to recreate battles/campaigns on a map. It may be useful for people designing or developing wargames as well as those interested in military history. You create the map and units as .bmps. The units can be moved around the map as you like by simply dragging them and moves can be recorded and played back. You can also maintain an Order of Battle for your units. To see a demonstration, run the sma.exe then open the file WF410622C.mil. Author is Michael O'Donoghue.
  • WarPlanner A PBEM aide.