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.

Games vs. History: The First Battle of Bull Run in War Games

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"…the battle resembled more of an armed brawl than an organized conflict." Jack Trumbull offers some thoughts about the first battle of Bull Run, and several digital wargame treatments of it.

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/28/2018


Battle of Bosworth 1485

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"…they pushed the boat out for it and splendid it was too." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, reminiscences about a fine reenactment in the pre-Internet dark ages, and his brief wargamer oriented publication on the battle using the stone knives and bear skins tools of the era. Sounds like the creative juices may soon be flowing, since the memory "…has left me wanting to start a small and focused Wars of the Roses project…"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/12/2018


Games vs. History: An exploration of the Battle of Nagashino in war games

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"…even the best planning and research often cannot sidestep the pitfalls of historical memory." Joe Fonseca considers how three different computer wargames approach the Battle of Nagashino during Japan's Warring States period. Joe finds different strengths and weaknesses in each, with his simple recommendation for one of them being: "Boot it up and marvel at the movie-like spectacle."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/7/2018


Downsizing: A table-top primer for converting 15/18mm figures to 10mm

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"…I took the King’s shilling for a long term 10 mm enlistment." Bill Gray takes us on a walk through the miniatures version of downsizing. From the why, to the how, to the result: "If Lenin was right when he said, 'quantity has a quality all its own,' the wargaming Gods are happy right now."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/2/2018


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 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.

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.

Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War - In Development (Grognard Enterprises)

The first game from Grognard Enterprises (Grognard.com) 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). Design by Mark D'Agosta. Check in on the info article for the latest info on this game...

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.