Opponents Wanted

Find Gaming Opponents!

Another new feature for Grognard.com, "Opponents Wanted" provides a quick and easy way to locate gaming opponents with similar gaming preferences. Requires site registration. Grognard.com Opponents Wanted



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.

On the Origins of the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet. Book Review.

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"The discourse surrounding fleets deployed in support of a global empire is as valid today as it was at the start of the 20th Century." Ray Garbee reviews Genesis of the Grand Fleet: The Admiralty, Germany, and the Home Fleet, 1896–1914, by Christopher Buckey. Ray finds a book that offers solid insights "...as it details how the government – specifically the Admiralty – had to wrestle with Fredrick the Great’s maxim of 'He who defends everything, defends nothing'."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 10/8/2021


Confronting Chaos: a New Concept for Information Advantage

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"...although American teams lose wargames all the time, this is, in fact, a very big deal." Chris Dougherty explains his concerns about how three decades of Pentagon war planning have "…assumed U.S. forces could achieve information dominance in a great-power conflict, akin to what the American military attained during the 1991 Gulf War. That assumption is fatally flawed."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/17/2021


The Return of Great Power Proxy Wars

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"If the United States fights with China or Russia, what type of war will it be?" Frank Hoffman and Andrew Orner, in War on the Rocks, make the argument that proxy wars are likely to again become a preferred tool of statecraft. "Proxy conflicts are, after all, the ultimate indirect approach."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/10/2021


WotR - Recruiting continues

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"...the herald is such a splendid figure, that Lord Cobham insisted on him joining the ranks!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, gives us a figures and painting update for his Wars of the Roses collection. Check out more of Norm's excellent miniatures work. And perhaps there is some action coming: "…I hear there are rumblings in the Parish of Piggy Longton, something to do with the Bishop of Dungborough recruiting for The King - what could possibly go wrong there!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/6/2021


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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.



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.

How to Play Shores of Tripoli: Naval Combat

The Shores of Tripoli, published by Fort Circle Games, is a great game to introduce someone to the hobby.Seek Out and Play has produced a series of excellent videos tutorials to help people learn the game and start playing quickly. In this video, they teach you how naval combat works.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman (updated)

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.

Editor's note added on 5/15/2021.

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.

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)

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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.