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.

Campaigning and fast play WWII tactical rules.

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"The rules provided by Matt are designed to allow the fast play needed to cover so much potential action, so that friends can complete their campaign in a day." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, checks out a fast play campaign system offered by Matt Irsik in Warning Order, which is a free, online wargames journal. Check out the action in Norm's test run through, and why he concludes that "…Matt has provided us with an engine that gets things moving and helps ensure that a campaign can be fought through relatively quickly to a conclusion."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/7/2022


Secrets to Teaching the COIN Series from GMT Games – A Guide to Making the Process Seamless and Getting Your Players to Enjoy the System

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"I always start the game out by reviewing those Victory Conditions and helping new players to understand what they mean. This can be the most in-depth part of the teach but is very important." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, shares tips he's developed from teaching the COIN system (COunterINsurgencies) to new players. Grant focuses on the fun, game flow and general strategy, for example a practice of which he says: "In my experience, new players don’t necessarily make that jump in their first few games."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/1/2022


Epic - Building an army in a day!

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"I plead this post title has at least a part truth - sort of!" Check out why Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has "…been re-energised to start jacking up my Epic Waterloo project..."!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/29/2022


Gaming the American Revolution – Ranking the Games We Have Played – 2022 Edition

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The Players Aid gives their opinion of some of the American Revolutionary wargames they have played in 2022. "n this post, I wanted to share with you some of our gaming experience with these wargames focused on the American Revolutionary War. We haven’t played all of the games on the subject, not even close, but we have played enough that we have a good cross section of the different takes on the situation and types of games to give you some insight into what we liked."

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 7/9/2022


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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 Opponents Wanted (10/15/2021)

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.

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.

A Close Look at a Neglected Gem

Long overdue review of Victory Games' "Central America: America's Backyard War", written by Mark D.. In depth review covering rules, game features, and scenarios (one of the highlights of the game). Editor's note: I've been playing this game again after a long, long time, so I felt this article was worth re-publishing to maybe spark interest in the game...

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) - AvalomHilly 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.