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.

The Wargamer's Guide to Heraldry, Uniforms & Flags in Tabletop Wargaming

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"...pageantry is one of the reasons I do historical miniature wargaming." Bill Gray brings us a fascinating look at the how and why of the way armies looked before things became nationalized and regularized in the past couple of centuries. Which is why Bill particularly likes games where "…you need to stop thinking like a 21st Century humanoid, at least understand why generals long ago thought the way they did, and then do likewise."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/22/2020


Empire of the Sun: Full Campaign PBEM Tournament

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Now registering for the "Empire of the Sun: Full Campaign PBEM Tournament". Check the site for details of tournament rules and requirements. Registration will be limited to 16 participants or no later than August 31, 2020.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 5/20/2020


Book buying spree

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"It was only right, meet and good to go there and splurge in votive thanks as soon as I was able." Prufrock brings us his first post-full-lockdown thoughts, centered on the pleasure that his local secondhand bookshop has reopened. And he didn't leave empty-handed: "Fortunately, there were three cracking coffee-table hardcovers with Prufrock written all over them…"!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/18/2020


The Granicus

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"...it was a political as well as a vainglorious motive to invade Darius III's realm." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another one of his fascinating, in-depth battle examinations. Jeff's approach with this one, given the available history (or lack thereof?), is to keep in mind the adage that "…most accepted truths are the fossilized remains of self-serving propaganda."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/13/2020


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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"...

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Pub Dates
Game: 1985: Deadly Northern Lights
Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Fabrizio Vianello

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 5
Date: 4/24/2070
Poster: Harvey Mossman
DNL continues, Part 3 of Turn 1:

"Commodore Skoglund Just informed me that our Submarines, his air combined with ours has not been enough to dissuade the Soviets from progressing across the straits. In fact if it was a tad clearer I dare say we could see the bastards out the window!" And so begins The Big Board’s replay of Thin Red Line Games’ 1985: Deadly Northern Lights focusing on the naval battles between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.
Article ID: 13
Date: 5/22/2020
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Deadly North Lights AAR Thoughts

After playing through a campaign of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights published by Thin Red Line Games , the Big Board gives their final thoughts on the multifaceted aspects of the game.
Article ID: 12
Date: 5/10/2020
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Combat Details -Deadly Northern Lights

The Big Board explains the combat procedures in their campaign of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights by Thin Red Line Games.
Article ID: 11
Date: 5/10/2020
Poster: Harvey Mossman
The Hot Gates

"In 1985 the Valley just east of Fossbakken was wide, with steep rocky sparsely wooded sides. There were no fantastical walls of bodies. No cliff edges to the sea. Just a Brigade of determined Norwegian fighters keen to protect their homes, and their families." The continuing side of the 1985 hypothetical invasion of Scandinavia continues with the Big Board’s campaign of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights by Thin Red Line Games.
Article ID: 10
Date: 5/9/2020
Poster: Harvey Mossman
DNL- The Battle of Copenhagen

The Big Board continues its campaign of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights published by Thin Red Line Games. The Soviets have reached Copenhagen. Can NATO hold on?!
Article ID: 9
Date: 5/3/2020
Poster: Harvey Mossman
DNL- July 27-28 Battle of Værløse

1Zealand Brigade and the Corp HQ element are dug in around the Danish Airfield in Værløse just Sth West of Copenhagen. HQ had raided guarded stores of ammunition and supplies. The men were loyal to the people of Denmark, they would not live under another countries thumb ever again. The Big Board continues its narrative of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights from Thin Red Line Games. Can the Danes hold out against the Warsaw Pact onslaught?
Article ID: 8
Date: 4/28/2020
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Battle of Tromso July 27-28

1985: Deadly Northern Lights, a follow-on to their Cold War era 1985: Under and Iron Sky from Thin Red Line Games, is high on my list to get on the wargaming table. Here's a replay of the Battle of Trosmo from The Big Board.
Article ID: 7
Date: 4/26/2020
Poster: Harvey Mossman
Wrapping up Turn 1 Phew! We did folks!- DNL #5

The Big Board wraps up turn one of 1985: Deadly Northern Lights by Thin Red Line Games in this, the last of their initial series of videos. There is a recap of the game details and summary of play particular regarding the NATO first turn.
Article ID: 6
Date: 4/24/2020
Poster: Harvey Mossman
DNL continues, Part 3 of Turn 1:

"Commodore Skoglund Just informed me that our Submarines, his air combined with ours has not been enough to dissuade the Soviets from progressing across the straits. In fact if it was a tad clearer I dare say we could see the bastards out the window!" And so begins The Big Board’s replay of Thin Red Line Games’ 1985: Deadly Northern Lights focusing on the naval battles between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.
Article ID: 4
Date: 4/22/2020
Poster: Mark D.
DNL - Southern Maps, Turn 1: A Fresh Look

Artistically illustrated play-through of Turn 1 of "1985: Deadly Northern Lights", shared by Kevin Sharp on his Big Board Gaming site.
Article ID: 3
Date: 4/17/2020
Poster: Harvey Mossman
1985: Deadly Northern Lights from Thin Red Line Games Preview

1985: Deadly Northern Lights from Thin Red Line Games, a monster game that adds to their 1985: Under an Iron Sky, is previewed by Moe's Game Table. It looks to be a beautiful game and the system is an update and revision of SPI's The Next War.
Article ID: 2
Date: 4/10/2020
Poster: Mark D.
1985: Deadly Northern Lights - Now Available!

"1985: Deadly Northern Lights", the latest effort by Fabrizio Vianello and Thin Red Line Games is now available on the Thin Red Lines Games web site!!!
Article ID: 1
Date: 2/4/2020
Poster: Harvey Mossman
1985: Deadly Northern Lights - "The Gates of Fire" AAR

Fabrizio Vianello from Thin Red Line Games will bring us another title in his NATO vs. Warsaw Pact line, 1985: Deadly Northern Lights. The blog WarWithoutKIA reports on a playtest session of the "The Gates of Fire" scenario which covers the Soviet offensive in Northern Norway during the first 10 days of war. Both NATO and Warsaw Pact have only a fraction of the ground forces normally available in Central Europe, and similar problems for moving them where needed. The real fight is in the sky and at sea.