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


More Spotlight articles...


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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Latest Challenge

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Game: Afrika Korps
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Charles S. Roberts

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 306
Date: 10/16/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Afrika Korps (Game information)

The Wargame Academy maintains a comprehensive directory of information for older war games. This is their entry for Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps.
Article ID: 304
Date: 10/10/2021
Poster: Pat L.
War and Pieces with Rob Oren - October 17, 2018 (video)

If the war gaming hobby is to survive it will need a new generation of players. Rob Oren recommends finding older, easier war games, like Afrika Korps and Panzer Leader, and using them to introduce new players to the hobby.
Article ID: 305
Date: 10/10/2021
Poster: Pat L.
My TOP 10 FAVORITE Avalon Hill Games / BEST games of all time / What is YOUR list? (video)

YouTube poster Legendary Tactics loves gaming and posted his Top 10 List from Avalon hill. Afrika Korps comes in at #8.
Article ID: 303
Date: 10/3/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Avalon Hill Afrika Korps First Look (video)

David Lent in his Centurion’s Review web page presents this video unboxing of Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps from 1964.
Article ID: 302
Date: 10/3/2021
Poster: Pat L.
AFRIKA KORPS; Wargame Academy Amplified Third Edition Rulebook (PDF)

The Wargame Academy issued this beautifully illustrated, enhanced version of the third edition rules for Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps. The enhancements include new or enhanced illustrations, plus colored text for important exceptions or rule’s emphasis. Also included are design credits, VASSAL module information, a lengthy article index, and a tournament archive.
Article ID: 301
Date: 9/26/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Was I unlucky or outplayed in Afrika Korps?

Board & Card Games Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people who like playing board games, designing board games or modifying the rules of existing board games. This example describes a knotty situation while playing Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps that led to a major defeat and a strategy discussion among several grognards.
Article ID: 300
Date: 9/26/2021
Poster: Pat L.
THE 'AFRIKA KORPS' NOTEBOOK: TOBRUCH: Perception, Reality, and Luck: the Low-Odds Ploy against Tobruch

Map and Counters, a long-time war gamer’s blog from Joseph C. Beard III, addresses a common complaint concerning Avalon Hill’s Afrika Korps. Many in the war gaming hobby have complained that Afrika Korps allows the Axis player to win by luck via a low odds attack on Tobruch. War games that are solely based on chance are highly undesirable. Beard disputes the complaint and gives some sage advice by describing his method of game evaluation: …”I ceased to venture a critical judgment on a title until I had first gained a clear understanding of the game system and then had logged many hours with that title, both in solitaire and in face-to-face play.”
Article ID: 299
Date: 9/25/2021
Poster: Pat L.
State of the Art of War (Games)

From a most unusual web site, Gideon Marcus posts a review from 1964(?!) that discusses several of the Avalon Hill games from the 1950’s and 60’s. Games reviewed include Tactics II, D-Day, and Afrika Korps. Pretend it’s 1964 and wargaming is the newest thing on the block.
Article ID: 292
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 293
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
article index

Article ID: 294
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
PBEM game

Article ID: 295
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 296
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
3rd ed rules (PDF file)

Article ID: 297
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 298
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review