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.

Airpower Over Gallipoli: 1915-1916.

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"...an indispensable reference guide to air operations over Gallipoli." Ray Garbee reviews Airpower Over Gallipoli: 1915-1916, an exhaustively researched book covering a little addressed topic. Beyond just a factual treasure trove, Ray finds the book to be a good "…narrative of how a small group of intrepid aviators faced adversity with strength and ingenuity to innovate against a series of never-ending obstacles."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/22/2021


Interview with John Poniske Designer of Flanks of Gettysburg from Compass Games

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John Poniske is a prolific designer and we have enjoyed several of his games including Revolution Road from Compass Games, Plains Indian Wars from GMT Games (as yet unreleased but nearing completion), Bleeding Kansas from Decision Games, Hearts and Minds from Worthington Games and Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars 1845-1872 from Legion Wargames. The Players Aid talk to him about his design philosophy and his upcoming game, Flanks of Gettysburg to be published by Compass Games.

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 1/6/2021


Warlord Epic ACW - painting and comparing

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"...this post is going to look at what it might mean to my wargames table...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, checks out a sample of the new Epic Battles: American Civil War miniatures from Warlord Games. Check out why Norm feels he can give the product "…a big thumbs up, another area of choice for the customer and in our relatively small hobby…".

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/6/2021


A Brief History of Naval Wargames

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Kyle Mizokami gives a brief history behind the US Navy’s use of war games on the US Naval Institute’s News page. These games have played an important role in US Navy strategy and tactics. “After the war, Admiral Nimitz was to remark, “The war with Japan had been reenacted in the game rooms at the Naval War College by so many people and in so many different ways, that nothing that happened during the war was a surprise . . . absolutely nothing except the kamikaze tactics toward the end of the war; we had not visualized these.”…”

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 1/4/2021


More Spotlight articles...


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!

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Grognard Originals

In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more Grognard.com "originals" in the future.

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

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

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!

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Game: Commands & Colors: Medieval
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: Commands & Colors
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Richard Borg

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 17
Date: 11/22/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Commands Colors Medieval EPIC – Catalaunian Fields (451 AD)

"I really like one of the newest installments in the Commands & Colors world – Medieval. And with the recent announcement from GMT that expansions (!) are underway, I am ever more excited! In the meantime, also due to the forced lockdown, I play mainly online. Recently, and idea struck me – if you look at the 2nd and 3rd scenario in Rule-book, it is obvious that you can combine them in one battle!", states The Boardgames Chronicle in their recent article on how to combine Scenario 002 Catalaunian Fields (451 AD) Roman and 003 Catalaunian Fields (451 AD) Into one large epic battle. They conclude, "The EPIC Catalaunian Plains definitely will be one of the more interesting and exciting games of medieval period using this system."
Article ID: 16
Date: 10/8/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Belisarius Campaign – Part 7 – Decimum 533 AD (Phase 1)

The Boardgames Chronicle continues its series of replays of the scenarios in GMT Games, Command & Colors Series, this time Commands & Colors: Medieval. The replay begins with Belisarius on the march to the fateful battle of Decimum 533 AD.
Article ID: 15
Date: 9/2/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
REVIEW of Commands Colors: Medieval from GMT and Richard Borg Bonding With Board Games

Bonding with Board Games reviews Commands & Colors: Medieval published by GMT Games and includes some instruction on how to play the game. For fans of this game and the Command & Colors series, it's a nice video to learn a little more about these popular games.
Article ID: 14
Date: 8/25/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
“Peace was without confidence and war was without mercy.” Edward Gibbon. Commands and Colors – Medieval. Board Game Review

The Armchair General reviews Commands & Colors – Medieval, the newest entry in the venerable Commands & Colors series published by GMT Games. It covers the 5th and 6th Century battles between the Byzantine Empire aka the Eastern Roman Empire and the Sassanid Persians. It is expected that this will be the core game that will then be expanded upon to cover conflicts from the 7th Century to the 15th Century.
Article ID: 13
Date: 3/25/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Commands & Colors Medieval – Mini-Tournament #1

The Boardgames Chronicle reports on their the first ever Vassal mediated Mini Tournament run for Commands & Colors Medieval published by GMT Games.
Article ID: 12
Date: 3/5/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Belisarius Campaign – Part 6 – Callinicum 531 AD (Phase 2)

The Boardgames Chronicle continues it's series of replays following the tale of the greatest Byzantine general, Belisarius, utilizing GMT's Commands & Colors: Medieval. They continue the story with the battle of Callinicum which occurred during the Iberian War – a conflict raging between the Byzantine and the Sassanid Empires from 526 AD to 532 AD over the eastern Georgian kingdom of Iberia.
Article ID: 11
Date: 1/13/2020
Poster: Doug Holt
Belisarius Campaign – Part 5 – Callinicum 531 AD (Phase 1)

"...the Romans, having nothing to lose, charged the exposed Sassanid center...". Michal, in his Boardgames Chronicle blog, has a couple of fun rounds with the Callinicum scenario in GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Medieval. Check out why Michal concludes "That is really a great scenario: balanced, with a lot of maneuvers plus heavy units on both sides."
Article ID: 10
Date: 11/1/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Belisarius Campaign – Part 4 – Satala (530 AD)

"...game-play is quick & brutal with both factions set-up in very confrontational way." Michal, writing in The Boardgames Chronicle, offers some more intense replays in GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Medieval, this time with the Satala scenario. Lots of good images and clearly a lot of fun, even when Michal has to comment "Ok, maybe that was not such a great idea…"!
Article ID: 9
Date: 10/18/2019
Poster: Harvey M.
Comparative replay of Commands Colors Medieval and Ancients

The Boardgames Chronicle continues the third part of its comparative replays of GMT's tactical block game series Commands & Colors Medieval and Commands & Colors Ancients
Article ID: 8
Date: 9/30/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Belisarius Campaign – Part 3 – Dara (530 AD)

"Dara is an interesting, asymmetric scenario which can finish in any side gaining victory…". Michal, writing in The Boardgames Chronicle, covers a couple of intense replays of the Dara (530 AD) scenario in GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Medieval. And, like the saying goes, it ain't over till it's over: "The most astounding thing happened at the end of the game."
Article ID: 7
Date: 9/17/2019
Poster: Harvey M.
Boardgames Chronical Reviews Commands & Colors: Medieval

A concise review of GMT's Commands & Colors: Medieval by the Boardgames Chronicle
Article ID: 6
Date: 9/6/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Commands & Colors: Medieval Player's Aid (PDF)

Alejandro Calle offers a player's aid for GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Medieval, which includes interactions between units. Thanks Alejandro!
Article ID: 5
Date: 9/3/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Commands and Colors: Medieval vs Ancients Comparison – Part 2 – Minor Changes

Link to second article in the series comparing newest installment of Commands & Colors - Medieval and its natural predecessor - Ancients. Have a great read! Article written by our friends at the Boardgames Chronicle blog.
Article ID: 4
Date: 8/14/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Commands and Colors: Medieval vs Ancients Comparison Part 1: Major Changes

What are "Inspired Actions"? A first article by The Boardgames Chronicle examines how GMT Games' Commands & Colors: Medieval differs from its predecessor, Commands & Colors: Ancients. The "Major Changes" include some surprises: "Who would dream in C&C: Ancients about charging headlong into a supported Auxilia and surviving…".
Article ID: 3
Date: 8/7/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Commands and Colors: Medieval vs Ancients Comparison – Part 1 – Major Changes

As an ardent fan of the "Commands & Colors" system - especially "Ancients", I awaited "Medieval" version with great anticipation. New installments definitely do not disappoints. I am sure it will for long time stay as one of more played games by me. Today I would like to share with you first article in series regarding the differences between both games, i.e. Medieval vs. Ancients. Have a great read!
Article ID: 2
Date: 6/27/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Session Report - 004 Thannuris – 528 AD

The good folks at The Board Games Chronicle follow up their unboxing video with a session report from play of the Thannuris-528AD scenario. Gotta love a good session report...
Article ID: 1
Date: 6/13/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Unboxing / New Release

"I am a big Commands & Colors Ancients fan and this is definitely the best light-wargame I have ever played. When I heard that its logical continuation focusing on the early Medieval period (Byzantine vs Sassanids) - was next from GMT, I knew I had to have the game." Unboxing video by the good gamers at Boardgames Chronicle.