Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

Another new feature for, 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.

Basing thoughts for Bosworth

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"I tried hand painting the pavises. It was a brave attempt, I wept, swore, gave up wargaming forever..."! Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, talks basing and painting work with his miniatures. Lots of photos of some excellent work, and comments about the occasional frustration: "Perhaps my friend ‘The Dremel’ can correct that!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/23/2020

Battle at Dungborough 1471 with Billhooks!

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"Events unfold quickly at the hill." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, plays out a battle in the fictional county of Dungborough, using the Never Mind the Billhooks rules he's been having fun with of late. Playing a fairly balanced scenario always makes for an interesting test of a rule set, and then "Suddenly, a gift presents itself!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/14/2020

4th Kingdom of Heaven ACTS Tournament

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Call to Arms for the IV Kingdom of Heaven Tournament!

Join us for the IV Kingdom of Heaven Tournament! Whether you are an expert or novice, you are guaranteed at least three games, since round 1 is the (introductory) First Crusade played twice.

The games will be played on the Advanced Card Tracking System ACTS.

Please send your pledge to participate in this tournament, including your ACTS e-mail and ACTS nickname, to the GrandMasters of the Tournament:

Aleksandar Pesic

Trevor Sturmy

Start enlisting and soon we will announce the starting date!

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 9/4/2020

Giving the WotR Billhooks rules a first outing.

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"...a better appreciation follows play, where I think the rules can be seen to be punching above their weight." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, grows his appreciation for the Never Mind the Billhooks rules he's been trying out. To include a nuance that leads Norm to conclude that "As this game clearly demonstrated, leader loss is a nightmare and one has to give thought to where leaders are placed…"!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/4/2020

More Spotlight articles...

Grognard News

Grognard Game Plan

New Grognard Game Plan application is a free tool provided to registered 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, 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!

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 site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of" 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 "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 Discusses the game mechanics that provide the game with the Stalingrad "feel"...

More Grognard Originals...

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Game Articles


Pub Dates
Game: Carrier
Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Jon Southard

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 162
Date: 9/4/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Carrier Air to Sea – Basic Game

Carrier by Victory Games is perhaps lesser known in the wargame hobby compared to some other Pacific war carrier battles games. Though often overlooked, it is an excellent simulation of aircraft carrier warfare. The Big Board gives an overview of a typical airstrike utilizing the Coral Sea 1942 scenario.
Article ID: 153
Date: 5/11/2020
Poster: Mark D.
Midway - A Carrier (VG) Historical Variant Scenario (PDF)

Shared by Peter Phelps, this variant is an updated version of a variant he shared way back in 2004. Peter updated this because additional research has shown that some of his aircraft values were inaccurate. Thanks for the attention to detail, Peter!
Article ID: 161
Date: 7/30/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Carrier - Solomons Brawl

"We roll for Japanese intentions on the Close Reaction Table and the Japanese are up for a fight." Brad of Hexsides and Hand Grenades is back to enjoying Victory Games' Carrier, trying a nighttime surface-force only scenario. As the U.S. commander, he has a few disappointments... "If I were a Star Wars admiral, Darth Vader would have certainly choked the hell out of me by now."
Article ID: 160
Date: 1/28/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Carrier - Scenario 4: Air Search Officer

"... knowing that somewhere out there, someone was trying to find you and kill you and the only thing that you could do to avoid that was to find them and kill them first." Blogger Brad continues his exploration of Victory Games' Carrier, switching from combat scenarios to the suspense of a search challenge. The game's fog-of-war aspects create real hit and miss possibilities, so that a player "might end up sending a strike force out to bomb a coral reef. Life is like that." Brad's recap lets you "see the elegance of [the game's] core design shine through"!
Article ID: 159
Date: 1/11/2016
Poster: Ed Sommers
Carrier: Scenario 2 - Climax at Santa Cruz

An informative look at Scenario 3: "Climax at Santa Cruz", with an overview of actual game play... and a link to a topical History Channel show to boot! Produced by Brad Smith for his Hexsides & Hand Grenades blog.
Article ID: 158
Date: 1/7/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Carrier - Scenario 2: The First Carrier Battle

Blogger Brad offers an elegant description of a scenario with his long sought, newly acquired copy of Victory Games' Carrier. Check out the tactical fun and nice visuals, and find out why he agrees with gamers who speak of the game "with the kind of reverence you would normally reserve for saints or minor deities"!
Article ID: 147
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 148
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
article index

Article ID: 149
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review and variant

Article ID: 150
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 151
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 152
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 154
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
game assistance application (QBasic file)

Article ID: 155
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 156
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 157
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.