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.

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


10 Historical Facts About Avalon Hill

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David Lent, aka “The Centurion”, provides this quick list of factoids concerning the Avalon Hill Game Company, the first of the great hex and counter war game companies.

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 9/4/2021


Wrong, wrong, and wrong again

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"...games and game-models that are lauded for their innovation and perspicacity, whose designers are profiled in the Washington Post, whose hobby games potentially influence real-world decision-making, can still get it wrong." Prufrock takes a square look at what the current debacle in Afghanistan tells us about the limits of our hobby (or for some, vocation): "It's not a nice pill to swallow."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/20/2021


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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 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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Pub Dates
Game: The Civil War
Publisher: Victory Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Eric Lee Smith

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 437
Date: 7/23/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Looking back at an old friend - Eric Lee Smith's "The Civil War - 1861-1865"

Gilbert Collins video takes a look back at an old favorite, The Civil War-1861-1865 published years ago by Victory Game.. Despite its age, in my opinion, it is still one of the best strategic Civil War games ever published.
Article ID: 436
Date: 4/22/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
The Civil War: A Brief Recounting

The Confederates take Washington, DC! Brad blogs about an introductory play of Victory Games' The Civil War to see why folks like the game so well. Another convert made, apparently, as he concludes "...I can easily see a game like this becoming a favorite."
Article ID: 435
Date: 4/4/2016
Poster: Ed Sommers
Victory Games' "The Civil War" - Starting a Civil War...

Brad Smith sharing his first experience with Eric Lee Smith's classic "The Civil War: 1861-1865" published by Victory Games in the mid-1980's. It's a fantastic game that is still regarded by many as the ultimate Civil War strategic simulation...
Article ID: 434
Date: 8/12/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Stuka Joe: Video Playthrough

Stuka Joe is right on time with this one. Just last night, I dusted off my copy of "The Civil War" and resolved to get it on the table in the near future. Joe leads us through a replay of turns 1 through 3 in this latest video.
Article ID: 433
Date: 1/26/2014
Poster: Mark D.
General Magazine: Strategy

Scan of 'The Solid South' strategy article in The General Vol 26-6
Article ID: 432
Date: 1/12/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Boardgaming Life: Strategy

Brief strategy tip from Mark D.
Article ID: 404
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Article Index

Article ID: 405
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Strategy Discussion

Article ID: 406
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Errata (for 2/83 printing)

Article ID: 407
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
List of PBEM Opponents

Article ID: 408
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Variant

Article ID: 409
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Variants

Article ID: 410
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Variant

Article ID: 411
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Variants

Article ID: 412
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Variant

Article ID: 413
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Variant

Article ID: 414
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
counter manifest (Excel file)

Article ID: 415
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review and Variant

Article ID: 416
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review of Far West Option

Article ID: 417
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
BlueGray Leader Counters (PDF)

Article ID: 418
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
RedWhite Leader Counters (PDF)

Article ID: 419
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Leader Variants (Word file)

Article ID: 420
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Leader Variants with Counters

Article ID: 421
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Leader Variants and summary (Excel files)

Article ID: 422
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review

Article ID: 423
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review

Article ID: 424
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review

Article ID: 425
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Comparative Review

Article ID: 426
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Variant

Article ID: 427
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Variants #1

Article ID: 428
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Variants #2

Article ID: 429
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
WGA unofficial rules revision

Article ID: 430
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Errata

Article ID: 431
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review