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.

Stamford Bridge

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"What a fun year this must have been! Comet included!" Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, offers another one of his exquisite looks at a not so well known battle. Including some perspective as to "…why it was strategically important to events that ultimately shaped English history, and even the evolution of the English language itself, i.e. why it's mostly French."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/5/2020

Simple Battles No.1 - Fight for the Bridge.

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"So, in the spirit of pursuing the simple game, I have put a game on using just 6 units per side...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, chips in to help evaluate the concept of a "…‘simple game’ and what that actually means." Norm creates a fast-moving ACW meeting engagement, and the fun starts: "The Union are the first to get all of their brigade onto the table (they are the fastest with the mostest!)." Do they retain their advantage?

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/3/2020


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"Well color me tartan, because I just took the plunge and my sage ruminations follow." Bill Gray explains the why and the how of his miniatures "downsizing" effort, along with some nice pictures of the results! And a bit of the sagacity he mentioned: "…remember, if you have but one pack of unpainted lead in your closet, you can’t die…"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/31/2020

509th (H) B-17 Virtual Bomber Group

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If you are interested in playing a Play By Forum that is playable with either "B-17 Queen of the Skies" or with "Target for Today", we would love to have you join us. We are an open ended campaign, so people can come and go as they need to. We fly one mission every 2 weeks. Crews will carry over from one campaign to the next so lost crew can be replaced, and so that people can join as we go. The crews that are currently in our campaign (which is flying with the 9th USAAF) will simply transfer over to the 12th. Any thing not in the base games that is needed we can help you with, so that you are able to play along. The 509th has been functioning as a play by forum game since 2012, and has had 10 wonderful campaigns. The way that the 509th works, is when you register for a crew (B-17 or B-24) you will be placed into a squadron. Please see the site for more information...

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 7/13/2020

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"...

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Game Articles


Pub Dates
Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: Commands and Colors Series
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Richard Borg

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 731
Date: 7/20/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Battle of Bailen for Commands and Colours: Napoleonics

Every Saturday night The Armchair Dragons host a Saturday Night Fight utilizing Tabletop Simulator. Using GMT's Command & Colors: Napoleonic's, they re-fight the Battle of Bailen 1808, where the Spanish Army of Andalusia, led by Generals Francisco Castaños and Theodor von Reding, faced off against the Imperial French Army's II corps d'observation de la Gironde under General Pierre Dupont de l'Étangresulting resulting in the first open-field defeat of a Napoleonic army.
Article ID: 730
Date: 3/19/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Back to Napoleonics – Prussians Expansion

The Boardgames Chronicle revisits Commands & Colors: Napoleonics published by GMT Games this time using the Prussians expansion to fight scenario 401 Schleiz (9 October 1806). In the first clash of the Fourth Coalition, Bernadotte, at the head of Napoleon’s center column, moved against Tauentzien’s Prussian/Saxon division near the village of Schleiz. Tauentzien, realizing that the French were advancing in strength, sent Bila’s troops forward to slow the French advance, while he waited for reinforcements or orders to retreat. Bernadotte did not wait, but swiftly issued orders of his own. Soon Werle’s advance guard moved against the Oschitz Woods, while Drouet attacked Schleiz. By early afternoon the French could not be stopped and Tauentzien decided to fall back to Auma in an attempt to maintain a link with his outlying commands. The retreat came too late to save one Prussian battalion.
Article ID: 729
Date: 3/6/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." – A Review of Commands & Colors: Napoleonics from GMT Games

A concise review of the popular Commands & Colors: Napoleonics by GMT Games from The Players Aid. Designer Richard Borg’s first title in the series was an old American Civil War title called Battle Cry. Designed as a simple, two player historical wargame, the system has blossomed and evolved with so many titles and iterations that at this point you can almost get whatever you want! The robust nature of the system is what speaks to it’s staying power. The simplicity is why the series is so beloved.
Article ID: 728
Date: 5/10/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Battlefields & Warriors: Miniatures Playtesting

Norm, from the Battlefields & Warriors blog, uses components and scenarios from GMT's "Commands and Colors: Napoleonics" to test a new set of miniatures rules he's working on.
Article ID: 727
Date: 4/20/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Play Board Games: Review of Spanish Army Expansion

Brief review by Jason C.. Jason also has written reviews for several of the other Commands and Colors games. Check them all out on the Play Board Games blog.
Article ID: 726
Date: 1/26/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Armchair General: Prussian Army Expansion Review

Review of the Prussian Army Expansion for GMT's successful "Commands and Colors: Napoleonics" game system. Excellent review written by Sean Stevenson for Armchair General.
Article ID: 725
Date: 4/7/2014
Poster: Mark D.
The Mad Padre: Replay

A quick replay of Commands and Color: Napoleonics scenario 'Rolica 1', by Michael Peterson at The Made Padre's Wargames Page
Article ID: 724
Date: 2/24/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Armchair General: Review

A lively and informative review by for The Armchair General. I was drawn in by the "Austrians are the Rodney Dangerfields of Napoleonic history" comment. See? Now you have to read it too, don't you…
Article ID: 723
Date: 1/26/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Drive Thru Videos: Review

Article ID: 713
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Compared to Commands and Colors: Ancients

Article ID: 714
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 715
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 716
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 717
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 718
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 719
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 720
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

Article ID: 721
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Video Review

Article ID: 722
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Review of Spanish Army expansion