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


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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.

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Gaming Clubs/Organziations

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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: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! - Kursk 1943
Publisher: Academy Games
Series: Conflict of Heroes Series
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Uwe Eickert

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 782
Date: 11/23/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Video Review: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel – Kursk 1943 3rd Edition from Academy Games

Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! - Kursk 1943 published by Academy Games, is a tactical war game of platoon-sized engagements, with each counter representing a squad of infantry, a crewed gun, or a vehicle. The Players Aid reviews the 3rd edition which has a few significant rule changes from prior additions.
Article ID: 781
Date: 7/27/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Conflict of Heroes Storm of Steel Third edition

Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel is the second stand-alone title in the best selling Conflict of Heroes series from Academy Games. It is a tactical war game of platoon-sized engagements, with each counter representing a squad of infantry, a crewed gun, or a vehicle. The Boardgames Chronicle takes a look at the third edition and concludes "In essence, for everybody from entry wargamer to veteran grognards, the game is a great example how to bring more players to our hobby as it gradually introduces rules and is very aesthetic."
Article ID: 780
Date: 5/31/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Conflict of Heroes Storms of Steel Kursk 1943 (Third Edition) by Academy Games

As a tactical World War II system, the Conflict of Heroes series by Academy games has been quite popular. It has gone through several reprints. The latest reprinting of Conflict of Heroes Storms of Steel Kursk 1943 (Third Edition) by Academy Games is reviewed by A Wargamers Needful Things. They conclude “For anyone who is looking for a game that you can quickly learn, here it is. People looking for a historical portrayal of the Kursk battle look no further. Those two sentences are rarely seen together in a review about a wargame. When they do coincide you know that you have a real winner.”
Article ID: 779
Date: 3/13/2020
Poster: Mark D.
The Boardgames Chronicle - Replay of Scenario #7

Well illustrated replay of CoH: Storms of Steel! (Scenario #7: Wounded Tiger) shared by the Boardgames Chronicle site. Michael says: "That was definitely one of the best Storms of Steel scenarios we played - #7 Wounded Tiger. Very exciting and close game where victor was uncertain till the last turn. Enjoy our session report, richly depicted with pictures and the movements of the tank forces."
Article ID: 778
Date: 2/17/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
CoH: Storms of Steel! #3 Wind or Sniper?

The Boardgames Chronicle presents its third foray with Academy Games' Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! - Kursk 1943 this time playing Scenario #3 Wind or Sniper? which brings "rules about group movement, invisible units, snipers and engineers. Sounds like fun – and definitely it was. Even more suspense, bluffing and possibility to surprise the enemy."
Article ID: 777
Date: 1/16/2020
Poster: Mark D.
Video Review - Moe's Game Table

An unboxing video produced by Moe's Game Table looking at "Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel" by Academy Games.
Article ID: 776
Date: 12/29/2019
Poster: Harvey M.
CoH: Storms of Steel! #2 Twilight’s Last Gleam

Boardgames Chronicle continues its replays of the Academy Games' Conflict of Heroes Storm of Steel system by playing another scenario in the campaign – this time #2 Twilight’s Last Gleam.
Article ID: 775
Date: 12/23/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
“After several minutes of firing on the move, the attacking echelon of our 29th and 18th Tank Corps cut into the Nazi ranks with a thrust forward—a rapid assault literally through the enemy ranks.” ― Soviet Cmdr. Pavel Rotmistrov — Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel Kursk 1943 Board Game Review

"The map boards are photo realistic so you feel like you are playing a miniatures game." Rick Martin reviews Academy Games' Storms of Steel Kursk 1943, giving it a dramatic 99% rating! Find out what has Rick so enthused that he concludes with "Get this game! Schnell! Schnell!"
Article ID: 774
Date: 12/13/2019
Poster: Harvey M.
Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! #1 The Courier’s Satchel

The Boardgames Chronicle brings us a short replay of Academy Games' tactical simulation of WW II combat Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel 3rd Edition using Scenario #1 The Courier's Satchel.
Article ID: 773
Date: 11/5/2019
Poster: Harvey M.
Storms of Steel - Kursk 1943 3rd Edition

Academy Games skipped right from the 1st edition to the 3rd edition of Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel 3rd Edition and Bonding with Board Games does a nice video which is part review and part "How To" highlighting the changes in the latest version.
Article ID: 772
Date: 10/11/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Storms of Steel - Kursk 1943 3rd Edition

Academy Games announces that "Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel 3rd Edition has arrived and is available now." A significant change involves an update of the "…Action Point System into a Spent Check System that allows your gameplay to feel more fluid as you change from unit to unit…".
Article ID: 771
Date: 11/3/2018
Poster: Mark D.
Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel 3rd Edition Rules!

Academy Games CEO Uwe Eickert goes through the changes to the new Conflict of Heroes 3rd Edition Rules, why they changed them, current trends in military philosophy, and how they were implemented in the game. He then goes through several turns of the game to show the speed of play and how the changes to the rules affect strategy and gameplay. Excellent resource for fans of the game...
Article ID: 770
Date: 9/16/2018
Poster: Mark D.
Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel 3rd Edition Rules!

The rules are complete for Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel 3rd Edition! They are available for free download on the Academy Games website. Also, pre-orders are still available for Storms of Steel.
Article ID: 769
Date: 12/14/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Battlefields and Warriors: Analysis

Norm, for the Battlefields and Warriors blog, pens an analysis of the armor combat system used by Conflict of Heroes. It's a statistical analysis of the relative capabilities and survivability characteristics of the tanks that fought on the eastern front in World War II, and how well COH models them.
Article ID: 768
Date: 10/8/2010
Poster: Mark D.
D Bryant: Review

Really awesome review by D Bryant for Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel. The different sections of the review are titled as "Act I", "Act II", etc. I think Mr. Bryant may be a playwright! In any event, I'm glad he's used his writing talents for all out benefit.
Article ID: 767
Date: 6/28/2010
Poster: Mark D.
Ondrej Vašícek: Review

Excellent review of Confict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! by Ondrej Vašícek for BGG.
Article ID: 766
Date: 5/18/2010
Poster: Mark D.
Board To Death TV: Video Review

Video review of Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel!.
Article ID: 765
Date: 12/16/2009
Poster: Mark D.
2D6.Org: Video Review

Nicholas Cassidy and Matthew Falk present an honest and useful review of Storms of Steel for 2D6.org.
Article ID: 764
Date: 9/7/2009
Poster: Mark D.
James Palmer: Review

Nice review by James Palmer for BGG.