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Spotlight Articles

Outstanding articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game, but may have broad appeal to gamers.

ConsimWorld Expo 2024

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CSW Expo is an organized gaming event that provides a memorable gaming experience. With 24 years of experience in game conventions, our venue format is the perfect blueprint for celebrating wargaming with newcomers, experienced gamers, designers, and publishers alike. A full week event, July 12-20, 2024. Tempe, AZ.

Poster: Robert Holifield
Post Date: 7/9/2024

Next batch of figures

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"Xyston figures. My goodness, they are a treat to paint." Prufrock is painting, with a couple nice photos! "...it has been nice to come back home to practical hobbying and feel like you are getting somewhere in at least one aspect of your life!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/1/2024

The winners of the 2024 Charles S. Roberts Awards for Excellence in Conflict Simulation Games have been announced.

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Here are the best games released in the calendar year 2023. These games are exhibits of the highest standards of excellence in design and execution.

Poster: Robert Holifield
Post Date: 6/30/2024

Part 6. The History of The Avalon Hill Game Company 1983-1985

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Legendary Tactics continues to chronicle the history of Avalon Hill.

Poster: Robert Holifield
Post Date: 6/30/2024

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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.

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Grognard Challenge - Expanded Room for Comments! (6/25/2023)

The Comments entry area has been resized to 512 characters.

Grognard Opponents Wanted (9/14/2022)

New Opponents Wanted function. You can now set your ad expiration date, up to one year. Requires site registration.

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!

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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.

Fast, simple, not expensive, little errata, but only reasonably fun. (War game Review)

In his review on BoardGameGeek, Brendan Whyte first turns a critical eye towards the components and rules and lists their shortcomings. Game play fares better: “…the game is fast and quite fun”. Whyte then goes into comprehensive details covering game mechanics and spares no criticism for the game opponent (AI). His discussion concerning solitaire board games vs solitaire computer games is very interesting.

PE TANG 1900 Q&A with Marco Campari

Some Q & A between myself and Marco Campari, designer of Pe Tang 1900 from Lumaca Games.

PE TANG 1900 Strategy Tips

This is the strategy I developed after playing Pe Tang 1900 from Lumaca Games.

PE TANG 1900 Optional Line of Sight Table

Here is an optional table to make it a little more difficult to eliminate the Boxer artillery.

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Game: Crusader Rex


Publisher: Columbia Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Tom Dalgliesh, Jerry Taylor
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Crusader Rex is a wargame of the 3rd Crusade. One player plays the Christian Franks, the other, the Muslim Saracens. The objective of the game is to control important Victory Cities such as Jerusalem, Acre, Damascus, and Antioch. The board depicts the Middle East from Antioch in the north to Egypt in the south. 1st Edition published in 2005. 2nd Edition published in 2011 and includes an expanded map, new high-quality cards, and new labels. The 2nd Edition also includes a new rule book.


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Date: 7/10/2024
Poster: Mark D.
Player Guide

Player Guide to Crusader Rex covering turn sequence, mapboard, definitions and more. Helpful notes throughout this Guide. Compiled by James Francisco. (Jun 2014)
Grognard Hosted
Date: 6/30/2024
Poster: Mark D.
Review from Slingshot Magazine

This review by John Graham-Leigh was originally published in a 2006 issue of Slingshot Magazine and subsequently posted in BoardGameGeek in Sep 2010.
Web Link
Date: 6/25/2024
Poster: Mark D.
Player Aid

Includes a reduced game map, game turn sequence with notes, the counter sheet and shows the different types of units and distinguishes between those that are returned to the draw box and those that suffer permanent elimination. Special Thanks to RedBeak. (July 2008)
Grognard Hosted
Date: 9/3/2022
Poster: Mark D.
Official Rules v2.0 (PDF file)

Columbia Games Official Rules for the 2nd Edition of Crusader Rex
Web Link
Date: 9/3/2022
Poster: Mark D.
Replay of the 1st Edition

Alan Snider recounts a match played between Terrence and himself in October 2005.
Grognard Hosted
Date: 9/3/2022
Poster: Mark D.
Review of Crusader Rex

This review by Johnny L. Wilson of the 1st Edition was published in Armchair General in their December 19, 2005 magazine issue.
Web Link
Date: 9/3/2022
Poster: Mark D.
Review of Crusader Rex

Gotthard Heinrici gives a highly complimentary review of 1st Edition Crusader Rex on BoardGameGeek. (January 2007)
Web Link
Date: 9/3/2022
Poster: Mark D.
Crusader Rex: Review By a Wargame Neophyte

This positive review of Crusader Rex by Dave Lartigue was originally posted on BoardGameGeek. (Feb 2007)
Web Link
Date: 9/3/2022
Poster: Mark D.
Short review

This brief review by Seth Owen covers a few changes between the 1st Edition Rules and the 2nd Edition Rules and play balance. This review appeared in BoardGameGeek on Aug 2008.
Web Link
Date: 9/3/2022
Poster: Mark D.

A Helpful, but unofficial Q&A via email between Chris Yates and Niko Ruf. Feb 28-Mar 1, 2009.
Grognard Hosted
Date: 9/3/2022
Poster: Mark D.
MarcoOmnigamer's YouTube Channel

A review by MarcoOmnigamer on YouTube of Crusader Rex 2nd Edition. (Oct 2011)
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Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.

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