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.

Andrea Casarrubea’s new monograph an essential book for historians Great War aerial combat. Book Review.

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"When I first started leafing through the book, I found it hard to put down." Ray Garbee finds a treasure trove of information for World War I air enthusiasts in In the Skies of Forgotten Courage: The RNAS and RAF in the Adriatic and Albania 1917-1918. Not all the action was on the Western front!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/30/2019

Butcher's Yard: A Wargaming Foray into the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879

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"…he found several hundred Zulus coming up the other side. The Battle was on!" Joe Robinson regales us with a tabletop encounter recognizing the 140th anniversary of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Lots of nice photos of a game in which "…things escalated quickly."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/9/2019

Hexes and Soldiers Magazine - Issue #1

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Available now is the very first issue of Hexes and Soldiers Magazine! The 38 page periodical includes articles by: Shayne Logan, Adam Starkweather, Stuka Joe, Sean Chick and Jason Kruse.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 1/8/2019

Responsibilities to the hobby

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Should you "…feel obliged to make some kind of effort to convert muggles into gamers."? Prufrock weighs in, with some well phrased bon mots, on the idea that "…wargamers should, in various ways, be active in promoting the hobby." Spoiler: "Your inviting someone over for a game does not make them a wargamer any more than your eating a perfectly cooked scallop makes you a French chef."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/7/2019

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.

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"...

Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War - Now on BGG!

Got the BGG listing for Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War approved and published! Playtesting is proceeding. Still working on better counters...

Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War - First draft of rules completed

Grognard Enterprises ( first game will be Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War which covers Operation Iraqi Freedom from June of 2003 through the end of 2012 the latest (the game can end earlier). Designed and created by Mark D'Agosta.

10/15/2018 - First draft of the rules is completed. All charts and tables are complete. Map is 75% done. Working on the counters...

Interested in a TUSCW tournament on Vassal?

Anyone interested in a 2019 Tournament of the American Civil War on Vassal?

Registration deadline 12/31/2018.

Limit: 8 Participants.

More Grognard Originals...

Grognard Challenge

Latest Challenge

Have a look at the graphics for the latest Challenge and see past solutions and contest winners.

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Game Articles


Pub Dates
Game: Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: Great Battles of the American Civil War
Game Type: Board

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 4
Date: 11/19/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
Carroll Burns the Bridge: A Narrative-Style AAR for Death Valley’s Variant Cross Keys Scenario

"There are too many Yankees this time, and too many armed with rifled muskets." William Byrne indulges in a bit of wargamer art as he offers the first installment of a narrative based on a game of GMT Games' Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah. Enter Stonewall Jackson, stage left: “General Ewell, we must push these people. Why is it that half your division is unengaged?”
Article ID: 3
Date: 9/19/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
Lincoln’s Lieutenants in the Shenandoah: A Look at Union Leaders in Death Valley

"...these northern commanders bested Stonewall on the tactical level." William Byrne gives some fascinating background about Union commanders in GMT Games' Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah. And as to the best of them, "…there’s a potential price to be paid when you’re the idol of your troops."
Article ID: 2
Date: 8/3/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
Open Order Formation in Death Valley: Simulating 1864-Style Skirmish Lines

"…it was exactly what the 1864 Confederates in Death Valley needed…" Developer William Byrne discusses how the tactical innovation dubbed "Open Order" is incorporated into GMT Games' Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah. The technique offered advantages, yet "…military thinkers worried then and for the next 50 years that Open Order incurred a higher risk of shirking and desertion…"
Article ID: 1
Date: 2/9/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
Cross Keys: A Good Day for Richard Stoddert Ewell (Part 1)

"… Cross Keys stands as an example of a numerically inferior force using interior lines to defeat a stronger but divided enemy." Developer William Byrne offers some insights into the Cross Keys scenario of GMT Games' Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah. Historically, a win for the rebels, but "After taking a look at the scenario’s set-up, the Confederate player will be thankful he can count on Ewell, as Fremont’s force can inspire a measure of alarm."