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Spotlight Articles

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

Best 3 Games with…East Front of WWII!

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"We have played a lot of wargames over the past 10 years but some of the classics have eluded us thus far." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, lays out his favorite East Front games. See which game makes him comment "The CRT is one of the most interesting and unique that I have seen."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/19/2024

GEN CON Indy 2024

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GEN CON INDY 2024: August 1-4 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN. LISTEN UP, GAMERS! Time is running out to get your Gen Con badges.

Poster: Robert Holifield
Post Date: 7/17/2024

Antietam, 1862

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"...I felt compelled to deal with this battle, which though a tactical mess, turned out to be a turning point...". Jeff Berry, in Obscure Battles, brings us another one of his exquisite battle reviews. Join him for some intriguing insights and wit, as "...Lee and Davis both recognized that now was the time to take the war north to prove that the South was winning their independence."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/15/2024

Part 7. The History of The Avalon Hill Game Company 1986-1991

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"Avalon Hill, after a big surge in the late 70s until the mid-80s was on a roll. But little did anyone know, the company would soon enter a decline that would eventually lead to the end of the company. In this episode, we explore the beginning of the end of Avalon Hill." Legendary Tactics

Poster: Robert Holifield
Post Date: 7/14/2024

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Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

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Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

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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

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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.

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

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Game: Defiance: 2nd Russo-Ukrainian War 2022-?


Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Mark Herman & David Dockter
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Defiance: 2nd Russo-Ukrainian War 2022-? Volume 1: Miracle on the Dnipro 2022 (“Defiance”) covers the initial 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine with the Kyiv and Chernihiv campaigns from February 24, 2022 to roughly April 1, 2022. Defiance builds upon Victory Games’ (Mark Herman’s) Flashpoint Golan (1991), adds a strategic political component, and updates the system for modern multi-domain warfare/the expanded revolution in military affairs (eRMA).


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Date: 5/29/2024
Poster: Doug Holt
Defiance Design Happy Hour: Modeling the Combat of 2nd Russo-Ukrainian War

"Fighting words." In a discussion about the oft referenced "3 to 1 rule", and how it should apply to this game project, designers D. B. Dockter and Mark Herman consider what technology has done or not done to key combat power influences: are these modern engagements more influenced by "Quality, Time, Size and ...Artillery", the fact that "...the proliferation of cheap networked unmanned systems has replaced the 20th century’s reliance on large expensive sensor platforms...", or is it something else?
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Date: 4/10/2024
Poster: Doug Holt
Defiance Design Happy Hour: Modeling the Political Dimension of 2nd Russo-Ukrainian War

"If military operations are included in power politics games, they are heavily abstracted. What about the other way around? Military simulations including a strong political dimension?" Designers D. B. Dockter and Mark Herman offer the next in their series of articles on designing a simulation of an ongoing conflict, this time focusing on the impact of political elements on the struggle. Check out the factors that they feel "...will generate a strong narrative, provide players with a better understanding of political dynamics and, most importantly, create a 'richer' simulation experience."
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Date: 3/27/2024
Poster: Doug Holt
Defiance Design Happy Hour: Partisan/SOF Operations vs. Regular Russian Forces

"The 2nd Russo-Ukrainian War has forced us to re-examine how we model modern warfare." Designers D. B. Dockter and Mark Herman continue their series of articles on designing a simulation of an ongoing conflict, this time focusing on the fight's irregular element. Check out how they are designing on the fly: "After repeated playtesting, we concluded that neither [mechanic] really did a good job of modeling partisan/SOF encounters with regular Russian forces. So, we had to invent...".
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Date: 12/1/2023
Poster: Doug Holt
First Draft of History: Designing a Military Simulation of the Russo-Ukraine War 2022-2023

"A book? A movie? An HBO series? How about a military simulation ('wargame') of the heroic struggle of Ukraine? ... Wiser men and women would avoid. But not us fools." Designers D. B. Dockter and Mark Herman discuss their approach to creating Ukraine 2022!, addressing an ongoing conflict! Check out the insights and quips as they forge ahead: "Ukraine 2022! should go on preorder in December 2023, and, with any luck, be published in 2024. ... Or some other event on the Richard Berg random events table could pop up."
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