Opponents Wanted

Find Gaming Opponents!

Another new feature for Grognard.com, "Opponents Wanted" provides a quick and easy way to locate gaming opponents with similar gaming preferences. Requires site registration. Grognard.com Opponents Wanted

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.

Choosing Napoleonic pocket armies and scales.

Spotlight Article Graphic

"...I find myself, when looking at Napoleonics, of being in the odd situation of having accumulated three different scales in the unpainted stash to choose from." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, begins his logic in choosing scale and ruleset to focus on. He has a method to his madness: "The process of elimination will simply be to set up a generic scenario and play the various scales through with the various rule sets and just see which gives me the right feel and look that best suits what I am after." But also not ignoring "…what brings the most joy!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 2/1/2023

Another Option for Online Tabletop Gaming with Rally The Troops!

Spotlight Article Graphic

"Beyond the Vassal’s and the Tabletop Simulator type engine, there’s another option out there...". Ray Garbee checks out Rally the Troops!, a fairly recent option for tabletop style gaming, online. See why Ray concludes “All told, Rally the Troops is a great addition to the tabletop gaming landscape.”

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/30/2023

Examining the Critical Role of WW II Logistics in “War of Supply” – Book Review

Spotlight Article Graphic

"A reason that the battle of Kasserine Pass came to be in the first place was due to the failure of the logisticians and planners to accurately provide a logistical ‘tail’...". Ray Garbee reviews War of Supply: World War II Allied Logistics in the Mediterranean, by David D. Dworak. Ray finds "...insights into how the logistics services stumbled in North Africa, but picked themselves up and learned from their mistakes."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/23/2023

Operation Barbarossa 1941, games and some reading.

Spotlight Article Graphic

"...reading the book, hand-in-hand with playing some Barbarossa boardgames would give an experience that would enhance both book and game." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, launches into one of his fascinating projects. This time, while reading Barbarossa - How Hitler Lost the War, he'll be playing games on his shelf related to the campaign. Spoiler alert! Norm points out how, with one title, he's "…never had such an extreme opening."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/16/2023

More Spotlight articles...

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.

Grognard News

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!

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 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.

A Close Look at a Neglected Gem

Long overdue review of Victory Games' "Central America: America's Backyard War", written by Mark D.. In depth review covering rules, game features, and scenarios (one of the highlights of the game). Editor's note: I've been playing this game again after a long, long time, so I felt this article was worth re-publishing to maybe spark interest in the game...

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman (updated)

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.

Editor's note added on 5/15/2021.

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.

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)

More Grognard Originals...

Grognard Challenge

Latest Challenge

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

Recommended (archives)

Wargaming - General Info

Board Wargames

Miniatures Wargames

Computer Wargames

Academic Gaming

Board Games

Internet Based/PBEM Games

Individual Wargamer Blogs

Wargaming Magazines

Asst Software/Player Aides

In Memoriam

Grognards Lost

Please support Grognard.com by supporting our site sponsor, Quarterdeck International Games


S T U V W X Y Z 0-9

Game Articles


Pub Dates
Game: Defiant Russia: The Great Patriotic War, 1941
Publisher: Avalanche Press
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): William Sariego
Search for this and related games with Noble Knight

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 201
Date: 1/22/2023
Poster: Doug Holt
Campaign game - Defiant Russia ‘41

"Hitler’s Directive of ‘No Retreat’ exposes the army to continued fighting and heavier losses as the formations must stand and absorb whatever is thrown at them." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, concludes his Barbarossa project replay of Defiant Russia, while reading Barbarossa - How Hitler Lost the War. Check out what's going on in the final game turn (scroll down to December 1941), when with "…just remnants of units still in place, this area is a rotting door waiting to be kicked down…"!
Article ID: 198
Date: 10/26/2016
Poster: Ed Sommers
Battlefields & Warriors: Norm's Thoughts

Norm Smith writes a quick blurb about the 2nd Edition of "Russia Defiant" and shares links to a video he produced about the game as well as links to some of his other comments...
Article ID: 186
Date: 3/24/2015
Poster: Ed Sommers
House Rules (Word)

An extensive set of "house rules" compiled and shared by Joseph Bisio.
Article ID: 193
Date: 3/24/2015
Poster: Ed Sommers
Player Aid Card (Word)

Player aid card shared by Preacher.
Article ID: 197
Date: 2/27/2011
Poster: Ed Sommers
Barbarossa in an Afternoon

Brief but decent and well illustrated review of Defiant Russia, written by Sean Chick.
Article ID: 194
Date: 1/15/2009
Poster: Ed Sommers
Designer's Notes

Designer notes (William Sariego).
Article ID: 196
Date: 4/17/2007
Poster: Ed Sommers
Defiant Russia - First Impressions

Concise but coherent review, written by Osprey for BGG.
Article ID: 195
Date: 4/18/2006
Poster: Ed Sommers
Game Replay

Fairly detailed replay between Mark Woloshen and opponent Sean.
Article ID: 192
Date: 6/15/2005
Poster: Ed Sommers
Official Game Variants

Official Game variants from designer William Sariego...
Article ID: 191
Date: 5/30/2005
Poster: Ed Sommers
Defiant Russia - Cheat Sheet (PDF)

Cheat sheet prepared by game designer William Sariego.
Article ID: 190
Date: 5/25/2005
Poster: Ed Sommers
Game Replay (Alan Snider)

Game replay: Alan Snider vs Nathan Hiebert...
Article ID: 189
Date: 4/23/2005
Poster: Ed Sommers
Game Replay - Alan Snider

Article ID: 187
Date: 11/11/2004
Poster: Ed Sommers
Variant D10 CRT (Word)

Defiant Russia D10 Combat Based Table - Created and shared by Joseph Bisio.
Article ID: 188
Date: 11/10/2004
Poster: Ed Sommers
Archived Fan Site

Thanks to the Internet Archive (Wayback Machine), this old fan site created by Norm Smith is still accessible...