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.

Pocket Armies - the fight below Seminary Ridge 1863

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"This is an uneven action and will be a risky venture for the Confederates right from the start...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, is back working on his Pocket Armies project. As always, Norm offers us lots of insights and fun, like where "The Union have been given a chance to respond and they do so with some fancy footwork!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/20/2020


Pocket Armies and 4’ x 3’ project going into 2020.

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"I like a throw down scenario, but also like the scenario to be formalised and recorded so that the better ones improve over time...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, ruminates on his Pocket Armies Project for 2020. Looks like lots of fun ahead, including the item where Norm comments that "…looking at this next is rather defeating my ‘ignore the latest shiny thing’ resolve…"!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/10/2020


Interview with Matthias Cramer Designer of Weimar: The Fight for Democracy from Compass Games

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"I cannot image a Weimar game without CDG mechanics." Grant Kleinhenz interviews designer Matthias Cramer about his upcoming Weimar: The Fight for Democracy. Matthias offers some interesting insights about the game and his design philosophy: "A game is never finished, but at a certain point it is good enough to be finished."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 12/27/2019


10 Wargames to Buy Your Wargamer for Christmas 2019!

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A must-read for everyone who knows and loves a wargamer, but has absolutely *no* idea what game to buy for them. Shared by Grant at The Players Aid blog...

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 12/12/2019


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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.

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.

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!

Alone Against the Soviets

Brief review of VentoNuovo's title "Stalingrad: Inferno on the Volga" shared by Mark D. for Grognard.com. 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 (Grognard.com) 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...

More Grognard Originals...


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Pub Dates
Game: Empire of the Sun
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 266
Date: 12/1/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Empire of the Sun - Session Report (1943 Scenario)

There are jewels in GMT universe which are not so easy to discover. Definitely, Empire of the Sun is once of them. However, once you devote enough time to familiarize with rules and play your first scenarios, you appreciate how well that game is designed - reflecting naval and amphibious combat. What follows is session report from the exciting 1943 scenario. Enjoy!
Article ID: 265
Date: 6/7/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Secrets of the South Pacific – Part 2

Want to take "…a look at another, guaranteed-to-succeed, opening move…"? Chris Crane discusses some interesting strategies for the Breaking the Bismarck Barrier scenario in GMT Games' Empire of the Sun. To include doing "the Bomber Two-Step".
Article ID: 264
Date: 4/17/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Three Moves Ahead (podcast) Reviews "Empire of the Sun"

Rob and Bruce (Three Moves Ahead) sing the praises of Mark Herman's Empire of the Sun. Enjoying the game through the magic of VASSAL, the wargaming duo describe how about Empire of the Sun does a commendable job of conveying the challenges of imperfect information, the plans of the Imperial Japanese fleet, and inter-service rivalry - all through the elegance of card-based play.
Article ID: 263
Date: 4/14/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Empire of the Sun - Unboxing video

Unboxing video produced for Moe's Game Table.
Article ID: 262
Date: 3/21/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Quarter to Three Analyzes "Empire of the Sun"

Interesting analysis of "Empire of the Sun" written by Bruce Geryk for his "Quarter to Three" blog. It's good to see a fresh analysis/opinion of a time tested game every now and then...
Article ID: 261
Date: 10/25/2015
Poster: Doug Holt
Games from the Front: Empire of the Sun Boardgame Replay

Ty Snouffer shows Empire of the Sun Game on 10/15/15.
Article ID: 260
Date: 8/16/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Championship Game at WBC 2015: Photo

Snapshot of the Empire of the Sun finalists at WBC 2015. Photo by David E, published on the C3i Ops Center web site.
Article ID: 259
Date: 6/8/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Mark Herman: Empire of the Sun - Solitaire Play Tutorial

Video tutorial, titled "Empire of the Sun: Solitaire 'Bot Tutorial" - Narrated by designer Mark Herman. Mark takes us through the finer points of using the solitaire system and playing against Erasmus, the now-official name of the 'Bot.
Article ID: 258
Date: 6/18/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Marco Arnaudo: Video Review

Marco Arnaudo opines on Mark Herman's Pacific War classic "Empire of the Sun".
Article ID: 257
Date: 5/3/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Homefront Wargame Center: Review

Denny Koch write up a great review of this great game. If you want to get a keen sense of how this game plays, check out this review.
Article ID: 256
Date: 3/19/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Wargame Replays: Replay

A turn by turn summary of Game 1 (best of 3) BPA Iron Man EOTS tournament. Contains a short synopsis of each turn, a turn by turn card list and a full map graphic for each turn.
Article ID: 253
Date: 2/23/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Mark Herman: December '41 Strategy - Part #1

Part #1 of a strategy video, created by game designer Mark Herman, that covers the December 1941 game turn. Great background info, insights, and tips for effective play. Great game; great video. Highly recommended for fans of EOTS.
Article ID: 254
Date: 2/23/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Mark Herman: December '41 Strategy - Part #2

Part #2 of the December 1941 game turn strategy video from game designer Mark Herman.
Article ID: 255
Date: 2/23/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Mark Herman: Opening Strategy - '42 Scenario

Another helpful strategy video that drills down to the opening turn of the 1942 scenario, including card hand analysis, prioritizing objectives, proper utilization of forces, etc.
Article ID: 252
Date: 1/12/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Mark Herman: Strategy/Tutorial Video

From the EOTS master himself, an opening card hand analysis for the '42 campaign scenario. Part strategy, part tutorial, always informative.
Article ID: 251
Date: 10/25/2012
Poster: Mark D.
Boardgaming Life: 1943 Scenario Strategy

Deep strategy tips, provided by Tom Thornsen for The Boardgaming Life, covering the ultra-competitive 1943 scenario.
Article ID: 239
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
official website

Article ID: 240
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
official rules v2 (PDF file)

Article ID: 241
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
replay

Article ID: 242
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 243
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Q&A

Article ID: 244
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
official errata (Word file)

Article ID: 245
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
FAQ (PDF file)

Article ID: 246
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website

Article ID: 247
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 248
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 249
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
replay

Article ID: 250
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Boardgaming Life: Review