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


More Spotlight articles...


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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Latest Challenge

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Pub Dates
Game: Fire in the Lake
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: COIN Series
Game Type: Board

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 13
Date: 8/22/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Fall Of Saigon, Fire in the Lake Expansion - Mark Herman

Video of Mark Herman and the guys from The Players' Aid previewing the "Fall of Saigon", an upcoming "Fire in the Lake" expansion at WBC this year.
Article ID: 12
Date: 9/3/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
Fire in the Lake Strategy Tips from ElusiveMeeple

"Long term positioning can be the enemy of the mid-game win." Robert Crowter-Jones offers some insights for playing GMT Games's Fire in the Lake, a COIN series entry on the Vietnam War. Some very useful do's, as well as some don'ts, like the one where Robert explains "In my experience its best to leave this standoff in place."
Article ID: 11
Date: 10/22/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Fire in the Lake Variant by Volko Ruhnke and Mark Herman

Game variant rules devised by designers Volko Ruhnke and Mark Herman to address some complaints that the US side is favored too much particularly in tournament of the short game.
Article ID: 10
Date: 2/3/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Armchair General: Review

Robert Delwood pens a review of Fire in the Lake for Armchair General.
Article ID: 9
Date: 1/15/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Drive Thru Video: Review

Joel Eddy takes on a tour of the latest game in GMT's COIN series: Fire in the Lake. Excellent video review.
Article ID: 8
Date: 12/21/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Hudson's Hideout: Quick 1-Card Play Tutorial

Game Hudson, of the Hudson's Hideout blog, produced a short video that takes you through a single card play from the game's tutorial. If you're totally new to the game, it's worth a look-see.
Article ID: 7
Date: 12/16/2014
Poster: Mark D.
InsideGMT: Perfect Openings - First Turn VC Strategy

I've been enjoying the InsideGMT blog, and wanted to contribute something. I now have the honor of authoring the very first Strategy article on the site. Please take a look at my article "Perfect Openings: First Turn VC Strategy"… and maybe contribute one of your own "Perfect" moves... - Mark D.
Article ID: 6
Date: 11/6/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Shut Up and Sit Down: Review

Nice, if somewhat conflicted, review of "Fire in the Lake" by Matt Thrower of the outstanding Shut Up and Sit Down crew. Make sure you read it all the way through because the first few paragraphs don't tell the whole story…
Article ID: 5
Date: 10/26/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Arthur Switalski: Player Aid (PDF)

Outstanding and most useful player aid, definitely from the "one that should have been in the box" category. Thanks to Arthur Switalski for his efforts in creating, and generosity in sharing, this handy reference card.
Article ID: 4
Date: 10/26/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Grogheads: Review

Nice review of "Fire in the Lake", penned by Michael Eckenfels for Grogheads.
Article ID: 3
Date: 10/17/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Enrico Viglino: Video Coverage

The full spectrum video coverage that we've come to expect from Enrico Viglino applied to GMT's recent effort Fire in the Lake.
Article ID: 2
Date: 10/10/2014
Poster: Mark D.
PaxSims: Review

Concise review by Rex Brynen for the PaxSims site, providing an overview of the game experience and summarizing some of the action. Includes their preferred musical accompaniment for the game. And the "Stairway to Heaven" time limit rule should probably be adopted by all players of this game.
Article ID: 1
Date: 9/13/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Marco Arnaudo: Video Review

Video review by Marco Arnaudo, covering GMT's latest game in the COIN series.