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.

The Wargamer's Guide to Heraldry, Uniforms & Flags in Tabletop Wargaming

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"...pageantry is one of the reasons I do historical miniature wargaming." Bill Gray brings us a fascinating look at the how and why of the way armies looked before things became nationalized and regularized in the past couple of centuries. Which is why Bill particularly likes games where "…you need to stop thinking like a 21st Century humanoid, at least understand why generals long ago thought the way they did, and then do likewise."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/22/2020


Empire of the Sun: Full Campaign PBEM Tournament

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Now registering for the "Empire of the Sun: Full Campaign PBEM Tournament". Check the site for details of tournament rules and requirements. Registration will be limited to 16 participants or no later than August 31, 2020.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 5/20/2020


Book buying spree

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"It was only right, meet and good to go there and splurge in votive thanks as soon as I was able." Prufrock brings us his first post-full-lockdown thoughts, centered on the pleasure that his local secondhand bookshop has reopened. And he didn't leave empty-handed: "Fortunately, there were three cracking coffee-table hardcovers with Prufrock written all over them…"!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/18/2020


The Granicus

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"...it was a political as well as a vainglorious motive to invade Darius III's realm." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another one of his fascinating, in-depth battle examinations. Jeff's approach with this one, given the available history (or lack thereof?), is to keep in mind the adage that "…most accepted truths are the fossilized remains of self-serving propaganda."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/13/2020


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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.

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman

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.

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)

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"...

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Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: COIN Series
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): VolkoRuhnke, Andrew Ruhnke

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 15
Date: 4/25/2020
Poster: Mark D.
Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman

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.
Article ID: 14
Date: 10/19/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Falling Sky – 52 BC Scenario Again

One more brief replay session with Falling Sky - this time "52 BC Great Revolt" scenario using Vassal. The more I play that game the more I like it and appreciate delicate balance between factions which erupts to full-fledged conflict once the end of game approaches. Session report written for the Boardgames Chronicle web site.
Article ID: 13
Date: 9/2/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky Session Report: “The Great Revolt” Scenario

"...one of the most volatile Falling Sky games I have played so far." Michal, of The Boardgames Chronicle, enjoys a rollicking play of The Great Revolt scenario in GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. Michal goes "…from the enthusiasm of defeating Vercingetorix to the despair of losing half of my army…". So did he win or lose?
Article ID: 12
Date: 7/20/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Falling Sky - Replay of the "The Great Revolt" scenario

"Another exciting scenario in my COIN series favorite game - Falling Sky. Enjoy epic struggle in The Great War (52 BC) set-up!" Review of The Great Revolt (52 BC) scenario by the good folk at Boardgames Chronicle.
Article ID: 11
Date: 2/27/2019
Poster: Mark D.
Falling Sky - Replay

Brief play-through of "Falling Sky", 54 BC – Pax Gallica scenario. Produced by Boardgames Chronicle.
Article ID: 10
Date: 1/29/2017
Poster: Ed Sommers
Falling Sky - Pure Wargaming Goodness (Armchair General)

The intrepid Rick Martin, writing for the "Armchair General" site, has high praise for "Falling Sky" a recent addition to GMT's COIN series...
Article ID: 9
Date: 10/23/2016
Poster: Mark D.
Falling Sky: Live Play-through

"Following up on my VASSAL training session, I met with some other players to take on GMT’s Falling Sky in person. This is the first time I’ve played a COIN game since my one play-through of Andean Abyss a few years ago..." Brief, but nicely illustrated article by Ty Snouffer, culminating in a tepid response to the game. For those of us who don't know Ty personally, let's play "which guy is Ty?" I'm going with the guy in the orange shirt in the right foreground...
Article ID: 8
Date: 9/23/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Why Ariovistus?

"Lock shields and advance!" Volko Ruhnke lays out the challenges for players offered in the Ariovistus expansion to GMT Games' Falling Sky. The period of Caesar's first entry into Gaul presents another fascinating balance of forces/factions, when the "...great, restless Germanic Suebi tribe under Ariovistus posed a realistic possibility of Germanic dominion within eastern Gaul."
Article ID: 7
Date: 6/26/2016
Poster: Mark D.
The Players Aid: Falling Sky Preview

Grant, writing for "The Players Aid" web site, provides an excellent overview of this latest COIN series effort by GMT Games, including many of the new features and differences from previous COIN series games...
Article ID: 6
Date: 3/11/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky: Politics in Gaul

Want to seal a deal with hostages!?! Designer Volko Ruhnke samples some of the random fun his partially card-driven GMT Games Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar can throw at players "to bring political, diplomatic, economic, and other non-military aspects into a wargame without muss." As Caesar described: “In Gaul there are factions, not only in every state and every village and district but practically in each individual household as well." Food for thought?
Article ID: 5
Date: 2/24/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky: Dramatis Personae

"... not the only stalwart of Caesar’s in Gaul who later turned against him on the field of battle..." Volko Ruhnke rolls out fascinating historical insights on the key personalities who figure in his GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. So who all brought forth "demeaning pejoratives" from Caesar?
Article ID: 4
Date: 2/22/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
COIN Series Falling Sky: Belgic Strategy

Belgics: "Your own warriors are second only to the Germans in ferocity..." Volko Ruhnke continues his series of strategy insights for his GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. "You will win by keeping the tribes across Belgica and beyond in revolt..."
Article ID: 3
Date: 2/12/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky: The Gallic Ways of War

Can a "Gallic Shout" derail your opponent's plans? Designer Volko Ruhnke continues the series of strategy insights for his GMT Games' Falling Sky — The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. He discusses eight of 72 possible "event cards" intended to add personality to the game - reinforced with comments from an exasperated Caesar!
Article ID: 2
Date: 2/10/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
COIN Series Falling Sky: Aedui Strategy

Volko Ruhnke continues a series on strategy insights for GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. Take a walk on the Aedui Confederation side, and see how the weakest of the Celtic tribes can still manipulate events!
Article ID: 1
Date: 2/7/2016
Poster: Doug Holt
Falling Sky Tactics: Roman Scout

Can you deal with the Belgics without running afoul of the Germanic hordes? Volko and Andrew Ruhnke show tactics in a replay of their GMT Games' Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar. Nice flavor of Caesar’s campaigns in Gaul!