Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

Another new feature for, 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.

Stamford Bridge

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"What a fun year this must have been! Comet included!" Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, offers another one of his exquisite looks at a not so well known battle. Including some perspective as to "…why it was strategically important to events that ultimately shaped English history, and even the evolution of the English language itself, i.e. why it's mostly French."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/5/2020

Simple Battles No.1 - Fight for the Bridge.

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"So, in the spirit of pursuing the simple game, I have put a game on using just 6 units per side...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, chips in to help evaluate the concept of a "…‘simple game’ and what that actually means." Norm creates a fast-moving ACW meeting engagement, and the fun starts: "The Union are the first to get all of their brigade onto the table (they are the fastest with the mostest!)." Do they retain their advantage?

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/3/2020


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"Well color me tartan, because I just took the plunge and my sage ruminations follow." Bill Gray explains the why and the how of his miniatures "downsizing" effort, along with some nice pictures of the results! And a bit of the sagacity he mentioned: "…remember, if you have but one pack of unpainted lead in your closet, you can’t die…"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/31/2020

509th (H) B-17 Virtual Bomber Group

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If you are interested in playing a Play By Forum that is playable with either "B-17 Queen of the Skies" or with "Target for Today", we would love to have you join us. We are an open ended campaign, so people can come and go as they need to. We fly one mission every 2 weeks. Crews will carry over from one campaign to the next so lost crew can be replaced, and so that people can join as we go. The crews that are currently in our campaign (which is flying with the 9th USAAF) will simply transfer over to the 12th. Any thing not in the base games that is needed we can help you with, so that you are able to play along. The 509th has been functioning as a play by forum game since 2012, and has had 10 wonderful campaigns. The way that the 509th works, is when you register for a crew (B-17 or B-24) you will be placed into a squadron. Please see the site for more information...

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 7/13/2020

More Spotlight articles...

Grognard News

Grognard Game Plan

New Grognard Game Plan application is a free tool provided to registered 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, 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!

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 site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of" 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 "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 Discusses the game mechanics that provide the game with the Stalingrad "feel"...

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Game Articles


Pub Dates
Game: Imperial Struggle
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Ananda Gupta & Jason Matthews

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 8
Date: 8/11/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle – initial game set-up analysis

The Boardgames Chronicle writes, "While I deem it too early to provide a definitive review or a solid strategy guide for Imperial Struggle, some aspects can be definitely analyzed. One of them is of course the initial set-up of the game, which is specific to each nation and provides different opportunities. What follows is analysis of major game dimensions with brief summary. More detailed article – what to do with those opportunities – will follow once I play more games of that fantastic title."
Article ID: 7
Date: 8/3/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle AAR – a crushing French victory

The Boardgames Chronicle shares one of their play sessions of Imperial Struggle published by GMT Games which surprisingly ended pretty quickly in a crushing French victory!. What chain of events lead to it? Take a look at this photo-session report.
Article ID: 6
Date: 7/31/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
[Jawa Reviews] - Imperial Struggle

Much like its predecessor, Twilight Struggle, the sequel, Imperial Struggle by GMT Games centers around spreading your control across the map with victory points being awarded for dominance in different regions of the board during the 18th-century rivalry between France and Britain. . Nick Rice writes a review and gives his thoughts on this much-anticipated game.
Article ID: 5
Date: 7/13/2020
Poster: Mark D.
Imperial Struggle – Moe's Game Table - Unboxing

Moe of Moe's Game Table fame, provides a video review of GMT's "Imperial Struggle".
Article ID: 4
Date: 7/8/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Imperial Struggle – initial after action report

Imperial Struggle, published by GMT games, is a two-player game depicting the 18th-century rivalry between France and Britain. It has been eagerly awaited and favorably compared to its brethren, Twilight Struggle. With words like "deep, thematic, fun", the Boardgames Chronicle brings us their first after action reports and admits to being hooked!
Article ID: 3
Date: 2/6/2019
Poster: Doug Holt
Playtesting Imperial Struggle

"…you may not see much testing of strategies that don’t make historical sense…". Designer Ananda Gupta considers the impact that different kinds of play testing can have on a game, and offers an update on his GMT Games' Imperial Struggle, The Global Rivalry between Britain and France, 1697 – 1789. So, which kind of playtesters "…give good feedback on [a game's] curb appeal."?
Article ID: 2
Date: 10/22/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
Imperial Struggle Development Update: Ministry Deck, Event Cards, and New Art!

"…the game felt too symmetric…". Designer Ananda Gupta discusses ongoing development with his GMT Games' Imperial Struggle, The Global Rivalry between Britain and France, 1697 – 1789. Check out the intriguing way this concern has been dealt with: "…the creation of the Ministry deck."
Article ID: 1
Date: 1/10/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
A Struggle Anew: Imperial Struggle and Its Older Cousin

"...Events are the wild cards that can turn a marginal play into a thunderclap…". Ananda Gupta offers some insights into how his GMT Games' Imperial Struggle compares and contrasts with Twilight Struggle. Like the mindset: "…what we want to get at in Imperial Struggle is that the world is there for the taking."