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Spotlight Articles

Outstanding articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game, but may have broad appeal to gamers.

Campaigning and fast play WWII tactical rules.

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"The rules provided by Matt are designed to allow the fast play needed to cover so much potential action, so that friends can complete their campaign in a day." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, checks out a fast play campaign system offered by Matt Irsik in Warning Order, which is a free, online wargames journal. Check out the action in Norm's test run through, and why he concludes that "…Matt has provided us with an engine that gets things moving and helps ensure that a campaign can be fought through relatively quickly to a conclusion."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/7/2022


Secrets to Teaching the COIN Series from GMT Games – A Guide to Making the Process Seamless and Getting Your Players to Enjoy the System

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"I always start the game out by reviewing those Victory Conditions and helping new players to understand what they mean. This can be the most in-depth part of the teach but is very important." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, shares tips he's developed from teaching the COIN system (COunterINsurgencies) to new players. Grant focuses on the fun, game flow and general strategy, for example a practice of which he says: "In my experience, new players don’t necessarily make that jump in their first few games."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/1/2022


Epic - Building an army in a day!

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"I plead this post title has at least a part truth - sort of!" Check out why Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, has "…been re-energised to start jacking up my Epic Waterloo project..."!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/29/2022


Gaming the American Revolution – Ranking the Games We Have Played – 2022 Edition

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The Players Aid gives their opinion of some of the American Revolutionary wargames they have played in 2022. "n this post, I wanted to share with you some of our gaming experience with these wargames focused on the American Revolutionary War. We haven’t played all of the games on the subject, not even close, but we have played enough that we have a good cross section of the different takes on the situation and types of games to give you some insight into what we liked."

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 7/9/2022


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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 (10/15/2021)

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.

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)

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Pub Dates
Game: Panzer
Publisher: GMT Games
Series: Panzer Series
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): James M. Day

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 94
Date: 8/3/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Panzer, a re-introduction!

"...the basic armour rules give a surprisingly agile system...". Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, enjoys working his way back into GMT Games' Panzer, which covers small unit actions on the Eastern Front. Join Norm as the Scenario 1 scrap gets going: "...oh look! The Soviet command vehicle has come for a peek and now has 5 enemy tank barrels pointing at it!"
Article ID: 93
Date: 9/21/2018
Poster: Mark D.
Panzer - and a Tale of Two Tank Platoons

This post takes a slice of action to create a fictional insight into the experiences of two quite different tank platoons, one German, the other Soviet, that find themselves fighting for the same objective on a battlefield in late 1943. The differences between the men’s training and their machines will hopefully come through as this system delights in such things and some aspects of the system will also be discussed...
Article ID: 92
Date: 9/5/2018
Poster: Doug Holt
Panzer by GMT

"…several of the tank crews from both sides seem to be living on their nerves…"! Norm, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, pulls out his copy of James M. Day's GMT Games Panzer for some first-class tactical fun! Check out the scenario action and some interesting insights on the game and its rules: "It is a game for tactical game fans who are prepared to get involved in a learning curve that delivers rewarding play."
Article ID: 91
Date: 8/28/2017
Poster: Mark D.
Panzer: Analysis of T34 vs Tiger I

A look at wargame tactical systems by comparing the T34/76 and Tiger I tanks and doing some light analysis of the gun/armour relationships in GMT's "Panzer". The latest article in a series by Norm Smith of the "Battlefields & Warriors" blog.
Article ID: 90
Date: 7/29/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Big Board Gaming: Pictorial AAR

Concise AAR from Kev Sharp at the Big Board Gaming blog, with the terse descriptions and great camera angles…
Article ID: 89
Date: 5/4/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Big Board Gaming: Scenario

Kevin at Big Board Gaming posts a quick video replay of a new scenario 'Churchills @ Kursk', created by Fernando Sola Ramos.
Article ID: 80
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 81
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review of Expansion 2: The Final Forces on the Eastern Front

Article ID: 82
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review of Expansion 1: The Shape of Battle

Article ID: 83
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 84
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
video review

Article ID: 85
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 86
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
video review

Article ID: 87
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
replay

Article ID: 88
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review of Expansion 1: The Shape of Battle