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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.

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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Game Articles


Pub Dates
Game: Stalingrad
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Charles S. Roberts, Lindsley Schutz, Thomas N. Shaw

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 987
Date: 2/12/2022
Poster: Pat L.
Stalingrad Rules (2nd edition)

Scribd, a web page devoted to e-publications, has the complete rules for Stalingrad from Avalon Hill. This version is from the 2nd edition published in 1974.
Article ID: 985
Date: 2/6/2022
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Stalingrad

Here is a module at the VASSAL web site for Avalon Hill’s Stalingrad. VASSAL is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games and card games. A growing list of game Modules is available at the web site and at web sites for some game publishers. Players can play solitaire off-line, play live on the Internet or play by email. Vassal runs on all platforms, and is free, open-source software.
Article ID: 986
Date: 2/6/2022
Poster: Pat L.
Can Romanians be placed in Finland in Stalingrad?

Board & Card Games Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people who like playing board games, designing board games or modifying the rules of existing board games. This example describes a novel strategy while playing Avalon Hill’s Stalingrad.
Article ID: 984
Date: 1/30/2022
Poster: Pat L.
Comrade Wargame (Avalon Hill’s Stalingrad)

From a most unusual web site, Gideon Marcus posts a review from 1963(?!) that discusses Stalingrad from Avalon Hill and some comparisons to their Waterloo game. Marcus provides a short description and notes the game’s innovations including rules for replacements, weather, rail transportation, and supply (all new at the time). The review includes a play through of his victory for the Germans and several interesting comments from readers.
Article ID: 983
Date: 1/30/2022
Poster: Pat L.
TAHGC, STALINGRAD (1963, 1974)

Here is a complete description of this vintage war game from Joseph C. Beard III. Beard also discusses the game’s place in war game design Including a short discussion of the game’s innovative rules for replacements, weather, and rail transportation. Although the game has shortcomings and newer games on the subject have better designs, Beard credits Stalingrad as the “original design” for this campaign. Some very interesting comments follow the review.
Article ID: 982
Date: 1/22/2022
Poster: Pat L.

Map and Counters, a long-time war gamer’s blog from Joseph C. Beard III, reviews the history of the strategies employed by the Russians in Avalon Hill’s Stalingrad. Although the game has problems with historical accuracy, Beard finds the game fascinating and worthy of play. Are you a Finnish first or a race to Warsaw advocate?
Article ID: 981
Date: 12/5/2021
Poster: Pat L.

Al Butler reviews Avalon Hill’s Stalingrad on his Booze & Board Games blog. Mr. Butler describes the game components and reviews rules and game play in this illustrated review of “the most analyzed war game in existence”.
Article ID: 980
Date: 7/28/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
Stalingrad Review

I have to hand it to Centurion's Review because they are willing to look very far back into the early years of the wargaming hobby and review legacy games that most of us cut our teeth on. This video covers the old war horse, Stalingrad, published byAvalon Hill in the early 1960s. Everyone probably has their own opinion about this game but it's worthwhile to hear what they say.
Article ID: 979
Date: 7/6/2010
Poster: Mark D.
Differences between the 1963 and 1974 editions (Word document)

Stalingrad was issued by Avalon Hill in 1963 and reissued in 1974. Changes in the rules are listed here from Scott.
Article ID: 976
Date: 10/26/1997
Poster: Mark D.
Generic Russian Front Boardgame Order of Battle and Combat Results Table

Game designer, publisher, and Grognard Lou Coatney takes a deep dive analyzing improvements to the order of battle and combat results table for games like Avalon Hill’s Stalingrad and The Russian Campaign, and GDW’s 1941: Operation Barbarossa.
Article ID: 977
Date: 1/22/1996
Poster: Mark D.
Stalingrad Variant (zip file)

The Deer Valley Game Company creates “Game Kits” that are supplements to popular war games including Stalingrad from Avalon Hill. Each kit might contain updated maps, counters, player aids, and rules to add variety and new challenges to these classic war games. The kits are free. Click here to see Game Kits available for other war games.
Article ID: 974
Date: 1/16/1996
Poster: Mark D.

Back in 1996, Lou Coatney, long time war gamer and war game designer, offered his review of this early and highly regarded and studied Avalon Hill classic. Citing several problems with the game, Coatney acknowledges what made the game so popular (playablity) while being highly inaccurate historically. The review includes a list of Stalingrad successor games and Coatney’s own set of revised rules to increase historic accuracy.
Article ID: 975
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
article index

Article ID: 978
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Avalom Hilly game module