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.

Basing thoughts for Bosworth

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"I tried hand painting the pavises. It was a brave attempt, I wept, swore, gave up wargaming forever..."! Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, talks basing and painting work with his miniatures. Lots of photos of some excellent work, and comments about the occasional frustration: "Perhaps my friend ‘The Dremel’ can correct that!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/23/2020

Battle at Dungborough 1471 with Billhooks!

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"Events unfold quickly at the hill." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, plays out a battle in the fictional county of Dungborough, using the Never Mind the Billhooks rules he's been having fun with of late. Playing a fairly balanced scenario always makes for an interesting test of a rule set, and then "Suddenly, a gift presents itself!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/14/2020

4th Kingdom of Heaven ACTS Tournament

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Call to Arms for the IV Kingdom of Heaven Tournament!

Join us for the IV Kingdom of Heaven Tournament! Whether you are an expert or novice, you are guaranteed at least three games, since round 1 is the (introductory) First Crusade played twice.

The games will be played on the Advanced Card Tracking System ACTS.

Please send your pledge to participate in this tournament, including your ACTS e-mail and ACTS nickname, to the GrandMasters of the Tournament:

Aleksandar Pesic

Trevor Sturmy

Start enlisting and soon we will announce the starting date!

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 9/4/2020

Giving the WotR Billhooks rules a first outing.

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"...a better appreciation follows play, where I think the rules can be seen to be punching above their weight." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, grows his appreciation for the Never Mind the Billhooks rules he's been trying out. To include a nuance that leads Norm to conclude that "As this game clearly demonstrated, leader loss is a nightmare and one has to give thought to where leaders are placed…"!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/4/2020

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"...

More Grognard Originals...

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Game Articles


Pub Dates
Game: Triumph & Tragedy: European Balance of Power
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Craig Besinque

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 8
Date: 9/27/2020
Poster: Harvey M.

Last week Russ Lockwood reporting for The Board Gaming gave us an After Action Report of an innovative, play by email, five player umpired variant for Triumph & Tragedy: European Balance of Power published by GMT Games. In this article we get the umpire's perspective and some introspection about how the variant played out.
Article ID: 7
Date: 9/13/2020
Poster: Harvey M.

Russ Lockwood reporting for The Board Gaming Life brings us an after action report of a play by email game of Triumph & Tragedy: European Balance of Power published by GMT Games. This is a play by email variant utilizing an umpire to approach that added tremendous fog of war to the game. A follow-up article will discuss the variant in more detail and give the umpires view of the game.
Article ID: 6
Date: 7/28/2017
Poster: Doug Holt
The Doomsday Men make “Tough, Calculating Decisions” GMT’s Triumph and Tragedy Review

Which of four paths to victory will you choose? Ray Garbee reviews GMT Games' Triumph and Tragedy for Armchair General, giving it a 99% rating! The game offers a remarkable sweep of military, diplomatic, economic and technological options that leaves Ray concluding "...Triumph and Tragedy rewards those players comfortable with ad-libbing an ahistorical path to victory."
Article ID: 5
Date: 1/24/2016
Poster: Mark D.
Triumph & Tragedy: The Boardgaming Life Reviews

The Neville Chamberlain Triumph and Tragedy - Russ Lockwood pens a detailed review for The Boardgaming Life.
Article ID: 4
Date: 11/16/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Enrico Viglino: Intro, Review & Replay

Enrico Viglino does a "deep dive" into Triumph and Tragedy, with hours and hours of video coverage, including an intro, review and play-through. In the Review video, he asserts that the game is fun, but wonders if there's "a fair amount of history" in the game as well.
Article ID: 3
Date: 11/11/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Stuka Joe: Extended Example of Play (Part 2)

Part 2 of an Extended Example of Play video of Triumph and Tragedy, a game published by GMT Games in 2015. Awesome video produced by Stuka Joe.
Article ID: 2
Date: 10/22/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Stuka Joe: Extended Example of Play (Part 1)

Part 1 of 2 of Extended Example of Play video of Triumph and Tragedy, a game published by GMT Games in 2015. Produced by Stuka Joe.
Article ID: 1
Date: 8/12/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Marco Arnaudo: Video Review

Marco Arnaudo favors us with a review of this new geopolitical strategy game published by GMT Games.