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.

Airpower Over Gallipoli: 1915-1916.

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" indispensable reference guide to air operations over Gallipoli." Ray Garbee reviews Airpower Over Gallipoli: 1915-1916, an exhaustively researched book covering a little addressed topic. Beyond just a factual treasure trove, Ray finds the book to be a good "…narrative of how a small group of intrepid aviators faced adversity with strength and ingenuity to innovate against a series of never-ending obstacles."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/22/2021

Interview with John Poniske Designer of Flanks of Gettysburg from Compass Games

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John Poniske is a prolific designer and we have enjoyed several of his games including Revolution Road from Compass Games, Plains Indian Wars from GMT Games (as yet unreleased but nearing completion), Bleeding Kansas from Decision Games, Hearts and Minds from Worthington Games and Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars 1845-1872 from Legion Wargames. The Players Aid talk to him about his design philosophy and his upcoming game, Flanks of Gettysburg to be published by Compass Games.

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 1/6/2021

Warlord Epic ACW - painting and comparing

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"...this post is going to look at what it might mean to my wargames table...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, checks out a sample of the new Epic Battles: American Civil War miniatures from Warlord Games. Check out why Norm feels he can give the product "…a big thumbs up, another area of choice for the customer and in our relatively small hobby…".

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/6/2021

A Brief History of Naval Wargames

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Kyle Mizokami gives a brief history behind the US Navy’s use of war games on the US Naval Institute’s News page. These games have played an important role in US Navy strategy and tactics. “After the war, Admiral Nimitz was to remark, “The war with Japan had been reenacted in the game rooms at the Naval War College by so many people and in so many different ways, that nothing that happened during the war was a surprise . . . absolutely nothing except the kamikaze tactics toward the end of the war; we had not visualized these.”…”

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 1/4/2021

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.

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.

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!

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Game: The Shores of Tripoli
Publisher: Fort Circle Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Kevin Bertram

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 9
Date: 1/16/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli

The Shores of Tripoli published by Fort Circle Games is reviewed by A Wargamers Needful Things and they conclude, "The Shores of Tripoli is a charming game that could fit right in on any gamer's shelf. The mechanics are simple, the game plays fast, and each side offers a unique approach."
Article ID: 8
Date: 12/23/2020
Poster: Mark D.
The Boardgames Chronicle - First Impressions

"The Shores of Tripoli" - a very interesting 2-player wargame, with great cards mechanics and pirates theme. In this article The Boardgames Chronicle explore a very well designed solitaire mode.
Article ID: 7
Date: 12/2/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 5

In their 5th and final installment of their action point series on The Shores of Tripoli published by Fort Circle Games, The Players Aid covers Naval Movement, Naval Combat, Naval Bombardment and Ground Combat.
Article ID: 6
Date: 11/15/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 4

The Shores of Tripoli published by Fort Circle Games is an intriguing look at the war against the Barbary pirates in the early days of our nation. The Players Aid continues their excellent action point series on this game with Action Point 4 which covers the Sequence of Play, Victory Conditions and different actions players can take by discarding the cards.
Article ID: 5
Date: 11/1/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Video Review: The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games

"Shortly after the end of the American Revolutionary War, commercial vessels of the United States were being attacked and raided by the pirates of the Barbary coast in the Mediterranean Sea. In 1801, newly inaugurated President Thomas Jefferson was eager to put an end to this threat and sent a “squadron of observation” to the Mediterranean to deal with the threat. The Shores of Tripoli covers this conflict and does so using a card driven game mechanic that works really well in this instance." The Players Aid gives us a video review of this new game from Fort Circle Games.
Article ID: 4
Date: 10/30/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 3

In Action Point 3 of their continuing series covering The Shores of Tripoli, a simulation of the war against the Barbary Pirates published by Fort Circle Games, The Players Aid covers the cards that drive the action and discusses the interesting Events that ground the game in history.
Article ID: 3
Date: 10/24/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games Preview

Moe's Game Table gives us a preview of a new offering from Fort Circle Games covering the war against the Barbary pirates, The Shores of Tripoli.
Article ID: 2
Date: 10/20/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 2

The Players Aid once again takes us to The Shores of Tripoli in Action Point 2 of their series on this game published by Fort Circle Games. This one covers "the differences between the units of the United States and her Allies, and Tripolitania and her Allies, and how they are used in the game. "
Article ID: 1
Date: 10/8/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
The Shores of Tripoli from Fort Circle Games – Action Point 1

The Players Aid takes a look at a game from a relatively new company, Fort Circle Games, that covers an often overlooked conflict in American history, the war against the Barbary pirates. So check out action point one on the new game The Shores of Tripoli.