Opponents Wanted

Find Gaming Opponents!

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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.

The Straight Shooter of Savo Island – The Life of Vice Admiral Willis Lee Jr. Book Review.

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"His career reflects the transitional period between the big gun battlewagons of the First World War and the rise of carrier aviation." Ray Garbee reviews Battleship Commander: The Life of Vice Admiral Willis A. Lee Jr., by Paul Stillwell. Check out why Ray finds the book to be "…a good study in leadership…", and why, while ostensibly a guns and battleships guy, Lee refused to wear blinders: "Much as [with] William Halsey recognizing the airplane as the future, Lee recognized the potential for radar to transform his profession."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/24/2022


Wargamer - What Tribe Are You? (PDF)

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Wargamer -- What Tribe are You? A question for us all. Wouldn't life be easier if we really understood what designers, developers, raters, reviewers and potential opponents really want? The attached PDF is an attempt to sort through the various 'tribes' to which we subscribe. Please have a look and tell us: which tribe are you?

This article written and shared by Tim Smith.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 1/23/2022


Falkirk Muir 1746

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"Note that this battle is not to be confused with the other Battle of Falkirk 448 years earlier; the one Mel Gibson lost." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, takes a look at the battle of Falkirk Muir. Jeff brings us his customary tongue-in-cheek insights on the historical origins and the battle itself, to include why "It may have been 57 years since James II (Charles's grandfather) had been chased out of Britain, but like that Scot I met years ago in The Duke of Kent, they weren't going to let it go."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/17/2022


Documenting Black Jack Pershing’s War. Book Review

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"It is an impressive achievement, and one that drives home just what a huge task General Pershing shouldered in 1917." Ray Garbee reviews Volume 1 of John J. Pershing and the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, 1917-1919, which details the challenges General Pershing met in preparing the U.S. Army for the European theater. Ray finds a book that delivers at the big picture level with "…a fascinating insight into leadership and management at what today would be termed the 'C' level suite…", as well as with interesting details, for example how "…British opinion suggested that the Americans would be best served by fully adopting British arms and ordnance in the spirit of simplifying the coalition's logistics."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/12/2022


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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 Game Plan

New Grognard Game Plan application is a free tool provided to registered Grognard.com 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 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: Up Front
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Courtney F. Allen

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 129
Date: 6/16/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
How to Play Up Front: AFVs

The popular World War II tactical card game Up Front, published by Avalon Hill continues to be played despite being published 4 decades ago. In this video from Seek Out and Play, they teach you how to use armored fighting vehicles in the game.
Article ID: 128
Date: 6/4/2021
Poster: Mark D.
How to Play "Up Front": City Fight 504 in 4

How to Play Up Front: City Fight 501 in 4 From my YouTube channel, Seek Out & Play A short video describing how to play the City Fight 501 in 4 option as described in The General Volume 26, #5. The video explains how the option works and provides suggestions from the article as to the different weapons that may be used. Produced by Seek Out and Play.
Article ID: 127
Date: 5/5/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
How to Play Up Front: Infiltration & Close Combat

Seek Out and Play brings us another instructional tutorial covering Up Front published by Avalon Hill. This one covers infiltration and close combat.
Article ID: 126
Date: 3/21/2021
Poster: Harvey M.
How to Play Up Front Solitaire

Up Front, another legacy wargame published by Avalon Hill broke new ground in its depiction of tactical World War II combat utilizing a card based game system that set the standard for future designs. In this video, Seek Out and Play shows us how to play this game solitaire despite its 2 player default format.
Article ID: 125
Date: 2/17/2021
Poster: Mark D.
Up Front - Seek Out & Play Review (video)

Up Front: Overview From the Seek Out & Play YouTube Channel. This is a short overview of the game using the original Avalon Hill version. The video covers the components, basic rules, and concepts of Up Front. Also included are the components for its supplements, Banzai and Desert War.
Article ID: 124
Date: 5/6/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Homefront Wargame Center

The Homefront Wargame Center is reporting the new that this classic game may be in line for a reprint. See their article for details…
Article ID: 70
Date: 10/18/1995
Poster: Mark D.
Erich Schneider: Review

Originally posted by Erich Schneider to the Usenet newsgroup rec.games.board on October 18, 1995.
Article ID: 68
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
PBEM aide (DOS)

Article ID: 69
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website

Article ID: 71
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
mailing list

Article ID: 72
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
article index

Article ID: 73
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
zine

Article ID: 74
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
player supplements (Zip file)

Article ID: 75
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
replacement cards (Zip file)

Article ID: 76
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
reviews

Article ID: 77
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
historical campaign games (Zip file)

Article ID: 78
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
historical campaign games (Zip file)

Article ID: 79
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
historical campaign games (Zip file)

Article ID: 80
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
historical campaign games (Zip file)

Article ID: 81
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
historical campaign games (Zip file)

Article ID: 82
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
RPC probabilities

Article ID: 83
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Java based version

Article ID: 84
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Q&A

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

Article ID: 86
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
rules variant/Q&A (Word file)

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

Article ID: 88
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website

Article ID: 89
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 90
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
mailing list

Article ID: 91
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
strategy

Article ID: 92
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
comments on 3rd ed rules changes

Article ID: 93
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
fire combat resolution flow chart for 2nd ed rules (PDF file)

Article ID: 94
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
fire combat resolution flow chart for 3rd ed rules (PDF file)

Article ID: 95
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
parts inventory

Article ID: 96
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
2nd edition rules changes (Word file)

Article ID: 97
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
strategy (Word file, 3Mb)

Article ID: 98
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
campaign game variant (Word file)

Article ID: 99
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Q&A

Article ID: 100
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website

Article ID: 101
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website

Article ID: 102
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
unnofficial errata

Article ID: 103
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
replay

Article ID: 104
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 105
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
replay

Article ID: 106
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 107
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 108
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 109
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
introduction #1

Article ID: 110
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
introduction #2

Article ID: 111
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
introduction #3

Article ID: 112
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
introduction #4

Article ID: 113
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
introduction #5

Article ID: 114
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
2nd ed. rules changes

Article ID: 115
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Blood and Sand variant #1

Article ID: 116
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Blood and Sand variant #2

Article ID: 117
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Blood and Sand variant #3

Article ID: 118
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Blood and Sand variant #4

Article ID: 119
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Blood and Sand variant #5

Article ID: 120
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Blood and Sand variant #6

Article ID: 121
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Blood and Sand variant #7

Article ID: 122
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
errata

Article ID: 123
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
errata