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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.

My Top 3 Wargames designed by… Mark Herman!

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"Of course Mark Herman!" Michal, in the The Boardgames Chronicle, tells us why these three titles are his all-time favorites. Check out which one rates the comment "…believe me, the space for bluffing is really vast here!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/24/2022


Seeing the Elephant at Kasserine Pass. “Patton’s Payback: The Battle of El Guettar and Patton’s Rise to Glory”. Book Review

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"...explores a chapter of the US Army’s history that rarely gets much attention...". Ray Garbee reviews Patton's Payback The Battle of El Guettar and General Patton's Rise to Glory by Stephen L. Moore. While Ray has some quibbles about a couple aspects of the book, he nonetheless find an enjoyable read that is "…a good narrative into how combat is a test that separates true warrior leaders from the merely competent administrators."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/4/2022


Reflections on gaming not-Ukraine

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"...in our games the Russian military was far more adroit using [artillery] in a fluid battlespace than seems to be the case in Ukraine." Rex Brynen, in PAXsims, reflects on some semi-recent "not Ukraine" modern wargame exercises, and what light those games shed, or didn't shed, regarding the reality of the current war. For example, in an influence operations exercise, "...what worked looked very much like what has worked for the Ukrainians in the current war, right down to heroic leaders and cute memes."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 4/1/2022


In The Sailor’s Bookshelf, James Stavridis Tackles a Deep Subject – The Sea. Book Review.

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"...If you have any interest in the sea, the books on this list are bound to include several you will want to chase down." Ray Garbee reviews The Sailor's Bookshelf, Fifty Books to Know the Sea, by Adm. James Stavridis, USN (RET.). Check out why he is enthusiastic about a book that "…spans subjects and genres encompassing fiction, history, law, environmentalism and more!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/11/2022


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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

New Grognard.com Management Coming Soon! (6/30/2022)

After about 8.5 years, Mark is finally passing the Grognard.com management torch over to new administrators at the end of June 2022. Please bear with us as we migrate the site to the new servers, and be patient if there are any hiccups along the way. Thanks for supporting the site with your visits for all these years! +Mark

No More Advertisements! (2/1/2022)

As of Feb 1st, there will be no more paid advertisements on Grognard.com, until the new Administrators are established, and decide how they want to handle site visitor support.

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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New Management Coming to Grognard.com!

Grognard.com will soon be getting new management. After about 8.5 years, Mark will be passing the torch to new managers/administrators sometime during the month of June 2022. There will be additional communication and information about the new team as the time grows closer.

We will be reaching out to all Grognard.com registered users to confirm that you wish to continue to have access to sections of the site that require registration (i.e. Opponents Wanted, Grognard Challenge, etc.).

We have already begun the transition, so please be patient if there are any "hiccups" along the way.

Thanks for supporting Grognard.com with your visits over the years and we hope you'll continue to support this valuable gaming resource. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at Mark @ Grognard.com up until the end of June.

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Pub Dates
Game: Undaunted: Normandy
Publisher: Osprey Games
Series: Undaunted Series
Game Type: Card
Designer(s): Trevor Benjamin, David Thompson

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 12
Date: 4/15/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Back on the horse(s)

"...I succumbed to an artfully placed ad while browsing TheBookDepository and ordered Undaunted Normandy." Prufrock talks painting, and then his initial thoughts about his recently arrived copy of Osprey Games' Undaunted: Normandy. "The first thing you notice is that the components look a lot nicer on the table than they do in photos."
Article ID: 11
Date: 3/25/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Playing Undaunted Normandy with… young adepts of wargaming! Part 1

"Unfortunately, precise fire from Germans suppressed all attackers and things started to look grim for Allies." Michal, in The Boardgames Chronicle, brings some youngsters into the hobby playing a couple of scenarios from Osprey Games' Undaunted: Normandy. "I love that this game does not over-complicate the rules and is pretty approachable even by younger players…".
Article ID: 10
Date: 12/23/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Review of Undaunted: Normandy

"Let’s not dance around my favorite feature in this game: the deckbuilding. So much of what you do in this game hinges around both your starting composition, as well as how you use those cards.", states Swords and Chit in their review of Undaunted Normandy published by Osprey Games. "Is it a perfect representation of the Wargame genre? Absolutely not, as there are many nuances left out for the sake of having a game that is quick and accessible. Yet there’s enough tactical crunchiness, layered on top of the strategic approach to constructing and tuning your deck during the game, that makes it stand out in a good way.."
Article ID: 9
Date: 3/26/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
How to Play Undaunted Normandy: Play Example

A short "How to Play" video by Seek Out and Play describes the play example for Undaunted Normandy found on pages 16 & 17 in the rulebook. The video goes through the process of initiative, card play, movement, combat, and damage in this deck building wargame by Osprey Games.
Article ID: 8
Date: 2/2/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Video Review: Undaunted: Normandy from Osprey Games

The Players Aid reviews Undaunted Normandy, a new deckbuilding card driven game from Osprey games. The game is squad based World War II tactical level where you use your deck of cards to move your units on the modular board to kill the enemy and take objectives. Simple design with some really great nuance and strategy for building up and then thinning your deck to get the maximum control over the situation on the board. Definitely a game that will appear on their Top 10 List of 2019.
Article ID: 7
Date: 1/26/2020
Poster: Mark D.
How to Play Undaunted Normandy Solitaire

"How to Play Undaunted Normandy Solitaire" - video produced by the Seek Out and Play YouTube channel.
Article ID: 6
Date: 1/20/2020
Poster: Mark D.
Shut and Sit Down - Review

Entertaining review of "Undaunted Normandy" by the characters at the Shut Up and Sit Down site.
Article ID: 4
Date: 1/19/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Undaunted: Normandy Review - Sharp as a Box of Bayonets

June, 1944: Through the D-Day landings, the Allies have seized a foothold on the beaches of Normandy. Now you must lead your troops forward as you push deeper into France and drive the German forces back. You will face intense resistance, machine gun fire, and mortar bombardment, but a great commander can turn the situation to their advantage! A good, always entertaining, overview by Shut Up & Sit Down of Undaunted Normandy, a WW II deck building card game about D-Day at the tactical level. It's a very clever design by Roland MacDonald published by Osprey Games
Article ID: 5
Date: 1/19/2020
Poster: Harvey M.
Undaunted: Normandy Review

Another review by The Players Aid of Undaunted Normandy, a clever but challenging WW II deck building card game about D-Day by Roland MacDonald published by Osprey Games
Article ID: 3
Date: 10/30/2019
Poster: Harvey M.
Undaunted Normandy Action Point 2 Units and Their Abilities

In part 2 of this series, The Player's Aid reviews the units and ther special abilities in Osprey's Games tactical based card game Undaunted Normandy.
Article ID: 2
Date: 10/30/2019
Poster: Harvey M.
Undaunted Normandy Action Point 1 Deckbuilding Apects of the Game

The Player's Aid shows how the Deck Building game mechanic frequently found in Eurogames can be applied to historical simulations; in this case Osprey's Games tactical based card game Undaunted Normandy. This gives a "How To" discussion on how to build the most effective decks.
Article ID: 1
Date: 9/24/2019
Poster: Harvey M.
An Interview with David Thompson Co-Designer of Undaunted Normandy

The Player's Aid interviews Co-Designer David Thompson who gives a detailed discussion about his new tactical level, deck building, WW II card game Undaunted Normandy recently published by Osprey Games