Opponents Wanted

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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.



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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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Pub Dates
Game: Wilderness War
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Volko Ruhnke

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 664
Date: 9/30/2018
Poster: Mark D.
Wilderness War - Tim Smith - Replay Session #2 (PDF)

The game progresses into Spring 1757. This is the second installment of an outstanding Wilderness War replay session report "for the entertainment of the 'Grognards de Bois' who admire this game." Thanks to Tim Smith for sharing.
Article ID: 663
Date: 9/29/2018
Poster: Mark D.
Wilderness War - Tim Smith - Replay Session #1 (PDF)

"At last - a full play-through of the renowned game!" This is the first installment of an outstanding Wilderness War replay session report "for the entertainment of the 'Grognards de Bois' who admire this game." Thanks to Tim Smith for sharing this gem...
Article ID: 662
Date: 6/23/2016
Poster: Mark D.
Wilderness War is Probably the Best CDG

"One attribute of a good war game is that it opens up rather than narrows down the more you play it..." Thus begins this excellent review by Simon Lestrade, where he pays homage to this fine GMT game...
Article ID: 624
Date: 7/26/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Official rules (PDF) - updated link

Update link for living rules on GMTs site
Article ID: 661
Date: 7/26/2014
Poster: Mark D.
A Couple of Meeple: Video Replay

This couple films themselves playing a game of Wilderness War, and does a voice-over narrating the whole thing. Very well done and interesting.
Article ID: 660
Date: 4/15/2014
Poster: Mark D.
Hiew's Boardgame Blog: Review

Really good review/replay. Hiew Chok Sien takes us through an overview of the game and then recounts a short scenario played by him and his gaming buddy Allen. Gives a nice feel for the game, and it's good to see 'Wilderness War' getting some renewed attention.
Article ID: 659
Date: 7/2/2012
Poster: Mark D.
Marti Cabre: Review

BoardGameGeek Review by Marti Cabre
Article ID: 658
Date: 4/21/2012
Poster: Mark D.
Ed Bickford: Replay

Ed Bickford takes us through a replay of one of his games of Wilderness War, over numerous posts on ConSimWorld. Enjoy.
Article ID: 657
Date: 8/7/2011
Poster: Mark D.
Reef's World: Video Review

Nice video review from Reef.
Article ID: 625
Date: 8/9/2001
Poster: Mark D.
Steffan O'Sullivan: Player Aid (PDF)

Player Aid, prepared by Steffan O'Sullivan, containing "Troop Type and Fortification Differences" chart, "Types of Drilled Troops", etc.
Article ID: 623
Date: 7/22/2001
Poster: Mark D.
Designer: Errata

Errata item from designer Volko Ruhnke.
Article ID: 622
Date: 11/8/2000
Poster: Mark D.
Andy Ravenscroft: Review

Quick review by Andy Ravenscroft
Article ID: 626
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Extra British leader boxes (JPG)

Graphic file showing Leader boxes for Dunbar, Webb and Bradstreet.
Article ID: 627
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Extra French leader boxes (JPG)

Graphic showing extra French Leader boxes for Dumas, Beaujeu and Bougainville.
Article ID: 628
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
official errata

Article ID: 629
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 630
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
variant

Article ID: 631
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Q&A

Article ID: 632
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
battle predictor (Excel file)

Article ID: 633
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Italian translation of official rules

Article ID: 634
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
French translation of official rules

Article ID: 635
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
PBEM site

Article ID: 636
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
card manifest (PDF)

Article ID: 637
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Q&A (PDF)

Article ID: 638
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
strategy(PDF)

Article ID: 639
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 640
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
German translation of official rules

Article ID: 641
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
variant

Article ID: 642
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
PBEM aid

Article ID: 643
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Japanese official rules(zipped PDF file)

Article ID: 644
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website for real-time Internet play

Article ID: 645
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 646
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
errata

Article ID: 647
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
variant

Article ID: 648
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 649
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 650
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
replay

Article ID: 651
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 652
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 653
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 654
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 655
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review

Article ID: 656
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Q&A