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.

1471 - Stand firm, save the Treasury!

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"Lord Darcy is hoping that his archers will do most of the work this day...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, gets to the action with his latest Dungborough encounter. Whose hands will the collected tax prize fall into, the Lancastrians or the Yorkists? As Norm puts it, "The situation is tightly balanced, with several points of crisis and no certainty of which way it will go - I like that about this system."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/25/2020

Strategy Talk - Dunnigan Deals With Monsters And Politics

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Strategy Talk speaks to Jim Dunnigan about reader feedback in Strategy and Tactics. The discussion moves on to the monster games of SPI. We round things off with a discussion of several of Jim’s early political games including ‘Up against the Wall Mother F!#&@%’ and ‘Chicago, Chicago’.

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 11/22/2020

Preparing for war! Dungborough 1471

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"...indecent haste suggests that the Yorkists are quite close." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, sets the stage for an upcoming engagement in his fictitious Dungborough battle site! Enjoy all the photos of Norm's excellent miniatures work, and get ready to hang on to your seat, as the defenders "...will fight to the last, rather than see their hard earned taxes stolen by the rebels."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/18/2020

Recent Board Games Submitted to the National Library of Finland

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The National Library of Finland has been cataloguing and maintaining a repository of Finnish games including Finnish War Games. Click these additional links to see: Maps of War Games at the National Library posted by Kari Hintsala(wait for the page to fully load to so you can translate it to English); and a short conversation posted by Board Game

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 11/1/2020

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.

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!

More Grognard Originals...

Grognard Challenge

Latest Challenge

Have a look at the graphics for the latest Challenge and see past solutions and contest winners.

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The Grognard Challenge

Can You Guess The Name of This Game???

Challenge #996, Started on 22 Nov 2020

(Select your choice from the options below the graphics)

Grognard Challenge: Units Image #1

Grognard Challenge: Map Image #1

Grognard Challenge: Units Image #2

Grognard Challenge: Map Image #2


Comments (Optional - Max 255 characters) - Keep it civil; keep it clean; these comments will appear next to your name in next week's results list.

Results for the Last Challenge

Last Week's Challenge Winner (Game #995) - Mark Marychurch

Buy Maori Wars from Noble Knight Games

In the last Challenge, there were 54 correct answers, but this time Mark Marychurch was the first to register a correct guess, identifying Maori Wars (Legion Wargames).

Congratulations to Mark Marychurch on Grognard Challenge win #4!

You can purchase Maori Wars from Noble Knight Games and you can also find all the articles here.

Good luck to everyone with the new Challenge!

Thanks for participating in the Grognard Challenge!
-Mark D.


Well done and, for those not in first place, hope you finish higher next time! New Challenge files may be published at any time between 12:01AM to 11:59PM each Sunday (U.S. Eastern Time), so please submit your guesses before 11:59 PM of the following Saturday, and check back often on Sundays for the Challenge results, and the new Challenge images.

An ordered list of Challengers making correct guesses in the 15 Nov 2020 Challenge (995) follows:

* is not responsible for any offensive language in the Challenger Comments. Please report any such language to mark and it will be removed as soon as possible.
#Challenger NameResp Time (PST)Challenger Comment *
1Mark Marychurch11/15/2020 12:31:39 PM
2Dan Hawkins11/15/2020 12:34:35 PMHad to look up this one!
3Gary Wishik11/15/2020 12:35:04 PM
4koen schoonjans11/15/2020 12:38:45 PM
5Gary Pickett11/15/2020 12:39:36 PM
6Robert Woodward11/15/2020 12:42:47 PMA guess, but I don't believe that British troops showed up at the other pre-20th century titles.
7Alejandro Calle11/15/2020 12:51:49 PM
8Gary Logs11/15/2020 12:53:08 PM
9James Engler11/15/2020 12:54:34 PM
10Javier Romero11/15/2020 1:03:06 PM
11Phillip Campbell11/15/2020 1:06:46 PM
12Dennis Beauchamp11/15/2020 1:13:13 PM
13Keith Beauchamp11/15/2020 1:13:26 PM
14Lee Balsiger11/15/2020 1:19:35 PM
15Steven Rauch11/15/2020 1:21:15 PM
16Fred Mottern11/15/2020 1:30:52 PM
17Jeff Muniz11/15/2020 1:35:52 PM
18Don Timian11/15/2020 1:39:54 PM
19Thomas Heaney11/15/2020 1:48:55 PM
20Paul Poon11/15/2020 1:49:27 PM
21John Vinal11/15/2020 1:52:25 PM
22Louis Kolkman11/15/2020 2:03:34 PM
23David Gardey11/15/2020 2:27:47 PM
24Hans Feldmann11/15/2020 2:29:05 PM
25Gareth Scott11/15/2020 2:44:25 PM
26David Mathieson 11/15/2020 2:55:07 PM
27Julie Friedrichsen11/15/2020 3:12:13 PM
28Dave Smith11/15/2020 3:16:43 PM
29Mochara Caraher11/15/2020 3:25:47 PM
30Chee-Yan Hiew11/15/2020 3:31:44 PM
31Stephen Leiter11/15/2020 3:39:13 PM
32Warren Brehm11/15/2020 3:43:48 PM
33Jean LEGRAND11/15/2020 4:16:46 PM
34Marc Meilleur11/15/2020 5:39:19 PM
35Robert Fix11/15/2020 5:53:44 PM
36Tony Jimenez11/15/2020 5:55:40 PM
37Dick Boyes11/15/2020 6:01:51 PMmaybe
38Royce Reiss11/15/2020 6:18:21 PM
39R L Moses11/15/2020 6:26:37 PMMaori markings
40Martin Gallo11/15/2020 7:24:41 PM
41John Careklas11/15/2020 7:27:39 PMInto the land of the obscure
42Robert Martin11/15/2020 8:05:49 PM
43Jeff Kenneday11/15/2020 11:31:19 PM
44Andrzej Cierpicki11/16/2020 2:36:04 AM
45Doug Mann11/16/2020 4:39:07 AM
46Tom Cundiff11/16/2020 2:31:32 PMI'm guessing it's Legion's Maori Wars. The art looks like it. Sad thing is my copy is still in shrink. The bad thing about that is because I've not opened it I can't be certain it's Legon's Maori Wars. I've not seen inside the box as yet.
47Henry Golabek11/17/2020 6:19:19 AM
48Eric Iven11/17/2020 11:00:05 AM
49Dave Rubin11/17/2020 12:34:37 PM
50Peter Rich11/17/2020 3:08:42 PM
51Christine Van Schultz11/18/2020 2:23:26 PM
52John Conner11/20/2020 2:50:48 PM
53Mark Kramer11/21/2020 7:15:47 PMLast entry of the week?
54Matt Kiriazis11/22/2020 6:28:46 AMIs this Sunday morning SWAG the last correct answer of the week? This week’s Thanksgiving celebration will be muted due to COVID-19.
* is not responsible for any offensive language in the Challenger Comments. Please report any such language to mark and it will be removed as soon as possible.

An ordered list of Challengers making INCORRECT guesses

* is not responsible for any offensive language in the Challenger Comments. Please report any such language to mark and it will be removed as soon as possible.
* is not responsible for any offensive language in the Challenger Comments. Please report any such language to mark and it will be removed as soon as possible.

Challenge History

Top 25 All-Time Challenge Winners

Here are the Top 25 All-Time Grognard Challenge Winners!

Challenge Winner# of Challenges Won
Gareth Scott59
Kim Meints51
Elias Nordling49
Bill Bruno48
Allan Rothberg45
Kevin Donovan38
Koen Schoonjans31
Alejandro Calle25
Javier Romero25
Stephen Mrenna22
Robert Fix19
Thomas Heaney17
Eric Iven16
Mike Welsh16
Richard Fluck15
Tom Collipi14
Paul Poon13
Thomas Sobczak13
David Niday12
Gary Logs12
Julian Barker12
Thomas Margraf11
Jeff Muniz10
Mochara Caraher10
Dick Vohlers9

Evolution of Top 25 Challengers

This chart shows the evolution of the Top 25 Grognard Challenge Winners from inception until the 15-Nov-2020 Challenge. The X Axis is the Challenge #, and the Y Axis is the number of Challenge wins. Kind of interesting to see how things developed over time. Kim Meints popped early, then went flat for about 3 years, and then popped again. Elias Nordling was the king of the Challenge for many years, but then dropped out. We tried to lure him back, but life gets in the way sometimes. And take a look at the meteoric rise of Gareth Scott! Here's a man with a "system" that allows him to win consistently. Then we have top notch contenders Bill Bruno, Allan Rothberg, and Kevin Donovan. Everyone else falls into a fairly tight grouping below that, although Koen Schoonjans appears to be poised for a breakout.

Many thanks to Alejandro Calle for compiling and sharing this chart! I found it interesting and hope you all do too. Thanks to all of you for participating in the Grognard Challenge week after week.

- Mark

Grognard Challenge - Evolution of Top 25
Grognard Challenge - Evolution of the Top 25 Winners

Past Winners of the Challenges

Here's a complete list of Challenge winners, starting from day #1. The only information missing now is the actual dates of the first 30 Challenges. If anyone has this information, please let me know and I'll gladly update the database.

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Challenge IDChallenge DateWinner NameGame NamePublisher Name
99511/15/2020Mark MarychurchMaori WarsLegion Wargames
99411/8/2020Javier RomeroClash for a ContinentWorthington Publishing
99311/1/2020Alejandro CalleSwordfish at TarantoMinden Games
99210/25/2020Fred MotternWar in EuropeDecision Games
99110/18/2020Dan HawkinsThunder at the CrossroadsMultiman Publishing
99010/11/2020Don TimianCampaign for North AfricaSPI
98910/4/2020Koen SchoonjansTaskForceSPI
9889/27/2020Mark MarychurchFlight LeaderAvalon Hill
9879/20/2020Thomas HeaneyThe Burning BlueGMT Games
9869/13/2020Robert FixReluctant EnemiesMultiman Publishing
9859/6/2020Alejandro CalleKonigsberg: The Soviet Attack on East PrussiaRevolution Games
9848/30/2020Keith BeauchampRedvers ReverseLegion Wargames
9838/23/2020Christine Van SchultzLiberty: The American RevolutionColumbia Games
9828/16/2020Koen SchoonjansStellar ConquestAvalon Hill
9818/9/2020Gareth ScottTarget: IranDecision Games
9808/2/2020Kevin DonovanSwing States 2012Victory Point Games
9797/26/2020Michael RileyThe Siege of Alesia: Gaul, 52 BCGMT Games
9787/19/2020Mochara CaraherBrief Border WarsCompass Games
9777/12/2020Mochara CaraherPax BritannicaVictory Games
9767/5/2020Gareth ScottBAORSPI
9756/28/2020Mochara CaraherWorld at War 85: Storming the GapLock n Load Publishing
9746/21/2020Mochara CaraherStorm in the EastWhite Dog Games
9736/14/2020Jeff MunizThe Lamps are Going OutCompass Games
9726/7/2020Jeff MunizWaterloo Campaign 1815RBM Studio
9715/31/2020Koen SchoonjansThe Campaign for Vicksburg 1863 ADTurning Point Simulations
9705/24/2020Alejandro CalleLongstreet AttacksRevolution Games
9695/17/2020Royce ReissMorgan's RiflesMayfair Games
9685/10/2020Alejandro CalleLincolnWorthington/PSC Games
9675/3/2020Koen SchoonjansWavell's WarGDW
9664/26/2020Gary ZsigraiBuffalo WingsAgainst the Odds
9654/19/2020Koen Schoonjans1967 - Sword of Israel: The Six Day WarAvalanche Press
9644/12/2020Louis KolkmanBeachheadYaquinto
9634/5/2020Stephen MrennaSix Day War: 1967Decision Games
9623/29/2020Stephen MrennaClash of Giants: Civil WarGMT Games
9613/22/2020Stephen MrennaBlood & RosesGMT Games
9603/15/2020Thomas HeaneyBattle for Russia: Operation BarbarossaQuarterdeck International
9593/8/2020Gary WishikRaid on IranSteve Jackson Games
9583/1/2020Tony JiminezThe Last King of ScotlandVictory Point Games
9572/23/2020Don TimianCVYaquinto
9562/16/2020Attilio TribuziThe Rise of the Roman RepublicGMT Games
9552/9/2020Mochara CaraherCatherine the GreatDecision Games
9542/2/2020Jeff MunizBattle of the AtlanticOne Small Step
9531/26/2020Royce ReissThe Campaign for North AfricaSPI
9521/19/2020Stephen LeiterInvasion TaipeiDecision Games
9511/12/2020Mark KramerHearts and Minds: Vietnam 1965-1975Compass Games
9501/5/2020Christine Van SchultzThe Emperor ReturnsClash of Arms
94912/29/2019Koen SchoonjansPrague: The Empty TriumphClash of Arms
94812/22/2019Jeff MunizArctic Storm: The Russo-Finnish Winter WarGMT Games
94712/15/2019Gareth ScottIn the Trenches: Devil DogsTiny Battles Publishing
94612/8/2019Jeff MunizPutin Strikes: The Coming War for Eastern EuropeOne Small Step
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