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.

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

Marengo 1800

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"...Marengo, the putative victory that cemented Napoleon's hold on power." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another one of his exquisite battle illuminations. This time, an engagement with a role on the path of power: "Bonaparte realized that if he were to retain his dictatorial powers, he had to deliver victory and a satisfactory end to the war."

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

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!

More Grognard Originals...

Grognard Challenge

Latest Challenge

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The Grognard Challenge

Can You Guess The Name of This Game???

Challenge #1003, Started on 10 Jan 2021

(Select your choice from the options below the graphics)

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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 #1002) - Koen Schoonjans

Buy By Stealth and Sea from Noble Knight Games

In the last Challenge, there were 47 correct answers, but this time Koen Schoonjans was the first to register a correct guess, identifying By Stealth and Sea (Dan Verssen Games).

Congratulations to Koen Schoonjans on Grognard Challenge win #32!

You can purchase By Stealth and Sea 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 03 Jan 2021 Challenge (1002) 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 *
1koen schoonjans1/3/2021 2:33:11 PM
2Jeff Muniz1/3/2021 2:33:39 PM
3Eric Iven1/3/2021 2:34:16 PM
4Gary Wishik1/3/2021 2:38:02 PM
5Phillip Campbell1/3/2021 2:40:48 PM
6Marc Meilleur1/3/2021 2:42:24 PM
7Mark Marychurch1/3/2021 2:43:38 PM
8Alejandro Calle1/3/2021 2:46:57 PM
9Ron Freda1/3/2021 2:50:48 PM
10Javier Romero1/3/2021 2:51:05 PM
11Lionel Teed1/3/2021 2:52:22 PMI was trying to be sneaky!!!!!
12Thomas Heaney1/3/2021 2:53:26 PM
13Thomas Margraf1/3/2021 3:12:29 PM
14John Vinal1/3/2021 3:13:15 PM
15Dave Smith1/3/2021 3:19:07 PM
16Don Timian1/3/2021 3:22:58 PM
17Robert Fix1/3/2021 3:25:48 PM
18Dan Hawkins1/3/2021 3:59:03 PM
19Dennis Beauchamp1/3/2021 4:04:19 PMThese guys had some...I'll keep it G rated but they really had guts
20John Conner1/3/2021 4:04:39 PM
21Paul Poon1/3/2021 4:06:19 PM
22Stephen Leiter1/3/2021 4:14:11 PM
23Gary Pickett1/3/2021 4:16:40 PM
24David Mathieson 1/3/2021 4:16:48 PM
25Lee Balsiger1/3/2021 4:39:28 PM
26Mochara Caraher1/3/2021 4:48:35 PM
27Kevin Donovan1/3/2021 4:53:41 PM
28Keith Beauchamp1/3/2021 5:51:09 PM
29David Gardey1/3/2021 6:24:31 PM
30James Engler1/3/2021 7:28:12 PM
31Gary Zsigrai1/3/2021 8:13:03 PMSitting on the table in front of me . Mission 6 BG5 GIBRALTOR.
32Hans Feldmann1/3/2021 8:55:52 PM
33John Careklas1/3/2021 9:07:47 PM
34Sten Ekedahl1/3/2021 10:29:27 PM
35R L Moses1/4/2021 12:38:47 AM
36Louis Kolkman1/4/2021 2:31:21 AM
37CHIAVERI RICCARDO1/4/2021 3:34:46 AM
38Stanley Hazard1/4/2021 9:08:34 AM
39Fred Mottern1/4/2021 9:12:08 AM
40Dick Boyes1/4/2021 9:33:08 PM
41Peter Rich1/5/2021 3:54:54 PM
42Robert Martin1/6/2021 1:35:48 AM
43Gareth Scott1/10/2021 3:21:33 AM
44Christine Van Schultz1/10/2021 5:27:38 AM
45Doug Mann1/10/2021 5:37:28 AM
46Matt Kiriazis1/10/2021 8:35:42 AMLast week, I won the Challenge. Is this SWAG the last correct answer of the week? Going from first to last in one week is quite a feat few have accomplished. 🤪🤪🤪
47Mark Kramer1/10/2021 11:19:54 AMLast guess of the week?
* 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.
#Challenger NameResp Time (PST)Challenger Comment *
1Steven Rauch1/3/2021 3:18:27 PM
* 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 Schoonjans32
Alejandro Calle26
Javier Romero25
Stephen Mrenna22
Robert Fix19
Thomas Heaney17
Eric Iven16
Mike Welsh16
Richard Fluck15
Tom Collipi14
Gary Logs13
Paul Poon13
Thomas Sobczak13
David Niday12
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 up to the date specified on the chart. 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
10021/3/2021Koen SchoonjansBy Stealth and SeaDan Verssen Games
100112/27/2020Matt KiriazisDevil Dogs: Belleau Wood 1918Worthington Publishing
100012/20/2020Attilio TribuziConflict of Heroes: GuadalcanalAcademy Games
99912/13/2020Phillip CampbellUltimatumYaquinto
99812/6/2020Gary WishikA Splendid Little WarLegion Wargames
99711/29/2020Alejandro CalleConstantinople: Bulwark of Empire 641-718Decision Games
99611/22/2020Gary LogsKernstownRevolution Games
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
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