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.



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.

Isandlwana 1879

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"In many ways it was the Little Bighorn of South Africa..." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, tells the tale of Isandlwana, during the Anglo Zulu War. Part of the fascination is in the lead up, in which Sir Henry Bartle Frere, British High Commissioner for Southern Africa "…felt that he had a free hand. He got creative. And, to White Hall's irritation, he greatly exceeded his authority."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/18/2019


Converting a tabletop game to a boardgame

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"I mean how hard could it be!" Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, walks us through conversion of a tabletop miniatures game to a board game, with some very useful insights along the way. "Paper quality is everything! Did I say paper is everything! I mean absolutely everything."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 2/25/2019


Andrea Casarrubea’s new monograph an essential book for historians Great War aerial combat. Book Review.

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"When I first started leafing through the book, I found it hard to put down." Ray Garbee finds a treasure trove of information for World War I air enthusiasts in In the Skies of Forgotten Courage: The RNAS and RAF in the Adriatic and Albania 1917-1918. Not all the action was on the Western front!

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/30/2019


Butcher's Yard: A Wargaming Foray into the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879

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"…he found several hundred Zulus coming up the other side. The Battle was on!" Joe Robinson regales us with a tabletop encounter recognizing the 140th anniversary of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Lots of nice photos of a game in which "…things escalated quickly."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 1/9/2019


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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.

Alone Against the Soviets

Brief review of VentoNuovo's title "Stalingrad: Inferno on the Volga" shared by Mark D. for Grognard.com. Discusses the game mechanics that provide the game with the Stalingrad "feel"...

Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War - Now on BGG!

Got the BGG listing for Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War approved and published! Playtesting is proceeding. Still working on better counters...

Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War - First draft of rules completed

Grognard Enterprises (Grognard.com) first game will be Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War which covers Operation Iraqi Freedom from June of 2003 through the end of 2012 the latest (the game can end earlier). Designed and created by Mark D'Agosta.

10/15/2018 - First draft of the rules is completed. All charts and tables are complete. Map is 75% done. Working on the counters...

Interested in a TUSCW tournament on Vassal?

Anyone interested in a 2019 Tournament of the American Civil War on Vassal?

Registration deadline 12/31/2018.

Limit: 8 Participants.

More Grognard Originals...


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Latest Grognard Updates

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Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 3/17/2019 4:00:00 PM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#908) for 17-Mar-2019 and the winners for the last Challenge (#907).
Game: The Revelation War: The Coming Struggle for the Middle East

Publisher: Canvas Temple Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/16/2019 8:53:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Revelation War - Designer Interview

Interview with "The Revelation War" designer Ty Bomba, by The Players Aid web site. It's from Sept 2018, but I enjoyed it and wanted to share it.
Game: The Dark Sands

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/16/2019 7:51:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Dark Sands - A BoardTactical Review

Concise, but informative review of GMT's "The Dark Sands", written for the BoardTactical web site.
Game: Arcola: The Battle For Italy, 1796

Publisher: Operational Studies Group
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/16/2019 7:47:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Battle for Italy Review

Review of the Avalon Hill version of this game, shared by Centurion's Review.
Game: John Tiller's Campaign Series

Series: John Tiller's Campaign Series
Publisher: Matrix Games
Game Type: Computer
Date: 3/15/2019 9:07:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Legacy Review: West Front (John Tiller's Campaign Series)

"Beware, however, because the AI is not sitting on its digital thumbs." Bill Gray reviews Matrix Games' John Tiller's Campaign Series, finding a lot to like along with a couple of grumbles. And then there's the aspect that causes Bill to say "This kinda blew me away."
Game: Two Flags - One Nation

Publisher: Norman Smith
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 3/13/2019 8:54:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Fox Gap 1862 on a smaller grid

"…the plucky raw and small 5th North Carolina unit, even though taking 3 Heavy Casualties from the guns, stood its ground." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields and Warriors blog, gives us an action packed replay of the Fox Gap scenario using his Two Flags - One Nation ACW miniatures rules. Plenty of tension, unexpected die rolls, and "Then there was ‘one of those moments’…"
Game: Manoeuvre: Distant Lands

Series: Manoeuvre:
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/11/2019 9:37:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Manoeuvre: Distant Lands Tournament Part 1 of 4: Sweden vs. Qing Dynasty

"Sweden is favored to win this battle in every way." David Waldorf recounts the first round of new tournament in GMT Games' Manoeuvre: Distant Lands, a Manoeuvre system expansion that create some fascinating possibilities. Turns out to be a hot contest with the Qing Dynasty, who, still hanging on late in the game, try a Hail Mary: "…the plan has a 60% chance of succeeding but hinges on the roll of a single die…"!
Game: Founding Fathers: Civil War and the Guilded Age

Publisher: Rick Heli
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/10/2019 7:37:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Founding Fathers: Civil War & The Guilded Age - New!

Major expansion for Founding Fathers (2007) by Rick Heli that enables play through the Civil War, Gilded Age and the First World War. Now available!
Game: Thunder in the East

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/8/2019 9:14:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Whole Rotten Structure Will Come Crashing Down

"This is an all-or-nothing proposition; either you crack Soviet Morale, or you don’t." Alan Emrich discusses the possibilities for breaking Soviet morale in Victory Point Games' Thunder in the East. Check out the interesting, and challenging, prospects for "Soviet MP Honeypots"!
Game: Twilight Imperium 4th Edition

Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/7/2019 9:42:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Scenario: using 6-player random map generator

Scenario: Using 6-player random map generator by Derek Peterson. It is hard to get a full 6-player table for Twilight Imperium - that is really long but exciting game. This was 3rd time in past 12 months, so I reckon it a success. Very interesting and balanced game; two new players, four pretty experienced - but really that was not visible on board. Enjoy the AAR!
Game: Combat Commander: Europe

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/7/2019 9:36:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Barbarossa Unleashed – a Combat Commander FireFight

Combat Commander Tournament Pack - playing the scenarios one by one from that expansion. Here we have very balanced and interesting scenario, where both Russians and Germans attack in recon posture, trying to take important objectives in the middle of the map. Shared by the good folks at Boardgames Chronicle.
Game: Tanks: Modern Age

Publisher: Gale Force Nine
Game Type: Miniatures
Date: 3/6/2019 10:10:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Fighting the Decisive Battle of Yesterday’s Future War. Gale Force Nine’s ‘Tanks: The Modern Age’, Tabletop Miniatures Game Review.

"…Tanks: MA is a ‘beer and pretzels’ type game that is clear on it’s focus and goal." Ray Garbee reviews Gale Force Nine Games' Tanks: Modern Age, a miniatures offering. Ray finds some good, non-solitaire playability in the product, but check out what he considers to be the "…true bright spot with the game."
Game: Wars Across the World

Series: Fast Action Battles
Publisher: STRATEGIAE
Game Type: Computer
Date: 3/4/2019 8:51:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Review: Wars Across the World

"I was rather sceptical that such a design could both be fun and plausible…" Ben Moores reviews Strategiae's Wars Across the World, an iPhone/iPad minigame that applies a single game engine to a variety of time periods. Apparently Ben's skepticism was overcome: "This game is a smorgasbord of mechanics and they come together beautifully."
Game: Freeman's Farm: 1777

Publisher: Worthington Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/3/2019 1:31:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Freeman's Farm: 1777 - Wrapping up on Kickstarter!

Freeman's Farm: 1777 is the first game in Worthington Publishing's new Battle Formations game series. These games are a new game system centered around battle formations and have been designed for solitaire and two players. In it's final day on Kickstarter!!!
Game: Ici, c'est la France! The Algerian War of Independence 1954-62

Publisher: Legion Wargames
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/3/2019 1:20:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Ici c'est La France! Purchase at the Pre-Order Discount!

Just released and still available for purchase at the CPO price. Take advantage of this offer to get your copy of this great game!
Game: Iron Tide

Publisher: Pacific Rim Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/2/2019 10:35:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Iron Tide: Panzers in the Ardennes Review

"Now that I’m retired, I have time to fight the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes. It’s the largest land campaign in the history of the United States Army and the largest battle of 1944. The Germans came close to achieving Hitler’s political objectives." Review by Len Krol for the "Centurion's Review" blog.
Game: Infantry Fight in Nam

Publisher: Mark Ainsworth
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/2/2019 8:35:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Infantry Fight in Nam - Print & Play Game (ZIP)

These rules are only for small infantry clashes in Vietnam. I'm trying a new idea by not using charts and being flexible and as simple as possible with design, e.g. writing your own stats on the chits to eliminate the use of charts. All game components contained within the ZIP file.
Game: Old School Tactical

Publisher: Flying Pig Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/2/2019 2:44:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Old School Tactical - Tiger I v T-34 performance

Over time, Battlefields & Warriors blog has looked at several tactical systems from the perspective of Gun / Penetration interpretation using these two vehicles as a benchmark and in this article Norm Smith will be taking Old School Tactical (OST) for a spin...
Game: Panzer Expansion #4: France 1940

Series: Panzer
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 3/1/2019 8:39:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“…we had no idea that France had tanks like that.” James Day’s “Panzer Expansion 4: France 1940” Board Game Review

"The Solo Rules and tactical challenges of the French campaign make this set incredible!" Rick Martin reviews GMT Games' Panzer Expansion #4: France 1940 for Armchair General, giving it a 95% rating. While Rick has a couple of minor quibbles, he is a lot more interested in finding a way to defeat those French Char B1's: "Get to the side of the tank and then try and hit the air intake – it’s rather like the method used by the Rebels to take out the Death Star in Star Wars."
Game: Hell's Gate

Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/27/2019 10:11:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Hell's Gate - Review

Hell's Gate review and unboxing video, courtesy of David Lent for the "Centurio's Review" web site.
Game: Memoir'44

Publisher: Days of Wonder
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/27/2019 10:01:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Memoir'44 Scenario: D-Day Landings (Juno + Sword)

Memoir '44 Replay - shared by Boardgames Chronicle. Our third game in large format of Memoir '44 in D-Day Landings version (previously we played Utah+Omaha as well as Utah Beach + American Airborne). That was "hell" of the game and really intense firefight!
Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar

Series: COIN Series
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/27/2019 9:58:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Falling Sky - Replay

Brief play-through of "Falling Sky", 54 BC – Pax Gallica scenario. Produced by Boardgames Chronicle.
Game: Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/27/2019 8:45:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Tank Duel Scenario 2: Hold the High Ground – Round 2

"This is where a lot of chrome and detail comes out in the game design." Dave Ratynski continues a discussion and replay of scenario 2 of GMT Games' Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs. Dave offers some fun action narrative as he takes on the game's solo rules system (called Robata!): “Panther! 10 O’clock. Medium range. In the open!”
Game: Revolution Under Siege

Publisher: Ageod
Game Type: Computer
Date: 2/22/2019 8:41:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Legacy Review: Revolution Under Siege

"Playing Revolution Under Siege is like finding an ancient wargame at a flea market." Joe Fonseca checks out AGEod's Revolution Under Siege Gold, a re-release of the massive simulation of the Russian Revolution and related conflicts. Apparently the game has a significant learning curve, but a worthwhile one: "There is great depth for those interested and dedicated enough to learn it."
Game: ETO

Series: ETO Series
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 2/20/2019 8:19:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Picking Your Dogfights OR: The Fighter Commander’s Guide to Air Combat

"…from the smorgasbord of interception possibilities, you must determine…which are the most existentially vital…". Alan Emrich discusses player tactics for Intercept missions in Victory Point Games' ETO, their European World War II project. And you need to know the significance of "Shields and 8-Balls"!