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.

Games vs. History: The First Battle of Bull Run in War Games

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"…the battle resembled more of an armed brawl than an organized conflict." Jack Trumbull offers some thoughts about the first battle of Bull Run, and several digital wargame treatments of it.

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/28/2018


Battle of Bosworth 1485

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"…they pushed the boat out for it and splendid it was too." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, reminiscences about a fine reenactment in the pre-Internet dark ages, and his brief wargamer oriented publication on the battle using the stone knives and bear skins tools of the era. Sounds like the creative juices may soon be flowing, since the memory "…has left me wanting to start a small and focused Wars of the Roses project…"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/12/2018


Games vs. History: An exploration of the Battle of Nagashino in war games

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"…even the best planning and research often cannot sidestep the pitfalls of historical memory." Joe Fonseca considers how three different computer wargames approach the Battle of Nagashino during Japan's Warring States period. Joe finds different strengths and weaknesses in each, with his simple recommendation for one of them being: "Boot it up and marvel at the movie-like spectacle."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/7/2018


Downsizing: A table-top primer for converting 15/18mm figures to 10mm

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"…I took the King’s shilling for a long term 10 mm enlistment." Bill Gray takes us on a walk through the miniatures version of downsizing. From the why, to the how, to the result: "If Lenin was right when he said, 'quantity has a quality all its own,' the wargaming Gods are happy right now."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 11/2/2018


More Spotlight articles...


Grognard News

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.

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.

Land of the Two Rivers: Iraq War - In Development (Grognard Enterprises)

The first game from Grognard Enterprises (Grognard.com) 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). Design by Mark D'Agosta. Check in on the info article for the latest info on this game...

More Grognard Originals...


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Latest Challenge

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Game: ETO

Series: ETO Series
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/10/2018 8:57:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Isn’t That Special (Movement)?

"…when you can pull it off, your opponent will be amazed." John Tiehen shows how some planning allows a player to maximize the value of the Special Movement Phase in Victory Point Games' ETO, their European World War II project. Learn some grognard jujitsu by understanding "…the simple yin-and-yang of the ground war in Russia."
Game: Ultimate General: Civil War

Publisher: HEXWAR
Game Type: Computer
Date: 12/9/2018 4:23:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Ultimate General: Civil War - First Impressions

Prolific YouTube poster, thehistoricalgamer, presents this real-time live-stream video play through.
Game: Ultimate General: Civil War

Publisher: HEXWAR
Game Type: Computer
Date: 12/9/2018 3:08:00 PM
Poster: Pat L.
Ultimate General: Civil War Review -Worthabuy?

Prolific YouTube poster, Mack, presents this video review from his “Worthabuy” series of game reviews. Although he finds the game “unrealistic” he praises the intelligent and cunning AI and calls the game lots of fun to play or, in his words, “Worthabuy”.
Game: Less Than 60 Miles

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/9/2018 1:10:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Less Than 60 Miles - Playtest session AAR - Part 2

The 2nd installment of an After Action Report for a “Less Than 60 Miles” internal play-test session. Shared by Fabrizio Vianello.
Grognard Challenge Time!

 
Date: 12/9/2018 2:15:00 AM
New Challenge Clues! Last Challenge Results!

See the graphic clues for the new Challenge (#894) for 9-Dec-2018 and the winners for the last Challenge (#893).
Game: Bastogne

Publisher: SPI
Game Type: Magazine
Date: 12/9/2018 12:16:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Discussion/Review - Updated

Updated by Donald Johnson to fix typos and add some clarifications on some things in the Developer's Notes at the end.
Game: The Dark Sands

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/7/2018 8:39:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Dark Sands: AAR of Designer Solo Campaign Game (Part 2)

"This is a dangerously thin British line…". Designer Ted Raicer has a second after action report on the campaign game with his GMT Games' The Dark Sands. The Germans are in the game now, and Ted is keeping things in character: "Though low on gas and ammo, Rommel advances…"
Game: The Union Forever!

Publisher: LPS Inc
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/6/2018 9:17:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
The Union Forever - Angry Bunny Review

You don't often see reviews about "pocket" games, which is why it's so awesome to see one now and then. Angry Bunny takes us on a tour of "The Union Forever!", an American Civil War game from LPS Inc....
Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit 1

Publisher: Multiman Publishing
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/6/2018 9:07:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
ASL Starter Kit - Mash-up between Starter Kit and Deluxe ASL city boards

As part of getting back into ASL, Norm Smith has been exploring the ASL Starter Kit and has created a scenario that is a mash-up between the Starter Kit and Deluxe ASL city boards (large hexes) from the ASL Winter Offensive Pack 9 for 2018. This post discusses the scenario and how Starter Kit players can use the full ASL boards. May be of interest to SK fans who might want to expand their methods of play....
Game: The First Battle of the Marne 1914 AD

Series: Twenty Decisive Battles of the World
Publisher: Turning Point Simulations
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/5/2018 9:11:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
“My center is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking.” The First Battle of the Marne 1914 AD Game Review

"…a fun game and a nice simulation of the famous battle…". Rick Martin reviews Turning Point Simulations' The First Battle of the Marne 1914, giving it an 85% rating. Find out about a curious game dynamic that Rick picks up on: "If the initiative shifts to the Entente, they retain it for the rest of the game!"
Game: Imperator: Rome

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Game Type: Computer
Date: 12/3/2018 8:35:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Art of War in Imperator: Rome

"…I was completely hooked on learning Imperator’s own art of war." Joe Robinson takes an advance look at Paradox Interactive's Imperator: Rome, an upcoming ancient era grand strategy game. But don't let the 'grand strategy' description fool you, as Joe points out that the game "…has a unepextedly deep and tactical warfare component that may help transform it into the most compelling grand-strategy game of the bunch."
Game: Confederate Rails: Railroading in the American Civil War 1861-65

Publisher: Against the Odds
Game Type: Board
Date: 12/2/2018 8:21:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Rolling Boxcars reviews "Confederate Rails"

Detailed review of "Confederate Rails", a recent title from Against the Odds. Written by Modoc for the Rolling Boxcars blog.
Publisher: Grognard.com

Date: 11/30/2018 10:34:00 PM
Grognard Game Plan Now Available!

Grognard Game Plan is a free tool provided to registered Grognard.com site visitors to help organize convention play and other gaming sessions. Using Grognard Game Plan you can:

* List your gaming convention or event - all registered Grognard.com site visitors will be able to see it.

* Host a Game/Session - You can create game sessions at your convention, or any other convention.

* Specify the # of players needed for your game - Other gamers can see available slots and join your game.

* Join someone else's game - It's as easy as clicking a "Join" button.

Much simpler than exchanging dozens of emails, texts and phone calls to find out who is playing what, with whom, at what time, etc.!

Feel free to experiment and test out the features of Grognard Game Plan and hopefully you'll want to use it for your next gaming convention or gaming club session.
Game: 1754 - Conquest: The French and Indian War

Series: Birth of America Series
Publisher: Academy Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/30/2018 10:29:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
1754 - Video Review by Players' Aid

Grant and Alexander review "1754: Conquest" and do an excellent job as usual. Everything you'd want to know about a game before you buy it (or not)...
Game: SHAEF

Publisher: PSC Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/30/2018 10:27:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
The Discriminating Gamer - Video Review of SHAEF

Behold, the Great Crusade invades your tabletop! Join Cody as he explores this card-driven wargame from PSC. Will it become the Supreme Headquarters for Allied Expeditionary Fun? Or will it just get pinned down on the beaches? Let's watch!
Game: The Dark Sands

Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/30/2018 8:23:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
The Dark Sands: AAR of Designer Solo Campaign Game

"O’Connor is worried the Italians will slip away again without a fight...". Designer Ted Raicer offers a first after action report segment on a campaign game with his GMT Games' The Dark Sands, a World War II North Africa simulation. Do the tables turn, when "Orders from Rome are to counterattack immediately…"?
Game: Pacific Victory

Publisher: Columbia Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/28/2018 8:47:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
2nd Edition Review (video)

Marco Arnaudo takes us on a video tour of "Pacific Victory", 2nd Edition, a "block game" published by Columbia Games.
Game: Terraforming Mars

Publisher: Fryx Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/28/2018 8:40:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Terraforming Mars - Up Next

Brief review of "Terraforming Mars" on the Games - Strategy and Tactics blog, with a promise of more reviews to come as they acquire more experience with the game.
Game: 1776

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/26/2018 9:13:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
1776 Cyberboard v8.0 Gamebox - using 3rd Edition Rules (ZIP)

Cyberboard v8.0 gamebox and scenario files for all (19) scenarios using 3rd Edition rules. Shared by Doug Pratto.
Game: 1776

Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/26/2018 9:02:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Third Edition Rules - Nov 2018 Update (PDF)

Shared by Doug Pratto. 3rd Edition Rules Nov. '18 update.
Here's a summary of the rules update:
* Removed all redundant and excessive wording.
* Clarified several grey areas. - Bateau use at Forts - Portage - Forced March after Auto Elimination - Combat Procedure - Leader effect on movement/combat - Promotions - Susquehanna River in winter - Continental Navy & West Indies Port - Random Events - Control of Towns/Commerce Counters.
* No rule changes.
* Only 15 pages of rules.
* Revisited all (20) Scenarios to triple check all their rules and setups.
* Completed list of sources for each Scenario.
Game: River Plate & Denmark Strait

Series: Dreadnoughts and Battlewagons
Publisher: Decision Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/26/2018 8:44:00 PM
Poster: Ed Sommers
Battle of River Plate - Replay

Norm Smith, writing for his "Battlefields & Warriors" blog, pens an excellent review and play-through of the River Plate scenario. This offering from Decision Games, is one of a pair of games that are included in "River Plate & Denmark Straight" box.
Game: Nightfighter Ace: Air Defense Over Germany, 1943-44

Publisher: Compass Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/26/2018 8:45:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Defending the Father Land. Night Fighter Ace Board Game Review

"… the game is both a 'war game' and a 'role playing game'..." Rick Martin reviews Compass Games' Nightfighter Ace: Air Defense Over Germany, 1943-44 for Armchair General, giving it a 95% rating. Despite a few quibbles, Rick loves both the wargame and role-playing aspects. "There is even a rule for if you win an extraordinary medal and are brought before Hitler…"
Game: Bitter Heights: The Battle of Mitla Pass: October 29-31, 1956

Publisher: High Flying Dice Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/22/2018 11:33:00 AM
Poster: Mark D.
Bitter Heights - Review

Detailed article, shared by Angry Bunny on his self-named blog, about "Bitter Heights", published by High Flying Dice Games. The articles starts with a brief history lesson, then an outline of game play, and wraps up with an opinion section and a bibliography...
Game: Less Than 60 Miles

Publisher: Thin Red Line Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/21/2018 6:06:00 PM
Poster: Mark D.
Less Than 60 Miles - Playtest session AAR - Part 1

After Action Report for a “Less Than 60 Miles” internal play-test session. Fast narrative, lots of images. "Less Than 60 Miles" is currently in development.

Nobody does these AAR's better than Fabrizio Vianello. Check out his War Without KIA blog to see some of the amazing stuff he's done over the last few years.
Game: Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah

Series: Great Battles of the American Civil War
Publisher: GMT Games
Game Type: Board
Date: 11/19/2018 9:05:00 AM
Poster: Doug Holt
Carroll Burns the Bridge: A Narrative-Style AAR for Death Valley’s Variant Cross Keys Scenario

"There are too many Yankees this time, and too many armed with rifled muskets." William Byrne indulges in a bit of wargamer art as he offers the first installment of a narrative based on a game of GMT Games' Death Valley: Battles for the Shenandoah. Enter Stonewall Jackson, stage left: “General Ewell, we must push these people. Why is it that half your division is unengaged?”