Opponents Wanted

Find Gaming Opponents!

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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.

Reviving the Eagles at Quatre Bras rules

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"...the only way to create a meaningful merging of the two was to break one of them." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, gives us a window into his effort to align two of his historical period rule sets, "…striving to get a single Horse and Musket set…". Being Norm, he always has a sharp eye on playability, and is thinking about ways to "…make it easier to get either period to the table without needing full re-reads!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/5/2022


Grant’s Top 10 Solitaire Wargames – 2022 Edition

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"...I only included games on this list that were designed as solitaire only wargames with an AI or some type of Bot." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, brings us his revised top 10 list of solitaire only wargames, after playing an additional 25 or so games. Check out his new list of titles that he's "…found to be fun and engaging to play, challenging and that also wove an interesting narrative as a part of the process."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/31/2022


Making “Next War” More Multi-Domain: Some Alternative Rules for the “Next War” Series

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"...as I played through them all, I started adding elements—what I termed 'House Rules'...". Ian Sullivan offers rules extensions for GMT's Next War series of games to make them more "multi-domain" oriented: that is, requiring players to "…converge capabilities across all domains—air, land, sea, cyber, and space…" in even a broader manner than the existing rules address. Check out his extensions for: Will to Fight; Delaying Reinforcements; Hypersonic Missiles; Advanced Chinese Ballistic missiles; Alternative AEGIS Ashore Rules; Non-Kinetic, Reversible Counterspace Attacks; Kinetic, Non-Reversible Counterspace Attacks

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/26/2022


Maneuver Warfare Who what huh what game is this again??

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"As an avid board gamer and computer wargamer, I have always wanted to see game play with out tips, tricks, or cheats." Rob, in his newly launched YouTube channel 89volvowithlazers, offers a first round of the approach he plans on taking with his videos. Using a flavor of Command Ops 2, his idea is to let you "…actually see how the game plays before downloading the demo or making a purchase."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/15/2022


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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.



Grognard News

Grognard Opponents Wanted (9/14/2022)

New Opponents Wanted function. You can now set your ad expiration date, up to one year. Requires site registration.

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)

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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Wargaming Magazines

Asst Software/Player Aides

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Date   Article Summary
1/8/2022 
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                                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...
5/15/2021 
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                                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.
10/12/2020 
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                                Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975
- Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.
4/11/2020 
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                                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)
12/22/2019 
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                                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!
2/4/2019 
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                                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"...
10/21/2018 
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                                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...
10/15/2018 
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                                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...
9/21/2018 
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                                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...
5/6/2018 
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                                South China Sea: Learning Game Replay
- Mark D. and Harvey Mossman go head to head in a learning game of "South China Sea", a recently published title from Compass Games. This is a learning game for both of us so there will be lots of mistakes. But we'll try to keep the article updated as the game progresses.
9/16/2017 
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                                Fifth Corps: NATO Player Aid sheet (PDF)
- NATO player aid sheet that allows for tracking of Electronic Warfare Points, Air Points, Tactical Nuclear Points and the locations of Hidden Static Territorial Units. Created by Mark D. for Grognard.com.
9/16/2017 
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                                Fifth Corps: Warsaw Pact Player Aid sheet (PDF)
- Warsaw Pact player aid sheet that allows for tracking of Electronic Warfare Points, Air Points and Tactical Nuclear Points for the Warsaw Pact player. Created by Mark D. for Grognard.com.
7/9/2017 
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                                Perfect Opening - Axis Strategy for Leningrad '41
- "Perfect"? We'll see about that... Mark D. pens a strategy article proposing a series of moves that the Axis player should make on the first Impulse of the July 1941 game turn. Whether the moves turn out to be perfect or not, Leningrad '41 is a fun and challenging game and is highly recommended for newbies and grognards alike.
7/1/2017 
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                                Academy Games Announces a New Game!
- Uwe Eickert, of Academy Games, announces a new game at the 2017 Origins Game Fair...
6/13/2017 
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                                Leningrad '41 - On the Gaming Table
- Finally got Leningrad '41 out of the box and on to the table! Just a few pics to showcase the game for now. Looking forward to playing the game and completing a complete review...
2/6/2016 
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                                The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 3
- The 3rd and final session in the replay series, covering game turns 6 through 8, Summer and Fall of 1862. Harvey Mossman plays the Union and Mark D. the Confederates. Written by Mark D. for Grognard.com.
1/17/2016 
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                                The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 2
- Continuing with the full campaign game of "The U.S. Civil War". We have completed 5 full turns, i.e. through the Spring 1862 turn, and the Confederates are still hanging in there. This is the second installment, penned by Mark D. for Grognard.com, which covers game turns 3, 4 and 5.
1/9/2016 
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                                The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 1
- We started a new campaign game of "The U.S. Civil War" last Sunday and I'm going to attempt to submit a brief replay summary each week. This first installment, penned by Mark D. for Grognard.com, covers the first two turns of the game (Summer 1861)
1/2/2016 
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                                Grognard.com: No Safe Harbor Review
- Mark D. pens a review of Paul Rohrbaugh's "No Safe Harbor: The Raid on Darwin", published by Against the Odds/LPS.
12/21/2015 
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                                Comparison of Two Civil War Games
- Brief comparison of some of the features of Victory Games classic "Civil War: 1861-65" and GMT's new release "The U.S. Civil War". Penned by Mark D. for Grognard.com.
11/7/2015 
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                                The Meatgrinder: Unit Status Chart (PDF)
- This is an awesome game published by Against the Odds, but trying to determine the effects on units due to a combination of Supply, Command and Disruption status by flipping back and forth through the rulebook just got to be too tedious. Mark D. has created a player aid that makes it a snap...
9/15/2015 
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                                September's Eagles: Player Aid (PDF)
- Although it''s a really enjoyable game, I found myself flipping back and forth through the rule book quite a bit to find the rules I was looking for, so I created a summary sheet covering all the basics: Drawing New Cards, Playing Cards, Movement, Pack Movement, Endurance Checks and Fatigue Checks. It''s nothing fancy, but I find that it speeds up play considerably, allowing me to concentrate on the tactics of the race. (created by Mark D. for Grognard.com)
6/23/2015 
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                                Grognard.com: Strategy Tips Video
- Video with a few quick strategy tips for new players of "Tarleton's Quarter", a game designed by Mike Joselyn and published by Against the Odds.
6/17/2015 
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                                Paul Comben: A Very Near Run Thing - Modern Interpretations of the Battle of Waterloo
- Great background piece (with "modern interpretations"), by Paul Comben, for those looking for some of the history behind the cardboard pieces in Waterloo 200.
6/13/2015 
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                                Mark D: First Peek at September's Eagles
- Mark D. takes a very brief look at his newly purchased copy of September's Eagles designed by Paul Rohrbaugh and published by High Flying Dice Games. More detailed article to follow...
2/19/2015 
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                                Mark D: How to do Fire Combat in "Combat Leader"
- Mark D. shows us how to do "Fire Combat" in Combat Leader, designed by Gary Graber and published by Minden Games.
2/6/2015 
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                                Mark D.: It's Tough Down South
- "It's Tough Down South" - An in-depth review of Tarleton's Quarter!, Against the Odds game of the American Revolution in the southern colonies. Penned by Mark D. for Grognard.com.
12/16/2014 
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                                InsideGMT: Perfect Openings - First Turn VC Strategy
- I've been enjoying the InsideGMT blog, and wanted to contribute something. I now have the honor of authoring the very first Strategy article on the site. Please take a look at my article "Perfect Openings: First Turn VC Strategy"… and maybe contribute one of your own "Perfect" moves... - Mark D.
12/14/2014 
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                                Player Aid: Expenditures Record Sheet (Excel)
- Player aid/worksheet that contains (1) improved MF Allocations for weapons systems, Crisis Areas and R&D. Second worksheet also contains new Bomber usage chart and MIRV'd missiles chart. Created by Mark D. for Grognard.com.
11/29/2014 
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                                Grognard Original: First Look
- Mark D. provides first impressions of the game and offers a player aid to help with the stickers.
11/26/2014 
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                                Central Front Series Rules
- Scan of Central Front series 2nd Edition rules.
11/16/2014 
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                                Grognard Original: Review
- Review of Legion Wargames title "Dien Bien Phu: The Final Gamble", written by Mark D. for Grognard.com.
9/30/2014 
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                                Grognard Original: Review
- Review of the recent release, Russian Front from Hunted Cow Studios, authored by Mark D. for Grognard.com
9/3/2014 
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                                Grognard Original: Review
- Harvey Mossman writes up a review of Hunted Cow Studios "Civil War: 1863" for Grognard.com.
8/28/2014 
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                                Grognard.com: Player Aid
- Player Aid (Excel) that reduces calculation errors and speeds up game play for Revolution Games' awesome title "Washington's Crossing". Created by Mark D as the first "Grognard.com Game Assistant".
8/20/2014 
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                                Grognard.com: Preview
- Harvey Mossman reports on his sneak peak at Hunted Cow Studio's release Ancient Battle: Hannibal.
6/30/2014 
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                                Rules, Custom Charts and Counters
- A scan of the rule book, custom counters and player aids created and shared by Mark D. for Grognard.com.
6/25/2014 
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                                Grognard Face to Face Video: Shendandoah Studio
- Grognard.com interview with Shenandoah Studio's Brad Cummings and Craig Moffitt along with game designer Mark Herman, as they discuss the release of their new title Desert Fox. Available now at the Apple app store.
6/4/2014 
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                                Grognard Original: Strategy
- "Hopewell That Ends Well" - A strategy article by that looks in depth at the possibilities in the Hopewell Era (early game) of Mound Builders.
2/21/2014 
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                                Grognard Head to Head Video: Hannibal
- Gary Andrews and Ray Gorka square off against each other for a game of Hannibal. In this first installment, the players discuss early game strategy.
1/5/2014 
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                                Boardgaming Life: Strange Bedfellows – Sunni/Shiite Cooperation in Battle for Baghdad
- Mark D. writes up an excellent article about the asymmetrical nature of "Battle for Baghdad" and how you can end up with strange (but totally plausible) bedfellows.
1/5/2014 
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                                Custom Map - Grognard.com
- The map that should have been in the box... Created and shared by Mark D. for Grognard.com.
12/15/2013 
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                                Central Front Series Rules
- Central Front 2nd Edition series rules, scanned and shared by Mark D.
11/15/2011 
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                                Grognard Review - Empire of the Sun
- Excellent and thorough review written by Mark D., owner of the Grognard.com web site.
10/23/2011 
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                                Boardgaming Life: Strategy (interview with Reiner Knizia)
- Mark D. interviews legendary game designer Reiner Knizia about strategy tips for his "Battle Line" game as well as other topics.
6/30/2011 
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                                Raid on Iran Review: 30 Years Later
- Mark D's long overdue review of this classic game from Steve Jackson way back in 1980, when this subject was actually topical...
6/7/2010 
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                                Boardgaming Life: Opinions Heard 'Round the Table
- Mark D. (mark @ grognard.com) shares some of the comments heard 'round the gaming table, after a number of sessions with "Battle for Baghdad".
5/28/2010 
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                                Boardgaming Life: Initial Impressions by Mark D.
- Mark D. (mark @ grognard.com) pens his "initial impressions" of "Battle for Baghdad".
4/18/2010 
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                                Gulf Strike Strategy - Getting Ashore
- This article, penned by Grognard.com's own Mark D examines the challenge of safely delivering heavy U.S. ground reinforcements via naval transport to the theater of operations covered by Gulf Strike Scenario 2.