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.

Stamford Bridge

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"What a fun year this must have been! Comet included!" Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, offers another one of his exquisite looks at a not so well known battle. Including some perspective as to "…why it was strategically important to events that ultimately shaped English history, and even the evolution of the English language itself, i.e. why it's mostly French."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/5/2020


Simple Battles No.1 - Fight for the Bridge.

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"So, in the spirit of pursuing the simple game, I have put a game on using just 6 units per side...". Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, chips in to help evaluate the concept of a "…‘simple game’ and what that actually means." Norm creates a fast-moving ACW meeting engagement, and the fun starts: "The Union are the first to get all of their brigade onto the table (they are the fastest with the mostest!)." Do they retain their advantage?

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/3/2020


DOWNSIZING: A WARGAMER'S GUIDE TO CONVERTING 15/18MM MINIATURES TO 10MM

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"Well color me tartan, because I just took the plunge and my sage ruminations follow." Bill Gray explains the why and the how of his miniatures "downsizing" effort, along with some nice pictures of the results! And a bit of the sagacity he mentioned: "…remember, if you have but one pack of unpainted lead in your closet, you can’t die…"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/31/2020


509th (H) B-17 Virtual Bomber Group

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If you are interested in playing a Play By Forum that is playable with either "B-17 Queen of the Skies" or with "Target for Today", we would love to have you join us. We are an open ended campaign, so people can come and go as they need to. We fly one mission every 2 weeks. Crews will carry over from one campaign to the next so lost crew can be replaced, and so that people can join as we go. The crews that are currently in our campaign (which is flying with the 9th USAAF) will simply transfer over to the 12th. Any thing not in the base games that is needed we can help you with, so that you are able to play along. The 509th has been functioning as a play by forum game since 2012, and has had 10 wonderful campaigns. The way that the 509th works, is when you register for a crew (B-17 or B-24) you will be placed into a squadron. Please see the site for more information...

Poster: Mark D.
Post Date: 7/13/2020


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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.

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!

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"...

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South China Sea: War Game Replay


Learning the System - Game Replay


South China Sea - Board Game Replay
by Mark D. and Harvey Mossman  *  28-Apr-2018

Overview


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My gaming buddy Harvey Mossman and I decided to give this game a shot as we are both intrigued by the subject matter. We also wanted to see whether this was more of a "game" or a "simulation" (or a nice combination of both, hopefully). But, most of all, we want to know if it is a fun, engaging, competitive game. I chose to be the Americans (also playing on behalf of regional power Vietnam), leaving Harvey to lead the Chinese (and regional power Malyasia). The Philippines will ride the fence, allowing the two major powers to alternate control every other turn.

We decided on "Scenario 4: Spratly Missile Crisis" which looked the most like a "campaign" game and dove right in, learning the rules as we go along. We opted to play the six political turns, rather than using the alternative short-cut and, while it may ultimately end up being a lot of work for very little benefit, we both think that the political card play could result in a significant advantage for one side or the other at the start of the Military Turns if skillfully handled.

We got to the 3rd political turn before Armed Conflict was triggered. USA netted a starting victory point advantage of 1. I really like the fact that the game can be played to a victorious conclusion without ever triggering armed conflict and will probably invest some time in analyzing the possibility of one player maneuvering the other into an inescapable political defeat. But, per the scenario instructions, if after 6 political turns neither major power has won, proceed directly to the 10 Military Turns. So, there will definitely be "armed conflict" in this game.

Our intention is to provide very brief summaries each week on the progress of the game, possibly some detailed commentary, and definitely some pictures.


Military Turn #1


U.S. Summary

Not a lot happening yet, as you might expect. My two large forces are split between a 3-carrier task force in the Celebes Sea, and a large naval, air and ground force on Okinawa. It will take several turns before they are able to fully engage the Chinese. I believe that we are to assume full military cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam and also between China and Malaysia. So I intended to send the Vietnamese navy and air force out to run interference as best they can. Harvey anticipated this and destroyed the airfield, SAM unit and Flanker squadron at Cam Ranh Bay. The Vietnamese Kilo-class subs are on the prowl now and will hopefully get some payback next turn.

I chose to focus my LACM strikes on Chinese units present in the Spratlys and was able to destroy both of the SAM units there. Lots of victory point hexes in the Spratlys so I want to soften them up fast.

Meanwhile, in the Celebes Sea, I unleashed my carrier based F-35s and AV-8Bs loose on the Malaysian navy and air force, with disppointing results. Gave them a bloody nose, but both are still in existence and are therefore still a threat to my carriers. Better luck next turn.

South China Sea: U.S. Task Force #1 - Celebes Sea

South China Sea: U.S. Task Force #2 - Okinawa

South China Sea: U.S. Task Force Dispositions after Military Turn #1


China Summary

(As the game progresses, Harvey will add his comments about Chinese play and strategy. But in the meantime, I've added a few pics of his current force dispositions.)

South China Sea: Chinese Task Force #1 Near the Paracels

South China Sea: Chinese Task Force #2 South of Hong Kong

South China Sea: Chinese Task Force Dispositions after Military Turn #1


Closing Thoughts

Mark: Not much to say here. Things should heat up quite a bit on Military Turns 2 and 3. Time will tell...

Harvey: What he said...