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


More Spotlight articles...


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.

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September's Eagles: First Look


Prepare to take to the skies at the Thompson Trophy Air Races!


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by Mark D.  *  13-Jun-2015

On the Table: A very brief look at September's Eagles


I recently purchased a copy of September's Eagles, designed by Paul Rohrbaugh and published by High Flying Dice Games. I have set it up and pushed the pieces around a bit. Enough to know that I'm interested in learning more about the game. The packaging, components and presentation are top notch and create "atmosphere", which is an important part of the draw of any game.

In addition to the rule book, the game comes with an "Official Racing Program" that provides a brief history of the National Air Races of 1929-1939. It lists 12 races (scenarios) with the Race Course Layout, and historical pilots and planes that took part. Each has a brief description of the actual race including winners, notable events, etc.

Apparently, air races were a pretty dangerous pastime and the game reflects that. There is a good chance that one or more players will crash at some point during the race, so not only do you have to maneuver to win, you also have to be careful not to leave yourself vulnerable to a race-ending crash!

It's designed for 4 players but I'm sure you can play with less players and still enjoy the game.

After reading through the rule book and the Program, I'm totally psyched to jump in and play!

September's Eagles - First Look: Booklets


It's primarily a card game revolving around three types of cards:

  • Pilot Cards - Each represents a single pilot of the era, along with his Skill Rating and Fatigue Level.
  • Aircraft Cards - Each represents an actual aircraft from the period, and lists "Turn Radius", "Throttle Settings", "Climb/Dive Cost" and "Endurance Factor".
  • Action Cards - These are the cards that drive the action. Includes "Incident", "Skill", "Maneuver", and "Endurance" cards.

Player interaction revolves around the different card types, point values, suits, etc. and there is a familiar "trumping" mechanism that works very well for this type of competition.

September's Eagles - First Look: The Cards

But it's not just a card game. There's a great looking map showing an aerial view of what an Air Race field must have looked like in the late 1920's or early 1930's, complete with aircraft counters and stand-up pylons to mark the course of the race.

Here's the game all set up for the start of the 1929 National Air Race in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 2, 1929. I'm really looking forward to the experience!

September's Eagles - First Look: Ready to Begin


I'm not hearing a lot of buzz about this game yet and couldn't find any other reviews. If it entertains as I expect it will, I'll be certain to publish some type of feedback (review, strategy, replay... whatever).

You can buy a copy of this game from High Flying Dice Games.