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


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.

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"...

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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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.