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Spotlight Articles

Outstanding articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game, but may have broad appeal to gamers.

Saturday Night Fights! ~ The 1815 Campaign (Yes, All of it) for “Snappy Nappy”

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"If you’re going to play out a grand campaign, play it on a grand scale. We’ve got a crowd tonight, in 6 different chats on all different “tables” as the campaign plays out on the 207th anniversary of the battles." states the gentleman from Armchair Dragons as they use the Snappy Napoleon wargame miniatures rule set on Tabletop Simulator in their Saturday Night Fights Event.

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 6/22/2022

Partizan Wargame Show 2022

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"...a bridge filled with troops is just visually tops." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, brings us pictures and observations from the Partizan Wargame Show 2022. Check out why Norm can conclude "…that every game table was inspiring in one way or another and there was plenty of scale and subject diversity here, which is nice to see."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/27/2022

My Top 3 Wargames designed by… Mark Herman!

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"Of course Mark Herman!" Michal, in the The Boardgames Chronicle, tells us why these three titles are his all-time favorites. Check out which one rates the comment "…believe me, the space for bluffing is really vast here!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/24/2022

Seeing the Elephant at Kasserine Pass. “Patton’s Payback: The Battle of El Guettar and Patton’s Rise to Glory”. Book Review

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"...explores a chapter of the US Army’s history that rarely gets much attention...". Ray Garbee reviews Patton's Payback The Battle of El Guettar and General Patton's Rise to Glory by Stephen L. Moore. While Ray has some quibbles about a couple aspects of the book, he nonetheless find an enjoyable read that is "…a good narrative into how combat is a test that separates true warrior leaders from the merely competent administrators."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/4/2022

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Grognard Opponents Wanted (10/15/2021)

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Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

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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)

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Update on New Management Coming to Grognard.com!

Grognard.com is now under new management. Well, sort of. While Mark is no longer the main site administrator, "the new team" is the other guys of "the old team". Our goal is to keep Grognard going as the same great wargamer site that Mark made it to be!

The transition is mostly done, but we ask your continued patience if we manage anymore "hiccups".

We hope you will continue to enjoy Grognard.com, and know that we greatly appreciate your visits and support! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at Admin @ Grognard.com.

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Game Articles


Pub Dates
Game: Risk
Publisher: Parker Brothers
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Albert Lamorisse, Michael I. Levin

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 544
Date: 4/24/2022
Poster: Pat L.
The Game of Risk (Web Page)

Randy Rasa has compiled a reference web site for boardgames called Board Game Central. This link is for his page devoted to Risk and includes games for purchase, Risk software, and links for Risk enthusiasts.
Article ID: 542
Date: 8/8/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Jean-René Vernes – Rome & Carthage

Bruno Faidutti shares this remembrance of Jean-Rene Vernes, designer of Rome et Carthage (later Mediterranean by Parker Brothers and Rome & Carthage by Grosso Modo Editions) and Risk (also published by Parker Brothers). Be sure to scroll down for the English translation.
Article ID: 541
Date: 6/26/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Total Diplomacy (Risk enthusiasts web page)

Ehsan Honary, noted Risk enthusiast, maintains this web page with all things related to winning Risk strategies. Included is a page of Risk scenarios along with Mr.Honary’s solutions.
Article ID: 539
Date: 5/9/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Risk FAQ

Have questions about the rules for Risk? Dr. Owen Lyne has accumulated a comprehensive set of rules and the interpretation of rules for the original game, some of the revisions, and quite a few non-standard variants! Also included are house rules used by some players. There are interesting differences between the US player and UK player standard rules especially the use of cards to gain additional armies. Something to consider adding for your next game?
Article ID: 538
Date: 4/11/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Risk: The Evolution of a Game

Dave Shapiro shares his remembrances as a wargamer with a fondness for the game of Risk. Dave takes us from all-weekend Risk marathons to the early days of GenCon in the early 1970’s. The post includes Dave’s take on some of the revisions published over the years including Castle Risk, Risk: Edition Napoleon, Risk 2210 A. D., and Risk: Lord of the Rings. He concludes with his views on the gaming hobby, and the importance of Risk as “…one of the foundations of modern gaming”.
Article ID: 537
Date: 4/11/2021
Poster: Pat L.

Here is a Risk WIKI presented by fandom.com. The site includes an overview, rules, and strategies plus detailed descriptions for 14 Revisions and Expansions of the original Risk game published in the US by Parker Brothers and now owned by Hasbro (as of 2021).
Article ID: 536
Date: 4/4/2021
Poster: Pat L.
The Origins and Evolution of the Strategy Board Game Risk

Keith Veronese presents a short history and some technical details for Risk, published in the US by Parker Brothers in 1959.
Article ID: 535
Date: 4/4/2021
Poster: Pat L.
27 Best Risk Board Game Versions Based On Real Player Reviews

Map enthusiasts flock to the Brilliant Maps web site to see maps for every subject and every occasion. This post took reviews from BoardGameGeek.com for various versions of the game, Risk, and displayed the maps used for each version of the game. What’s your favorite?
Article ID: 534
Date: 3/28/2021
Poster: Pat L.
The Risk Paid Off: Bringing War to Board Games

Tristan Donovan presents a short history for Risk published in the US by Parker Brothers in 1959.
Article ID: 520
Date: 3/28/2021
Poster: Mark D.
One World Dominion and Cold Cash Risk

Interformic Games offers original board and card games plus game variants for free download, print, and play. Two of their variants relate to Risk from Parker Brothers/Hasbro. One World Dominion adds 44 countries and several enhancements to the rules. Cold Cash Risk combines Risk and Avalon-Hill’s game Acquire to form a conflict between international corporations. Rules for both variants are available for download.
Article ID: 523
Date: 3/27/2021
Poster: Mark D.
Our Variant - Devastation Risk

A group of Risk wargamers known as the Atlanta Risk Community developed its own variant for the game. The variant includes additional rules for diplomacy and nuclear weapons plus there are scenarios available where players are given a set of countries based on World War II or Cold War situations.
Article ID: 533
Date: 3/21/2021
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Risk (most versions)

Dean Eubanks has created a module at the VASSAL web site for Risk, an abstract war game with many editions and versions originally from 1959 from the Parker Brothers Company. VASSAL is an engine for building and playing Internet-capable versions of turn-based, human-vs-human games. Hundreds of games are available for internet play at the web site.
Article ID: 532
Date: 3/14/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Playing the Board Game Risk (most versions)

Before we had hex and counter games, Risk was the game to play for hours. Here are summary instructions and some strategy tips from the Board Games Pub web page.
Article ID: 519
Date: 1/30/2020
Poster: Mark D.
DominateGame (online version of Risk)

Emiel Bruijntjes created an online version of Risk that could be downloaded or played within a browser.
Article ID: 521
Date: 6/19/2010
Poster: Mark D.
Risk War Game Championship Tournament

RISKTOC established a championship tournament for Risk players starting around 1991 and ending about 20 years later. This archived web site shows information about the tournaments including winners and trophies awarded. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this web site.
Article ID: 540
Date: 5/14/2008
Poster: Pat L.
Metal Risk (v.6)

Jim Swift developed two variants for Risk concentrating on commodity control. In this variant called Metal Risk, players receive armies based on the number and types of commodities controlled. An earlier version of the game variant called Commodity Risk had fewer commodities and rule enhancements. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this web site.
Article ID: 530
Date: 1/2/2006
Poster: Mark D.
Hyborian (Conan) Risk variant (PDF)

Inspired by a variant for the Hyborian (Conan) variant for Risk written by Lewis Pulsipher, this variant by Chester E. Hendrix features new rules, graphics, cards and a map.
Article ID: 526
Date: 6/11/2004
Poster: Mark D.
Nuclear Risk House Rules

Eric Bass has created a Risk variation that combines Risk (Parker Brothers/Hasbro) with the Nuclear War card game (Flying Buffalo). Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this web site.
Article ID: 525
Date: 12/20/2002
Poster: Mark D.
Risk Variants

Back in 1997, an Italian company called Bepi started a web site devoted to Risk. The site is long gone but some of the web pages have been preserved including this list of Risk variants. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this web site.
Article ID: 524
Date: 12/5/2002
Poster: Mark D.
Commodity Risk (v.4)

Jim Swift developed two variants for Risk concentrating on commodity control. In this variant called Commodity Risk, players receive armies based on the number and types of commodities controlled. A later version of the game variant called Metal Risk added additional commodities and rules. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this web site.
Article ID: 517
Date: 8/13/1998
Poster: Mark D.
Variant rules for Risk

Edward Sabatine compiled this list of rules changes for Risk.
Article ID: 522
Date: 10/3/1993
Poster: Mark D.
Risk: Official Rules and Variants (PDF)

This PDF contains official rules for the original game of Risk by Parker Brothers as of 1993. Also included are four interesting variants.
Article ID: 543
Date: 3/2/1981
Poster: Pat L.
hyborian Risk

Lewis Pulsipher created this variant for Risk based on the Hyborian world of Conan. Originally published in The Space Gamer Magazine #37, posted to the internet and deleted, the article is now preserved by Archive.org. Thanks to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this Risk variant.
Article ID: 527
Date: 10/3/1970
Poster: Mark D.
Risk* House Rules (WORD file)

John R. Biehl has an interesting set of house rules for Risk players, slightly different from his Earth Risk variant. Might you be a Rampaging Neutral Player?
Article ID: 528
Date: 10/3/1969
Poster: Mark D.
Earth Risk* (Risk variant: WORD file)

John R. Biehl created this variant for Risk, slightly different from his House Rules for Risk variant. Can you build an empire under these rules?
Article ID: 529
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
Wikipedia entry